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Old 07-20-2012   #1
 
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Outfitting Kayaks for Lower Back Pain

Hey All!

My GF has a Jackson Fun, which she loves, but after a lower back injury it has been less friendly.

I have heard that Jackson's have a notoriously low back, but that there are ways to raise up the backband and give the kayak more support.

Has anyone tried them? What did you do?

Thanks everybody!

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Old 07-23-2012   #2
 
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Bump to catch the mid-week crowd.

Anyone have thoughts?

Thanks!
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Old 07-24-2012   #3
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My lower back is a wreck after 20+ years of humping a ruck and jumping out of airplanes. I used to paddle a Fun and switched to a WS Fuse a few years ago. Nice higher ratchet back band and better thigh braces. Great lower back support and I'm comfortable all day now. Also a better hull design. But that's another story.
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Old 07-24-2012   #4
 
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Jackson outfitting tends to slip down no matter how tight you have it.

But if you adjust the cords on the backside of the seat (that go under the cockpit rim) you can get it to sit higher.
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I have lower back issues, and I find that having the back band too tight (in my 2Fun) tends to aggravate it. What I've done is to install a Jackson Happy Seat (the thing that goes under the knees) which I blow up so the knees/thighs are really snug; then the back band can be loose and yet I still feel tight in the boat and the lower back is happy. Works for me.
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Old 07-25-2012   #6
 
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Thanks everyone! I appreciate your thoughts and ideas!
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Find a Dagger RPM, great boat for lower back, where a separate motocross type back brace while paddling. Remember if she ain't happy you ain't happy
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