Friday, March 19, 2010

Too Much Comfort in a Fishing Kayak?

Kayak anglers who normally suffer from leg numbness, leg pain, butt pain (yakass) and back pain (yak-back) will surely think this headline has some error in it.
First because traditionally, kayaks are infamous for the discomfort their passengers must endure, ans second, because comfort is a good thing, so how could a kayak possibly be too comfortable?

Well, discomfort, fatigue and pain in different parts of our body appear as a result of our being forced to spend a long time paddling and fishing while seated in the non-ergonomic L kayaking position, with neither option to switch to other positions, nor the possibility to stretch effectively. So basically, discomfort comes with sit-in and SOT kayaks, and those who paddle W kayaks and fish from them are spared.

But when can a W fishing kayak be too comfortable?
This article named 'Resting in Your Fishing Kayak' raises the issue of falling asleep while lying down to rest on the W kayak saddle. This position is so restful and comfortable, that the kayak angler trying it could fall asleep, and that's where the danger lies.

Photo: Getting some rest in a W500 fishing kayak

2 comments:

Ishthur said...

this thing is just a covert ad fro wavewalk kayaks, and i'm sure you'll nuke my comment

koto87 said...

ishtour,
it's the best yak out there
and besides kayak and fishing magazines are full of covert ads