ITIWIT 3 inflatable 2 or 3 seater kayak orange
Review for Itiwit 3 kayak
We bought this on 9/4/16 and paddled from Stockport to Sale on the R. Mersey the morning after. I’m very pleased with the Kayak. (10 mins to inflate with the Sevylor footpump £6.50). The boat felt very steady and remarkably comfortable. We did the 14km trip in 2.5 hrs (the river was not exactly in spate, but recent rain meant it was flowing nicely). It handled well enough without the three detachable fins (skegs?). We didn’t want to use these in possibly shallow sections of the river. I’m so pleased with the facts that I can inflate it straight out of my car boot and therefore don’t need a roof rack and as much storage space at home. We also bounced of the sides when we bumped into them due to dodgy steering. However, I wish I’d bought the 225 paddles, not the 215 cm ones.
Room for improvement? I know why they do the boat in such loud colours, but a dark green or brown/black boat would have enabled us to get closer to the wildlife we saw. We shipped a fair amount of water in the faster flowing/whiter water section (I know it’s not made for this) and the drips from the paddles added to this bilge. When we took the boat out and released the drain plug from the bottom, a fair amount of water came out, but nothing like earlier reports. Perhaps this leaking issue has indeed been fixed? The 230kg weight limit is just about OK for camping trips…just. I’d like an extra 20 kg for all the kit, though. It’s no complaint, but it was time consuming to disassemble, hose down, reassemble before putting into storage, but you’ve got to look after your kit.
I went halves on the boat and equipment with a friend, making it very affordable (I can’t believe I also got wet-salopettes for 20 quid and wet-gloves for seven quid in the sale). A couple of paddles and a dry-bag and we were good to go (I should also have bought the buoyancy aids. I’ll pop back for them). We are planning a trip to NW Scotland in the summer and intend to do some inland and sea-lock kayaking, as well as some coastal routes (conditions permitting). I may post another review on the boat’s performance after this.
This could be a very good inflatable canoe what lets it down bad is the seams are not sealed it fills with water. This makes it very stable but heavy to paddle. After a couple of hours paddling we could not lift the canoe out of water till emptied it by turning it over. The valves were not seating correctly so deflated mainly seats. It is a shame that Tribord did not test these canoes they surely would have picked up on the leakage but I suppose it is down to money again. I am thinking of sealing mine the cost would be about £60.00
Thanks for your mail. Apologies for the issues that you have been experiencing with your Itiwit kayak. The boat certainly shouldn't be letting water in via the seems or valve that isn't seating properly. I can assure you that the kayaks have been thoroughly tested, so unfortunately I think there may be an issue with your boat. I would like to invite you to return the kayak in to your closest store or via the online process for an exchange or full refund.
Apologies for the inconvenience.
Ross Farrington Market Manager DECATHLON