Any body have any experience with the Pakboat Quest series mainly the 135 and the 155 models. I had a nice conversation with Alv today so I may take a ride there to check them out. I am currently a hard shell person, so this would be new territory for me.
PFD's (Life Jackets)
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I think you'll be surprised|
Posted by: willowleaf on Jun-12-13 1:04 AM (EST)
I've not had a chance to see the Quests, but have an XT-15 (similar design) and an older Puffin. Even coming from using hardshell boats, I think you will be pleasantly surprised how nicely a Pakboat kayak paddles. And lifting one is a revelation when you've only experienced hard boats.
Pak Boats is located |
Posted by: rpg51 on Jun-12-13 7:30 AM (EST)
just 15 minutes from my home and I have never heard one bad thing about this company. Well respected folks making a very interesting and useful product. Especially for people that spend a lot of money flying hard shell canoes all over the arctic.
Posted by: shiraz627 on Jun-12-13 8:42 AM (EST)
I would like to take a little car ride there and test paddle them to see if they will work for me. I currently have a lightweight composite pack canoe and a Kevlar yak. I think the Pakboat might be an interesting addition to the fleet at a reasonable price. I was wondering how they do when car topped on saddles?
car topping folders|
Posted by: willowleaf on Jun-12-13 10:24 AM (EST)
I have cartopped folders for a decade, from Feathercraft and Pakboat. They do fine -- I have found that upright J-racks work best because they transfer the load to the sides rather than putting pressure on the longerons (the front to back long tubes of the frame). Plus the semi-inflated sponsons (the inflatable tubes that give the skin rigidity and add flotation) cushion the skin.
the feel of folders|
Posted by: willowleaf on Jun-12-13 10:32 AM (EST)
One aspect of folders that people who have never tried one can't appreciate until they try it is the feel of them, the contact with the water that you have. Instead of "fighting" the water as a hard shell does, a folder flexes somewhat with the pressure of the waves and forward movement. It gives you a whole new sense of being in the water and it also means the kayak absorbs a lot of wave energy, making for a smoother, more solid feeling ride in rough water than you get in a hard shell. In fact, i have found when paddling with others in hard shells, if conditions are rough I can paddle faster than my companions because I am not having to brace as much as they are. I've been hit broadside by huge rogue waves and boat wakes and my folders just pop over like a cork.
Posted by: jmyers on Jun-13-13 7:52 AM (EST)
There is an excellent review of the Quest 135 on folding kayaks.org. The boat appears to be an excellent paddler but seems to involve a lot of assembly steps.
Posted by: shiraz627 on Jun-13-13 9:42 AM (EST)
I read that review it was excellent probably the best I have ever read.