Rated 5 out of 5
by DERS Everything I was told it would be
Easy entry, stable and easy adjustment of foot rest.
I am very happy with my purchase and my purchase experience at L.L.Bean
August 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jadzia Comfortable craft
I am loving this kayak. Its light enough for a 5'3" gal to lift and load, comfortable cockpit gives an enjoyable paddle on the water and tracks very smoothly. Glad I finally chose to purchase my own kayak.
August 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by mooselookmom WONDERFUL!
We LOVE this kayak. It is so great that my mother is selling hers to buy a Manatee. Tracks great. Roomy, comfortable, affordable. Just great!
July 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Marissa56 Love, Love, Love
My husband and I each got one of these kayaks for Christmas. We LOVE them. Excellent kayak. Easy to get in and out of. Lightweight, Great for paddling lakes and ponds. Sturdy. Comfortable. Need I say more? I am 5'5" 140lbs. My husband if 5'10" 172 lbs. Perfect size for us.
July 13, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Wellday Fat and slow good for kids
Dealing with ll bean is heavenly really good customer service!
JI suppose this would be an excellentd single kyak if I hadn't bought the pungo 120 along with so my family could be out too. The Pngo is mine, while the manatee was everyone else's, but it became no fun when I was the only one kyaking and all others were trying to catch up to the pungo.
Manatee is a fat lazy kyak.it is awesome don't get me wrong heck to just be on the water with my own boats is dream come true. But if you have a longer leaner kyak like the pungo hands down there's a difference. Kids will enjoy this kyak or families that purchase the same one, for the money it's is good. I just like to get a fast lean tracker and get some cardio in as well as some fun! That's why it'll be traded in for a pungo.
June 14, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Ryanwk Not impressed
I purchased this kayak as a second for friends. I have an Old Town I have been very impressed with, but did not want to spend that money on something that I would never use myself. When I first strapped it down, the plastic deformed a little under the load of the straps. Thats normal. Whats not normal is the way it stretched and creased, creating a white scar on the bottom near a ridge. Upon further inspection, you can see the plastic is very tiny air bubbles all over it. Maybe this makes it lighter, but its very weak and I question the durability of the product. If a strap would do this, I would be afraid to see how it would react to getting rubbed up against a rock
Its also not as stable as my Old Town, which has a flatter bottom. It runs true (for a 10'), so whatever floats your boat. The hatch on the back is not to a separate compartment like my first boat. It is to the same cavity you sit in. I believe you need a bag to go in there.
There are some nice features. The seat is very comfortable. It has a nice open cockpit with padding on the sides so your legs wont get chewed up.
Its a fine kayak if you want to putt around occasionally on a lake and dont want to spend too much. But if youre serious about kayaking, do yourself a favor and spring for a better model.
June 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by GONEFISHIN65 Manatee Deluxe Kayak
The adjustable back rest is what sold me on this kayak. Mr. Bill, the sales associate, was very informative. This model is light enough for me to carry myself. I am so looking forward to kayaking with the Manatees in Crystal River Florida this winter.
October 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by windsurfpp manatee deluxe kayak
excellent value, tracks quite well for a wide kayak, fairly speedy and very comfortable seating and lumbar support. stable and light for carrying and car topping.
September 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by kargirl First hard sided kayak
I've used it once. Smashed it on my driveway immediately so it already looks used. But, it is as good or better than the kayaks I've rented and certainly better than my inflatables. Seems to track well on a relatively calm lake. seat is very adjustable and comfortable.
September 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sue629 Awesome
So glad we made the purchase and bought two of these. Do comfortable and pretty light. Very happy
August 21, 2013