Kayak advice, please, for a tall newbie
Posted by: old_user on Mar-13-11 10:42 AM (EST) Category: unassigned
Hi everyone. I have a fair amount of experience with small sailboats and canoes, but I have never had the fun of trying a kayak. I would like to remedy this, but before I start looking I would like to ask for your kind advice. The thing is I am 6'5" tall and I have hesitated trying kayaking because the seating appears to my eyes to be kind of small for a very tall person. Is this the case? Are there kayaks with extra room for very tall people? I have browsed some of the kayak manufactures websites and they seem to have information on weight but not height.
Thanks for any recommendations or thoughts.
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Posted by: medawgone on Mar-13-11 10:51 AM (EST)
This guy had a simular question a few days ago. He is 6'4. The feedback he got should be in your ballpark.I sure other big guys will chime in as well.
give a call around to shops|
Posted by: LeeG on Mar-13-11 10:59 AM (EST)
wear neoprene booties or water socks,not shoes or Tevas for footroom.
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Posted by: ptofireman on Mar-13-11 11:54 AM (EST)
I'm 6'1" and own a wilderness systems Tsunami 14.5, nice yak- but I find the tightness of the cockpit uncomfortable especially when it comes to moving my legs around to reduce cramping. I've checked out the perception Carolina, the cockpit opening is slightly roomier. Hopefully looking to pick one up this spring. We mostly kayak on flat open water in the warmer summer months, in upstate NY so the need for a spray skirt is minimal. Check the various shops and try them out to be sure you get the right fit. Good Luck!
What are your goals?|
Posted by: Celia on Mar-13-11 12:59 PM (EST)
In the 70s and 80s, no stock ww kayaks|
Posted by: ezwater on Mar-13-11 4:30 PM (EST)
had room for my 6' 5" frame. Now there are many. Smart dealers know which ones. There are also sea or touring kayaks with adequate room. But you have to go to the showrooms and try them on.
How heavy, foot size, goals?|
Posted by: Kocho on Mar-13-11 8:55 PM (EST)
Posted by: Cliffjrs on Mar-14-11 11:20 AM (EST)
Some specific suggestions|
Posted by: Ben on Mar-14-11 9:31 PM (EST)
I am 6'5", size 15 feet. I agree pretty much with all that has been said so far. If you are buying new, you will have a lot of choices. Used, the choices really dwindle down. Here are my biased opinions. For touring, I use a CD Isle (which I love) and a Prijon Marlin ( a bit tighter, faster, and more playful). I used to have an Airelite Dagger Specter which I was a great enthusiast of, but other people were less fond. Other ideas: Prijon Kodiak (but some tall guys have stability issues w/ this boat in choppy water) WS Zephyr (tighter in the feet, very playful), CD Titan (some stability issues, and will feel really large), NDK Romany XL (good fit, but NDK is a taste), P & H Capella 173 (nice boat, but it felt a bit vanilla to me), North Shore Buccaneer (again, felt vanilla). Crossover boats (WW/rec): all will fit. I have a Prijon Combi and a Pyranha Fusion. The Fusion has lots of zip, and gives me bomber confidence. The Combi is not as good at surfing but has more capacity and better plastic. I also have a Prijon Yukon (again, greatly loved) which has oodles of room, no glide, amazing stability and is great for river camping. Whitewater : the large Jacksons should fit you. I use a Mon-Star, SuperFun, and SuperHero. All three are terrific. If just starting WW, the SuperHero will give you the most confidence but the SuperFun is great at hitting lines, playing, and rolling. Other WW boats: the LL Remix 79 and Jefe Grande, the Prijon Pure XL, other large creekers depending on foot size. But everyone likes different things. Definitely do test paddles. Boats are very different on the water than they seem on dry land. Go for good fit. If the fit sucks, you'll be miserable.
Posted by: old_user on Mar-14-11 9:37 PM (EST)
Wow, thanks for all of the great advice everyone! That other thread was also loaded with great information to get me started in looking around at big guy kayaks.
Posted by: Ben on Mar-14-11 9:53 PM (EST)
Width matters, but so does rocker. Anyway, a good argument could be made that until you have good paddling mechanics, the speeds won't be all that different. Lastly, if you don't feel stable, you don't go fast. That having been said, you'll probably want a width of 23 to 24 inches. A good paddle will increase your speed more than you can imagine. Of the boats that I listed, the fastest one (to me) is the Prijon Marlin. A close second is the CD Isle. If you like a bit of danger, the Prijon Barracuda is really fast but has (ahem) a reputation. A decent river option for speed might be a Pyranha Speeder but again, it has a bit of a reputation. People love the Romanys, but they certainly aren't the fastest boats. Oh, I forgot to mention the Impex Assateague - a nice, fast boat that just didn't quite click with me.
I'm 6' and was 296 pounds found plenty|
Posted by: suntan on Mar-14-11 9:55 PM (EST)
of room in my Prijon Cruiser. The footpegs are a different style from all the other kayaks I've seen or tried. The Cruiser is a "crossover" and works well in all kinds of water.
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Posted by: tommyjoe on Apr-01-15 6:14 PM (EST)
I am also tall with size 15 feet, and also not very flexible. Advice like "adjust the pedals" doesn't work. With size 15 feet, your feet cannot be straight and must be at such a severe angle that they interfere with each other and cannot be at the same pedal length or must be badly contorted. (yes I dont wear shoes but wet suit socks). I have tried 3 different touring kayaks on different occasions, and my legs were so constricted that after 2 hours both legs were so numb that I had to crawl onto the shore. I will try again this season but I am getting ready to give up on a touring kayak and go to a recreational kayak with more room. I will try to investigate the kayaks mentioned but how do you manage to "try before you buy"?