Mike Gill THR "The Hurricane Rider's" Comments on Sterling Kayaks. He owns a Reflection but paddles many Sterling models through Deep Cove Kayak Center
I honestly don’t know if I would be paddling a sea kayak half as much if I didn’t have a boat designed and built by Sterling. Thank you for your commitment to quality and performance!
I've gotta say, the Progression has been the one boat that allows me to do all the things I love doing... surf, rolling, rock gardens and touring. I love rolling myself and can appreciate a kayak that rolls well. I can attest that the Sterling Progression is a great rolling kayak, primarily for forward finish recovery which tend to be the harder rolls and the best for rough water. Forward finish hand rolls are a breeze. It is like it snaps up during a roll like it wants to finish. I call it secondary pop. The only other kayak I've experienced this with was the Sterling Ice Kap. It's a bit of a shocker after rolling the Greenland a lot. The Progression is certainly an intermediate to advanced kayak and if you've been paddling the Greenland you will REALLY appreciate this kayak. It's very responsive and literally turns the direction you think. Best part is it tracks straight as well as it turns. It's a bit faster than the Reflection so gives me the speed I'm looking for ripping down the line on a wave like an HP kayak avoiding the close out. I've paddle a lot of kayaks and rolled a ton of difference designs. The Sterling Progression is my boat of choice hands down and if your looking for a boat that is well rounded and will be used more than any other kayak in your fleet, this ones the winner.
Sea Kayak Suring Skookumchuck during the biggest tidal exchange of 2017 17.4 knots - Jaime Sharp & Mike GillIn Sterling Reflections, Spencer Jones in a Sterling Grand Illusion