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Quiet lakes and babbling brooks are your stomping grounds.
Versatile, stable, and comfortable, the Aspire 105 Kayak merges the body of a recreational touring boat with the mentality of a whitewater boat for equally pleasurable flat-water leisure paddling and river running, within reason.
Polyethylene takes a trouncing from novice paddlers, and keeps bouncing along. Even experienced 'yakkers sometimes sneak into a rock garden, and this rugged hull forgives all but the most severe bumps. On the bottom, the shallow, slightly arched hull makes maneuvering magical when you're trying to creep around the broadside of a large, protruding appliance in the middle of the river. Friendly chines blend into the sidewall so you can get an edge if you know what you're doing, and beginners won't be a wobbling wreck in the middle of the lake.
An upswept, high-volume bow lets you break through small surf without getting tanked. The Phase 3 AirPro outfitting cushions your tush and lifts your legs. The spring-loaded TruTrak skeg lets you beat a straight line to the shore if that morning mouthful of river water starts talking back. Playing charades on the water and you need to communicate a top? Flick your finger, lift the skeg, and start spinning. The stern bulkhead stows lunch and a windbreaker safely, secured with the Orbix hatch cover. Fore and aft on-deck rigging puts essentials at your fingertips, so you're never far from, um, a cookie or a beer.
- Polyethylene hull
- Swedeform asymmetrical, slightly rockered hull
- Phase 3 AirPro seat
- Thigh and knee padding
- SlideLock foot brace system
- TruTrak adjustable skeg system
- Orbix stern hatch
- Stern bulkhead
- Fore and aft bungee deck-rigging
- Molded in console water bottle holder and gear tray
- Fore and aft comfort carry handles
- Item #WIL001F
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I purchased my Aspire 105, in around May, 2016. I have paddled this Boat all through the Dan River (NC), The New River (NC/VA), Uwharrie River (NC), Belews Lake (NC), Salem Lake (NC).....and many more. Needless to say, this thing is solid! Comes at a great price. Best purchase I have made.
Dawn Patrol on Hood!
Loving this kayak so far - review to follow when I beat on it a little more!