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X4 VWC

X4 VWC

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T6 Ocean 204 4Motion
3kg!? That's incredible.
 
zerofour

zerofour

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East Sussex
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T6 Ocean 150
Thanks for all the replies and advice everyone. Plenty for me to think about.
 
MickyTwoPints

MickyTwoPints

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Chandlers Ford
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T5 SE 180
X4 VWC - The Fastrack looks similar to my Z-Pro Flash. The cheaper Sevylors use a canvas outer with an air bladder so no real structure and the canvas can absorb water. The Z-Pro and Fastracks have no air bladders but use a 1000 denier single skin so they are sleek, tough and rigid. The inflatable floor has internal baffles that make it incredibly rigid - important for stability and carrying backpacks for multi-dat trips. I agree with the extra space needed for seats, PDF's and clothing. We've had some great trips two-up, with our dog joining us a few times.

For solo-use I have an Alpackaraft packraft which, at 3kg and folding to the size of a small one-man tent, takes up no space and is ideal for backpacking trips.
I have the Z-Pro too. I've had it for four years or so now. Here's a couple of photos of my daughter and I in Portsmouth Harbour. We've used it in canals, Portsmouth and Christchurch Harbours, the length of the River Medway and short sea trips. It's had a few scrapes in shallow water but has got through everything unscathed. Very pleased with the Z-Pro.

I first saw them at the New Forest Show. Not sure if they'll be back this year worth a look if you're in the area.

A friend of mine (the photographer of the pictures below) has the Sevylor and finds the seat backs a bit useless as they're so flimsy. Very sturdy comfortable seats in the Z-Pro.

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hirsty

hirsty

Two Seat Beach DSG
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UK
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T6 Beach 150
X4 VWC - The Fastrack looks similar to my Z-Pro Flash. The cheaper Sevylors use a canvas outer with an air bladder so no real structure and the canvas can absorb water. The Z-Pro and Fastracks have no air bladders but use a 1000 denier single skin so they are sleek, tough and rigid. The inflatable floor has internal baffles that make it incredibly rigid - important for stability and carrying backpacks for multi-dat trips. I agree with the extra space needed for seats, PDF's and clothing. We've had some great trips two-up, with our dog joining us a few times.

For solo-use I have an Alpackaraft packraft which, at 3kg and folding to the size of a small one-man tent, takes up no space and is ideal for backpacking trips.
Great info, thanks! I've now just spent an hour watching 'packrafting' videos on YouTube, yet another eye-opener to another category I knew nothing about - cheers! :D
 
zerofour

zerofour

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East Sussex
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T6 Ocean 150
Thanks again for all the replies, in the end we've gone for a Gumtex Solar. We liked the fact that they dry out really quickly and pack down slightly smaller than the other kayaks. It's a 2 +1 person so both the kids and I can fit. The Gumtex boats are a lot better in the flesh than on the website where they look a bit 'cheap'. Looking forward to our maiden voyage!
 
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