Straightedge - seat position question

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Straightedge - seat position question

Post by lakejumper » Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:33 am

I'm considering purchasing this model because of the ease of getting into it. Is it possible to lay your legs down straight in front of you when paddling and riding in the kayak or do you have to keep them in a bent position. I have had both knees replaced and it is uncomfortable to keep them in that position.

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Post by rsimpson » Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:57 pm

How tall are you? Are you considering the STE1 or STE2?

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Post by lakejumper » Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:12 pm

I'm 5'6" and am considering getting the STE1 model.

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Post by PJohanson » Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:33 pm

My friend Marlene has had both knees replaced. She sits in front on the StraitEdge 2. Mostly she has her knees slightly bent, but she likes being able to change her position. We set her seat just far enough back from the front that she can sit with straight legs and press her feet against the front brace. When she wants to ride with her knees a little bent, we put a jacket or a small throw bag in the front for her to press her feet against. It's nice to be able to change her leg position quickly and easily.

I sit in the back seat. She likes it when my feet press only gently against her seat. (She is very thin, not muscular and plump like me.) On the other hand, when I am in the front seat, my partner in the back likes to use my seat back as a foot brace -- this does not bother me at all.

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Post by lakejumper » Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:55 am

Thanks so much for your reply. That helps a lot.

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Post by PJohanson » Sat Nov 06, 2010 12:09 pm

You can do the "bag as a foot brace" trick in either the StraitEdge or the StraitEdge2 -- heck, I do it in my Dragonfly (an older version of the Lagoon) too!
Stuff a drybag with your spare shirt & shorts, food bars, space blanket & pocket warmer -- you'll have a dunk bag in case you get soaked. Very good for little emergencies or having to sleep in your car. Tie one end of a cord to the dry bag and the other end to the kayak seat before you get in. That'll make it easy to toss the bag down by your feet to be a foot brace, or pull it out of the way when you want straight legs.

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