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Tiderace xcite S

Anyone have seat time in a Tiderace xcite S?
Was wondering what kind of glide or speed the boat
has if doing flat water paddles. Is it comparable
to a avocet or similar 16' boat? Was thinking of a
xcite s for a main boat that could pull double duty
as a play boat and short touring boat.


  • nice boat
    It should be compared to VCP Avocet LV and SKUK Pilgrim.

    At my level of fitness it was really quick to accelerate, would pop out with each stroke. Just like Avocet LV and Pilgrim

    The design philosophy is a bit different from Valley and SKUK, depends what you like in a boat. I prefer loose hulls - as in you have to work to make them go straight, as opposed to working a boat turn. TRs are typically better trackers.

    Other than that - boat fit is personal. I felt good in it at 5.9x150lb. But I felt good at others as well.

    The thing to really appreciate with TideRace boats is quality of construction. If you pay more for the HardCore layup, you definitely get what you pay for.
  • Yup.
    I've paddled just about all of the Tiderace boats. I like the looks of their boats a lot and they do seem well built, but my initial impressions were not up to my expectations. I didn't care much for the seat and the top speed seemed to be limited by premature stern squat. Their handling aspects seemed to be their strong suit. No doubt they would be good in textured conditions.
  • Tiderace xcite S
    So the TR xcite S is comparable to other 16' for
    speed. I just sold a NDK greenlander and wanted something a bit looser and more playful. I've owned
    a avocet in the past but wanted to try something
    differnent and was thinking tiderace, at 5'9" 155lbs
    the xcite s was the one I was eye balling. The main
    reason I sold the avocet was on flatter water it felt
    kinda slow. Another boat that might be a good all
    rounder was the Cetus LV, I have a demo setup to
    paddle Cetus LV in a week from now and see how that
    goes. Being in southern Ontario it's hard to find
    tiderace boats to demo, would have to drive 4-5 hrs
    to demo one.
  • .
    Try to get some seat time in SKUK Pilgrim Expedition
  • seat position
    Moving the seat forward .5-1 inch will loosen the hull tracking.
    They are not a fast boat compared to some of the other models like the xplore-s but not a dog either. I've done 25 mile day paddles with a partner who was in one.
  • Objective test
    When my wife was in the market for a new boat, one issue was efficiency.
    We compared the Tiderace Xcite S, the Avocet LV, and the Pilgrim Expedition.
    I say "we", because in addition to personal response to fit, comfort, and handling (subjective), there was also extensive playing around with heart rate monitor and a GPS. I will add that, as a reformed kayak racer, I have many years experience using the test protocol.
    No surprise, the difference up to 3.5kn was...no difference. But at 4kn, the Xcite S consistently had superior efficiency (less effort).

    Back to the subjective, my opinion is different than others regarding the tracking. I find all Tiderace kayaks noticeably "looser" than comparable model from NDK. They do exhibit more weatherhelm behavior as well.
    Compared to an Avocet, I can say that the Xcite (not the S) feels far more efficient at higher speeds, but interestingly enough will accelerate better. The response to stern rudder strokes seems similar.
  • Tiderace xcite S
    -- Last Updated: Aug-13-12 11:33 PM EST --

    So the xcite S feels more efficient when pushed
    compared to avocet lv or pilgram ex. I do alot
    of solo paddling and was wondering if the xite s
    would be efficient enough covering ground when I needed to.
    I always ended up selling my smaller 16'boats because
    they felt slow or hit a wall speed wise compared
    to a longer boat like an aquanaut or greenlander I owned and sold(both a little big)
    and was hoping the tiderace xcite s might fall in
    between them for any flat water day paddles or touring. I might be better off with a cetus LV because
    of extra hull lenght but still have some playfulness.
    What raised interested in tiderace was that the hulls
    water lines were maximized for speed and the xcite s
    rolls really, really good. I have a tahe greenland OC
    for rolling and day paddles as well and wanted a really all good around boat that you could do anything with but has a reasonable cruise speed for covering

  • Have you considered
    A 17'-2" NC. In the Lt. version, they are very light, fast and stable. The handling might not be as quick as a comparable Tiderace, but the NC will spoil you when you get it in the big stuff, or for that matter on flat water if you want to cover some miles. And they're American made.
  • NC? what is a NC kayak?
    Just curious.
  • Options
    Novus Composites, IIRC. I think they're a 'direct-order' company, i.e. no dealers, and probably no 'try before you buy'.

    From what I remember, they tend to make very straight-tracking boats that don't turn very well.
  • cetus LV
    I you're going to look at the Cetus, try the Xplore-S: very fast, easy to maneuver, great fit, and the center hatch design is much better than on the Cetus. I have an Xplore M, and love it.
  • Xplore S
    Had alot of people recommond a xplore s, so I went
    and bought one! Thx
  • Options
    that's a fine pick given your priorities.

    Late to this thread (good discussion, too) but have paddled all three of the boats which were in play earlier (Avocet LV, Tiderace XciteS and Pilgrim).

    They're much more alike to each other than different. All pleasant to paddle, mobile and fun, great for rolling and other skills... but none of them would have given you the speed over distance you were after, esp as a former owner of the NDK Greenlander and Greenlander Prol

    That would be asking a lot of any highly rockered British style seakayak in the 16 foot range. It's just not where they excel.

    I agree w. suiram that the Pilgrim Expedition, and the Tiderace ExploreS would be significantly more interesting to you, and you picked the latter. Many happy miles in your new boat...

  • Options
    re: Xplore S
    So Jay, what do you think of the Xplore S so far?

  • Xplore S
    Still has to be picked up! I did the one thing you
    shouldn't and bought without a demo.
  • There is no way...........
    ......you're not gonna love this boat.
  • Options
    tell us how it is once you paddle it
  • Feedback
    I'll post after a couple of paddles with new boat.
  • One question
    Congratulations on your new boat, Jay. Maybe you can satisfy a question I have about the Xplore. When I demo paddled it, I noticed that unlike the other Tiderace boats I paddled, the Xplore seemed to have a much more vague secondary. I didn't have the time nor the desire to end up swimming, so I'm curious to know what you think.
  • I'll try to answer, but ymmv...
    I have paddled the Tiderace Xcite, Xcite S, and Xplore S.

    Yes, I did feel the the Xplore S had rather vague secondary stability when compared to the other two Tiderace boats and my own Cetus LV. If I had to chose a Tiderace model it would be the Xcite, but honestly I'm about 25 pounds to light for it.
  • You can try an NC with us . . .
    We are an NC Kayaks affiliate located in midcoast Maine and offer the opportunity to test paddle their boats.

    Yes, the NC 17 is fast, light, and a straight tracker. The NC 15 has a looser, more playful feel. Both feel very secure in chop and waves. www.touringkayaks.com
  • Options
    no demo lol
    huge balls, man, to drop that kind of coin on a boat you haven't tried. Props.

    srsly if you paddled a Greenlander which has its own beloved squirrelly moves, no worries re secondary in an ExploreS.

    which layup did you get?
  • Xplore S
    -- Last Updated: Aug-18-12 5:22 PM EST --

    Classic layup with keel strip and compass for $2500.
    If for some reason I really didn't like it a resale
    shouldn't be that big of a deal. But to really get
    to know a boat you need a season of paddling it.

  • Options
    very fair price
    -- Last Updated: Aug-18-12 9:18 PM EST --

    esp if it's a brand new boat.

    Dealers are selling demo Tideraces in the Xcite and Xplore for $2300-$2800. Some w. compass or keel strip. In classic layup.

    You did well.

    The market is funny for Tiderace. The rave reviews are all out there, like when the Cetus was intro'd. As w. Cetus a number of instructors and coaches have picked up a Tiderace which for some ppl adds to the cachet.

    Yet there are dealers in the Midwest and Fla who have had Tiderace demos for sale since May and haven't moved them even after dropping the price.

    A midwest paddle shop is dropping the line and they quickly clearanced out all but one Tiderace boat in the heavy duty Hardcore layup.

    The name isn't as well known as the other Brit makes and Tiderace dealers few and far between at the moment. In time this can change.

    You may like the boat so well that it's moot anyway.

    Agree it takes a season to really start to know a boat. C'mon back here sooner w. first impressions.

  • first impressions
    Will do.
  • Options
    re: tiderace
    Wow, it's kinda sad that TR is having a hard time gaining traction in some places.

    Wonder if it'd help them at all to have some rotomold boats out there? If price is the obstacle...

  • Xplore M
    Had a review ready to post, then Safari hung and nada--haven't gone back. I love the Xplore. Primary and secondary are both strong--not sure where this idea of ill defined secondary comes from? Secondary gets much better when loaded as would be expected. The kayak is very fast yet turns easily upwind or down when edged. It has very reassuring manners in lumpy wanter, surfs downwind easily, and is easy to control on a wave face at least in small surf. I've owned a lot of kayaks, but have paddled mostly OC Greenland kayaks for years. I bought the Xplore because I wanted a camping/expedition kayak. Was worried that I wouldn't like it, but turned out the opposite. Turner Wilson and Cheri Perry paddle the Xcite--has replaced the BBK Aral as the go to camping/surfing kayak from what I can see. I picked the Xplore over the Xcite for speed and volume. From what I can tell the two main East Coast dealers--NY Kayak Company and Savannah Canoe and Kayak sell their stock right away. Still, there's always the allure of the new kid on the block--we'll see what sort of staying power TR has over the long term. Me, I'm a happy paddler.
  • Where
    Is a Tiderace dealer in Florida?
  • Options
    re: where
    -- Last Updated: Aug-22-12 7:15 PM EST --

    Oops... they actually do have dealers in Florida now (below). NM

  • I'd bet...
    ...that you are going to really like that TR. Just a couple of days ago I was talking with a guy that's a high-level kayaker and he was going on and on about the quality of construction of the TR boats.

    He also commented on how he liked the Xplore as a great all around kayak.

    Best to ya...
  • Options
    Tiderace in Fla
    I know someone in Fla who is a dealer with a small number of new and used Tideraces. PM me if interested and I will get him in touch w. you.
  • Options
    Tiderace gaining traction - or not
    the real issue imo is that many of the places where Tiderace could be carried are already carrying VCP, NDK, and P&H. While we may enjoy parsing and celebrating their differences, overall there is simply a lot of overlap in these designs.

    All four of these companies are in the higher price point for a new, non-discounted British seakayak (before goodies like compass, keel strip, special layups are added).

    The usual dealer is a small paddleshop or outfitter that only has so much floor space and only so many dollars to be sunk into standing inventory. For them to carry Tiderace - a relative newcomer - usually means dropping one of the other more established British lines.

    Not saying it couldn't and isn't being done but it is not a business decision to be made lightly. And the miniscule number of Tiderace dealerships keeps the selling prices high as the supply is low.
  • dealer
    I know a dealer also. could be the same guy the other person is talking about. pm me if interested
  • Options
    Can you tell us who it is?
    That would help everyone in Florida who's interested in TR, not just this guy.
  • Options
    Good point
    I think that's part of it, yes.

    For instance, probably the two best dealers in my area already carry a lot of good Brit boats– one carries NDK and Valley, the other has Valley and P&H. The latter 'can get you a Tiderace' to try out, but he doesn't seem to have 'em in the store usually.

    However, there are at least four other shops of note in the area who are also pretty good, and none of them carry any of the top British brands. In fact, all or most of these seem to carry Wildy, Dagger, Perception, and Necky (one carries Eddyline).

    There's also a few REIs (of course), and they too are into Wildy and Dagger, with some Delta.

    Given that you can't seem to turn around without tripping over a Wildy Tsunami or Tempest or a Dagger boat in these parts, I'm going to say that the 'big boys' of the kayak world (like Confluence) are having an impact on this as well.

    Also, as all of these boats are relatively cheap (even the Tempest comes in rotomold) and that TR, unlike Valley, P&H, and NDK does not have a cheap RM boat, maybe that's playing it to it as well.

  • Options
    Tiderace contact
    he's a friend of a friend who is getting a Tiderace Excite sooner or later from him. Because I don't know if he is an "authorized dealer" I'm not gonna put his name and personal contact info out on any message board.

    pm me with your contact info, and I'll pass it along.
  • dealer
    he is an authorized dealer. kissimee river kayak.
  • dealer
    I believe sweetwater kayaks is also a dealer now or so ive heard
  • Options
    Yep on Sweetwater
    On their own site, they list several TR boats for sale.

    They're not listed on Tiderace's site as a dealer yet, but many kayak manufacturers are slow to update their sites.

    Valley's a good example- they update once every couple of years, whether it needs it or not. =D

  • first impressions
    Had xplore s out for a couple of short paddles. It
    seems very stable, primary and secondary. Very
    maneuverable actually quite loose, would make a great
    rough water play boat unloaded and also great for covering
    miles on day paddles flat or in conditions. Back to
    the secondary, it does lock in quite good and gives
    lots of warning before she goes, but when she does
    go it's quite fast almost like a nordlv. And rolls
    really fast and easy, not quite as much pop at the
    end of roll as some but rolls really nice for layback
    rolls and the GP I was using. Speed feels decent on
    flat stuff but felt alot faster the rougher it got
    as the wind picked up. The 20" beam was great for
    keeping a nice close paddle stroke, cockpit needs
    some more padding as it was a bit to big in stock
    form. So some thicker foam for thigh braces and
    probably ditch the backband and make a slanted
    foam back rest/support. Need seat time in more
    conditions to get a better feel of boat but so far
    I'am liking it. This model is suspose to be for the
    smaller with gear to sink hull down enough and give
    a very stable ride, I think the larger folk who fit
    into this model would like it as a day boat because
    there extra weight with out gear would have boat
    deeper in water and have alot more stability
    especially secondary.
  • Options
    re: size
    Great initial review, Jay. Thanks. =]

    But I wonder about one thing... it's the Xplore 'S', i.e. the smallest one Tiderace makes, out of four sizes. Yet the stock cockpit is a bit big for you, at your 5'9", 155 lbs?? You're not that little.

    Sounds like a small woman would need an Xplore 'XS' then, which TR doesn't make.

  • Xplore S
    The cockpit fits good but I'am used to paddling
    a Tahe greenland OC and all other cockpits feel
    big, so getting cockpit outfitting tight enough
    will make a big difference for edging and control.
    I think someone small would need a smaller fitting
    cockpit or lots of foam. Seems like alot of people
    who like the handling of boat are at the upper end
    of weight scale and over. Probably because it fits tighter and there weight gets hull into water so
    the secondary firms up.
  • Xcite S feedback
    I'am still really interested in hearing any feedback
    from any xcite s owners or seat time in boat.
    How does secondary stability compare to avocet or
    romany and efficency/speed when pushed? does it
    plow when pushed or still efficent enough for long
    day paddles or light touring on flat water days?
  • Options
    re: Tideraces in RM
    "Wow, it's kinda sad that TR is having a hard time gaining traction in some places.

    Wonder if it'd help them at all to have some rotomold boats out there? If price is the obstacle..."

    Interestingly, and to add to my original point, Tiderace now DOES have a rotomold boat on the way. =]

    It's called the Vortex, and it's basically their Xtra playboat in plastic. Hope it sells well for them.

  • Options
    re: Xplore M
    Awesome mini-review. =]

    If I may ask, what is your height and weight? I've been wondering if I should be trying out the Xplore M, or the L.

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