Rated 4 out of 5 by NHKayaker03063 easier to put together than I imagined
My wife and I have paddled 3 times, for over 11 miles so far, and we love our new kayak. It was easier to assemble than I imagined, taking me less time than unstrapping and taking my old kayak down off my roof rack. With each section weighing no more than 25 lbs I can handle it easier than my 75 lb Necky, and with the rudder and skeg it turns even quicker even though it is 3 ft longer. The only negative I can say is that the seats recline too far and so aren't as comfortable as they could be. We solved that by fitting in portable stadium seats we already owned, allowing us better back support and to sit up straighter. We're getting lots of positive comments as we set up the kayak on lake shores! Can't wait to paddle it next summer in Acadia.
September 2, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5
by MdWstMddlAgedDude Not as well engineered as I'd expect from Sweden
Disclaimer--I haven't been in the water yet--not sure it's seaworthy
I just received my Pte 65 North Mercury modular kayak, and I'm worried. The modular construction isn't tight, the bottom gaps a good inch with some strain on it, the ratcheting straps that bring the ends together seem flimsy, like they will crack and break in the first 3 months. The attached brochure seems to recognize as much when it warns not to be in waves over 3 ft, as it may cause failure of the "modular attachment system". In short, not what I'd expect from the good people who bring you Volvos and Saabs.
The beast seemed to weigh a ton, so I checked--brochure wt, 77 lbs (as a tandem); actual weight, 96 lbs. This is with the included gear (lightweight seats, two rubber hatch covers); but it would seem disingenous if they stripped out every part but the red polyethylene structure to weigh their boat. As a single, brochure wt, 46 lbs; actual weight, 65lbs. The single module making it a tandem weighs 30 lbs, not the suggested 21 lbs if you do their math.
It's a beautiful red color--so far its only strong point. Updates after I get it in the water. But I won't be risking any 3 ft waves, which makes Lake Michigan off limits about 80% of the time.
July 26, 2014