I tried 4-5 other kayaks and nothing else felt quite right or tracked horribly. I hopped in this kayak and it was larger and heavier than what i wanted. Also the seat was weird. So before getting in I had a negative opinion of it. Plus it was $300-$400 over what I wanted to spend. I got in it and said wow that seats comfortable. Also I would be part time fishing out of it and the seat moves up and back for easier fishing. I thought wow great design. It also didn't have a dry hatch so that was a negative. Well I paddled around in it for quite a while and loved it. I got a great price on it too. So needless to say in the end I loved it and most of the negatives I ended up liking. They make a dry bag for $20 and there is a nice place to put it on the back of the kayak. Also there is a small dry hatch for a water bottle and a sliding cup holder and tray. The only negative I could think of is its a bit slow to turn and get up to speed. Once up o speed its easy to maintain. The seat is to die for. Very comfortable and removable so that's very cool. Honestly its a great boat and would recommend it to any medium to larger sized person.
This boat is at home on rivers, lakes, and even on the great lakes. Took this on a five day tour of the pictured rocks and have never been so comfortable. The seat alone is worth the price of this boat, once you get to shore and set up camp just pull the seat out put it next to campfire and settle in its one less thing to pack.
You can not go wrong with the Jackson ibis it's a super recreation kayak. Totally happy with this purchase.
I just bought a nice used Necky Elaho and while it is in a completely different league with regard to speed and handling in the wind, the Elaho can not hold a candle to the Ibis in creek work and beach combing along the shoreline. They are very stable and look good in the water if that's important to you. We've had them on Caddo lake and they are excellent for that environment. In fact we are scheduled to go back in June.
By the way if you have never kayaked Caddo Lake in north east Texas you absolutely must put that on your bucket list.
There are no bulkheads and I liked that to be able to get in more camping gear. I see now u need to put in float bags to be safe. U also need to keep a cover on it to keep out bugs, bees, and such and keep your floats in place while hauling. Something I liked about sit on tops. Not having to worry about all this - no spray skirt needed and such.
I guess what I need is a light SOT. I see more coming out just got to save up for one. I live in Louisiana so sit in are hot also. U can cool off with some water on u with SOT.
The Ibis is a nice stable light boat and it will do till I can do better.
The day hatch should be located in front or rather than behind the paddler. We have a friend who just bought a new Old Town Dirigo 120 and we both like the dashboard layout on that model.
My wife and I have some canoe experience but are novice kayak paddlers. The Ibis is easy to get in and out of and at 29" wide is very stable. Thus far all of our paddling has been lake and slow creek work. Our nearby lake is not well protected and is susceptible to prevalent south winds which will commonly reach a steady 20+ miles per hour. The Ibis is very stable in choppy water and in fact this past Sunday my wife and two friends were caught across the lake in a squall that kicked up some very rough water. While her friends Old Town Dirigo seem to glide better in calm water she beat them back to their side of the lake by 200 yards with no drama and took on very little water.
Only paddling issue is that the Ibis weathervanes noticeably. It also tracks better into a headwind than a tailwind. The drybag on the back deck is handy and we are anxious to try them out on some overnight excursions.
While not a long distance touring rig it is a great platform to explore from We are very happy with them and would buy another.
Looks great...paddles great....and the seat is comfortable enough for your living room. There seemed to be a lot of storage room behind the seat. This would be one fun and comfy boat.