anyone own one of these kayaks that is doing the Greenland rolling and skills? If so is a relatively easy kayak to perform these in? Thanks, i am going boat shopping.
Sent you some email of contacts
I’ve known owners of the cat 3 and 4 (5 is way too big for you) who have strong greenland backgrounds and really put these boats thru their paces in major paddling. Neither are themselves active on pnet, but I sent you ways to contact them.
Thanks so much Celia.It’s done!
I own the 5
I wouldn’t say i’m a greenland roller by any stretch though i have messed around with rolling using a gp and regularly do lay back rolls and fully horizontal sculling with my Ikelos. I’ve found it awesome for this stuff, although i can’t seem to find my balance brace without some extra balast in the cockpit (half full of water really helps). That is probably just me rather than the boat though.
I can’t wait to try boats out.
Impex Cat 4
I’ve paddled a Cat4 for about 4 years and love it in every way. It’s fast and handles well in all conditions. I use a Greenland paddle and mostly do only a standard Greenland roll, though I’ve played around a bit with forward finishing rolls just for fun. As far as I can tell, it rolls as easily as any all-around sea kayak that isn’t designed to be mainly for rolling. It’s great for long trips, pretty fast for straight-ahead paddling, but also reasonably maneuverable when necessary (though it clearly isn’t as nimble for quick turns etc as many smaller kayaks with more rocker).