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Kayakpro Namu – Fast and Fit Boats

07.20.2011

Take a short, sluggish sea kayak—a standard beginner’s boat—hand it to a world-class sprinter, and viola! You get an efficient, fitness-oriented kayak.

Pyranha Speeder – Fast and Fit Boats

07.20.2011

From its source in Lake Tear of the Clouds on Mt. Marcy, the highest peak in New York, the Hudson rushes through the Adirondacks, ambles past the state capitol in Albany and, 315 miles later, meets the Atlantic at New York Harbor.

Hurricane Category 5 – Fast and Fit Boats

07.20.2011

The Hurricane Category 5 is billed as a performance kayak for training, racing and day-tripping on lakes. So when our testers first eyed this short, sleek, shiny red boat, we wondered why the North Carolina-based builders named a lightweight, rudderless craft meant for “quiet lakes” after a storm capable of tossing a well-fed cow over a barn.

Epic V8 – Fast and Fit Boats

07.20.2011

Epic’s first surfski, a 21-foot racing machine called the V10, was designed to be the fastest all-around ocean kayak in the world. Arguably, it was, especially when either of the designers—Olympian Greg Barton and 11-time Molokai champ Oscar Chalupsky—sat in the bucket.

Rock-Hoppers

06.17.2011

This review is featured in the June 2011 issue of Canoe & Kayak magazine, now on newsstands. Look at seals. They know how to enjoy themselves. Swimming in the northern Baja surf, they could have cared less about tracking, hull speed or covering miles. They were perfectly content to play in the rocks and eat […]

Dagger Alchemy 14.0L – Rock-Hoppers

06.17.2011

Capable sea kayak bred from the river DAGGER ALCHEMY 14.0L ($1,299 in roto-molded polyethylene, dagger.com) L: 14′; W: 24″; 54 lbs., also in a smaller 14.0S model Dagger started out as just a couple of guys in 1988, building whitewater kayaks in a small shop with a dirt floor. Now, they have new floors, a […]

Delsyk Nifty 430 – Rock-Hoppers

06.17.2011

Family friendly fun kayak DELSYK NIFTY 430 ($1,249 w/skeg, $1,299 w/rudder, in roto-molded polyethylene, delsyk.com) L: 14″; W: 24″; 58 lbs., also in a smaller 385 model The Nifty’s ultra-stable double-chine hull and extra-large cockpit are perfect for beginners, and an absolute blast for advanced paddlers. That doesn’t mean it can’t perform in the rough […]

P&H Delphin 155 RM – Rock-Hoppers

06.17.2011

Ocean playboat P&H DELPHIN 155 RM ($1,799 in roto-molded polyethylene, phseakayaks.com) L: 15.5′; W: 22.5″; 58 lbs. The British design philosophy: You need speed to play. This tenet rings true for the Brit-made Delphin, the popular new plastic cousin to P&H’s composite Aires. “We wanted this boat to handle like a traditional sea kayak on […]

Delta 15.5 Expedition – Rock-Hoppers

06.17.2011

Rocking touring boat DELTA 15.5 Expedition ($2,300 in thermoformed plastic, deltakayaks.com) L: 15’6″; W: 24.5″; 54 lbs., also in a smaller Sport model Delta is known for producing user-friendly sea kayaks. So, we took one of their 15.5s, what Delta calls the “mini-van” of its fleet, into the meat of the surf break. The tested […]

Prijon Motion – Rock-Hoppers

06.17.2011

Maneuverable touring kayak PRIJON MOTION ($1,650 in blow-molded HTP, wildnet.com) L: 14’11″; W: 23″; 57 lbs. Prijon’s low-profile Motion, which is formed from the same blow-molded plastic the German company uses in its famously durable whitewater boats, comes out of the wrapping ready to hit the rock gardens. Literally. “It’s got everything,” one tester said, […]

BorealDesign P2 Baffin – Rock-Hoppers

06.17.2011

Classic Greenland ride BOREALDESIGN P2 BAFFIN ($1,839 in roto-molded polyethylene, borealdesign.com) L: 17′; W: 22.25″; 59 lbs., also in smaller P1 and larger P3 models Canada’s Baffin Island is one of the most inhospitable places to paddle on the planet. Any boat bearing its name should be ready to get beat up. So that’s exactly […]

North Shore Aspect RM – Rock-Hoppers

06.17.2011

All-around Greenland-style rock-hopper NORTH SHORE ASPECT RM ($1,299 in roto-molded polyethylene, northshoreseakayaks.com) L: 14’9″; W: 23.5″; 50 lbs. Since the early ‘80s North Shore has been making British-style sea kayaks known for being practical, affordable, and able to take abuse. The Aspect is all of these things, but in a wonderfully condensed package. Picture the […]

2011 Alden Rowing Accessories

05.13.2011

Alden Rowing Accessories featured in the 2011 Accessory Guide brought to you by Canoe & Kayak Magazine

2011 Beluga Accessories

05.13.2011

Beluga Accessories featured in the 2011 Accessory Guide brought to you by Canoe & Kayak Magazine

2011 NRS Accessories

05.13.2011

NRS Accessories featured in the 2011 Accessory Guide brought to you by Canoe & Kayak Magazine

2011 Outdoor Research Accessories

05.13.2011

Outdoor Research Accessories featured in the 2011 Accessory Guide brought to you by Canoe & Kayak Magazine

2011 Seattle Sports Accessories

05.12.2011

Seattle Sports Accessories featured in the 2011 Accessory Guide brought to you by Canoe & Kayak Magazine

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