I have been recently looking for a kayak to add my other two boats. Saw an ad for a roto tempest, so went to test paddle it. Very comfortable seat, pretty good on flat water, wasnt as nimble or responsive as my Zephyr though, but not too bad. The guy also had a used 1 yr old FG Caribou for sale for 2400 in great shape, took it for a 40 minute paddle and loved it.... seemed to fit me well, paddled great and was very responsive.....more nimble than many of the other kayaks i have been testing over the last month and a half. Went again to test paddle it hoping there would be wind or waves this time, but no luck, calm again.
Anyone have any opinions on this kayak? What its like in rough water, in wind and waves. I find the Zephyr is great when the lake is rough and in big wave conditions. Can I expect the same if not better behaviour from the Caribou?
I dont want to wait too long in case it gets sold......i have only tried it in calm water and hate to jump in without trying it in rougher conditions
I have been paddling for two seasons, paddled a 14' light touring one season and traded for a Zephyr 160 this past spring. I also just picked up a cheap Zephyr 155 a week ago. I love the 160 but find it a little "loose" at times. The 155 fits and responds much better. If you're not looking to go really fast, the Zephyrs are great !
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At $2,400 it won't sell overnight...|
Posted by: Kocho on Sep-12-12 10:32 PM (EST)
Granted, this seems to be almost new, but it is the end of the season and I have seen brand new kayaks of similar specs for less than that...
I have owned a Caribou S|
Posted by: jmyers on Sep-13-12 9:30 PM (EST)
for the past six years. It's become a bit on the heavy side for my aging, dilapidated body but other wise it's the best all-around kayak I've ever owned in 20 years of paddling. Other boats amy come and go but I will keep the 'Bou as long as I paddle and when I can't do that anymore, I'll have it stuffed and hung over the fireplace!
Posted by: mantis on Sep-13-12 11:25 PM (EST)
Keep in mind that|
Posted by: Kocho on Sep-14-12 1:42 PM (EST)
older vs newer Caribou|
Posted by: old_user on Sep-19-12 12:29 PM (EST)
Did they change the Caribou design again in 2010, or only once back in the mid-2000s when Wenonah bought them out and moved production to Minnesota?
i read |
Posted by: mantis on Sep-19-12 8:46 PM (EST)
I read that in 2010, they changed/updated the Caribou, Solstice GT and Solstice GTS. I'm not sure if the Caribou was changed in the early 2000s also
probably best to ask CD|
Posted by: old_user on Sep-20-12 11:16 AM (EST)
If they only changed it once, then the guy at the park was talking about the current version. I'm sure if you called or emailed Current Designs, they'd be able to tell you about the history.
Posted by: mantis on Sep-16-12 11:35 AM (EST)
Posted by: reaper on Sep-25-12 9:34 PM (EST)