I have been recently looking for a kayak to add my other two boats. Saw an ad for a roto tempest, so went to test paddle it. Very comfortable seat, pretty good on flat water, wasnt as nimble or responsive as my Zephyr though, but not too bad. The guy also had a used 1 yr old FG Caribou for sale for 2400 in great shape, took it for a 40 minute paddle and loved it.... seemed to fit me well, paddled great and was very responsive.....more nimble than many of the other kayaks i have been testing over the last month and a half. Went again to test paddle it hoping there would be wind or waves this time, but no luck, calm again.
Anyone have any opinions on this kayak? What its like in rough water, in wind and waves. I find the Zephyr is great when the lake is rough and in big wave conditions. Can I expect the same if not better behaviour from the Caribou?
I dont want to wait too long in case it gets sold......i have only tried it in calm water and hate to jump in without trying it in rougher conditions
I have been paddling for two seasons, paddled a 14' light touring one season and traded for a Zephyr 160 this past spring. I also just picked up a cheap Zephyr 155 a week ago. I love the 160 but find it a little "loose" at times. The 155 fits and responds much better. If you're not looking to go really fast, the Zephyrs are great !