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!!
My wife and I bought this for occasional use on our yearly trip to the mountains. We wanted a tandem kayak and looked online for a used kayak. We are not professional kayakers so we weren't looking for an ultra performance kayak. A lot of the used kayaks online were in horrible condition. The new ones (brand names) were well over $1000. So we found this kayak out our local sporting goods store. We've had this for 3 years now and everything works as brand new. The kayak is 10ft long so it's one of the shorter tandem kayaks, which is a perk for us. We bought seat pads and the stock seat backs work well. As mentioned this isn't the most performance kayak out there, buts it's doesn't cost as a performance one does. For occasional trips to the lakes for fun relaxing floating around the water that doesn't brake the bank...This is the perfect kayak.
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!
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