Rated 2 out of 5áby Adele1 LL Bean Calypso Kayak
Unfortunately not a "happy kayaker" with the Calypso :( After doing much research & the majority of the reviews being positive, I went ahead and took the plunge in purchasing. It measures up to all the features of being lightweight, however I found the Calypso to "drag" through the water. My previous kayak (near same dimensions, but heavier) really skimmed through any body of water (bay, river, ocean). I find I need to actually paddle harder with the Calypso just to get moving. It could use more back support in the lumbar region (I had to be creative and make a "lumbar support" otherwise my low back was in discomfort the entire time I was out on the water. I think this kayak is best suited for really calm waters (lake, river).
July 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby Mechel Calypso 12ft Kayak
I am 5'3" and 130lbs. And 53 years old. After owning several other kayaks, I still wasn't a happy kayaker. I tested the 12ft calypso in Aug. 2014 at a LLBEAN clinic. The weather conditions on the lake that day were rough. After paddling out past the breaker wall, the waves were pretty high. I had no problem manuavering to keep pace with the waves. I finally felt one with a kayak. This kayak is narrow, stable, light weight, and tracks nice. I picked up my new calypso the next day and haven't used any another kayak. I no longer just kayak on still mountain lakes, but now take the calypso on slow to medium moving rivers, and large recreational lakes on windy days. I would recommend this kayak to anyone that wants to feel in control and secure while on the water.
July 9, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5áby INeedBoots Damaged kayak
When the kayak arrived, we left it in it's packaging because we wanted to bring it to the cottage. Now we are at the cottage and unwrapped it. The whole front point is crushed in. We were looking forward to the holiday weekend so we could kayak--so sad!
May 27, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5
áby BensMom great lightweight kayak
I love this little kayak which is very lightweight yet stable and tracks well. I am 5'6", 130lbs and there is plenty of room although it is a little more awkward to get in and out of than larger kayaks with wider openings. My only complaints are that that dry well doesn't stay dry (water goes right under the barrier), and there is no drainage hole to get out the water that gets in (my other kayaks have a drainage hole with a plug so you can lift the kayak at an angle and get all the water out). Overall, it is a great, sturdy ultralight kayak for a great price.
May 8, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5áby Gigi42 light weight
the kayak is as expected. it is light and tracks well. i am 4' 10.5" and i can lift it on top of my rav 4. its not as stable as my sit on top but it is as expected.
November 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby LongTimeLLBeanShoppr Easy to paddle and light to carry
After buying a Bean tandem kayak (which I love by the way), that required two people to carry and load onto the car, and after taking the LL Bean Recreational Kayak Course and using a 12 ft Calypso, I decided to purchase a Calypso and have been very pleased with it's weight and it's responsiveness in the water. I am an active senior female and have no trouble lifting, carrying, and loading the Calypso onto and off of the car. It paddles like a dream and is very comfortable to sit in and get out of. It is described as being designed for a woman and it certainly is a correct fit for me!
September 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby winterlovinmom Gotta get another!
Love this so much! It is the favorite of 3 out of 4 family members. Time to replace a wide boat we all hate with another one of these!
July 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby leftychick Great kayak
I shopped around pretty extensively before setting on the calypso kayak. Its lightweight, very stable, and tracks great; just what I was looking for! I have no problem putting it on the roof of my SUV, and I am a 5'7" female. The cockpit is pretty small, but I have plenty of room to maneuver. I would highly recommend this kayak.
August 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby CandlewoodlakeFamily Love this Kayak
I bought this for myself after trying it out at the LLBean outdoor discovery class on Lake Kenosia. I love how small and light it is easy to maneuver and goes fast. I bought the package so it came with the paddle and cockpit cover. i figured when my kids got a little older it would become theirs, but from the second i put it in the lake they were loving it. They are 6.5 year old twins and i was surprised how fast and easy they learned and mastered it. cockpit is definitely small so my husband or a larger/wider adult wouldn't fit in it.
July 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
áby Outdoor165 Love it !!!
I purchased this kayak after taking the discovery course. My dog, Cooper, a cocker spaniel ( 28 lb. ) sits on my lap . We both love kayaking now. It is so easy to steer. Today we took in across Barnstable harbor. The sea was a little choppy but we had no problems. Highly recommend this little boat!
June 15, 2014