Rated 4 out of 5áby ValueshopperatBean Great Kayak
We got to use our new kayak for a week on a Maine lake and really enjoyed it. Easy to use and glides nicely. It;s nice to be able to carry a younger child along with the two adults. Looking forward to taking our dog out for a ride, plenty of space on the larger 2xl. My one comment is that it is not as stable as some other sit on top kayaks I have used. It does not take a lot to have it roll over on you. Otherwise I would have given it 5 stars.
August 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Boulder13 Great Kayak
The Kayak arrived quickly, well wrapped and in great condition. It's great fun on lakes, haven't tried it on a river. Stable, sturdy, tracks reasonably well for not having a rudder and holds a course pretty well in a light breeze. The paddles are very nice and the cargo netting easily holds our dry bag full of essentials. We use the car top kit with straps and foam blocks to transport it without much problem once we learned to load it from the rear of the SUV. It does take two people to load and launch. All in all the purchase experience was great, but It would be great if LL Bean used a freight service that delivers into the evening hours so one doesn't have to miss work to take delivery.
July 18, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 Good quality, stable, small for 6' or taller
Pro?s: Great sit on top kayak for two. I?m 6? & my wife is 5?2?.
The boat paddled well, tracked well and was enjoyable for us both.
The seats have a higher back lending more support when relaxing.
Nice paddles, sturdy and comfortable but a little heavy.
It appears that the designers didn?t consider accommodating people over 5?10? tall.
From the rear seat with my feet in the farthest footholds my knees were way too high. I had to hold the paddle awkwardly or put my feet up on top of the kayak extended straight out. Neither position was great.
Eventually I loosened the straps and reclined more and found that I could paddle from a more reclined position, although that wasn?t ideal either.
The paddle is also sized for a short person. It is 227cm long.
If using a low angle paddling style (relaxed slower cadence) this paddle length for a 34? wide boat is suggested for somebody 5? tall or shorter.
If using a high angle paddling style (aggressive paddling, fast cadence) this paddle is suggested for people over 6? tall.
I?m betting not too many sit on top customers intend to paddle fast rivers but are more likely to go for more leisurely paddles around a lake.
If I?m correct this paddle selection is poor for the majority of the adult customers and most boys over 12.
Great kayak if you have short legs and arms.
If you have long legs and arms a longer paddle purchase may be in order.
The high back seats are very comfortable.
The kayak paddles great, tracks well and is good looking.
I?d recommend this boat to friends.
June 19, 2014