Sod the kayaks get a jet ski ,,,,,great fun
Thanks, Abbot. Bicsport doesn't seem to have much of a presence in the US. On some of the reviews I'd picked up on the issue regarding some of the inflatables sitting high out of the water and are therefore an issue if there is a breeze to contend with. The drop stitch technology is interesting, allowing for a really rigid construction out of an inflatable. My understanding is that it is used on many of the paddle boards on the market today and, once inflated, is rigid enough to stand on without it bowing.
I was looking around the $500 price point, but this won't get me the drop stitch floor. With Advanced Elements you have to go up to about the $800 point for something like this. Add a vest, paddle and pump and we are looking at a grand each. Thought about trying to save some dosh and get a 2-man, but a friend has warned me that such a purchase would end up costing be a lot more over time as I'd need a divorce lawyer after a couple of trips.
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The drop stitch technology looks really interesting, almost like a Thermarest on steroids!
You make a good point about the height Steve, if you're paddling mostly inland sheltered water the height out of the water shouldn't be an issue but I suspect coastal would be very different and the it's likely to go where it wants to go if there's any amount of cross wind!
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We keep a cheap Seyvlor inflatable kayak in our motorhome, I would suggest you spend as much as you can as the cheap ones are not much use. Worked well in the Dordogne when we could launch with the flow of the river but absolutely useless in the Lake District when it took us half an hour to get about 200 yards, would have been hilarious for someone watching as we pirouetted our way down the lake.
Well, I half hit the trigger on a purchase today. I don't know if this is something that happens all over Amazon, or just with certain products or sellers, but the prices of the kit has been bouncing around on an almost daily basis. The life vests can be anything between $50 and $70, the 4-piece paddles are ranging from $45 to $90 and the kayaks also seem to change price (but on a less regular basis). The model I had in mind for the wife is down to $425 from $500, so I ordered that.
The one I was interested in is down to $725 from $800, but a look at CamelCamel shows that it has gone as low as $680 (but has been as high as $850). I've decided to hold fire on that one to see if the price drops over the holiday weekend (would be just my luck it it jumped back up to the $800 mark). I'm also interested in taking a look at the kayak I ordered for the breadknife to see if that is good enough for me, without going for the more expensive one.
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Yep, always a risky strategy ;-).
just got back from a drive and it is back to $799 -bugger!!!!
Hopefully the price will drop again soon...
im marginal on both the weight and height parameters for the boat I got for the wife The extra spend gets me a longer boat with more space and more flotation chambers to handle extra weight