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#1 mangonboat

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 06:48 PM

I am fitting out my MR11 and at least half of my fishing and paddling is going to be on moving water, including some areas with Class II rapids, ledges and standing waves. The sit-on kayaking folks advocate thigh straps for better boat control on white water, but I've never seen them on anybody's fishing yak. I know knee and toe straps make a huge difference when I'm paddling a canoe in white water from a saddle. Anybody have any experience with thigh straps?

#2 boykinsbuddy

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 09:25 PM

I put them on my MR 14 for rough seas. They work. Get up with the guys from Get:Outdoors and ask them to get you a set of Dagger Torrent thigh straps and make sure you ask for the hardware to put them on. The Torrent straps work well and if you work at it...you can even get a decent Eskimo roll with them if you crank them down on your thighs. To get out from under them if you do flip and can't roll...just relax and do an underwater summersault and you will come right out.

#3 mangonboat

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 01:19 PM

Thanks for the feed back. I have been looking at potential mounting points at the shin and hip. The upper mounting screws for the adjustable foot brace rails seem to be about the right place for the lower attachment point, just above the ankle, and those screws go into a brass bushing molded into the body of the yak, so that should be a stout anchor point. I am thinking a small loop of 1.5" nylon strap with a brass or stainless eyelet , with the existing screw running through the eyelet and then through the foot brace rail, would work well, and the loop would also be a handy spot to hang a lightweight carabiner that I could use to quickly secure retainer leashes to small pieces of gear. There is already a strap slot for the seat strap at the hip on both sides and another loop of nylon strap could be secured there, as well.

#4 Higgy

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 01:15 PM

I installed the Seals Kayak Thigh Straps from Austin Kayak on my MR12 Angler. Works great, gives you much more control and power. I can even do a roll. Looks pretty cool too.




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