Nigel Foster Legend???
Posted by: old_user on Mar-03-13 10:11 AM (EST) Category: unassigned
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I am considering picking up a used Legend. Going to try to test paddle it here soon, but wanted to ask for some feedback in the meantime.
Any Legend paddlers out there? I liked the hard chines on both the Greenlander Pro and the Bahiya I owned so I think there is a good chance I will like this boat, and I like a boat with a little lower primary stability but nicely defined secondary. Also looking for something with good speed/efficiency that will carve a nice turn still and will be capable in rougher conditions. The Legend appears to fill that bill nicely.
Fit will be a big variable that I need to check out in person, but usually a boat sized like an Explorer is a great fit for me.
Another question is about build quality. I know that one of the two is made by Walden. The other I am not sure about, but I know that it has kayaksport hatches as opposed to Valley. not sure if that is an indicator of year of make or manufacturer. I personally kind of like the kayaksport hatch covers better only b/c I find them easier to get on and off than the Valley hatch covers.
thanks for your help!
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Posted by: michaelcrouse on Mar-03-13 2:06 PM (EST)
I think kajak sport hatches means it's a Seaward built Legend.
Posted by: old_user on Mar-04-13 5:30 AM (EST)
I took a look at the pictures and it appears that the hard chine extends most of the way to the bow, which I believe was instituted when Seaward started making the boats.
Posted by: slushpaddler on Mar-04-13 2:22 PM (EST)
If you liked the Bahiya|
Posted by: eel on Mar-04-13 4:19 PM (EST)
you should like the Legend. Maybe even more.
Posted by: old_user on Mar-05-13 6:54 AM (EST)
I checked out a friend's Legend. It's made by Walden and has a seat that hangs straight down from the coaming. As such it is too narrow for me and cuts in to my hips when sitting in the boat (have not paddled it--only sat in it on dry land)
I have a Shadow...|
Posted by: johnysmoke on Mar-05-13 1:12 PM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Mar-05-13 8:12 PM (EST)
Posted by: michaelcrouse on Mar-05-13 8:30 PM (EST)
The shadow that is..... I'm 6'6" and I have a Shadow, you would be swimming in it.
Posted by: wilsoj2 on Mar-06-13 11:12 PM (EST)
Very nice boat. Similar to Legend. Very quick.
Replacing the seat...|
Posted by: johnysmoke on Mar-05-13 10:42 PM (EST)
I think you could just shim out the new seat to get the right height if you replaced the stock seat. Then add a little bit of foam padding for the hips. That way you wouldn't be sitting too low and trying to get a good fit by squeezing with your knees or pushing off with your feet...
Posted by: old_user on Mar-06-13 5:30 AM (EST)
You are tracking with what I was trying to get at. I thought about shimming the seat out, but will have to see based on the two different seats I am considering.
Posted by: michaelcrouse on Mar-06-13 9:36 PM (EST)
I've found that a fiberglass seat is better for my forward stroke. The foam seats are cushy but I paddle better if the seat is a bit more slippery and doesn't restrict my movement.
Posted by: old_user on Mar-07-13 7:20 PM (EST)
I agree, but this particular seat is too narrow for me and cuts into my hips, and does not allow me hips to rotate back and forth, which is also important for a good forward stroke.