Submitted: 07-29-2011 by J.Sawyer
I live in Johannesburg South Africa, and we only have some very flat water here. I am a large guy, and enjoy this kayak very much. The plastic shell has lasted well over the last few years of paddling in the ocean and on inland dams.
Starting at the cockpit, there is sufficient space, knee braces are comfortable,and the adjustable footpegs are well suited. The seat, although it looks gimmicky with the gel pads, is comfortable. Packing space for touring is restricted by a narrow nose area in the front, the hatch openings are small, so you have to pack wisely. The rear hatch is more accommodating. In heavy weather, the neoprene and rubber hatch lid combination leaks badly. The fore and aft bulkheads have not remained adhered to the kayak shell, resulting in the leakage from the hatches swishing around in the cockpit floor.
Initial stability is good, secondary stability is marginal.The kayak requires a good boot of rudder when paddling on a windy day to prevent from weathercocking. I complete in a 10km time trial every Wednesday at the local canoe club, with an average time of 75 minutes for the 10km distance.
If you are a recreational kayaker, this would be a good option.
- Tracking (with rudder) 9/10
- Speed 7/10
- Maneuverability 6/10
- Initial Stability 9/10
- Storage space 6/10
- Overall: 7/10