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Tequila! GTX Solo Modular Kayak Review

Updated On December 24, 2019

You will find a vast variety of kayak types if you’re in the market for one. There are hard-shells, there are inflatables, there are touring kayaks, fishing kayaks, sit-ins, sit-on-tops, etc. If you don’t know exactly what you need, you might get lost. Having said that, people who don’t really know what they’re after usually go after a combination of a few things they might need, and that is usually a stable platform that is easy to carry around when necessary, and yet offers a fun time and decent performance. These are some very tough shoes to fill, and often require a radical redesign in the kayak that would offer all of these things without any sacrifices or compromises. That is exactly where Point 65’s Tequila! GTX solo modular kayak comes in. It’s somewhat of an interesting category, as it’s a modular kayak, and you can split it in two in order to get a much smaller package, which is way more convenient to carry than a hard-shell kayak. When assembled, however, you do get the performance and sturdiness of a hard-shell, and the performance gains are amazing. Without wasting any more time, let’s get into the full Tequila! GTX solo modular kayak review, and at the end you will have decided if this should be the next thing you buy for your adventure weekends.

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So why the Emotion Edge Kayak Review?

This kayak’s design is undoubtedly the first thing that you’ll notice. Once assembled, it’s a full-on sit-on-top hard-shell kayak, and its performance confirms that. Take a better look, however, and you notice that the kayak splits in two halves. This innovative design has brought the Tequila! GTX quite a few awards, such as Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New” and ISPO’s “ISPO Brandnew” finalist award, as well as the Red Dot design award. But, considering that the awards won’t get you out in the water, let’s discuss the benefits of such a design. First of all, when it isn’t assembled, you get two pieces of it to carry around, which are much lighter than having to carry a full kayak. Second, when you need to carry it in a vehicle, it takes up much less space and you can pop it into the trunk and not worry about it. While you can get both of these things with an inflatable kayak as well, you will notice that you don’t get the third one – excellent performance.

The performance of this kayak will leave you speechless. It is one of the fastest kayaks on the market, and the new tracking keel allows it to paddle straight as an arrow. Maneuverability is also great, and you can do it with ease. The stability isn’t a problem at all, and you can either sit or stand, no issues whatsoever. Comfort is taken care of by the AIR seat, which comes with a pneumatically adjustable backrest for even more comfort. You also get a cup holder, as well as molded multi-foot rests, and that whole package guarantees that you’ll have optimal relaxation. You get more than enough storage, and you can load it up for a day trek, or maybe a weekend adventure, it’s completely up to you. It is also designed to accommodate tackles, or a cooler, or other things you might need when you go fishing.

There is one more thing about the Tequila! GTX Solo modular kayak which should be another benefit if you ever wish to go kayaking with a partner. There is a Snap Tap mid-section, which you add between the two halves of the kayak, and it allows you to add another seat to the kayak, effectively turning it into a tandem kayak.

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Final Verdict:

All things considered, if you want the performance of a hard-shell kayak, with the added benefit of being able to easily carry it around and store it, you pretty much can’t go wrong with the Tequila GTX Solo. It gives you the best of both worlds, and you will be amazed at how good the performance is. And, if you want to bring someone with you, just add the mid-section and you now have a tandem kayak! How awesome is that?

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Resources:

Point 65 Website

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  1. I bought a 3 unit tandem version in the UK for my wife and me to use – we are both over 70.
    The mid and rear sections did not fit together properly and when lifting the tandem, this joint ‘broke’ out, as someone else has reported on this forum. The straps had to be undone and the modules separated before allowing reassembly.
    I took issue with my UK suppliers, ‘The Hubs’, who did not want to know, but when pressed eventually passed it on to Richard Ohman of Point65. He willingly shipped out a new mid section from Sweden to the UK which has just arrived.
    Guess what – the problem is exactly the same! I queried the gap in the assembled hull between the 2 rear sections which is up to 15mm wide to be told that it is within ‘the normal range’ for this kayak!
    The front joint is fine in the tandem as is the single joint in the solo form. There is obviously a problem with the rear end of the middle section and its mating surface.
    A good idea in theory, but a pity that the execution of this has been so spoilt by bad design or manufacture.

  2. I’m interested in a Point 65 Tequila! GTX solo modular kayak, although sourcing one to buy in the UK that I can actually go and see rather than purchasing unseen online is proving challenging. I’d like to know about drainage holes. I saw a YouTube video where someone claimed their kayak had filled with water, wasn’t draining and was consequently sinking. Any advice gratefully received.

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