I’m a long time whitewater rafter just getting into kayak touring. Because of a messed up knee that doesn’t bend very well, I use a SOT. I have a lot of trouble getting into & out of a sit inside kayak. I’ve had my Necky Vector 13 for a year and love it, but sometimes I wish I had gotten the 14 with a rudder. Now Necky has discontinued the Vector series. There are a few out there, but not many, and none with rudders. I live in Utah, so shipping is also pricey. The Vector 13 has handled everything I’ve done so far…weekend lake paddle/camp, weekend class I-II river paddle/camp, and a 4 day flatwater river paddle/camp. I can see myself getting more into 4-7 day trips on western rivers and lakes. Next month I’m paddling on Yellowstone Lake, and I’d like to start exploring Lake Powell. I’m a middle aged female, 5’5", 190. Pretty strong from years of whitewater rafting.
Most readily available higher end SOT kayaks are geared more towards fishing. The Vector was a great blend of SOT & touring.
- Stick with my Vector 13 for now. It holds my gear & does what I need for now.
- Get one of the last Vector 14s that are around, but probably without a rudder.
- Ocean Kayak Trident Ultra 4.3. Without a rudder at a really good price, or spend more & get one with a rudder?
What do the experts think? Thanks.