Designed and built by a man with more seat time in a canoe than almost any other paddler, Steve Landick, these seats offer a large surface area and a carefully contoured profile for comfort, even after many hours (or even days) in the boat.
The Big Ass Landick seat is 16-1/4 inches wide by 14 inches long and provides the greatest surface area to support your hips, pelvis, and upper legs, while evenly distributing seating pressure. Despite its name, this seat fits a wide range of backsides and comes highly recommended from our own personal experience if your boat can accommodate its width.
If you have a narrower boat, like a J-203, V1 Pro, Corbin, JD Pro, or another canoe with a narrow seating width, the Small Ass Landick seat offers most of the comfort of the Big Ass version, only in a narrower design. It is 15 inches wide by 14 inches long and will fit in most canoes, though might require some slight grinding or sanding at the front edges to slide all the way forward in the bow seat of a narrow boat.
Both seats are made from carbon and epoxy, including carbon tow reinforcement to maximize stiffness and minimize weight. They are sold unmounted; the front-to-back tilt is an important part of maximizing the comfort of these seats, so you’ll want to experiment with them to find the best angle for your paddling position before glassing them to the seat frame. The higher your seat height, the less tilt you’ll want, while the lower your seat height the higher you’ll want to raise the front edge.
If you need assistance with seat installation, any canoe or kayak repair tech and most paddling shops should be able to help you. We can recommend the excellent services of these repair and outfitting specialists:
Tom Cannon, Lansing, Michigan. (517) 214-8052
Adam Steuer, Boardman Boatworks, Traverse City, Michigan. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan Milby, Llama Racks, Liberty, Missouri. https://www.llamaracks.com/contact
Kristopher Camden, Paddle Stop New Haven, New Haven, Missouri. https://www.paddlestop.com/
A Landick Big Ass seat (with padding) installed in a Wenonah Voyager canoe; the stock Wenonah carbon seat is resting on the Big Ass seat for reference.
A padded Landick Big Ass seat installed in a solo canoe on a sliding race seat frame.