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I’ve used inflatable kayaks before but this one is sooo easy and manageable as it glides through the sea! I loved it. I’ve yet to experience rough seas but it is so comfortable and I just let part of the sea. Easy to disembark and get back in.
Well I am not the most balanced or coordinated so I took this out on Sale waterpark first time and I love it. It does have a more boat shaped hull so feels at first like your on a bit of a knife edge, then it's significantly wider and flatter in the center which does hold you. A bit like it has two tipping points. I held onto the quayside and tipped to the capsize point and found it to be when the water is at the edge of the deck. I would have to throw myself pretty hard to one side to actually capsize; so I find the capsize tales a bit silly really. I have no great experience. A bit of paddling with the sea cadets 40 + years ago. Of course you can sit in it!!
Handles beautifully, like I remember a solid kayak. Amazing to me that this level of feel and performance can be achieved with an inflatable. I wonder how it will cope with constant folding / unfolding, but so long at it holds air, I think we have to be realistic.
It is heavy, about the weight of a very full very large suitcase. No way you will be hiking and paddling. My partner thought that made it less accessible for many women ie getting it on her back at all, which I think is a fair point. Some suitcase wheels on the base of the case might be a worthy improvement? Amazing craft though, looking forward to many happy hours in it!!
I love mine. This was my 2nd kayak, coming from an ultra-stable flat-bottom inflatable. Sure, it's a bit tippy but some of these reviews are ridiculous.Within an hour I was comfortable paddling it, edging it for tighter turns and balancing it without paddling.
No idea why "experienced paddlers" post bad reviews of this for being too tippy - it's a joy to control when you get used to it and works great with a greenland paddle too.
I've yet to take it on tidal water but absolutely will be doing so soon.
I have had the Kayak for two weeks now and taken it out for 3 rides already and it is an absolute dream. I am a beginner in kayaking and initially it take a couple of paddle strokes to get used to it but I am over the moon with this kayak.
I read a lot about the supposed instability, and yes it is not rock solid on the water like a paddleboard but for an inflatable kayak I have had no problems at all (been on Thames and surrounding tributaries). I am about 95kg and pumped the kayak to 10psi and it is all fine.
Inflating the Kayak take 4-5 minutes - only 1 of 5 air chambers takes 3 minutes the rest is a few pumps only. It is easy to carry it to the water. Once in the water it tracks pretty straight and it is comfortable.
Honestly I don't understand all these complaints regarding the stability of this kayak. Capsizing after 10m? Really not sure what to say...
I've been using this kayak for more than year, at the moment using it pretty much every week on a river (Thames), did also many lake trips with camping etc. Taken it couple times to the sea.
All I can say is that this kayak is an absolute rocket, the performance is great, I could easily compete with my friends in the rigit kayaks and even beat them many times due to V-shape of this kayak.
Yes, it doesn't feel as stable as flat, sit on top kayak but it really needs a couple minutes to get the balance and get used to it. I have never ever capsized, neither any of my friends that wanted to try it or even people that did the kayaking for a first time in their life!
And yes, it's worth to fine the best pressure to pump it up to, based on the weight and additional load, that can help a lot.
However, I did most of my trips with the recommended pressure (10bar) and no load and I'm just about 55kg and it was absolutely fine.
If you look for kayak that is easy to transport, easy to assemble, has a great performance and looks absolutely great, then I highly recommend this one.
I bought this kayak thinking I was going to do some gentle touring around some islands in Thailand. How wrong was I. First day I got every thing set up and took it out only to capsize within 10 meters. I spent the rest of the day trying to get the hang of this kayak to no avail. I have 10 years experience in kayaks on rivers, sea and lakes. This kayak is now for sale after 1 day of use. Don't bother.
I’ve been really pleased with my purchase of the X500, I was really concerned at first having read SO much about issues people are having with stability of this kayak particularly when stationary. Itiwit have made some improvements to their Version 2 (you can check if you have latest version by looking at the strap on the bag and finding the ‘V2’ stamp). I’ve found that with the V2 improvements and by only inflating the floor to 5PSI, which was suggested on a couple of sites, has mean’t I’ve had no issues with stability even when stationary or on a windy day. This kayak is exactly what I’ve been looking for, something inflatable so can easily be stored and transported but that looks and performs like a ‘real’ kayak!
So impressed ! and four inflation chambers is a good safety feature.
Seat and foot rest so simple and effective.
(Lost a star rating on weight in bag - sooo heavy to lift so not really not an option to walk far)
I bought this at the beginning of lockdown as a way to unwind. I used to row but fancied a change to Kayaking. I read many reviews and blogs to get a balanced view and took the plunge (not literally).. I use it regularly, at least twice a week on rivers. It is a little tippy when you first get in it and takes a bit of practice to feel confident, but once you keep your core straight it's very stable and I have never had a concern over stability. EVERY TIME I take the kayak out, there is always a curious bystander asking questions, so you have to be pretty adept at getting ready or packing away :) but after a couple of practices in the garden, you won't believe how easy and fast it is. Couple of recommendations: buy the pump that is recommended and also use a towel and dry the kayak as you fold it away to keep the damp away. Just so impressive and I LOVE going out on it everytime without fail.
Good afternoon! Could you explain how the 2019 kayak differs from the 2020 kayak ..... I watched the reviews and people write that the 20 year edition is more stable ... is this true or an exaggeration? )) put 3 ... since I made 15 outputs on it and each time like the first ....))) and another question - in SPb for some reason there were no skirts, size SLS only S ... will they be in the next season ... thanks for your attention! if something is not right, do not be offended by google translator does not always translate correctly ...