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Very light weight Paddel but still very strong trustful. I tried a few Greenland paddles but the Akiak was the best for me. Especially the changeable tips are worth it!
I have a 2005 Impex Outer Island that I picked up for a great price - despite the fact that it has a reputation for lee cocking. I figured this was a problem that could (hopefully) be fixed with a bit of weight in the bow or moving the seat forward. I quickly realized moving the seat forward would be a non-starter given the low volume and my stiff knees (as well as the meager foot room). On the first paddle I went out on a breezy day to see what happened. Without any ballast at all the kayak did indeed lee cock in the light wind when sitting still and was difficult but not impossible to sweep back into the wind. It was also difficult to turn as advertised. I headed back to the beach and found a nice 6lb rock, wrapped it in a towel and stowed it tightly directly under the Impex logo on the bow. This is well towards the bow of the kayak. I cut across the bay in the offshore breeze and it tracked great. Up the other side of the bay in a steadily increasing tail wind was no problem. I turned around and realized I really needed this rock to work as there was a howling quartering wind blowing offshore up the bay. I had been surprised by a cold front passing through apparently. Turns out it tracked great in quartering winds I could barely make any heady way in and even weather cocked a bit (so the skeg was not a useless ornament after all). I cut across the bay in 1-2 foot breaking waves on my beam and the kayak tracked well and inspired confidence even when I had to lean into gusts. Furthermore the ballast improved steering considerably. I think this was because it freed the stern up a bit and reduced the wind effect on the bow. Overall very encouraging and even though I have not been back out in these conditions I now have great confidence in this kayak. I've never really minded putting ballast in a kayak for day trips anyway. I have a Nigel Foster Legend and I find it squirelly unless I load the day hatch up with some water bottles. So all in all very happy with this boat. And yeah I know not to put rocks in my kayak and I don't make a habit of it.
We have used the Hullavators for the past 6 years. We own a Jeep Wangler which we pull behind our RV. With kayaking into our 70's you have to find ways to assist, this is a perfect answer. We load & unload quicker & easier than many of the young folks. When we had trouble with one of the arms, the company even replaced & gave us 2 new ones.
I’ve owned this kayak for 3 years and it has its pros and cons. The pros are it’s fast, the hull is very well built, has plenty of room, the pedal drive is solid and it’s fairly stable for having a sharp bow and stern. The cons are the factory steering cables break once a year, it’s not good in tight spaces, and the seat brackets strip out easily. But overall it’s a solid kayak with a few upgrades.
This paddle was quite effective for a kayak fishing paddle, nice weight, well built - recommended for kayak angling and even as a back up paddle to your $400 carbon paddle (!)
This is my primary paddle, having 6 others in my stable (including 2 greenlands. )It’s very sturdy and well balanced. The blades are perfect for longer distances but work fine if you want to sprint. There’s really nothing negative about this, it’s a real gem!
I confess: I've not used the PFD yet. It was necessary to buy online so I couldn't touch feel and try it on prior to purchase. I agree with other reviews that it is extra thick in front so leaning on a backrest or tree should be comfy. I'm a canoeist so it's not really a concern so long as the bulk doesn't interfere with paddling. BUT here's the thing: I bought a size S/M that it is actually labeled XSM. That's 3 body sizes this thing is supposed to accommodate. AND it is also labeled user weight >88 - 132 lbs. I weigh 165. So is this jacket going to be okay for me? I have apparently adjusted it to fit but won't know how it performs until I get to paddle this spring. Luckily REI has a generous return policy.
Nice, basic base layer top to keep you warm in the winter or can be used alone on a warm sunny day. The fabric is soft, breathable, and wicks away sweat. The quality is great for the price.
I'm well pleased with this canoe. It's a true solo canoe not a pack canoe or a speedster but a "Swiss army knife" that can cover many bases. Light, responsive and stable with ample space. I really put it to the test last weekend fishing ahead of a front that was moving in and stayed out a little longer than I should have. 15 to 20 mph gusts coming back into the wind. I like to paddle canoes single blade ( I have sea kayaks that I use a Greenland style paddle ) and I feel this one is best sitting high or kneeling. I have the IPX because I would kill a thin one. It's still light and I like the stiffness versus a thicker T- formex ( Royalex replacement ) canoe but if you're worried about scratching your canoe up well think fiberglass to some degree. This one will show those scratches ( Hence the 4 stars ) I'm okay with that. Ted Bell and David Yost are producing these and I read where David's son Carl designed this one. Good job Carl!
Really enjoying this canoe. Am I some die hard boundary waters canoeist? Not hardly. I started in canoes years ago, big touring models. As time passed I got into kayaking. I have two composite sea kayaks that I use a Greenland style paddle with. I wanted something to easily put in my local river and fish, check out the wildlife from and not have the difficulty of getting in and out of. Why not a canoe? So I started looking. Craigslist had plenty of big old beater heavy canoes. I quickly tuned into the new solo canoes. I wanted a lightweight model and was about to go with a T-formex when this one popped up. Little more than I wanted to put into one but way less than a new one. He had converted it into a pack canoe ( kayak style seat siliconed to the bottom ) but had all the factory seats and a kneeling mat. He was also trying to paddle with a double blade. I went back with a higher seat ( game changer ) and a shorter ottertail paddle and started to smile! I have read posts where people think of this canoe being truly symmetrical but it's built with two different halves. 19 inches height in the bow and 17 inches in the stern. And correct me if I'm wrong Carl Yost ( Ted Bell and David Yost are producing these canoes and Carl designed this one ) but my old eyes also detect and feel the slight difference in the shape bow versus stern. Yesterday I was fishing ahead of a strong front and when I was making my way back I was fighting 20 mph gusts. I had a stringer full of fish. If you want a fast canoe then get one designed to go fast. If you want a pack canoe that you can double blade well then get a smaller pack canoe. If you want a great little solo canoe that I feel paddes and will respond terriffic with a regular canoe paddle and has just all the right ingredients to go enjoy a pleasurable day but also the capacity to take a multi day trip and carry some gear then take a look at this one. Just checks a few boxes for me. I carry a small Swiss army knife in my pocket for a reason...Don't mess with the Swiss army they run with scissors!!! Good job Carl....