Submitted: 10-03-2005 by lirot
The Nelo Razor is an excellent boat overall. It offers good speed, stability (for a boat this wide), and excellent construction quality. The tracking is so poor, that I drop what would normally be a 10 to an 8.
Speed: The boat is about 5-6.5% faster on flat water than an Epic Endurance. It catches waves very easily for sometimes near effortless surfing. On flat water, it is very quick, being as fast as an EFT, or ICF trainers. It will get left behind by full on ICF K1s on flat water. The front deck is high enough that it keeps afloat in much rougher water than other ICF / touring boats like a Talisman.
Stability: This boat can be handled by a kayaker with reasonable balance and bracing. It is not a rough water boat, and is not a good choice for all but highly skilled paddlers in more than 1 ft chop.
Tracking is really the boat's weak point. It can be impossible to control well in some beam wakes off the starting line with K2s or C2s. The problem is quite pronounced, making steering such a problem that it makes application of paddling power impossible until the field is broken up and spread out (often minutes into the race!!).
Overall, I think this boat is best used as a training tool for fitness, stroke development, and just general workouts on protected water. This makes it a very good boat to train with. The narrow, low deck up front helps get the blade closer in, allowing one to develop better technique and propulsion.
With a fin under the hull, or a larger rudder, it might track better. If the tracking problem could be solved, I'd give this boat a 9, if not a 10. Again, it is a good choice for fitness training, and stroke development in rougher water than higher performance K1s can handle.
The boat's construction quality is very high, and sturdy. The rudder lines (poly cord) are quirky and hard to adjust well.
Overall, a fine boat that is rewardingly quick in sheltered waters. The seat adjusts for height (2 positions), It also can be moved forwards/backwards, as can the footrest. Steering is with a tiller bar controlling and under stern rudder.