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Submitted: 09-06-2005 by Dmitri
I took a Necky Eskia out for a 2 hour rental, and took out a Wilderness Systems Cape Horn 17 back to back. Difference is night and day.
In comparison to the Cape Horn, the Necky is slower, tracks downright awful without rudder , and I guess this being personal preference, the hinged seat back of the Cape Horn is way comfier than the suspended one on the Eskia. Eskia IS somewhat more stable, but it's more like recreational-kayak kind of stable that doesn't really want to be leaned.
Eskia has 2 things going for it, number one is its high volume and number 2 is it has lots of room for larger paddlers, Iím 6'1 and 180 and I think someone 6'4 and 250 would be fine in it.
All in all, paddling the Eskia in even mild wind was more of a chore, while paddling the Cape Horn (or a Prijon SeaYak that paddles very similar) was just joy. Try before you buy.
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