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These Smarttrack toe pilot foot controls allow me to control my rudder even though I'm well over 6 feet tall. Rudders in the past have been difficult for me to use in the past because of the sliding motion.
Customer Rating: 4.4 of 5
I put these on a Malibu X-
Factor. My first concerns were
the exposed cables that run
along the top of the controls.
Turns out it really has not
been an issue. I really don't
have anything bad to say about
this product. However,
mounting them was a little bit
interesting. The mounting
holes that come tapped on this
product did not line up on my
x-factor. In addition to this
problem there is no way to
mount this product to an x-
factor without some
modifications. I ended up
drilling out one of the pre
tapped holes and drilled
through the second wall as
well. I then drilled the
second mounting hole to line
up with the x-factor's other
mounting bracket. Once
installed and cables adjusted
this is a pretty awesome
product. Total Time for
installation took me
approximately 2 hours.
This is a great pedal/rudder control system. You can really use the foot pad when paddling and not affect your rudder, then with just your toes you can work the rudder. I'll use this system anytime I need to replace my old rudder pedals.
This is the best controls I have found for the money. The ease of adjustment is amazing.
A well designed system that's easy to install and set up. I've been using the original system for a few years in an Epic 18 Endurance kayak, but racing took its toll on the older plastic rails and they broke on me. The new system with aluminum rails is exceptionally solid, while retaining the fixed foot peg/gas pedal rudder arrangement of the original system. Very easy to adjust for length, very easy to adjust pedal angle, and very easy to use while being quite robust. Properly set up, you can push solidly against the foot pegs and use your toes to make slight corrections (or full-bore turns) to optimize your course of travel. My only negative is that the new bolt locations are slightly closer together than the older system's bolt locations, requiring an elongation of the holes in my boat to accommodate the new system.
Kim in CA
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!