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Necky Looksha 14 with Rudder
The Necky Looksha is a great kayak for stability, speed, and steering control. I have paddled it on lakes as well as easy rivers (class 1 and 2), and the rudder makes tracking easy with or without a current. The cockpit is roomy but not too big, and the included seat is very comfortable. A really nice feature is the drink holder between the legs.
There are two hatches which hold a surprising amount of cargo, especially if combined with a taper style dry bag. The neoprene hatch covers are difficult to put on until you get used to it. I found that pulling outwards while stretching the cover helps prevent it from slipping off the hatch rim. There is also room for a 10-15L dry bag in the cockpit behind the seat.
The kayak arrives protected in cardboard, plastic wrap, and foam at the ends. The rudder is not installed on arrival, which is good to prevent damage. It is very easy to install, just requiring an adjustable wrench and a screwdriver.
Hi, I am looking for the specific dimensions,...
Hi, I am looking for the specific dimensions, can somebody help me?
It's 14' 1.5" long and 24.5" wide. The cockpit is 35.5" by 16.5". The front hatch is 12.75" by 7.5", and the stern hatch is 15.5" by 9". All that information is right in front of you on the page.
I´m 6.10 Ft and 218 Lb, will the Necky...
I´m 6.10 Ft and 218 Lb, will the Necky looksha 14 work for an ocean touring day?
Daniel, it will work fine if the conditions are normal. At your height you will probably want to try one in person to make sure you have enough leg room.
Necky Looksha 14 w/Rudder
First of all, I must mention how great the staff at Backcountry handled the transaction when I purchased the Necky Looksha 14 with rudder. Upon receiving the kayak I noticed a problem with the kayak, when I contacted Backcountry and they quickly provided options to rectify the problem. The staff were very friendly & professional, they went as far as offering to replace the kayak; no questions asked thats outstanding customer service!
On to the kayak over the 4th of July I spend a couple of days getting acquainted with the kayak, it tracks like an arrow with the rudder! The foot pedals take some getting use to specially when not adjusted properly. I found myself stopping to make adjustments, but then it dawned on me that the problem was not with the pedals, but with the outdoor sandal I was wearing. I resolved that problem the next day by wearing water type footwear, Nikes Aqua Sock.
Overall the Necky Looksha 14 with rudder performed better then expected. Ive been on smaller kayaks without rudders which were very unstable and tracked like a snake.
Highly recommend this kayak and Backcountry.