Stable and well behaved, the 12S embodies Delta’s West Coast touring design ethos— beginner-friendly, efficient and capable of hauling all your gear—scaled down in a compact package.
The multi-chine, V-shaped hull and full, flared bow confidently handle bumpy conditions, while offering satisfying— if not speedy—cruising capabilities on calmer waters.
At 12 feet long, it’s the shortest boat we tested—yet it has an enormous appetite for gear. The hatches swallow nearly 160 liters (33 liters more than the 16-foot Ignite) and are accessed by the largest hatch openings in our line-up.
The gasketed, press-fit hatch covers are bone-dry and by far our favorite to open and close—no straps, clasps, stubborn rubber or neoprene to wrestle with. The 12S is also the only kayak in our group...