Posted by: Kocho on Oct-02-12 7:24 PM (EST)
Looks like a nice short-ish touring kayak that would be happy in lumpy conditions. I don't think it will be in the league of true "ocean playboats" like the P&H Delphin or the Tidrace Xtreme in terms of playfulness. From the short video of the Raven being paddled on the Skook wave, it looks like it does not have a huge bow rocker and the bow tends to slice rather than pop over (compared to something like the Delphin or the Whisky 16 for instance). Also, I did not get the impression that it was "carving" turns particularly well there, with the bow tending to cause broaching more easily than I would think someone who is in sea kayak playboat/surfing stuff would want to...
I think the Raven will be faster and smoother in wind chop and probably more efficient to paddle in a straight line than the abovementioned boats. In that respect I think it will be similar to a WS Zephyr for instance, perhaps with a bit better top speed.
What it will boil down to (price and intended use aside) will be individual fit and the relatively light weight of the Raven and the expected nice thermoformed material and quality build from Eddyline...
Of course, the above is just theoretical babling on my part and the Raven does look great -;)
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