-- Last Updated: May-31-13 10:12 AM EST --
I just purchased last week, my first kayak ever, a Conduit 13.
This morning I took it out for its maiden voyage on a deep, flat water creek. Since I have no paddling experience and have no frame of reference I can't give you any similarities and differences to any other kayak, but here are my thoughts thus far.
First, the kayak seems very stable to me, a beginner, and glides along fairly well with a steady paddling stroke. I can tell that I need to improve my stroke consistency from side to side as I am regularly having to correct my direction to travel in a straight line.
My paddle is two-piece and can be snapped together with the blades parallel to each other or slightly offset. I experimented with both settings but truthfully at this stage can not tell much difference. I assume there are instances or paddling styles where one setting is better but I am no where near that level yet.
Overall, I really like the boat and think it will be a good boat for me to enjoy, get some exercise, and learn about some of the different aspects of kayaking.
I could have spent less and of course could have spent considerably more but based on my first experience this seems to have been a good choice for my first kayak.
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Welcome and congrats!|
Posted by: willowleaf on May-31-13 11:03 AM (EST)
Sounds like a promising first outing in a great beginner boat.
Posted by: Basstar on May-31-13 3:12 PM (EST)
As an avid outdoorsman for years, I can not begin to express how excited I am about this new sport. This will allow me to paddle for paddling's sake, to take extended trips for sightseeing, and also to give my love of fishing some new tweaks.
I am glad your reported, and it sounds|
Posted by: Jackl on Jun-02-13 6:08 AM (EST)
like you started the same way my wife and I did. Now that your are hooked, it only gets better and better.
And a lot more|
Posted by: magooch on Jun-02-13 9:39 AM (EST)
Expensive Seems To Attract Me|
Posted by: Basstar on Jun-02-13 10:49 AM (EST)
As seemingly everything I have ever taken on has begun seemingly harmlessly but of course I always manage to find bigger, faster, newer, and "better" options to buy and enjoy. The good news though is that I do put these new toys to use and really never complain about quality.