Submitted: 05-18-2006 by win
Purchased the Kona about a year ago to use primarily as a sea kayak, but have also used it in the river/mangrove. We also own an Odyssey and have use both in similar conditions. The Kona is not as fast, but much more stable in the sea and maneuverable in small areas.
We regularly load the Kona with two adults and a small child, and the kayak remains stable and dry. The extra weight does affect speed due to the angle of the bow in the water.
I have found a little trouble tracking straight in windy conditios with strong currents, in most instances this is not an issue.
In conclusion, this is a very good all purpose kayak, and I would not trade the stability and compact size for the speed of a longer kayak.