Rated 4 out of 5 by OutdoorGuy27 Not Perfect, but a Solid Kayak
Below is my opinion of the kayak after taking it out on the bay a couple of times. I have not used it in the tandem configuration as of yet.
The first day that I was able to take it out was not ideal. I was so excited to take it out on the water that I took it out in the afternoon in 1-2 ft seas. It was a pretty rough and not a very fun time. The bow would go under the bigger waves and I spent most of my time with both the front and seat compartments full of water. However, the boat hung in there and kept me afloat.
The second day was a completely different experience. I went out in the morning on calm seas and it operated like most kayaks I had paddled in before. If I had been more careful with my paddling, I probably could've kept the entire boat dry (minus the cupholder which partially fills up with water because it sits below the water line).
Tracking: This is the main issue that is keeping me from giving the boat five stars. (I'm not an expert paddler by any means, but I've paddled my fair share.) The boat sometimes seems to have a mind of its own. The kayak wants to align itself parallel to the waves, like most kayaks do, but sometimes it just decides that it really wants to turn around in the opposite direction and will start heavily dragging on one side of the boat. It could be with how I'm attaching the two pieces of the boat, I'm not sure. I'm sure this would be unacceptable for a hardcore paddler, but it's just a minor annoyance for me.
Sizing: I'm 6'4" and plant my feet snugly on the front bulkhead- so, you probably don't want to get the kayak if you're any taller than that.
Assembly: Putting it together is pretty easy, it is very similar to a snowboard binding system. Getting it apart is a little less easy, but if you flip the kayak on its side, it becomes much easier to take apart. Also, it might be against the manufacturer's specifications, but it would be possible to buy an extra middle section and make this a three person kayak.
Transportation: I could fit all three pieces in my small SUV, fitting it in a small car could be problematic depending on your trunk size. I still haven't found a great way to carry the kayak. Carrying it piece by piece is probably the smartest way to do it. Each piece is pretty light and transportable by itself. Assembling the kayak and carrying it surfboard style over your head is doable, but can get tiring. You can also *try* to grab both pieces and carry them in front of you, but that was at the outer limits of my wingspan and strength.
The bottom line: A good modular kayak for anyone who's not too serious into paddling.
August 16, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by CAT12345 AMAZING KAYAK
I did a LOT of research here on LLBean, and also on other outdoor equipment company websites. I looked at products details and reviews, as well as overall informational comparisons and videos. I ultimately chose this kayak because it is modular. I wanted a tandem kayak so that I could bring my dog, or another person, but I am 5'3" and wasn't sure that I would be able to lift a full kayak to a roof rack on my own. Also, I do not own a vehicle that would fit the full kayak inside. I loved the idea of being able to kayak with a single seat (versus the full tandem setup), but that I wouldnt be limited to a single seat only. Being a modular version, the cost was more than a non-modular tandem kayak, but the convenience and versatility is so worth it. The only minor thing that I dont love is that the seatback - which has an adjustable strap - doesnt actually stay when you adjust it. When you lean back, it slips all the way loose. To resolve this, I just tie the loose strap into a knot and so far, the seatback has stayed at the desired length. (This is the ONLY reason I did not give 5 stars and I would give 4.5 stars if it would let me.) Also, I must say that I specifically chose LLBean (instead of other companies selling the same product for similar price) because of their amazing customer service. I had concerns about a few things and I was transferred to an actual person who was an expert with their kayaks. He assured me that my concerns could be resolved easily should there be an issue at all. As always, an A+ for LLBean. :)
Side note: Keep the boxes should you need to ever ship the kayak components back to LLBean.
July 8, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by bobbfdghdfg not as advertised
Some of the LLBean pictures for the apollo are not the apollo. The weight capacity is 425 pounds not 500.
It does not track well. It tracks best in the tandem configuration with one paddler.
It needs handles. If you are alone you must bring it to the water in pieces. If not there is a good chance it will fall apart before you get to the water.
I bought this because it could be convienently stored/shipped. A one piece kayak would be better.
April 10, 2013