Submitted: 07-30-2002 by JPL
This is a great kayak for beginners and those who don't have a lot of money to spend. It's fairly easy to transport, and the bow and stern toggles are very useful. The best aspect is the price...boat, paddles and very supportive seats for less than $430 at Costco. I've used mine in the marsh and ocean - it could use more "kick" in the bow for riding waves, and it would be nice to have dry storage, but those are about the only negatives. The seats have a large zip pocket on the back for storage of items sealed in baggies, and this has worked fine for me. There's also an area at the stern for securing a collapsible cooler. I have to say that the Ocean Kayak Malibu II is a better boat, but it's $250 - $300 more similarly equipped. For the money, the Tropic II can't be beat.