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Solara 120 R

  • 12' Length
  • 28" Width
  • 54 Weight (lbs)
  • $ 899 MSRP

Solara 120 R Description

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Solara 120 R Reviews

Read reviews for the Solara 120 R by Current Designs as submitted by your fellow paddlers. All of the reviews are created and written by paddlers like you, so be sure to submit your own review and be part of the community!

This was my first kayak...

This was my first kayak purchase and it's worked out very well for me. I was looking for something that would track reasonably well but mostly be maneuverable for the small-medium rivers I prefer. This does that. It's definitely not as fast and straight as something longer and narrower, and I wore myself out trying to keep up with my buddy in his 16.5 sea kayak on bigger water. But it has enough speed for me and tracks pretty well at speed, although it really wants to pull to one side when I let it slow to a stop. It's very roomy and comfortable to sit in and has plenty of space for my long legs and size 12 feet, which ruled out some other boats I'd liked to have had. I also like the dry storage in the bow which is fairly rare in a 12 footer. There's lots of storage space for as much gear as I'll ever carry, and the lever locks are the way to go with hatch covers. I got the console with it, which is great for the small dry hatch (perfect for keys and quick access to my phone) but the cup holders are pretty much worthless for me. A drink in that area gets in the way of my paddling. I'd like to rig a bottle holder underneath it somehow and think CD would have done better to do something like that. Overall, a very good boat at a reasonable price that does what I need it to.

Am a bit disappointed in...

Am a bit disappointed in my Solara 120 which I have owned for two seasons. I was advised the 12' kayak would track better than something shorter; it does not. The kayak is heavy and difficult to launch from our dock. As a result of all this, I have used it less than a dozen times and am now looking to trade it for a 10' unit. Did not get value for the (high) price that I paid.

A great recreational boat...

A great recreational boat for lakes and larger rivers. The boat has both front and rear hatches with lots of cockpit room and easy to adjust and reach pedals. The 12ft. Sit in Kayak tracks well and can be a little challenging in moderate currents. A great kayak to do some overnight trips with lots of room, comfort and storage. A great kayak for a mid size person. It is a little heavy but built rock solid and durable. The seat is comfortable and adjustable. You could do a lot with some epoxy and customizing the roomy cockpit area with holders, boxes, mesh bags etc......

This is my first Kayak. I...

This is my first Kayak. I had tried many of them and found this one to be the most stable. I have two bulging discs in my back and this model is great. The seat and backrest are adjustable which really makes it very comfortable. I have made some trips that have lasted four hours and have no issues with my back. The kayak is very maneuverable and very responsive. I can't wait until my next trip.

I Purchased this boat a...

I Purchased this boat a couple years ago, this is great long trips while camping, lots of space inside and water tight compartments. Very stable also. I love it.

I have had the Soalra 12...

I have had the Soalra 12 for about one month now and I am delighted with this kayak. Current Designs did a very good job at making a good all around recreational boat. The seating is very comfortable and adjustable both under your thighs and lower to mid back as the back support adjust up and down as well as pivots with your movement (great idea).

The boat is well thought out with sealed bulk heads front and rear which is a great feature not just from a safety standpoint but also actual dry storage for all of your gear. The hatches seal well with no leaks noted and the fit and finish is great.

Paddling the Solara is fun and easy for the entire family. It is stable, tracks well and has good glide which was a little surprising. Turning is good but not too loose, and easy to control. The cockpit is on the larger side but not the largest out there and is not too open or confining in any respect. The optional half deck cover is a great option for keeping water out and provides a work surface for when you may be fishing or whatever. The storage is more than enough and a person could pack enough gear for a good weekend or possible for 4 maybe even five days if going ultralite backpacking gear.

Overall a great recreational kayak which could be used for some good flat water day trips or multiday trips at a good price point and exceptional quality. Highly recommended.