Ok, I am not going to lie to you. I don’t like spray skirts and especially detaching them during a wet exit. It’s fine during warm weather but in winter being packed in a drysuit, hood and winter gloves I just plain hate it. That is coming close to ruining the entire experience for me.
So it’s said learn to roll. But it looks like a complex motion that needs constant practice. I don’t mind putting in the hours but the background thought here is that complex things tend to fail in complex scenarios.
Now, there’s Epic V7. Rotomolded, said to have a stability of a sea kayak and has a hatch. I watched a ton of videos and remount seems remarkably simple compared to any form of kayak self-rescue.
So the obvious blasphemy here that I am struggling with is should I not just switch to a V7 instead of maintaining a number of self-rescue skills and lugging the extra gear. Simplification seems quite tempting to tell you the truth.
In terms of my usage, the gear hauling of a sea kayak is pretty irrelevant to me. I doubt I will ever go on trips longer than a day. Being on lake Ontario I am more likely to get into surfing since we have a number of decent spots along the shoreline, the closest one being half an hour away.