Like the title states, I’m going to be making my first kayak purchase in the near future. I was looking at cheaper models at first (Aruba 10 and Lifetime Lancer), but I foresee myself doing this for a long time, and therefore want to buy something that will last/have good resale value. I’d also like to purchase something that can handle UP TO Class II rapids, as I don’t see myself trying anything Class III +. After spending countless hours researching, I’ve narrowed my choice down to either the Wilderness Systems Aspire 100/105 or Dagger Axis 10.5. Which model do you think would be best for me (and if you choose the Aspire, which size)?
Height = 5’ 11"
Weight = 160 lbs
Furthermore, I have three additional questions :
- If you own either of these models, how much did you pay/where did you buy them? I’m thinking $650 or less is a fair price to pay, but I’m not going to buy at retail prices ($799 - $849)! I’m located in the Rhode Island/Massachusetts area, but I’d be willing to drive to a local store within 3-4 hours from me if I can get a good deal.
- What kind of sedan rack and mount would you recommend? I’m clueless when it comes to this, as my friend has an SUV that usually transports the kayak I was loaned, and he only needed to buy a mount (Swiss Cargo).
- Which paddle would you recommend?