Name: pukindog1994

Most Recent Reviews

This is my first kayak, and I am very happy with my decision. I have used it routinely on slow, flat water near my home and enjoy every outing where I can get away from the stresses of life, occasionally see a bald eagle, and get in some exercise. In short, the Rip 12 does exactly what I want it to do.

I am 5' 11" and weigh about 170 lbs. This model can handle those with a larger frame for sure. The kayak is just light enough for me to lift it onto the top of a SUV roof rack without too many problems, even after a long ride. I knew that I didn't want anything heavier, as I often kayak alone. This 2012 model does not have the drop skeg. While I don't have a lot of experience with other kayaks, I know this boat tracks well compared to a few that I have used. I don't think I missed out by not getting one of the newer model years. I think this kayak slips through the water with relative ease. It always feels stable.

The cockpit size lets me move my legs around, and even sit cross-legged inside if I desire. Perhaps one might say this means it is not fitted well for me, but I like the options. The rear hatch lid is easy to remove. No problems there. I keep a few things in a dry bag in it in the event I roll the kayak.

My only negative comment might be with the seat. While padded well enough, the Comfort Flex Seat doesn't have any lumbar support. Having said that, I do not find this to be as big a problem now that I'm becoming more experienced...I think my technique is improving. However, if Necky is positioned as Johnson Outdoor's "premium line" over Old Town and Ocean Kayak, then I would think that its models should all have the Active Comfort System seat, paddle holder, and a drain plug, especially for the MSRP.

I purchased these boaters gloves because of the price and NRS' reputation. Unfortunately, I find them to be just ok in preventing blisters and hotspots on my hands while I paddle my recreational kayak about once a week on smooth, calm water.

- Excellent fit (guides from the manufacturer are accurate)
- Show little wear (they're tough)

- Stiching along inside of your thumb is right where the paddle falls.
- Got blister on my finger as well.

I compared the design of these to bicycling gloves, and see that the bicycling folks got the stiching right.