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Stable and quick when two are paddling moderately. Itís faster than the Malibu Two XL since its not as wide, but it doesnít compromise stability. Good storage space to strap gear down. Handles crosswinds and rough water well. Loading is a breeze with two people.
Can be a wet time even in calm water. Like most OK models, scupper plugs fix this. Itís advertised for two people and a small child but thatís much too cramped for a day trip. 2 people and 1 small dog is pushing the max. Turning is slowÖexactly what youíd expect for a tandem unit. There are no tandems that turn on a dime.
Overall, this kayak is great and I would never part with it. Iíve had it in lakes, streams, rivers, bays, and the ocean and it has never skipped a beat. Like most SOT models, long trips are impossible without a backrest since the molded seats donít provide any support. It gets a 9 for the lack of any real decent cupholders. The molds arenít high enough to keep a drink upright in choppy water. And no kayak gets a 10.
Now, the negatives: 1) It tracked ok on a still day, but in 10 mph wind it weathercocked terribly and was almost impossible to keep in a straight line. It zig-zagged all over the place. Granted my paddling skills aren't the greatest, but I do just fine in my Cypress in the same conditions or worse. I'm sure it would be fine on moving water but unfortunately, we paddle mostly lakes... so far. 2) I know someone said it was lightweight, but for two women it was heavy but manageable.
It's a wet ride (I've ordered scupper plugs) but that's ok because I like getting splashed, even more so when it's warmer weather. All in all, I would recommend this kayak - it's great for fun on the water.
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