Designed to give kayakers comfort and stability with agile yet reassured handling, the HALO SR-130 will make all of your adventures memorable. Experienced paddlers and those looking to develop their skills will appreciate the HALO SR-130’s potential. This is truly a light and fun kayak! The ergonomic cockpit with industry leading 5-Way Adjustable Seat will fit a wide range of paddlers. The new day hatch is within easy reach, along with the optional rudder. Inspired by the latest in advanced hull design, Seaward has crafted a fast, stable kayak that tracks effortlessly and ensures a “dry ride”.
I paddled this boat briefly this past weekend while shopping for a new kayak. I was not unimpressed, as the Halo has its good qualities, but it was not the boat for me.
I am 6'1", 195 lbs. I had difficulty getting into and out of the cockpit as this boat's deck sits comparatively low to the water compared to the ocean and creek boats I have paddled before. Once I had squeezed and twisted my legs into the Halo, life got better. It tracks well and still turns quickly. Its primary stability is good and I felt confident edging it while turning.
I was admittedly paddling a demo model that was not brand new, but I noticed that on both this and a used Compass, the white paint on the plastic was flaking off in large areas. I also had difficulty with the day hatch, which did not want to twist open and closed easily.
The plastic itself is stiff and light, and I think this would be a decent boat for anyone who is not planning to take it near rocks or down rapids. It did not feel sturdy enough for whitewater, and I would worry that the hull would crack on a hard impact. If you want a lightweight, maneuverable touring boat with enough room for a few days' camping on calm or deep water, this is probably a good choice. If you are looking for a crossover boat, look elsewhere.
I love this kayak! I have two. They are very easy to oadfke and quite stable in medium rough water. I think you can add a rudder to them, but with the design if the hull bottom, these kayaks track very well without a rudder. Easy to get in and out of. Very light, so easy to lift onto the roof of my truck. Excellent craft and beautiful to look at!
I have two of these now. Track great, even in fairly tough water. Lots of storage for trips. They look great. Lighter than other kayaks of same length so easier to load on my sailboat. Good small storage compartment by cockpit but it gets in the way of taller paddlers entering and exiting the kayak. Hull is more fragile than other types, do more care is needed. Bulkheads appear to be very well attached.
I bought this 13' Halo mostly for reacreational kayaking however I just came back from kayaking part of the Rideau Canal system (Kingston to Newboro) with my new Halo and was surprised at the cargo space that was available. I am a small frame female and find the weight on empty is perfect and the length and width at cockpit is also perfect. The only reason I did not continue was due to the lack of tracking on windy days. My friend has a 14' BD Compass with rutter (5-8 lbs heavier) and did not struggle nearly half as hard. I have contacted Boreal Design for advice and suggestion 2 days ago..no answer yet. .I am hoping that my Halo has the availability for a rutter system as this would make the Boreal Design Halo the perfect kayak for small frame person like me who wishes to do the odd exursion on bigger lakes/rivers.