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  Thermoformed plastic
  Posted by: Waterbird on Jun-10-13 9:21 PM (EST)
 

may crack if you hit a rock with quite a bit of force in white water, but it is perfectly suited to the poster's uses. I've paddled thermoformed kayaks for the last five years and have had no durability problems whatsoever. Unfortunately, Hurricane's plastic and/or construction method tends to be a bit soft, but I haven't paddled the Tracer. Test the plastic by pushing down in front of and behind the cockpit and see what you think.

If you like thermoformed and are "not petite,: consider the Eddyline Journey. Large cockpit, reasonable speed, excellent construction, stable. It costs about $500 more than the Tracer, but I think you will see and feel the quality difference immediately.

Feel free to give height and weight specifics so we can advise you further.

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