C1 for those who need a tall saddle?

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Re: C1 for those who need a tall saddle?

Post by Coz Teplitz » Tue Jan 21, 2014 3:27 pm

Wow, thanks for all the suggestions, folks. Adam, I may take you up on trying out some of those C1s once the weather warms up - I'd be willing to drive out to the Hudson or Dryway to sit in some different boats.

And I hear y'all on the "just bear with it, and your legs will adapt" theory - trouble is, two years into open boating, I've found I've had to *increase* saddle height so I could keep boating - knees and ankles both causing pain. That was a large part of the reason I've started doing yoga, which has helped (especially with ankles/feet), but I don't think I can be too optimistic I will be able to shave several inches off my saddle. (I have been recently convinced that wider knees might help a little, so that's my next project for my current boat).

Anyway, thanks for the good solid list to get me started - Sith, Cascade, Karma, Hahn - basically, I know I'm looking for a wide, flattish bottomed boat. Good enough to get me started!

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Re: C1 for those who need a tall saddle?

Post by nam » Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:30 am

Can anyone school me on what is a low angle saddle, and what it looks like.
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Re: C1 for those who need a tall saddle?

Post by the great gonzo » Thu Jan 23, 2014 3:04 pm

Coz it was great paddling with you in Costa Rica! All good suggestions in this thread. As far as what boat to focus on is concerned, what kind of paddling do you want to do? That is a huge factor in determining which boat you should look at, i.e. there is no point in looking at something like a Cascade and/or a Hahn if playing and surfing are your primary goals.
What allows me to go as low as possible are a wide knee spread, in conjunction with a a short, wide and stiff saddle, which seems to minimize the pinching of nerves.
I find that, from a comfort point of view, having my feet flat or almost flat with no foot pegs is the most comfortable for me. Even in my open boat. Play around with knee angles and ankle angle, and even with leg twist. It's amazing what seemingly small changes can do. When I started to get into C1's one of my first boats was a Prijon Delirious that someone else had converted. Not knowing anything about saddles, I paddled it as is, with the saddle being long and narrow. It was excruciating, even when I raised the saddle to 7 inches. Then I got to try the Shaggy Sith, and my first thoughs upon seeing the 4.5 " saddle was 'that's never going to work!'. But due to the wide and short saddle and wide knee stance I was perfectly fine.
As far as boat recommendation, If you are mainly looking for some playful riverrunning and surfing and are fine with paddling a composite boat and thus staying away from hitting too many rocks, then the Shaggy Sith is an awesome choice. Gwyn and Martin really dialed the cockpit ergonomics in that boat, unbelievably comfy and stable due to it's width. I am sure you could get away with a saddle lower than 8" in a Sith. http://www.shaggydesigns.com/sith.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: C1 for those who need a tall saddle?

Post by RobertM » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:39 pm

Just a small moment of chauvinism the Cascade. The right wave doesn't come along often, but when it does it's a fun ride. :D

Seriously, not a play boat, but a cushy river-runner. Try before you buy.
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Re: C1 for those who need a tall saddle?

Post by nam » Fri Jan 24, 2014 6:36 pm

I have the Sith and I paddle it mainly in the ocean surf and it is one of the amazing boat I have surfed. Everytime I paddled this thing I learned something new and it was so fun so ride it.
Yes the wider the knee spead the better the ballance and the lower you can go. The Sith has the width perfectly layed out..

Could someone just make a saddle that is height adjustable with a pump or something??? That can be easily adjusted without moving the skirt. Comon, it's got to be easy :)

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Re: C1 for those who need a tall saddle?

Post by Silent Bob » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:32 pm

nam wrote:

Could someone just make a saddle that is height adjustable with a pump or something??? That can be easily adjusted without moving the skirt. Comon, it's got to be easy :)

Hmm. I have an idea, and it might, in fact, be pretty easy. I'll have to do a little tinkering at work on Monday. :evil:

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Re: C1 for those who need a tall saddle?

Post by nam » Sat Jan 25, 2014 1:04 am

you can use that hand pump thingy that doctors uses to measure blood pressure. :) We should invent this together, and make a munch of money :) .

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Re: C1 for those who need a tall saddle?

Post by cheajack » Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:39 am

Sell 50 and then retire

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