What makes the Legend a good boat is a good paddler like Nigel.
Both boats are demanding of skills. For me: the Nord sits deeper in the water with more rocker and a bit shorter. The Legend has less rocker, higher volume and longer and for my weight of 185, it seems to teeter on the V hull where the Nord sits more solidly - but both have low initial. So in rough water? If your skills are good you can paddle anything in rough water. I like the Nord a bit more because it doesn't teeter back and forth on the v hull. I never like that with hard chine boats and it's caused by not having enough weight in it or if its a long boat, it's just doesn't sink deep enough. But that's what gives you the speed. So that's the trade. I have never really surfed either of them.
Years back before NDK, Nord was the guy and good paddlers flocked to it because it had low initial and was supposed to be the top of the fleet for Valley. I paddled with loads of paddlers over the years and we all paddled in the same conditions regardless of the boat.
I paddled a newer Nord last year and I liked it but not sure If the low initial is a good enough trade for any other aspects. My experiences with the Legend is over 10 years ago. It kept getting resold and some of those owners ended up with Explorers. Sometimes a lounge chair feels good.
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Touring Kayak Paddles
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