We had a great time taking this kayak out. All four of our kids (ages 6,9,11,12) were able to get into it without falling in the water, quickly learn to maneuver it (the different foot positions were super useful for their varying heights) and have a great time even in a fairly crowded lake. The backrest works great, but I don't think it will hold up as long and as well as the kayak. The kayak has three holes that helped us easily and quickly tie it onto our minivan rack. It has good on-land maneuverability. My kids are able to buddy up and carry it around together. My 6 year old pulled it out of the water up onto the beach by himself. We really appreciate the fact that it is sturdy but not unreasonably heavy. The kids found a lot of fun ways to use it, and that they could easily put two kids on it together and stay very steady. They eventually did tip it intentionally, but never had any trouble staying upright when they wanted to be dry. The paddle comes in two pieces, which helps for storage and transporting it, but the kids also liked using it as two separate paddles when they had someone sitting on the back as shown in the fourth picture. Not the intended use, of course, but our kids are creative and adventurous and we like that this kayak gives them options. Our 12 year old daughter is a thrill seeker, and appreciated that she could get the kayak moving pretty fast across the water. She also found that she could stand on it and use it like a paddleboard! The other kids followed in suit and they all loved that too! All around we really enjoyed adding this to our lake trip and are considering purchasing another for an upcoming summer birthday. With all the kids taking turns alone and together, they had the kayak in the water for at least 4 hours non-stop. We can't wait to take it out to the river and other fun places!
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.
Couldn't be happier with this kayak. I'm 6'1" 255 lbs, and have plenty of room. Very stable and tracks well - my 4'10" 62-yr-old wife, in her first time in a kayak, had a ball. She has tipped many a canoe, but she felt very stable in this. Seems to be solidly built, decent strength for all the fitting etc. At my age I get sore easy, but after 3 hours in this I was still very comfortable (shoulders were sore though) :-)
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