I’m pretty much a beginner at kayaking but I’m very comfortable in the water. I’m female, 5’6" 135 lbs. I’ve mostly paddled a Liquid Logic Sylva which is 14’ 1" long and 22,5" wide, and I like it and don’t find it at all tippy.
I have the chance now to purchase either of these two low-volume kayaks, used, for the same price, under $500, both with skegs. I can try them out, but the catch is I’ll have to decide on the Tempest before trying the Easky, since they’re in different locations along a route I’m traveling. So my general thought is that the Easky is more what I had in mind for size – a foot longer than the Sylva and the same width, and it has the bonus of being only 46 lbs, which would be great. The Tempest is 16.5 feet long, 21.5" wide, and 9 lbs heavier.
I’m interested to hear any perspectives on the general quality of these two boats, how well I can “grow into” each, and whether either might feel too challenging for me. Also whether the extra foot on the Tempest will just be cumbersome (obviously the extra weight is), or if I’ll be happy later to have a longer boat. I plan to paddle on lakes and rivers, and for now just day touring. Thanks!