St. Louis touring paddlers, take note. Alpine Shop has added QCC Kayaks to its lineup of kayaks, which also includes Dagger, Current Designs, Wilderness Systems and Perception.

“QCC has been around for a while, and they’re known for being high performance without being too expensive,” said Perry Whitaker, kayak guru at Alpine Shop. “They have a real good shape that rockets through water. Plus, the cockpits aren’t too tight. They offer a comfortable fit.”

QCC was founded in 1991 as a molder of quality composite components for other manufacturers and began making sea kayaks in 1996 under a private label. Over the years, it has engineered kayaks from prototype level to the quality sea and touring kayaks it makes today. The family-owned company crafts each of its kayaks out of fiberglass, Kevlar, Kevlar/carbon or carbon, with distinguishing features that include a watertight “shoebox” hull-and-deck seam, Rapidpulse touring seats and SmartTrack rudders.

Alpine Shop will carry the full QCC series, ranging from 18 to 15 feet. “They each have a little personality,” said Whitaker. “The Q700X is the longest and among the narrowest, so it’s fast and cuts through a chop. The Q400X is the smallest and is nice for beginners or smaller adults.”

“I’m excited because it will be a great kayak for the MR340,” Whitaker added, referring to the Missouri American Water MR340, a 340-mile endurance paddle race down the Missouri River from Kansas City to St. Charles.

Alpine Shop is offering demos of QCC kayaks out of its Kirkwood location, 440 N. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122.

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