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Submitted: 03-18-2013 by Dec-El
Just purchased, have not tested in the water. Selected this model based on price and overall length. Retail price was $400, but found on sale for $300 at a retail store in MI.
Important: The cockpit opening/ridge is very low profile. 3rd party brand cockpit spray/splash skirts and cockpit covers DO NOT FIT, they slip right off. The hull has a very pronounced "V" shape. I've read that reduces initial stability (climbing in?), but has greater secondary stability when kayaking. I purchased J style wall hooks for storage, but the V shape hull does not fit the J shape wall hooks very well. The elastic bungee cords are anchored by a metal end that was simply inserted into hole and turned flat against the plastic. The metal end may cause punctures to float bags. Recommend taped against hull.
The hull is not sealed in the bow or the stern, it is completely open. The stern has a couple thin long pieces of styrofoam for floatation. I don't have much trust with that. The kayak is made via twin sheet thermoforming. That means two separate pieces of the polyethylene were heated, vacuum formed/fitted, and then joined together. As a result, the entire centerline has a ridge. The ridge allows fingers to grip it, one added bonus. The seat is formed from the top piece vacuum formed in a downward motion. It seems very cheap. The stern storage hatch is simply a shallow depressed area with a cover, it does not allow access to the main stern area of the kayak.
In a nutshell, you get what you pay for. I wish I purchased a different brand in the 600-800 range, but the price was right for now.
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