Hello all. I've been planning to get into kayaking for at least a year now. I'm limited to purchasing at REI because I received a gift card that will cover a large percentage of my $1500 max budget. Most of my paddling will be at a nearby 500 acre lake, but I also have easy access to Lake St.Clair, which is huge, plus I would like to paddle the Detroit river. I really would like to purchase the Delta 12.10 and the Dagger Alchemy L is my second choice, but I haven't sat in either boat. Here comes the elephant in the room: I'm 5'7" and weigh 255. 80% of that extra weight is carried in the belly region. Do I have any hope of fitting either of these boats? If not, what's my alternative?
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I paddle a Alchemy L|
Posted by: jonathanoltz on Apr-23-14 10:49 AM (EST)
Posted by: Peter-CA on Apr-23-14 12:16 PM (EST)
I sat in a Venture Islay 14|
Posted by: MichCan on May-06-14 5:35 PM (EST)
this weekend and liked how it felt and getting in and out was not too bad. Do you think it compares well? From photos it appears the Alchemy thigh braces might restrict entry a little more.
Delta: I think not|
Posted by: Waterbird on Apr-23-14 7:07 PM (EST)
The Delta cockpit is shorter than average for its class. You could try the Eddyline Denali (for quite a bit more money).