I have an original era Inazone for which I am probably about 10 pounds too heavy right now, but it serves as a great lazy way to do a pool session. I can throw it into the back of my station wagon and I don't care if I am rough on it getting it moved in and out to the pool. On very cold winter nights it is hard to make myself wrestle with a full length sea kayak and frozen straps if I have an alternative.
The Inazone is a planing hull, if anything more of a pancake than the Perception 3D based on what I can see in pictures.
Its low volume definitely contributes to making it easier to roll, but the pancake shape makes the initial phase more interesting so the two probably balance each other out.
The big difference I find between this and a sea kayak in the roll is that, once the Inazone is up a certain amount, it'll flop over the rest of the way without any help from me. In my sea kayaks, the Explorer will do much of the same thing but not at the same time, and the Vela is a boat that requires me finish the roll properly for it to be secure. All three boats start the roll the same way, get your body near the surface then sweep and finish the hip snap or thigh lift or butt push or whatever you want to call it. (I've heard all three and, once you understand their meaning, they all lead to the same result.)
I agree that an "old school" boat is a closer match to rolling a sea kayak, but even the ubiquitous RPM's are getting harder to find because they are... old. I like having a little boat that makes it easier and more likely I will practice, as long as I understand where things might not translate perfectly.
Touring Kayak Paddles
URCHIN Portable Anchor
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