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Submitted: 09-15-2011 by Eric

Very good kayak for the money - but note my rating of 8 out of 10 is based on the price/value. There are a few very minor flaws, and if this were an expensive kayak I'd actually be very disappointed and would have rated it lower.

As advertised, it is very stable even when getting in and out. The seat at least has a bit of padding and a bit of adjustability for the back, and the cup holder is a nice touch. The kayak is just a little too wide (I'm a 5'9" male) and you'll find yourself scraping the edge of it with your paddle from time to time. Same with the cockpit opening; too large. Water will drip and splash onto your legs unless you get a half-skirt. The rim of the cockpit is plain hard plastic with no padding. This next flaw may just be my kayak, but when I stop paddling the kayak will always start trending to the left, even if my last stroke was on the left. This is a little noticeable during constant paddling as well. The storage hatch in the rear is fairly watertight but it is just a tiny pocket - the area behind the seat is not accessible. There are no bulkheads so if you swamp this kayak it will be extremely heavy.

Overall the kayak is great for tooling around lakes and streams, but it is dumpy and wide, so you'll find yourself struggling to keep up if you're out on the lake with a buddy who has a slim, streamlined kayak. If you're just going to paddle 10 times per year or so on lakes and mild streams/creeks and want a cheap, stable kayak, this is it. Be prepared to spend about $40 on extras like a half-skirt and some padding for the rim (visit the weatherstripping area of Lowe's, etc). In some situations you'll laugh at your buddies who got upsold to a $1800 kayak, but in other situations you'll wish you had a faster/slimmer kayak.

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