Oh, the luxury of getting out of my kayak without a drop of water
on me! It makes me feel as though I was just playing around
with my previous skirts. The only water now is what drips off my
shoes when I get into my boat. This is not a skirt that will just slip
onto your coaming with thumb and forefinger. Austin Kayak told
me that I would need to be strong enough to bench press 40
pounds to attach this skirt, and I believe them. But once it is
attached, my kayak is sealed tight. Don't be put off by the
conventional "knowledge" that a neoprene skirt will be too hot.
Your cockpit is not cooled by excess heat radiating through the
skirt. It is cooled on three sides by the water you are floating in. I
found not the least difference in cockpit temperature between this
skirt and the thin nylon skirt I had been using.
If you're a recreational paddler this skirt may be overkill but if you
do any distance paddling you want the best. A buddy and I used
these skirts on a 1515 mile paddle around the entire state of
Florida. The trip took 4 months to complete. We relied on our
skirts to keep us dry and protected. At times, we paddled in 6-8
foot swells and up to 5 miles out. The Seal Extreme Tour skirts
took a beating and were pretty much bombproof even after daily
use and abuse. They performed exceptionally well. Love these!
Let me start off by saying I have a Dagger Apostle 17' touring kayak.
This boat is almost 20 years old. Many of the other sites and products I
looked at would've made buying a skirt for this kayak a guessing game.
ACK & Seals took the guesswork out of knowing what size I needed to
purchase and made it easy.
The skirt itself has very nice fit and finish. Elastic draw a cord that goes
around the cowling is nice and stiff and the material covering it is nice
and grippy. The suspenders clip off easily and the Velcro tabs on the
sides make it easy to put on. The quality of the stitching is good, the
water will leak in if it puddles around your waist. Through no fault of
ACK or Seals, I wish I had gotten the next model up. The descriptions
on this website did say that the skirt with the neoprene tunnel would
keep water from pooling around your waist and shed it more effectively
to the deck of your canoe.
Bottom line: If you're going out for light duty summer days and you
don't want watering drippingin to your kayak, this is the skirt for you.
If you are going onto the ocean or will see waves, do yourself a favor
and buy the next model up. I'm sure that it too would be of the same
Bought this for my QCC 600x.
Used the recommended size
from Seals and left it on for 24
hours after I bought it. Works
great. Tight seal. Bomb proof
The sizing was perfect. High
quality spray skirt. Very happy
Great skirt, I now have two of
these for each of my kayaks
Skirts were tested on two WSBS
built K2s in rough
water on the Finger Lakes. The
boats are low-set
racing kayaks not sea kayaks
and the Seals
Extreme Touring 2.2s did a
good job keeping water
out of the large opening
cockpits. Only complaint
is that the Seals fit guide
lists WSBS as only
custom made. The off the shelf
2.2s fit fine.
I would have preferred the
blue/black color (the one sent
was all black) - but it kept me
dry & warm.
Great skirt, comfortable and water tight during
rolling practice in touring sea kayak. Excellent
customer service experience with this manufacturer.
Good construction and worked for me even on class 3+
creeks. Definitely a better alternative to the
Approach and Remix xp specific Seals skirts. I use
a 1.7 on a Pyranha Fusion and would guess that a 1.4
would fit it too - just might be difficult to get on
Well, if you like a product that will last for years, this is it.
If you like a product that is made with the best care possible,
this is it.
If you like to roll your yak a lot, and want to stay dry... you
guessed it! This is it!
If you would like a skirt that was easy to put on, this is it.
If you would like a piece of chinese junk, this is certainly not it.
P.S. 1.7 fits my necky manitou 14 perfectly!!! So be sure to buy
which ever size Seals tells you to buy, and not some self
proclaimed professional on a review page like this one. God
bless and keep 'yakin'!!!
This is a terrific spray skirt. The one I received is all black, not the blue/black one pictured. It has so far done the best at keeping me dry while rolling/edging of all the spray skirts I've tried on my NC kayak.