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This was given to me but I...

This was given to me but I had to repair a torn seam. It is circa 1999 and the owner replaced it with a newer model after she failed to repair it. In good shape overall.

It holds air but I am reluctant to head far from shore. It is slow compared to my 16 foot hard kayak, but stable and fun for 2 people if they can organize their paddling. Tracking leaves something to be desired, but I understand a skeg or rudder is available.

I think it may be good for fishing or for the kids to play with, but overall prefer my other boats.

I have owned this kayak...

I have owned this kayak for 18 years. I purchased when I was in the military and needed a boat that would be shipped in household goods. I have taken this kayak to it's performance limits. Class III whitewater and three foot open water waves. It does not track well in open water / wind and is slow compared to other kayaks, which is compensated somewhat by having two paddlers on board to keep up. It is very stable - never tipped over. It is super comfortable, love lounging on the water watching other kayakers suffer.

The kayak is super tough - no punctures despite heavy use in rock beach landings. My first failure came last weekend when the inner valve flap on the starboard chamber started leaking air. I consider this normal wear and tear for a small rubber flap. I expect the yak to be back up to normal once I install the replacement valve.

I recommend this for any one that has a need for a kayak that can be transported in a small car, stored in an apartment or transported worldwide. I do not recommend this for paddling on unprotected waters.

Have had my Helios II for...

Have had my Helios II for three years. Selected the two-person kayak, thinking my wife would enjoy it as much as I do. Wrong! She's only gone out twice with me. One thing I have learned, though, is that the Helios II handles just as well with a single paddler. Recently took it out in the tidal creeks around Charleston SC, and into the Kiawah River. Plan to try to ocean next time.

I have three Helios kayaks...

I have three Helios kayaks (two Helios I and one Helios II) that I bought over time since 2007. They have been great and my family and I have had a lot of fun with them. I have used them mostly on lakes in Ontario, Canada and also took them on a kayaking trip through Killarney Provincial Park in 2013.

They are a very high quality product, well made and very durable. They have lasted very well, are easy to inflate and deflate and can carry a good amount of equipment when traveling. I have found that the optional rudder is helpful in windy conditions.

Innova has further improved the build since I bought my original Helios I and the kayak is very durable and versatile. I do want to also add that, very importantly, after sales service from Innova has been excellent and I found that Tim at Innova Kayak really does believe in and stand by the product. I highly recommend these kayaks.

prior to getting a Helios,...

prior to getting a Helios, I owned a hardshell. While efficient, it was awkward to transport, no good for rivers. I started yaking a lot more after getting the Helios. First, I could include yakless friends, or my kids because I got the two man. But it was also way easier to transport, and shuttles on river runs didn't require anything special car-wise on either end. I've owned my Helios for almost 10 years now, and it will probably go for at least that more. With a rounded keel, it tracks great and is fast. Easy to get back into if you flop out. I would never go back to a hardshell.