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Very nice fit in the kayak. I'm 5'11 and 175 lbs with disproportionately long legs, and it gives plenty of room. I can get in and out of it easily without shoes on.
Stability - Excellent stability.
Tracking- Great tracking. In strong winds you can expect normal weather-cocking. Rudder really helps in high winds. Rudder also makes it very easy to navigate in small areas, surprisingly maneuverable.
Speed - Comparable to other touring kayaks of the same size.
Storage - Front compartment access is a bit small. Hatches are effective at keeping out water. The shape of the top of the boat is angled and it makes it a bit more difficult to attach other gear onto it, but it's not that big of a problem.
Comfort - The upgraded seat is pretty comfortable. It has a useless cup holder in the center that places the drink too far into my crotch.
Rudder system is plastic and feels kinda cheap. I wish it was aluminum like on the higher end boats, but I doubt it's really needed for the purpose. The rudder lines also feel like that have some elasticity to them, which I don't like very much.
Water breaks over the kayak really easily, a spray skirt is a must in high winds.
All this being said, I would highly recommend it to someone looking for a kayak of this size. I would buy another one.
I really like its superior speed, manouverability (most of my paddling is with the rudder up) and ability to hold its track even under adverse conditions. The boat's stability was very evident when I test paddled it in heavy waves in Lake Ontario. The boat is well made and so are its finishing touches. The hatches do not leak.
One potential problem I can see with this, as with other plastic boats, is deformation of the hull if left exposed to the sun on land. A simple remedy is to provide shade. Car toppers beware.
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