Zegul Arrow Nuka GT Kayak Review
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to grab one of these exquisitely designed European Craft from Canada’s Tahe & Zegul Kayaks Experts!
The Arrow Nuka GT kayak from Zegul is the perfect boat for small paddlers looking for a premium performance touring kayak. It’s the smallest boat in the series of kayaks that includes the longest Arrow Empower 18/3 and the mid-sized Zegul Bara 17/2. Similarly, the Arrow Nuka GT is designed with the classic Brit-style shape and the snug-fitting, ultra-stylish Danish flare found in the Arrow brand of kayaks from Zegul.
Being the shortest and narrowest boat in the series, the Arrow Nuka GT suits performance-oriented paddlers in the 125 to 185 lbs weight range. Intermediate and advanced paddlers will thrive in this boat, while it will inspire dedicated newcomers to develop technique and grow skills.
The Arrow Nuak GT kayak best fits small- to medium-sized paddlers who appreciate the controlled fit provided by a 20.5″ beam and 34.5″ x 16″ cockpit. The added length of the cockpit makes entering the kayak easier for those with longer legs. The deck height is shallow enough to not interfere with a low angle paddle stroke, yet retains enough height to shed water in waves without sacrificing a solid bowlegged brace or gear capacity.
In terms of a seating system, most European designs follow the concept of simplicity rules. This means you won’t get an innovative, multi-adjustable and thick-padded seat that’s found in many North American boats. However, you will find an ergonomic and robust seat system that thankfully has everything correctly placed.
A contour back band provides full range of motion and includes several nut & bolt adjustment points allowing you to hone in on perfect support. Intuitive slidelock foot braces combined with multi-adjustable thigh braces offer the perfect contact points required for rapid skills progression.
Kayak Efficiency & Maneuverability
At 16’7″, the Arrow Nuka GT kayak is relatively short but still has the ability to maintain effortless glide and achieve touring pace easily. The Nuka GT is optimized for efficiency by combining sharp entry points with raking ends and minimal rocker that accentuates the waterline. However, the Nuka GT is also exceptionally agile when put on edge due to the ‘defined’ soft chines and shorter length. Less resistance is created with the shallow arched hull to increase responsiveness and improve handling.
The slim profile of the Arrow Nuka GT kayak creates a lower shear line in order to reduce weather-cocking in adverse conditions. That said, deploying the skeg helps to maintain course, so you can focus on forward momentum rather than course corrections strokes and edging.
As a performance kayak with a slightly rounded hull and narrow beam, the Arrow Nuka GT kayak purposely forsakes a degree of initial stability in order to optimize maneuverability. However, minimal rocker increases wet surface area to instill confidence in aspiring paddlers.
Defined sides along the mid-ship of the Nuka GT offer solid secondary stability, while the softness of the hull provides seamless transitions from edge to edge for nimble, playful turns.
Kayak Roll & Rescue
Wet entries and exits are done easily with the flat rear deck of the Arrow Nuka GT kayak. The deck rigging and day hatch are well placed to provide the perfect platform for self-rescues – we suggest adding quick-release, self-rescue straps to speed up reentry.
The controlled fit of the Nuka GT offers great contact points needed for efficient rolls with proper technique, and the low rear deck makes for instinctive lay-back rolls.
The Arrow Nuka GT kayak accelerates quickly and has an easily maintained cruising pace due to its waterline and streamlined design. That said, the minimal rocker means there is potential for more ‘spray’ when paddling into large, rolling waves.
Three hatch compartments and a centre day pod provide a generous amount of gear capacity for extended trips or just a weekend getaway. The lightweight hatch covers click on and off easily in cold water and are built in conjunction with the rims for a watertight seal.
Full perimeter lining along with ample deck rigging offer additional gear capacity using mounted deck bags and other storage accessories. A recessed compass mount is also provided at the bow – the Nexus 70P from Brunton is recommend and available at our shop.
Hatches: The hatches in Arrow Nuka GT kayak are separated with composite bulkheads and feature Kayak Sport VCP covers:
Bow – round 10″ / 24 cm
Pod – round 6″ / 15 cm
Day – round 8” / 20 cm
Stern – oval 17″ x 10.25″ / 44 cm x 26 cm
Outfitting: The cockpit includes a molded, fiberglass seat pan with thin padding and contour back band. Multi-adjustable padded thigh braces and slidelock foot pegs are also provided.
Other Features Include:
- Aramide (Kevlar) seam
- Retractable skeg system
- Recessed decking fittings, rigging, and perimeter lines
- Bow roller ball for on-deck paddle storage
- Exquisite finish with unique colour schemes
- Reflective decals
Note: Zegul Kayaks offer vibrant and complex colour combinations. We suggest you call us for in stock descriptions.
Construction Layups Stocked
3D C-Core (39 lbs):
The Arrow Nuka GT kayak in Zegul’s 3D C-Core layup feature a carbon-cored hull that includes layers of carbon, carbon/aramide, and fiberglass. An innovative multiaxiale carbon fabric and full HD LRA core provide an even tougher, stiffer, lightweight kayak. Decks are built using sandwich construction and are reinforced with carbon/aramide and fiberglass for added strength. The deck and hull are fused together with an aramide seam.
This manufacturing method combines vacuum infusion technology with special marine-grade epoxy resin to produce some of the highest quality kayaks in the industry.
A-Core (45 lbs):
The Arrow Nuka GT kayak in Zegul’s A-Core layup features several layers of fiberglass and multiaxial fiberglass cloth along with a full HD LRA core. The keel area is reinforced to improve impact and scratch resistance, while the deck is built using sandwich construction. The deck and hull and fused together using a fiberglass / aramide seam.
The result is an optimal strength-to-weight ratio offering the best of both worlds.
Rock Solid (48 lbs):
The Arrow Nuka GT kayak in Zegul’s Rock Solid layup takes the A-Core construction technique and adds layers of Kevlar and Kevlar / fiberglass fabric. Multiaxial Kevlar cloth complete with a Kevlar reinforced keel strip make this lamination the strongest. The deck is manufactured using sandwich technology and is fused to the hull with a Kevlar / fiberglass seam.
The Rock Solid layup produces can be considered the most reliable construction that withstands the most challenging environments.
Experience a Vastly Superior Purchasing Process.
Frontenac Outfitters invites YOU to Paddle With Us.
We Stock Hundreds & offer Free Test Paddling Everyday!
Ontario’s Kayak Experts, since 1984
To view the Arrow Nuka GT Kayak on their website, Click Here