Wow. I have 3 Necky Kayaks and love each one slightly differently. My Necky Manitou is comfortable, not too heavy to carry and paddles almost effortlessly. The seat is particularly comfortable and in spite of my 215 lb weight; sits very well and not cramped.
Tracking is good and the Kayak is very stable.
When wet they did not loosen up and stayed as firm (tight) as when I bought them. They felt good wet or dry and were just as comfortable. Time will tell, but they fit good and work for their stated purpose. Sperry has been making boat shoes for a long time and I expect this has helped in their design.
I bought the Skagit as a back up paddle. I had used my wife's (although short for me) and I liked it. My primary paddle is a Camano and while it is basically the same, the blade materials make it a little heavier.
I feel it is a good buy for the price. It has the same features - adjustable paddle angles, etc.) as it's more expensive brothers. My uses for it is for a back paddle and a loaner paddle for guests that use one of our boats. I feel the blade material will actually be more durable than Werner's next price point, which is over double the price!
Very good buy for the money and good for many levels of paddle experience.
The Suspenz bag seems to be the best of both worlds. It feels more durable than the extremely thin bags, but is light weight. I have the smallest version and used it for my iphone, keys (with the electric fob) wallet and other 'essentials' for a 2 hour run. I tied it behind my seat where it definitely had the opportunity to get wet. It was a limited test - but everything was completely dry.
The bags also have a pretty neat feature of a clear (clear - but with a woven material through it -) strip down the bag from top to bottom so that you can see what is in the bag - I would imagine this would be most useful if you had several bags of the same size to know what was in them.
I am giving the bag a 9 due to limited use time - I will revisit this rating after the opportunity to it longer . Very good buy for the price!
I have rated this bag a 9 because I have only used it for this season so far and can't comment on how well it will hold up under extended use.
This is a great system - it took literally less than 30 seconds a paddle holder to install - 1 bolt and the wrench supplied with the racks. I like to separate my paddles, so even though the holders come as a pair, I think I will get a second set. They hold the paddles securely and do not interfere with taking the boats off the rack. You get a bonus with these as they come in a small mesh pouch that you can use to hold other things.
My only real issue, if that, was that the seat - while very comfortable - was difficult to adjust the back while on the fly . Easy on land, but harder while on the water. Other than that, I highly recommend this kayak.