Rated 1 out of 5 by TheTruth If you like a wet bottom this kayak is for you!
The concept of a modular kayak is great. Unfortunately, this kayak is not even close to great. The quality control is not good as the first one I received was missing the latch that connects the 2 pieces. Once you place the kayak in the water and sit in it the cup holder fills with water. Then the water spills into the compartment and gives you a wet bottom. I guess they didn't think to make it water tight. Besides that it tracks horribly. So if you enjoy a wet bottom this kayak is for you! If not it might make a good kids toy! Stick with a one piece design. On the plus side the ll bean customer service was great and they readily took it back with no problem.
March 21, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by SedateAdventurer Good for those of us who can't hoist a kayak!
I agree with all the other reviewers -- getting it together is easy, getting it apart is tricky! I watched the URL that the insert recommended and it was helpful - but it is still tricky to get apart. I had a regular sit-on-top and this one doesn't track as well as it did, but this one is a heck-of-a-lot easier to load in the car. I tried it out on a cold windy day, though, so perhaps calmer water will make it easier. But even if not, the fact that I can handle it by myself makes it worthwhile. BTW, for anyone else who realizes that the seam is not watertight, I still floated along fine. I wondered if I had done something wrong because it wasn't watertight, but I guess not. Overall, thumbs up.
October 25, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by susser Modular Kayak
This two piece design is ideal for anyone who doesn't want to bother with a rack. It goes together easily and is easy to manage in two pieces. Best to use on flat water.
September 11, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by GoGulls I wanted to like it
Bought this boat because of its modular capabilities... I drive a soft-top Jeep and installing a roof rack just isn't an option. The concept is great with each piece weighing only 20 pounds, but that's where the "pros" stopped and the "cons" began.
The most glaring omission from this design is handles... one piece has a ridge where your hand can go, but the manufacturer should really consider putting handles on the pieces because they're quite awkward to carry.
The ratchet system was easy to snap in, but not easy to get out. Clearer instructions would have been ideal, and I'm usually pretty good at figuring those things out.
Once in the water, the kayak tracks VERY poorly. I knew it wouldn't track like a single-piece kayak, of course, but I literally would paddle once to the right and be pulled 180 degrees to the left in no time. I couldn't get anywhere!
Had to return this boat to my local L.L. Bean store.
July 9, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by VTHenry Fits in my Jeep
Easy to transport. No roof lifting and attaching. Fits easily in the back of my Jeep. Easy to put together. Was VERY difficult to figure out how to take apart. I have smaller hands and holding down the ratchet and pulling while lifting was not working for me. Figured out placing a pivot point under the kayak at the separating point works perfect! The weight of the piece pulls it apart while I press the ratchet. I used the bagged chair I carry in my car but just got a stiff pool noodle & plan on cutting it down & duct taping it together to use. That way I can just keep it with me in the kayak so I can take it apart without going to my car & getting something to use. I am a calm water paddler so it is a nice easy paddle. Comfortable to sit in. So a 5 for everything but because the pull apart needed to be adapted I gave it a 4.
June 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gulfcoastsnowbird Apollo modular kayak
We purchased two of these kayaks because we were tired of struggling to lift our kayaks on the roof racks. All four pieces fit easily in the back of our SUV. We have used them several times in Lemon Bay along the Gulf coast of Florida. They are fun little boats. They don't track as well as our longer kayaks, but the ease of loading and unloading makes up for it. They snap together easily, and there's room to carry lunch. Paddling next to a group of dolphins was awesome. I recommend this kayaks for recreational kayakers who don't want the hassle of loading and unloading.
May 9, 2013