Name: musichawk

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The NRS foam paddle float has advantages and disadvantages over the more common inflatable paddle float. It's primary disadvantage is the space it takes to stow it. But I find simply sliding it under the rescue straps behind my cockpit puts it right where I need it, and a couple of correct size bungees will attach it to any other spot where deck bungees are available. The main advantage, in my opinion, is the float is ready to go immediately if I capsize. I don't have to risk hypothermia while I find where it is stowed, blow it up, and then attach it to the paddle. It is ready to slide on the blade and strap to it, then extend it out while my paddle goes under the rescue straps.

It has held up to sun, sand, and repeated salt and freshwater dunkings without the foam breaking down or absorbing water...the fabric has faded, but seems as strong and tear resistant as ever. I never go out, even on calm ponds or lakes, without my NRS foam paddle float. And when I kayak camp, it makes a great cushion to sit on by the river.

I purchased a Duralite Pungo 140 in 2007. The reason for my review now is because of how my opinion has changed over time. The kayak is definitely a flat water boat although you can purchase and use a spray skirt in moderately rough conditions. After the first year, I felt I had outgrown the boat, no longer needed the superb stability nor the roomy cockpit, and the 14 foot length seemed to short to keep up with traditional kayaks. So I went through quite a few "sea kayaks" and enjoyed them immensely. But I kept coming back to the Pungo for 3 important reasons
One, I take a lot of pictures and video, so the initial and secondary stability (like a rock!) are important.
Two, the weight of my Duralite (this wont be true of regular 140s) is so easy to manage alone. I can throw it on the ladder rack of my pickup almost with one hand.
And, three, I no longer worry about ""keeping up"". I paddle at my pace, see more, experience the water better, and can go for hours without ti ring.

I have not experienced the new generation of Pungos but I can tell the hull configuration is the same, or very close to it. I hope at sometime in the future Wilderness produces Duralight versions again! I'd probably get one for my wife!

Initial Stability: 10
Secondary Stability: 10
Speed: 6 (it beats a 10 or 12 ft rec. boat)
Construction: 9 After nine years and a lot of miles on the water the only problem I have had is the rear hatch cover has shrunk making it a real pain to close. No leaks, no fading, even the bungees have held up well.

I purchased a kayalite from Kayalu about 6 months ago. The paddling group I'm a member of like to do early morning and moonlight paddles.

This light has great visibility and is simple to install on any kayak that has either bungee lines or eyelets for bungee lines. When attached to a bungee line it will not be quite as secure as attached to an eyelet, but the well thought out cord tightened clip will hold the light in place in most circumstances.

In short, I had to order another one for my wife's kayak. The light stands high enough to increase visibility even when it is behind you. I recommend it for anyone kayaking after dusk or before dawn.