The no drill, caliper set up is kind of sweet, especially is you are using this anchor kit on multiple boats. However, the cuff that is supposed to keep the anchor closed has no way to lock. It will either let the anchor tines splay out when you don't want them to or it will accidentally close the anchor up when you want it open. It holds ok in light wind/current but isn't much good otherwise. So for shallow water, you're better off with a stakeout pole and for deeper water, stronger currents, you need a more substantial anchor, rigged with a chain rode.
This paddle also has the push button, three position ferrule. I know there are infinite adjustment paddles out there. I really think the simplicity of the push button three position is better. If wind picks up while you're on the water and you need to feather quickly, the push button is the way to go.
The inset attachment points that Feelfree builds in for the seat and thigh straps are really great for the surf. Nothing gets caught up in them - no danger of snagging a paddle leash, life jacket or bow line. The boat has the wheel in the keel which I'm not really crazy about - a good cart works better on the sand. The boat also has an attachment point for an optional rudder - I have not needed it. I had narrowed my choices down to the Ocean Frenzy or the Nomad. The Nomad was way more comfortable - it has a slightly wider seat pan, it just felt better.
We considered getting the Thule Hullivator, but to put two hullivators on the roof adds a lot of weight. If you are loading two kayaks, you need two. With the Telos, you only need one loader because you just move it to the other side of the car when you need it.
Every time I use it, people ask me about it. One of the ratchet springs on one of the arms came loose and got mangled. I called Malone for a part and with their usual great customer service, they sent me an entire new arm assembly for free.
Love Malone products and Malone customer service!!
Malone Customer Service is Excellent!!! I bought 1 set originally from Amazon, the second set I bought later from a dealer. Both sets came with all hardware plus tie down straps and bow and stern tie lines. However, the dealer set (a newer model) came with nice strap bales on the j rack which really helps keep the straps in the right position while loading until you tie everything down. I called Malone thinking maybe I could buy the bales and put on my original set and they sent them out for free and talked me through how to install them. I am a Malone customer for life!!
It is roomy and has great initial and secondary stability. Because I have a bad hip, I enter and exit in knee deep water and this boat barely moves, it is that stable. In chop and current, it also maintains very good stability.
It's roomy and has plenty of storage. I have even paddled with a 10 year old in the back - I rigged a jumpseat facing the stern - with no problems. The hatch covers work well and stay closed
Native does a good job adding the little extras that don't come with other kayaks. Scupper plug are attached with keepers, Hatch lids and small hatch insert also have keepers, and it comes with a taco style paddle clip. Luggage style handles in bow, stern and sides are included. The addition of at least 1 flush mount rod holder means I can rig a visibility or dive flag, or a light for night paddling.
It paddles pretty well. It is never going to be as good as a nice transitional or touring kayak, but as sit on tops go, it is one of the best. It won't kill you to do a 5 or 6 mile paddle.
I keep my scupper plugs in and collect a little water, but the seat stays dry.
The biggest negative is of course, the weight. At 65 pounds, I cannot load the kayak by myself. Loading difficulty is also affected by the side handles. Although good quality, they are not positioned correctly and balance is way off. You can use them to tip out water, but for lifting the kayak into a rack or loader, they are terrible. You need two people to manage this kayak for loading.
The small rear hatch is misplaced. It is great to have a small watertight hatch like this for small items like a phone or camera, but why put it directly behind the seat. Good touring kayaks put this hatch off center behind the seat, so you can reach it. I realize the centered placement allows for two flush mount rod holders on either side behind the seat - But this is not the Angler model!
The Redfish paddles great upwind but downwind it weathercocks. Mine does not have a rudder but they are rudder ready and it needs one.
In summary a great kayak for both tooling around and fishing. At 65 pounds it's not the heaviest fishing yak out there but if you are going solo it can be a problem Great fit and finish, excellent stability.