Method Air

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Method Air Reviews

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i am a total new person to…

Submitted by: pepsimnobx on 12/7/2021

i am a total new person to kayaking. i was given the perception method air by my buddy for free so i was very excited to try it out. i am 6 foot 3 inches and 220 lbs . i found this boat to be very tight to get inside and out of. i had to remove the seat, and the foot braces just to fit inside of it. on launching the kayak, i found it very tippy and could not keep it upright. The biggest issue i has was every slight movement i made and the kayak opening would dip well below the water line and let in water. it could be my lack of inexperience but so far on my first attempt at the perception method air, i consider it a total fail for me personally.


Bought this boat second hand…

Submitted by: paddler234520 on 5/7/2012
Bought this boat second hand about 10 years ago as my old Perception Whippit (a great river runner) nearly crippled me after long paddles. The Method Air was instantly 100 percent more comfortable and is a great surf boat. I'm 5'7", 70Kgs which means this boat is a tad on the large side to be used as a serious play boat, but because of the slightly larger volume I find it works really well in big water with the sharp lines helping with carving. The only down side is that it can't really be used as a creek boat. The low back deck means it tends to back loop far too easily (never a good thing in a narrow slot!).
Overall, for a paddler of my size, a good all round river runner/surf boat with some play potential.

Comfortable boat with great…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 11/27/2004
Comfortable boat with great all-around adjustability. I removed the factory foot brace and built one out of closed-cell foam, and I am much happier with this set-up. The boat handles well in most conditions, the bow does tend to dip more than I like. All in all, a great boat if you can only have one. I recommend it!

i can't say this was a good…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 4/12/2004
i can't say this was a good boat for me. i am small and it was slightly too big, but it was quite spinny and enjoyable to paddle. i don't think it is a beginners boat and would not recomemnd it to beginner's. however it is a nice boat just to have a go in on flat water and muck around.

I am 160 pounds. It works…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/17/2002
I am 160 pounds. It works well for me as a play boat. But on fast big water the bow enders out on me more than I would like. Great if you only want one boat, but if you are going to have more than one get a Play boat and a Big water boat.

I just bought mine. It's…

Submitted by: paddler229252 on 5/25/2001
I just bought mine. It's amazing to me how comfortable this beautiful little boat is. The adjustments are a plenty and the seat IS simply irresistable. I'm fairly new to the sport of white water. Infact, this is my first boat. I'm very pleased with it though, it's so much fun to get ou there and feel at ease in such an advanced boat. I know there are so many moves that I have yet to tackle, but I am postive that the method air will take in on no prob! The other day I brought her out for the first time, it was unreal. Surfing was INCREDIBLE and stable! This boat is worth it, every penny. Get one today!

Perception describes the…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/18/2000
Perception describes the method air as a river runner w/play characteristics and that's pretty accurate. I'd paddled a pirouette for a couple of years, but wanted something a bit more up-to-date. I like to surf, and wanted to try out a few other moves (squirts, maybe an ender or two), but I wasn't interested in anything too radical. also, I'm fairly large-6' tall, 175 lbs, and I found that getting into many of the smaller boats on the market was a painful process, if not impossible. so the method air fit the bill perfectly for me. It's only 7'9" long, but is amazingly roomy and comfortable. the cockpit is very well-designed: it comes with 3 interchageable bulkheads of different sizes depending on how far in or out you want them. this, in conjunction with a foam insert place your feet in a comfortable position. The new-style adjustable thighbraces accomodate a wide variety of positions and provide excellent boat control. and last but not least, the IR ratcheting backband is incredible. I have to squeeze myself in, but I can wet exit no problem. there's a fair amount of volume in the bow, allowing the boat to hold it's own while plowing through big waves. it's quite stable and sidesurfs really well-excellent secondary stability. it's fast for it's size, carves turns really well, and surfs like a champ. I was really surprised at how easily i made the transition to this boat from one fully 3 1/2' longer. I've been looking for something it doesn't do well but i haven't found it yet.