Tahe Reval Mini LC Kayak 16/1 Review
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The Tahe Reval Mini LC Kayak 16/1 (Composite) is simply a shorter, lower decked version of their immensely popular Midi 17/1. Specifically designed to fit small- to medium-sized paddlers the Mini LC satisfies a wide range of kayakers. Intermediate & advanced paddlers love its ability to thrive in every condition, while ‘newbies’ love its stability and the crafts potential for them to refine skills long term. Fast, efficient, and playfully maneuverable the Revel Mini LC is a quality lifetime performance oriented British style sea kayak that seemingly does everything extremely well.
The Tahe Reval Mini LC Kayak has a form fitting, simple, and robust cockpit. The adjustable back band and seat pan are padded. Sculpted thighbraces are padded and are correctly positioned to maximize contact points. Footbraces have an adjustable lever that is easy to reach. The foredeck’s sides are contoured, which enables shorter paddlers to maintain a low angle paddle stroke comfortably.
New for 2017, the Tahe Reval Mini LC has been upgraded with a multi-adjustable back rest to further improve the paddler’s fit. The back rest is manually adjusted using a nut & bolt system that offers virtually unlimited customization. It takes some time to hone in your perfect fit and the back rest cannot be adjusted on the water. However, once you’ve got it placed exactly where it’s needed, you’ll appreciate the comfort that’s provided!
Kayak Efficiency & Maneuverability
The Reval Mini LC’s slender bow effectively cuts through the water and accelerates quickly to a very efficient touring pace. An up-swept bow and stern combined with moderate rocker enable the Tahe Reval Mini LC Kayak to confidently handle rough water conditions without sacrificing tracking. The Mini LC tracks far better than most, even with the skeg up and is only prone to the slightest weathercocking. Considered a soft chine kayak, the Mini has a definite secondary flat spot on the side, which creates a stable, predictable platform for quick responsive turns & endless edging.
Our test paddle team rated the Tahe Reval Mini LC Kayak as having the initial stability as ‘high’ (7.0) due to the combination of its shallow Vee hull and its long waterline. Secondary stability is also rated as ‘high’ (7.5) due to the slight flattening of the sides.
Kayak Roll & Rescue
A feel of being “one with boat” is easily attained due to the contact points in the cockpit to ensure easy rolling. The back band relaxes so as not to interfere with rolls, wet exits, or entries. Unless your roll is 100%, we suggest custom installing a pair of Quick Release Self Rescue Straps to expedite paddlefloat reentry.
We have rated storage capacity at a ‘7.2’, which is about standard for a sea / touring kayak of its length and beam. Cruising speed is quickly achieved and is easily maintained even when fully loaded. Its up-swept bow & stern effectively shed water but expect a somewhat wet ride in big-water conditions.
“Our Test Paddle Team rated the Tahe Reval Mini LC Kayak with ‘4-Stars’ in virtually every category. Intermediate and advanced paddlers will love its performance & playfulness, while it should instill confidence in aspiring novice paddlers.”
Hatches: Tahe Reval Mini LC Kayak have 3- VCP Style rubber hatch covers that are easy to use & are extremely watertight.
Bow: round 10″ / 24 cm, Stern: oval 17”x 10.25” / 44 x 26 cm, Day: round 6” / 15 cm and 3- composite bulkheads with fibreglass seams.
Outfitting: Cockpit includes a multi-adjustable backband, padded seat pan and integrated composite / padded thigh braces.
Other Features Include:
- Recessed deck fittings w’ bungee lines
- Reflective perimeter safety lines
- Molded in bow compass mount
- Sculpted foredeck
- Bow & stern carry handles
TCI-Lite – Weight 42 lbs
Vacuum infusing is one of the most advanced construction methods in the industry producing the best strength/ weight ratio possible. Combined with the high performance properties of marine grade epoxy resin and several types of Carbon/Kevlar and glass fabrics to create very high-end kayaks with a stunning clear carbon hull.
i) You can choose your Tahe Reval LC Kayak with a retractable Skeg, or include both a skeg and a ‘gas pedal’ style rudder
ii) Tahe Mini LC Kayak is also available in a rugged and less expensive ‘triple-layer’ polyethylene ‘PE’ version.
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