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Submitted: 12-04-2004 by jatg
My wife and I purchased two AirFrame kayaks this last summer. We paddle local lakes, slow rivers (i.e. Russian River), tidal sloughs, etc. Overall, the kayaks handle pretty well for their length, tracking is tolerable for an inflatable 10.5' kayak. Very little room. We carry mesh bags of ghost poo (styrofoam shipping pellets) to brace our feet.
Here's the downside- 1. The two main air valves can be a major pain to access, especially the one that must be accessed through the holes in the fabric on the top rear. This can make preparation a time consuming and frustrating affair. 2. You tend to get some water inside the kayak when you use it, so you can't deflate it and pack it away. You need to deflate it and dry it out for a day or longer before you can fold it up. 3. The plastic skegs never actually straighten. They get folded over when the kayak is stored and always remain crooked. That said the skegs probably still help tracking a great deal.
As far as the water experience, the kayaks do give you confidence, stable, and can be paddled for many miles without too much effort.