Rated 4 out of 5 by BeansNeighbor Nice Addition
Sturdy. Fit into our 12 ft Manatee kayak easily. Love the cup holders, mesh bag & piece of mind with the waterproof storage cubby...puts things at your fingertips. Cubby is hard to open, so sometimes lifts up entire console...think I need to tighten/secure console better onto kayak. Does shorten leg room so a little trickier getting in, but still comfortable for me 5'8" & my husband 5'11"
October 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLBeanShopper2001 Great Fit
I love this Kayak Console! It's a great addition to my kayak. It fits perfectly and is easy to put on. It has drink holders and a dry compartment. Another great item sold by L.L. Bean!!
September 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Kenli Awesome addition
I recently bought a Field and Stream 12' fishing kayak. While scouring the kayaking blogs looking for cool additions I came across a fellow enthusiast who had bought and permanently mounted one of these on his Kayak. I loved the look and usability of it. When it arrived I quickly discovered I had to modify my kayak for this to fit. Because of the cool storage bin in the console I had to cut out the cup holder section on my existing kayak. Not a big deal but certainly worthy of mentioning in case others do not realize this or that they may have to have some tools to do it. Once removed the new console snapped into place. I plan on leaving mine with the ability to remove it when needed. I am 6' tall and cannot get my legs into and out of the kayak without scraping them on this console so I like to sit, get comfortable and then snap this into place. It looks great, works great but does minimize how much space you have so if your used to having a duffel bag or tackle box between your legs with this installed It's not going to be easy. I love it though and I am primarily a paddler who only occasionally dabbles with fishing. Plus, if I need more room on any expedition I simply pop it off and leave it in the truck. Very easy..
July 24, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by DRivers Too big for small kayak
The console itself is great but it is too big for a small kayak cockpit. I tried to put it on the manatee and I couldn't get in the kayak with it on. Granted I'm 6 ft 1 in but consider your kayak size before you buy
July 3, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by WyldeMan Some mods required
This console was bought for my Manatee DLX100 - Fit great and stays in place (hint - you can undo the factory knot in the bungee and tighten it up if needed) I would think unless you are fairly short you will need to cut away the spots for your knees (as others have pointed out) - although I have been called "tall" - 6'-2". The dry well is great and works as advertised. Overall I cannot see not having this as an add-on to the manatee. One note is if you get the spray skirt from Harmony for the Manatee you cannot fit both the skirt and console on the kayak at the same time. I ended up in the S. Branch of the Dead and used the skirt - I just placed the console on the floor between my legs until we got to the lake.
June 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by JoJobud kayak console
Both my husband and I love the consoles we purchases to go along with our kayaks. They have proven quite handy in keeping needed item close at hand - like a water bottle, lures,snacks, etc. We havenot had any problems at all with scrapping our knees or knees when getting in or out. There is still plenty of room in the cockpit and the little dry storage has saved our keys a couple of times.
June 21, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by cwcarronsr Great addition but......
Works well, attaches easily and is definitely convenient for my manatee dlx100 Angler. But the edges are too sharp & I scraped my shins (ouch) the very first use. Have since round the exposed sharp edges with a file and now works out well. This should be a factory function. Have added a Scotty rod holder to the right well for easier reach than original location on my kayak. Real happy with purchase now.
June 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Mwilky Kayak Console
A little challenging to fit it on my Swift, but now that it's on it's great to have it. Finally I won't have a water bottle rolling around the boat.
May 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by Gensan Handy!
This console I found it very handy. It got water tight hatch with a locking lever that I wanted for a quite long time. I also like the mesh pocket that stores bowline (a rope from the bow) and that even works as paddle rest - use Velcro tapes to hold paddle shaft temporarily. (You try it, too. It may be a new invention for paddlers. See a photo)
I installed Scotty rod holder on the right that works superior to the Angler Kayak comes with Scotty that is too forward position. Only one negative factor is that you hit your shins at the edge of the console when entering or coming out (Ouch!). I glued vinyl tube on the edge, but still not working well. So, next I will carve the edge off. Since I am 5'10" space wise is OK, but for those tall men this console may restrict their movement somewhat. To put on and off the console is very easy and it stays well with bungee cord. A great product!
May 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by chickie47 Kayak console
First one of these I received was missing the water tight lid. They did replace it with another and all is well. Works great for a table while eating your lunch on the water. Brings my GPS closer to me than with the completely open cockpit.Will definitely recommend it to anyone who sees it.
March 27, 2013