Project 62

9 out of 10

For starters, let me say that I am not affiliated with any one kayak company, so I hope this is a very unbiased review. I am 6’1”/ 185 pounds in street clothes and size 11.5 feet. My playboating skills are above average, however I am not up to date on all the latest moves because my primary focus is creeking.

I have been paddling a ZG 54 for the past two years. I really like the boat because of its speed on a wave. My only complaint was not enough volume to loop really large. I tried out the Project 62 prototype and was disappointed because it was way too much volume for my size. I was unable to link ends consistently because it had so much volume. I guess that is why they make prototypes so they can figure out what to change.

I paddled a production Project 62 yesterday. My first impressions in the boat were nothing but positive.

Comfort – No brainer. I had the seat all the way forward and had room to spare.

Flatwater – I actually could cart wheel even with all the volume. I was quite surprised. Bow stalls were easy; however the balance points are very different than the ZG. I had a hard time timing the bobbing motion for loops; however I’m pretty sure that it will just take some practice in the boat.

Wave – This boat is fast. This boat is very fast. I had any easy time carving, blunting, and half ass helixing. I let my friend try out the boat. I paddled his SuperStar while he surfed the 62. No comparison!!! It is a very comfortable boat and loops huge, but it definitely was much slower on the wave. His comments on the speed of the boat confirmed my feelings. The edges on this boat just feel right.

Hole: Cartwheels were very bouncy because of the volume. The pop on loops was evident; however I am on the low end of the weight range for the boat.

Overall: My first day in this boat was great. I must admit that I was a skeptic and already had decided that I would not get a new playboat this year. It’s time to come up with some cash now. This boat has made playboating comfortable for me again. I feel great today, which is not usually the case after a day playing. I finally have boat that does not sacrifice comfort or performance!!! Great job Robert Peerson! Great job Wave Sport.

David Kahn
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