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Submitted: 06-22-2013 by Johnnysmooth

Picked up a Tiderace Excite a couple weeks back and have had a few paddles in it so far with longest being about 24miles. As a reference, before buying demo'd this boat, P&H Cetus, Impex Force 4 and Tiderace Xplorer.

First the other boats. Least favorite was the Impex. Quality of construction not on par with others, fit was off and boat felt sluggish. Also didn't like the relatively low bow, The Xplorer was a fine boat but fit wasn't spot on and while responsive, not quite as responsive as the Cetus or Excite. Cetus MV was a great boat, top-notch construction, handled well, fit was good and was a very close 2nd to the Tiderace Xcite.

Ultimately though, it was the Tiderace that did it for me. The reasons from demo (which was in a small slow flowing river):

  • Incredibly good fit - felt very "connected" to boat - much like a good pair of ski boots.
  • Incredibly agile while being quite stable.
  • Top-notch construction.
  • She looks beautiful.
  • Pretty quick acceleration and glides well.
Having taken her out, she certainly has met expectations and will be a great boat to grow into. She is fun and loves to surf. Did one paddle with good tail wind and 2' following seas and this boat just loved to pick up on those waves - such a blast.

The only reason I did not give it a solid 10 is that I found the stickers used on the boat to be so lame as to be virtually useless - really detracts from boat, they are put on quite poorly and I'll likely just peel them off. Also, not convinced the bulkheads covers are that great. Time will tell, they are KayakSport covers, but I find them to not be of same quality of Valley covers.

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