Zegul Bayspirit review
Daniel Villadsen (@dvphoto.dk)
Bayspirit from the Spirit series
Zegul Bayspirit is a great sea kayak for intermediate and advanced paddlers.
Photos: Daniel Villadsen
Plenty of room for packing
With a little less stable than the Oceanspirit model, the Bayspirit has gained more momentum with the slightly more round hull. On my trips, I could easy to maneuver the kayak in the waves, and I would say that the stability is still comfortable, but the feeling of it is even more nicer.
With the standard deck layout, you will have plenty of room for both: your gear for day-trips or multi-day trips, as well as an extra paddle, map, or other accessories you may need on the water. A detail I really appreciate when kayaking is the small compartment box in front of the cockpit which provides easier access to small things like snacks, sunscreen etc.
The combination of skeg and rudder
Compared to my other kayaks (the Zegul Arrow Play and the Nuka), the Bayspirit has more room in the cockpit than the Nuka (which is lower and more narrow). In that way I think that the Play and the Bayspirit reminds of each other, while design wise (line/edges or roundness of the hull) the Bayspirit and the Nuka are more alike.
*Upgrade. Bayspirit has SmartTrack rudder starting from 2023.
Daniel Villadsen rolling with Bayspirit - it was fairly easy to roll.