Boreal Design Baffin 1 Kayak Review
New for the 2016 season, we welcome the Baffin 1 Kayak from Boreal Design to our 2016 rental fleet! The Baffin series is a Greenland-inspired kayak that comes in three sizes – small, medium, and large – as well as three construction materials – polyethylene, thermoform, and composite (fiberglass, Kevlar, and carbon). With such a selection revolving around a single model, we decided to retail the one that offers the best blend of fit, function, and price: the Baffin T2! However, we decided to rent the Baffin 1 and include it in courses as a testing ground for customer feedback.
As a Greenland style kayak, the Baffin 1 kayak is the perfect compliment to the Epsilon Series for those desiring a skeg over a rudder. Being the smallest boat in the series, the Baffin 1 is suited for small- to medium-sized paddlers in the 110 lbs – 155 lbs range. The ample depth of the foredeck improves fit for those who carry their weight in the hips or those with long lengths and large feet. Furthermore, as a performance-oriented kayak you can grow skills with long term, it’s a good choice for the beginner who likes a challenge when starting something new, while intermediate paddlers will feel right at home in the Baffin 1 kayak due to its quality and aggressive design.
The Baffin 1 kayak has been designed with big water performance in mind, so the rigors of rough seas, open flat-water crossings, and adverse conditions are a breeze. Its unique hull design provides a lively yet stable boat compared to other Greenland style kayaks. The reverse hard chine offers rock-solid stability for paddlers who demand immediate control and predictability, while the moderate vee hull and rockered bow improve responsiveness in waves or even surf.
The Baffin 1 kayak features three generously sized hatches (bow, stern, and rear day hatch) to load the amount of gear needed for extended expeditions, weekend adventures, or even leisurely day trips. The day hatch keeps your essentials handy and dry while on the water; the full deck rigging provides convenient and accessible storage for safety equipment; while the three sealed bulkheads offers positive buoyancy during a capsize and limits the amount of water to be drained upon reentry.
Perfect for skilled paddlers but also a great choice for those wanting to start off on the right foot, the Baffin 1 Kayak is sure to inspire any who take it out on the water!
- Integrated Thigh Braces
- Multi-Adjustable Drop Down Skeg
- Recessed Bow Compass Mount (compass not included)
- Bow & Stern Grab Handles
- Reflective Perimeter Lines
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