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This is the review for the LN version (2016-2018), which was replaced in 2019 with a slightly updated design and heavier-duty nitrilon fabric. The kayak is light and minimalist, with a bare minimum of plastic d-rings for anchoring the seats and other stuff, which makes it feel a bit cheap. The size is good for an adult and a child, a bit cramped for two adults. The built-in i-beam floor is much more convenient than the separate floor on my older-design Sea Eagle Explorer kayak, and helps make this kayak faster and track a bit better. The slim side tubes also make it easier to paddle, although the seats are very low. Because of the slim side tubes and no self-bailing drains, it is suitable only for calm water.
Now the bad stuff. The nitrilon fabric attaching one of the carrying straps tore off along the thread on the first use, when I lifted the kayak with some load in it. I figure the fabric Innova uses is not rip-stop. What is worse, when asked for the warranty repair, the company refused to honor the warranty, claiming that I cut the fabric, and that such a problem is not possible. I asked to ship back the kayak for their examination, but they refused, in a pretty rude manner.
In summary, this is a reasonably priced and overall nice recreational kayak, but if you have a problem with it, it is quite possible that your experience with the company, which is based in the Czech Republic, will be unpleasant.
Being a decent cut, I took it to a inflatable boat repair person. They could not repair HEVEALON unless I can secure some compatible patches. A search for such material on the web yields a barren result. I have disposed of the Twist 2 now. I could have chased up some of the old inflatable bed material as that seemed similar to HEVEALON. So if you are thinking of one then have a look around first for the availability a HEVEALON repair kit.
I found that NITRILON (what the other Innova/Gumotex boats are made of) can be fixed from significant damage at inflatable boat repair shops. A Helios resumes the Twists role now.
Last weekend tried it on the calm ocean (Rapid Bay, South Oz) with my wife, 3 yo daughter way up front and our medium sized dog in the back - the webbing can be easily removed. It performed brilliantly (though the dog may still not agree). It's really a very forgiving paddle boat. We had boats motoring by and it was always confident. At first I was packing it with the side waves, but then they just roll on past so very enjoyable. It paddles well, holds line (sorry I am a MTBer) and went where I wanted to go. The only hassle was propping myself back up into the seat now and then to get back more upright where paddling felt best - a small compromise for the pack down benefits.
Inflation and deflation is very easy. About 5 minutes to inflate. It comes in a black bag about the size of a large cheap sleeping bag, I was not a believer that it was ever going back in that bag again but it does - repeatedly! The best bit for us is that it easily lives on standby in our camper van when time and space is right.
It seems like its built pretty well. The outer is quite tough. You would not want to ski down a hill on it, but common sense care to not scrape it on much it would appear like it will last quite a while. This boat has opened up paddling to my family so it looks like we'll be spending more time on water than on dirt.
Will write another update in 6 months...
As we paddled out, we felt that we were sitting a bit too low so we propped ourselves up with the footrests and whatever else we could. Once on the water, the boat handled well but our buddies who were paddling the Helios II easily beat us in terms of speed.
When it was time to leave the water and clean and dry the boat, the Twist was a pleasure. It was simple to rinse out, dry out, deflate, and roll up into its small bag. We did notice that our friends in the Helios II had a few more challenges packing up their boat.