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To date I have used it mostly on flat water in our local lakes. Some of that was open water made choppy by wind & fast moving, boat traffic. My little Aleut handled beautifully in that. It also handles well on the slower moving rivers I've paddled. Have not tried on any fast water.
Mine did come with the old style seat which is basically just a foam pad attached to the floor of the kayak with velcro. The seat back is adjustable via wide, webbing strap. It is comfortable enough & works fine. However, this is a deep kayak & I am a very short person, 4'10". There is another type of seat which Folbot sells as an upgrade, an Airfom, that I think would be more comfortable for someone my size. Think that will be an Xmas gift to myself later this year.
In my rating I took off a point for the lack of foot pegs. That is something I really wish my boat had. If the system allowed 1/2 points I'd have deducted that for the seat. Since Folbot has a fix for that I left my rating at 9. I love everything else about my kayak. Plan to have it for many more years. It seems nearly perfect for my needs.
I've got an old Toyota van and during paddling season I generally keep the bow half of the frame assembled and left in the hide. I also keep the stern half of the boat assembled left out of the boat and hung from a nail in the garage; thus the two halves of the boat are ready to be easily tossed into the van at a moments notice. Then at the launch site, it just takes a few minutes to slide stern assembly into hide and fasten middle frame piece, rails etc...
Have had it out in following seas, six foot rollers with spray skirt on, and felt completely safe. It's a serious craft and can handle a wide range of conditions. Wind has never been much of a problem. Always tracks well and you'd really have to work hard at capsizing. There's no one boat that's perfect for everything, but if storage space is an issue, you enjoy flat water, and you want to feel comfortable and safe, it's a wonderful craft.
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