The Delta Traverse 17.5T is a light and fast two-person kayak ideal for new and experienced paddlers. The lightest full-featured tandem in its class, the stable and maneuverable Traverse is a joy to paddle and fits easily in a standard garage. Using design cues from our popular 15.5 touring kayak, we built a responsive double with comfortable cockpits spaced to avoid paddle-clashing. Sealed bow and stern hatches and a roomy middle storage pod give it the load-hauling capacity to match its expedition-worthy abilities. Outfitted for safety, comfort and paddling performance, this sleek double is perfect for your next adventure.
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This is an update to the review I posted on 12/17/2018. we FINALLY got our Delta 17.5 Traverse on the water yesterday. We went with friends to Estacada Lake in Clackamas County, OR. It was a clear mostly windless day and the lake was very smooth. We paddled about 1.75 miles upstream at a fairly relaxed pace before turning around. I am very impressed with its stability, we didn't have any problem entering or exiting from the dock, and on the water it was very stable, but also quite maneuverable. The center hatch proved very handy for a camera, snacks and other small items. It also provided enough separation between paddlers so we didn't clash paddles at all, even when we were completely out of sync. My wife used a 220cm paddle up front and I used a 230cm in the rear They seemed to be the correct sizing for us. The thoughtful design of the Traverse provided adequate clearance between paddles and hull, banging the paddle on the hull was very infrequent. The seats were very comfortable. The cockpits fit us very well, and the thigh-braces are a nice touch. I would still caution larger paddlers to test before you buy. The rudder controls worked well, although I sometimes had difficulty finding center, causing us to serpentine a bit. At 65 lbs, the kayak was light enough for me to pull up on the dock by myself by grabbing the cockpits. I still rate the Delta 17.5 Traverse as 5-stars, particularly for small-medium paddlers, but we've yet to take it out in challenging conditions.
We purchased our Delta tandem last year during REI's annual 20% off sale. The only other tandem I would consider would be Eddyline but I felt it was an older design with less features for the money. I'm 6'2" and have a somewhat difficult time getting in because of the mid compartment but as long as the back support is all the way down and you sit on the rear deck you can maneuver your legs in. Once in though it's pretty comfortable for the day. My big feet do have to be at a slight angle and there is a bit of difficulty using the toe rudder pedals, but not a deal breaker. The Delta is well built with good hardware and materials being used throughout. The seats are adjustable for and aft and the seat back has good adjustability too for all day comfort. The kayak looks great, paddles well, is fairly light, so getting it up onto the roof of our BMW X3 is not bad. I use The Malone wings on the roof rack and a bathtub mat with those little suction cups to protect the back end of the SUV. Mostly our adventures are day paddles on our lakes here in Arizona and the Delta has exceeded or met our expectations. We hope to throw the kayak on the roof and head out to the San Juan islands this summer for a grander adventure. To conclude, if you are thinking about a tandem I would buy a Delta without reservation.
We got our Delta Traverse 17.5 tandem kayak a couple of weeks ago from Western Canoe and Kayak in B.C. Although the weather has not allowed us to get her on the water, I can give my first impressions. We ordered it in blue which looks spectacular! The fit and finish is top notch. Getting into the rear cockpit, I noticed the middle hatch takes a bit of getting used to as it impedes slightly into the foot well. You can't just slide your feet straight in, they need to go under or around the storage hatch. Once I did it a couple of times, getting in wasn't difficult at all. The front cockpit is a perfect fit for my wife. Both she and I are fairly small, and I would strongly suggest that larger paddlers test the fit of this kayak before buying, because I would categorize this boat as a good fit for small-medium paddlers. I really like that the peddle tracks are mounted to welded-on studs and there are no hole drilled through the hull. One less place for leaks. The kayak seems very well put together and the attention to the small details sets the Delta Traverse apart from the competition. We can't wait to get her on the water!