A great kayak at a good price
I backed Pakayak on Kickstarter and have two pakayaks. I consider myself being of intermediate skill level and also own two fiberglass Current Design kayaks, a Solstice GT and GTS high volume. I wanted a take apart kayak as sometimes more that one person wanted to go kayaking with me and this allows me to have two kayaks on my roof rack and another two in my minivan. Also, if someone wants to borrow a kayak I no longer have to give them my car as well.
I had also looked at the Oru kayaks, bay and coast models and also the Trak kayak. I decided on the pakayak for several reasons:
1. It has bulkheads to create storage compartments separate from the cockpit you sit in. All the other kayaks require float bags to give floatation in case water gets into the cockpit. I feel the bulkheads are better from a safety standpoint and also better for keeping your gear dry.
2. When assembled the pakayak is similar to any other rotomolded plastic kayak. It has a very comfortable seat and the construction is durable.
3. It comes with a very nice travel bag included in the purchase price.
4. Value. The pakayak is priced comparable to the Oru Bay kayak and less than the Oru Coast Kayak. But the pakayak is made of the same material as a one piece rotomolded kayak, has a better seat and again bulkheads and hatches that the Oru lacks. The Trak kayak appears to be a sleeker kayak and more seaworthy in rough conditions but at a significantly higher price. Also, the pakayak is priced reasonably compared to one piece rotomolded kayaks and if you factor in the savings of not having to buy a roof rack is cheaper.
It performs comparably to other rotomolded kayaks I have used. It has good stability, good tracking, turns easily and has relatively good speed for its 14 foot length. I have paddled in two to three foot waves with waves breaking over the deck without any problem.
It is not as fast as my fiberglass kayaks, nor would I expect it to be given its shorter length (kayak speed is dependent on the length and width of the boat). Also, it does not have as much storage as my fiberglass boats so if I were to go on a multiday trip would still prefer the fiberglass boats.
The Pakayak assembles easily and at 55 pounds is similar in weight to other rotomolded kayaks. Also, is easy to clean off with a hose following use and let it dry in pieces on my driveway before packing away.
The only annoyance I have had is that you have to return the foot pegs to the far forward position for storage in the bag and sometimes sand gets into the channel the foot pegs move in making it difficult to reposition the next time I went to use it. So I carry some WD 40 with me to loosen it up.
I would definitely purchase again.
If you are new to kayaking I would strongly recommend taking lessons to learn basic safety skills and also different paddling strokes to allow you to enjoy the kayak to its full potential.