The Baffin is built for the rigors of rough seas. Its unique hull design provides paddlers with a lively yet stable boat compared to other Greenland style kayaks. The three models in the series are well suited for a wide range of paddlers who demand immediate control and predictability. The generous sized opening of the hatch allows paddlers to load up adequate amounts of gear for up to two weeks, while the day hatch keeps your essentials handy while on the water. The Baffin comes with a full complement of deck rigging and a comfortably outed cockpit.
Before purchasing the Baffin I tried on a lot of different sizes, models and brands. As soon as I took it out for a test paddle though, I knew it was the one. For perspective - I am 5'3" , 130lbs , intermediate paddler (although at the time I was a beginning paddler). This boat has been used mostly for east coast sea kayaking and more recently for lakes and rivers. It performs very well in all venues. There's lots of room for day trip gear, but a bit tight for extended trips. Nice dry, soft and easy hatches, simple smoothly operating 'dial-a-skeg', but the main selling point (with my smaller size) was the smaller, lower keyhole cockpit extending into a lower back deck. It's a very comfortable and stable boat while still being maneuverable. Skeg down for good tracking. Skeg up for play boat and rock hopping. Surfs well, rolls well and if the roll doesn't work out then the low back deck makes a cowboy self-rescue fairly quick and easy. I'd say the only drawbacks for me would be the weight (no way am I able to lift this onto a roof rack, but that's true for any plastic boat of this size range), and it weathercocks to a fairly high degree, especially in a following sea (which can be corrected somewhat with the skeg). I still love this boat and expect to have it until I can't paddle anymore.
I really like this product. The design is easily superior as is the color schemes. The length seems to make it good for lake, bayou, river and canal fishing. The design style makes the Baffin 1 lightweight and easy to manage or maneuver in any situation. I firmly believe that anyone who is willing to try the Baffin 1 will be extremely satisfied with it and recommend it as I have.
The Baffin is sleek, glides smoothly and is very comfortable!
I rented this from a local marina and was surprised at how well it handled. I am not an expert at kayaking, so I was a little nervous. It was easier to handle that I thought it would be and we had a super time. Makes me want to try again soon.
My experience has been amazing! I'm totally addicted to kayaking now and rarely canoe now. The baffin 1 is durable, steady and lightweight enough for portaging.
Relatively short but tracks well, stable but maneuverable, lightweight for a fiberglass but built sturdy. The Baffin 1 handles well in open water yet it is easy for an elder to lift onto a SUV. It resists damage during rocky waters or landings but is easily repairable should one push the limits too far. Modest price with great handling makes the Baffin 1 the ideal entry level kayak which will meet the needs of the paddler for many years.
Exceptional speed and balance.
Really easy to maneuver on large lakes and the open sea. A great all around kayak. Id recommend it to anyone who enjoys the open waters.
Wakes? Waves? Wild Currents? Passes and shifting winds? Pssssh... With this baby, you cut through it all like a hot knife through butter. Fast. Quick response. Edges clean and flawless. Handles everything the ocean throws at you, even crazy black snub-nose dolfins who chase me in it give up. Lol!
Really, in my opinion, Boreal makes the best ocean going Kayaks. I've really enjoyed mine. I would recommend the Baffin series to anyone who wants to have a successful run with a great kayak on open seas, gulf, lakes, shores and anywhere where speed and confidence in your Kayak are paramount.
I used the Baffin 1 that my friend had purchased. I used it on a trip to Virginia Beach. I was very impressed with the stability and handling. I was able to get it in the water by my self and when I was done back on top of my jeep. I hope to purchase me one of the Baffin models.
Stable kayak for multi day trips, some improvement could be made in the seat back adjustments for comfort. A solid kayak
Only things I would change.... the seat: Boreal's seat is good, but it could use some more adjustment options like the WS seating system, and the thigh braces could be more aggressive.
Overall though a great boat for smaller paddlers.