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TRAK 2.0

16'
Length
22.5"
Width (in)
42
Weight (lb)
$3,599
MSRP

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5

Yes, as noted in other…

Submitted by: TheZenTiger on 6/22/2020
Yes, as noted in other reviews, there was some huge hiccups in production and communication. I actually didn't think communication was that bad. I think there was only one email I sent that didn't get responded to personally. So I'll just give my review based on the boat itself. As you can see I gave it 5-stars! Considering it's market is as a portable traveling kayak, I really was not expecting it to be as comfortable as it was! I really felt in sync with the boat right from the first time I sat in it. Right now, I actually wish I bought a second one with the Kickstarter deal! One thing that can't be stressed enough but might take a bit to explain: The boat uses a frame under the skin that is tightened with a system of jacks. You can actually add more or less pressure by pumping the jacks which adds to or takes away from the rocker (curve) of the bottom of the boat. So on smooth water I use less pressure on the jacks and it keeps the boat straightened out for better tracking, but if waves start to pick up, a few pumps on the center jack will cause the rocker to increase, allowing for much more play and maneuverability. I actually did an unofficial test...with no rocker it was about 7 strokes (each side? I don't quite remember...very unofficial) for a 360-degree turn. Adding rocker reduced it to 4 strokes! It's a very noticeable difference. Having a Trak 2.0 is like going out onto the water with two different boats at once! I haven't taken it apart and put it back together a bunch of times like others may have. So yea, it took me quite a bit longer than 10 minutes to get together. But since then, I've left it together and just put it on the roof of my car to transport it like any other boat. I haven't seen a need to take it apart yet, thought I really should for practice and maintenance. So because I haven't taken it apart, it has been functioning as my main boat at the moment. I'm just that comfortable with it.
4

Yes, production was late…

Submitted by: CanesVan on 5/4/2020
Yes, production was late (very late). Yes, the communication wasn't always good (in some cases non-existent). Yes, I wondered if I was ever going to get it (purchased through Kickstarter). But, when I did receive the kayak late in 2019, it was everything I expected it to be. The Trak 2.0 is actually much more stable and sturdy than I expected, it tracks well and is pretty rigid. I am new to skin on frame kayaks and it takes a bit of getting used to -- especially when you can feel the waves and water hit the side in new ways, but that doesn't mean the boat isn't capable or strong. That being said, I won't be using the boat much for paddles near my home in Florida -- I will use my Epic, Hobie, etc. But I do travel quite a bit and look forward to taking this with me on expeditions far from home. I will not worry about taking this kayak on overnight trips, far from civilization and solo. It's more than capable and is a quality build for sure. The reason I won't use it more regularly is that is does take longer to assemble and disassemble/clean than I would like. If I didn't have other kayaks available, it would be fine, but since I do, I won't use it as often because of that. It's not a major drawback, but it does take a bit longer than a normal kayak -- say 10 mins on assembly and more on disassembly as you need to wash the components down asap. So, if you don't have the space for sea kayaks or you travel quite a bit -- this is an ideal and capable kayak that won't seem flimsy or cheaply made. I am every bit as confident in it as I am my other kayaks. Also, please don't ever take this kayak out without the float bags and sea sock too. Just don't do it. It will sink without them if you have a problem. It should be a no-brainer, but it is worth repeating here. They are pretty easy to install and use. All in all, I am very impressed with this kayak for it's portability, weight and performance. Definitely consider it if you are looking for a portable kayak. I don't know of a better one on the market.
5

Got my Trak out for the first…

Submitted by: jhtjr on 3/18/2020
Got my Trak out for the first time yesterday. This boat is amazing in engineering, assembly and most of all paddling. Assembly time is down to about 35 minutes after my third time. Don’t think I’ll get it to 10 minutes but 15 easy enough including adding flotation and sea sock. The lake water was calm so there was no wave action or moving water but she felt like a hard shell kayak to me. For those of you familiar with a NDK Romany and/or Greenlander Pro the Trak to me has a little touch of both. Not as fast as the Greenlander overall but playful/maneuverable as the Romany. Except for the rain hitting the deck with a nice “drumming” sound I wouldn’t have known the difference paddling along with my eyes closed. She felt nice and stiff like a composite boat. I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by how my Trak felt on the water. To sum it up I’ll stop comparing her to other boats from now on and and just leave it at - She feels like a TRAK and that’s a good thing! The boat, gear and all fits nicely in a Honda Fit. I’m 5’8, 177 lbs. Paddling since 2005.
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This review is not for the…

Submitted by: worldtraveler on 2/7/2020

This review is not for the Trak 2.0 kayak which I hear is a decent product. This review is for the company that makes the kayak and it tears me up to write this. I never leave reviews and have never left a negative review for a company before but I feel that it would be doing a disservice to the paddling community not to inform you of my experience.

I cannot recommend ordering anything from this company until they sort out their manufacturing issues.

Early backers have had over a two year delay from the date their order was placed. I have been waiting almost a year after being told it would be ready from the order page in six months after placing my order through the company's website. This wasn't a Kickstarter backing for me but sending my money to a company directly through their direct sales website. What I've received in return are false promises and almost no information.

Communication has been tremendously awful, and it is only due to the hard work of a few dedicated non-staff members on a Facebook page that any information has been transmitted from the company about order delays and arrivals.

The company refuses to answer individual questions about orders or delays instead focusing on getting what boats they have received out to customers. I understand the small number of staff have limited resources but this is not the way to ensure repeat business.

Refunds are not allowed based on the purchasing contract after 90 days and with no communication from the company your money will be taken and sent into a black hole of non-information. Each email contains only new delays in the manufacturing process and promises to attend amazing trips and join their community . Alas, it is hard to join a community of kayakers without a boat.

It was estimated I would receive a boat in March of 2019 then May of 2019 and now it looks like October to December of 2019. I wouldnt be surprised if i don't receive anything until late 2020. What is even more frustrating is that you can today (August 2019) put in an order for expected delivery in March or April of 2020. Based on the previous experiences with this company that delivery timeframe seems impossible.

I imagine I will one day get a boat from them long after I have moved away from the sea and from what I have heard they are good boats. If you have the chance to buy someone's I would say go for it. I would not give my money again to a company that has such poor communication skills and keeps thousands of people waiting with little information. I have seen little information on general website about this product other than glowing reviews. The people that have them love them it seems. However hundreds of other people who have ordered boats are having a similar experience to mine. I learned my lesson and won't be buying a boat like this unless I can see it.

I do hope they get their issues figured out. I do hope they end up producing a great quantity of amazing quality boats and I do sympathize with how challenging it must be to receive over a thousand orders for your great product and have to make them, but at the moment put your hard earned money elsewhere.

For the price I could have purchased numerous other high performance touring boats, even a slightly less capable folding boat like the Orkut is better than no boat at all.

With kind regards and hoping Trak can turn this around. I would love to update this review to note how they did right by the thousands of people that have backed them with better communication and honesty towards the community that they are trying to build.

1

Though I had great…

Submitted by: paddler501283 on 2/7/2020

Though I had great communication and support with Trak for my first version of the kayak, the extremely long delays and lack of communication on the updated gear has been extremely frustrating.

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If you are on the market for…

Submitted by: techbeaver on 2/7/2020

If you are on the market for a Trak kayak, read this thread on the message board: https://forums.paddling.com/discussion/2938833/trak-2-0-whats-not-to-like-about-it

While the kayak itself seems to be great, the way Trak is handling orders and communicating with customers is unacceptable. Trak is not fulfilling orders in the 6 months window they advertised and it is almost impossible to get an answer from the company after you place your order (before ordering, you will be flooded with emails and proposals to meet a Trak ambassador). The problem has been going on for over a year and Trak still keeps selling in the same way. Some of the original Kickstarter backers have not received their boat yet!!!

Be aware before you jump in!

4

If you are a sea kayaker on…

Submitted by: Jkruger on 6/12/2019

If you are a sea kayaker on the move and like to travel but want a a kayak you know then look no further. The kayak fold into a wheeled travel bag that comes in at around 50 lbs. As for the kayak it is easy to assemble and has a super tough skin. It has decent initial stability and great performance. The hard chines add to its ability to edge and it rolls like a hard shell. It can hold a fair amount of equipment in the flotation bags so it is good for kayak camping. Not as easy to load as a kayak with hatches and bulkheads but you can not take those on a plane. With the adjustable rocker it has great tracking and surf ability. Thigh braces are adjustable and has adjustable foot pegs. Great kayak for travelers and paddlers low on storage space.

5

This portable kayak is easy…

Submitted by: Jkruger on 5/6/2019

This portable kayak is easy to assemble and disassemble. No issues repacking it into its travel case and there is plenty of room to put my PFD and 4 piece paddle in the bag. Responsive on the water and has great edging properties. Rolls well and tracks better than expected. It is also very versatile with the ability to change the rocker. Paddles well in following seas and in choppy waters as we get on the Chesapeake Bay. Performs much like a hard shell kayak which I did not expect from a portable kayak.

5

Floats smoothly through the…

Submitted by: paddler470343 on 10/2/2018

Floats smoothly through the water barely disturbing the surface... Like floating on a cloud