Length: 8' 6" - Width: 31.00" - Starting at: $449.00See More Details about this Kayak
The setup was super easy taking only about 10 minutes to inflate both kayaks. Quality construction and materials is evident. 8 different family members ranging in age from 13 to 50 took them for a spin and all agreed...FUN, STABLE and EASY to maneuver!
I could not be happier with this purchase! Now the test will be wear and long-term durability. Oh yeah... deflating and stowing was just as fast and easy as the setup!
The skeg is removable, but in my opinion, tracking isn't too good even with it, so I can't imagine not using it. Of course the flip side of that is the ability of the boat to turn on an absolute dime when desired.
I like to take a lot of gear and multiple rods when I kayak fish, and that just isn't practical in this boat. But if you need a really light kayak that you can put in a trunk and access places otherwise inaccessible to you by boat, it fills the bill.
I haven't had the boat in any major rapids, but did take it through one gentle Class II. Other than the potential for possibly tearing if it hits a sharp obstruction or getting stuck in shallow rapids, I don't know why it's only rated for Class I. As mentioned above, maneuverability is excellent.
If one is used to very stable hardshell (mine is a Jackson Coosa), the Twist feels tippy when you first get in. The uneasiness dissipates quickly, however, when the excellent secondary stability becomes quickly apparent.
I can't comment as to durability, but if it holds up, I really can't complain about the boat's ability to perform the job I bought it for.
As others have mentioned, the light weight is a great plus.
It inflates and deflates in seconds. Drying out takes a little longer than with other Innova boats. BUT despite its light size, it comes with a small skeg. It tracks surprisingly well. With the provisos above I would recommend it heartily
I chose this model as I wanted a boat that I could put in a small rucksack and walk the short distance to the seafront from my house. The Twist fits in a tiny rucksack and only weighs 6 kg! I'll be using the boat to paddle out to my favourite freediving spots to go and collect scallops, and the loud yellow colour will help warn boaters of my presence.
I've just got back from my first test-paddle, and I'm absolutely stunned. It can be inflated/deflated incredibly quickly and easily. The most amazing thing is how well it paddled. I'm used to a hard-shell creek boat, so I was expecting a major compromise with this inflatable toy. In fact, it's performance was superb - I paddled a couple of miles around the harbour and it tracked beautifully. I was using the removable skeg,and I found I could paddle quite hard without the boat waggling too much. This is incredible when you consider the short length, low draught and light weight of the boat. It also put in a respectable turn of speed - slower than my creek boat, but fast enough to fight currents and get out of the way of boat traffic. It is very stable - I tried a few high braces, and I found it really difficult to get the boat to go over. You do get wet as you're sitting on the floor of an open boat in the water that's dripped off your paddle.
The inflatable seat isn't anything special, but I didn't find it uncomfortable. The footrest wasn't far enough away for me (I'm 6'2"), however, this can easily be altered by lengthening the webbing strap which holds it in place. There are no thigh braces - I'm sure you could find a way of fitting these, but I don't think I'll bother. For someone like me, who wants a boat to transport me across calmish water, this is perfect. I'm not sure I'd want to drag it over rocks (although it may be capable of this - until someone tries it, we don't know) but as it's so light I can easily carry it down to the water's edge so there's no need to treat it rough. I plan to leave it in the boot of my car, with a drysuit and a collapsible paddle, so if I ever come across some inviting water I'm ready for it.
So far, I haven't seen any other detailed reviews of this boat online, so I thought I'd add my first impressions now. I agonized over the decision to buy this one, as I had nagging doubts over how this would perform. Now I've tried it, I'm certain I've picked the perfect boat for my needs.
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