Ok, I read many of the reviews of how great this was, and how
easily the C-Tug hauled kayaks. I was immediately taken in by
watching the videos on how well it worked, and how easy it looked
to pull kayaks on all kinds of different terrain. Without seeing it on
action with my own eyes, I bit the bullet and bought it. I anxiously
waited for it to arrive, and quickly snapped it together to try out. I
left the straps that came with it in the garage, and used the Yakima
cinch strap that I use for my car. It worked well, and I was able to
haul it to the lake easily. It handled stairs, a rooted section and
sand well, and never made me worry about the kayak coming off.
The C-Tug never moved down or slipped off the kayak on my 3/4
mile trek. Once at the lake, it disassembled easily and stored quickly
in the front section of my Tarpon kayak. I went for a two hour
cruise, and came back to shore and quickly assembled it back
together and hauled it back to my car.
I keep going back to "quick", because it is just that, quick and oh so
easy to use. Mind you, this was all before I tried to assemble the C-
Tug straps. I'll be honest, I don't think I've ever seen something so
easy looking, actually be so complicated that it made me swear.
After watching the videos on their website and a couple of others on
YouTube, I felt prepared to tackle the straps. I tried once, and failed
miserabley with the straps being backwards and the buckle being on
the inside. I took it all apart, and watched the video again. Tried to
assemble it again, and the same thing, all backwards. After a half
dozen more tries and videos, it still didn't make any sense. After an
hour, I put it down and let it sit overnight. I came back the next
morning determined to figure it out, and after another 30 minutes of
trying, finally figured out one side. I thought wow, this will be easy
to duplicate on the other side.....wrong. It took a couple more tries
to get the other side on. After that, the last buckle and latch are
easy to assemble. I've used it now several times with the C-Tug
straps, and am still happy with the overall product.
-Stable to use
-Handles a variety of terrains well
-The wings are easy on the kayak bottom
-Dissasembles quickly to stow in the kayak
-Weighs very little
-Did I mention strap assembly?
Overall this is a quality product, and I am looking forward to years
of use. If I could make one suggestion to the makers of C-Tug, it
would be to drop the strap and just use a regular lashing strap. I
think most people would find that easer to use, and a lot less
complicated to assemble.