The Essentials of Paddling a TRAK Kayak

Our focus with The TRAK Files web video series is to educate and inspire paddlers with what a kayak like ours is capable of providing to a beginner or advanced adventure paddler. The TRAK design is very unique. Because of that, it is our challenge to have people REALLY understand the nuances, the pros & cons, and the practical aspects of paddling and using the T-1600, both on and off the water.

The new Red T-1600 for 2012

This is a performance folding kayak. It assembles with ease (from our average customer) in under 15 minutes. It can carry gear for up to 10-14 day trips. Once on the water, this kayak is fast and agile and paddles efficiently like a fibreglass or composite hardshell. You can change the hull shape (more or less ‘rocker’ or ‘trim’), based on paddling conditions, paddler preference and skill level. These are all claims that are pretty hard to believe until you see or experience paddling it yourself. I understand that. The TRAK Files is a way for us to demonstrate some of these concepts and give useful tips and tricks for paddling this unique craft. Thank you to our TRAK owners out there that are showing us what this kayak is capable of doing. And kudos to Jaime Sharp for bringing this video series to life.

As an example, in Episode 2 Off TRAK Rescues, sea kayak guide Manuel Martel discovered the importance of having properly inflated and placed gear floatation bladders for safe rescues and the advantage of the sea sock for both self-supported and assisted rescues. Allie Carroll discovered the proper placement of the paddle blade for paddle float re-entries. Watch it NOW! Let us know what you think.

In FUTURE episodes, you can expect to see us explore rolling & advanced paddling techniques, international travel, assembly, changing the hull shape, surfing and rough water, and some surprises as well. Stay tuned, and enjoy!

Be strong navigating your waters,

~ Nolin

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4 Responses to The Essentials of Paddling a TRAK Kayak

  1. Hi,

    I Think the video’s so far are great!

    I have tried several different re-entries with the Trak with and without the see sock (in an indoor swimming pool that is :-)) two weeks ago but with the see sock I had problems getting in the boat again after having emptied it. The see sock did not stay in place and I it was difficult getting my legs properly in. A short instruction (video) on how to use it properly would be highly appreciated!

    Greetings from northern Germany!


    • Robb Smith says:

      It’s a little bit of a hassle but you need to get 2 good stainless steel caribiners that you can attach through the eyelet on the front (and rear) of the flotation bags and attach them to the frame. I blow them up partially in the frame so that a fold won’t get caught in between the skin and the frame while you finish assembly. This way they won’t pop out and your boat won’t fill with water. Robb Smith

  2. Pierre Baribeau says:

    if it’s like the Feathercraft sea sock, don’t use rubber sole, or put something over it, nylon for example. I have extensively use Feathercraft sea socks. Full wet thick neoprene socks instead of shoes works very well. good luck! Pierre

  3. Hi Pierre,

    Thanks for the tip. It’s mostly these simple things that make the difference, I will try this as soon as it get a little warmer outside:-)
    The coming weeks I will concentrate on keeping dry.

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