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Old 06-14-2019, 08:47 AM   #1
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Hornbeck seating

Have owned a Hornbeck Lost Pond 10.5 for over decade, and am thinking about buying a Hornbeck Classic 13. I've heard the seating has been redesigned and is now more comfortable. I'm ok with the seating in the Lost Pond, but I'd still prefer more comfort for my back. Anyone out there have an opinion based on experience?

Also looking at the Slipstream Impulse 13. Not interested in spending what Placid and Hemlock charge.

A test paddle won't tell me much about comfort unless I can be on the water for at least an hour, and anyhow Hornbeck's pond (for test paddles) is fairly small.

Thanks for any help.
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Old 06-14-2019, 09:17 AM   #2
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Have owned a Hornbeck Lost Pond 10.5 for over decade, and am thinking about buying a Hornbeck Classic 13. I've heard the seating has been redesigned and is now more comfortable. I'm ok with the seating in the Lost Pond, but I'd still prefer more comfort for my back. Anyone out there have an opinion based on experience?

Also looking at the Slipstream Impulse 13. Not interested in spending what Placid and Hemlock charge.

A test paddle won't tell me much about comfort unless I can be on the water for at least an hour, and anyhow Hornbeck's pond (for test paddles) is fairly small.

Thanks for any help.
I just picked up my Hornbeck New Trick 15 two weeks ago, and did a test last week on Hemlock Lake near Rochester. Spent 2 1/2 hours on the water in windy conditions. The one thing that did not bother me at all (despite being warned ahead of time that I wouldn't like it) was the seat. Lots of support and comfort...

I'm 6' tall, and this pic shows where the seat hits my back...

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Old 06-14-2019, 10:11 AM   #3
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Hornbeck Seat option

I have a very old second hand Lost Pond boat and did not like the original seat back. Since the thwart the back pad rests on is essential, that can't be removed. I added a "surf to summit" kayak seat back ($35-40) a few years ago and find it much more comfortable. It's a big improvement for me at 5'11" and a plus for my wife too at 5'2". It is similar to what came on my PB Rapidfire.

A few caveats on how the new seat back was mounted. The supplied hardware is too heavy so I revised the attachments for the webbing to the gunnels & thwart. In addition, because the forward attachment point places lots of stress on the gunnels when you lean back, it started separating the 3 layers of wood. A single well placed SS machine bolt thru all 3 layers (with self locking nut recessed into the wood) solved that.

Additional weight is minimal, additional comfort substantial for me. I have it adjusted to be as far back as possible nearly touching the original foam block (left in place). I also added foot pegs to that boat further increasing comfort and paddling efficiency.
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Old 06-15-2019, 02:44 PM   #4
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Impulse 13

I have a 13" Slipstream Betula solo which is the birchbark layup of the impulse 13. It is affine paddling solo and my wife's favorite solo. Mine has a high hung seat and is the carbon/Kevlar layup. Mine is app 22# but the non birchbark boat is lighter and faster. Good people to deal with.
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Old 06-29-2019, 08:47 AM   #5
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Bob, thanks for the suggestions on installing a new seat.

Turtle, your recommendation of Impulse is much appreciated, as you've paddled many different canoes never the years.

Warlock, thanks re the Classic. Two hours without back tightness sounds good. And your attached photo reminds me to get out on Hemlock Lake again. Haven't been there in several years. I especially liked going to shore where the Nature Conservancy property is & hike that beautiful old growth forest.
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