The seat is comfortable at first. After hours of sitting in it, I do begin to feel uncomfortable pressure points. It is manageable, however. The seat back is adjustable and I have not had it fail yet. I can see how it could if treated with anything other than finesse, but it should be easy to repair with standard 1" webbing hardware.
Most of the storage space is behind the seat. Even with no gear in the back the kayak floats slightly stern deep. The seat is NOT adjustable forward/backward so trimming can be difficult without storing gear (weight) on the bow deck (raising your center of gravity) or between your feet in the bow which feels cramped to me anyway.
For rigidity the kayak is molded with a full length keel. I have learned to really not appreciate this "feature". I understand it's needed to keep the hull from flexing, but it catches on rocks or other obstructions causing unwanted turns in currents. The keel just sticks down too deep for my liking, but the overall draft is not terrible.
Because of the open design and low freeboard (when loaded with camping gear), the D10 is somewhat of a wet float in anything but calm flat water. I weigh 220 lbs. and typically carry about 20 lbs. worth of gear for camping out. I would not want to take it up to its advertised 300 lbs limit without being able to perfectly distribute the weight.
This may sound like a lot of negatives, but I actually think it has a great cost to benefit ratio. It is extremely durable and I have scraped many boulders and rocks with it. It is in great shape and I have no worries about its resilience. How many kayaks will take you touring down river for $450.00?
In hind sight, I think the A10 may be a better value. I do not think the rear "cover" or foot pegs are worth the extra money.
After several years in a canoe, I bought my first kayak this winter after looking for a kayak for several months. The big selling points were the price, seat, overall comfort, and cargo capacity.
I have had it out about a half dozen times on relatively calm water. The kayak seems to track well and is easy to maneuver. The boat is light enough and well balanced to carry short distances. The seat is extremely comfortable and can be removed and used as a beach chair.
Only complaint is that any water crossing the bow comes right into your lap. My brother has the same model but added a bow storage bag and does not have the same issue.
As for Ascend and their customer service... awful, just awful. Trying to get information about my 6 yr old boat, basically was told I'm SOL... bass pro will never get my buss. Again neither will Ascend. Would not of bought the 2016 model, hubbys surprise. If I could find another 2010 model I would snap it up in a sec. Otherwise, find another brand w/ better C.S. Avoid Pelican as well.
I got the runaround from BassPro Shops, Ascend Kayaks, and ultimately Tracker Marine, who won't/don't sell the cheap plastic clip needed to fix it, but rather they want me to purchase a new seat for $60. So, my initial joy from this boat has been tempered by their awful customer service and somewhat low-quality product. I'm in the market for a second and third kayak, but I can promise you they will not be from Ascend.
The secret luxury to this kayak, at least for us, was the first time we took it kayak camping. Because the cockpit is generously opened up both in front and behind the seat, the amount of gear you can put in this is amazing. No dry storage so dry bags are a must, but my girlfriend had no problems putting all of her gear, and other camper’s gear on her yak without feeling cramped. The only downside that I can see for some yakers would be the inability for this yak to be fitted with a spray skirt. But, we have had it on the water in when it has been in the 40s, and all she does is wear rain gear. She is a little more observant on how she works her paddle to minimize drippage inside the yak, but kayaking is a wet sport. She nor I have had any issues with colder weather paddling with the lack of a spray skirt. That being said, we are not taking it on the ocean either, LOL.
This kayak is a great entry/ intermediate level kayak for the price and I have used several models to include dagger, Old Town, and others. I actually own an Old Town Vapor, and I think the D10 performs a little better with tracking, speed, storage, and stability.
Seat is well made and comfortable. It feels like you sit low in the water, but I'm still amazed when it glides over shallow waters that I expected to bottom out on. I'm 5'11 and 185 lbs - I've been over water that is less than 1 feet deep plenty of times without issue.
I researched most top models before purchasing this kayak. For the money, it's excellent. If you have $700 to spend, definitely try out one of the higher-end models mentioned above, but also give this one a trial run. It's great for not only slow moving rivers, but lakes as well.