Lightweight and easy to carry. Fits easily in the bed of a truck. Our kids had a great time paddling around a local marina. The kayak was steady and they stayed upright, while taking on boat wakes. It's a good size for our 10 year old with years to grow into. We definitely plan on letting all our kids learn with this model to build their confidence and experience. The backstrap is adjustable to accommodate different sizes. Has some handholds on the back that their younger siblings like to hold onto, like a boogie board. My husband has some experience with boating and kayaking rivers and whitewater and was able to quickly teach them different strokes for them to maneuver between buoys. This is a great recreational kayak for them to learn with. The kayak seems more suited for slow moving waters and lakes as it lacks the stabilizer straps that would go across the thighs and knees if you are to navigate rivers with strong eddies or small to medium rapids. I think these straps would also be beneficial as a safety feature if there was to be strong winds or waves on a large body of water. The straps can help you leverage your hips to pivot. The paddle that came with it is sized appropriately for youth. The paddle breaks down into two pieces for easy storage with the kayak in our garage. Gave a 4 out of 5 stars because of it's ease of use and transport and our kids really liked it. Some modifications to increase the stability would make it 5 stars. For example, the foot wells are pretty shallow. Adjustable foot pedals or deeper wells would be great. Also, the back support could be bigger/taller or have some type connection to keep it from slipping low and losing support. It would catch against our son's vest and either push the vest above his chin or slip low to where he was sitting on it. My husband also recommends the thigh/knee straps as third point of stability so you can then drive into bigger waves. These features could obviously increase the cost, so for the price and quality of this particular model, it's a very good buy and recommended if you want to get your kids comfortable before upgrading to something larger or more technical.
I did my homework (so you don't have to) before buying this yak. I checked out every single fishing kayak in my price range. This yak is 11ft long, 12ft is too big, 10ft doesn't go straight. I got this one $375-ish from Walmart and I use it a few times a week, on the creeks, the rivers, lakes, swamps & the bay here on the Jersey shore. Its light, I throw on the roof of my Check Cruze and take it anywhere. The skegwheel is the greatest. Very stable platform. Comfortable seat, sit it it all day, adjusting it up and down. Holds a ton of equipment. Dry well. Great exercise. Life is good. Grab it.
I've had this kayak for about a year now, caught lots of fish out of it. I live in Florida and alligators are everywhere, so tipping over is the last thing i want to do= very sturdy for a 240lb man. I'm more than happy with this kayak for the price, I lost the back rest somehow (i haven't a clue) and reached out to customer service and they are sending me a new one at no cost!! Literally the 1st time I've ever got something for free. It really means something to me, 1st-built/made in the USA, 2nd- take great care of the customer. I will definitely recommend Lifetime Kayaks and will purchase another Lifetime kayak. Thank you Lifetime, from a truly satisfied customer!!
I bought this kayak about a year ago and have been using it ever since. Probably the thing I enjoy about it the most is its extremely comfortable seat. Most kayaks have poor seats that are terribly uncomfortable, but this one is amazing. Recently, I lost a piece that clips my seat to the kayak, so I asked customer service about it, and they promptly sent me a new one at no cost! Very happy with this kayak!
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