I am fairly recrent to the sport of kayak touring as I only picked the hobby up last season. I am looking for some advice ragrding a new kayak purchase. The primary purpose of my kayak is for inland lake 2-3 day camping trips, some river work and eventually some off shore fun after some sea kayaking classes and a lot more in boat time.
I purchased an older cd whistler as my first kayak last season and had some issues. As with the eddyline Merlin XT I was borrowing before I bought the whistler, I would get relatively bad sciatic nerve pain down my left side. I eliminated that by purchasing a cloud 10 seat pad.
Fast forward to this year and I am looking for a new kayak that fits better where I will not need the added seat pad. I am 5-10 155 lbs and have 30 inch waist and a 32 inch inseam. I have tried out the fathom, fathom lv and Dagger Stratos 14.5l. I liked the fathom for its speed, but the seat was causing some discomfort after about 30 min of paddling. I found the fathom lv way too twitchy for me and caused me too much discomfort after about 15 minutes or so of paddling, in addition, both of the sliding seat locks would not stay tight on the eddylines even though they were brand new boats. The Stratos 145 l version was simply too wide for me.
I am going to demo the ph Delphin 155 this weekend and the Stratos 145s the following weekend to see if either one of those will work for me. I sat in the Delphin 150 at the shop and almost instantly my leg/hip started bothering me. I think it was because of the low deck height.
Other than those two boats, I am not sure what else to look at. The seats in the current designs boats don’t excite me and I think that the deck height of the deltas is likely too short. Any other suggestions, or advice on the two I am looking at for my intended purpose would be appreciated. Ideally, I would like to stay adrojnd 15-16 feet and with my experience in ththe fathom lv. I think 21 inches may be too narrow for my current skill level
Thanks for the help