canoe seats 2.0

As we all know, paddling with the canoe, means lots of hours being seated. Therefore we took an extra care while re-designing seats for our canoe production line. Comfortable, ergonomic and functional seats are essential for an enjoyable ride.

While participating in Võhandu Marathon on board of Uuniq’s prototype-canoe it become clear that our design choices paid off distinctively. Although handcrafted rotang and frame glued from leftovers of high-grade timber makes production process much more time consuming there will be specific advantages in doing so, notably enhanced ergonomics and significant cutback regarding supply in used.

One could feel the difference between seats of mass production canoes and Uuniq seats right away – rotang will stretch certain amount and in case of made by hand, it will have longer life span. Regarding ergonomics, rotang has several advantages, as it provides ventilation and does not absorb/accumulate moisture from body heat, nor the splashes which will be landing on board inevitably while canoe is paddled frantically or is smashing through a white water. In order to minimize pressure onto the thighs, we have lowered the front section of the seats, attaching those as slightly tilted to forward.

We acquired valuable experiences by participating in Võhandu Marathon – first of all, we were assured that longitudinal position of the seats are optimal. The rear seat is positioned well forward to give enough space for hips but not too forward where the lateral shape of the canoe reaches width which will be too wide for enabling safe and comfortable paddling. The same goes for front seat – well enough back to ensure sufficient space for the legs, but not too much, so the hullside would not interfere movement of the hand.

Joining functionality, sustainability and aesthetics is one of our core values. Our motto in Uuniq is to offer only the best to our clients, therefore we took a second look at our seats. Everything that is unnecessary, cumbersome or awkward, must be eliminated.

Sometimes the innovation lies in an ability to dig well enough into the practices and know-how of past generations. The solution was just under our noses: in a form of classical “antique” chair. Only thing we had to do is to integrate the shape of the seat with our own lines.