Essex, Dear Kevin & Jackie, I have been
looking around for a kayak for the last five years, suitable for
all kinds of water... a good all-rounder. Eventually I purchased
a Wild One sport and I'm delighted with it. The first day that I
received it I took it out to get the feel of it, and after a couple
of hours use I decided it's the most comfortable kayak I have ever
sat in. I live by the river Thames estuary, with strong winds and
currents, and being able to fit the skeg to the kayak has proved
to be a big advantage, it's very effective in the kind of conditions
I encounter. I have been out in calm and also very rough seas, I've
been out in surf on the south coast, I've let friends have a go
who have never been canoeing and have observed how quickly they
got to use the Wild One. I have even been out in it with a grandchild
on my lap, and it handled very well. Being able to get into all
of the inaccessible places that you normally can't get to, I've
been mullet fishing as the cockpit seems to have room enough around
my legs to carry a rod, net and tackle (I haven't caught one yet!).
I'm looking forward to shooting some white water soon. It slides
on the surface on a sharp turn without digging in. It's sturdy,
versatile, a very good all-rounder (GP), for the price it is very
reasonable. After over 43 years of experience with canoes and kayaks
I would feel confident taking my Wild One round the world with me,
to places like India, the Himalayas, Australia and America, and
to places that I haven't yet been to. Thanks for my unique colour
design, your patience and help and your prompt service.
Warwick Hi! Kevin, just to say that my boat arrived
safe and sound today as promised. Thanks for a great service. I
have been out to christen it this evening for a gentle paddle on
the Avon through Warwick, with wonderful views of Warwick Castle,
fantastic. Very comfortable, and feels quite stable, and much faster
than the Redine I borrowed. However quite manouverable, easy to
turn, and I found that neither the front or back buried disconcertingly
in the water when doing this quickly, as with other boats I have
tried. My 12 year son had a go too, and found it easy to manouver.
I might think about a skeg, but think that the tracking will improve
as my paddling technique improves! Look forward to some longer paddles
now, and a bit of moving water. Love the grey graphics. Thanks again
for the advice, and the great service.
Cornwall Dear Kevin, I have used the "Wild One" extensively
in river, estuary, sea and surf, since purchasing it from you in
May. It's performance is unsurpassed by other similar craft I have
tried at my local canoe club. I have found it easy to paddle and
control, comfortable, fast and reassuring at all times. Easy to
launch and land, it handles rough conditions, and is a pleasure
to use. The highlight of my paddling career which only started last
year 2003 at the age of 64 years was learning to roll.
Just to let you know that I am very happy with the kayak so far.
Out yesterday afternoon in fairly rough conditions off Newborough
beach (Anglesey). Confused sea with some big waves and breaking
tops over the sand banks. I am still finding my feet again having
not canoed for about 15 years, but the Wild One never got anything
wrong, and I felt safe and confident despite the wind and waves.
Kelly College Adventure Centre &
Scouts -assistant county commissioner for water activities
looking for an all-rounder that would be kind enough for youngsters,
but yet allow for progression to whitewater and surf. I found it
in the Wild One club and sport kayaks.
The club kayaks have proven a big success with the younger paddlers
and enables all ages to participate in flatwater paddling. The sport
model has also proven its worth with the ability to paddle up to
grade 3 whitewater and sea paddling
These boats are ideal for kayak clubs and Scout organisations and
a great way to introduce youngsters to the sport safely. Go on -
try the kayaks out for yourself
'Scouting' magazines editor for Feb 2002 issue 'Win a Wild One'
Just a quick
note to accompany the photos of my Wild One kayak which I purchased
in March. I have been really pleased with its performance. These
photos were taken on the River Wensum in Norfolk in April If you
need any quotes for your publicity then here are some comments you
'On an open expanse of water (at Hickling Broad in Norfolk), the
Wild One kept its course despite a strong wind and slight swell.
The skeg is easy to fit and ensures the kayak holds an arrow straight
courtse even when buffeted by waves and wind. It is a very comfortable
kayak and gives ample back support. It combines comfort and a sporty
feel and the kayak moves swiftly through the water. Although I am
of small build the kayak is easy to lift and I can put it on top
of the car and into the water on my own. I came across Wild Things
stand at the International Canoe Exhibition in Birmingham, sat in
the kayak on the stand and liked it, but it's even better on the
Scotland Hi Just to let you know I have at last
had a chance to get the Wild One on the water. Took it up to Arisaig
way and had some wonderful day paddles. It's not a fast kayak,but
it really did seem amazingly easy to maintain a fair cruising speed.
I was also impressed with how comfy it was for me at 6'. My partner
at 5'3" found it comfy and easy to be in as a complete novice too.
The spray deck was a very tight fit at first, though as you suggested
it eased off enough once it had been on the boat for a couple of
days. All I need is to get a decent roll together and then I can
check out learning to surf. So thanks very much I'm chuffed to bits
Bucks To all at Wild Things. Many,many thanks
for the excellent service you have provided. Delivery having taken
place last week (sorry for late reply) everything is as asked and
as expected. Test driven Saturday for the first time (Marlow, Horizontal
rain and force 4 down the river) and she performed 100%. (Training
for the DW doesnt seem so bad now!) Thanks again for your service.
Evans, Devon; '...it sure is good at rock
hopping; comfortable, agile and kind'.
canoe club, Leeds; THE BOAT IS A CRACKER. Beginners
who have struggled to go in a straight line in a ****** and ******/****
have all had rapid and successful learning curves and we love it
on moving water. We have yet to take it on the sea, but on the flat
or moving, whether beginner or expert, we are really pleased you
have designed it and that we have bought them.
Nottingham Dear wildthings. I have taken out your wild
one on three trips so far. the first time I took it for a test run
of 17miles,when I finished I needed to do some adjustments like
back rest was to far forward and bring the foot rest back,see our
I go on next trip. took it out for a 20 mile run next trip on the
river Trent in Nottingham,found it allot more comfortable reacted
well, pleased with the outcome. next trip went for a 28mile trip
on the Trent from get.Hayward to just past Burton on Trent.had wind
in our faces choppy water my mate who paddles in a magic bat found
it hard to keep up with me.after the trip I found that the seat
is a little hard could do with a gel type cover on it to soften
it abit.do you do a nose cone to protect the front from rocks and
other things I might bash into when I go white watering. nice boat
good allrounder made a good decision.
Dorset; Just a quick message to say how pleased I am with
the performance of the 'Wild One'. ....... on a recent trip I went
from Tarr steps to Dulverton on the Barle and the boat handled like
a dream. I have recommended it to everyone I have spoken to.
Rutland Canoe Club; Kayaks arrived. Splendid service as usual!
Pyman, Jersey Canoe Club: I
am very pleased with the boat which has caused some interest with
other members of JCC so perhaps you may get some further orders.
In fact when I was paddling the other evening at a club meet, moving
along very nicely without having to put any real effort in, the
instructor came splashing up behind in his short boat and asked
me to slow down because I was getting too far ahead - my thought
was that he should be paddling a boat like mine so that he didnt
have to put so much effort and noise in to catch up but I didnt
say that of course and did as I was asked.