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Submitted: 11-07-2006 by Bob

I own 5 kayaks and here is my opinion:

-tracking is very good for a 12.5 foot boat but it is no magic, the boat has no rocker so turns are slow
-the interior of the boat is very abrasive on your feet
-hull strength is very good for a poly boat
-hatch is very cheap on the expedition and always leaks
-bulk head adhesive lets go and heavy loads will knock the bulk head loose
-glide is very good, paddles very easily, but the boat has poor top speed since it starts to generate a wake at higher speeds (what you get from a short hull)
-combing for the skirt is a joke, must be very careful on rolls or skirt will pop
-rear decking loops are molded and stick up too high, hits your elbows funny bone on sweep strokes
-foot braces slip under heavy pressure and nylon web straps stretch when wet

This may sound negative but I would not give any boat a 10 since no boat is flawless. I was a bit disappointed with this boat considering it is classified as a touring boat when I feel its more a rec. boat. With decent combing some thigh braces and a rear hatch that does not leak I would have been very impressed by this boat.

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