Hi - I hope it's OK to post here. I was not able to post in the Inflatable Kayaks section for some reason.
I just thought that I would drop a line regarding my experiences with my Z-Pro Flash FL-100 kayak now that I've had it for a while. Apologies in advance - I've never written a report before so this is liable to be a bit rambling
First of all - here it is:
As can be seen it is quite low and wide. This makes it easy to get into (and out of!) and is very stable. I've taken it down some Grade 2 white water, gone over weirs and hit rocks and I don't think I was even close to capsizing once! With a proper stirrup pump the kayak can be ready to go in 10 to 15 minutes. The outer walls are inflated to about 3.6psi and it comes with a detachable floor panel which is inflated to about 7psi. The result of this is that it has a very solid and rigid feel:
In the floor are a number of drain plugs. They are a bit tight to open and close (a good thing probably to minimise leakage!) which come in very handy when white water kayaking. A number of times my kayak has been completely filled with water due to getting stuck against rocks in a fast flowing river, or going over weirs, and it floats fine although is obviously very sluggish. The drains plugs are handy for allowing the water to drain if you aren't in a hurry.
There's quite a bit of storage onboard with space to store wet bags and rucksacks in the bow and stern. There are also 6 d-rings for that added sense of security when you want to strap things into the kayak. On the bow there is also an elasticated tie-down area. I usually use this for storing the kayaks bag and stirrup pump.
The kayak comes with quite a comfy seat which can be flat-packed and stored in the kayak bag along with the deflated kayak. There is also a skeg which can be inserted into a couple of holders in the stern. This needs to be done whilst the kayak is deflated as inflation of the kayak results in the plastic holders closing (which means the skeg is pretty tightly secured once fitted). Fitting the skeg takes a bit of practice but once the technique has been learned seems easy! Paddling the kayak with the skeg on makes a big difference to the handling of the FL100. It tracks pretty well and I always make a point of using it when I know that I will not be doing any white water work (where obviously the skeg should be removed). To be honest even paddling without the skeg is fun as it makes the kayak very manoueverable, turning 360 degree circles with ease. However obviously going from point A to point B is a bit more work.
Once the kayak has been deflated and packed away into its excellent canvas holdall (also comes with the kayak) then, at 13lb, is easy to carry. I have carried it (using the bag's handles like rucksack straps), the paddle, a rucksack and the stirrup pump a mile back to my car in the past and wasn't too knackered after doing it
Drying an inflatable kayak will always be a pain but this isn't too bad to do - the inflatable floor can be taken out (it's held in by 2 straps) easily so you can dry underneath it.
The kayak itself seems very robust - as previously mentioned I have gone over weirs and hits rocks in the past. I have also been grounded on shoals of gravel and submerged rocks and managed to rock myself off (the feet ridges in the floor panel help here!) with only a few minor scratches on the bottom to show for my efforts.
I'm trying to think of what else should be in a review! If I missed anything just drop me a line or ask in this thread and I'll try my best to answer.
More photos can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/clickan...7626781217265/
I also have some videos showing the kayak in action:
Hope this all helps!