I've used the product once so far, and it worked well. It deploys well in the wind.
Steve D - Tx
Great product, have used it a few times on my 12ft kayak. Works as
designed and have had no issues with it.
Very well made, performs even n better than expected! Make sure to
re-tie the leash to the drift chute. (mine came untied) very happy and
planning on buying another for my wife's kayak
I am very happy with this drift chute. The sewing is done well. The top float and bottom weight helps inflate quickly. I used my chute in 12-15 MPH winds on the first day. The chute slowed my drift speed to a crawl giving me plenty of time to fish plastics and jigs and I fish slow. I adjusted my anchor trolley for a side drift and pitched targets for about 250 of bank without using the paddle for correction. You can plan the use of your chute with wind direction and concentrate on fishing more with the chute. Several of the ponds and lakes I fish are 800 acres and less with no motorized boat traffic so you can spend a lot time drifting deeper structure. Make sure to inspect the cord provided with your chute and use more secure knots on the cord. I use noose knots to prevent loss. I highly recommend this product over other I looked at primarily because of workmanship quality. I am confident that it will last a lifetime and then some if properly cared for. ACK again had the best price and product for the money. And thanks ACK for the discount coupons. You helped an Old Soldier out again.
i have used in out on the lake and is very nice. like that is rolls up
small and want take up room. should last a longtime.
I've used this product a few times and I believe it works as it should. In
steady 10 MPH winds this drift chute kept my drift speed down to about
a half mile per hour according to my GPS. I think that's reasonable for
those wind speeds. If you don't want to drift at all, use an anchor. The
quality of the chute itself appears pretty good. I expect that it will last
for a long time. I would've given it a 5 star review except for the rope
that comes with it isn't good at all. As others have reported the factory
knots used to attach the rope to the chute and to the clip are no good.
I checked and retied them before use. Also for some reason my rope
has developed a very stiff section about a foot long in the middle when
it dried after use. I'm going to replace the rope with some anchor rope
or parachute cord.
Line should have been secured
better , but with a little effort I
re-attached the line and it
worked as advertised. I dont
use my Kayak wher the winds
are over 10mph, so the chuter
worked perfectly for me. No
regrets when you know a
14 foot Hobie Pro Angler in
12mph winds. couldn't slow
drift down much at all. Might
try 2 together and see.
Construction is great weight on
bottom and buoyant up top
makes it deploy instantly.
REDO THE FACTORY KNOT!
other posts have mentioned it,
Mine came undone as well but
I didn't lose the chute did lose
the clip and line though
better quality than others I've
seen, float on top/ sand bag on
bottom, stays open and slows
the wind drift considerably.
Does not help in a current,
moves right along with the
boat, but that's what an anchor
is for. Money well spent.
The rope supplied in the kit
doesn't hold a knot very well,
so you're going to have to
experiment to find one that
positively doesn't back off on
your rigging since that would
send this thing irreparably into
More importantly, it only slows
the drift of the boat a little bit.
I'm really going to need
another bigger sock. I'm
assuming a drift sock should
slow your boats drift to a
crawl. Well, I needed to fish
for lake trout in 80 feet of
water and there was chop.
The boat was drifting too fast
to fish that depth...so I threw
this drift sock over the
side...and my rate of drift was
almost the same, and the fish
were unreachable. I had to
come back another day when
the wind died down.
Great product for the price.
works great and is much cheaper
priced than similiar products at
westmarine, cabelas and bass