I added a 1/8" thick 1" wide by 6" long rubber strips on both sides of the Fenn grip to simulate an oval shape. I used both paddles on an Epic V-10S surf ski, Seda glider and more recently on a Kirton Inuk. The Epic has a big plus on weight and the Fenn more durable wing since it's thicker and about $200 less. They feel almost the same while paddling. But some reason I prefer the Fenn slightly. I can't really pin point why. But must be the weight? Or maybe the minute difference in the wing design? I still need to try the other brands like Braca, QB, Lettmann etc... But like someone told me "better to concentrate on your paddling ability than on the equipment". Yes that's true but primates like us like to fiddle with different things.
So what's the bottom line? If you want super lite weight and can afford $400+ go for the Epic. If want something more durable for less money and the slightly heavier then Fenn is a possibility.
The amazing thing with the Inuk is how much is glides in the water. Checking and comparing hydrostatic figures of different kayaks, the Inuk has the same efficiency at slow speeds of the better 16 ft. kayaks designs. It gets better past 6 mph. I've only paddled the Inuk in 4-6 ft. waves and I thought I was to capsize (I'm flat water paddler) a hundred times but did not! The very low deck behind the cockpit is a big plus for re-mount or roll.
Inuk is definitely for an intermediate or advanced kayaker. I rate it as 1 of the top 3 kayaks I've owned and tested. It's a great kayak design for me.
First I noticed is the nice orange & gray color scheme. The weight is light at about 30# or so. There is no problem with portage. But the best feature of Think Fit is not the weight but the cockpit design. The comfort factor is one of the best, slightly better than my Epic V-10 Sports. The whole cockpit is like a bathtub. It is one piece and sealed from the hull. I believe it is the same one used on Think Evo surfski.
This is an exercise machine....fast and comfortable to paddle and lite weight. The only done side is after a capsize, the hull sits high on the water. But with proper re-mount technique, it's not an issue.
It's straight tracking kayak and the down side is that it's more difficult to turn. I'm aware of the trade off. My Norkapp HMC was like that and I'm used to it.
The kevlar model I got is about 45#. And that's not too heavy and not lite either. I will never buy another 30# kayak from a bad experience I had. It flies on top of the water after a capsize with a super strong wind gust. A paddle leash attached to the kayak was my only salvation. Advanced paddlers might not have this problem.
When it comes to speed, I was able to paddle the Glider at 6 mph for 30 min. straight. That might not be that fast but I can't even do over 5mph on my Epic V-10 sports surfski (afraid to capsize?).
I feel confident when I paddle my Seda Glider just like my Nordkapp HMC. Is it perfect? No such think. BTW, I did not have any issues with quality... Excellent kayak!!!
Paddling the V10-S was addicting. The re-mount was doable unlike with my kayak which is very difficult and time consuming. I ended up just using the surfski every Saturday. Poor Nordkapp.
The only complaint I heard from others with the V10-Sport is the wide cockpit. I tried all kinds of side padding and nothing seem to work the way I like it. But then there is the NRS hip pads (available in most kayak stores) that were in my parts bin that I tried. That one worked!
As a whole, the V10-Sport design and function is excellent. The cockpit layout is better than most and very comfortable. I wish I had the horse power to take full advantage of the V10-Sport capabilities. Definitely an enjoyable experience for me.
I rate the Suka way up there on my list....better than the Caribou, Solstice, Capella, Seayak, etc... Why? I like the perfect fit. It feels like I'm one with the kayak. The hard chine makes for a easy turn while leaning to one side. The cockpit is large enough to pull out my legs to dangle on the side. The size is just right for me. Easy to paddle and portage. For super long distance, I use my Nordkapp. And for straight line exercise & speed I'd use my V10-S surfski.
Initially I had problems using the rudder pedal. No matter what I do, my toes invariably push the pedal. So the kayak goes zig zag. A guy at the CCK store (Oakland CA) by the name of Socrates advised me on how to adjust the height of the rudder pedal. And boom……problem solved.
I also did some minor modifications. The plastic fittings that hold the perimeter lines were giving me problems. The 3/16” cord slips out when I pull hard on it after a wet exit re-entry maneuver. I replaced the said fittings with the better ones from Necky? The people at CCK ordered it for me.
Now that I have been paddling Epic 16 for awhile, I must say that I’m beginning to really like this kayak. It is fast……6.7 mph w/ current assist (GPS) on a sprint using a wing paddle. Easy to load on my van due to its’ light weight. It is straight tracking with the rudder. And if I have to maneuver a lot like in a corkscrew slough, the rudder goes up. And did I say it looks like a red Ferrari?
The Epic Touring 16 has been replaced by Epic 16X in 2007.
I've been kayaking almost twice a week in the last two months and the Epic Rec GP impressed me as compared to some really good ones out there (about 10 seakayaks total).