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Submitted: 04-03-2007 by donna4955

I think I promised another review after paddling the Stealth on moving water. It blows through standing waves exceedingly well, but when crossing eddylines you need to have an aggressive lean because the water grabs the channels on the hull and will flip you quickly if you aren't prepared. In other words, NOT a forgiving hull for moving water. Having said that, the same feature that might flip you (channelled hull) also allows you to carve and maneuver precisely on moving water, which is a great feature when you're trying to quickly go cross-river to avoid a strainer. It goes where you tell it to.

One annoyance: mine had the skeg - the kind that mounts on the end of the kayak (not underneath). It's a hassle when loading and unloading the boat, and I never actually used the skeg. With the channelled hull, this boat doesn't need it.

I think this is a good compromise boat for someone who can't quite decide between a whitewater kayak or a recreational kayak, but you need to know something about moving water dynamics to use it to best effect on moving water. Not saying you need to be some kind of expert, just the basics such as knowing which way to lean when crossing an eddyline and such.

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