6 tips for choosing the right kayak | DP Gear Review[in 4K]
It’s getting hot here Jack. We want to get out on the water. We’re thinking about buying an inflatable, kayak. Yeah. We have six tips for choosing a proper kayak for relatively calm water.. Now here we have three examples for you. I’m gon na go through them very quickly.. At the top we have an ITIWIT cruiser It’s, a one man kayak. Below a packraft. You can put in your backpack from Asia, Pacific Adventure., That’s, the one plus one. And at the bottom we have an ITIWIT X100 Time to get on the water. Yeah cannot wait to paddle., Alright tip number one size and weight. Before buying a kayak. You need to consider how you are gon na, bring it to the beach to the river to the sea.. How are you gon na? Take it Public transportation or your own car We’ve got three examples: here. You can see the ITIWIT touring it’s about 16 kilograms.. This one is a one seater cruiser it’s about 11 kilograms., This one from APA Adventure. Packraft is one plus one. Only 3.5 kilogramsamazing isn’t it You can see they are so different in weight and size.. Also, you need to consider where to store them when you bring them home after kayaking.. Our tip number two is about material. Material, really matters as we’ve seen in the last tip.. The material will make a difference to how big it is and how much it weighs., But it also has some others factors as well.
. The PVC one like the packraft we have here is great for drying.. It will dry super quick when you finish. That’s, really a good advantage. The problem is it’s not as robust as the others. And if you do get a puncture when you’re out in the middle of open water, you might find yourself in deep trouble.. Generally speaking, though, the more you pay for the PVC a better grade, you will get and then more robust, it will be.. Now, if you want a bit more security, look and get a canvas cover., This will make sure it is more secure, but it’s gon na take a lot longer to dry and it adds significant weight to it as well. Your third option. This is polyester and polyvinyl.. It is reasonably quick to dry and look inside. We have a drop stitch.. This is a new technology that you want to look at. If you have a little bit more budget., The drop stitch would effectively give you a hard shell.. You can get a full drop stitch kayak that will be actually the same as a hardshell kayak, but it will pack down. Again. These are significantly more expensive, though, if you want to go very high, end. Three options: it’s up to you. Tip number three before buying the kayak, you need to consider the storage.. If you only go for a day trip on the beach, then you don’t need to stock too much stuff to stock on the kayak.
. You can choose any among these three., But if you want to do multiple days, canoeing trip touring exploration, you might consider extra storage. For the ITIWIT one seater. If you put your legs in the front, not much space left there and only a little bit space for storage. For the one plus one packraft it’s, the same., You sit at the back. You put your stuff in the front., Well a backpack easily. And then the ITIWIT two seater you can put stuff at the back and in the front. You can take off one seat to convert it to a one seater.. Then you have a lot of space. And if you travel as two, then you might consider to get a three seater for extra space.. Now tip number four is about tracking. Tracking is effectively just going straight.. If anyone has tried kayaking or canoeing before you’re gon na find, if you are not used to it, your kayak starts to move left and right., Particularly if you stop kayaking you’d want to keep going in the direction that you are pointed rather than start drifting left And right., There are three things that affect this and you may want to take this into consideration when you buy your inflatable kayak.. The first is simply the length of it. The longer. It is like this one here, nice and long that’s gon na help it go in a straight line., That’s gon na help you., While the short one like this one here, it’s gon na struggle a little bit more.
. The second thing has to do with the shape of it. If you have a V shape at the bottom. This is properly the best example here, where the kayak is very thin and V shaped you’re gon na move faster through water and you’re gon na go more in a straight line.. The downside of this is it’s gon na make it much more unstable.. So if you want a very stable kayak you’re worried about tipping over, you want to go for one that is flat and is as wide as possible.. One like this, or even one like this nice and flat and wide., Not gon na help for your tracking but it’s gon na make it more stable. Now. The last thing is whether you have skegs or not. Now, some of these – if I flip this over, you will see they have a place for putting a skeg in.. This has got three skegs. This has got three skegs. This has got none.. The skegs are also gon na help. You move in a straight line and stop it drifting, left and right.. This is gon na make a huge difference if you’re going for long kayaks and you want the easiest most relaxing experience., OK tip number five is about seating.. Two aspects for you to consider.: First, is your backrest.. Is it supporting your back? If you go out for a long trip, you have a proper support. You won’t be too tired after a long, day’s paddling.
. The second one is about where to put your feet.. If you have enough legroom or in some of the hardshell ones, you can have a footrest there. Then it’s also supporting you in paddling.. Neither of them got that. DJ prefers this one. The sitting – and this is my favourite. Last but not least, tip number six.. This is self bailing.. You can see where we are here. At the moment we have a few little waves coming in.. If you are out on the ocean, it can get quite choppy or if you’re going in white water as well., You may have waves that come over the top of the kayak and start to fill in up.. Now, if you are in most of these kayaks, you have no other option than to bail it out manually., But you will find with advanced kayaks like this one. Here you have this little self bailing I’m, just undoing it here.. You have little holes in the bottom and that will allow water to come out. There. We go see the hole at the bottom. I flip it upside down.. There we go., You can see the hole, is here now. I can unscrew that and the water can just come out, naturally allowing me to get rid of not all but most of the water. Again that’s gon na help you a lot. If you are in rough water., Well that’s the end of this episode., One thing that we have missed out is the paddle.
. We didn’t talk about it., The paddle is very important.. In fact, when we looked at it technically there are so many things we wanted to talk. About., We decided we’re gon na do that next week as an another episode. Part, two of our inflatable kayak review., We are putting links down below to all of these kayaks. If you want to have more information about them or where you can get hold of them. For now, I’m DJ. Remember to like and subscribe our channel to see the next episode.. Of course your name please. Jack.. This is Drone and Phone. What’s.