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Diablo New Product Testing

Written by Thomas Flemons
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Diablo New Product Testing Photograph by Diablo Paddlesports
We went out to test out some new accessories on the Colorado River last week, and couldn’t have had a better day on the water.  Megan, Tyler and myself headed out with a Diablo Paddlesports Adios’ and Chupacabra, to Webberville for an afternoon float n’ fish.  One Adios was rigged with a Torqeedo trolling motor, while the other was sporting a prototype skeg, and the Chupacabra was also sporting a skeg.  We tried out all three and were very impressed with how all performed.

Let’s start out with the Torqeedo.  I am going to have to eat crow on this one.  I have never been a big fan of trolling motors on kayaks, and this product has changed the way I look at trolling motors.  One of the main things that seem to deter when mounting a trolling motor is the weight, and Torqeedo has definitely solved that problem.   I think the whole unit weighs in around 14lbs and that includes the battery that can be plugged into the wall to recharge and if you aren’t using the motor, you hardly know that it is there.  Coupled with the Larry chair, you are sitting up cruising comfortably and the Torqeedo definitely earns it’s place on the stern.

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Getting past getting lazy and spoiled on the Torqeedo, we took one Adios and one Chupacabra out with our first run skegs off the back.  The main difference I immediately noticed was the improved SUP performance.   This is a feature we have wanted to get out and onto boats for quite some time, and have finally had a chance to go forward and get some in the water.  We are not into production yet, but will be after a few tweeks.

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So after we finished up with all of this “work” on the water, we managed to get a fair amount of fishing in.  Did pretty well with cotton candy flukes, fishing them weedless and weightless on ultra-light spinning rigs.  I caught plenty of small ones and one nice sized largemouth, but as always Ty managed to catch the big one in the end.

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Find out more about both the Adios and Chupacabra at DiabloPaddlesports.com

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