Fluid Solo Cracked Outfitting Solution
Hey guys, this is my first post in this forum so redirect me if this is the wrong place for this post. Also, I'm in the process of buying my first WW boat, so forgive any ignorance that may seem like common sense to a more experienced paddler. :/
Anyway, I paddled a Fluid Solo L recently and am looking to buy it used from the guy. I loved how the boat handled, however there were some issues with the outfitting. I was hoping I could get some perspective on if this boat can be finessed back into shape.
The boat has some river rash from general use and some minor gouges, but nothing major is wrong with the plastic of the hull itself.
The first issue was the hip pads. There were a little tight and I was wondering if there were any hip pads I should look out for or avoid for replacements for this model kayak. This is a minor inconvenience, but I'm guessing I can configure this component. Any recommendations for a fix would be greatly appreciated. They are definitely uncomfortable, but I'm guessing about 1/4 - 1/2 inch of space would help drastically on either side, but still let the fitting be snug.
The second, and much more serious issue, is what LOOKED like a crack in the outfitting's plastic above the right hip pad. Specifically, the plastic that the hip pad's straps are secured to. One of the previous owners has it duct taped. What I'm wondering, is there a fix for this at all, or would it require a whole new outfitting?
If the outfitting is unfixable, how much might it decrease the value of the boat (relatively speaking, from the $500 he wants for it).
Again, thanks for your help!