FEATURES OF THE PRODUCT
Good stability Flimsy carry/storage bag
Bought this as a present and he was very happy with it. Good stability, seems very good for a beginner.
Only negative found so far is the carry/storage bag - it is very flimsily made and the plastic zip broke fist time we tried to put the kayak back in (when dry). I would have expected the bag and zip to be sturdier - considering the quality of the actual kayak.
Easy inflation Leaks
Having Purchased the Itiwit 2, then read the reviews, I note that Decathlon accept that certain models do in fact leak badly and offer to replace.
Having bought mine in the Decathlon store in Antalya Turkey, I am advised that this model is being discontinued and no replacements are available.
What should I do? The fault is definitely at the floor wall joint where a porous fabric tape has been used, and despite treating this with a marine waterproofing spray copious amounts of water still enter.
This would probably be cured with a rubber tape.
Will Decathlon offer to have this fault remedied at their expense?Brand's answer :
Thanks for your message, and apologies for the issues with the kayak. You are indeed correct, we have had issues with some boats over the last 6 months, with water gradually making its way through the seams of the kayak. As such we can replace the product for you (it doesn't matter where you bought it). Please could you return the boat to your nearest store or via the online process for the exchange.
Sorry for the inconvenience,
Ross Farrington Market Manager DECATHLON
Easy to inflate and deflate, good stability Outer cover absorbs water and becomes heavy
Generally a good kayak as a first time user.
Problem is that after about an hour in the sea the kayak becomes heavy, and on beaching at a halfway point, about 5 litres of water needs to be discharged via the drain plug to restore maneuverabillity.
Whilst no water is visible within the kayak, this seems to pool below the floor, and appears to be saturating the outer fabric which in turn drains around the inner tubes and into the floor space.
Even after draining the cock at the end of the day the fabric retains moisture and adds considerably (possible up to 5 Kg) to the carry weight back to the car.
I plan to treat this with a moisture repellent spray to see if this improves the situation, but would suggest that Tribord need to look closely at this strong fabric with a view to overcoming this problem. After all it is not the cheapest inflatable kayak on the market, and I would have expected more care to have been taken in the choice of materials and water resistance.
I would recommend this to others, but with reservations