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When I was researching what brands of kayaks to consider for my first quality kayak, I narrowed it down to two brands; Delta and Eddyline. Both of those brands have consistently good reviews and you'd be hard pressed to find anything negative about them. Due to the inventory shortage in the industry during Covid, however, I couldn't just buy anything I wanted. I had to wait for something to arrive. For me it was a toss-up between an Eddyline Skylark and a Delta 12.10 and the Skylark became available sooner, so that's what I bought and have been paddling the past several months. I wanted something longer, slimmer and with thigh braces, however and I still lusted after the Deltas, so I recently picked up a Detla 14. Again, it was a toss-up between the Delta 14 and another Eddyline; the Sitka. This time it was the Delta that was available sooner. The main difference between a Sitka and the Delta 14 is that the Sitka has a skeg and the Delta has a rudder. I actually wasn't sure I'd like the idea of a rudder as it seemed like too much hardware but after paddling this boat a couple of times, I'm loving it. Being 14 feet long, it's 2 feet longer than my Skylark, so it takes a little more effort to turn it. But by employing the rudder, you can turn very abruptly if needed at speed, or make small micro adjustments to your course as necessary. I'm finding that I prefer the seat on the Delta more than the one on the Eddyline. The back can easily be moved up and down while you are still seated. Similarly, it has a cord that allows you to adjust how far forward the back band is. The seat itself also has 5 different fore and aft positions, so you aren't stuck with a "one size fits all" mentality. Although if you are comparing this to the Eddyline Sitka series, you are probably aware that there are 3 different sizes of Sitkas available. The quality of this boat is top notch. I love large hatches and the way they seal very well. Paint is beautiful. Oh, and it moves along quite well at speed, handling wind and choppy water as well as I can expect. I'm really appreciating the tighter cockpit with the thigh braces as it allows me to feel more at one with the kayak.

I've been curious about greenland paddles, but they aren't easy to find. Gearlab appears to be the go-to greenland paddle manufacturer for most people, and the price was right for the Malik, although I would have preferred a 230cm length. In order to get that, however, you have to go to one of their higher end paddles, and there's limited availability right now. As this was my first greenland paddle, I didn't want to invest a lot of money only to find that it wasn't for me. I'd done all the research online, but was still not sure if I'd like it. The company is based in Taiwan, and I was also skeptical of ordering online from an oversees company, but since so many others had done so and approved of their products, I figured I was safe. The paddle arrived only a week after I ordered it, so no issues there. It ships with a bar of wax, similar to ski wax, that they recommend using on the parts of the paddle that fit together. It's a very tight fit, so the was was helpful, and I don't think I'll be taking it apart for easy transport like I do with my other paddle, because the fit is so tight. It's not easy to get it apart or pressed back together. There is no option for feathering with a greenland paddle like you have with most Euro blade paddles. I expected that it would take some getting used to, but I loved it immediately. I expected that I would not be able to paddle as fast as I can with my Aqua Bound StingRay paddle, but my top speed with the greenland paddle is actually about 1 mph faster (verified with Strava). When I'm careful enough to paddle efficiently, it's very smooth... like a hot knife through butter, with minimal splashing. My only complaint is that there are no drip rings, and I'm not sure how you would do that, as the round portion of the paddle is limited to the center. So, I get a bit of water in the cockpit which previously wasn't an issue for me. That's a bit bothersome, as I usually have a high end digital DSLR camera/lens on the floor. So now I have to make sure I keep the camera covered to avoid getting too much water on it. I still feel like I could use a 230CM- the Malik is only available in 220- or get a more narrow boat than my Eddyline Skylark. So... I'll probably end up ordering the next one up in their line as soon as one is available in a 230 in something other than black. I definitely recommend that everyone at least give a greenland paddle a try.

This was just the ticket for finding a way to fit our 2 kayaks into a very crowded garage. There are other racks on the market that are cheaper, but I went with the Suspenz because of their reputation for building quality stuff. I wanted something that is sturdy, built well, and looks good too. A bonus is that it's modular, so you can add on as you get more boats or SUP's. It takes up very little width, so it slots in nicely in the space between the 2-car section of our garage and the 3rd space where the motorcycle and exercise equipment compete for space. When I want to take the boats out to the driveway for cleaning, it's easy to pull them off and move the two units outside and it holds the boats securely as I wash/dry them. It took me just over an hour to assemble both of the units, and I'm not particularly fast. The instructions were not very good, but once I figured out how the base arms and posts were oriented, it was a simple matter; everything just bolts together. They even give you the tools. Spend a few dollars more and get something that's better quality; you won't regret it.

Worth every penny if your expectations are modest. My wife and I were hoping for better boats; something like the Wilderness Systems Pungos or even the Eddyline Sky10 and Skylark, but there just isn't any inventory right now. I watched a youtube video by Headwaters Kayak that compared cheap boats that they'd purchased at Dick's and this one came out on top. So, rather than wait for spring before we could get out on the water in something other than a rental boat, my wife and I decided that we'd get a couple of these and when something better becomes available in the Spring, we haven't sunk a lot of money into them at about $350 a piece. The quality appears very cheap; very flexible low grade plastic. But it's not an overly heavy boat. There are no bulkheads; the round cover at the front of the boat merely conceals a small storage compartment. The bag behind the seat provides more storage, but it's not waterproof. So if you take a spill, you'll likely need some assistance with getting rescues, as the boat will likely fill up with water. For the price, however, it worked just fine. Stable. Tracked straight. Not a speedster, but not terribly slow either. Last week we used a Santee 126 and a Dagger Axis 105 and this Pelican is really not noticeably slower than those more expensive boats. The seat is very basic; not awful, but not great either. Wife and I both had numb butts after an hour or so, but this might be remedied with a gel seat pad. If you just want to get into the sport to see if you'll like it, or you don't think you'll get out more than 6-10 times a year, and you don't want to sink a lot of money into it, this is a perfectly okay boat. If you're more than a casual enthusiast, however, you're better off getting something in the $700+ price range.