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Skedaddle 1-XC Solo Inflatable Kayak

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:15 am
by ceekay
I've seen this on the West Marine website. The XC leads me to suspect this is an AE model.

The price is interesting as is the weight. Can someone tell me more about this kayak.

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:03 pm
by JCOOLEY
The Skedaddle XC is the same as the Dragonfly XC or AE's current, Lagoon. AE does a lineup for West Marine. They are the same kayaks but are different colors and may have a different name, such as the Skedaddle. AE no longer makes the Dragonfly lineup but now makes the Lagoon lineup which is essentially the same. AE has just made several modifications over the years to the Dragonflies that it really isn't fair to call the current model a Dragonfly because of the differences from the original. The current West Marine model is identical to the Lagoon and is also called the Skedaddle XC. I would double check before purchasing to see if you are getting last years model or the current 2010 model.

Jeremy

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:58 pm
by PJohanson
I bought a Dragonfly from West Marine (they called it a Skedaddle) three years ago. It's still great even after being on the water at least fifty times a year. I highly recommend it or the new version, the Lagoon. There are lots of posts here on the forum from me and other Dragonfly enthusiasts! You can also go to kayakyak.blogspot.com and see photos of me and my friends in the Dragonfly and other AdvancedElements kayaks, and read about our paddle outings.

differences?

Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:34 pm
by RiverRat
I would double check before purchasing to see if you are getting last years model or the current 2010 model.
What are the differences between the Lagoon/Skedaddle XC 2009 model and the Lagoon AE1031-O model? (aside from different colors or logos)

Posted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:08 am
by JCOOLEY
For the 2009 model, only the color and graphics are different

skedaddle 2009, differences?

Posted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:42 am
by RiverRat
Looking at the photo of the 2009 West marine, it looks like there are no deck lifts.. (although it still states having 5 chambers)

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/s ... google.com

It also states 19 pounds.. compared to the Lagoon's 23. Would the absence of deck lifts alone equal 4 pounds?

Seeing the exact model, are there any other known differences?

Posted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:08 am
by PJohanson
The West Marine store in my city in Canada sells several "Skedaddle" kayaks every year. I've been looking at them since I bought one four years ago. The models changed from the then-current Dragonfly, to the Dragonfly XC and now to a Lagoon in West Marine colours.
The "19 pounds" you saw on the website is old content that hasn't been updated. That's the weight of the Dragonfly. The website master should have updated the weight listing to that of the Lagoon, which is heavier because of the twin main chamber as well as the deck lifts.
Webmasters don't always understand the content (words and facts) that they are putting on a website. It's important to double-check any facts that seem too good to be true, or that don't make sense.
On the other hand, West Marine store clerks are pretty aware of the nature of the Skedaddle/Dragonfly/Lagoon kayak! Each time I show interest in the display, and especially when I bought mine, a clerk has said: "Where are you planning to use this? It's particularly good for sheltered lakes." The clerks have been careful to give good advice about local places well-suited to this small kayak, and to caution me against heading out into wind and currents on open places nearby. It's that kind of considerate advice that shows when clerks know their products and local conditions.

Posted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:49 am
by JCOOLEY
You are correct. I forgot to mention that.

2009 Skedaddle1: Different Colors, graphics, no deck lifts
2009 Lagoon1: Orange with deck lifts.

The weight difference was that the system was never updated. 19 lbs. for the Skeddadle in incorrect and it is approx 23lbs.

Posted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:22 pm
by RiverRat
http://www.flickr.com/photos/spuzzum42/ ... otostream/
Is your West Marine the 8'4" one?
I'm wondering if the Skedaddle XC that I posted above has storage behind the seat.
And it can be used on more than sheltered lakes, right? I saw the video of it on whitewater, and I'm assuming it can go upstream in rivers with 1-2 mph currents.

2009 Skedaddle1: Different Colors, graphics, no deck lifts
2009 Lagoon1: Orange with deck lifts.

The weight difference was that the system was never updated. 19 lbs. for the Skeddadle in incorrect and it is approx 23lbs.


So the deck lifts don't affect the weight.
Is the 2009 Lagoon1 the same as the current Lagoon (1031-0)?


Thanks, I am trying to decide between this Skedaddle XC and a new Lagoon.[/url]

Posted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:42 pm
by JCOOLEY
The link to the skeddadle that you posted is an older model that is from 2006 or 2007. It is Paula's (PJohanson) who posted here too. There is no storage behind the seat because the seat is against the edge of the cockpit opening. There is more space in the 2009 Skedaddle and the Lagoon because the main tube is encased in a tube cover. There is a slight amount of room behind the seat but for maybe only a very small dry bag or a towel. The rest of the storage is all top deck on the bow and stern.
The 2009 Lagoon through present Lagoon is the same
The West Marine Skedaddle is 8'4"
They can be used in most conditions. Up to Class II rivers. Spray skirt recommended for rougher conditions. Paula has taken hers out in bays. Message her for her detailed experiences.