Norwegian outdoors magazine Villmarksliv publishes its review of the Wavewalk kayak, by Eric Overdijk

At last, the popular Norwegian outdoors magazine “Villmarksliv” published an article about the Wavewalk kayak. In order to test Wavewalk 500 they have used it over a long period of time.
They gave the W500 five points out of six, which is highest.
This is very positive.

Eric

Wavewalk 500
Stable Fishing Kayak

Fishing from a kayak can be an unstable experience, so some choose a canoe instead, where there is also better space for equipment.
Wavewalk 500 is a kind of middle ground, and an exciting alternative for those who like to fish or hunt from a kayak or canoe.
This is a catamaran where you sit on a raised platform in the middle. Thus your position is more upright than in a kayak, and you get less tired.
You can also get up to stretch your legs and stand when you’re fishing, since the design makes the Wavewalk steady enough.
It is fitted with four convenient carrying handles, which allows two people to carry the kayak in a comfortable way.
It is somewhat cramped for fishing for two adults, and this is primarily a kayak for one person or an adult and a child.
On relatively quiet water, two medium-weight adults can sit back to back to fish.

Wavewalk 500 is pretty fast to paddle.

Because there’s storage space under the deck forward, it is convenient to stick the paddle down there when it’s not not in use.
There is also a bungee cord around the cockpit and the carrying handles can be used to fasten the luggage,.
An advantage of the Wavewalk is good directional stability during paddling, and that it does not turn or drifts away quickly because of wind.
This property makes it suitable for hunting for waterfowl.
I have not tried to hunt alone, but when you’re hunting sitting you can rotate completely around the seat, an advantage for hunting flying birds.
Although the material of the boat seems a little thin, and it gives a little under load, it is sturdy enough.
+ Stable.
Directional stability.
Good sitting position.
Ability to customize for larger luggage on top but little storage inside for large-size items.
The kayak is best paddling alone, and with two people it is a compromise.
Testing Results [rating]: 5 out of 6

Norwegian-outdoors-magazine-kayak-review

More fishing kayak reviews »

5 thoughts on “Norwegian outdoors magazine Villmarksliv publishes its review of the Wavewalk kayak, by Eric Overdijk”

  1. Thanks Eric,

    Congratulations!

    Fair enough. These people did a thorough and respectable job by testing the W kayak in real life conditions and over a long period. This shows that they take their job and their readers seriously, in contrast to the clowns that we have here in the US who call themselves ‘reporters’, ‘testers’ and ‘editors’ in outdoors, fishing and paddling magazines.

    Yoav

  2. Kayak magazines in the United States are supported by advertisers. As has been said here many times, these magazines will never publish an honest, trial-based comparison of the Wavewalk with any other kayak. It would mean financial suicide because the manufacturers would no longer be able to trust the magazines. Neither should you.

  3. What you said Michael……………..what you said!

    Tight lines and MoPaddle Safe All.
    Rox

  4. I wonder if this review in a reputable Scandinavian magazine would make that idiot Bjorn Thomasson change his mind about this kayak, or at least want to test it.

  5. Benny,

    Bjorn Thomasson is one of hundreds of mediocre and unoriginal kayak designers out there, and nothing would make him change his mind about the W kayak, especially since he’s published his unfounded (namely idiotic) opinion about it on his website. Ignorance coupled with denial seem to play an important role in the lives of people like him.

    Yoav

Leave a Reply