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The 17 ft. XT-17 touring kayak from Pakboats has the capacity to handle gear for extended trips and accommodate large paddlers. Its paddling performance and exceptionally comfortable seat make long days easy while solid stability inspires confidence. The XT-17's deck is removable to make loading gear easy, and D-rings along the sides provide convenient attachment points for deck rigging. The boats are very fast, and over-all paddling performance is exceptional. The innovative stiff I-beam frame structure allows for longer efficient hulls with consistent rocker, and a multi-chine cross section further enhances performance. The moderate depth of the hull minimizes wind effects and gets the gunwales out of the way of your hands for comfortable paddling.

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This would be a short review, as I still need to use…

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This would be a short review, as I still need to use the boat a bit more to form a better opinion. I've used the XT17 on about 3 trips so far, with the longest trip being of 8 days on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Canada. Conditions paddled: 8-9 foot swells, 5-6 foot choppy waves, strong winds of about 25 knots, calm lake conditions.

I have to say that overall I am impressed by this foldable kayak: it can hold tons of stuff and it is quite easy to assemble.
I will focus more on the negative aspects:

  1. Tracking in high winds is a bit of hit or miss as I've run into sideways winds where this kayak was very hard to maintain on the normal course: a rudder would probably help in this conditions.Paddling on one side only did not help much so I had to be very inventive with course...
  2. Durability: I've run into some rocks on my last trip and I had to patch the boat already, so I am NOT impressed with the thickness of the material.
    I am not sure as well about all the plastic hooks that are all around the bottom of the boat. Time will tell, I guess.
  3. The cable system sucks. Running the cables through this boat makes it impossible to properly disassemble afterwards, unless you are VERY creative and use lots of hooks -and break the cable- that are NOT provided. I have yet to figure how to do it as the instructions that come with the rudder system are a joke. Sorry but after spending 5-6h I gave up on it...
  4. Customer service: my attempts to get some proper instructions in installing the control cables were NOT successful, being directed to read the very badly written manual.
Overall, I like the boat and only time would tell how durable it is, although for something made in China I don't have many hopes...