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Submitted: 11-23-2009 by cecil
Kirton Inuk is rare in Calif. So I got mine in NJ thru the Classified Ads (PN). Having owned an Nordkap HMC, Epic V-10S and Seda Glider I thought the Inuk shouldn't be a problem on stability. On the water it tracks straight but unlike the Nordkapp & Glider, it turns more so. The difference is that the Inuk has a slight rocker. The stability reminds me of my Norkapp HMC (narrower than the new ones). The FG layout is thick on the hull and lite on the top side. This makes it durable where it's needed. Even though the cockpit opening is relatively small there is no problem sliding in. Seated inside, there is a lot space around my 33" waist. The original seat was removed and replaced with a shaped foam one. Figuring out the best the seat position for me took awhile.
The amazing thing with the Inuk is how much is glides in the water. Checking and comparing hydrostatic figures of different kayaks, the Inuk has the same efficiency at slow speeds of the better 16 ft. kayaks designs. It gets better past 6 mph. I've only paddled the Inuk in 4-6 ft. waves and I thought I was to capsize (I'm flat water paddler) a hundred times but did not! The very low deck behind the cockpit is a big plus for re-mount or roll.
Inuk is definitely for an intermediate or advanced kayaker. I rate it as 1 of the top 3 kayaks I've owned and tested. It's a great kayak design for me.
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