After a year fishing with my Frontier, I found that the old seat bases had a lot of flex and play. The flex was a big issue - it allowed the seat to lean quite a bit toward the back of the Frontier. This became very uncomfortable to sit in for long trips, where I spend several hours in the seated position. My lower back and legs were often very sore after a day on the water if I didn't spend a good amount of time standing. The play in the bases caused them to be noisy, which takes away one of the biggest advantages of fishing from a kayak – stealth. Many 2012 owners came up with custom bases because of the problems mentioned. I most likely would have done the same thing had NuCanoe not rectified the situation with the new base.
Old Seat Base
NuCanoe listened and hit a home run with the new base! My replacements arrived just in time for some winter fishing. I have had the opportunity to use the new bases on two trips this winter, and I am very impressed. They have four points of contact, which takes all of the play out of the base, and they are much sturdier. I used the new base on a pair of six-plus hour fishing trips, and was able to sit the entire time without any soreness. The connectors are also a much better design. The bolt is actually attached to piece that slides in the track, and then a knob screws onto the bolt from the top. This makes it much easier to mount the new seats compared to the old setup, where the bottom piece slid into the track and you screwed the knob and bolt in from the top.
New Seat / Base
4 Point connection
The only real con I can think of is that with the new setup is the four rod holder spots (round holes in the old base) are gone. This was a necessity to be able to have four points of contact. This isn’t a big issue for me as I really never used them for that purpose, but I know when my daughter tagged along with me she did use them quite a bit.
In my opinion the Frontier is the ultimate fishing machine, and the improved seat base makes it even better. The best thing about the folks at NuCanoe is they are in tune with their customers - they take feedback and continue to improve their product. Job well done!