Zegul Arrow Nuka GT 16/7 Kayak 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 Nuka GT 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 Nuka GT you’ll be hard pressed to find an excuse not to own one!
Designed to best satisfy performance oriented paddlers in the 125 to 185 lb paddling weight range we feel the Nuka GT perfectly complements the other Zegul and Arrow performance kayaks we carry. Intermediate and advanced paddlers will love this craft, while it will inspire dedicated newcomers to achieve.
As in most European designs ‘simplicity rules’, which means don’t expect the ultra-cushy seat with lots of adjustments found in many N.A. boats! Instead, expect a well-thought, robust, but Spartan seat system that thankfully has everything correctly placed. The Zegul Arrow Nuka GT cockpit’s length is long enough to provide easy access, yet low enough as not to interfere with a high angle paddle stroke. A contour back band provides almost perfect support and allows a full range of motion. Multi adjustable thighbraces were welcome new upgrades, and combine with the easily adjustable foot braces provide the ‘perfect contact points’ required for rapid skills progression.
New for 2017, the Zegul Arrow Nuka GT 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
Despite its slightly shorter sea kayak length the Nuka GT retains an effortless glide and offers very quick acceleration ~ this baby’s got speed to burn. The Nuka GT has optimized efficiency by combining it’s very narrow 20.5 inch beam with a raking bow and stern to maximize its waterline. Similar to most kayaks; slight weathercocking can be expected in adverse conditions but is quickly eliminated by simply deploying the skeg. The hull is slightly rounded for less resistance and less wet surface. The kayaks rocker is marginally less than ‘moderate’ and combine with hard chine sides for solid edging and extremely nimble turns.
It’s narrow beam and slightly round hull purposely forsakes a degree of initial stability to optimize maneuverability. The Zegul Arrow Nuka GT transitions seamlessly from edge to edge and ‘turns on a dime’ for a sea kayak its length and hard chine sides provide solid secondary stability.
Kayak Roll & Rescue
Entry and exit should be easy for small & medium sized paddlers and its flat rear deck make a great platform for self and assisted rescues. Great contact points and the low rear deck make layback rolls a snap!
The Zegul Arrow Nuka GT accelerates to a touring pace quickly and its deck is low enough as not in interfere with paddle strokes. The four lightweight Kayak Sport Hatches click-on and off easily and the ‘mini’ foredeck hatch is handy for electronics and personal items. Recessed deck and perimeter lines are well positioned
“Originally designed and manufactured in Denmark Kayaks Frontenac Outfitters is extremely proud to be North America’s Largest Zegul ARROW Kayak Dealer. Premium quality lifetime performance kayaks that just happen to look as great as they paddle!”
Hatches: Zegul Arrow Nuka GT 16/7 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” / 20 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
- 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 in stock descriptions.
Material Lay-up Stocked
3D C-Core Lay-up Construction- Weight 39 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 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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