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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-05-2016, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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very impressive, is there one here used it before? any comments? I am wondering if I can do Bowron Lake canoe circuit with it. Thanks!


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you might find the reviews on Paddling.Net to be helpful in your evaluation. My concern with this boat for the Bowron is the length of only 12 feet and the associated gear load capacity. It doesn't really seem to be an "expedition" type of boat unless one is a real minimalist

http://www.paddling.net/Reviews/show...html?prod=3064
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I can't really think of any scenario where a folding kayak would be an asset for Bowron since you can drive to the launch site pretty much, and the portages are designed for rigid boats
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I noted that the advertising is directed at a very casual recreational user. Those flat panels can not make a good hull shape, slow with poor handling, and I doubt the durability. Light and cheap are it's only good points.
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Thanks for the input, You guys are right! we ordered Nova Craft Prospector 16' (newest material: Tuffstuff Expedition) from MEC one years ago and still haven't' heard anything. Saw Oru Kayak on TV yesterday, quite interesting, it says Oru Kayak can be folded 200,000 times and looks tough from their test video. I am curious.

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from my own perspective, the "Coastal" version of this kayak would seem to be the better model for tracking and performance on the lakes. There is also an increased load capacity for multi-day trips which when coupled with the price and light weight could make this boat an interesting option. I guess as long as a paddler works within the bounds of the kayaks characteristics, after all a kayak is only as good as the paddler! Whatever your choice, hope it works out for you and the trips you want to accomplish.
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from my own perspective, the "Coastal" version of this kayak would seem to be the better model for tracking and performance on the lakes. There is also an increased load capacity for multi-day trips which when coupled with the price and light weight could make this boat an interesting option. I guess as long as a paddler works within the bounds of the kayaks characteristics, after all a kayak is only as good as the paddler! Whatever your choice, hope it works out for you and the trips you want to accomplish.

Thanks for your input, very useful!

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Wright Mariner downtown was happy to let us try one out. You might stop their shop, take a look and perhaps take one for a spin. While not for me, they were fun/entertaining to try.
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They do look like a fine toy for the casual user. Just not for a serious paddler.
Re durability: I suspect the flexibility of the folds, hence floppiness of the boat will increase to a beyond annoying point long before it breaks. 200 000 folds on a test rig maybe, but how many hours of light chop and power strokes?

But if you won't be using it for dozens of hard trips a year it'll hold up, I'm not knocking it too hard. For it's intended market it's fine.
Not for me.
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I think I would choose a double packraft over a single folding kayak.
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