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.
I bought this as a direct replacement for the factory installed badly corroded left rudder for my QCC 700. The service from ACK was great! Installation was easy, taking no more than 15 min. I took much longer finding a 1/16" ferrule to splice the end of the line than doing the installation. Unfortunately, as simple as the installation was, I made a serious mistake and failed to insure the foot pedals were in the neutral position before installation. I ended up with hard left rudder in the neutral position. The cable was cut too short and needed to be replaced with the right cable, an aggravation but not a difficult problem. I'm now purchasing a spare parts kit for when I need the right rudder. Installation was easy and the rudder works great, but I would dearly have appreciated a manual to include a heads up on positioning the foot pedals. Otherwise, this would be a 5 star review.
The foot controls work very well, but are VERY prone to cross threading during installation. It took me several attempts on each mounting screw (4 in total) to avoid cross-threading. What should have taken 5 minutes took 30, and a lot of frustration. If not for the cross threading problem, I would rate these a 5 because they work very well.