Submitted: 01-26-2012 by Juan
In total fairness, there is no point of comparison between the Necky Vector 14 and any other SOT kayak in the market; the closest you can come up with is to compare an expert classical ballerina in her prime to an old raggedy troglodyte contraption of the sorts. Necky's website warns you from the get go about their intentions when designing the Vector family; well they didn’t miss their target.
The Necky Vector 14 behaves pretty much like a Chatham 16 would when it comes down to speed & maneuverability departments, yet she feels rock solid on both primary & secondary stabilities.
The layout reveals a very well thought cockpit for those adventurous kayakers that like to think out the box for a multipurpose kayak.
She can be a bit of everything and very good at most of the tasks one could ask her to perform in order to enjoy some quality time on the water. Some features are worth a million such as the seat's back band which gives an awesome lumbar support yet it is never compromising the kayaker's movements while easy to adjust both in height as well as in its lumbar angle... Seat's pan with its ergonomic leg support is unbelievable helpful for one's long time comfort when paddling. Hardware & Rigging are prime rate quality and one of the best designed for 2012.
Those cross lock strapped self suction inner gasket hatches are truly fantastic in keeping water out while allowing for a lot of under deck packing.
One thing that really shines on this boat (other than her versatility) is her performance.
Even though rudder ready from the factory I never felt the need to add one (I am partial to rudderless boats so take this with a grain of salt), keeping a straight line on the wind is no feat, stability in any condition is secure due its superb design.
One nice boat, different than most sit on top kayaks, good for clamming, fishing, diving, camping and cruising around, awesome capabilities, excellent carrying capacity for her length.
If you want the SIK performance without feeling so tightly enclosed you owe yourself an outing on the new 2012 Necky Vector 14.
Length: 14'1"; Width: 26"; Weight: 63 pounds
5’8” 250# 58 years old