Trylon thermoformed ABS plastic hull material is stiff and light like traditional composite kayaks and offers similar looks, but costs considerably less
Responsive handling, precise turns, effortless tracking and smooth glide make the Tracer 165 a joy to take out for extended trips
Weighing in at 50 lbs., the Tracer 165 offers substantial weight savings over similar rotomolded kayaks
Large hatches and watertight bulkheads keep your touring gear dry and secure; hatches use a flexible plastic to create a seal similar to food-storage containers
Adjustable back band ensures a comfortable experience in the cockpit, and touring-style seat pan offers padded support
Slightly elongated cockpit makes it easy to enter and exit the kayak
Adjustable footbraces and padded foam thighbraces keep the fit comfortable
Drop-down skeg enhances tracking and helps prevent weathercocking in strong winds; skeg controls are located to the right of the cockpit
Bow and stern deck rigging keeps extra gear within easy reach
Carry handles on bow and stern ease transport to and from the water
Made in USA.
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by Rob1050fromFine BoatI've paddled around in about a dozen different kayaks and found this one to be one of the most enjoyable ones I've been in. It goes through the flat smooth water like it's motorized and it laughs at the rough stuff. The bulk heads, like I have read in other areas, did leak on me a little but very little. The skeg is amazing on this thing, it works perfectly. I think for the price, it's hard to beat. It does have a narrow beam so if you're not use to that it may seem a little tippy at first but that feeling goes away soon enough. it also, due to its low deck height, has very little weather cocking and if it gets really windy, just add a little more skeg and problem solved.
Date published: 2011-09-29
Rated 5out of5
by Live FreefromLove this kayak!I have paddled this kayak on lakes and rivers and absolutely love it! I got it as a novice kayaker and although I am not particularly athletic (or youthful), I have found it very easy to paddle and turn. The skeg is very helpful in windy conditions, to keep the boat on track. It floats easily over boat wakes, but I have never had it in the surf. It will go into coves that are only a 3-4 inches deep.
There is plenty of room to carry a backpacking tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, cooking gear, food, personal gear, and clothing for a camping trip if you use compact or backpacking-sized gear. The holds are not absolutely watertight, so use dry bags for things you can't afford to get wet.
Several of my non-kayaking friends have tried out my kayak and most found it to be 'tippy' initially, but had no problems after they took a stroke or two. It is much more efficient than most kayaks out there and is beautiful on the water. My friend, an experienced paddler with a kayak costing twice as much, says this one is great.
As a small woman, I really appreciate that it is light and easy to load on my vehicle. That makes it easy to go out and enjoy the peace on the water.
Date published: 2010-07-20
Rated 5out of5
by Sunshine GirlfromGreat kayak for women and for the priceThis boat tracks true and is very stable. It is the perfect weight and width for a female; I am 5'6" 135 pounds. I can easily load and unload this myself and it has plenty of storage room for all my camping gear. I just finished a 43 mile river trip in FL with this boat and love it.
Date published: 2012-02-25
Rated 4out of5
by jojoqfromThis is a great boat.My first thought when I saw this boat is that its beautiful.The red on white looks like a million bucks.
I bought this for camping on some of the local islands in long island sound and along rivers but I now use it for everything from flat water to the sea.
There is a ton of storage between the deck rigging and dry wells for camping gear or other supplies. Even on the worst days the hatch seals only let a few drops into the wells.
Even in choppy water (2 or 3 foot swells) this boat handles great and inspires confidence.
My only gripe is that the seat can become a little uncomfortable after a few hours. The backrest is great but the bottom cushion just needs a little extra cush. I just added a little extra foam here and there and I can be in it all day.
Date published: 2012-11-02
Rated 4out of5
by Beate on the GofromNot for lazy paddlersI have been paddling for several years, but took a break in-between and have to relearn some of the skills. Having owned a Perception Carolina 14.0 before, I knew that I wanted a narrower and faster boat this time. Not knowing if I would go back full fledged into the sport, I opted to look for a reasonable price instead my "dream" fiberglass boat. The value for the money is right on with the tracer. As a woman, weight is important to me and it's a breeze to carry the tracer to the shore.
The first (and second, and third) paddle is a wake-up call though.. This boat takes my full attention. It's not one to lean back in and watch birds fly by. I have yet to find secondary stablity and have to focus entirely on balance and paddle strokes to stay upright. It is very nimble though and with that it allows for quick speeds through difficult areas. I have not mastered a wet entry (cowboy style) yet as keeping it balanced when jumping onto it without help is challenging. For that its easily flipped to empty off water.
I will take it onto a 5 day camping trip soon to Pudget Sound and see if added weight will add stability. Manufacturing quality seems to be good, although I noticed an odd flaw of the cockpit siderim being 1 inch smaller on one side, making spray skirt fastening a bit different. The hatches are not dry (after wet re-entry) and require securily waterproof packing inside. Hull material is overall very soft, making this not fit for open ocation or rough rivers. Design and light weight make it susceptible for weathercocking, which again requires a lot of attention. All these observations were made on large rivers, with strong winds. Knowing the areas that require attention, it will be a great boat for me, but I would not put a beginner into it.
Date published: 2013-05-19
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