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I should say this one is the easiest to paddle. If you are creative its an excellent fishing platform. I have flipped both the SOTS but never this one. The only complaint I have is its very hard to get out of. In all fairness that's my fault since I am 250 pounds and have week knees.
Love my yak.
The first time I took the A10 out on a fishing trip I was impressed with how well it tracked. The hull design has a lot to do with that. It isn't the fastest kayak on the water but is adequate for what I need. The thing I love is the open storage area. I have the 2013 model so it is completely open behind the seat. It stores a large tackle box, cooler, bag, or just about anything you'd need on a fishing trip.
The kayak is very stable. It rocks a little more than my flat-hulled Fusion 124 but is very stable nonetheless. The seat is a removable steel framed seat with nylon mesh seat and back. Very comfortable for paddling and fishing. Very cool because of the mesh. The only thing it lacks is foot pegs. Not a big deal, since I can add them for around 30 bucks. It's a great platform to customize into whatever configuration you like. I am going to add a small water-proof storage bin and some rod holders. I may add an anchor system as well.
All in all, I love the A10 and for $300 you can't go wrong.
What I love about this model (the older one) is the abundance of storage space. The design is that of a canoe kayak hybrid. The storage behind the seat is entirely open allowing you to carry items that would not normally fit into dry storage compartments. I routinely take overnight trips where I can bring a large cooler, camping chairs, even a charcoal grill pit in the back no problem.
The only downside for me is the lack of a combing ring to add a spray skirt. While the kayak is stable enough to not have to worry about flipping it, without a spray skirt I have to be careful when it rains, the open storage can fill up rather quick in a heavy downpour!
All in all this is a terrific base model kayak that offers the experimental paddler a lot of opportunities for customization.
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