Our son finally made up his mind and decided to purchase his new kayak. With his collarbone almost 100% healed and a few more weekends of nice weather ahead, he is not going to waste any time getting back into the swing of things and start paddling again.
Saturday morning we traveled to Wausau, WI to a fairly new paddling outfitter. The specific kayak our son has had his eye on for over the past year was available at this store, in the color he wanted, and at a very nice discounted price for a new, never seen a rock in the river, kayak. The owner really wanted to lesson his stock before winter arrives so I made the deal over the phone and all that was left to do was the “test drive” one last time to make sure it was what he really wanted. Upon arriving, they fitted him into the kayak on the store floor.(Wouldn’t you love a job that you could do bare feet like this sales associate?)
Then it was outside to the rivers edge to take it for a paddle. Dad also tried a demo model they had for sale but he was not so thrilled with this kayak. (This is not a case of like father, like son. They have always had different likes when it comes to kayak models)
He did not take long to make up his mind. He loved it immediately. Dad, on the other hand, tried really hard to like his but in the end he just was not comfortable and decided to stick with what he has for now.
After some paddling, we made the deal final, paid, and loaded up the new addition to our fleet. Our son is now the proud owner of a Jackson Karma.
*****If you are considering purchasing a kayak for your own personal use I would highly suggest finding an outfitter that allows you to “test drive” your purchase first. We have always had this opportunity and have learned from experience that what is comfortable and seems nice on the showroom floor is COMPLETELY different floating in water.