White Water Canoeing Gear : Canoe Comfort Tips

White Water Canoeing Gear : Canoe Comfort Tips


So, one of the most important parts of being
able to paddle well in a solo canoe is having the outfitting correct and you can see that
I have a double thigh strap set of outfitting here, I’ve got knee cups for my knees down
here, so I’ve got nice comfortable knee pads, they provide good padding and they hold
my knees to the outside of the boat as well. The thigh straps, they are both padded and
one thigh strap goes down toward the end of my knee and kind of keeps my knee located
on the top of the knee cup while the other thigh strap holds my hips in the boat so that
if I need to lean, I get full control of the boat while leaning. The pedestal that I’m
sitting on is a foam pedestal and it’s nice and comfortable foam. The height of the pedestal
is about a comfortable height so its about, it’s probably seven or eight inches off
the bottom of the boat and that gives me enough height so that I have some good power in my
stroke, but not so high that I’m tippy or out of control. Finally to keep myself pushed
forward and into the thigh straps, I have foot pedals on each side and these foot pedals
are adjustable along a track and by putting my toe against the foot pedals I can push
my foot forward, or my knees forward in this outfitting and that keeps me nice and snuggly
in the outfitting so that I have really good control over the boat and if I do flip, there’s
even a good chance that I could roll the boat. The one thing you want to make sure of with
all this outfitting is that it’s easy to get out of if you flip over and can’t roll
and with the foot pedals you do risk getting so tight in the outfitting that you can’t
get out of the boat. The way that you get out of the boat is let your foot slide off
the foot pedals, and then slide backwards and once you slide backwards, as long as you
can slide backwards out of the boat, both thigh straps are just going to fall right
off and you’ll easily come out. Again, watch that the thwart behind you, if there is a
thwart behind you is high enough that your heels aren’t going to get caught underneath
it and you should have a great day canoing.

3 thoughts on “White Water Canoeing Gear : Canoe Comfort Tips

  • September 24, 2012 at 10:02 pm
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    I have bad knees and I cant kneel. I have an old town appalachian 16' and enjoy whitewater.

    Any tips for someone who cant kneel, but needs the lower center of gravity that kneeling offers?

    There is a decent river 5 min from where I live but it is only worth going on after a good full days rain, then the river is good for about 3 days after that. (we're still in drought conditions)

    I have a video called "2 different days on the same river" if you would like to check it out.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 1:45 am
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    No quick release on the thigh straps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • April 19, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    i would be too nervous being in that rig setup. if you flip on your side, sometimes it happens so fast unexpectedly you could panic just trying to keep the canoe upright.

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