Rated 5 out of 5 by 10isbum LOVE - LOVE- LOVE it!!!
Have a 1994 LL Bean Canoe cart which I was using to 'carry' /move my Wilderness System's Pungo 120 Kayak. That worked good on flat terrain (fyi after 20 yrs and 3 out in the sun - a tire went flat this year so replaced the inner tube) Since that cart is very OLD - wanted a backup cart just in case it broke. I love Kayaking... and I'm handicapped (back and knee) so can't pick up the full weight of my Kayak. Purchased the LLBean deluxe pack-away and finally tried it out today. OH MY - what an improvement from my other cart (which is a very nice one). Rolls beautiful and didn't have to worry about the Kayak shifting or tipping while rolling even over bumps (today rolled down & up a bumpy boat ramp & across an old parking lot) The KEY is to read the instructions - there is one step that is very important: after putting the hook in place and tightening those straps: give the cart a small TUG! That sets everything into place and then you tighten the back strap around the kayak. VERY secure. VERY easy to move. AND stays put while my 12' Kayak is hanging out the back of my LandRover. Even stayed in place when my kayak was floating! I didn't paddle like that...Was very pleased my cart easily fit in the open bow area of my Kayak with both tires still attached (more compact lighter that my other cart). VERY easy to put back on the back of my Kayak (took 2 seconds!) even while part of my Kayak was floating. My new cart does sit further towards the end (stern) of my boat - which means that I do pick up more weight. Thought that would be a problem - but because it rolls so much more smoothly and stable-ly (new word!) did NOT feel like I was carrying that much more weight. Only a slight smell day 1 on these tires - no smell now. FYI - Nothing like the smell of other Kayak cart I had purchased (Mighty-Mite) and sent back. Wish I could give this cart 6.5 stars... Thank-you LLBEAN!
September 4, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Jaycee5 Not for Malibu tandem kayak
Got the portable cart for the Malibu tandem molded kayak. Doesn't fit molded kayaks and had to figure out to make it work as the directions are for a different style. Also a tire was defective but the good part is Bean's wonderful return policy. Two days after I called about the tire problem I had a new set with free return label at my door. Then I had to figure out how I made it work the first time. Dissappointed, as this is the only one they sell to go with the Malibu that was purchased at the same time.
August 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by susiew50 Great Wheels
I have used a few other wheel systems and this has been the best ever. First time used it was easy to apply and stayed on well. I really liked the integrated straps and stabilizer arms. I simply stowed it in the cockpit and I was off. No need to go back to the car to stow it. Also, easily traveled over both rock and uneven ground. Way to go!
August 2, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by PaddleJenn Cockpit strap is key
Used it for the first time today, and it worked well. The strap/hook for the cockpit is key! I brought the boat down a half block, over tree roots, through an intersection and over some medium rocks to get it to the water. The kayak would have definitely fallen off if it weren't for the cockpit strap. Yes, it is heavy for one person to carry, but that's the boat I bought. It would be nice if it fit a little closer to the middle of the boat, but with my 15 ft boat, the stern would drag. I put it under the bungees on the stern while I was paddling. $100 is steep for what it is, but comparable and even less expensive than similar models.
August 1, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by JohnBoyBlues Looked like a good design
Perhaps it's the shape or weight of my kayak, but try as I might the wheels just collapse when I start pulling or pushing the kayak. I've had carts before and have figured out what works for each different version. This one has me stumped. I thought the cockpit strap was a great idea for stabilizing the wheels but it didn't help. I will return and get a scupper hole style.
If you have a slender lightweight kayak, this may work for you.
July 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by rgwoz works great
works as advertised. couldn't do without it!
July 7, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by gonekayaking Too Heavy
This cart looked to be perfect, but...unfortunately...I have to return it. The cart being at one end causes most of the kayak's weight being on the arm of the person at the other end towing the kayak. I'm not a large muscular person, so it just becomes too much to tow very far. I need a cart that supports more of the kayak's weight...something that is placed under the kayak more towards it's center.
June 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by NYrecreation Functional
Was a little skeptical about ordering this for my new Manitee but it did the job.
May 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Joe1562 Canoe, not kayak
Well made but will not work for a kayak. Your boat must have a very pointy bow or stern. I tried this cart with two kayaks and failed. Native Watercraft's Manta Ray 11 and Ultimate 12 FX. I'll have to return it.
April 2, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by fishter Not for larger kayaks
This cart appears to be well made, but the V-shaped carrier will not accept larger kayaks. Be sure to measure carefully, because a larger boat will not rest on top. I'm happy that the LLBean return policy makes it as painless as possible to find another solution.
April 2, 2014