Lightweight kayak for tall paddler

A place to answer questions from newcomers.

Moderators: mje, chrstjrn, krudave

Post Reply
paddlepaddle

Lightweight kayak for tall paddler

Post by paddlepaddle »

Hi,

I´m trying to figure out what portable touring kayak to buy and I´m hoping some of you can help me decide :)

I would like one that..
- Is a good sea kayak that can handle a bit of waves and wind
- Is lightweight and small enough to travel with, including flights
- can be assembled reasonably fast (preferably less than 30 min)
- is comfortable for long days for a fairly tall but skinny paddler (i´m 6´2 and 175 pounds).

Any suggestions?

I have been thinking most about pakboats. The quest 150 looks good, if I´m not too tall for it. Otherwise the XT 17 might be good.
The fast assembly and light weight of Oru kayaks is tempting.
And the TRAK Seeker looks very good, but seems a bit more cumbersome.

siravingmon
lord high faltbotmeister
Posts: 670
Joined: Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:51 pm
Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Re: Lightweight kayak for tall paddler

Post by siravingmon »

The Quest 150 sounds perfect for you on all counts as long as Alv says it'll fit you - can"t see why not!
Simon

Feathercraft Wisper, Firstlight 420, Fujita Alpina AL-1 400, KXone Airrow 17, Nautiraid Geenlander 1, K1, 416, Narak 460 (sold my 550), Pakboats Quest 135, TRAK 2.0
Cape Falcon F1, Beth, Hobie AI
AE Air Fusion Evo wanted, Incept k40 for sale

User avatar
KerryOnKayaks
lord high faltbotmeister
Posts: 592
Joined: Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:46 am
Location: inland Pennsylvania, USA

Re: Lightweight kayak for tall paddler

Post by KerryOnKayaks »

I agree with Simon (he and I own the same models, the Pakboat 135 and Feathercraft Wisper, so we have similar favorites.) Our 135's are the smaller person older versions of the Quest 150, though the newer 150 has some enhanced features like being able to paddle without the deck as an open boat.

Don't hesitate to contact Alv Elvestad at Pakboat for advice on fit. He's always been very helpful when I've contacted the company. I think he often takes trips to Norway and still has family in the country. You can see photos of him paddling the Quests at Soroya in Norway on the company website. Scroll down in this link below to see one of him in the Quest 155, to give you a sense of the boat.

I'm guessing he could hook you up with a boat over there which would reduce the hassles of overseas shipping and tariffs.

http://pakboats.com/index.php?option=co ... Itemid=171

And here's a link to my album showing how I packed my smaller Pakboat for travel to England this month.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/snapdoodl ... 1327686552
Current:
Feathercraft Wisper
Pakboat Quest 135
Pakboat Puffin 12
Pakboat Swift 14
Greenland SOF
P & H Easky 15LV
Curtis Lady Bug solo canoe
Previous:
Feathercraft Kahuna
Feathercraft K-1 Expedition
Pakboat XT-15

mattstrode
recent arrival
Posts: 2
Joined: Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:19 am
Location: US

Re: Lightweight kayak for tall paddler

Post by mattstrode »

KerryOnKayaks wrote:KitchenLola reviews
I agree with Simon (he and I own the same models, the Pakboat 135 and Feathercraft Wisper, so we have similar favorites.) Our 135's are the smaller person older versions of the Quest 150, though the newer 150 has some enhanced features like being able to paddle without the deck as an open boat.
Thanks for the tip. I'm also want to buy a folder that is lightweight enough to travel with. I think a Quest 150 will suite my needs.

Post Reply

Return to “What boat for me?”