FeelFree Flash PD 10.5
The Flash PD is the first pedal drive recreational kayak from FeelFree. If you feel like paddling for a while, just pop the drive system out of the way and give your legs a break. This dual-drive system allows you to spend more time on the water so you can go further and do more.
- Portable and easy to get to the water
- Good top speed
- Efficient rudder system
- Low upper capacity
- Rudder lever is a little close to the seat
Size, weight, capacity
The FeelFree Flash PD is 11 ft. 2 in. (3.45 m) long and 30.25 in. (77 cm) wide. This might feel a little narrow when you first climb on board, but the sleek profile allows this kayak to cruise across the water and maintain a good top speed.
Weighing in at 70 lbs. (32 kg), this kayak is far from the heaviest model on the market. Sure, you’re going to need a hand loading the kayak onto your rooftop, but the wheel in the keel means you don’t need a trolley to move it to the water.
A recommended capacity of 250 lbs. (113 kg) is pretty low but should be enough for mid-size adults with minimum gear. If you like to paddle with a lot of stuff, it could be worth considering a larger model.
The main feature of the Flash PD is the pedal drive unit. This propellor-powered system slots into place and locks securely, but can be lifted while on the water if you want to take a break and paddle for a while.
A large lever next to the seat controls the oversized rudder and allows this kayak to make tight turns.
The fully adjustable seat system is highly supportive and breathable, keeping you cool and comfortable for long days on the water. This seat fits into slots on the top of the kayak and can be quickly moved to get the right reach for the pedal system. For added comfort, FeelFree sells a lumbar support system separately.
For kayakers who like to take bags or barrels out on the water, there is storage bungee at the bow and a storage well at the rear of the Flash PD. FeelFree has added two rod holders behind the seat and some gear tracks, which makes it suitable for an occasional fishing trip as long as you go light on gear.
FeelFree’s patented Wheel in the Keel makes moving this kayak easy. Just lift the front with the molded grab handle and roll down to the water.
FeelFree Flash PD is geared more towards recreational kayaking than kayak fishing. With that in mind, it is narrower than most fishing kayaks and can feel a little less stable initially. The upshot is that it cruises at a good top speed without you having to work too hard.
The rudder control system allows the kayak to turn in tight circles easily, as well as enhancing the tracking of the Flash PD. The control lever does sit a little close to the seat but otherwise, this is an effective rudder system.
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Specification: FeelFree Flash PD 10.5