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Submitted: 12-15-2006 by sailstrobel
Iíve had my Element 10.0 about 10 months and love it. Iím 51, 5í8í and weigh 180. I also paddle a Wavesport Y that I bought about 5 months ago. Iíve been kayaking about a year and have canoed for a long time. I tried a lot of recreational kayaks before selecting the Element 10.0. Much of my paddling is going to be in class I &I I rivers, often with canoers and family groups, so I was looking for the most maneuverable recreational kayak I could find and still be able to keep up with the canoes on flat water and carry my share of stuff. I got exactly what I was looking for. Class II rapids are very doable in the Element 10.0. I can easily execute eddy turns and learned that by leaning a little more on the turns, I can negate much of the resistance created by the rear keel/skeg during the second half of the turn. I can also surf the right size waves. It tracks very well on flat water. I fish using a small 2 piece rod that I can easily tuck inside and out of the way when I hit fast moving water.
The seat and foot rests and comfortable and easily adjustable. I like to paddle with my knees wedged in under the cockpit just as you would in a whitewater kayak, but I can comfortably paddle with my knees sticking out in front of me when I want a little stretch break. Initial stability is very good but the boat can easily take on water in even the smallest waves. I always paddle with a skirt and I highly recommend one for this kayak on anything but flat water. I use an NRS Catalina, $50. The Element is easy to exit, even with the skirt.
Another great thing I like about the Element 10.0 is that my wife and my 11 year old son both enjoyed paddling it.
My only negative comment is that the Element 10.0 did not have a drain plug, but it was easy to install a generic off-the-shelf one myself. I also considered buying the Element 11.2, but the 10.0 was significantly more maneuverable and I consider those storage hatches a negative on any boat. Iíve never met anyone who did not have one that eventually leaked. I prefer the open area underneath the deck which gives me the option of using flotation bags or dry storage bags as needed.
If you are looking for a maneuverable, versatile recreational kayak, I highly recommend the Dagger Element 10.0.
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