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Submitted: 04-26-2007 by Billy
I just got the boat and took it for its first paddle. To begin with I have only paddled recreational boats but I always buy above my skills so I can grow into it. I tried the dagger spectre 15.5 carolina 14.5 old town adventure 16 I heard the wilderness systems was a dog in the water by numerous people so I didn't even try it even though I fit in it nicely. Ia sat in many others in which I did not fit in. My impressions are.. The manitou and dagger had the best performance and were also the most tippy. The manitou seems to be the fastest out of all of them. The boat glides effortlessly through the water and it seems to have a top speed that never changes no matter how hard you paddle so you might as well relax and cruise along at a pretty fast pace. The boat turns well but you have to lean in on the turns. The manitou 14 seems well made for a polyethylene boat and I like the hard hatches that protect the neoprene hatch covers. I am 6-2 235 and I fit in this kayak quite comfortably. The seat is pretty good not as nice as the one on the tsunami. Everyone that says this is a recreational boat does not know what a recreational boat is. This boat is thinner has a more prominent bow and is considerably faster than any recreational boat and including some of the touring boats I have demoed. The hull cuts through the water and is very efficient for a 14.4. The reason I wanted to stay in the 14 foot range was because of weight I didn't want to wrestle with a 60 + pound boat on top of the roof of my jeep. The manitou only weighs 48 pounds. Just remember this kayak is not a open water sea kayak I bought it to go up and down the river and fish on lakes and ponds. once in a while I may venture out on the sound on a nice day
If you want a recreational boat get a old town loon 138 what a gem of a boat I might still buy one as a second boat for my gf or for someone to go along with me. If you want a step up with some performance get a manitou.
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