Hi! I need help replacing a Vibe Yellowfin 130T with 2 kayaks. My husband and I were using this and really didn’t like it for various reasons. It was very heavy. The dry compartments leaked. My husband (260 lbs) and the back of the yak sat so low in the water we had trouble with a lot of drag. The kayak moved slowly and heavily through the water. We couldn’t keep water from coming into the kayak (and removing scuppers just made it worse. The back end would hold so much water we continued to be back heavy. We used it on flat water and didn’t have the water filling problem but in a moving stream with class 1 rapids it was awful. The backend wants to swing around causing us to go sideways and flip. We can keep from it but it is too much work.
We’ve decided to sell it and get 2 individual kayaks.
My son has the Brooklyn Kayak Co. 11.5 UA R220. I tried it and really liked it. It is heavy though. I’ve never had any other kayak though so I don’t know how it compares to others.
I thought the Perception Tribe 11.5 looked like a good fit for me. I want to do class 1 (maybe 2 someday) rapids, flatwater. I want to be able to have stability, move nicely through the water, track well of course. What I am concerned about is the seat. I really liked the seats in the Vibe and BKC. I don’t want to sit in water in cooler months when paddling on flat water. I’m afraid that my butt will be wet and that will ruin using in fall and early spring. Also, I’m concerned about the comfort of the seat. I’ve tried (just briefly) cheaper kayaks and those style of seats are awful. But this one looks better and higher backed.
Any feedback on the Brooklyn R220 or the Perception Tribe for rivers with class 1 (or 2) rapids, flat water use and possibly mild surf in the ocean? Or other ideas?
My budget is between $600-$800 if at all possible. I am 5’9" and weigh 160 lbs.
FOR MY HUSBAND:
He is 6’1" weighs 260 lbs. He has same considerations about seat, butt wet and us that I do.