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Submitted: 06-19-2013 by JL
I have had the Soalra 12 for about one month now and I am delighted with this kayak. Current Designs did a very good job at making a good all around recreational boat. The seating is very comfortable and adjustable both under your thighs and lower to mid back as the back support adjust up and down as well as pivots with your movement (great idea).
The boat is well thought out with sealed bulk heads front and rear which is a great feature not just from a safety standpoint but also actual dry storage for all of your gear. The hatches seal well with no leaks noted and the fit and finish is great.
Paddling the Solara is fun and easy for the entire family. It is stable, tracks well and has good glide which was a little surprising. Turning is good but not too loose, and easy to control. The cockpit is on the larger side but not the largest out there and is not too open or confining in any respect. The optional half deck cover is a great option for keeping water out and provides a work surface for when you may be fishing or whatever. The storage is more than enough and a person could pack enough gear for a good weekend or possible for 4 maybe even five days if going ultralite backpacking gear.
Overall a great recreational kayak which could be used for some good flat water day trips or multiday trips at a good price point and exceptional quality. Highly recommended.
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