Though admit I'm not "in the loop" when it comes to kayak stuff, I've never gotten the impression that SOTs are used much for "serious" paddling, and that makes me think thigh straps are missing for the same reason thigh pads are missing from basic rec SINKs. The Tarpon also is heavily marketed as a fishing boat, and though I've never seen one, I've seen quite a few other fishing SOTs on display at Canoecopia, and to me, they seem to range from barge-like at worst, to mundane at best, because are all terribly heavy and are either very wide, or they have all sorts of strange and complex curvature on the bottom of the hull which unnecessarily increases the wetted surface area. I can't imagine any SOT I've seen being used where paddling performance mattered. I keep hearing that some people like the performance of the longer Tarpon models, but I bet most buyers don't think twice about that.
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