This guy is tough enough to take you where you want to go
and small enough to be very maneuverable. Be careful
though. This boat is very unstable when you try to surf or
take a wave sideways; you must be as adept at
understanding the water as you would be in a hardboat
kayak. You have got to be able to lean and brace well to
have confidence. It punches through wonderfully if you hit
rough stuff straight on, but get a tad sideways or get into
turbulent waters and you must have skills or you will be
rolled out faster than you blink. Advanced boaters only
should take this boat into III and IVs if you wish not to
swim. For its size it is also very heavy since it has a tough
outer cover along with inner tubes. When it is soaked, you
are going to carry a 45+ pound awkward boat up and out.
Paddling 40 years and around 2,600 miles
and this is the first IK I've gotten along
with. Have used it Cl 1, 2, 2+ so far.
Like all paddle craft it takes getting used
to in terms of handling but manuevers
very well and is extremely stable.
Outside of a good current the tracking is
very much like a SOT hardshell, a good
deal of wobble but you do get glide too.
In my books it is a very well made and
designed boat for the $$$. Downside -
you've got to like paddling with a wet butt
or will need to put something like a 1"
closed foam pad on the seat - even with
that and my 170 lbs it remains stable.
Have used the Advanced
Elements Attack Whitewater
Kayak three times now - has
performed very well in both
class 1,2 and 3. Today, I
took the Attack thru some
pretty tough rapids and had no
issues. The Attack seems
durable, very maneuverable in
the water, yet very stable. I
am quite pleased with the
product and plan to buy one
more for my wife. I would say
the kayak is designed for a
smaller person and not an
individual that is over 200
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