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Topic: RTM Tempo vs DAG MidWay  (Read 357 times)

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josep78

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Dear all!

I planning to buy my second kayak and I narrowed down my options to DAG MidWay and RTM Tempo. I plan to use it almost exclusively during warm days in summer and on sea and I don't have a need for big storage space. Please, could someone answer the following questions or help me decide in general? I'm especially interested in:

- Tracking: which kayak maintains straight line forward more easily? I read that MidWay is somewhat more susceptible to waves and wind than Tempo, is it true? When the water surface is calm, how to they compare? When it is not calm, how to they compare, with respect to tracking?

- Front hatch: apparently Tempo does not have water-sealed bulkhead, whereas MidWay does. I read that some people had to beach Tempo, after they did not close the lid properly. How dangerous is this anyway? I was under impression that these kind of kayaks are meant to be "unsinkable".

- Wet ride: I'm planning to use a seat, how wet is the ride going to be? I read that MidWay has always tiny bit of water in the sitting area, is it true? I'm almost 200lbs (90kg), am I too heavy for MidWay? What about Tempo, is the sitting generally more dry than in MidWay? I imagine that the foot wells in Tempo are most of the time filled with water, as the sink holes are in just one pair of the wells?

- Speed: this is a bit difficult to quantify I know but can someone perhaps comment on how fast and how far I will get given the same amount of effort?

- Comfort: I read that Tempo is very comfortable, true? What about MidWay?

- Stability: I'm generally not too much worried about the supposedly greater tippiness of MidWay, but should I be? If some small motor boat goes by, will it cause any problems? Yes, that depends on my skill I guess, just asking...

If you have any more comparison or comments I would be very grateful if you could post them as well.

Thank you!


rob102

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Tempo is good for spearfishing. I've never been on the other.

Tempo is fast and tracks well. I have never had a leaky hatch but I always keep it latched. It can be tippy if you aren't used to a narrow yak but once you get used to it there's no problem. I'm 215 and it's a wet ride without a seat. It's comfortable.

Again I spearfish so I don't know about fishing out of it.

Did you find a tempo somewhere?  I haven't found them around.


josep78

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Thank you for the reply!

I have not yet search for either of the boats, I would first like to decide which one to buy.


rob102

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I think the rtm is hard to find


SuperVato

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 I see that you're in Croatia I think we did not notice that at first. The RTM is very much like the scupper pro model we are very familiar with around here.  At 200 pounds the ride of the RTM will be moderately wet (I wouldn't worry about that)it will also be slightly but not unbearably tippy, speed will be excellent. I am not  familiar with the other model, perhaps it is not exported to the USA? Welcome to our online community,  I hope to hear more from you. Bulkheads are nice but uncommon in kayaks, no kayak is unsinkable. Check your hatches and drain plug(s) religiously.
 
« Last Edit: February 04, 2017, 03:29:30 PM by SuperVato »
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Good luck on your kayak hunt. If you don't mind me asking, where are you located in Croatia?
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