Submitted: 01-24-2002 by TR
The typhoon is one of the best sit on top kayaks for flat water. At 11'2" it is long enough for good tracking and streamlined enough for pretty good speed. It weighs only 39 pounds and has moulded carrying handles.
One thing that is a little different about this kayak is that it is constructed with an integral high back moulded seat. The sitting position is slightly reclined similar to a recumbent exercise bike. Needless to say it is super comfortable and easy on the back. I am 6'4" and have plenty of leg room on this kayak. Another unusual features is a removable moulded storage compartment that fits the contoured shape of the high back seat. The compartment seals on the bottom with a large watertight rubber gasket and straps to the main body with the opening completely invisible. Use the storage compartment or leave it off and strap bulky objects with webbed belting.
This kayak has no self bailing holes and is not the best choice for surf and snorkeling. However, what you do get is a good, dry ride except for a little paddle drip into the foot wells. You also get a nice, low sitting position for comfort and stability.
This is the kayak of choice for several rental companies in my area. I purchased a used rental kayak about 2 years old for about half the $400 retail price for a new one.
If you want a nice flat water ride for creeking, lakes and slow rivers the Typhoon is very hard to beat. This boat is sturdy and well made. It is rated at 250 pounds and will perform well at maximum capacity. Check this one out. You'll be glad you did.