Rated 5 out of 5áby Luvllean2 LUV my kayak
I received a lime green kayak as a xmas present back in 09. I love this kayak however, We noticed that it was cracked on the bottom by the seat I brought it back and with wonderful help from the staff I was able to put a new azure blue kayak on my jeep and go home no questions asked. LL Bean has wonderful service and staff. if your looking to purchase a kayak LL Bean IS the only place to shop.
July 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby iHaza Money well spent!
My husband and I bought 2 Manatee Deluxe Kayak Packages during LLBean's Spring boat sale and I'm so glad we did. The boats are well made, stable and track well. My family is new to kayaking and these boats got us hooked to the activity easily. We got the 10 footer and we're using them for recreational kayaking in quiet waters.
The paddle and the cover that came with the package are good quality too.
I highly recommend this product.
June 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
áby Zipity good times
first time buying a kayak. Bought one for me and my 14yr old son who loves the water. Super stable and with some effort can be carried to the water by one person. the package of a paddle ,cover and kayak was perfect for us shipping was less than two weeks and delivered by nice guys. For a first time purchase this is great and lots of fun. 14yr old has no problem.
June 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby TravelNut54 Excellent Entry Level Kayak
My family owns six (6) of these kayaks. We use them for paddling lakes and reservoirs and slack water rivers in Utah and Michigan. They are easy to lift and transport, easy to paddle, and easy to clean. Even my beginner husband, who isn't a strong swimmer and so is nervous around deep water, took to paddling like a champ, and says he feels very safe in the Manatee. The paddle keeper is handy and I like the padded gunwales and adjustable footrests. The seat and backrest are very comfortable as well. The only thing that I'd like to see as an improvement is an actual "dry hatch" and not just an access port. I highly recommend the Manatee as a family kayak suitable for all ages and abilities.
June 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby rbnh Our Go-To Kayak
We have now purchased three different kayaks from L.L. Bean, and this is still everyone's favorite. It's the lightest to carry (a huge plus), tracks better than our ruddered kayak, is the easiest to get in and out of, has the most comfortable seat and back support, and was less than half the price of the others. In fact, I'm on here today to purchase another since everyone keeps taking mine! My husband insisted that all our kayaks be the brightest, most visible in the water, and now that we've used them where there is motor boat traffic, I completely agree. Bright yellow/orange is the one to choose for safety.
May 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
áby 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
áby 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 5áby 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 5áby 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 5áby 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