This easy Sea Eagle inflatable kayak is simple to use and easy to put away. When you want to go on vacation, simply pack the small bag for this great kayak, which does not take up much room. The kayak inflates in only eight minutes, for a great ride....more
I bought the SE330 Pro and took it to Colorado on vacation. I put it on several lakes and one river with mild rapids. I loved the boat, but found it a bit cramped for leg room with two people. A friend on vacation with me, loved it, bought it from me on the spot. I immediately ordered the SE370 Pro and it beat me home. The boats are identical except for the length. I wasn't sure how much more room it would give me, but it's an amazing difference. I'm 5'9" and with the same size passenger, my knees were in my way of paddling. Not in the SE370! I have room to stretch out or pack supplies. I recommend the SE370 for a small amount more, unless you plan to go solo most of the time. Then the SE330 would be perfect.
Quality on the boat is great. It looks good. It tracks straight on open water. It's quick to turn and fast on the water. It handled the rapids in good shape and stayed up when others were flipping over. The paddles are good quality and adjust to different feathering angles. The seats are durable and comfortable. I highly recommend the Pro package for the taller backs! The foot pump works better than I expected. The SE330 requires about 60 pumps per chamber. There are 3 chambers total. Overall it takes about 15 minutes to unload and get on the water. The carry bag is very heavy duty and the boat can be carried by a woman over the shoulder pretty easy.
Both of these boats have been on back order from Sea Eagle all summer and suppose to be available the end of July 2010. Overstock.com was the only one who had any. Check back often. They didn't have the SE370 at first. They have the best price and FABULOUS service.
We ordered the SE 370 PRO because we wanted more room in the kayak and upgraded seats. It arrived in just a few days, as ordered, and it was bigger than expected! We took it out the following day for an 8.5 mile river trip. It took less than 10 minutes to set up with very little expenditure of energy. It was amazingly comfortable - I could have stayed in it all day! It felt very sturdy as well - which was something I was concerned about being that it is inflatable. We hit sharp branches in the river many times and got stuck on several tree stumps without any issues. It breaks down quickly and requires little storage space. I would highly recommend that you spend the extra few dollars for the 370 PRO over the lesser models as the extra length in the 370 allowed space for a soft side cooler and lots of leg room. The PRO package basically gives more comfortable seats which were also definitely worth it. .
I must admit that I have wanted a Sea Eagle inflatable since I was a kid (30 yrs ago). The boats arrived about 5 days after I placed the order in good condition. Do not use a knife to open the shipping boxes or you run the risk of cutting the boat. I ordered (1) Pro Package and (1) Deluxe Package because my teenage son is using one boat and we just use one Pro seat in each boat for solo trips. The deluxe seats are horrible for back support in the middle of the boat, but work well at the rear because the spray skirt helps with back support. The hardest part of assembly is getting the valve cap keepers on the valve openings. They require some stretching to get them on and some of them won't stay on well. This doesn't affect the seal of the valve caps but it does keep them from getting lost or misplaced. Pumping the three main chambers requires about 100 pumps for each with the included foot pump and two to three for each spray skirt. The seats require about three pumps for the two seperate chambers.I see an electric air pump in my future! I pumped both boats up and pressure tested them for two days and all of the valves held pressure. I did read on another website that it is a good idea to go back and give each valve another twist to prevent any slow leaks while operating the boat. The 370 models have thicker material than the 330's (38mil vs 33mil, so in theory they should be more puncture resistant. The paddles are of a four piece collapsible design. They look to be of reasonable quality and since I will be paddling solo most of the time I have a spare paddle in case something does break (each boat comes with two paddles). The boat also ships with an inflation gauge to ensure proper air pressure and a patch kit.
The maiden voyage of these boats was made on a local lake in a protected cove with winds about 5 MPH. As with any canoe or kayak, getting into it for the first time causes a little anxiety. The initial stability of these boats is not as good as some rented kayaks I have used but the secondary stability is very good. I was expecting bad yaw characteristics which is usually a trademark of inflatable boats but I was pleasantly suprised. The key is to start out with slow and light paddle strokes until up to speed and then the boat can be paddled with more power. When paddling solo the boat performs best if the paddler is seated around the middle. The pro seats are comfortable but they do slide around a little toward the back when entering the boat and getting seated. I will probably get some small caribiners and run some rope to the seats from the spray skirts to keep them from moving back. The wind did affect the boat some and corrective paddle strokes were needed to stay on the intended heading, but that is the case with most other inflatables. I was concerned about the sun heating up the boat and over pressurizing the chambers but the material is a light gray color and the boat stayed relatively cool on this 95 degree day.
This is what I would call a fun boat. It doesn't have foot rests or thigh braces which help transfer power to your paddle, so you aren't going to win any races in it. It will require more energy to move it around. For what it is, it gets the job done. The boats are rated for Class 3 whitewater but I can't see using them for anything but lakes and slow moving and relatively deep rivers. You may be able to use them for deep Class 1 through 3 rivers but most of the whitewater rivers in North Carolina are two feet or less in depth and have a lot of craggy rocks. Dedicated inflatable whitewater boats have a thick rubber coating or heavy fabric outerlayer to prevent cuts and abrasions. The Sea Eagle Sport kayaks are just very thick PVC material which is durable but not enough for my comfort in these conditions. Who wants to have a flat 10 miles upstream in the middle of nowhere? If you are that adventurous, make sure you have your patch kit and foot pump with you.
I wasn't in the financial position to get two hard shell kayaks, paddles, and a roof top carrier. I would have spent $1000.00 minimum to get entry level boats. In my case it was buy the Sea Eagles with paddles and air pumps for less than $500.00 or sit on the shore and watch others have fun.
Being able to pack away a 12 foot long boat with all of the accessories in a duffle bag is very convenient but it is not without some disadvantages. You have to make sure the boat is completely dry before you put it away to prevent mold and mildew. This means either leaving the boat inflated until dry or wiping it down with a towel at the end of the day. The spray skirts are attached with ropes so the boat is going to have to air dry for some amount of time before packing it away to allow the ropes to dry out. Drying the boat is a minor annoyance but just be aware that you aren't going to be able to just pull it out of the water, deflate it, and stuff it in a bag. I had to practice a couple of times folding up the boat so it fits in the bag. I found the best way is to roll it up like a sleeping bag instead of folding it in sections. With the boat and accessories in the bag the whole package is very heavy. The bag only has one shoulder strap so all of the weight is on one side of your body during transport. Two straps would make it a lot easier. I can't see anyone carrying these bags more than 50 yards before taking a break or switching shoulders. It is much easier to carry the inflated boat and paddle if possible.
Overall Sea Eagle makes a good product that peforms well if you recognize its limitations. These boats are are leap up from inflatable pool toys and should hold up well under normal circumstances. The material is probably three times thicker than the cheap boats. I can't think of a better or less expensive way to get out on the water and just have a little fun.
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Very Good, no defects
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? Yes
Bought this for my husband who had been making noise about getting a kayak. With the rigid kayaks being so expensive, and not knowing if he would continue to use it, I started researching and came across Sea Eagle kayaks. The reviews across the internet are extremely high for everything they make so I decided this would be a good starter kayak. This thing is pretty darn awesome! Husband and son took it out day after we received it and had a blast. Took a little bit of practice to get it right. It does wobble and will capsize, just like any kayak, if you're not careful. My husband can take this down to the water by himself without having to add a rack to the car. It's easy to inflate and deflate. Everything packs away in the carry bag which, though quite large, seems not to be an issue for him to lug around. All in all, couldn't be happier.
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Excellent quality, well made
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? Yes
The kayak was a little intimidating to assemble first time out, but becomes very easy after putting it together the first time. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes of using the foot pump to inflate the kayak. It is heavy to carry around the pieces in the sack that was provided. Even though the carrying case is high quality, it is large and, as others mentioned, is not comfortable to carry on one strap, especially when you're 5'2" tall. Since there are two of us, we each take some items, so it's not an issue for us. We are new to kayaking and this has been a great introduction to our local ponds and rivers. I do not think we would ever use this in serious whitewater, but it is an economical way to get outdoors and enjoy nature.
How accurate was the sizing? The Kayak fits two adults, but is not roomy. At least one person has to bend his or her legs and we're not tall.
Please tell us about the quality of the product. The material is very high quality and durable. We have launched in rocky areas and have no fear of punctures.
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? Yes.
Wanting a boat of some kind to explore Missouri Ozark rivers, I discovered inflatables. Being able to haul a boat inside the car and have it ready quickly whenever needed sounded good. After a lot of research, the Sea Eagles stood out as the highest quality for an affordable price and we ordered one. We were impressed with the construction, ease of setup, sturdy carry bag and overall quality. An inflation guide shows when to stop pumping, which only takes a few minutes with a foot pump. After a few days on the river, when water was low and we traveled over plenty of rocks, we were even more impressed. The Sea Eagle took bumps and scrapes in stride, was stable in rapids, easy to set up, launch and maneuver and comfortable to paddle. There's plenty of room for two adults and the stuff you need for a day on the water. On one trip, a sharp rock resulted in a two inch slice in the vinyl. The air loss was minimal, we were fine for the several miles remaining on the trip. When we got home, a patch (kit included) was easy to apply and there's been no subsequent air leakage. Highly recommend this kayak.
We bought one to have our friends along with us in our big, molded plastic, heavy kayaks. I now prefer the Sea Eagle 370 as it is light and comfortable. We bought a second Sea Eagle 370 so that we could have another family of 4 join us on kayak trips or pull our gear on kayak/camping trips. We put our 60 lbs shepherd mix in the inflatable and it is so durable that his claws are not an issue. I recommend the Sea Eagle kayak for it's storablility (folds up neatly and fits in the back of the car), light weight, durabilty, and maneuverability. I don't know that I would take it out in high winds or on a rough ocean, but it's been great for lakes, rivers and creeks.
Sea eagle has awesome quality products, love that it's light enough for me to take out by myself. Easy to break down as well, comes with all you need for a great time, I use mine in San Diego bays and local lakes, got my money's worth. Very happy
How accurate was the sizing? Acurate
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Sturdy
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? Yes
Easy to inflate, comfortable seating, dog durable(she loved it!), Everything fits in the storage bag, but it is quite heavy. Comfortable for 2 people, but 2 people and a dog is a little much. Tracked well, easy to paddle and manuever. We used it on a float trip, would do well in a quiet lake, too.
How accurate was the sizing? accurate
Please tell us about the quality of the product. high quality
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? yes
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