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Submitted: 04-23-2001 by Mike
I had rented both an OK Scrambler and Perception Swing and was impressed with both. I was trying to decide which of these to purchase when I tested the Spike as an afterthought and ended up buying it on the spot! The Spike is definitely biased towards performance and feels more like a high performance sea kayak than any other plastic SOT I’ve tested. It is clearly superior to the other two in areas such as speed and handling. It even has better mounting locations for accessories. Better hatch and tankwell design than the Swing, lighter weight and easier to carry, too. Has a lot of features that are either extra $$$ or unavailable on the Scrambler XT (side carrying handles, front and center hatches, etc.). Plus, the OK did have some hull slap and let a small amount of water into the hull; whereas, the Spike was quiet and tight as Tupperware. While the Swing and Scrambler are very good in their own right (I’d probably rank them at about an 8), I have yet to find fault with the Spike and give it a 10!
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