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    Mystic Description

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    Mystic Specs and Features

    • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
    • Cockpit Type: Sit Inside
    • Seating Configuration: Solo
    • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
    • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
    • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
    • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

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    Owned for 20 years. The…

    Submitted by: paddler530036 on 7/19/2019

    Owned for 20 years. The hatches leak a little and I had to repair the skeg once (due to water freezing during storage). Other than that, I have had no issues. I always thought I'd buy a larger boat one day, but I can easily keep pace with a 18' kayak and I am able to pack enough gear for a three night trip. It just does everything well. It tracks great, it edges well, it punches through waves, and its a wonderful surfer. This boat took me from a complete novice to someone who can roll and surf 5'+ waves. I have no complaints and would recommend this boat to anyone my weight or less.


    I adore my little white…

    Submitted by: sueA on 9/9/2015
    I adore my little white Mystic boat. She looks great in and out of the water--we get compliments all the time. I like the simplicity and clean lines of the skeg design, and the stability of the boat. At only 14' long and 40#, I can maneuver her into tight spots and load her myself. Storage space can be a challenge on overnight trips, but it's workable, especially if sharing the load with friends.

    I have owned this sweet…

    Submitted by: paddler235502 on 4/14/2014
    I have owned this sweet trusty boat for over 7 years, and am still as in love with it today as I was the first time I paddled it. I am 5'2" woman at 135 pounds. Unlike other larger boats where I feel like a child in an adult chair, this one fits me perfectly. Because I have such good contact with the thigh braces, I have great control of the boat and can edge and turn with ease--I feel like I am wearing it! It goes wherever I want it to, even in rough water. This makes it a safer kayak than a larger boat I couldn't control. Plus it is so fun to paddle! Great balance between stability and maneuverability.

    As I have progressed in my skills, the boat continues to satisfy me. Plus I can handle it outside of the water and get it on top of the car by myself--a real plus. Don't listen to people who tell you you can't keep up with longer boats. I've been with folks with Nordkapps and kept up with them just fine. This boat is my size, built for my body, and I can make it move more easily than some over-sized boat too big for my frame. It is also much easier for a small person to roll a small boat--and this one rolls easily.

    All in all, I couldn't be happier. This boat is well designed, well balanced and also really fun to paddle. I give it a 10.


    I am a 5'3" female, 112 lbs…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 9/16/2009
    I am a 5'3" female, 112 lbs and have had my Mystic for 7 years. I cannot say enough good things about this kayak. Even though it is 7 yrs old, I still get comments on the water about how this boat looks and handles.It handles like a dream and I rented 4 years prior to purchasing and have paddled everything from Anas Acudas to carbonlite Eddielines. The most impressive thing for me however, has been the quick response I have received from Impex when I did have any issues (seatback ratchets rusting, skeg jamming). Not only are they responsive but they stand behind their product unfailingly, replacing the parts without hassle. I highly recommend this kayak for the small, intermediate paddler.

    I tested a 2000(?) Impex…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 9/4/2007
    I tested a 2000(?) Impex Mystic today on flat water. Though the dealer said the boat was a demo, after reading the other two reviews and noting that my "demo" has the square hatches that were apparently discontinued in 2001, I suspect that my test boat was not nearly-new but in fact quite old. Maybe that's why the skeg didn't work!

    First impression: wow, what a light boat. I'm a strong enough guy, 5'11" and 150 lbs (so a little out of the typical size for this boat), but I still enjoyed carrying it 100m down to the lake to put in.

    2nd impression: it seemed to have low primary stability, and I was a bit tentative about getting in it. The cockpit is small, so that added to the challenge. Once I was in, skirted up, and off paddling, it was fine. I tried holding on to the dock and rolling the kayak on its side, and I noted the excellent secondary stability. The hull has a very shallow V shape, with rounded chines (newer models may be different).

    There was little to no wind, but I found no difficulty in tracking in a desired direction, especially with a little roll to each side while paddling. Much easier than the Necky Looksha Sport I tried last week, though less manouverable as an offset: it took several strokes to spin around into the opposite direction.

    This kayak sits quite low to the water with my weight in it, and even moderate edging will lower the coaming to the water's edge. It's best paddled with a waterproof skirt or you'll get wet. Even when my wife (140 lbs) paddled it, it sat quite low in the water.

    Another thing I noticed is that fore-deck does not have a high volume, so waves would likely splash across it. Again, use of a waterproof skirt would be recommended.

    The molded seat was not padded, but I didn't find it uncomfortable in a half-hour paddle. My wife put a thin ensolite pad in for her turn, and I kept it in for my 2nd turn. That didn't hurt, either.

    The seat-back was adjustable through a buckle on a wide strap, but I couldn't adjust the tension while in the boat as the buckle was behind me.

    The cockpit is quite small, but by adjusting the footbraces (via a button on the backside of the peg), I was able to get a solid brace against the unpadded, non-adjustable thigh braces. I was then able to really feel one with the boat, which probably helped with the roll (see below).

    I paddled to the end of the lake and back in a half hour, a distance of 4.0 km, so 8 km/h (5 mph) seems quite feasible in this kayak without pushing too hard.

    I tried rolling it, and succeeded on the first try. I did 3 more for good measure. Now, the last time I rolled was 7 years ago, in a swimming pool where I took a roll course. I've never rolled since, and I've never rolled in a lake. So the Mystic must roll quite easily! (though I have been watching quite a few kayak roll videos lately on YouTube).

    I quite liked this kayak and would consider buying one even though I'm not a "smaller and lighter" paddler.


    I traveled far to acquire my…

    Submitted by: paddler232183 on 7/11/2007
    I traveled far to acquire my 2004 fiberglass Formula Mystic after falling in love with it at a demo show . It is a beautiful boat and at 5 ft. 7 and 145 pounds it seems to be a perfect fit. It felt very well made compared to some of the other boats I took out.I haven't had water in the hatches yet, but if I did, Impex in Canada or North Carolina will gladly walk you through the correct way to close the hatch properly.
    It has been a dream to paddle, it is my first kayak and I wanted a boat that would be easier to carry and take me further than a recreational kayak in the long run in terms of the learning curve. I did fine in 12 knot winds in Maine on Casco Bay. It tracked straight and turned easily. Although I am still learning, I can't think of a nicer boat to experience the joys and thrills of being out on the water with.
    I highly recommend the Formula Mystic Sea Kayak, also called the Impex Mystic. They are the same boats, just called Formula in Canada and Impex in the U.S. Now, my current understanding is all their boats are called Impex everywhere.
    You deal with real people at Impex because the company is small, so it's a very personal experience when you call.

    The Mystic in carbon/kevlar…

    Submitted by: toesnorth on 8/29/2005
    The Mystic in carbon/kevlar lay-up is the 12th addition to our fleet which includes Eddyline 16's and Pygmy Arctic Tern 14's. It is not only an absolutely beautiful boat to look at (the upswept bow and stern set it apart from the rest our boats) but it handles better than any other boat I've paddled. It's fast, tracks like on rails, and holds an edge easily for sharp, elegant turns. I have found no fault with this kayak since taking possession about two months ago and I haven't been out of it for more than 2 days during that time.

    The seat and back band are very comfortable, the deck lines are reflective (a nice touch), the foot braces are comfortable and easy to adjust, nice hatches, a smooth skeg (though rarely needed), and it has both handles and toggles.

    I am a female, 5'4", 125 lbs. I don't believe you could find a better kayak for a small paddler. I still enjoy my Pygmy and the Nighthawk, but they are both higher volume and not as responsive.

    Perhaps as important as the kayak is the company's customer service and I have yet to find better. I have had experience with good, bad, and mediocre but Danny and Impex have shown me why their customers are so loyal. Add me to the list.


    My wife has owned this boat…

    Submitted by: paddler231231 on 8/4/2005
    My wife has owned this boat for a good 5-7 years and loves the light weight and way this boat paddles. It does have a few problems. The cockpit is cut low so put the boat through a 6 inch wave and water splashes in, not a problem I have with my Eddyline.

    The retractable skeg is a great feature that enables the boat to track beautifully. The only problem here is with use in saltwater the wire connecting to the skeg regularly binds making the skeg unworkable. We've tried everything, set the boat to the factory, replaced the while skeg unit and its still requires constant maintenance.

    While my wife still loves the way the boat paddles she wishes she'd take the dealer up years ago on his offer to replace the boat with another model.


    I have wanted a Mystic for a…

    Submitted by: psherman on 1/17/2005
    I have wanted a Mystic for a long time, but it was financially out of my reach. However, the combination of a year-end sale and a generous cash Christmas gift suddenly put it within my reach, and it took me all of 2 days after that to finally own one (no flies on me!)!

    I am a 5'2 woman of normal weight. This is my fourth kayak, all of which have been different widths. The one prior to this was the same length and one inch wider. What a difference that inch makes, along with the other differences in the design of the Mystic. I sit in the others to paddle--I *wear* the Mystic, it's like an extension of my body ("fits like a glove" is often used to describe the feel of the Mystic). This must be a large part of why it feels so stable to me, and felt that way from the first time I put it in water. There was literally no adjustment period with this kayak, no learning curve. THIS is what a kayak is supposed to feel like!

    This is the only kayak in which I have been able to make use of the thigh braces. In every other one, it has been like sitting in the center of a couch and finding the arms of the couch to be so far away as to be useless, and then moving to a narrow easy chair with the arms nestled on either side of you. Oh, so this is how thigh braces work! And the Mystic's are padded underneath, just one of many details that make this a kayaker's dream boat.

    As for performance, this is one very speedy little 14' craft. It laughs at river current as it effortlessly slices through it. It has an easily-deployed skeg for use in windy conditions (I haven't yet needed it). The seat back is perfectly positioned for comfort and support. Which brings me to one of my favorite aspects of this boat. I have been kayaking for about 3 years, this is my 4th kayak. In every other kayak, I have suffered from what I refer to as "kayak butt"--a condition that causes my right hip through the back of my right thigh to become increasingly uncomfortable after 30-40 minutes on the water--to the point of pain if I do not find a place to get out and stretch. I have attributed this to an old bout of sciatica and assumed it was part of the kayaking experience for me. My paddling trips were limited to places that offered stopping points at which to stretch and relieve this discomfort. I was very pleasantly surprised (this is an understatement!) to find that I can paddle the Mystic for 4 hours without getting out and not feel one trace of "kayak butt." It's taken several trips to get used to not always seeking a stopping point--it has also enabled me to paddle the four miles to the top of my favorite river and back, something I could never do before because of the lack of places to get off the water to stretch. It must be the seat dynamics--whatever it is, this has changed kayaking for me.

    It sits low in the water; the boat is 11" deep rather than the 15" I have become used to in my other kayaks. I like this very much and I think it contributes to the stability.

    The Mystic is a pricey boat but if you can handle the cost and you fit the size recommendation (80-190 lbs), I can't possibly recommend it enough--it's worth every penny of the cost (even at full price!). I'd also like to mention the unbelievably friendly customer service you will get from Impex, which is based in NC. Ask them anything via email and you will receive a reply almost immediately. Their website has a message board that is monitored by the owners, unlike other kayak sites that are left to fend for themselves.

    My kayak buying days are over; in my opinion you just can't do better than the Mystic. And if you don't fit the size or weight requirements, I suggest you look into other Impex models. These people know how to build kayaks.


    Recently purchased and only…

    Submitted by: paddler230559 on 5/17/2004
    Recently purchased and only tried out once. Wow! tried it on a windy day on Lake Erie with some big time waves. Excellent stability! Seemed very fast and the skeg made a noticeable difference. I didn't notice any leaks at the hatches but like I say, I only took it out once. The only con I found was the size of the cockpit. At 5'9 - 180 lbs, it fits me pretty well. If I were any bigger it would be too small.

    Bought this boat this spring…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/22/2002
    Bought this boat this spring after years of arguing with myself about the type of boat I wanted. I finally decided that I needed a boat that's really easy to get out to the water. Otherwise, I'm not getting out there for those nice short evening paddles. At 40lbs and 14', I can lift, carry and toss this boat on the car top alone without any grief. On the water, it's a really nice boat. I haven't had very rough water yet but I really enjoyed the skeg on windy and gusty days. The cockpit is confortable (I'm 5'6" 135lbs and the fit couldn't be better) it tracks well and turns easily. I like that it's responsive although some of my friends find it has a bit of a tippy feeling for their taste. Minor irritants: I don't like the position of the skeg control and as mentioned in the other review, the hatches aren't watertight (at all...). Overall, I'm really pleased with this boat. Like anything else, depends what you are looking for.

    I an 5' 8" and 180 Lbs. A…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 5/13/2002
    I an 5' 8" and 180 Lbs. A little bigger than the person this boat was designed for. This boat is tiny. It is a true trickster for a sea kayak as it is nimble, leans well, rolls very easily, Bracing is easy and secondery stability is great. She handles like a white water boat. The Cockpit is very snug and is like a white water boat. At 14 feet she is light and also fast, well much faster than I would have guessed. The price was terriffic.

    It has some problems. All the hatches leak, quite badly. The skeg control leaks and though repaired once has started to leak again. Quality finishing in these detailes never happened. They are all easy fixes at the factiry but post assembly they are a pain. It has been said that poor workmanship is remembered long after the great price is forgotten. That is the case here.

    Before you write this boat off for that seven , I judge these things very harshly. I own a Capella and an NDK. Beautiful boats but neither scored a ten. The Mystic is a great boat for a good kayaker about 100 - perhaps 180 Lbs. Max. 5' 0" to 5' 9" +- The lady that owns it is an excellent paddler and can make that boat dance. It is a little tippy for a beginner.