lep5470611

lep5470611

    New Feature

    Browse Your Followers or See Who You're Following

  • #28269of 19740

Lance's Passions

Paddling

Lance's Bio

lep5470611

lep5470611 wrote a review of on April 2, 2012

5 5

It's really with the added rudder a 16' kayak. It tracks well without the rudder but I'm right handed and the rudder makes up for my strength bias and is excellent in wind....doesn't want to round up then. The kayak is well made, as advertised and has tons of room. It is long and heavier than a 17' wilderness sit in carbon fiber or kevlar sea kayak and they can go faster so you give up something for the stability. However, you can fish from it, keep up with anyone at any reasonable pace and for a guy like me who is 6'4" tall with size 15 shoes it works great. I like it a lot. Just got back from an 11 km paddle on Morris Creek with a Frenchman two days ago. If you want speed, get a narrow, high pointed bow sit inside sea kayak that weighs less as noted. However, you will give up a lot of stability for what is maybe a 10% difference in speed...did 6 miles with two and had no issues the three of us staying together the whole way around. It is long and awkward getting it on your suv or car so you have to develop a process for that but once you do, it is very easy to load and unload. I found it helpful to use a two wheeled dolly to run it down to the water and back to the car. Pretty happy overall with it.

(0)

 

0 Comments

lep5470611

lep5470611 wrote a review of on April 2, 2012

5 5

It's really with the added rudder a 16' kayak. It tracks well without the rudder but I'm right handed and the rudder makes up for my strength bias and is excellent in wind....doesn't want to round up then. The kayak is well made, as advertised and has tons of room. It is long and heavier than a 17' wilderness sit in carbon fiber or kevlar sea kayak and they can go faster so you give up something for the stability. However, you can fish from it, keep up with anyone at any reasonable pace and for a guy like me who is 6'4" tall with size 15 shoes it works great. I like it a lot. Just got back from an 11 km paddle on Morris Creek with a Frenchman two days ago. If you want speed, get a narrow, high pointed bow sit inside sea kayak that weighs less as noted. However, you will give up a lot of stability for what is maybe a 10% difference in speed...did 6 miles with two and had no issues the three of us staying together the whole way around. It is long and awkward getting it on your suv or car so you have to develop a process for that but once you do, it is very easy to load and unload. I found it helpful to use a two wheeled dolly to run it down to the water and back to the car. Pretty happy overall with it.

(0)

 

0 Comments

lep5470611

lep5470611 wrote a review of on March 19, 2012

New Trident is great...
5 5

Got the Kayak and took a couple days to get my stuff set up for it and used it the other day on the James River at Dutch Gap. First stroke of the paddle and it slid through the water like grease. I was really amazed and like not having to stuff my long legs down inside the Yak. It is well made and I've figured out how to use the foam blocks and ties on the suv. Very helpful to have two wheeled dolly to move it on the ground which I do but I am very impressed. This is my third kayak and the longest and most multi purpose. I even got a freshwater fishing license today. I'm leading a group of 7 paddlers on Wednesday with it on Jones Neck's Oxbow which is about a six mile paddle. The others are far more experienced than I am but I am confident I'll learn and keep up just fine. I am most impressed with the Trident which I added a rudder to. As I'm right handed my right side is stronger and the tiny touch of the rudder helps make it track while I learn to paddle equally strongly with both sides. It tracks just fine without the rudder but the rudder gives you that much more control...and in the wind I'm told they really help keep the bow from pointing up but haven't seen that yet. Several bass boats rolled by and left big wakes...easy to take them quartering into them with this Yak, easy. Bow has plenty of buoyancy. click this link to see its first use yesterday. http://albums.phanfare.com/slideshow.aspx?i=1&db=1&pw=SA7jdcpZ&a_id=5505203

(1)