Rated 3 out of 5 by FORECADDIE good design, mediocre execution
All in all, an acceptable product, but could be better with some quality control of the construction. I ended up assembling it and will use it as I need it now, but had to jury-rig one of the bolted axle assemblies as it was assembled incorrectly. The axles are attached through holes in steel tabs welded to the frame. However one tab was welded on upside-down and as a consequence the nut to secure the axle would not clear the frame adjacent and the alignment was slightly off. Obviously little or no quality control; two other obvious defects more appearance oriented were obvious as well. Simple design improvements without cost could be implemented as well with more attention to design and detail. This is not up to LL Bean standards; I'm surprised and hope it's not an indicator of things to come. They may have to eat this one if I can't adequately solve the aforementioned issue. All that said, it does handle my old, big wooden canoe easily and was a very good value. But please, let's have some quality control!
September 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sunpaddle The BEST option on the market!
I run a Paddleboard and Kayak company on Long Island (sunpaddle) and have been trying to find a reliable Kayak/SUP cart for years! I've tried so many pieces of garbage that either kick out from under the equipment, get stuck, or simply require too much muscle for my staff. Getting this cart changed my operation. I can now strap 4 SUPS on top and wheel it with one hand ? the weight perfectly distributes itself in the center. It has a nice little kickstand which helps us load everything without having it tip over.
For Kayaks, I usually load a double on the bottom and a single inside the double ? then I strap all 2 at the same time!
The big wheels make a huge difference. Anyone looking for a go-2 cart, look no further. I really don't understand the negative feedback from some of these comments ? this cart is a beast.
August 30, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by JAMMC Not user friendly
I've only used the kayak cart a few times, so far. It's OK on level ground, but terrible when going up or down a dock ramp. The straps barely keep the kayak attached to the cart, but when going up, or down the dock ramp, it's been a disaster. It's easier to carry the kayak up and / or down the ramp.
August 10, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Campe1256 About as good as you are going to get.
I use this cart for canoe camping in ADK's. Handles the rough carrys pretty good, with a fully loaded C-2. Has not broke yet, but the strap system used is totally indadequate. If you plan to use it on rough carrys you NEED to retrofit with better straps, such as motorcycle tie down straps. two to rear thwart and two to front thwart to keep it from moving around. The only better canoe carts I have seen are homemade.
June 29, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by NorthWoodOutdoorser Sturdy, well designed
This cart has wheels large enough to be useful in off-pavement conditions. Despite its sturdy construction its weight is not so great as to prevent it being taken on multi-day trips. Simple set-up and attachment to a canoe.
June 15, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Marchie All Terain Boat Cart
works great. I have one and just brought another one to Bring more boat to the water. have used it to bring a canoe and 2 kayaks on top of the canoe at the same time. Rolls smoothe and effortlessly on harder terrain. tires not big enough to roll easilly on sandy beach, but can be done with two people.
December 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by bm5kids excellent transport
We bought this cart to move large kayaks over bumpy terrain. It makes the job so much easier! Love the large wheels - let's the whole thing easily bounce over tree roots and divots. In a pinch, we also have used it for a sailboat as well. I would definitely recommend this to anyone. The only thing that is not so great is that it only comes with one strap - and no instructions as to how they think you are going to use it to adequately tie the kayak to the cart. Might want to invest in another, wider strap to adequately tie it down.
November 30, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nancela67 Decent Wheels for Backcountry Portage
In a nutshell:
Cart seems well made but a bit too flimsy for the "300 lb" weight limit as advertised. In fact, each wheel says the weight limit for it is 125 lbs, which would make the weight limit more like 250 lbs than 300. We loaded it with an 87 pound Old Town canoe and probably 125-150 lbs of gear, centered over the wheels, and portaged it 1/3 of a mile on a rugged trail. We didn't break the cart, but it really seemed inadequate to bumping such a heavy load over large rocks and tree roots on rugged terrain. Also, it was exhausting, so we portaged the second canoe nearly empty which was much easier and the cart seemed to appreciate the lighter load.
The strap enclosed is completely inadequate for securing the canoe to the cart for use on rough terrain. The cart would hit a rock or root and either slide backward on the canoe, or (even worse) rotate sideways beneath the canoe. We wound up using a system of four hook-on ratcheting tie-downs, two on each side of the canoe, one on each side hooked to a forward thwart or seat and one hooked to a rear thwart or seat. This system of four straps prevented both forward-backward motion and rotation. Perhaps LLBean could recommend a set of four similar straps, sold separately, so that people might be adequately prepared.
Otherwise, the cart is relatively light, it doesn't take up too much room in the canoe, and handled portaging an empty canoe just fine. I'm satisfied with the purchase.
August 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Schneidsy Truly an All-Terrain Cart
Just took this cart through Section 8 of the NFCT, and it was key for portaging between lakes. It easily fit in our canoe (Old Town Penobscot 174) and the set up to portage was very fast/easy! Its durability was especially impressive on the 3+ mile Rapid River portage, easily going over the gravelly/rocky/rooty up- and downhill path and through 6-inch deep mud and shallow streams. The cart was probably holding up about 200lbs between boat, food/water jugs, and gear, and it still held up to drops over rocks and thick tree roots. We were seriously impressed with its ruggedness, as folks with lighter set-ups either had breaking plastic wheels or broken frames. The only maintenance we needed was to tighten some slightly-loosened bolts on the wheels at the end of the portage and wipe off the mud. I'd give it 10 stars if possible.
August 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by adirondackrustic what I would expect from L.L.Bean
As usual I am very pleased with my purchase from L.L.Bean. The cart is very sturdy and carries my 16 foot canoe with my paddles and fishing gear inside.The price is lower than some similar carts I've seen,and as of this writing free shipping.My first trip to Beans was as a child and I'm 63 now, I have always been pleased with their products and service.
July 22, 2015