Although slightly shorter and shallower than its larger brothers (the Alaw and Alaw Bach), the waterline length of the Isel is still quite substantial and yields superb acceleration with an impressive sustained speed. The hull tracks true and remains balanced by a combination of volume distribution and shape refinements.
The Isel maintains a high level of directional stability when moving while the flatter center section and chined sections provide increased maneuverability and allow for tighter turns. The rounded sections of the hull give a cushioning effect in waves while the chined section aids in surfing control and maximizes top speed in downwind situations.
The Isel is designed to have neutral directional stability in most wind conditions and requires minimal use of the signature kink-less skeg assembly.. The bow has a prominent shape and enough volume to maintain a dry ride through the choppiest of conditions. The forward buoyancy is nicely balanced with a pronounced stern to give a gentle ride over large, steep waves and allow for big wave surfing without burying the nose. The Isel accelerates, catches and holds waves with ease. It is adept at top-turns and incredibly forgiving in rough conditions.
The fullness of the center section gives confident and predictable edging with a high level of stability. As the boat is tilted, the stern progressively lifts from the water making the turn easier and quicker to perform. This combined with the firm chines results in a smooth and fast turning boat.
The Isel has a comfortable and compact seating position which is built around a moderately elevated knee position. This aligns the legs and feet into a very comfortable paddling position. The thigh brace location allows for enhanced paddling techniques as it brings the leg muscles well into play and encourages greater torso rotation. The thoughtful design of the cockpit allows for stronger and more efficient paddling strokes.
The Isel is fitted with the signature Rockpool adjustable plate footplate. Angled slightly away from the paddler, this plate affords a wide range of neutral ankle positions. The lower cockpit rim gives a better range of motion to the small to medium-sized paddler and aids in effortless back deck rolls and balance braces. This, paired with an adjustable saddle and backband, affords the paddler a unique cockpit that can be customized for a more efficient paddling posture.
The combination of padded backrest and molded GRP adjustable seats make the Isel an ideal kayak for extended use. Both the adjustable seat and footplate are mounted on internally glassed-in hardware. The lack of drilled holes relieves the cockpit rim and deck of unnecessary stress and provides a variable seat position. The foam hip pads, located within neoprene pockets, may be foam shimmed to fine tune one’s hip connection. The backrest integrates with the seat to prevent it from collapsing while re-entering. All flat-tab deck line fittings are set flush to present a streamlined look and to make rescue drills more fluid. Internally tethered Kajaksport hatch covers come standard.