It's 4.5 metres long, and incredibly light and manoeuvreable when in the water. It's extra length gives it a sizeable storage capacity, and with the ability to carry up to 140 kilos, it's ideal for multi-day trips up river.
Most importantly, it takes just 20 minutes to erect and 10 minutes to dissemble. It collapses into a travel-style backpack weighing just 16kg and is hence ideal for trekkers who want to be able to traverse and explore waterways. The skin should last 30 years if properly cared for, and the entire kayak, complete with backpack, spray skirt, sea sock, decklines, rigging and instruction video has a two year warranty. Total cost is $4452 at kayaker.com.au or call 0425 227192
About the Author
Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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