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Folbot Cooper 166 Folding Kayak

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    Folbot Cooper 166 Folding Kayak

    Simply put, the Folbot Cooper 166 folding kayak takes the idea of a portable kayak to the next level, combining innovative design with high-quality materials to create one smooth ride. See details

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    Simply put, the Folbot Cooper 166 folding kayak takes the idea of a portable kayak to the next level, combining innovative design with high-quality materials to create one smooth ride.

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    Simply put, the Folbot Cooper 166 folding kayak takes the idea of a portable kayak to the next level, combining innovative design with high-quality materials to create one smooth ride.

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    Simply put, the Folbot Cooper 166 folding kayak takes the idea of a portable kayak to the next level, combining innovative design with high-quality materials to create one smooth ride.

    • Maybe you can't store a hard-shell at home, or maybe you want the best paddling experience possible on an upcoming destination trip; either way, you'll want a Folbot
    • It sets up in about 15 - 20 min., and folds up into a pack that you can store in your car's trunk or your gear closet
    • Thanks to a clever tensioning device in the rear of the kayak, you can first assemble the frame and then insert it into the skin, streamlining the set-up process
    • Designed for oceans, lakes and slow moving rivers, the Cooper offers excellent tracking and solid stability
    • Used by roofers, the military and whitewater-raft makers, a synthetic rubber material called Elvaloy is tough like a rhino's hide and protects the hull of the Cooper
    • Urethane-coated polyester protects the decks; all outer materials on the Folbot Cooper resist UV light and are designed to take a beating without puncturing
    • Frame of the Cooper is just as sturdy as its skin, with stainless-steel keel brackets (say that 3 times fast), aircraft-grade tubing and anodized aluminum cross pieces
    • Inflatable chambers called sponsons run the full length of the boat to increase tension and lock frame pieces into place; sponsons also flare out the hull to enhance stability
    • Seat and footpegs adjust to create a comfortable position in the cockpit
    • Easy-to-open zippers with high-strength zipper heads offer access to interior of kayak; rip-and-stick stormflaps and water-resistant closures keep things sealed up tight
    • Solid aluminum strip protects the bow and stern keels
    • What’s included? Your kayak will come inside its backpack with skin, frame, 2 foot braces, 2 air sponsons, 2 safety bladders, and inflatable seat

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    Folbot Cooper 166 Folding Kayak Specs
    Specification
    Description
    Best use
    Kayaking
    (Hull) double polymer coated synthetic fabric / (decks) urethane-coated polyester
    Foldable rigid
    16 ft. 6 in.
    16.5 feet
    24 inches
    12 inches
    39 pounds
    34 x 16 inches
    Padded / foam
    1
    275 pounds
    None
    Yes
    41 x 18 x 9 inches
    Material(s)
    Hull construction
    Length
    Length (ft.)
    Width
    Depth
    Weight
    Cockpit size
    Seat type
    Number of paddlers
    Weight capacity (lbs)
    Tracking system
    Foldable
    Packed dimensions

    Folbot Cooper 166 Folding Kayak

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    Folbot Cooper 166 Folding Kayakis rated4.0out of5by1.
    Rated4out of5byfromExcellent folderMy Cooper is a 2008. It's one of the best things I've ever bought. It's light, well made, very fast, tracks like a dream - what more do you want? Oh yes, it sets up in under 30 minuts and comes apart in about 20 (that is much faster than other folders)Get a good paddle! It took me a long time to figure out just how important that is. It should not be compared with Feathercraft folding kayaks, (as many people do), which start at about $4500. There is nothing cheaply done anywhere on the Cooper. Considering the price, I find the quality remakable. It's not perfect. A bit of water might get in the velsro seam if you submerge the boat. You have to seal the seams yourself (they do this to keep the price down.) They give you the stuff for free with the boat. I use my Cooper in the protected ocean near Vancouver Island in all weather, all year, and occassionally in the open ocean in calm weather. It is more than up to these conditions.It is NOT suitable for 10 waves or extreme conditions, and I don't think they suggest that it is. Stitching is very heavy duty, fabrics are the best money can buy. I've dealt with customer service at Folbot and it is good beyond belief. They've helped me solve all kinds of problems, and once the president of the company himself got involved to help me fix something on my 1998 Greenland II. They've sent me free parts, even though I bought the boats second hand and therefore without warranty. By the way, there is now a patch kit for the new Elvaloy fabric for field repairs. I suggest readers Google 'Folbot Cooper review', and they will see these are very positive. Even the highly critical Sea Kayaker magazine gave a good, honest review, saying it was a great, light boat for sheltered waters. When you consider that at this price point you are looking at pretty cheap plastic (not fiberglass) kayaks and inflatables, the value is certainly there with Folbot. It fits in my closet. You can take it anywhere in the world. Unless you have $4-5 grand to spend on a Feathercraft, it is an excellent choice. And even then, Feathercrafts take so long to set up I'd usually rather have a Cooper.
    Date published: 2014-01-04

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