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Submitted: 12-23-2002 by jcaldeira

I've been paddling the Kevlar Shadow regularly for about 18 months and it is a joy on both open water and protected bays. It handles waves well with my 160 pound weight, but larger paddlers in mostly open water would probably want a little higher bow volume. Good initial stability for its width, due to a fair amount of volume fore and aft of the cockpit.

Great SmartTrack footbraces allow controlling footpeg position easily while sitting in the cockpit. Very comfortable seat bottom. The waterline length is significantly shorter than the overall length in the composite layups, with a lot of stern above the waterline.

My only complaints are:

(1) The seat back, which is too high for layback rolls (can be modified). It didn't fit me well, either, without shaving some of the some foam.

(2) The weight, which as advertised as 42 pounds (Kevlar) at that time but really weighed in more than 10% higher, at 47 pounds. Perception has since increased their spec weight a little for this boat, but plan on a higher actual weight or demand delivery of spec weight when ordering.

Overall, high quality manufacturing throughout. Many compliments on its appearance when paddling.

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