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Unlike ordinary "dry-only" kayaks with no drains or "wet-only" kayaks with permanently open drains, the 380x offers four extra-large, easily convertible drains for both wet and dry conditions. When the drains are open, the craft bails itself in rough whitewater or ocean conditions. When the drains are closed, they won't let a drop of water in, keeping both you and your cargo comfortably dry in calm water. And even in the worst-case scenario--when your kayak is filled to the gunwales with water--the 380x still floats.
The 380x Explorer owes its durability to 1,000-denier, polyester-supported, high-pressure fabric with quadruple-thickness electronic-welded seams. How tough is the Explorer? In torture testing, Sea Eagle pounded it mercilessly with the claw of a claw hammer to no effect. Stabbing it with a screwdriver also had a negligible impact. The "crocodile hide" hull is so sturdy that it can stand up to almost any challenge, let alone a few bumps from the dock. Other details include integrated bow and stern spray skirts with water-deflecting guards; rope lacing that forms secure handholds and convenient tie-down points; two tall-back seats; two 8-foot double-ended paddles; an inflation pump; bow and stern storage bags; and a repair kit.
The 380x Explorer measures 150 by 37 inches (W x L) and weighs 47 pounds. It's also backed by a three-year warranty.
My first Explorer kayak years ago, blew out of the truck bed and was drug down the highway at 55 miles per hour the first time out. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Anthony Livingston
Ordered the 380X pro package and only the hull came, not even the floor. No paddles, seats, pump or storage bags. Read morePublished on June 7, 2010 by S. Wilcox