OVERACHIEVERThis boat's predecessor, the EZ, proved stable and easy to paddle yet was up for the latest tricks. And with a new, narrower cut and a hull tweaked for freestyle moves, the '05 EZG improves on the formula. During tests on the McKenzie River in Eugene, Oregon, this kayak's forgiving lines and curved rocker kept me upright, while its planar hull supported flat spins. Conclusion? The EZG gets intermediates safely downstream yet loosens the reins when you want to carve, spin, and cartwheel.Bonus: Three available sizes dial in a precise fit.Bummer: It won't pull air as easily as its peers.
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