Submitted: 04-26-2007 by ZH
I took the patriot down the Brazos River...below PK damn at highway 16 to highway 4. This kayak was awesome. Plenty of room for gear on a 2 night stay. The back dry compartment held 2 gallons of water, tent, sleeping bag, clothes and still had excess room for other gear. The stability was impressive, I could lean over to un-hook fish with ease. Speed wasn't as good as I anticipated but still fast enough for 22 miles on poor current. The back hatch stayed dry and the rubber hatch cover was easy to take on and off. Tracking was better than i anticipated but still moderate. The patriot was very quiet, no annoying noise from water when paddling hard. The seat padding was comfy, and the large cockpit was easy for climbing in and out. A great boat for the price. Would have given it a 10 but gear in the front past the foot braces can be hard to reach...wish there was a front hatch or at least some straps on top in the front.