TL;DR: Half-Slice Kayaks are extra versatile, extra snug, and may be paddled by all expertise ranges.
The time period “Slice” immediately refers back to the form of the strict. Any boat described as a “slicey,” “half-slice” or “full-slice” will function a low quantity stern.
Each half-slice boats and full-slice boats:
- Have a low-volume stern
- Facilitate down river play
- Are longer in size (7′-9′) than a nubby playboat
They’ve a number of key variations:
PRO TIP: Stern quantity is de facto what issues when crossing eddy traces; a creek boat is the very best boat for staying upright in these eventualities.
Half-slice boats supply a extra confidence-inspiring bow for river operating. These will take you in all places and anyplace you need to go, all whereas enjoying alongside the way in which. You’ll be able to sit comfortably with extra quantity within the bow and be ok with crushing creeks and operating rivers, too.
Whereas a half-slices are nice for spicing up a downriver lap, they’re harder to do freestyle methods in than full-slices. Regardless, they’re tremendous versatile boats. There’s a motive each main boat firm has a half-slice of their lineup!
Full-slice boats are absolutely enjoyable! As an alternative of enjoying in options whereas operating the river, a full-slice runs the river to play on each function. Full-slice kayaks enable for freestyle boating whereas going downriver.
The CKS On-line Take:
Our customer support affiliate Julia Pershken is an intermediate paddler who’s in love with padding half-slices. Here is why:
- Wow! Half-slices are enjoyable, even when I’m not actually doing many playful issues in them but
- They’re extra maneuverable than my creek boat, which might usually really feel sluggish
- Nonetheless as snug to sit down in as a creek boat for longer paddles
- Excessive-volume bow is tremendous simple and enjoyable to boof; retains you up and over massive waves as an alternative of pearling like in a playboat or full-slice
- The strict actually needs to place you vertical, which I really like
- Confidence-inspiring, steady, tracks surprisingly properly for what it’s
- Actually good for me, something I’m paddling this season (class 3+ and below) positively doesn’t justify a full creek boat now that I’m snug with edging and might deal with less-stable boats