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Old 09-20-2015   #1
San Diego, California
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Zet Raptor

Does anybody have any thoughts on this boat? I've looked at reviews online but are unsure if they are sponsored or not.
-Is the plastic that much better? Can it handle sharper lava rock?
-Are there better/cheaper options that are available in the US?

Thanks, Owen

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Old 09-20-2015   #2
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From reading the unsponsred review and seeing pics it looks alittle lack luster. Better/Cheaper usually dont go together. I wouldnt go out of my way to get one.JMOZet Raptor - Review - Unsponsored

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Old 09-20-2015   #3
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You should check out David's excellent review (he has no affiliation):

I've never tried one but Zet would be fairly high on my list if I was in the market based on their stats and talking w/ others. Most people seem to like them, a few don't. I suspect they're better suited for advanced boaters. I doubt any boat is going to fair very well with sharp lava rock (??). I still think Prijon is the gold standard for tough plastic kayaks.
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Old 09-20-2015   #4
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I still think Prijon is the gold standard for tough plastic kayaks.
Thanks for the links,
Are prijon kayaks available in the US yet?
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Old 09-21-2015   #5
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Originally Posted by gtfowen View Post
Thanks for the links,
Are prijon kayaks available in the US yet?
Yes they are, out of Cali but they have some demo centers and are usually traveling around.

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Old 09-22-2015   #6
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The ZET Raptor is a great kayak. I've beaten mine for over a year and it's stood up to the test. Things I have learned about it:
Carves very well
Comfortable outfitting that's simple
Great plastic

The hull profile doesn't have the rocker that some other kayaks have so boofing it requires getting to know the boat. While the bow rises nicely and has edges to carve with and also deflect water when landing, the rocker profile behind the seat is not accentuated. This makes flat boofing, boofing off of falls and the like it more difficult. You have to pull your boof stroke longer. With this said, once you rail it, it boofs like a champ so leaner boofs are sweet.

When it lands it keeps its hull speed up because it's a little narrower than say a Stomper, so accelerating off of stuff is not a problem.

I've had over 200 days in my Raptor all over the place. The plastic is totally bomber. It has simple outfitting that reacts well to body kinestetics. Energy transfer is excellent because the outfitting doesn't wiggle around, shift, or move while initiating.

My last point which for me is a really big's light. Probably the lightest creeker out there at 80 gallons. I weighed my when I first got it...42lbs. I hike my boat a lot so this is a big plus.

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