Posted by: jsmarch on Aug-19-12 8:45 AM (EST)
Had a review ready to post, then Safari hung and nada--haven't gone back. I love the Xplore. Primary and secondary are both strong--not sure where this idea of ill defined secondary comes from? Secondary gets much better when loaded as would be expected. The kayak is very fast yet turns easily upwind or down when edged. It has very reassuring manners in lumpy wanter, surfs downwind easily, and is easy to control on a wave face at least in small surf. I've owned a lot of kayaks, but have paddled mostly OC Greenland kayaks for years. I bought the Xplore because I wanted a camping/expedition kayak. Was worried that I wouldn't like it, but turned out the opposite. Turner Wilson and Cheri Perry paddle the Xcite--has replaced the BBK Aral as the go to camping/surfing kayak from what I can see. I picked the Xplore over the Xcite for speed and volume. From what I can tell the two main East Coast dealers--NY Kayak Company and Savannah Canoe and Kayak sell their stock right away. Still, there's always the allure of the new kid on the block--we'll see what sort of staying power TR has over the long term. Me, I'm a happy paddler.