The 10 Best Canoe Seats

Updated May 24, 2018 by Quincy Miller

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There's nothing more tranquil and relaxing than a nice, long trip paddling down the river — unless your canoe seats are hard and painful (or unless you start to hear ominous banjo music, but that's a concern for another time). The models on this list can be used either on top or in place of your existing seat, helping to keep you comfy and content, no matter how long you stay out on the water. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best canoe seat on Amazon.

10. Carlisle Old Town Snap-In

The Carlisle Old Town Snap-In is frankly an overpriced bench seat, but if you need additional seating in your canoe, at least it can be counted on to fit securely and to support plenty of weight. It's large enough for two children to use side by side.
  • supports up to 300 pounds
  • durable abs plastic construction
  • not very comfortable
Brand Carlisle
Model 01.1331.1451
Weight 4.9 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

9. Wise 5410-940

The Wise 5410-940 may not be the most attractive model available, but it is surprisingly comfortable, which is much more important than looks. It is made from high-impact injection-molded plastic that's more than capable of standing up to years of rough, regular use.
  • closed-cell foam seat pad
  • sturdy seat bracket attached
  • may require additional bracing
Brand Wise
Model 5410-940
Weight 4.1 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

8. Rio Gear Arm Chair

It's designed to make watching your favorite sports team a little more bearable, but the Rio Gear Arm Chair can also replace a canoe seat. It has convenient arm supports, as well as a pocket for a water bottle (or whatever beverage makes fishing more fun for you).
  • ideal for picnics
  • suitable for larger users
  • tends to slip and move around
Brand RIO Gear
Model 10118
Weight 3.9 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. Alps OutdoorZ Realtree Xtra

The low-cost and versatile Alps OutdoorZ Realtree Xtra can be affixed to the benches of most canoes, but it can also be secured onto bleachers, picnic benches, or simply used on the ground with your own body providing the counterweight that supports the backrest.
  • durable polyester exterior
  • color hides dirt well
  • makes it difficult to lean back
Brand ALPS OutdoorZ
Model 8419014
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

6. Crazy Creek Canoe Chair III

The Crazy Creek Canoe Chair III comes sporting a one-inch thick memory foam pad in the seat, allowing for exceptional comfort even during long trips paddling down the river (or while you wait patiently for hours for a fish bite that — let's face it — may never come).
  • extra-tall back for ideal support
  • makes a great camp chair
  • seat is a little narrow
Brand Crazy Creek
Model 1024
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

5. Rio Gear My Pod

If you get caught out in the rain — or just like taking your canoe out in frigid weather — the Rio Gear My Pod can still keep you warm and toasty, thanks to the two heating pack pockets on the seat. It even comes with the packs, so you have no excuse for being cold.
  • reclines to four positions
  • available in multiple colors
  • straps are a little short
Brand RIO Gear
Model RA-SC412-39
Weight 3.8 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

4. GCI Outdoor SitBacker

The GCI Outdoor SitBacker can be quickly and easily installed onto most standard canoe seats, whether in the front or the back of the boat. They weigh less than three pounds each and fold out of the way during storage, or can simply be removed again.
  • single-buckle auto-fold technology
  • built-in carrying strap
  • supports up to 250 lbs
Brand GCI Outdoor
Model 21010
Weight 13.6 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

3. Essex Industries Ash Cane

The Essex Industries Ash Cane makes a great replacement for a less aesthetically-pleasing canoe seat, or can serve as an additional seating area in the middle of your boat. It's one of the few models available that can actually improve your craft's looks.
  • comes fully assembled
  • durable and weather-resistant
  • easy to modify to fit your needs
Brand Essex Industries
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. SoftTouch Stadium

The SoftTouch Stadium doesn't have any buckles or tie-downs, relying instead on anti-skid material on the bottom to keep it in place. That saves you some time and makes setup a breeze, and it's even got straps for carrying it around like a backpack.
  • three layers of foam fabric
  • made with waterproof cloth
  • easy to clean when dirty
Brand SoftTouch
Model pending
Weight 6.7 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. Alps Mountaineering Weekender

The Alps Mountaineering Weekender is the most convenient option on the market, thanks to its webbing straps that keep it securely in place with a minimum of setup time. The handles on each end make it easy to carry down to the dock as well.
  • back mesh pocket for gear
  • can adjust to desired position
  • also great for use in bleachers
Brand ALPS Mountaineering
Model 6811012
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

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Last updated on May 24, 2018 by Quincy Miller

Quincy is a writer who was born in Texas, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue his life-long dream of someday writing a second page to one of his screenplays.


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