Outdate cockpit sizes
Posted by: WaterBird on Aug-30-13 9:59 AM (EST)
It's really too bad that QCC and Lincoln don't make a larger cockpit. Americans have gotten so much larger even in just the last decade. It's time to update these cockpits instead of restricting their market to ***the 1/3 of Americans who aren't overweight.*** Yup, 69% of Americans are now overweight. Plus we've grown taller. How can any manufacturer survive by targeting such a small market segment? There could be a stereotype that larger people don't kayak, which I think is false.
Same for the Canadian-made Delta. Their cockpit is borderline large enough for Americans (18" x 32.5"). Canadians aren't as overweight as Americans so maybe they just don't get how big Americans are. Eddyline wisely offers a larger cockpit and this year wisely increased the depth.
As you say, some of these kayaks, like the Delta 15 and 15.5, are perfectly suited to larger paddlers but the cockpit is too small for those guys. Really too bad. A person who fits the small cockpit of these large-volume kayaks might actually find them hard to paddle, which further cuts down on sales.
It's a bit surprising that designers don't study user size carefully, since that's the first question in the kayaker's mind: Am I going to fit in this kayak?
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