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Submitted: 06-22-2012 by Ron
I just bought myself a XP9 for fathers day. I have wanted one for a year or so I did a lot of research both in reviews and actually trying them out before I bought the XP9 I haven't taken it whitewatering yet but plan to soon... The XP tracks good even with the skeg up and rolling it is easy. I've never taken a whitewater course just watched a couple of videos on YouTube but I was rolling the XP9 on my 3rd attempt.
I only have a few complaints: the hatch system sucks it not watertight at all. The first time I practiced rolling I went to shore to have lunch and much to my surprise the back and my lunch were soaked. There was a lot of water in the compartment! Plus if you take the hatch off while on the water, the lid almost always ends up in the water.
I also have a Old Town Dirigo106 the hatch system on that is a 1000 times better the XP9 it has 2 locking lever cams, a rubber gasket to keep it watertight plus has hinges so when you open the hatch it doesn't fall in the water. I've tried to roll my Dirigo many times before I found out it wasn't designed to roll - it has no knee braces to keep you in the kayak. Even with all my failed attempts to roll the Dirigo, I never had water in the back
My other problem was that the plastic rivets that they used to hold down the badass seating where placed too close to the hip pad pockets so that I couldn't get the padding down far enough to make contact with my hips. So I had to pop the rivets out in order to get the padding to fit right plus there was another rivet that dug into my tailbone so i had to pop that one out too
One thing they could add would be a bungee cord paddle holder on the side of the kayak there are after market ones that I can buy but would be nice if they put one on
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