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Submitted: 06-06-2005 by JAD
I really donít understand the few negative reviews this boat has garnered. It is exactly what it claims to be, a fun recreational kayak. The strengths of this boat can be measured in its exceptional stability and maneuverability. No it isnít the fastest boat on the water, but it can turn on a dime even at full speed without feeling tippy.
As far as tracking goes I have found that with the skeg in place it tracks straight as an arrow. With the skeg out it is somewhat temperamental, but isnít anything an experienced kayaker canít handle and certainly nothing that canít be cleared up with a little attention to you technique (or an hours worth of instruction). I donít much care for the affixed skeg, but luckily you can replace it with a pull up skeg which is nice for shallow areas.
The price is unbeatable for what you get. I picked up two Storms for $250 a piece and that price included the spray skirt, paddle, and cushioned seat back, in other words everything you need to get started. The paddle is a bit short (about 215cm) for a boat of this width (Beam is 32 inches). I switched to a 230cm and performance has greatly improved. The boat is very durable and can take some abuse. All in all it is a great and affordable starter boat.