oc6 seat padding

Hi, anyone know where to find cheap foam seat padding for oc6? I'm thinking about using foam pads and using duct tape on corners of seat to secure, but where to find pads?


Submitted by mark962 on Tue, 05/26/2009 - 3:33am

Any sporting goods store or sports department. Look for either Yoga/exercise workout mats or sleeping roll mats for camping.

#1 Tue, 05/26/2009 - 4:08am

Don't use anything too thick. Some people up here have almost an oc1 seat on top of the fiberglass. Not a good idea, when you're too high up you lose power from the core and legs. One of the more important innovations on the first Bradley was lowering the seats. This modification was copied by other designers, and is what we see on most oc6 nowadays.

#2 Tue, 05/26/2009 - 4:18am

Definitely only need to use one layer of the 1/2 inch foam to pad the seats. Anything more and as said above, you could end up changing what your paddlers have been accustomed to.

#3 Tue, 05/26/2009 - 4:34am

At Home Depot I found a big roll of floor padding that I think was supposed to go under linoleum flooring. It's relatively thin, but when folded over a couple times gives a thick enough cushion your ass doesn't hurt after a paddle. As an added bonus it's also got a very smooth, shiny surface so you slide a little on it and generally avoid butt blisters. You don't slide so much you can't transfer power however. I think the roll was about $25 and was more than enough to pad six seats. We taped the edges with some 3m vinyl duct tape (it leaves less residue than normal duct tape) and wrapped the front and back edges underneath so they didn't catch and rip the padding off the seat.

#4 Tue, 05/26/2009 - 5:35am

Island Paddler in Kapahulu's got what you need. I use it both in OC1 an OC6. The vinyl tape is definetly the way to go.

#5 Tue, 05/26/2009 - 6:27am

Light blue close cell sleeping bag pads at Walmart. Maybe 3/8" thick, good durability, very cheap. Put it on with 3M spray adhesive. Will hold up for at least 6 months of paddling, then rip it off and put on a new piece.

#6 Tue, 05/26/2009 - 8:56am

Oh! Come on paddlers, please, let's not deface our 6-man canoes with such stuff. What's wrong with skin? That's the way the ancients paddled and we should continue the tradition. Perhaps we should look at those Australian surf boat paddlers that tuck in their trunks for traction when rowing their boats? Toughen your okole. Don't soften it.

#7 Tue, 05/26/2009 - 9:26am

koacanoe, I hear you about tightening okoles. In more ways than one. But when you have to get boils on you ass lanced and packed cause of seats without padding, I'll go for the padding.

#8 Tue, 05/26/2009 - 10:56am

Dis stuff is what I've used. Cheap, last long and is comfy without being too soft. Just cut off the ends. You might want to sand down the edges though, they might chafe.


Costco has it for 19.99.

#9 Tue, 05/26/2009 - 10:59am

Nothing like a few Koa splinters in the butt in the name of tradition. I wonder if the Ancients had tweezers???

Come on Koacanoe, afford us some comfort ...hahaha.


#10 Tue, 05/26/2009 - 11:39am

Poopoo: My pet peeve is the so called padded seats in the 6-man, which always bother my okole because most of the time, the seats are worn out, uneven, sticky, lumpy, and ragged with bits and pieces of tape sticking up here and there. Since we all got to share the canoe, more better we just wear padded shorts, neoprene or in my case, I prefer nylon/polyester shorts. Please just leave the seat natural for me, for I'm afraid the old padding harbors all kinds of bacteria that might infect my okole. Boils are common, with or without pad, so I always make sure I change my shorts and underpants after pau paddle and wash up right away, especially in the Ala Wai.

Rambo: About comfort, I gave you Australians credit for rowing your surf boats with lots of skin. I'm impressed. Regarding tweezers, no need for them, for a smooth coconut oil seasoned seat kept the splinters away.

#11 Tue, 05/26/2009 - 12:56pm

Agree with koacanoe, foam is home to Staphylococcus aureus...

#12 Tue, 05/26/2009 - 1:17pm

Koacanoe, i was tongue in cheek, you know deep down i'm a traditional guy. They only row for like 5 mins so no time for a sore butt. If others arn't sure what we're talking about watch this insane video of crazy Aussie surf rowers getting smashed, padded seats are the least of their worries.

Cheers Rambo

#13 Tue, 05/26/2009 - 2:16pm

Sticky unclean pads? If you take care of your equipment its a non-issue.

The pads I showed don't absorb much. I bet your neoprenes have as much staph growin in em.

#14 Tue, 05/26/2009 - 8:48pm

Mahalo Rambo: You always come through with another gem of a video. Have they ever develop comfortable helmets for rowing those surfboats?

Poopoo: I no wear neoprene. I just wear the thinnest and fastest drying nylon shorts they get. For the boils, someone suggested zinc ointment or creme? Now you get me thinking, so before time for carry boat, I'm going clean the pad with Clorox or Lysol disinfecting wipes.

#15 Tue, 05/26/2009 - 9:30pm

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