Bumfortable Kayak Seat


Bumfortable Comfort Kayak Seat


Bumfortable !   Made in New Zealand.

It all started with a pain in the bum . . .

Everything else was awesome, my paddling skills were ripping, and I was paddling like the wind! But it hurt, my bum and my kayak seat just weren’t getting along.

There’s a famous saying: “energy flows where attention goes” and most of my attention was going to the pain instead of fun and good technique. My energy was bottoming out instead of heading forward fast.

The duration I could train for was limited by pain too. I was desperate to make my kayaking comfortable, I wanted a smile on my face and I wanted to win races.

I was working as a graduate design engineer in the foam plastics industry, so it was inevitable I suppose, that I, a competitive racing kayaker, would invent a solution for sore bums and numb legs! … I was sitting on some good information!

As soon as I’d chopped and glued a foam seat masterpiece together for myself, my mates wanted one too – I must have had an annoying grin as I kayaked past them! So I gathered a list of all of the pains and ailments that paddlers suffered from. The number one complaint I got from my research was numb legs, followed by sore “sit bones”, then chafing, then cramps and coldness. Then I spent a couple of months developing and testing the best seat that I could to solve our combined posterior problems.

Good for your body

  • Reduced pressure on ischial tuberosity (bum bones) by concavities in the underside of the Bumfortable.
  • Designed to prevent chaffing by structurally supporting your back while kayaking through proper posture, rather than allowing pressure on flesh where chaffing occurs.
  • Extended length into the hamstring area to reduce pressure and keep hamstrings warm. This aids circulation and reduces cramps.

Good for your kayak

  • Lowers your centre of gravity which increases kayak stability (choose the model to suit your kayak’s dimensions)
  • Reduced incidence of kayak hull damage – A rigid seat structure is more likely to hole the kayak when a rock scrapes along the hull because it represents a sudden change in elastic flexibility of the hull. A Bumfortable, by comparison, will allow the hull to continue elastically flexing as the hull passes along the obstruction highly reducing the chances of structural damage and subsequent required repair.
  • Available factory installed: Increasingly, kayak manufacturers are offering the Bumfortable as an option when ordering new boats. If you are a manufacturer and are interested in more information on OEM, please contact us.

Packed with features

  • Forgiving: The inbuilt softness reduces pressure points and allows extra rotation.
  • Smooth surface finish allows ease of rotation to aid in paddle efficiency.
  • The Bumfortable closed cell foam can be custom moulded to your particular bum shape by gentle use of heat, (eg hairdryer, hot-water bottle, or domestic fan heater), if you so desire. It is also easy to cut, grind and glue.
  • Light weight & completely non-absorbent
  • Warm closed cell foam – the Gurney Gears Bumfortable is warmer on cold mornings and more comfortable than fibreglass. Less abrasive and much less likely to make your legs fall asleep.
  • Bilge pump flow tunnels incorporated into the underside allow liquid to flow to your bilge pump (bilge pump not included)
  • The bottom line

I rate kayak comfort as more important than hull speed: to finish first, first you must finish!

So why not get your hands on the most comfortable kayak seat available?

Your bottom will breathe a sigh of relief!


Do your legs go numb?
Can you hardly feel your bum?

Does your kayak chafe?
Does your bum often ache?

Do you get leg cramps? Are you sick of cold, rigid and unfriendly fibreglass seats?

There’s no need to crack under pressure!

Enjoy the comfortable, Bumfortable today!

Am just returned from week’s paddling journey around the Orkney islands here in northern Scotland.  I had great hopes that the newly installed ‘Bumfortable’ would ease the awful sciatica which has plagued my paddling for the last three years……………and it did.  No pain for the whole week…….wonderful.  Paddling some big old north Atlantic seas with plenty wind on top and, for the first time in three years, I was able to look up and engage fully with the natural wonders all about us rather than sit hunched under the pain and popping endless diclofenac.
This seat does exactly what it says on the tin.  Thanks for a great product.

Ed Ley-Wilson, Scotland

Comfort is only half of the seat’s story in my view.. It’s more what the Bumfortable does to open up kayak choice for the mid-size guy. ‘Buy the seat first, then go find your kayak’. So many intermediate kayaks mock my L to XL body type by being too snug in the cockpit/seat area. A standard Swallow seat was a smidge too tight but your seat easily overcame that with the hangers removed. Same problem ruled me out of Opus, Firebolt and other boats I squeezed my backside into along the way. I bought my near-new TE from a tall but slender chap without trying it, based on having paddled one some years back. Horrors when I found JKK now markets two cockpits and apparently the old cockpit is now an XL. My one has a much narrower seat set-up with uncompromising hangars. My bum had no chance of getting past the bolt heads. Thirty minutes with my multi-tool and a sanding block, and eureka, the intrusive hangers were gone to make way for the Bumfortable. Problem solved. I can honestly say that your seat opens up a lot more choices for the kayak buyer with mildly child-bearing hips .. . . and a multi-tool.

Dave Conway, Gisborne, New Zealand

It fits perfectly in my Nelo – I tested it yesterday on a cold and windy lake and felt I could paddle forever – and it even kept my backside warm.

Ulla Keil, Germany

There are a lot of kayaks with {not very good} seats … I have started learning the Greenlander Paddle rolls and find the Bumfortable great as it doesn’t restrict sweeping my body low over the back deck … & provides a firm fit to allow body rotation and hip flick to aid the roll.

Bev Thompson, New Zealand

Just used the Bumfortables in the Wild Descent Kayak Race and found they were great and would be keen to stock them in my shop Prokayaks.” {The Bumfortable is now available at ProKayaks}

Matt Blundell, ProKayaks, NSW, Australia

I recently purchased a Bumfortable seat. I wish I had bought one when they first became available. This was literally the first time in 27 years of paddling my Isere that I didn’t get tailbone pain. And I didn’t need my extra thigh supports.
My feet and legs don’t fall asleep anymore with the Bumfortable! The seat was super easy to install and a big bonus is that it also fits my Dart. So I can race the USCA downriver class comfortably now.
The Bumfortable seat is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to improve the paddling experience that I have come across in almost 3 decades of kayaking.

Kevin Palmquist, Batavia, IL, USA

I bought a Bumfortable for my Time Traveller and never looked back.

Ian McGuinness, Australia