TideRace Xplore

TideRace Xplore

$ 4,199.00 USD

Brief Description

The first thing people notice when they test paddle a Tiderace Xplore kayak is how much faster they are than older designs of otherwise similar looking Brit expedition kayaks. And that's just the beginning. The Tiderace Xplore series are also more maneuverable and more comfortable than other kayaks in this class. There's more to it than just an improved hull design. Tiderace kayaks have a new kind of cockpit ergonomics which make them both more efficient to paddle and more comfortable on long crossings. And Xplores are built extremely stiff and strong so they can take a lot of punishment. All four sizes of Xplore (Xplore-S, Xplore M, Xplore, and Xplore-X) feel stable yet easy to edge and roll. Together these improvements are making the Tiderace Xplore kayak series the hottest British expedition kayaks!

Detailed Description

Tiderace kayaks are the creation of Aled Williams -- an experienced British kayak designer who created the Rockpool and earlier British expedition sea kayaks. Tiderace Kayaks are the newest, most up to date of all the British style kayaks on the market. Tiderace's goal is to make them the highest quality sea kayaks though the use of superior materials and craftsmanship in construction. The Tiderace kayaks are the result of much experience in designing and building high quality sea kayaks. Of all the British style expedition kayaks on the market, the Tiderace Xplore series kayaks have the most comfortable seat, most aggressive knee/thigh braces, most comfortable and durable back band, best skeg system, and the highest overall quality. Think of Tiderace as Brit kayaks Version 4.0

The Tiderace Xplore series kayaks have good tracking, superior maneuverability, and a bit more cargo capacity than other comparable expedition sea kayaks, making them the clear choice for long distance expeditions as well as weekend outings. Every experienced paddler that we've seen try one is impressed by how much less drag Xplores have compared to other expedition sea kayaks and how much more comfortable they are. Whether choosing your first expedition sea kayak or upgrading from an older Brit boat, you can't go wrong with one of the Tiderace Kayak Xplore kayaks.

As a rough guide, we find:
The Xplore-S is best suited for paddlers 5' 4" to 5' 10", 130-170 lbs
The Xplore-M is best suited for paddlers 5' 6" to 6' 0", 140-190 lbs
The Xplore-L is best suited for paddlers 5' 10" to 6' 4", 180-230 lbs
The Xplore-X is best suited for paddlers 6' 1" to 6' 7", 220-270lbs

All four sizes of the Tiderace Xplore have the looks and proven seaworthiness of the British/Greenland style sea kayak, but updated and without the quality problems that have plagued so many other kayaks. The Tiderace Xplores have a moderately chined hull that carves turns and handles well in rough seas without the added drag or fragility of a harder chine. The Tiderace Xplores come standard with features such as: the forward day hatch in front of the cockpit (a hatch you can actually use while on the water!), a retractable skeg* with state-of-the-art precise, smooth slider cable control, Kayaksport hatches (oval front and rear hatches plus round front and rear day hatches), front and rear fiberglass bulkheads (two rear bulkheads plus front bulkhead), fiberglass seams, recessed deck fittings, reflective safety lines, chart holder bungees, keyhole cockpit with good hip and knee braces, and a comfortable adjustable back band.

*A skeg looks like the fin on the bottom of a surf board except on sea kayaks this skeg is designed to retract into a trunk on the bottom of the hull. With the skeg up, Xplores are very maneuverable; put the skeg down and an Xplore tracks straight even in side wind conditions where most kayaks without rudders weathercock (turn up wind). This combination of good hull design and a retractable skeg are fast making rudders (and all their problems and limitations) obsolete on sea kayaks (at least for people who know how to paddle).

Some impressions from recent buyers:

"Paddling a Tiderace Xplore S is like discovering a new gear in a fast car. Just when you think it's reached its top speed, you shift into this faster gear. Then you grin like a little kid, as you realize you're moving through the water faster than ever before! :)" DH

"The Xplore is a truly exceptional kayak! I can't figure out why it's so much faster than my Explorer, it's magic." TF

Here's what Tiderace Kayaks says about their kayaks:

Our hulls are reinforced throughout. We pay particular attention to keel strength as this is the key factor in making the boats last many years. Repeated landings, especially on boulder strewn or rocky beaches can be damaging to a kayak, and we build into our kayaks a high degree of survivability. Our kayaks are slightly heavier than boats from other manufacturers due to the extra reinforcing we specify. All gelcoat is sprayed; this guarantees a consistent coverage to a correct thickness, not too thick as it risks cracking. Strength comes from a laminate high in fibre mixed with the appropriate amount of resin. We believe a kayak hull should not oil-can when sat under its own weight on a rocky shore, nor should it deform when held securely on a roof rack.

Give our kayaks “the squeeze and flex test”! Grab either bow or stern keel section just above the waterline, then squeeze and flex the boat. You’ll notice the difference compared with other manufacturers’, and feel the rigidity that we specify in our construction.

We also pay particular attention to the deck construction. Decks often receive localized stress over different areas. Our back deck easily supports the weight of the paddler, and is ready reinforced to take a towing system. A large pressure is exerted through the knees while paddling in rough water conditions, this area is made strong. The front deck is designed to take the weight during a rescue, and hatch recess areas are stiffened by shape and laminate to reduce flexing while fitting hatch covers.

All seams are Kevlar reinforced, inside and out as standard, as this is a key area in a boats’ overall stiffness. Recess deck fittings are bolted in place and then glassed over on the inside. This gives a smooth interior finish and a high degree of reserve strength to the fittings. The kayak tips are made solid, and the bulkheads are glassed into place for ultimate security. Our seats extend the rigidity of the kayak’s structure by closely conforming to the hull shape, and making contact over two large base flanges padded with high density foam. Bolts join the seat tops to the cockpit rim and also secure the backrest.

Deception Pass Dash Results (Dec. 4, 2010)

History repeats itself. In the 2009 Deception Pass Dash, I paddled a Tiderace Xplore to see how it would compare in speed to an NDK Explorer. There were at least six Explorers that finished that race, and the Tiderace Xplore beat the fastest of them by at over a minute (in a 5.5nm race). In the 2010 Dash, I wanted to see how the Tiderace Xcite would compare to an NDK Romany. Well the Xcite not only beat all of them (by over 8 minutes) but it was neck and neck with the fastest Explorer (of which there were at least ten that finished the race)! I really didn't expect the Xcite would be that fast. BTW, I loaned my Xplore to Tim Niemeir (who had never been in one before) and he took 2nd place in Men's SK (again the Xplore beat all the Explorers). 1st place in Men's SK was Troy Husband in a CD Solstice GT with a rudder. GG

To get the full results, and see pictures go to the Dash Blog, then click the link to "DP Dash 2010 results".

Deception Pass Dash Results (Dec. 12, 2009)

The Men's Sea Kayak division had 70 competitors and is the largest class in the race.

Second place was K.A. Alumni John Thoreson in our demo TideRace Xplore S (for medium to small paddlers), 5th place was George "I'm Not A Racer" Gronseth in his TideRace Xplore (standard size model).

For those of you who are wondering how the NDK Explorer (which there were more of than any other sea kayak model in the race) stacked up against TideRace Xplores, NDK Explorers were in 8th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 15th and 16th place. The fastest NDK Explorer was over a minute behind the 5th place TideRace Xplore and almost four minutes behind the 2nd place TideRace Xplore S.

To get the full results, and see pictures go to the Dash Blog, then click the link to "DP Dash 2009 results".

Deception Pass Dash Results (Dec. 2010)

Tim Niemeir took 2nd place in Men's SK paddled an TideRace Xplore and again the Xplore beat all the Explorers. George paddled a TideRace Xcite and still beat all but one Explorer (a near tie).

To get the full results, and see pictures go to the Dash Blog, then click the link to "DP Dash 2010 results".


 

 

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FEATURES (All models come standard with: retractable skeg, F & R hatches, fiberglass bulkheads, recessed deck fittings, safety lines with reflective threads, fiberglass seams inside & out, adjustable back band.)
Xplore S 17'5" 20" 12" 330 l 55 5'4"-5'10" 130-170 Kayaksport rubber hatches - round front, round front day hatch, round day hatch, and oval rear hatch
Xplore M 17'5" 21" 12.5" 354 l 57 5'6"-6'0" 140-190 Kayaksport rubber hatches - oval front, round front day hatch, round day hatch, and oval rear hatch
Xplore L 18'0" 21" 13" 380 l 59 5'10"-6'4" 180-230 Kayaksport rubber hatches - oval front, round front day hatch, round day hatch, and oval rear hatch
Xplore X 18'0" 23.5" 13.8" 430 l 62 6'1"-6'7" 220-270 Kayaksport rubber hatches - oval front, round front day hatch, round day hatch, and oval rear hatch

Special Shipping Required

Kayaks are excluded from our free shipping policy. Sea kayaks are expensive to ship and prone to being damaged. We recommend picking them up at our shop. If needed, we can provide contact info for specialty boat hauling businesses so you to arrange your own FOB shipping.