1) How many ppl find the extra width of oval hatches often comes in handy when packing gear?
It helps, but most of my kayaking is day trips.
2) how many ppl find round hatches to be easier to put on and take off with cold, wet fingers?
I've never noticed a big difference.
3) Does either kind of hatch have more 'issues' than the other?
Now yer talkin'. My Wilderness Systems experience says round is much drier than oval. My Dagger experience says round is light years, no, light centuries drier. I really like my Alchemy but the oval hatch leaks like a screen door.
Kayak & Canoe Outriggers
Rescue / Throw Bags
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