Boreal Design Storm 16 Kayak Review
New for 2017, the Boreal Design Storm 16 is arguably the most versatile in Boreal’s performance touring series that includes the smaller Storm 15 and larger Storm 17 models. The Storm 16 has a generous fit range for medium-to large-sized paddlers (140 lbs – 240 lbs) and caters to beginners with aspirations or those with intermediate to advanced skills.
The Boreal Design Storm 16 comes standard with Boreal’s new ‘Flex Five Seat’, which offers five points of adjustment to optimize contact giving you the perfect fit. The Flex Five seat system includes ample padding for more comfort, and the ‘Dry Tech’ material allows the seat to dry quickly when wet.
Boreal’s add-on thigh braces offer complete customization for each paddler to improve bracing and control, while easy to adjust Smart Track foot pedals offer a flexible fit for long-legged and short-legged paddlers alike.
Kayak Efficiency & Maneuverability
The Storm 15, 16, and 17 incorporate the same shallow vee hull design. However, the Boreal Design Storm 16 offers a blend of the larger and smaller versions with its better efficiency than the Storm 15 and greater maneuverability than the Storm 17.
The sharp bow slices the water effectively for quick acceleration and a good cruising speed that’s achieved easily. The Storm 16 tracks (the ability to paddle straight) well without the skeg being deployed. In adverse conditions lowering the skeg noticeably improves tracking even further, but there is a slight sacrifice to speed and maneuverability.
The Boreal Design Storm 16 sits solidly on the reverse chined sides for confident edging and a higher degree of maneuverability. This inspires confidence in novice paddlers as it will enable them to refine their skills more easily, while more advanced paddlers will enjoy the speedy yet playful side of the Storm 16.
A shallow vee hull, moderate rocker, reverse chine, and customizable fit combine to provide a high degree of initial stability. The flattened sides of the kayak also give secondary stability a high rating.
Kayak Roll & Rescue
The higher deck height of the Boreal Design Storm 16 provides an easy exit for paddlers after an upset. A flat rear deck provides a great platform for reentries and quick-release, self-rescue straps come standard.
Well placed curved bulkheads maximize strength and storage space, while minimizing the amount of water coming in into the cockpit area. The add-on thigh braces let paddlers customize their fit to provide the total control needed to successfully ‘hip-flick’ and roll the kayak back upright.
“The Boreal Design Storm 16 is a high volume touring kayak that offers the best of its smaller and larger siblings with both with speed and agility!”
- Bow & Stern Hatches + Centre Day Pod
- Flex Five Seating System with Dry Tech Material
- Smart Track Foot Pedal System
- Kink Free’ Skeg system
- Full Perimeter Lines with ample Deck Rigging
- Carry Handles Bow & Stern
- Quick-Release, Self-Rescue Straps
- Red Deck with White Hull
- Yellow Deck with White Hull
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