Still water is a unique paddling emotion for me. There is usually a piece of me that is a little irritated by the lack of a current and another piece of me that is very satisfied peacefully cutting through a scenic mountain lake.
A touring inflatable kayak seems a little…off. It is like a single speed bicycle in a pack of tricked out road bikes. AIREs flat water kayak lacks the“elite” stereotype of some of its hardshell counter parts, however, like a well loved single speed bike, the Sawtooth is 100% functional and perfect for most calm water situations. That analogy being said, I own a tricked out road bike and was a little skeptical of the Sawtooth when I first dipped it into the clear blue water of Redfish Lake.
My co-worker had a successful run with the Sawtooth on Payette Lake and came back to work raving about how smooth and stable it was. He had no problem paddling his two year old around exploring the bank side and put other non-paddlers in the boat, they each came back with a stamp of approval.
A few weeks later at Redfish I was able to take it out and was surprised by how well it tracked and how fast I was able to clip along in the choppy lake water. I spent the afternoon paddling my 4 year old niece and 8 year old nephew around and could not keep them out of the boat. When the day was over, I rolled up the Sawtooth and put it in the trunk of my four door. It was the perfect kayak for a beautiful day on the lake.