Jump into the highly maneuverable Hurricane Kayaks Tracer 165 kayak and enjoy the simplicity of having all you need for the journey within easy reach.
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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Hurricane Kayaks Tracer 165 Kayak with Skegis rated4.0out of5by2.
Rated4out of5byBeate 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
Rated4out of5byjojoqfromThis 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
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Hurricane Kayaks Tracer 165 Kayak with Skeg Customer Reviews