Bought my wife an Inuvik for her birthday and let me say what a nice kayak. Boat is very stable, has a large open cockpit which makes it easy to get in and out of and also allows my wife who can't sit still able room to move around and stretch her legs. Boat glides across the water and tracks very well. Plenty of room and a storage compartment to allow for a few days worth of gear.
I personally own a Perception 14' Carolina and as much as I love that boat I have to say that I may like the Inuvik a little bit better. Highly recommended if you're looking for a quality kayak but don't want to break the bank.Value for money - Clearwater Design gets full marks! I bought an Iqaluit for fishing two years ago. Modified the boat by adding a pulley system for an anchor, secured sections of pool noodle in the bow (buoyancy in case of flipping), a pole holder just aft of the cockpit and a homemade "tabletop" for lures etc.
Just a month ago, I picked up the big brother Clearwater Design Inuvik. Same expanse of an open cockpit but an extra 50 pounds of payload. I bought the lumbar seat and swapped out the original molded plastic one. This gave me about 10 inches of open space behind the new seat and the aft bulkhead - nice! I cut in two fish pole holders again just aft of the cockpit and most excellent, I bought the fish deck table that is custom designed and molded to snap over the front of the open cockpit. This fish deck is well thought out and includes an adjustable Scotty pole holder.
Can't wait for the ice to get off the lakes up here in Northern Ontario so I can get in the water!! Oh, a different approach for added buoyancy - for this boat I secured a kiddies playground rubber ball up in the nose. Very very pleased with these Clearwater Design siblingsHello all, see my earlier review (July 2011)
It seems that while the Australian Dealers are like jet engines (they suck and blow) the actual ClearWater mob are AB-SO-LUTE-LY top line, they sent me a replacement bulb, complete with overseas postage, FREE...way to go Clearwater!...call it a 10.5/10...is that allowed?
The Inuvik is a great boat, do yourself a favour, get an Inuvik, an experienced paddler will have a hoot in it, but so will any first timer...even someone with some size and weight and bugger all balance will have a great time in this.This kayak is a single body construction (no seam, 1 piece!) which means there is nowhere for it to leak or wear out over the years. It is a flexible plastic which will allow it to last many years as well. I found it to be very stable, even in rough waters with my Australian Shepherd aboard. He and and I go for hours on end on the lakes and he loves the comfortable room.
Thank you Clearwater
The foot pegs are in a great spot and the inflatable lumbar support is fantastic. The dry storage at the back seemed to take a bit of water, but a dry bag sorts all that out. It is also likely not the boats fault as I was in 1 meter swells and couldn't always keep the hull above the wake.
Great kayak! 10 out of 10! oh....and Canadian made!I paddle a mountain lake in Australia, I'm a good average sized Aussie of 6'3" and about 220 pounds, the Inuvik takes me, my Labrador and a bit of gear easily on the lake. Its a dry and stable boat on anything but real chop when it does catch a bit of spray. It 'waddles' a bit when you are having a fair go speed wise but at touring speeds it is safe, ultra stable and easy to move, and tracks well, the drawback is trying to push this thing faster than it wants to go, I guess that's called "Hull speed" It is also quite agile even without a rudder on fast flowing rivers with grade 1,2,3 rapids, so long as you know how to sweep stroke. The Fit and finish are good and unlike other reviewers I find the foot pegs located just fine. I guess you little USA blokes have short feet?
It's a lovely boat as a recreational boat, its not any sort of racer. I give it an 8 out of 10 only as the (Aussie) after sales suck the big one! I can't even get one of those little rubber bulb and valves to inflate the seat, the valve died on the second trip and leaks badly but the (Aus) sales mob won't even return calls, the Boat deserves better than that. This is my first kayak I paddle on the Ottawa River and every second day; my route is about 10 km (according to goole Earth).
Yesterday I went out with my friend on my regular outing, he kicked my butt all the way and on top of that he was not even trying to go fast. By the time our ride was done I was dead tired…. Usually when we cross-country ski in the winter I’m the one in front.
I wish that my Inuvik would be has fast has is old wood kayak… What I have learned from reading comments and reviews this website is to trust your instinct and even if 500$ kayak has a satisfaction rating of 10/10 it does not mean it will be has good has a 3000$ kayak
Overall I like the Inuvik but wish it was faster.