With the Splashback, Crescent Kayaks’ goal was to create the best tracking compact kayak on the market. It’s a beginner-friendly boat that’s made for excellent performance and ultra portability. With a full-length keel, the Splashback is able to stay on course better than many other kayaks of comparable length. The Splashback was designed to be a new and improved version of Crescent’s Splash I kayak with added speed and maneuverability.
- Excellent portability
- Perfect starter kayak
- Compact design
- Good stability
- Limited Storage
- Fixed seat design
- Limited capacity
Size and Weight
The Splashback clocks in at 10’2” (309.8 cm) in length and 32” (81.2 cm) wide, making it one of the most compact models produced by Crescent. While its size is relatively the same as many other compact kayaks on the market, its weight is what truly sets it apart and puts the Splashback in a league of its own. The Splashback tips the scales at only 47 lbs (21.3 kg), which makes it extremely easy to handle—even for young users. Its small size and lightweight design combine to create a highly portable kayak that can be car-topped with very little effort.
As you might expect, the Splashback’s small stature means that it is not capable of handling heavy loads. With a maximum capacity of only 300 lbs (136 kg), the Splashback is geared towards users that weigh up to about 225 lbs. That said, this kayak can comfortably support most average-sized individuals and has decent stability in most circumstances. The Splashback is also perfect for children and small users, because its short design and lightweight construction make it easy to handle on and off the water.
The Splashback has a very clean and simple design and appearance, but that doesn’t mean that this kayak isn’t capable of offering great performance on the water. The Splashback gets its name from the seat design, which is crafted for the user to sit directly on the kayak’s molded plastic seat instead of a higher, framed seat.
The molded seat is made to comfortably support the paddler. Its molded backrest lets you lean back and enjoy the ride. You can also purchase an injection-molded foam pad separately for a softer ride.
The Splashback’s storage options include a bungee strap on the bow to hold items you need access to on the water, such as a rain jacket or lunch bag.
On the stern, there is a large, open tank well. It also has a bungee cord and is perfect for storing coolers, backpacks, tents, or any other gear.
This kayak can be easily transported on top of most vehicles or in the back of a truck. In addition to rope-based handles on the bow and stern, there are sturdy plastic handles on either side of the seat, so this boat is really easy to handle.
Most compact kayaks have poor tracking because of a simple hull design, but the Splashback outdoes the competition by offering a full-length keel which translates to a surprisingly positive performance in tracking, speed and other areas.
The Splashback is an excellent starter kayak for anyone seeking a ride that will stay on track and not be too much of a hassle to transport from one place to another.
As we’ve mentioned above, the full-length keel gives the Splashback an outstanding level of speed and tracking in most water conditions. With a low center of gravity, it offers plenty of stability, especially in calm waters. The lightweight construction of the Splashback gives it good agility and maneuverability. Even beginner paddlers will find the Splashback to be very easy to handle.
Specification: Crescent Splashback