Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 134
Rated 5 out of 5
by fitfreak Super 1st kayak
These were our first kayaks. We bought two to use in Florida in the winter and Maine in the summer. They arrived when promised; actually within a week. We went for our first paddle yesterday. They were very easy to paddle for us novices. The Manatee package is a great value--kayak, paddle and cockpit cover.
November 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by cawb2061 Love my kayak
I am very, very pleased with my Manatee Kayak from LL Bean. I am just a beginner, 54 yrs old & kayak on nice calm mountain lakes. The cockpit is nice & roomy which makes it easy for me to enter & exit, since I have had both knees replaced. If I decide to take my small dog there is plenty of room for her. I have paddled 4 times so far with trips being from 2 hours to 4 hours and the seat was very comfortable. The kayak was packaged very well, cardboard on bottom & wrapped twice in heavy plastic. Freight company that delivered my mine was very helpful & nice; and the freight price was very reasonable compared to other places that I looked at. The paddle that was included with the package seems just fine to me & the cockpit cover is nice to use when I store it this winter. I am very pleased with LL Bean and would buy from them again. I loved the orange color. I ordered another kayak package for my sister-in-law at the same time, no problems & she is very pleased with hers also.
October 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by OregonJeepGirl Excellent Purchase!
We are first time kayakers. We shopped around and salesmen were telling us we needed longer kayaks. I'm 5'8", my husband is 6'. After reading the reviews on these kayaks we decided to try these. Today was the first day we were able to take them out. WOW!!! There is plenty of room. They are very stable. I rocked from side to side and still felt very stable. They track excellent. We were going upstream and into the wind and we still did great. I was able to maneuver easily. The paddles are lightweight, I love the cockpit cover. I would highly recommend these.
October 6, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by maxenhiemer maxenhiemer
good price good boat for cruising calm coasts lakes etc yet sturdy enough for lite expeditions. get one have fun.
October 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by treehuggers So Glad I bought this!
Our family has a canoe we've used for years but it is heavy and sometimes cumbersome/impossible to transport to more remote areas. Hubby and I took an LLBean kayaking class and fell in love with the Manatee and later purchased 2 of them. We have been out every day exploring local lakes and so far, we are very pleased. It is very responsive and easy to paddle, and very easy to transport. One day it became very windy and I found it difficult to make our way back before unexpected rain came, as we kept getting blown off course, but don't know if that was because of the short length (10ft) or the Manatee structure which we were told doesn't track as well as some of the other models. Other than that, I couldn't be happier with my kayak.
October 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by nana22 Wonderful purchase!
This past year I, age 57, learned to row in an 8, sitting either stroke or 6-seat, and to scull in a single. Kayaking, an activity I'd never entertained till fairly recently, seemed like a good - and less expensive - way to increase my time on the water. I tried a friend's kayak (a competitor's) and have been actively researching models and features these past few months. I even sat in kayaks in the LL Bean showroom in Freeport. Weighing the pros and cons of several options, I'm thrilled that I finally brought home a Manatee yesterday.
At 10', it's probably easy enough for me - at 5'7, 165 lbs - to carry to the water's edge and secure atop my Vibe, but my husband's assistance was appreciated. The cockpit's open and the shell stable. It tracked well in the water and the seat was very comfortable. I like the cord system for additional storage potential.
In spite of the fact that there's neither a drain hole nor a waterproof compartment in the Manatee, I have no reservation recommending this product to a friend. In fact, with only 1 week left of summer, I'm encouraging family members and friends to consider buying a Manatee of their own asap.
September 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by bskeoch Very Happy Customer
I'll be the first to admit I'm definately not a kayak connoisseur. This is my first hard side kayak (have a blow up for messing around) & I purchased it on a recommendation from my brother. I just got it delivered yesterday & had it out last night for a quick ride on the lake, it was great...very smooth, balanced & effortless! I was halfway across the lake before I knew it! The water was very calm, but even getting in & out off our dock it seemed like the kayak was very sturdy & wouldn't be all that easy to tip. As far as I can tell, it seems to be very well made. All the adjusting pieces for the seat & foot pedals appear to be made of quality even though they are plastic, but I feel as long as you're not rammy you'd never have issues with them breaking. The paddle that comes with the package is very light weight & goes together/comes apart easily for easy storage.
I live on a lake & that will be the majority of my riding, however we have a few rivers nearby & I'm looking forward to a couple trips down them yet this year. I have no doubt this kayak will serve me well on those trips as well!
Like I said I'm definately not an expert, BUT I am a very happy customer with this purchase! Much better than what I would have got at our nearby stores for a similar price!
August 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by CarolynM Manatee Deluxe Kayak Package
Have used my kayak 3 times over the last month... This kayak is just great! Quality is excellent. I got the Azure blue and just love the color (that's important for women) ... I just can't believe I waited so long to buy a kayak ... but I knew I wanted an LLBean kayak and I certainly bought the right one. The seat is very comfy and easy to adjust and the footrest adjustment is super easy. The cockpit is huge and the padding on each side allows for 'scratch-free' entry and exit... Nice paddle and cockpit cover included in the package. My husband just sold his old kayak and we are going to get him a Manatee Angler ... we're just waiting for a 20% sale. :-) .... love, love, love LLBean ...
August 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by KayakingDream Living the Kayaking Dream
I got this kayak package for getting over my fear of water. I have been in a kayak that my boyfriend has and there are fingernail holes where I have gripped and ripped when boats have gone by us. This kayak though I beg for boats to go by. It is so smooth in the water and tracks beautifully. My boyfriend tried it and I had to come back to get him one. Soon the angler package also. A great buy and product for anyone. Thanks LL Bean for making my summers wonderful.
June 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rancher4X4 Nice Kayak for the price
Purchased for my daughter during 20% off sale, the extra 15% off for applying LL Bean Visa was another nice discount on top of the sale price. I also added a stern Bulkhead, did not make much sense having a dry storage hatch and area was not sealed off.
Boat tracks well and is pretty fast. If you are big heavy person I would not recommend this boat,I let a heavy relative try out and boart was slow in the water. if your weigh is less than 200 lbs you shoukld be just fine. I am 6' and 190 lbs and boat fits and paddles great.My daughter is 5'5" and 110 pounds and she goes pretty fast
in the Manatee 100. This Kayak looks nice too.
June 19, 2013