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Reviews for Twist Kayak by Innova Inflatable Kayaks


Rated: 7.8/10 Based On: 5 Reviews


Twist Kayak by Innova Inflatable Kayaks

Length: 8' 6" - Width: 31.00" - Starting at: $399.00
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06-18-2014
Submitted by: MDSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     After much research I recently ordered and received two Twist 1 kayaks. We had the opportunity to try them out this past Father's Day weekend while camping at a nearby lake.

The setup was super easy taking only about 10 minutes to inflate both kayaks. Quality construction and materials is evident. 8 different family members ranging in age from 13 to 50 took them for a spin and all agreed...FUN, STABLE and EASY to maneuver!

I could not be happier with this purchase! Now the test will be wear and long-term durability. Oh yeah... deflating and stowing was just as fast and easy as the setup!

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06-06-2014
Submitted by: jimsnores
Rating: 7 of 10

     I actually would rate his boat higher if my intended use was more in line with what it was probably designed for. As far as negatives, I paddle shallow rocky rivers, and if the water is much less than a foot or so deep, the skeg drags a lot. I weigh about 175, but I do have some gear because I use the boat for fishing, so with gear and a cooler, I probably am fairly close to 90 percent of the max rating for the boat.

The skeg is removable, but in my opinion, tracking isn't too good even with it, so I can't imagine not using it. Of course the flip side of that is the ability of the boat to turn on an absolute dime when desired.

I like to take a lot of gear and multiple rods when I kayak fish, and that just isn't practical in this boat. But if you need a really light kayak that you can put in a trunk and access places otherwise inaccessible to you by boat, it fills the bill.

I haven't had the boat in any major rapids, but did take it through one gentle Class II. Other than the potential for possibly tearing if it hits a sharp obstruction or getting stuck in shallow rapids, I don't know why it's only rated for Class I. As mentioned above, maneuverability is excellent.

If one is used to very stable hardshell (mine is a Jackson Coosa), the Twist feels tippy when you first get in. The uneasiness dissipates quickly, however, when the excellent secondary stability becomes quickly apparent.

I can't comment as to durability, but if it holds up, I really can't complain about the boat's ability to perform the job I bought it for.
As others have mentioned, the light weight is a great plus.

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04-27-2012
Submitted by: R. I.Send Email
Rating: 8 of 10

     The boat is extremely light and compact. Skeg is necessary. It handles on-coming seawaves well despite its claim for calm water only. The speed of the Twist 2 is comparable to other small inflatables of the same length. The "stick-up" seam is annoying, but it helps to deflect some minor seawaves. The small valves for seats develop hard-to-repair leaks after a couple years. The boat is not durable, but I would consider buying another after this one dies. It is so convenient we backpack it everywhere. We have not come across any other decent inflatable so compact and light - the exact reason for buying inflatables.
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08-12-2011
Submitted by: Send Email
Rating: 7 of 10

     This is incredibly light weight. A Solar 1 would be a better boat, but on the other hand this boat is incredibly light... It could easily be backpacked. It is, I fear, less robust than other Innova boats but I don't regret having it as I think I may keep it in the back of my car and take it out whenever the mood takes.

It inflates and deflates in seconds. Drying out takes a little longer than with other Innova boats. BUT despite its light size, it comes with a small skeg. It tracks surprisingly well. With the provisos above I would recommend it heartily

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09-11-2009
Submitted by: PlymouthDamoSend Email
Rating: 7 of 10

     The Gumotex (Innova in the US) Twist is the lightest and smallest packing inflatable kayak I could find - as far as I know, there aren't any (serious) boats that come smaller. Although it's basic, it's very well built, and oozes quality. The first time I inflated it, I had loads of people stopping to look and ask what it was. The Twist is made from Gumotex's 'Lite Pack' material. As the name implies, it's main quality is it's light weight, but it also seems really tough to me - although I haven't yet had a chance to test it, it has the feel of strong tarpaulin. I've read reviews where people have had misgivings about the toughness of this new lighter material, but I've not heard of anyone who's actually had a problem with it.

I chose this model as I wanted a boat that I could put in a small rucksack and walk the short distance to the seafront from my house. The Twist fits in a tiny rucksack and only weighs 6 kg! I'll be using the boat to paddle out to my favourite freediving spots to go and collect scallops, and the loud yellow colour will help warn boaters of my presence.

I've just got back from my first test-paddle, and I'm absolutely stunned. It can be inflated/deflated incredibly quickly and easily. The most amazing thing is how well it paddled. I'm used to a hard-shell creek boat, so I was expecting a major compromise with this inflatable toy. In fact, it's performance was superb - I paddled a couple of miles around the harbour and it tracked beautifully. I was using the removable skeg,and I found I could paddle quite hard without the boat waggling too much. This is incredible when you consider the short length, low draught and light weight of the boat. It also put in a respectable turn of speed - slower than my creek boat, but fast enough to fight currents and get out of the way of boat traffic. It is very stable - I tried a few high braces, and I found it really difficult to get the boat to go over. You do get wet as you're sitting on the floor of an open boat in the water that's dripped off your paddle.

The inflatable seat isn't anything special, but I didn't find it uncomfortable. The footrest wasn't far enough away for me (I'm 6'2"), however, this can easily be altered by lengthening the webbing strap which holds it in place. There are no thigh braces - I'm sure you could find a way of fitting these, but I don't think I'll bother. For someone like me, who wants a boat to transport me across calmish water, this is perfect. I'm not sure I'd want to drag it over rocks (although it may be capable of this - until someone tries it, we don't know) but as it's so light I can easily carry it down to the water's edge so there's no need to treat it rough. I plan to leave it in the boot of my car, with a drysuit and a collapsible paddle, so if I ever come across some inviting water I'm ready for it.

So far, I haven't seen any other detailed reviews of this boat online, so I thought I'd add my first impressions now. I agonized over the decision to buy this one, as I had nagging doubts over how this would perform. Now I've tried it, I'm certain I've picked the perfect boat for my needs.

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