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Zet Five – The New 9ft Zet Creek Boat

Words by GoKayakingAdmin

on 12/01/2018 14:22:01


The Zet Five First Impressions

Zet have released a race boat I hear you say, ‘again’ I here you say. Well I can promise you this now, this is not just a Toro on a diet this is a whole new beast. Although the word beast doesn’t really describe this boat too well on its looks. Its skinny, sleek and rounded, yes that’s right rounded. No edges. The lower knee position in the Five means that it is more suitable for shorter paddlers, whereas the Toro’s higher knee position would fit a longer leg length, although there is only 5kg difference in weight range in favour of the Toro.

The hull of the boat seems relatively flat thus meaning it should plain and move quickly. It also seems to have influences from the slalom world as the edges are completely rounded off to minimise catching. This should make it easy to manoeuvre and to be predictable in white water. I just hope the length and width will allow it to track thoughtlessly when I get my head down and start pumping.

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The stern, what can I say. There are two different types of stern coming out in the sub 9ft race category at the moment, flat and wide like the Jackson Nirvana, Dagger Phantom or long and thin like the 9R and you guessed it Zet Five. I know which one I prefer and never agreed with MC Hammer, although I would like to test both on the same day as the feedback from both would be fresh and comparable.

The bow seems poised, ready and meaningful. Narrow, ready to cut the desired line. This builds confidence in me that the lack edges will work as long as the water line is long enough to hold it there.

Zet outfitting - hmmm marmite. You either love it or hate it. I am the later, although I don’t hate it, it’s just nothing I can get excited about. I can confirm nothing has changed inside. The narrowness of the bow does compromise foot room, my size 8 feet press into the foam pillar and shell. Not uncomfortable, but on the limit. I just wish the thigh grips would actually drop further back than my knee and the hip pads would be easier to remove and re-attach. I love the seats and foot blocks, comfy and no faff needed, enough said.

All in all I think this is a fantastic looking creek boat and I’ve always thought if a boat looks good it usually paddles well too, I can’t wait to get it out on Sunday but this does mean putting my Ripper down for five minutes….


Go Kayaking will be at the get on for the Dee at from 10am on Sunday 14th Jan 2018 with our demo fleet of Zet Kayaks. If you’re in the area and fancy a look, or even a paddle come find us!


As an introductory offer, we are offering a FREE set of 30L Split Stern Air bags with ANY Zet Purchase. Offer ends 31st January.

Book your own demo from Go Kayaking Now!


Length: 270cm  | Width: 65cm |Volume: 300ltrs |Cockpit: 91 x 50cm  | Weight: 20kg | Weight Range: 60-90kg


RRP: £995

View Zet Five Product Page


Written by: Liam ‘Teddy’ Jay

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