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Old 08-01-2011   #1
Fort Collins, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2011
Join Date: Jul 2011
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Back Band Recommendation

Looking for a new back band setup for my Wavesport 7 (oldy but goody). Thought I could make the one included work but can't take a whole day of paddling with it and it is falling apart quickly (simple strap setup).

Looking at new back bands to replace it with. Seems IR has a good ratchet based offering.

Any insight\recommendations appreciated.

I am 5'9", 195 lbs (48 and not so flexible anymore) looking for solid support, even if I give up some stern access.


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Old 08-01-2011   #2
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IR has good rachet backbands in two styles - one that has the rachets behind the backband, and one that has rachets up near the thighbraces on the inner wall of the cockpit rim (forward adjust). IR doesn't recommend the later for kayaks that didn't originally come with a forward adjust rachet - but I've done it and seen it done before. The backband with rachets behind it can be a real pain to adjust, though better than a non adustable backband.
Another option is the Jackson Kayak rope/cleat adjustment for the backband. You can retro fit it to use an existing backband and only buy the rope/cleat, or you can buy the kit that includes a new backband. I bought a rope/cleat kit this wekeend so I can retrofit my kid's WaveSport Fuse with a forward adjust backband system.

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Old 08-02-2011   #3
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Thanks folks. Order the IR Legacy today. Will see how it installs and fits this weekend!
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