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The TriKayak XS-1 features adjustable outriggers


February 3, 2014

The position of the XS-1's outriggers can be adjusted on the water

The position of the XS-1's outriggers can be adjusted on the water

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Kayaking is a fast, easy and fun way of paddling across the water. That said, some people worry that the perceived tippiness of the boats makes it too easy a way of ending up in the water, too. That's why you sometimes see kayaks with stabilizing outriggers ... although those outriggers can get in the way. The TriKayak XS-1 is designed to offer the stability, without the hassle.

Depending on what you plan on doing, the outriggers can be quickly set to three different positions, via spring-loaded locking pins. Should you plan on standing up in the boat and fishing, for example, they can be extended almost straight out for maximum stability. If you're aiming more for speed, however, they can be pulled right in. In any case, they're located toward the stern, where they shouldn't interfere with paddling.

They can also be easily removed, for transporting the kayak on a car-top carrier.

The outriggers can be adjusted via spring-mounted locking pins

Other features of the 12.3-ft (3.75-m) XS-1 include dry storage compartments (the largest has a volume of 13 liters), fishing rod holder mounting locations, a trolling motor mount, a paddle holder, and a removable flat floor conducive to standing.

The designers of the kayak are currently raising production funds, on Kickstarter. A pledge of US$2,100 will get you one, when and if they're ready to hit the water – plans call for the first batch to be delivered to backers in May. The projected retail price is $2,385.

It's reminiscent of another Kickstarter project, the DFP kayak. It features pontoons that sit flush within the hull while paddling, but that can be folded out to the sides when stopped. Unfortunately, the makers of that boat didn't reach their funding goal.

The XS-1 can be seen in use in the pitch video below.

Sources: TriKayak, Kickstarter

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth

Seems a practical accessory for choppy water or to prevent rollover while fulling in a big fish.

Seen something similar for one side only on another larger 1 -2 man Kayak

3rd February, 2014 @ 08:05 pm PST

Not a new idea. Visit to see one that has been around for a while and at boat shows.

4th February, 2014 @ 03:27 am PST

I think that would be perfect for me since I am a little top-heavy.

I hope they get their funding. I do not want them to go the way of DFP Kayak. Perhaps if they succeed, they could get permission to make the DFP Kayak (just thinking out loud). indicates the DFP kayak is coming soon. Perhaps they did get some funding?

4th February, 2014 @ 06:57 am PST

Nice clean, simple design plus being so light you could easily right this if rolled over by a big wave. Should really rip with a small O/B on the stern.

4th February, 2014 @ 09:01 am PST

Yes, this design protects those close-call potential roll over events.

I drilled four holes in my Necky, used pVc extenders to reach my pVc four inch enclosed with caps, floats. Cost: 2005 dollars - about $25. Later as Kentucky summer softened the pVc extensions I tossed a couple of 1X2 wood supports inside ... free garage source! Why? to teach my grandson and granddaughter the love of paddling.

Want more zany ideas? I powered with a trolling motor using a li-ion battery pack sitting inside my vest! Built folding sail for about $45 bucks, then decided outriggers were really a necessary add-on!

4th February, 2014 @ 04:12 pm PST

HI BigWarpGuy,

The DFP hasn't gone away. They're still busy working on getting it to market.

5th February, 2014 @ 02:03 pm PST

I worry about getting back to upright if if you do get turned over.

5th February, 2014 @ 05:43 pm PST
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