Rated 5 out of 5áby ChicoandTheBean Perfect for the canal!
My husband and I ordered these based on a recommendation from a neighbor. Boy were they right! We've used them in calm and windy conditions on the canal system behind our house. Easy to get in and out of, no problem navigating, light enough to move with little effort, seats adjust and are really comfortable, and the footrests are also easy to adjust. The cockpit covers work well so we can leave the kayaks on our dock. We did a lot of research on kayaks and we're glad we chose these.
May 8, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5áby wranglerindy Fantastic!
Wow, this kayak was even better than I had hoped for! I chose the Manatee because of the large cockpit (I am planning to bring my dog with me and didn't want to get a tandem.) The cockpit is HUGE, enough room for both me and my 40 lb dog! And it's still short enough to fit in my Jeep Wrangler (though it sticks out a bit over the tailgate.) Very happy with my purchase - thanks LL Bean!
May 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby 1lancer1 Maiden Voyage
I am very pleased. I have a tandum sit-on-top kayak I share with my wife. But, I wanted something I could use for fun, alone. I looked on-line at many manufacturers and kept coming back to this one. The reason - some of the features included that come with other kayaks at much higher prices and the weight. Comfortable seat and lots of room. I threw it up on the roof, by myself, on my Mini Cooper, very light. Dropped it in a local river, jumped in and paddled away. It's fast and easy to turn. Tryed to flip her, but she stayed upright. I was very interested in the Pungo 100, but a bit too heavy.
April 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby bandb24 Just do it!
We did a lot of research starting at LL Bean and ending at LL Bean before purchasing two of these packages last year. It was the best money we ever spent! I don't know why we spent so much time researching. They are quality items that are a ton of fun with a great company that backs their product. Stop thinking about it and do it!
April 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby jerseygym kayak
Did a lot a research and found this to be the best kayak for the money,actually more expensive kayaks did not have the features that the LL Bean one has, i.e. padding for knees and very comfortable seat (not molded plastic).
October 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5áby FloridaKayakers 100% Happy and Satisfied!
We ordered two of these. One for the wife and one for husband. The reviews were extremely helpful. We are delighted with these kayaks. The weight of just 40 lbs each was a deciding factor. We were lucky with fast shipping as we ordered them on a Sunday, they arrived Friday morning and we had them out for a test run the same day on a local lake. Next stop will be the Peace River in Florida. Many thanks LL Bean for your continued quality products, reasonable pricing, fantastic customer service, and 100% satisfaction guarantee.
September 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
áby OutHunting Manatee Kayak Package
I purchased the angler kayak package by Manatee thru the Freeport, ME store. I went to the warehouse to pick up the kayak. When I got the kayak home, I found that I did not have the cover for the cockpit. My loss and LL Beans gain. I plan to purchase the cover this year. I have used the kayaki on several lakes and ponds in the past year and find it to be very stable and manuverable. I like How ligtht this is compared to my husband's kayak. I do have trouble loading it onto my truck but that is because I am only 5 feet tall. I love my kayak and would not trade it for anything.
September 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5áby swinth Great beginner kayak
Excellent kayak for a beginner: easy to get in & out, stable, light for carrying, easy to turn -- it has it all. Also, the seats are very comfortable (first thing my 15-yr-old daughter said).
Customer service was six stars excellent, if that's possible: helped me pick the right kayak for the right person in the right place, and all for a very reasonable price.
August 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
áby theoldhorse Great Starter Kayak
Bought a Manatee 2 years ago for my wife, who is athletically challenged. She has taken to it very well managing to navigate even rougher water. I am 6'4" and 210lbs and have found the kayak quite responsive, tracks well and very stable, and the large cockpit provides easy access, though I prefer my Pungo 120.
Unfortunately, the Manatee lacks a bulkhead creating a dry storage compartment in the stern under the hatch. Too bad.
July 31, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5áby Nolcrest Perfect for beginner
I am a 50+ female who had never been kayaking before. I looked at many kayaks from various outfitters so I could choose the one best for my needs. I choose the 10 ft manatee deluxe and I am not disappointed. I took my maiden voyage on our local pond and was immediately able to paddle the pond. I felt very stable and the kayak was very solid. The knee padding is well made. The seat adjusts and the foot rests easily adjust while paddling. I am only 5 ft tall and this yak is a perfect fit for me. The paddle holder is convenient. My husband wishes he had that on his. I was happy w/the paddle that was included. A good one to start with. I just love my sunset Manatee DLX. from LLBean. I made an excellant choice for my skill level. We also purchased the Thule Pro HullaPort for transport. Excellant! I have been very pleased w/LLBean from their product selection to accessories and customer service. Oh, and I had the kayak freight delivered and I received it in 9 days. It is a bit too heavy for me to lift onto the car but I'm hoping that with time I'll find a way to do that.
July 24, 2012