2/2/2012 | by: Dale Van Valkenburg
The Sawtooth is a great touring boat option for those who don't have the room to store a hardshell. The hull design is "V" shaped and extends well below the side tubes, unlike the flat bottoms on whitewater IKs. This helps the boat track very well in flat water, and the addition of the skeg makes this a much faster boat to paddle than other inflatables. The boat is stable, easy to "wet entry", and with the addition of a second Cheetah Chair can easily accommodate two paddlers. The boat rolls up reasonably small, residing in an REI XXL duffel bag when not in use. My only knock would be that it is possible for the detachable skeg to fall out of its sleeve while the boat is in use, which I learned the hard way. If the boat does not seem to be tracking as well as usual, you might want to check to make sure the skeg is still there before you go too far...
5/10/2009 | by: Bob Buehler
This kayak is incredible! I bought it for the huge waves and wind that Lake Tahoe throws at you. The 25 MPH winds and 4 to 5 foot waves are nothing to the Sawtooth. The craft is very stable and tracks perfectly straight and rides the surf very safely. The V-hull design with the aluminum skeg allow this kayak to take the wind and waves in any direction without worry of flipping or rolling. I highly recommend this kayak to beginners and seasoned pros.