There are two reasons I chose the Tripper. I want to paddle with my dogs, and I love the accessibility and capacity of the open cockpit. I have two adventure hounds (cattle dogs), and they like to go as much as I like to take them. I've only been out with one of them so far. It was a first for her and she did dive off the boat once, but the craft was stable and secure as I pulled her back in. She was great the rest of the time. Can't wait until both dogs are comfortable. Feeling good about my choice of boat!
I use my Tripper for fishing. I was all set to buy a Kilroy, but found out that the Tripper 12 is 90% the same, just minus the fishing goodies. I watched a lot of videos, as there were no Kilroys or Trippers in my area to demo.
I added four 8 inch sections of track, just like the Kilroy has. And I added some Harbor Freight non skid rubber mats, and of course a mile crate. Just last weekend I added a fish finder. I'm not sure it helps me catch more fish, but it's fun to play with.
All in all I give the Tripper a 9. It's not perfect but it's close enough. Stability island tracking are excellent, the seat is comfortable and it's easy to paddle.
One thing I noticed if it was possible is that the new Tripper 12 is even more stable than the original Day Tripper which I thought was rock solid in the water but the Tripper 12 is even more stable with the new bottom haul design. Even with the seat in the high position and me weighing 280lbs (For now. Lol) the Tripper is rock solid. Never once even in high winds with water being choppy did I feel like it was going to tip over. It is a very confident inspiring kayak for those who want a rock solid feel in the water.
The new haul paddles quicker through the water and you have plenty of storage space. It is a great all around kayak I use for fishing, camping out of or just paddling around it is a very versatile kayak. Everyone in the family can paddle one.
For anyone who wants a very stable, straight tracking kayak, I believe the Kilroy and the Tripper 12 is the way to go.