FeelFree New Move intriguing - rambling

I am very new to kayaking and was in a kayak store the other day and saw the FeelFree New Move.

I found the big drag it transport wheel very intriguing.

Now I don’t know how it would stand up to a couple of years of sand and gravel but it rolled very smoothly on the wood porch.

Excited I came home (I was traveling on the road, no internet) and looked for a slightly longer SOT FeelFree but they don’t have one! (The NM is 8’10" or 8’8" depending on the website) I am a little bummed.

The only other non-tandem SOT with a wheel is the Moken-12 Angler which looks great in some respects but not as streamlined inside as I’d like.

I love anything that makes things simpler and less frustrating and this wheel thing cuts out the whole dorking around with carts or waiting on a second person. Especially once your home. Making getting into the garage, shed, house, so much easier.

The length/size of the New Move would seem to make it one of those perfect for the cabin at the lake/river kids boats, not a destination (as in buy to take around to different destinations) kayak. But…the wheel thing would be so much handier on a 10 or 12’ destination kayak.

I know shorter length typically = poor tracking, slow etc. Not possible this is the magic exception?


Just bolt on a skid and drag it
Skin on frame boats have skids installed. I just drag my plastic boats on anything but pavement. So far the sun has got them or they get totally hogged out before they wear through.

wouldn’t let a wheel
embedded in one end be my determinant for buying a boat. A good paddle cart is light, easy to move -it rolls after all LOL) Takes me all of 15 seconds to position, snap to an attachment point and go. And I am moving kayaks in the 16’- 16’6" range.

as a small female, I don’t consider using a paddlecart as ‘dorking around’ but a great way to get my boat to and from the water saving my shoulders for better things, like paddling!

On the whole 29" wide kayaks of anyone’s make are gonna be slow, esp. if they are flatbottomed or nearly so. There is just more area and more frictional resistance. No magic about it :wink:

Good luck and keep thinking light! Light and easy to handle on the water and off…have a feeling

you won’t go wrong if you do.

Here’s another roller for you.
The RTM Paseo. It’s slightly longer than the Feel Free. And granted, although it’s a Sit-On-Top (kayak non-gratis to many an elitist on P-Net)it’s ease of use can’t be beat for things like kids tooling around a lake/safely riding in surf. For uses like easy river paddling and/or exloring an out of the way beaver dam, it can go where a 16’ boat dares not.

–Just don’t expect to do any long open water crossings or trying to keep up with 17’ sea yaks in a group paddle with it…If you learn how to paddle a small boat and get it to track straight and true, you’ll have no trouble upgrading to a longer yak down the road of any type. (And the little boat will always find use again with a guest/good resale/ someone. I’ve used my brother-in-law’s RTM Tempo(15’)for ocean kayakfishing while in Florida. They are a French company with plastic and outfitting that is impressively durable. And prices that can’t be beat. Lone Star Kayaks in Tx is one dealer.


If it’s a sit-on-top made of tough plastic, you can either buy or make some wheels that easily and quickly plug into the scupper holes to roll it around on. Much easier than trying to attach wheels on a SINK with no holes.