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The ocean kayak Malibu PDL…
The ocean kayak Malibu PDL seems well made and laid out. It has a large weight capacity and is very stable and roomy for standing. The seat is good but not nearly as comfortable as Hobie or Native seats. The upper back bar will contact you no matter what your recline position is. It tracks well and had good enough speed but does hull slap quite loudly. The PDL drive mechanism seems notchier than other pedal drives, it's much heavier than other drive units and the gear ratio seems off. I'm an avid cyclist and it feels like pedaling a bike uphill in a headwind in a gear or two that's just a little too hard( I feel like downshifting but I can't) Overall it's a nice pedal kayak and priced a bit more affordable than some others. It's biggest downfall is it's weight. It's just a big heavy beast of a kayak and feels much heavier than it's 100 claimed weight. It's just too much for me. I'd take a light paddle kayak any day over this.