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Which Kayak for whitewater

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 5:01 am
by Gandalf83
Hello,
i am Tobi an i'm Beginner in Kayaking. My fafourite thing is doing Whitewater tours. Also I like to ride kayak in rough sea.

I'm looking for a kayak which is very near to a Hartdshell-Kayak.
Also it should be easy to cant and roll whit the Kayak.

The following Modells i have in Mind:

Air Fusion:
- Very long for whitewater
- near to a hardshell-Kayak
- Is it possible to roll with it? Somebody said its not possible, because you can not fix your legs anywhere
- Has anybody experience with this Kayak in whildwater?
- its not easy to fix a spray deck


Advanced Frame:
- Its very wide so i think its heavy to cant and much more heavyer to roll
- paddeling will be different from a hard-Shell Kayak
- fixing a spray deck will be very difficult


Attack / Straitedge:
- I do not like open Boats for whitewater!
- Paddeling will be very different from hard sheell kayaks

So can give advice or can tell me his experiences with on (or more) of this boots.
Also if you give me some facts for or against on f the boats it will help.

Thank you so much

Tobi from Germany

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:03 pm
by NaturalPath
Hello Tobi;

I don't think I can answer all of your questions, but I might be able to help with some of them. Seems to me that you're looking for a kayak that's suitable for more than one specific purpose.

Yes, I believe that the Air Fusion would not be the ideal choice for whitewater kayaking, but I think that Eskimo rolls are possible by those that are experienced in this procedure.

The AdvancedFrame, which is the kayak that I own, can also be rolled, although I've never done it myself, but I have seen it done. This is probably your best bet as an all purpose type kayak, although it has limitations on what kind of whitewater you can use it in. As far as fitting a spray skirt, I don't see any hardship in doing so. It has an inflatable rim around the cockpit that would allow for easy and firm fitting of the spray skirt.

Paddling any of these inflatables will certainly be different from paddling a hardshell kayak. However, like most other things, you have to weigh the advantages and disadvantages to find what will suit your purposes the most. There is no one kayak that will excel in all circumstances.

If you are totally against getting an open type kayak, then my best advice would be to go with the AdvancedFrame model. It's short enough to be used in whitewater, with some limitations, it has covered decks, it can also be used in rough seas, with the addition of a spray skirt. Seems to me that this kayak fulfills most of your needs.

Keep in mind, if you're doing a lot of whitewater kayaking, one of your considerations should be how easy is it to get out of the kayak in case of an emergency. Open type kayaks would certainly win in this category.