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Old 25 June 2015, 07:46   #1
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Hi guys!

I'm planning my next year around arctic Svalbard expedition next summer. The boat is a Osprey Vipermax 680 with Suzuki 250 on the back. As of now I have the original jockey seats, but I'm looking at mitigating seats. My question on is what kind of seats would you use on a to week trip like this? Jockeys are fine but would bucket seats with mitigation be better on this long days?
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i had coastal pro shock jockey seats on mine alright for a couple of hours then made my a-s- sore so would sit on the tubes for a while, never tried bucket seats but you still need to use your legs for stability on shock seats so i think buckets would not help but a descent helm seat might be OK where you can spread your legs.talk to Scott seats in the UK the make a wide variety of seating including marine.

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Hi guys!

I'm planning my next year around arctic Svalbard expedition next summer. The boat is a Osprey Vipermax 680 with Suzuki 250 on the back. As of now I have the original jockey seats, but I'm looking at mitigating seats. My question on is what kind of seats would you use on a to week trip like this? Jockeys are fine but would bucket seats with mitigation be better on this long days?
It depends on your seating configuration, if you have side by side helm seats, you might struggle to find bucket seats that will fit. I have a pair of Ullman Biscayas with side bolster supports & they JUST fit with about 20mm gap between them. The Ullmans are "firm" on the bum & after a couple of hours you need to stand & give your cheeks a rest The upside is they are very kind to your back & legs. As ever it's a compromise, if the seat padding was softer, the shock would be taken by the seat & not the mechanism & you would risk bottoming out, the firmness of the seat squab makes the mechanism do its job. I think in your case you need to find out what will fit & take it from there, rather than deciding on what you want & discovering they won't go.
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Its a 4 seat configuration 2+2. I think you might be right regarding the space. Ill ask Osprey. I guess mitigating jockeys might be my only choice...

If there is room for bucket seats, would this be your preference? I have to keep in mind that I have to navigate between drifting ice, so standing is not going to be as good with the bucket seats... I did half of the trip I am planning now on a 17`Polar circle boat with jockeys, and I can still feel it in my bum 4 years later ;-)
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Its a 4 seat configuration 2+2. I think you might be right regarding the space. Ill ask Osprey. I guess mitigating jockeys might be my only choice...

If there is room for bucket seats, would this be your preference? I have to keep in mind that I have to navigate between drifting ice, so standing is not going to be as good with the bucket seats... I did half of the trip I am planning now on a 17`Polar circle boat with jockeys, and I can still feel it in my bum 4 years later ;-)
Any sort of Standing ie Navigating through Ice! and Buckets are a no no...OMO where good view and vis is paramount.
I know a lot of the early Lynx racers used Bucket seats...and some of the Osprey Consuls were designed for them....but at lower speeds in rough weather I don't think for most RIBs you can beat the Jocky type arrangement.
I also use Ulmann Biscaya's and Love em .....and (unlike) Pikey don't find them hard on the Backside at all...maybe because I've had them longer...maybe I'm just more of a Hard Ass!
Incidentally I fitted some foot rests to my Ulmann's which not only make for more comfort in some Sea states...but also offer a better view when stood on,because of the extra hieght afforded,which YOU might find handy in the Ice flows!
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Looks like my initial thought was the right one. Now if one you you Ribnet gentlemen would sell me your Ullmans cheap, I can get this project going faster ;-)
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..maybe because I've had them longer...maybe I'm just more of a Hard Ass!
..or more natural padding
+1 for the footrests, they allow a good view & also offer a different position for your feet.
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If you are after something with a bit more of a flat seat area, that still has a jockey pommel for lateral stability, you may be interested in what we are making down under... see info here:

Suspension seats for shock mitigation - Shark Seating

Hope you find/have found a good solution!

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Hi!

Going around Svalbard is an epic trip. I did it about 10 years ago. The main target was flyfishing. We had a base in "Polheim" in the Widjeford, and from there I went flyfishing where no man had been flyfishing before (at least it felt like it).

I have a log for the different rivers with artic charr in Widjeforden. Send me a PM if you are interested. Remember C&R.

I`ve attached som pic for you. Flyfishing I'm the Didrikslagune, a shot of the Didrikscabin (the cabin at Polheim is much better), and more.

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Hi!

Going around Svalbard is an epic trip. I did it about 10 years ago. The main target was flyfishing. We had a base in "Polheim" in the Widjeford, and from there I went flyfishing where no man had been flyfishing before (at least it felt like it).

I have a log for the different rivers with artic charr in Widjeforden. Send me a PM if you are interested. Remember C&R.

I`ve attached som pic for you. Flyfishing I'm the Didrikslagune, a shot of the Didrikscabin (the cabin at Polheim is much better), and more.

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Now...that's a Rib adventure!...One Day!
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