Tucktec Folding Kayak Description
Read and submit reviews for the Tucktec Folding Kayak.
Tucktec Folding Kayaks
Tucktec Folding Kayak Reviews
I'd like to add my…
I'd like to add my recommendation for the Tucktec kayak for anyone who wants a very portable and storable rigid kayak for recreational paddling in calm water. Some paddlers have used them in mild rapids, but I haven't tried that yet.
My wife and I had two Pungo 120's that we loved, but at nearly 72, hauling them up onto a roof rack was becoming a real problem. Plus, I'd need a new roof rack for my new car and the expense wasn't worth it. I looked at a friends Oru which looked great, but too pricey for this retiree. I tried a highly recommended inflatable which paddled like a bathtub, and was a major pain to inflate, deflate, reinflate to dry out, etc. Back it went and we ordered two Tucktec.
I have been very impressed with this inexpensive little boat! As others have mentioned, I struggled with the first assembly. When new, the plastic is quite stiff, especially if it's cool. After flexing the fold lines a couple of times and letting the plastic warm in the sun, it's actually pretty easy to assemble.
The kayak has a retractable skeg which keeps it tracking nicely.
My only problem is the seat, as many other people have found. Personally, I find it comfortable enough, but it sits me 'way down on the bottom of the kayak. I'm 5'2" with a short torso, and the kayak is quite wide so I can't paddle efficiently without hitting the gunwale bolsters. Other users have found ways around the seats' shortcomings* and I'm investigating a few options which should pretty easily make my paddling easy and efficient. Apart from the fixable seat issues, I'd unhesitatingly give this ingenious boat 5 stars.
* There is a very active Facebook forum devoted to the Tucktec. People there have posted numerous solutions to the seat question and a ton of other topics;
The Tucktec is a great…
The Tucktec is a great alternative to either a more expensive folding kayak or an inflatable that needs special care to avoid punctures. I really appreciate how light, stable, and durable it is and that it can be taken in the back of the car or stored inside an RV for travel. Set up is pretty easy - it is more about learning how it wants to fold and working with it, than how strong you are - a bit plus for those of us who are not as strong as we used to be. They are roomy and yes, it does fit a dog or small child! No, it is not as fast as my narrower and longer hard shell kayaks, and is best suited for calmer waters, so it all depends on what you are looking for. For me, it is a very portable and affordable option and I plan to check it (in a golf bag) as luggage on a flight next month. Customer service is awesome; they source materials and make everything in the US and stand behind their products.
I purchased a Tucktec…
I purchased a Tucktec foldable kayak so I could easily take a kayak when I go camping, and to have a convenient way to explore the many lakes, ponds, and waterways near my city.
So far, I am finding that the Tucktec kayak is very portable, stable in the water, tough, tracks well, and is reasonably priced.
It is a recreational kayak designed to be used only on quiet/ flat water up to a Class II rapids.
As a novice kayaker, I am really happy with the Tucktec kayak. It is easy to transport with the included shoulder strap and can fit in the back of my car. Their customer service is exceptional, and their Facebook page has a very active, helpful, and friendly community of Tucktec customers.
Some Tucktec owners have commented on the seat, and have replaced theirs with a stadium seat.
I am Ok with the seat, but did add a gel cushion for more comfort.
Many new owners have commented on having to work a bit when folding the kayak for the first time.
I struggled getting the kayak together the first time as well, but it still only took me 20 minutes to have a functional kayak.
After that initial fold, the second time only took me 10 minutes, and was much easier. As the folds become more pliable, it will be quite manageable to assemble it in 5 minutes or less.
seat very uncomfortable.…
seat very uncomfortable. Putting together can be rough if you are not super strength, I got because light weight and looked like it would be easy. Having had several cervical surgeries my strength is just so-so. I found it difficult. Comfort sucked, and returns mean you pay your own return shipping and they deduct how much they paid for shipping on their end which makes it an expensive try if you are not sure. The bar they added for stabilization to attach gear to does not stay put. I think it is a great idea, but I think there is still more fine tuning that needs to be done with this product.
I love my tucktecs! I live…
I love my tucktecs! I live full time in my motorhome and the small storage space needed to store my boats allow me to participate in paddling whereas I am unable to carry regular hard kayaks along.