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  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.

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