Most Recent Reviews
I have paddled my Epic 18X for over a year now and it was sweet enough for me to do the unthinkable... I sold my Looksha II to a good friend. It is light and fast and has handled weather/water conditions that would be considered very dangerous... flooding downstream and 24mph winds blowing upriver creating washing machine conditions in the Tennessee River where I paddle. I am 5-10, 185 average 59 year old male paddler... I love my boat.
Awesome glide, tracking and speed. It took great care of me during the 42.5 mile race. My only regret is that I would love to see a qualified paddler use it in the Mississippi race. Who ever designed it did a super job for what I want in a boat (plus character)
The boat has been a joy. It tracks true, has great glide, fair initial stability, great secondary stability. I did a 30 mile paddle in rough Tennessee River water with 25 mph wind from back and side at times and stayed dry, safe and comfortable. It looks like a classic out of an Ernest Hemmingway Film and rides like a '68 Cadillac. I have trouble with leg circulation in some boats but not this one yet. I would recommend it to a friend.
Discontinued, don't know why, maybe no mass market appeal. Not a beginner kayak although decent stability.
I would consider buying a new one if Northwest were to return to production and be true to the original. It has a purple-gold metal flake paint job (original) that is a bit faded but it is a wonderful experience each time we go out. I have grown attached to this kayak and unless stolen or lost I will keep it for a very long time and I would advise people to buy one if possible.