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Rip 12

by Necky Kayak

The Rip 12 expands Necky’s performance heritage to the recreational class. With many of the same features as its smaller sibling, the Rip 12 has nearly two more feet of waterline allowing you to move faster across the water and a sharp keel giving it even more glide. While most recreational kayaks don’t include bulkheads and other details that are overlooked to get to an affordable price, the Rip 12 doesn’t skimp. Designed to grow with you, the Rip 12 is a great choice if you’re just getting started.

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Love This Kayak!

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I just returned from a vacation with my family kayaking in western West Virginia. I have only had my Rip 12 for about a month and a half but I am really impressed with it. When the weather is that spectacular, there are plenty of powerboats and Jet Skis sharing the water with us. Good sized swells from the boat wakes would come at me from one side, bounce off the sheer rock quarry walls and come back from the opposite direction. Never did I feel unstable or at risk of being swamped. I was able to make headway in reasonably strong winds. I like the fact that the thigh pads extend all the way under the coaming, so I can tuck my knees up inside there. The seat was extremely comfortable over several hours of paddling. I did a LOT of research before making my purchase and know I got the right product.

Love the blue two-tone colour and it is smooth paddling. Large cockpit…

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Love the blue two-tone colour and it is smooth paddling. Large cockpit lots of room to move around take my little dog with me. It is 50 Lbs but still light enough to lift myself on top of my car. Love Love Love it.

Bought the Rip 12 in June after paddling 10 ft sit on…

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Bought the Rip 12 in June after paddling 10 ft sit on tops for years. Love the Rip! Very stable, able to paddle around the lakes with boat wakes no problem. Love the larger cockpit for my dog and access.

This is my first kayak, and I am very happy with my…

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This is my first kayak, and I am very happy with my decision. I have used it routinely on slow, flat water near my home and enjoy every outing where I can get away from the stresses of life, occasionally see a bald eagle, and get in some exercise. In short, the Rip 12 does exactly what I want it to do.

I am 5' 11" and weigh about 170 lbs. This model can handle those with a larger frame for sure. The kayak is just light enough for me to lift it onto the top of a SUV roof rack without too many problems, even after a long ride. I knew that I didn't want anything heavier, as I often kayak alone. This 2012 model does not have the drop skeg. While I don't have a lot of experience with other kayaks, I know this boat tracks well compared to a few that I have used. I don't think I missed out by not getting one of the newer model years. I think this kayak slips through the water with relative ease. It always feels stable.

The cockpit size lets me move my legs around, and even sit cross-legged inside if I desire. Perhaps one might say this means it is not fitted well for me, but I like the options. The rear hatch lid is easy to remove. No problems there. I keep a few things in a dry bag in it in the event I roll the kayak.

My only negative comment might be with the seat. While padded well enough, the Comfort Flex Seat doesn't have any lumbar support. Having said that, I do not find this to be as big a problem now that I'm becoming more experienced...I think my technique is improving. However, if Necky is positioned as Johnson Outdoor's "premium line" over Old Town and Ocean Kayak, then I would think that its models should all have the Active Comfort System seat, paddle holder, and a drain plug, especially for the MSRP.

I had the Rip 12 recreational kayak out this week on the…

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I had the Rip 12 recreational kayak out this week on the Flatwater River in Indiana. This is a Class I/II stream. Flow was up where the playboaters like it. The Rip performed flawlessly during the 7 mile paddle. Stable through the rough stuff and easy to turn when changing a line through a rapid. The contour of the bow allowed the kayak to ride over the wave rather than punch through it like some of my other rec kayaks. Very comfortable ride with the great Necky seat. Dry compartment in the back kept everything in it dry.

If you are looking for one kayak to use on Class I/II rivers or on flatwater, I highly recommend the Rip 12.

I bought the Necky Rip 12 last September to use over the…

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I bought the Necky Rip 12 last September to use over the winter as my sit inside kayak. It's very stable and tracks quite well. The speed isn't bad for a kayak 28 inches wide. I love the large cockpit. If you don't want water in it, just buy a skirt. The rear hatch is water tight and provides a large amount of storage.

I've owned several Pungo 120s - probably the best selling 12' rec kayak. The Rip 12 compares favorably to the Pungo 120 in every respect - impossible to tell them apart when paddling.

Pros: large cockpit, very stable, not to heavy for plastic kayak. Cons: the…

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Pros: large cockpit, very stable, not to heavy for plastic kayak.

Cons: the Kayak I own has tracked off to the right since new. At first thought was something I was doing wrong but pretty sure is shape of hull; it is not extreme, but annoying...

I bought this boat a month ago and it has been incredible…

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I bought this boat a month ago and it has been incredible. I have taken it out many times since I got it and I have had a blast every time. It tracks very well and is a joy to paddle in. You can't find a better recreational boat for the money. I was debating between the Rip 10 and 12, and I am glad I went with 12. The 12 foot is long enough to handle large lakes/waterways but still agile enough to go through smaller rivers.