Magazine Review: “The Borealis XL” is really the big guy’s dream: a quality kit touring kayak that combines a grand size with great looks and good handling.” The Borealis XL design complements our line of multi-chine hull shapes, combining the raked stern and sweeping sheer line of a Greenland style kayak, with the performance and beauty of our famous multi-chine kayaks. She is a high volume solo touring kayak suited for paddlers weighing 230-325lbs. At 17′, with a 25.5″ beam, 13″ deck height, and extra large 19″x36″ cockpit the Borealis provides the volume, stability, and ease of entry that bigger paddlers need. The Borealis XL design is by far the most stable solo kayak we manufacture, yet its sophisticated multi-chine hull design has only 2.8% more wetted surface than our highly rated, award winning Arctic Tern 17′ design. This means you get the benefits of a dramatic increase in initial stability, more space for gear, and a roomier, more comfortable cockpit without sacrificing paddling efficiency and performance. If you want to carry lots of stuff with ease and comfort the Borealis XL should be considered a great choice for ocean touring and extended camping.
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