"My wife and I bought two Breezes in August and have used them in small creeks, large rivers, and lakes. They are one of the nicest paddling boats we own, and we have 6 boats. The Breeze is stable enough to take pictures and/or fish from, and fast enough to go exploring. For day trips, the storage is ample. Excellent small boat. "
Bill Grenoble, Shermans Dale, PA
"I tried a list of comparable touring yaks (by Current Designs, Necky and Prijon just to name a few) and the Solstice GTS became an instant winner once I took it for a test ride. My first trial was in the Florida Keys in 15 to 20+ winds; what a great handling boat! Despite the conditions the GTS tracked like an arrow with great dead-ahead speed wherever it was pointed. Primary stability is great; secondary stability was excellent -- very comforting on edge. The hatches stayed dry and amazingly so did I; with its beautifully unique peaked deck design the boat shed water and deflected spray extremely well. I ultimately found the GTS to be the speed champ and the best tracking boat of its group.
I'm 5'8" and 160 lbs., the standard volume version of the GTS was a perfect fit for me Ð I found the cockpit to be comfortably snug yet easy to get in and out of. The padded thigh braces are awesome and the pedals and rudder is a cinch to adjust and operate. Volume/storage space for extended trips appears more than ample! I also really like the cam lever strap design to hold down the molded fiberglass hatch covers Ð keeps compartments bone-dry!
My GTS has definitely fit my wish for a dream kayak Ð it paddles like a dream!"
Roberto Artiz, Fort Lauderdale, FL
"If you want to paddle a true classic, the Gulfstream is your craft. If you are looking for a 17' Skeg boat with great secondary stability, this is your boat. If you want a kayak you can be proud of for many years to come, this is your boat. My Gulfstream is Fiberglass. I find it to be playful and very accommodating. It has all the storage I require for 2-3 days of camping, and plenty of room for my 5'11" 205 lb. body. For the kayaking purist this Derek Hutchinson design is outstanding and the good people at Current Designs gave it their usual close attention to detail. It is a very solid, well built boat. Just look around. A large number of instructors and intermediate to advanced paddlers use Gulfstreams. Just ask one of them why and witness the passion and fierce loyalty in the response."
Joe Bowen, Deep Cove, BC
"I LOVE THIS BOAT. I use to limit my paddling to "safe" locales, days and techniques. Then I bought the Caribou, and after a brief adjustment to the lower initial stability, have really learned to kayak. I am now comfortably doing braces, edging, and leaning for sweep turns, things I would have NEVER had the confidence to try before. The boat tracks well without the skeg, requiring very modest paddling corrections in anything less than fierce wind, and with the skeg down it feels like it's on a rail."
James Hill, Columbus, OH
"After several years of longing for a lighter and faster replacement for my poly boat (CD Storm) I elected to go with the Solstice GT in Kevlar. I'm a pretty big guy at 6'1"/ 250lbs. Getting in and out, comfort on long rides and ease of putting the boat on the car etc. were my primary considerations. The Solstice GT is a 10 in each category. When you add the ability to accelerate and paddle faster than I have ever paddled before, with greater ease, for longer periods of time, it's just frosting on the cake. "
Jerry Smith, Milford, NH
"I bought the Kestrel 140 (TCS) about a year ago. I was looking for a comfortable, stable boat for a variety of paddling conditions, from calm rivers and lakes to coastal areas. This boat just felt right. It was stable, light, responsive, well-made, comfortable to get in and out of, roomy (I'm 6'2", 190 lbs., with size 13 shoes), and it was just about the prettiest boat in this size range I had ever seen.
The TCS material has a very nice, glossy finish and the lines look wonderful. Durability seems quite good; I've beached it on lots of rocky and shell-covered shores and the bottom looks pretty good after a year of use. It's very light, easy to carry, and I can lift it onto my vehicle with ease.
I do mostly day paddles for fitness, and also like to fish and photograph wildlife. So far, it has met all my needs and expectations, and the Kestrel has allowed me to progress from a beginner to a confident paddler with ease.
For a quiet afternoon spent paddling on the Santa Fe or Wakulla rivers, poking around the mangroves in the upper Keys or Biscayne Bay, or cruising the tidal flats of the Big Bend area, the kestrel 140 cannot be beat.
Do yourself a favor and try out a Kestrel.
It's really a great boat."