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The fully adjustable comfort zone seat is very comfy for paddles longer than 4 hours, the foot pegs adjust well and the kayak tracks like it is on rails. Despite not having hatch seals at the time, i went for a 4 day paddle and did manage to swamp out. But the hard covers did keep the rain out.
I will always be a perception guy, especially now that i have their logo tattooed on my leg, and urge the day tripper who wants an affordable explorer kayak to buy a Rhythm 14. Get a 1.7 spray skirt and go have a blast on any type of water.
Two thumbs up on this model
As far as I can tell, the only difference between this and the Cadence, its sister ship, is the deck height. If you can't find a Rhythm, try the Cadence, even though it was advertised for a smaller paddler. The deck is still high by normal standards.
The beam and hull design facilitate access to the water, even with high angle stroking. It's very enjoyable to paddle.
The listed weight is 42 lbs., which sounds about right. This makes it a nice little pocket rocket to toss onto the racks for a quick workout.
I'd guess it was discontinued because of insufficient market for a relatively short fitness boat checking out north of $1,500. This works to your advantage because you can find them used or on clearance very cheap.
If you're looking for a recreational boat or sea kayak, there are more suitable designs. But, if you enjoy paddling for the sake of paddling, this might be your ticket.
There are really only two drawbacks to this boat for me: for one, there are no bulkheads, so in the event the boat capsizes it will be a little more difficult to right and re-enter. I have mitigated this by stuffing a couple life jackets forward and aft of the cockpit to add some buoyancy. Second, there isn't much storage on this boat. The bungee cord aft of the cockpit works very well (I use it to strap down the two-wheel dolly I use to pull the kayak to and from the waterfront). And there's room to stuff things inside the boat, forward and aft of the cockpit. But, no watertight compartments to speak of. But, I guess that's not really what this boat was meant for.
If you're looking for a fun, high-performance kayak to take out for day trips, I would highly recommend this kayak. Personally, I couldn't be happier with it!
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