the pintail because i wanted the challenge of a kayak that needs to be "paddled" all the time. Mine is the newer versionthat propably sits a bit higher in the water, than the old. Still its an extremely playful kayak. its very smooth in confused seas and it tends to find the best way through comlex waves on its own if one lets it. Im sure its pros and cons to the change from old to new when it comes the (S)pintail. While it is not the fastest on flat water it fast in rough seas. This is a dedicated kayak for playing in waves and rough seas. I tried a Delphin this season and i didnt like it. Too big for me , very high primary. Not my cup of tea, but many like them. I havent tried the etain yet, but many friends have got the and love them. I guess the etain is a very good allround seakayak, in the same league as a tempest 170 or ndk explorer. besides the pintail i use a zephyr 155rm that o love and a arrow ivalu hardchined greenlandkayak. The zephyr is very playful but is more steady than the pintail. More defined primary and secondary. the ivalu is hard chined, but is VERY low, giving it exeptionally little wind resistance. But since it sits so low in the water also on edge its more difficult to turn lets say 180 degrees in rough seas. im not a big guy.174? and perhaps 70kg so thats an important issuse.
Touring Kayak Paddles
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