Assembly was more difficult than expected. The filling is shredded foam and filling that really needs to be broken up a bit, as it is very "solid" even after letting it "breathe" as directed. Orienting it into the colored bag is awkward, and we got it wrong the first time. Also tough to know how much air to inflate. Part of this is inflated, and part is just the foam, and it poofs around your head if there is too much air in it. Your whole body is pretty much out of the water on this, as shown in the pictures. All said, my daughter loved it, and there is room and float-ability for an adult and a child together.
You do have to get yourself centered on the float, but then it is so comfortable. Floats great. Took a little work to get it assembled -- yes, you have to put the cover on the float portion and inflate it.
As other have said, it is a good sturdy float and lives up to most of the qualities it advertises. The only problem is it really does not hold up a normal size person from being at least, a bit in the water. I would say, if you don't mind being in 1 inch or more, it is great. If not, just buy the cheap inflatable ones that you get each year for $$ and that way you stay out of the water. I bought 2 of these quality ones and need to stack them to stay out of the water on cool water days.
A little tricky to figure out to inflate because of multiple compartments but once they are ready they are so comfortable! We are a taller, boat-floating family and these work very well. My 6-8/270 son even likes them!
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