With the SmartTrack Toe Pilot Foot Controls, instead of sliding your feet forward and back as with standard pedals, your feet stay braced at all times. Upper pedals do the steering so your stability and balance are never compromised. Lets you maintain control while directing energy from your torso directly to your stroke. Paddling more efficiently means you can paddle longer.
I was so glad to hear that this once-discontinued system is again manufactured and supported. The long black side pieces on the new version are metal, whereas the original version's were plastic, and one of mine had "exploded" (maybe one shouldn't do endo's in a long sea kayak?). Had this replacement set installed in no time at all, and it feels really solid. So much for appreciation for repair parts! I've used the SmartTrack rudder system for four years, love the stationary foot pedals for bracing, and find the slim but well-designed rudder keeps the boat firmly on course in quartering seas and strong breezes. It is easily adjusted and serviced by an amateur, too - an important consideration when one uses (and abuses) one's boat frequently!
I bought these for a Tarpon 160. They will not fit so I wasted a lot of money.
These are really designed for sit-inside kayaks but can be easily adapted for use on a sit-on-top with the use of the vertical adjustment kit and utilizing the existing foot rail in the kayak as a spacer.
This is the second pair I have installed to replace the factory peddles on 2 kayaks. These are the best I have found. They allow you to have a solid peddle to brace with along with your peddle.
This is my second set of these pedals. After installing them on my kayak, I liked them so much that I bought another set to put on my wife's boat. I had a problem with one of my toe pedals where a plastic cable guide cracked, allowing the cable to escape disabling he rudder. Austin Kayak contacted the manufacturer on my behalf, and the manufacturer immediately sent me two replacement pedals at no charge. That is respectable customer service from all concerned!