Qanik Review

I have tested the Kayak Qanik from Seabird Designs. Is it the dream kayak I have been searching for? You can find the full review under the misc button or press here

Is the Qanik a dream kayak? Find out here

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12 Responses to “Qanik Review”

  1. David on May 16th, 2011 8:02 pm

    Thanks for the review, i have been waiting for one some time since I think qanik could be the kayak for me. And your review made me more sure.

    Have you tried any “reel” greenland-kayak (like tahe greenland, or seabird black pearl) so that you could compare with the qanik?

    I love greenland kayaks but i also love weeklong trips and they are just too small for that.

  2. kayakr on May 16th, 2011 8:58 pm

    Hi David!

    I’m glad you found the review useful. I haven´t tried Tahe Greenland or Black Pearl but I assume that you will experience the Qanik as a bit bigger. I will try to test the Tahe or a Black Pearl. I have some friends who have those kayaks.

    regards

    Peter

  3. Derek Wyatt on May 18th, 2011 2:54 am

    Awesome. I’ve been waiting to read your comments for a while. After talking to a few people about it, including Seabird Designs, it appears as though this kayak may actually fit my slightly bigger frame.

    What do you think about the kayak’s strength? As well, what’s the layup of your model?

    Thanks again

  4. mike on May 25th, 2011 11:06 pm

    whats the point of writing comments?
    I wrote one with a question but surely didnt interrest the owner of the site as it was just removed….

    thanks fellow scandinavian. thumbs up
    teaches newbies of kayaking to not ask more experienced ppl

  5. kayakr on May 25th, 2011 11:20 pm

    Hi Mike!

    I’m sorry but I haven´t removed any comment. Not on purpose anyway. If a mistake have been done I’m really sorry. Please make the comment again.

    kindly regards

    Peter

  6. Michael on June 10th, 2011 6:33 pm

    Hi everyone,

    David, a couple of weeks ago i tried a Tahe Greenland T and I must say i found it very nice. I am by far an experienced kayaker but never the less Greenland T felt very stable to me. Once it settled slightly on either side, it stayed there.
    What I found nice is the low deck and the rather big cockpit. Next week I will try to sit in a Qanik and if I find that and the Sea Pearl cockpits to small, I will definitely go for the Greenland T.

    I too favor the greenland style kayaks. Mainly for the better contact i feel i have in them. As for expeditioning in them, I cannot say but then that is not my main purpose.

    Peter, if/when you do try Tahe Greenland T and Sea Pearl, please do post your comparison here. ty :)

  7. Michael on June 10th, 2011 6:34 pm

    haha, i mean far from and not by far :D

  8. Michael on June 18th, 2011 6:40 pm

    Hi Peter

    In your review of Qanik, you mention the size of the cockpit. I am about same hight as you and i must say I cannot fit the Qanik cockpit.
    I can get into it but i find it dificult to enter. I can see why you removed the backrest.
    I tried sitting in the SeaPearl instead and actually ended buying that one and not Qanik. I havent sailed it yet but only sat in it on the lake to get the feel compared to Tahe Greenland, and those felt about the same. Right now I cant wait to go padling :-)

    I hope someone can use this input.

    /Michael

  9. Kayak year 2011 in retrospect :: kayakr.net on January 2nd, 2012 6:47 pm

    […] winter in Sweden. The winter was really long and cold during 2011. I bought a new kayak and my Qanik from Seabird arrived in mid february and no chance to paddle it until late […]

  10. Scott on September 4th, 2012 9:24 pm

    Michael – I see the Sea Pearl has a bigger cockpit opening that the Qanik ( 25.6″x16.5″ vs. 23.6″ x 15.7″ ) so that may explain why the seemingly smaller boat fit your better. I’m choosing between those same two gorgeous boats!

  11. Scott on September 4th, 2012 9:25 pm

    Michael – I see the Sea Pearl has a bigger cockpit opening that the Qanik ( 25.6″x16.5″ vs. 23.6″ x 15.7″ ) so that may explain why the seemingly smaller boat fit your better. I’m choosing between those same two gorgeous boats!

  12. Michael on September 14th, 2012 5:48 pm

    Scott – I can say I have enjoyed every minute on the water in my Sea Pearl. At first i was rather shaky as its my first kayak, but now I feel more secure and stable. It is a great feeling when the waves flush over the front.
    True the cockpit is larger, but still small enough that my self rescues are different than all others on the EPP2 course i was on. Not a problem though.
    I hope you will enjoy which ever one you chose :)

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