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Can't choose

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:08 pm
by Troy0474
Hey I'm T living in Belgium and recently started paddling.
I bought a Perception essence 17 because it fitted perfect. As far as I know/understand what a good fit is.

Anyhow I have enough room for my feet en the thighbraces are where I want them.

Now I'm looking for another kayak. The Perception goes to a friend and I went to a shop to try the valley etain 17.7 but the deck was to low for my feet. I think the perception seat and thigh braces are more comfy, better placed.

Don't like the venture jura, p&h scorpio...far to big.

Its difficult to find/try kayaks like cetus HV or nigel dennis... and wich one has a similar perception cockpit/sizes? Price is not realy an issue

Looking forward to the advices

Re: Can't choose

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:49 pm
by Chris Bolton
Please can you tell us your height, leg length and foot size? Then somebody who is a similar size might be able to say which boats fit them.

Re: Can't choose

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:16 pm
by Troy0474
I'm 1.85, 95 kg, size 47 in the neoprene boothies.
I did not heve problems wirh the length...more the heighr for my feet.

Tx

Re: Can't choose

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:55 pm
by SJD
Down toward the bottom of the first page there is a thread about sea kayak for big guys. If you have not seen it, you may find a few ideas there. It may be helpful if you post which brands of kayaks are available in your area. I have an older Valley Nordkapp from 2010 that has extra room for my size 45 feet. I also have a Tiderace Xtra that has a lot of extra foot room.

Re: Can't choose

Posted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:17 am
by Jim
Are you trying to sit with your feet dead upright in the boat? I have always found it better to have my toes a few cm forward of my heels so the balls of my feet can push on the footrest and I have range to tilt my foot forwards and back from that position (the footrest will normally stop it going forward), I probably also have my heels clsoer tothe centreline and toes closer to the side. I have never come accross a sea kayak I couldn't get comfortable in with size 46 feet (although in the case of a friends boat I borrowed that had a solid bulkhead for a footrest that was simply good luck that it fitted me!) so I am wondering if you are sittign with your feet in a strange position that might be causing you problems?

Obviously for long distance touring you needto be completely comfortable in the boat, and you may not find the position I describe feels comfortable of secure so always go with your own instinct.

Unfortunately I don't know the Perception range well enough to recommend anything similar.

Re: Can't choose

Posted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:26 am
by Chris Bolton
I'm 1.85, 95 kg, size 47 in the neoprene boothies.
I am 1.82, 75kg, size 44 and paddle a Rockpool GT. I am sure there is another 3cm of length, and there is no problem when I have 70kg of camping equipment and water. The footrest in the GT is inclined so that my toes are further forward, which reduces the height. When I have a chance I will check how much space there is above my feet, but I wear quite big neoprene boots and have no problem. The thigh grips are in a good position for me.
I did not heve problems wirh the length...more the heighr for my feet.
I asked that mostly because leg length affects how people find the thigh grips to be positioned.

Re: Can't choose

Posted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:32 pm
by Troy0474
This week I can sit (not padlle) in a cetus HV, explorer HV and a zegul arrow play.

Don't know much about the zegul but we'l see.

Re: Can't choose

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:35 pm
by Troy0474
Today tried out explorer, feels very uncomfie... will probably be a much better boat then the Perception that I own, but when it comes to fits me like a glove the perception is the winner.
Hopefully the cetus saturday

Re: Can't choose

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:11 pm
by SJD
Someone above mentioned the Rockpool GT. Rockpool makes excellent kayaks and I see they have a dealer in Belgium. If the Cetus does not work Rockpool may be worth a look.

Re: Can't choose

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:38 pm
by Troy0474
Thanks, dealer in Belgium is selling them but you can only order... no trying 🙄🙄

Re: Can't choose

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:42 pm
by SJD
That is unfortunate, and possibly a bit odd, they do not have any demo Rockpools available