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Submitted: 08-19-2005 by mantyak
The Kayakpro Jet falls into the Touring K1 racing class. At an initial glance, one could think that it is a Nelo Razor with a different name, however, there are substantial differences between them. Although designed to race, if you are not a racer do not be dismayed. This is a pleasure to paddle and train in no matter what the speed.
The Jet has many subtle features not found on other kayaks one of which is a small skeg that protects the under stern rudder and aids in directional stability. Unlike many other "glass" kayaks, it is finished (to a smooth surface) both outside and inside. The "fit and finish" is excellent with bow and stern inserts as protection and the seat and footrest being one of the easiest to adjust I have ever experienced.
It is not as sleek and narrow as one would think. The apparent broadness near the bow seem as though the Jet may be giving up speed for stability. This is not even close to the truth! The Jet is extremely fast even when compared to peer kayaks and even competes with Unlimited Class k1s. It handles difficult conditions with ease and promotes a very secure feeling for the paddler. The Jet moves well in the water and glides extremely well between strokes. Cruising at 6.5 to 6.9 mph with reasonable fitness is quite easy. Speeds at and above 7 mph for longer periods of time are attainable with good stroke technique and training. With considerable effort (a true understatement...), I have obtained 10.3 mph, no wind, no current assist and GPS verified.
I am frequently asked, "Is it faster than boat X?" Without considerable additional information such as; at what speed, over what length of time and under what water conditions, relative boat speed comparisons are difficult to understand. With the many friends that I've let paddle this kayak, all have remarked how secure and fast they felt while paddling it. The Jet is a very fast and stable kayak.