ITIWIT 3 inflatable 2 or 3 seater kayak orange
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Review for Itiwit 3 kayak
We bought this on 9/4/16 and paddled from Stockport to Sale on the R. Mersey the morning after. I’m very pleased with the Kayak. (10 mins to inflate with the Sevylor footpump £6.50). The boat felt very steady and remarkably comfortable. We did the 14km trip in 2.5 hrs (the river was not exactly in spate, but recent rain meant it was flowing nicely). It handled well enough without the three detachable fins (skegs?). We didn’t want to use these in possibly shallow sections of the river. I’m so pleased with the facts that I can inflate it straight out of my car boot and therefore don’t need a roof rack and as much storage space at home. We also bounced of the sides when we bumped into them due to dodgy steering. However, I wish I’d bought the 225 paddles, not the 215 cm ones.
Room for improvement? I know why they do the boat in such loud colours, but a dark green or brown/black boat would have enabled us to get closer to the wildlife we saw. We shipped a fair amount of water in the faster flowing/whiter water section (I know it’s not made for this) and the drips from the paddles added to this bilge. When we took the boat out and released the drain plug from the bottom, a fair amount of water came out, but nothing like earlier reports. Perhaps this leaking issue has indeed been fixed? The 230kg weight limit is just about OK for camping trips…just. I’d like an extra 20 kg for all the kit, though. It’s no complaint, but it was time consuming to disassemble, hose down, reassemble before putting into storage, but you’ve got to look after your kit.
I went halves on the boat and equipment with a friend, making it very affordable (I can’t believe I also got wet-salopettes for 20 quid and wet-gloves for seven quid in the sale). A couple of paddles and a dry-bag and we were good to go (I should also have bought the buoyancy aids. I’ll pop back for them). We are planning a trip to NW Scotland in the summer and intend to do some inland and sea-lock kayaking, as well as some coastal routes (conditions permitting). I may post another review on the boat’s performance after this.
This could be a very good inflatable canoe what lets it down bad is the seams are not sealed it fills with water. This makes it very stable but heavy to paddle. After a couple of hours paddling we could not lift the canoe out of water till emptied it by turning it over. The valves were not seating correctly so deflated mainly seats. It is a shame that Tribord did not test these canoes they surely would have picked up on the leakage but I suppose it is down to money again. I am thinking of sealing mine the cost would be about £60.00
Thanks for your mail. Apologies for the issues that you have been experiencing with your Itiwit kayak. The boat certainly shouldn't be letting water in via the seems or valve that isn't seating properly. I can assure you that the kayaks have been thoroughly tested, so unfortunately I think there may be an issue with your boat. I would like to invite you to return the kayak in to your closest store or via the online process for an exchange or full refund.
Apologies for the inconvenience.
Ross Farrington Market Manager DECATHLON
Robert02 September 2016I recommendThat review has been deposited on this product versionGot a bit hot
From my review below you can see that I love our Itiwit 3. Since then we have kayaked on the Atlantic coast of France, and on the grand lacs du Medoc.
I would love to hear more about where one is allowed to kayak in France as we got several angry shouts but mostly just waved and carried on.
Didn't mean to be rude.
Our boat also burst a seam on the inner tubes and as yet we can't find a contact to help.
Didn't affect anything though and we just charged out for another sea paddle regardless, our best of the fortnight!
EdwardMan+60 years old23 August 2016Use since More than 1 yearThat review has been deposited on this product versionWater LeaksNone Fills with water.
I purchased an Itiwit 3 just over a year ago and had it replaced after using twice because it filled with water. The second one seemed fine for the first couple of times. It was stored for the winter and has now been bought back into use. It too now fills with water after about 30 minutes of use. I don't expect I will get another exchange as it is now out of warranty, but having said that I don't want another one.Brand's answer :
Thank you for your feedback about our product. We are sorry to hear that you had such experience with ITIWIT 3 kayak. We are aware that 2015 model had design issues but they have been resolved. Our improved 2016 ITIWIT 3 kayak has been available this summer in our stores and online. So far we didn't discover any technical issues.
Please don't hesitate to return the kayak to your closest store or via the online process for an exchange or full refund.
Apologies for any inconvenience.
Kornel Pintara Commercial Director Watersports DECATHLON
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ChrisMan30-39 years old21 August 2016Use since 2 to 8 weeksI recommendThat review has been deposited on this product versionGreat family KayakThe kayak is great all round The bag, durability and shoulder straps
We've now used a few times for trips of up to 10km(on rivers)and shorter trips in surf at the beach. We have found it very stable (with the fins attached - not whilst in surf) and good fun - a great way to get family members into paddling.
Worth mentioning you can't really get all three people paddling at once, and the bag (which is pretty uncomfortably to carry, I've taped an old rollmat onto the shoulder straps) broke the first time we used it - although decathlon are sending a replacement.