I posted here a while back about my trip I'd been planning down the Ohio and Mississippi River this summer starting in Ohio. It is going to be me and my wife. The first kayak I got was a Current Designs Sirocco. The 2nd was a Wildernes Systems Tsunami 175 I believe (it might be another model, I don't remember at the moment.
They both paddle well, but the Sirocco is faster and more nimble as suspected. Anyway, I also noticed the build quality is quite different...the Sirocco has smooth flowing contours, whereas the Wilderness systems has sort of visible sections where the profile and curvature of the hull changes.
Is this normal construction difference for the 2 companies, or just kayak model specific? It just seems like the Sirocco is much more sturdy, while the Wilderness Systems has more room for storage.
Second thing is paddle selection...I got a free Adventure Technology Carbon Fiber T4 Bent shaft paddle witht he Sirocco, and it just sucks to use the fiberglass Aquabound Sunrise now...and considering the distance we're going to be covering, I want something better (similar to the AT carbon fiber, but I can't find them anywhere right now for sale). I'd prefer to keep the paddle between $100-200. Any suggestions would be great, or if anyone has one they're willing to sell.