Awesome boat. I have been kayaking for a year and this…
Awesome boat. I have been kayaking for a year and this boat has served me perfectly from those tentative steps to the more funky stuff that the boat gives me the confidence to do now. Comfortable, light enough and brutally solid, I bought my boat second hand (about 6 years old) and its got plenty of life life yet. I go to the Lee Valley WW course and am about the start playing on the Olympic course which is grade 4 water. I've no concerns that this boat will lap up the challenge!
Excellent "creek" boat for newbies and riverats. This boat responds when you…
Excellent "creek" boat for newbies and riverats. This boat responds when you want and corners like a 'vette. Drops are not a concern with the tapered bow and its fairly lightweight
I find this a very forgiving river runner with good stability. Even…
I find this a very forgiving river runner with good stability. Even though it doesn’t have a ratchet backrest the boat is quite comfortable. I’ve seen the comments about difficulty in exiting the boat but find them hard to understand, I’m over 15 stones and have no problems........If you find this a squeeze then you may want to reconsider buying a playboat!!!
I am making the transition from Sit on Top to WW kayaking…
I am making the transition from Sit on Top to WW kayaking, and kayak surfing in particular. I basically bought a used H2 255 on a whim, and without much research. Therefore, I ended up with a river runner, not a playboat. That being said, I think the H2 255 is a good boat for a big guy - I weigh 220# with a 34" inseam. My first reaction was how hard it was to wet-exit. So, I removed the center front pillar, and that solved THAT problem. Now, I feel more confident of taking chances, knowing I can swim if I have to. This boat has great stability for a beginner, carves if you lean and flat turns if you even think about turning. I haven't tried any outrageous tricks in it yet - because I am not that experienced; but it feels like you can do some basic stuff with the boat, and it throws around easier than the length would indicate. You cannot get vertical in it - the ends are to roomy, and it's designed not to dive in rivers. Speaking of rivers, not surf, if I was planning to go down a reasonably large river, I would feel confident in this boat. So, in summary, I would recommend the H2 255 to someone trying to do what I am trying to do: Learn WW kayaking with a minimum of hassles in a boat that is more of a forgiver than a performer. I guess when I/you get better, you graduate to more of a playboat, right?
Great boat! Stable, great secondary stability. Even volume distribution and heavily rockered…
Great boat! Stable, great secondary stability. Even volume distribution and heavily rockered ends make drops a breeze. Surfs up a storm, front, back, or side. Only drawback is cockpit is to narrow at front, making entry and exit a little harder than I like.