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I give it a 9 because of one shortcoming for me, the seat. At 5'9" and 160 lbs. my bony butt hurts after 2-3 hours. Don't have this problem in other brands. The addition of a YakPad solved the problem. I recommend this kayak.
It tracks great & feels light. The bow rises to meet waves & the cockpit stays dry, even with the 38 inch opening. The extra 2 1/2 inches in width allows me to carry my camera bag between my legs. I can paddle with my legs straight out. The rudder works very easy. The bow rigging is closer & easy to reach.
Hurricane builds beautiful boats with attention to detail. I'm 74 & if I keep this one 10 years it will be my last.
These are our first kayaks, and we wanted something that we could enjoy for a long time. The Expedition Sport is a perfect balance of great looks, swiftness, stability and tracking. Even more important to me was it's ease of entry. The larger cockpit was a necessity for me. I'm 6'3" so getting in and out of a more traditional cockpit was challenging to say the least! Although my wife could fit in just about any kayak made, she also opted for this larger cockpit version - and has no regrets. It just works great for us.
Only negative (and it's minor) is the seat backrest adjustment. It's an extremely well made and comfortable seat in general, but both of us like the back raised up. This seat has a simple ratcheting system that allows you to raise the back several inches. Problem is that it doesn't like to stay up! I found an easy fix by tying some string across the ratcheting part so that it will no longer spring open - but I shouldn't have to "fix" anything on a new boat. A minor design flaw that is quickly overlooked in what is overall an absolutely wonderful kayak!
Basically, if it just had a little more foot-space, and slightly longer adjustments for the foot-pegs, it'd be a 10.
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