Arrow Play HV Kayak 16/9 Review
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to grab one of these exquisitely designed European Craft from Canada’s Tahe & Zegul Kayaks Experts!
We gratefully added the Zegul Arrow Play HV kayak to our British style sea kayak offerings when Zegul purchased the Denmark based company, Arrow, in 2014. Jesper Kromann-Andersen, renowned Danish designer, merges the classic Brit-style shape with the snug-fitting, ultra-stylish Danish flare found in his Arrow series of kayaks. The results speak for themselves, and after test paddling the Play HV you’ll be hard pressed to find an excuse not to own one!
Zegul classifies the Arrow Play HV Kayak as a ‘play’ boat due to its improved maneuverability over the smaller sibling, Play MV. That said, the Play HV best satisfies skills a kayak paddler skill level from intermediate to advanced in the 175 to 240 lb paddler weight range.
‘Simplicity rules’, which means don’t expect the ultra-cushy seat with lots of adjustments found in many North American boats! Instead, expect a well-thought, robust, but Spartan seat system that thankfully has everything correctly placed. The Zegul Arrow Play HV Kayak keyhole cockpit’s shorter length means some longer legged paddlers may have to balance on the rear deck and then slide in – but you won’t have to worry about pumping out when that big wave breaches the deck. A contour back band provides almost perfect support and allows a full range of motion. Adjustable thigh braces are well positioned and when combined with the easily adjustable foot braces provide the ‘good contact points’ required for skills progression. The skeg slider is positioned on the port side and is easy to use.
New for 2017, the Zegul Arrow Play HV 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
‘Responsive’… seems to be the word that best describes the Zegul Arrow Play HV Kayak. Designed to be playful sea kayak, the HV is also perfect for short paddles and extended get-a-ways. Significant rocker and volume in the bow avoids broaching when riding large waves, while the mid-section has a slightly rounded profile enabling it to transition smoothly from edge to edge for maneuvering in challenging big water conditions.
A softer chined hull purposely forsakes a degree of initial stability of the Zegul Arrow Play HV to optimize maneuverability. Defined sides provide predictable secondary stability for solid edging and confident turns.
A slightly shorter cockpit may restrict some long legged paddlers. Accordingly, we suggest installing ‘quick release straps’ to make the process easy. The flat rear deck of the Zegul Arrow Play HV Kayak makes a great platform for self and assisted rescues, while great contact points and the low rear deck make layback rolls a breeze!
Due to the shorter length, cruising speed is achieved with some effort, but the low profile catches less wind, thus limiting any tendency to be blown off course. The rockered bow makes playing in surf and following seas just plain fun. Recessed deck and perimeter lines are well positioned on the Zegul Arrow Play HV, and the four lightweight Kayak Sport Hatches click-on and off easily with the ‘mini’ foredeck hatch handy for your GPS, camera and any personal items. Despite its slightly shorter 16’9″ length the Play HV’s additional depth provides a surprisingly large amount of gear capacity.
“Originally designed & manufactured in Denmark Frontenac Outfitters is extremely proud to offer North America’s best selection of Zegul ARROW Kayaks. Premium quality lifetime performance kayaks that just happen to look as great as they paddle!”
Hatches: Zegul Arrow Play HV Kayak 16 has a whopping 4 VCP style Kayak Sport 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 8” / 15 cm, Mini-bow pod: 6” / 15 cm and 4 composite bulkheads with fibreglass seams.
Outfitting: Cockpit includes a multi-adjustable back band, seat pan, and integrated composite / padded thigh braces
Other Features Include:
- Aramide/Kevlar seam
- Retractable skeg system
- Optional integrated keel strip ($140 upgrade)
- Exquisitely finished deck which includes recessed deck fittings and reflective perimeter safety lines
Note: Zegul Arrow Kayaks colour combinations are vibrant & complex so we suggest you call us for descriptions.
3D C-Core Lay-up Construction- Weight 44 lbs:
Kayaks built with this method are finished with a clear carbon hull with Stainless steel interweave. Carbon fabric is utilized to provide an even tougher & stiffer kayak. This production method combines vacuum technology with the highest quality epoxy resin and several types of carbon fiber, carbon/aramide, and glass multiaxial fabrics. These kayaks are probably the highest quality carbon core built kayaks in the industry. All Zegul 3D C-Core kayaks are built using full HD LRA core lay-up in the hulls. Decks are built using sandwich construction and are reinforced with carbon/aramide technology and fused with a Kevlar seam.
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