Just got my set of C-Tug Side-Winders from C-Tug USA. I have had poor results from a standard scupper mounted kayak cart with small inflatable tires. I found myself looking for an alternative that could both perform better in the soft sand and not go flat when you are depending on it. I did some research in the world of kayak beach carting and found what I was looking for in the C-TUG with Kiwi Puncture Free Wheels. But what really caught my attention was that the addition of the Sidewinders was available. Creating the largest non inflatable foot print from a kayak cart in the market today.
Designed to double the footprint of your c-tug puncture-free wheel, the sidewinder attachment gives greater weight distribution, reducing the chance of the trolley becoming “bogged down” in really soft sand or mud. – C-Tug
Installation is a simple snap in place style addition to the existing Kiwi wheels and takes about 5 minutes. The fit is exacting with just enough pressure once complete to keep the entire assembly secure and problem free. Being made made in New Zealand, which is the mother land for us Ocean Kayak owners, I knew build quality and fitment would be top notch. I look forward to seeing what this will do during my next beach launch, but just a quick glance and it already shows to be a major improvement to what I had been dealing with.
The wheels have been updated from the versions shown above to wheels with a better designed traction pad for hard surfaces. I have had a hard time with hang ups with the current wheels. Also, soft sand in Miami where I am have proven these wheels to be good initially. However, in Pompano Beach with softer sand they did fail. I am carrying a large kayak loaded with gear, and I am sure this plays a major role. But I think at the end of the day, I am still searching for the best in soft sand/heavy load performance. I have a feeling Wheeleez are going to be the final step in my search.
Though this cart will stay in my arsenal as it is acceptable for nearly all of my needs and stows easily.