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  first impressions
  Posted by: jay on Aug-25-12 11:53 PM (EST)
 

Had xplore s out for a couple of short paddles. It
seems very stable, primary and secondary. Very
maneuverable actually quite loose, would make a great
rough water play boat unloaded and also great for covering
miles on day paddles flat or in conditions. Back to
the secondary, it does lock in quite good and gives
lots of warning before she goes, but when she does
go it's quite fast almost like a nordlv. And rolls
really fast and easy, not quite as much pop at the
end of roll as some but rolls really nice for layback
rolls and the GP I was using. Speed feels decent on
flat stuff but felt alot faster the rougher it got
as the wind picked up. The 20" beam was great for
keeping a nice close paddle stroke, cockpit needs
some more padding as it was a bit to big in stock
form. So some thicker foam for thigh braces and
probably ditch the backband and make a slanted
foam back rest/support. Need seat time in more
conditions to get a better feel of boat but so far
I'am liking it. This model is suspose to be for the
smaller with gear to sink hull down enough and give
a very stable ride, I think the larger folk who fit
into this model would like it as a day boat because
there extra weight with out gear would have boat
deeper in water and have alot more stability
especially secondary.

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