Do you have the final specifications for TRAK 2.0?
Yes, we are in the process of making a fancy chart. In the meantime, here is a link to a Google Sheet to view the information.
What is the maximum height of a paddler?
We have TRAK owners who are up to 6’6”. This depends on leg length and shoe size, but anyone over 6’4” or 193 cm tall should consider having their foot brace rails moved on the frame to accommodate their height. The most important consideration is leg length and shoe size.
Will I fit in it?
We have had owners from 5’0” and 100 lb to 6’6 and 250 lb paddle the kayak comfortably. The best check of this is whether it feels good to you personally.
What is the maximum payload capacity?
The maximum payload (how much weight the kayak can carry) is 350 lbs (159 kg). This rating is conservative, and that weight includes both the paddler and the gear. Take this number and reduce it by the weight of the paddler to give you how much gear you can pack in the kayak, comfortably.
What is the beam (width)?
22.5" or 57 cm. The beam on a kayak is equivalent to the width at the widest point (ie. the cockpit area). The narrower a kayak is in general, the less initial stability there is, but the faster it is (long and lean).
What is the size of the cockpit?
16.5” x 30.5” or 42 cm x 77.5 cm
Will the cockpit fit standard spray skirt sizes?
Most likely yes, it is a pretty standard size.
What is the water line?
This varies depending on payload and amount of rocker. With no rocker (or very minimal) the water line is just under 15 feet (4.5 m). With maximum rocker the water line is reduced significantly to approximately 12 feet (3.5 m). This dramatically changes the paddling characteristics of the kayak, contributing to its versatility.
What is the weight of the kayak packed up?
53 lb or 24 kg. If you take a few of the soft components and pack it into a second bag, you can get the weight under the standard 50 lb (or 23 kg) for checking on an airline as checked luggage.
How long can I tour with the ultimate touring kayak?
As a touring kayak, the TRAK 2.0 Ultimate Touring Kayak was designed to handle your most frequent day tours and multi-day trip itineraries. We have customers who do more than two week trips in these kayaks. However, it is ideally a day or up to 10-day touring kayak as far as storage capacity is concerned. This greatly depends on paddler size, the gear you need to be self-supported, and your ability to pack and plan efficiently. We designed this kayak with a gear storage system that makes the very most of the inherent cargo capacity of the interior of the kayak. We did not design this kayak to be a high-capacity expedition kayak. Check out these TRAK Videos.
How tough is the hull?
We have not found anything in nature that can easily puncture the hull. Sharp glass, sharp metal and other unforeseen objects can potentially cause damage. However, we’ve only five kayaks over 11 years come back to date on warranty from that type of damage. As with any other kayak, you have to be careful around coral, but sharp rocks have never caused a problem. The material was designed to be this tough. We did not have to change anything with the hull and deck material from TRAK 1.0 to TRAK 2.0. It has exceeded our expectations for performance and toughness.
Will rocks puncture the hull?
No. This is the same material used for the Navy’s Zodiac military boats and other industrial applications. The material was engineered to provide puncture-resistance, abrasion-resistance and high tensile strength for 200,000+ gallon fuel bladders used in US military operations.
Will coral or oyster beds damage the TRAK kayaks?
It is possible. Our experience so far is that some deep scratches can occur when a weighted down kayak rubs across coral. It has been reported from TRAK owners that they believe the TRAK skin absorbs the impact of this type of abrasion, unlike hardshells, where this tends to gouge and grind. However, like in any other performance kayak, you have to be a bit careful around coral and oyster beds.
What is the hull material made out of?
It is an expedition-grade polyurethane material. It is one of the strongest materials that is possible to use in this application, and TRAK is the only company to construct kayaks with our custom formulation.
Are the deck and the hull made of the same material?
Yes, they are the same type of material but the hull is just thicker.
What is the life expectancy of the hull and deck?
The 5 year warranty offered is unconditional, but the skin of the kayak will likely last a lifetime.
How strong are the welds?
Each weld is reinforced on both the inside and outside of the polyurethane skin making for the strongest welds possible. The keel weld structure results in three layers of material, which has made it unnecessary to add any keel reinforcement. The welding process fuses the material together, making it a lifetime bond.
Will the frame rust? (Corrosion resistance?)
The frame is constructed from anodized aircraft-grade aluminum. It has the same properties as used in the Boeing 777. The entire frame is treated (anodized) to withstand salt and corrosion, if cared for properly. We also pre-apply a coating of Inox MX5 at our factory before it gets delivered to you. It is recommended to reapply Inox MX5 periodically, especially when exposed to salt water.
What are the crossribs in the frame made from?
One of the key innovations achieved with TRAK 2.0 is the improved rigidity and lighter weight components in the frame. The cross ribs are now a composite structure made from carbon fibre and 3D printed components. These new composite ribs offer great weight savings while increasing stiffness for a more consistent performance on the water.
What is the custom spray skirt material?
Aquatherm fabric has 360 degree stretch, instant memory return, and has 80% less volume and weight compared with traditional neoprene products – without compromising performance. It is comfortable, durable, supple, UV stable, waterproof and fast drying.
What is the sea sock material?
Aquatherm fabric - see above.
The sea sock is sold as an add-on accessory. Is it really needed?
Our Aquatherm Sea Sock is a great addition to the TRAK 2.0 Ultimate Touring Kayak for additional safety, comfort and protection. If you plan on doing a lot of solo paddling, paddling in rough water conditions, or cooler temperature conditions, the sea sock would be a smart purchase. It keeps the water in the sock in the case of a capsize, making the re-entry much easier. Watch Episode 2 of The TRAK Files video series for more information.
The redesigned sea sock for TRAK 2.0 features a box end for more foot space as well as tethers to attach to the upper frame tubes which keeps the sock in place while still allowing full access to gear stored in the bow.
Is air used in the jacks?
No. It is a self-contained hydraulic jack, so there is hydraulic fluid inside.
How do I access the hydraulic jacks with my spray skirt on?
We have a custom-designed spray skirt which allows watertight access to the hydraulic jacks in the cockpit. It is a sleeve that allows you to reach the hydraulic jacks and make changes if needed. You can also use the sleeve to access day-use bag(s) or equipment, and can be used to pump water out in a rescue while keeping your sprayskirt in place!
How does the hydraulic jack system actually work?
The basic idea behind any hydraulic system is very simple: force that is applied at one point is transmitted to another point using an incompressible fluid. Our hydraulic jacks are self-contained pistons and work the same as other hydraulic equipment. The hydraulic jacks put pressure from the frame to the skin, to create tension and rigidity, but can also be used to alter the shape of the hull.
Can I over-jack the boat and damage it?
Yes. Especially on land. Each jack has a pre-determined limit of travel. Once the limit has been reached you will no longer feel any resistance on the handle. It is recommended that you only maximize the keel jack while on the water (not on land). The buoyancy from the water holding up the tips of the kayak requires less pressure in the system to maximize the rocker. On the water, it is impossible to damage the frame with the hydraulic jack system on the keel. It is recommended to never maximize the pumps on the side jacks. We recommend 3-5 pumps on each side as a standard setting. You should not need to pump more than 8 times on each side jack to achieve the performance desired on the water.
How much pressure are the jacks putting on the skin?
The jacks deliver significant pressure at maximum rocker (up to 1000 lb on land), but the bursting strength of the skin is thousands of pounds/kilograms. It is impossible to stretch, damage or burst the welded skin with the hydraulic jacks.
How do I know when it’s straight?
Each jack is set so that each pull or pump is the same. If you put 3 pumps on the left, you’d want to put 3 pumps on the right. The best way is to paddle a few strokes in calm conditions and see if the boat tracks straight. If it pulls to one side, add a pump or two to the side gunnel jack on that side until the kayak tracks straight.
What’s actually happening inside the boat when I jack it?
The hydraulic jacks first connect and add tension to the bow and stern frame sections inside the skin, and then with continued pumps on the jack you can actually change the shape of the kayak, flexing the frame even further into the skin material.
What happens if the jacks fail?
If the one of the hydraulic jacks were to fail it would simply affect the speed at which the kayak would be able to travel, as the skin would not be as tight in this area. You always want to paddle with some tension in the skin for optimum paddling performance. Each jack should give you 6 - 7.5 inches (15 - 19 cm) of “travel” or extension. If it happens to be less than this for some reason, please submit a Request for Service.
What advantage is no rocker?
Zero or minimal rocker (6 - 10 pumps on the jack) in the hull allows for a really straight, really fast kayak. This flat hull option is great for calm water and long crossings or distances paddled.
What advantage is a lot of rocker?
The amount of rocker in the hull determines how easy a kayak will turn, edge or spin. Having a lot of rocker would be great for some ocean paddling, rivers or whenever you want added manoeuvrability. It is also helpful for beginners as it offers more stability and makes it easier to turn without extensive paddling skills.
How does it prevent weather cocking?
It doesn’t prevent weather cocking, but it allows the paddler to adjust for it. If you find the kayak being pulled, you can adjust the appropriate side gunnel jack and compensate for the affect on the kayak. This would normally be used only on a long crossing or when handrailing a shoreline, so you don’t have to continually be adjusting.
Does TRAK have sponsons?
No. Our kayak was designed with no sponsons. The sponsons were developed by a legacy folding kayak company, predominantly to improve the aesthetics of the kayak (i.e. keep the skin from wrinkling). Because we use a totally different system (hydraulic jacks) to do this, our kayaks do not require them. We have other solutions for secondary floatation.
What do I use for floatation since there are no bulkheads?
We supply 2 gear floatation bags with each kayak. It is imperative that they are used with the kayak each time you go out, whether you are carrying gear or not.
How do the gear floatation bags work?
The floatation bags work by simply filling the bags with air like a balloon and placing one in the bow, ahead of the foot pegs, and one in the stern. The gear floatation bags are designed to displace water in the event of a capsize, and also as your drybag solution to carry gear for an extended trip. These have been redesigned for the TRAK 2.0 with a high-quality waterproof and airtight zipper.
What is the purpose of a sea sock?
A sea sock fits tightly around the kayak cockpit coaming and around your legs. The sea sock can augment the use of the floatation bags for longer trips, as it ensures that in the event of capsizing, water only enters the sea sock and not the rest of the kayak. This will keep the kayak afloat in this scenario. The added benefit of the sea sock is that for cooler conditions paddling, it helps to keep the inside of your kayak clean, warm and comfortable. It is an added accessory to the kayak, purchased separately.
How easy is it to roll?
If you’re skilled enough to roll a kayak, you can roll this one. Check out this TRAK Video.
Is this boat suitable for Greenland style paddlers?
Yes it is a great Greenland style kayak, with its design originating from these thousands of year old watercraft.
What types of re-entry can I perform in the TRAK?
Any type of re-entry you are most accustomed to. There are no special restrictions, only a few unique techniques. Check out this TRAK Video.
Where do I place the paddle for re-entry?
Narrow paddle blades can fit right through the keder handle on the back deck. Larger paddles with wider blades can be tucked under the lifeline on both sides of the boat. This is the recommended approach for paddle float re-entries. For more information about safety and re-entry, check out this TRAK Video.
How dry is the TRAK?
The only place where any significant water can get in is the open cockpit without a spray skirt on.
What does a Keder Storage System mean and how does it work?
The entire back deck of the kayak opens up by sliding the keder back. It is like a zipper but better.
Is the keder watertight?
A properly closed keder is designed to prevent any water from entering the kayak.
How is gear stowed in the boat?
The kayak comes with two gear floatation bags that work as both floatation in the bow and stern of the kayak as well as acting as waterproof dry bags. Simply load your gear in the gear floatation bag and inflate the remaining space in the bag with air. You can load the bags through the cockpit easily. The stern bag can be loaded through the open keder at the back or through the cockpit before inserting the seat. The gear floatation bags are the same size, but one can be reduced in size by rolling it down further from the top, like a typical dry bag.
What are adjustable thigh braces?
They are located in the cockpit and can easily be set to your preference by simply flipping the coaming over and removing 4 screws (2 in each thigh brace) to reposition them to fit you optimally.
What about the seat?
The seat system TRAK has developed is unlike any other folding kayak seat. It is a rigid seat that gives the exact same feel and comfort as any other touring kayak seat, with the addition of a comfortable and functional back band system. It also has ample padding, and can be customized with more outfitting accessories. The seat back band system sits at the same height as the coaming, giving great comfort and allowing clearance for layback rolls.
Do you have foot braces?
Yes, standard adjustable foot braces are on every kayak. If you are under 5’2” feet (157 cm) tall or over 6’4” (193 cm) tall, you may need to adjust the positioning of the foot pegs on the frame.
What is a life line?
A life line is a strong rope that runs around the deck of the kayak. If you were to capsize this is great for holding onto for rescues and re-entries.
What are the differences between the T-1600 model (up to 2013) and the Seeker ST 16 (up to 2016)?
The overall system is the same between these two models, however several improvements were made based on user experiences and feedback over a 5-6 year period. Some of these improvements include:
Do you make a double/tandem kayak?
Can I add a sail on my kayak?
Yes. There are a few kayak sail kits available on the market that can work with the TRAK kayak.
Can I put my PFD (life jacket) and/or paddle inside the pack?
Yes, there is room for your PFD. As for paddle, you can pack a 4-piece paddle easily in the bag. It is unlikely that a 2-piece paddle will fit inside the bag. It does fit on the outside of the bag.
Are the Gear Floatation Bags interchangeable between bow and stern?
Yes, they are the same size. We recommend rolling the top of the bags more times to stow in the bow, making it 'adjustable' for paddler height and gear stowing options in the front storage area of the kayak.
Are there any other accessories available?
There is a sea sock available for additional safety, warmth, and to keep your kayak clean and dry when paddling solo or in big or cold water. You’ll find more Accessories in our store.
What are the current coast guard requirements for kayaking?
Depends on where you live. Each country and sometimes even each individual state or province will have different regulations.
Can I use a roof rack?
If you want to car top your assembled kayak, there is no reason not to. This can be convenient for short distances travelled between put-in points.
What is the best way to store it?
Dry and in the pack, but if you have the space, keeping the kayak assembled is not a problem either.
Can I leave my kayak fully assembled for storage?
Yes. It is best to release the tension in the jacks when stored, and make sure that the kayak is properly covered.
I can’t program my remote or assemble IKEA furniture. How hard is this really?
It isn’t. There are only 8 pieces, no tools, and once you’ve learned how to set it up, you will understand how it all works…and there are a few little tips and tricks that will help make it go even more smoothly.
How long does it take to set-up the kayak?
With practice, you can easily get the set-up time down to 10 minutes or less. The first few times should take you 20 - 30 minutes. Once familiar, it is uncommon for someone to take longer than 15 minutes. The record is just over 4.5 minutes. We’ve also learned that if you actually want to set-up your kayak in less than 10 minutes, you need to hide from the general public. It does attract a crowd!
What is the size of the pack?
Pack size: 41 x 19 x 9 in / 104 x 48 x 22 cm
Is it a back pack?
No but you can purchase a Flexhaul Harness Backpack that secures to the base of the rolling travel bag, and is a highly technical backpack with lumbar support, hip pads and professional shoulder straps. This will be sold as an accessory.
How long does it take to pack-up the kayak?
It takes less time to pack-up than set-up. With practice, you will be packed-up in less than 10 minutes.
What’s the trick to inserting the jacks?
For starters, use one jack to separate the ribs and expand the frame. You can do this by placing the jack rib to rib along the bottom in the center (there are dimples on the face of the ribs to place the jack tips), and jacking it until you can see a gap of 3/8” – 3/4” (1 – 2 cm) between the stem of the seat pillar and the end of the frame tube. At this point, you can insert one of the side jacks. Jack the side jack out by 5 - 6 pumps. Then insert the third jack in the gunnel. Jack it out by 5 - 6 pumps. Then you can remove the center jack from between the ribs, and insert it in its proper keel position.
NOTE: The stationary end of the jacks should be inserted first as the piece that slips into the frame tube at this end is slightly longer.
The keder is so tight, how do I close it all the way?
It could be a few things: make sure the coaming seal is not stuck anywhere around the coaming. Once you’ve pulled the keder up 80% of the way with no or little tension on the jacks, try adding some tension 8 - 10 pumps (up to 12 if necessary) on both side gunnel jacks to help stretch and straighten out the back deck. Once you’ve added tension to the side jacks, you should be able to pull the keder up all the way and lock it into the coaming.
NOTE: Do not force the keder into place. Make sure the keder track is clean and lubricated, ideally with MX5 kayak lubricant. Be sure to create a nice parallel track for the keder before pulling it up and into place. If you have the keder all the way and are still having trouble, make sure you tuck the coaming seal in at the back of the coaming, and then pull up and in to lock it in place. Also, you may need to push the coaming forward to take out some of the fabric “bunching”.
How do I remove the coaming?
There is a small ring hanging down from the middle of the rib at the front of the cockpit. Pull down on the ring and then pull back on the coaming to release it from the rib.
How do I release the frame from the skin?
You need to go to the end of the kayak (stern) and grab the tip, and then twist it back and forth, using the hard plastic tip in the end of the welded skin to force the frame out of the skin. We call this “breaking the nose” but it does not harm the kayak in any way. Once the frame is separated from the tip of the skin, you can pull it out with ease. Then repeat for the front (bow) of the kayak.
What are the airline travel restrictions?
If you plan on traveling with your TRAK on a commercial airplane, there are a few tips and tricks that will have your experience be smooth and have you fly without a hitch. The kayak in its pack with all accessories weighs approximately 53 lb (24 kg). The objective is to get your checked bag under 50 lb (23 kg). You may need to move the spray skirt and the gear floatation bags into a second bag, either carry-on or a second checked bag. Make sure each checked bag weighs under 50 lb (23 kg).
Most airlines accept 1-2 pieces of checked luggage for international travel, and charge per bag with up to 3 bags. For domestic air travel, you will be charged on a per bag basis. This is usually much less than an overweight charge.
You should review the checked and carry-on luggage guidelines with the airlines directly before travelling.
What is Negative / Reverse Rocker?
Negative rocker is when the floor of the cockpit area is higher than the bottom of the kayak tips.
If this happens all you have to do is release the tension from the side gunnel jacks, and increase the rocker by pumping the center keel jack until there is no longer negative rocker (we recommend 6-10 pumps at minimum in the center keel jack). To simply add tension to the skin, we recommend you put 3 - 5 pumps of pressure on each of the side gunnel jacks. Negative rocker is likely the result of too many pumps on the side jacks, and not enough with the center keel jack. For a heavier paddler, you may need to apply 5-6 pumps of pressure on the side gunnel jacks to increase your freeboard.
Oil / Fluid on rams / Jack not functioning properly
A thin film of oil on the rams is normal, however if there is an excessive amount it could result in a malfunctioning jack. If the ram extends less than 7” (18 cm) the jack is malfunctioning. If this has happened, you can use this jack on one of the side gunnel locations, and use another jack on the center keel location. If your jack has malfunctioned, please submit a Request for Service.
How do I remove scuffs and marks from the hull?
Try just plain water, natural cleaner and some elbow grease, but rubbing alcohol works for tougher stains and scuffs. You can also use mineral spirits, which is a natural form of paint thinner. It works well on bigger stains and will help cut any grease.
How do I care for my kayak when I paddle in salt water?
We strongly recommend that after paddling in salt water you thoroughly rinse your kayak with fresh water. Allow the kayak to dry fully before packing it up for any length of time. This is especially important for the hydraulic jacks: Rinse the jacks at full extension and with the release valve open. Dry with a soft cloth. A wipe with a light lubricant, like Inox MX5 or WD-40 is also recommended.
How do I care for my hydraulic jacks? Take special care of your jacks. They are a very important component on your TRAK kayak. Store them away in a dry and secure place. Don’t store them in extremely hot or extremely cold conditions. For those of you living in winter climates, store the hydraulic jacks indoors.
Is it difficult to repair the skin?
In the unlikely event of a rip or a tear in the polyurethane skin, it can be patched with a product called Tear-Aid that is included in your Owner’s Manual. It is like a band-aid: simply peel and stick over the tear. This will get you home. When you get home, contact TRAK or your dealer, and we will review the issue and help you find a more permanent solution. One product we recommend is using McNett's Aquaseal with their Cotol 240 accelerator to improve the speed of the cure.