Name: paddler392997

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My wife and I have been avid kayakers for years, we generally paddle small to medium rivers, lakes streams with a trip to bigger waters when the wind permits. I am in my late 60's , my wife isn't far behind. We were looking for a shorter lighter boat for trips we knew we had to portage and deal with beaver dams as we were finding our 14 ft 60 lb kayaks were getting hard to handle at times. The only truly light weight boat available to us was the delta. We decided on the 10ar which we have used this 2022 season. Overall I think the kayak will withstand all the dams and portaging we deal with ( although we find topside these boats may scratch easily ) At 37 lbs they are easy for us to handle. Cockpit is a good size, stable entry/exit. Seat is adequate ,we like the storage pod, easy to reach deck straps, rear dry compartment is a good size. Tracking is fair at best in our opinion ,can be a struggle to keep this boat going straight at times . ( we realize we are paddling a shorter boat) But out biggest complaint is all the noise . Over 4 kph, the 10ar plows into the water which rolls up the bow, splashes off to the side leaving a trail of air bubbles in it's wake. All the noisy water displacement ruins the paddling experience for us . We did not expect this kind of barge like performance from an expensive kayak as the delta.

My wife and I were using 13 ft flat bottomed kayaks for a number of years,figured it was time for an upgrade. After trying out 4 boats we settled on the 14 ft pungo and have never regretted our choice.We are on our 4th season in which we generally paddle 600-650 kms per.(we gps everything) We normally paddle small to med. lakes,streams and sm to med rivers. The v-hull pungo is fast,tracks very well, handles great, stable if you get caught in windy conditions. Seat and foot pegs are easy to adjust while in the boat. We do some camping so we like the two dry compartments. The covers are easy to open while on the the water if the need arises. Don't let the large cockpit measurements turn you off.There is a large storage area behind the seat which is great, add the console (which is nice to have)and you have a nice easy access but snug cockpit.The sides of the boat curl in at the top so the legs braces work great. On the negative side, we found the lower back support lacking a bit. We came up with easy fixes so no biggie. And we are both in our 60's so maybe the problem is ours. A bit more deck strapping would be nice but was an easy fix also.. Our biggest complaint we how easy they scratch. Altho we try to be careful we have some mighty gouges but we do put in at some rough spots ,run into low water at times and are continually going over beaver dams so maybe that problem is ours also . Over all a great rec kayak that is very close to a touring boat.Too bad the 14 ft are no longer available.