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I’ve been kayaking since I was 11. Im 30. I’ve sat in flat bottomed and “tippy” kayaks alike. In sea, rivers, estuaries, white water, etc. I kayak 30 miles normally for 8 hours. I was looking forward to doing so in this! It’s heavy - I doubt you’d be able to use this as a rucksack but it stores away nicely. Took this out this week on holiday and it’s nothing short of bloody dangerous! It tracks beautifully but pointless when it capsizes every 5 mins! There is daylight between the bottom of the sides underneath the coaming even at 5psi on the bottom. Fine for a racing kayak, absolutely pointless for a tourer where you want to rest and coast along. You absolutely cannot stop paddling. I’ll be returning this ASAP.
Bought this and returned !
Extremely tippy! Capsised 5 times impossible to re-enter from water and fills quickly with water. Extremely hard to control. Beautiful boat! Fantastic quality but not for the faint hearted
Had to take it back after a month, wearing really badly on the folds for putting it away and nowhere near as robust as it was made out to be. Skirt was practically impossible to fit on. Very disappointing considering the cost.
I have been shopping online for quite a while looking for an inflatable kayak. To be honest, I had my sights on a competitor until I stumbled across this model online. I read a lot of the feedback on the European and obviously Canadian Decathlon websites. All mention an issue with stability which made me very nervous. I picked up the last model in North America, and decided to try it. I was advised to purchase the Kayak Itiwit Pump, which is a mistake for this model. You need to buy the Paddle Board pump, which goes with this type of drop stitched high pressure air valves.
Ready to ridicule myself by going overboard on such a cool looking kayak, I was pleasantly surprised to see that I could control it quite well, and did not cap sized once. I did follow the advice found on the Itiwit website, for my load (84Kg), I dropped the pressure in the floor to 5 psi, positioned my knees on the side of the kayak, adjusting the foot rest correctly, and that was it. It must be said that I am a novice at kayaking and even my 12 year old (less than 50Kg wet!) son had no problems going around in rivers and lakes.
So well done, a great product, high performing, tracks really well in the water and responds fast to any accelerations you want to impart it with! Also quite a good looking kayak which definitely has people looking and chatting.
Brilliant design and concept and really is awesome in terms of ease of set up and drying/deflation etc. Cuts through the water beautifully and looks great. However - it is very unforgiving in stability terms. I'm 75kg and at full pressure (10psi) it is very much sat on (not in) the water. I looked at the ITIWIT official images online and noticed it always looks lower in the water and has a gentle 'curve' vertically bow to stern when shown in use in those imsges. At my weight and 10psi mine was very high in the water and ruler flat front to back. So - I dropped pressures all round and that has significantly helped stability. it sits much more in the water than it did. I have a question for ITIWIT therefore. Did you design it this way deliberately? I can see it would be ok for around 100kg at 10psi but for lighter loads and users it's crazy high and tippy at that pressure? I would also ask you to develop an inflatable backrest as this would help immensely. It's brilliantly conceived and executed in the main but needs more primary stability and a more comfortable seat to perfect it. I'd be really keen to hear the design teams feedback on my pressure/user weight observation and the official images I mention online please? (From the ITIWIT adventure pages).
I bought it yesterday, decided to take the weekend off (I am a bartender) and just, with no experience what so ever in kayaking loaded it with a tent, inflatable mattress, sleeping bag, a chair, food for 2 days, some clothes, some basic camping gears, and 7 liter of water (I even kept my wallet and passport with me, just to be sure that if something go wrong... Well it will be big time). I have to admit that I had to empty some water from the boat after 1h... I won't go to long about the first hour because I want to leave a positive review. But well, once you get the balance thing ok, your back and you hips are getting more relax (adjusting the foot support right helps a lot) I love everything about this kayak now, just crossed Iskar lake (that's in Bulgaria) on a straight line without any feeling of instability ( yes, you have to keep paddling). I just want to say thank you to the team at Itiwit. Keep on the good work
Thomas, a happy customer :)
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