Kayak's for tall people exist...
Posted by: b1r2s on Jul-08-13 12:38 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
but do kayaks for big AND tall people exist? I'm 6'5 360ish, mostly thigh and shoulder weight (think defensive end build). I love kayaking, but always borrowed/rented a tandem w/ a movable front seat that never went quite back far enough, so I always ended up paddling backwards more than forward because the kayak wasn't level.
I've googled, and searched threads, turns out there aren't a lot of large ppl that like kayaking, or settle for a kayak that isn't ideal.
So, hopefully there are some folks on here that can help steer me in the right direction. We are interested in mostly leisurely lake and slow river kayaking, so speed and maneuverability are less important than stability and all day comfort.
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Posted by: ShadyClip on Jul-08-13 1:25 PM (EST)
Don't forget Pygmy's Borealis XL|
Posted by: Canuka on Jul-09-13 9:03 AM (EST)
Posted by: Realst on Jul-10-13 6:19 PM (EST)
You didn't say if you are touring, ocean going or white water kayaking...
He did specify the type of paddling:|
Posted by: carldelo on Jul-10-13 6:27 PM (EST)
"We are interested in mostly leisurely lake and slow river kayaking, so speed and maneuverability are less important than stability and all day comfort."
I assume you've considered canoes. |
Posted by: g2d on Jul-08-13 3:29 PM (EST)
If you're thinking of calm conditions, and aren't in a hurry, there are quite a few canoes that can be set up for a solo paddler, sitting rather than kneeling, perhaps using a long double bladed paddle.
Lakes and Slow rivers for the Fat & Tall|
Posted by: FrankNC on Jul-08-13 3:53 PM (EST)
missed current designs |
Posted by: tallyn on Jul-08-13 6:07 PM (EST)
they offer a few HV options on some of their boats.
try a compromise|
Posted by: willowleaf on Jul-08-13 10:20 PM (EST)
You know that all of Mad River's weight|
Posted by: g2d on Jul-08-13 10:41 PM (EST)
capacity ratings are utter nonsense, based on the old six inch freeboard standard. And does the 14 have the same difficult-to-remove but structurally necessary center "seat"?
Sure, it's not perfect.|
Posted by: willowleaf on Jul-09-13 9:32 AM (EST)
What do you want for $600 new? Yeah, I agree that the center seat and the stupid cupholders that block you from kneeling easily are obstacles in the MR Adventures but for what the OP wants to do I think it's a boat worth looking at. Let him decide if it works for him. And he needs less than half that overstated capacity. The two of us combined are close to his weight and the boat handles well. We've soloed it with a bunch of water jugs in the bow as well.
have you looked at SOT?|
Posted by: string on Jul-08-13 10:42 PM (EST)
tall people touring boats|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Jul-09-13 1:45 AM (EST)
One of my regular kayaking partners is 6'7" and there are a variety of boats he uses. Recently he has been paddling a Valley Etain. He has used a Valley Gemini SP also. His regular boat is an older Current Designs Scirocco.
Posted by: willowleaf on Jul-09-13 9:41 AM (EST)
For less than the price of a high end composite or even larger rotomold kayak you could have a skin on frame custom made for your size. There are a lot of makers now, some of whom even offer kits or the opportunity to build your own in a workshop. If you are unfamiliar with this particular beast, builder Brian Schulz's blog is a good intro.
There aren't many out there. |
Posted by: Ayornamut on Jul-09-13 6:17 PM (EST)
I've tried many of them suggested as for larger people. Unfortunately, they aren't suggested by people that correspond to the size they are recommending kayaks for. Thus, have no real idea. I am a few inches shorter and a good bit lighter though. I have said it here before that your normal suit size is a better indicator gauge of a kayak that might fit than merely stating height and weight dimensions.
Kayak for large people|
Posted by: ChipE on Jul-09-13 8:16 PM (EST)
The TS145 can indeed work, but|
Posted by: Ayornamut on Jul-09-13 8:28 PM (EST)
not for all large folks. It does get many of them though and I like paddling the boat and find them adequate if a little sluggish on performance. Since it lists a max loading of 350 lbs, our OP subject is at the limit already, with little margin for gear.
CD Solstice GT Titan|
Posted by: carldelo on Jul-10-13 1:11 AM (EST)
The Current Designs Solstice GT Titan is billed as a full-on sea kayak for the big and tall paddler, size 14+ feet, with a large cockpit. It's a big, long boat, though so maybe not right for the OP:
I tested the Titan last year|
Posted by: Canuka on Jul-10-13 8:57 AM (EST)
I am 6'4" and 230 lbs. I felt like I was sitting inside the Alaska pipeline. That's how big it is. I did not like that feeling, plus the rudder pedals felt very stiff. You really had to work hard to operate that rudder, although it may have been a matter of adjustment.
Posted by: carldelo on Jul-10-13 10:51 AM (EST)
Posted by: Canuka on Jul-10-13 12:14 PM (EST)
Yeah, it may just fit a guy as big as Andre the Giant!
Posted by: old_user on Jul-11-13 12:30 AM (EST)
Take a hard look at the Eddyline 17.5.