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Kayak Reviews

Dagger Tybee S Review

The Deets: Material: Fiberglass Composite Class: Light Touring/Transitional Length: 14’10” Width: 23” Weight: 43lbs Hatches/Bulkheads: Bow and Stern Hatch Volume (bow/stern): 25/92 liters Deck Height: 11.75” Max. Capacity: 255lbs Cockpit: 31.5” x 16.5” Rudder/Skeg: Rudder MSRP: *Discontinued in August 2002*   The Review: Note: This review is focusing on the Dagger Tybee “S” which is … Continue reading »

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P&H Capella 160 RM Review

The Deets: Material: Triple Layer Polyethylene Class: Performance Touring Length: 16’ 4” Width: 22’’ Weight: 51 lbs Cockpit Size: 31.5 x 17 inches Skeg/Rudder?: Rope skeg Ideal Weight Range: 88-230 lbs MSRP: $1599   The Review: The Capella is the flagship of the P&H Sea Kayak company fleet boasting a high level of versatility. The … Continue reading »

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The Most Interesting New Sea Kayaks for 2014

This year I was able to get a bit of a head start on demoing the latest and greatest kayaks in preparation for Spring 2014! Here are what I believe to be the six “most-interesting” new models and why they’re worth the time to seek out for a demo:   Wilderness Systems Focus 145 Looking … Continue reading »

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Lincoln Chebeague LV Review

Overview: “The Low Volume version of Lincoln’s most popular kayak has it all. At 14’6” and hosting a tighter fitting cockpit, the Chebeague LV has all the features and benefits of long touring kayaks but in a shorter, lighter weight package.” – Lincoln Kayaks   The Deets: Material: Fiberglass/Kevlar or Kevlar Class: Light-Touring/Touring Length: 14’6” … Continue reading »

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Wilderness Systems Focus 145 Review

Overview: “The Focus delivers high performance versatility, blending the stability and predictability of the Tsunami with the speed and efficiency of the Tempest. Designed for “assertive” intermediate level paddlers looking to take their paddling skills—and their touring adventures—to the next level.” – Wilderness Systems The Deets: Material: Polyethylene Class: Light-Touring/ Fitness Length: 14’6” Width: 22.5’’ … Continue reading »

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The best recreational kayaks for beginners

So… what’s a “recreational” kayak? This series is intended as a buyer’s guide and will explore the many markets of beginner kayaks, from recreational kayaks to sea kayaks, we will look at kayaks which are best fit for those just starting out. In this article, we will look at recreational kayaks—kayaks which are designed for … Continue reading »

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Stellar Intrepid 18 (SI18) Sea Kayak Review

Overview: The Stellar Intrepid 18 (SI18) Sea Kayak, a very capable and more traditional hull design. Hard chines, a defined keel and a retractable skeg provide excellent handling in the Rock-Gardens or longer adventures…” Stellar Kayaks The Deets: Material: Four composite layups available (Sport, Advantage, Excel, Ultra) Class: Touring Length: 18’ Width: 21.3’’ Deck Height: … Continue reading »

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Lincoln Seguin Kayak Review

Overview: “Lincoln’s newest kayak symbolizes the beauty and exhilaration that comes from exploring our local waterways. Inspired through 25 years of paddling Maine’s unforgettable coastline, its precise and graceful lines are truly functional for everyday paddling. From open and exposed bays to calm and protected harbors, the Seguin is designed to be playful in nature … Continue reading »

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Necky Elias Sea Kayak Review

The Deets Material: Polyethylene (as tested) Style: Touring/Sea Kayak Length: 15’6” Width: 22.25” Weight: 54 lbs Cockpit Size: 32.25 x 16 inches Ideal Paddler Weight: 160-220lbs Rudder/Skeg: Rudder only Hull Type: Shallow “V” MSRP: $1,599 USD   Manufacturer’s comments “At fifteen and a half feet, the Elias is extremely efficient for a kayak its size. Its relatively modest waterline … Continue reading »

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The Focus is on Wilderness Systems at OR2013

Is it really August already?? It’s funny because I probably wouldn’t have noticed had it not been for the big, giant Outdoor Retailer 2013 alert on my Google calendar! Nothing like a gear convention to wake you up from Summer Dreaming J… Anyway…I guess another year has gone by but it certainly doesn’t seem that … Continue reading »

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