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We take groups out as a way to give back to our community and these yaks have served us well when it comes to taking larger paddlers out. First-time paddlers love them because of the stability and the comfortable seat. The nice thing about a yak like the Adirondack is it's ability to run in very shallow water. It has quite a footprint to displace your weight over which allows a person to slide over shallow places where many others will get hung up. Another feature we liked was the 3-layer construction. The yak has a layer of plastic, a layer of foam sandwiched in-between, and another layer of plastic. This makes for a warmer paddle into late fall, winter, and early spring. If the river is open, we go. With a spray skirt on to hold more heat in the cockpit, paddling in cold weather is much nicer in this yak. All-in-all, we consider the Walden Adirondack a good investment.
However, the kayak is extremely slow. Slow. Did I mention...SLOW! Almost tank like. Tracking wasn't great. And the thing weighs a lot (between 49-55 lbs, depending on who you talk to). And the foot pegs were on the edge of too short for someone my size. But, it is a good price ($600 CDN) and it is a great beginnner/slow poke kayak. If you can tip this kayak, you shouldn't be on the water! You will, however, need a couple of people to get it on your car or truck. Great cottage or fishing kayak.
I really like the use of recylced materials by Walden, and I commend them on that. I will, however, be trying the Walden Vista instead.
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