Made from an advanced new thermoplastic called Stryolight, with an acrylic outer sheen that is miles ahead of anything we've seen in this genre. The look & finish of the X2 is something to behold, only a close second look betrays the non-composite heritage. The kayak has an angled full footplate, the PowerGlide system adapted from the superb ergonomics of their famous race craft, with the stern-mounted SmartTrack rudder system that we have come to recognise as an excellent performer at sea.The seating set up allows fore & aft adjustment to negate any trim issues, while the general ergonomics reflects the philosophy of correct posture that you would expect from a company squarely aimed at producing kayaks for efficient paddling.
The boat is light, weighing in at a miserly 20kg, a feature not immediately apparent due to the excellent structural rigidity of the Stryolight hull. At 5m & 57.5cm wide it's not a fast-touring thoroughbred, but clips along with a very low resistance curve at the 7-8kmh speed range within which most sea kayaker operate, with carrying capacity & freeboard to accommodate a multi day trip with room & buoyancy to spare.
Whilst not a unique entity in a crowded market of so-called entry level boats - light, stable, ruddered - the performance of the boat for the essential quality of building skills & confidence in a new paddler rates very highly. It heels over to about the same reassuringly early resistance point as a favourite like the North Shore Atlantic, turns right when you drop your left edge (which gives it an instant advantage over a couple of other designs we've seen inaction in this genre!), and generally does the right things, when you do the right things.
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