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The Transformer PERFORMANCE Kayak That Fits In A Backpack

The Transformer PERFORMANCE Kayak That Fits in a Backpack

Many of you may remember my review of the TRAK kayak from a couple years back. While I had very positive experience then, I was interested to learn the team had launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the latest version of their performance portable kayak. The campaign has been a massive success to date. Only half-way through and they are already more than 500% above their funding goal. Check it out here.

David Morgan testing a TRAK kayak in Jamaica

David Morgan testing a TRAK kayak in Jamaica

What I found most compelling was the fact that the reinvention was a result of tapping into the kayaking community. TRAK surveyed more than 1,600 paddlers and used the data to guide the redesign.

As hardshell kayak owners, I can appreciate the concern around the durability of a portable kayak. And this sentiment was shared among many of the respondents. TRAK founder Nolin Veillard says about the previous version “they loved its portability and ruggedness, but asked if we could make it even stronger, lighter and more portable. And we’ve delivered.

The Transformer PERFORMANCE Kayak That Fits in a Backpack

Testing the kayaks in the surf of Jamaica

The TRAK 2.0 kayak

The TRAK 2.0, which they are calling the Ultimate Touring Kayak, is more than 10 pounds lighter than the one I tried several years back. They’ve added more strength to the carbon fibre “ribs” and 3D-printed frame components. They’ve also reduced the bag size by 10 inches. All of these adjustments make the ease of portability that much greater.

They put the prototype to the test across the globe. Paddlers experimented with the new design in the waters from Mexico  to Jamaica, Nicaragua and Spain, from France to the Inside Passage and between BC and Alaska. TRAK also compiled a team of paddlers called the 20/20 Team led by professional kayaker Jaime Sharp to critique the design and performance.

The Transformer PERFORMANCE Kayak That Fits in a Backpack

Equally great under mellow conditions

For those interested in buying, there are still two weeks left in the Kickstarter campaign. If you live in an apartment or are short on storage space, this could be a really unique option for you.

The Transformer PERFORMANCE Kayak That Fits in a Backpack

Paddling the waters of Desolation Sound in BC

The Ultimate Touring Kayak will be manufactured this fall and delivered in early 2018. If you’re a keen kayaker who loves to paddle in new destinations, this could be just the ticket for you! Here’s the link.

Leigh McAdam

 

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

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