Today I’m just going to go over a little trick that I use with my Jackson Happy Feet. I know that some people like to use a foam foot block not only because they’re cheaper, but also a lot lighter and longer lasting however, I fit better in my Jed and feel more connected when barefoot – Happy Feet protect my feet from any rubbing while also allowing that extra bit of customisation and comfort. In this post I’ll explain how I’ve modified my Happy Feet to fix the problem I was having…

Happy Feet are made up of two sections – the main part has all the beads in it and it is this part which you suck the air out of so that it moulds around your feet, the second part is like a normal air bag and it’s job is to push the main section towards you if it’s too far away. The issue with this is that I could have a perfect fit with the main section, but what if my feet don’t reach to the end of the boat? If I inflate the second part this will move the main part closer to me but it will also mean I no longer have a firm foot rest. Instead of pushing against the nose of the boat directly, there will instead be an inflated airbag inbetween your foot rest and the nose of the boat resulting in squidgy, unresponsive feedback. I don’t want this and neither should you – so how do I fix this?

Simple – cut off the second section (the bit without the beads in). The two sections are separate so you won’t puncture the main one if you’re careful and all it takes is a set of kitchen scissors. This will make your Happy Feet a decent bit lighter because not only will you lose the rear section but you’ll also lose that annoying, heavy rubber pump that inflates it. Your Happy Feet will also be less likely to puncture because you’ll only have one air bag and not two separate ones to worry about. But now that I’ve cut off the back section how do I move the main bit forwards? Take a small block of foam (you could tape together hip pad shims for the purpose) and wedge it in the front of your boat, now put your Happy Feet back in and mould them around your feet as well as the block. This means you can still use Happy Feet, still be comfortable and go barefoot if you choose, but you’ll have a much better connection with your boat than if you were inflating the rear section and you’ll save yourself a little weight while you’re at it.

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