Thursday, 23 July 2009

New kayak -Venture Flex 11

We had a little visit from Tim from Pyranha last week. He brought with him some brand new kayaks and sit on tops. The most interesting was this new boat from Venture, the Flex 11.
This is a new general purpose touring kayak. By that we mean it can be used fro most touring stuff except prehaps very long journeys as it would be a touch slow. But out on the canal we found it had great acceleration and brilliant stability. The large volume made it very easy to get in and out and would suit even the largest paddler. Actually its a bit better for the larger paddler as for Kayleigh it felt a bit big. She was rattling around inside. Sam found it much nicer. In fact you can see he didnt want Kayleigh to have a go, holding on to the paddles to the last moment.

The Flex 11 comes after the Pyranha Fusion and is the touring version of that kayak. Whilst the fusion is GP/ white water the Flex is GP/touring.
It features a stern hatch which is massive, an elastic paddle or rod holder, deck elastics for chucking your map or wind proof under, the same excellent fliptop back band as its bigger sisters the Easky range and the recess for the Venture deck pod.

The hull has the same great characteristics as the Easky range with a nice flared bow, big wide flat section under the seat for initial stability and a nice keel line flowing in to the stern.

We have yet to take it for a long trip but will report back when we have. Failing that come and have a go your selves. All this for just £499 makes it a great day tripping boat with potential for more.