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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Slow and terrible at tracking
on May 19, 2013
This is a beginner kayak, so it's stable enough for 100-210lbs (My kid is 100; I am 160; my friends are both 170 and 210, respectively). The tracking is terrible. I kayak the Rock Springs run and Wekiva River and with a little bit of current, the kayak goes sideways and cannot be controlled easily. I have a 8' lifetime and tracks better but it's much slower. I was recommended by the Wekiva Springs kayak handler an Ascend, but I have personally not being in one, even though the reviews are decent. Anyway, Ocean Kayak is a heavier feel boat and more professional and much better at tracking than Spitfire. You get what you paid for.
Update: July 2013.
Made a rudder for about $10 out of aluminum for the Spitfire. I wasn't going to pay $100 for a piece of plastic you can make yourself! Result: Much better kayak and I am getting a second one! Got the idea and measurements from the internet. Rudder is about 10 inches long and 4 inches wide and it's fixed on back of kayak with homemade fixture. Problem of tracking solved!