I have had this kayak for 3 years and I got a great deal when sports authority was closing down stores. This thing is the perfect family kayak which held all 4 of us in Texas sized winds very stable. I did install a handle on the side for easier moving. But wait, there’s more, want to do some solo paddling? Move the back rest to the center seat and you have your own barge!!!! Worth every penny unless you are trying to win a kayak race ;)
This kayak was purchased by my family as a gift. It is a tandem sit on top kayak. It is a fun kayak to cruise around lakes, ponds and reservoirs. It is very stable and great for beginners. My biggest complaint about this kayak is it's weight, which makes it difficult to move by one person. On the water it tracks good, definitely not built for speed. I have taken it out solo and have enjoyed solo paddling in it. Solo I've paddled from all 3 positions available and it does good. It has two storage areas, but actually they are open to the entire hull. I'd recommend this kayak for beginners who want a budget friendly sit on top tandem kayak
If you're looking for a great kayak for family leisure use, this is perfect. Very stable, so I've had no problem having my son ride with me since he was 1.5 years old. Very hard to tip and always feels quite stable. The moveable seats are great! I can use one seat to ride solo, or two seats when riding with my husband or a friend. Have used it with two adults and one child with no problem. The flat bottom is also great for storing upright in our garage through the winter. Only cons - because of it's width I find it a little tricky to get on/off the kayak rack and it is definitely not meant for speed.
Bought this yak for my husband for Christmas with plans for him to be able to hit the creek with it and go fishing. Well, we took it out for a short test run and fell in love. Keep in mind, we had never had a yak before. There's PLENTY of room for fishing equipment, cooler, etc. Our biggest issue was that it seats 3, and we are a family of 4. So, in April, for my birthday, he bought me the exact same kayak, in blue (his is orange). We also bought handles to install in the back, because like everyone else, the little hand groove in the back isn't worth a hoot. We also installed tie offs for our anchors, paddle lanyards, and cell phone dry bags. Oh yeah, we installed paddle holders to them which is super handy! I like that I can load myself and both kids (and one of his seat backs) and we can hit the creek, or we can go 2 and 2 on them. They are VERY stable, which I like, but I like even more with having kids on them. They're easy to paddle, they handle well. We are very happy with these yaks
I enjoy my Lifetime kokanee. It has amazing stability, you can stand quite easily without the fear of the kayak tipping over. I've taken it across the state of florida and have had no problem in the gulf several miles out, down the mighty St. Johns river of North Florida, or the tight twisting mangroves of South Florida. When on the water the kayak is stable and agile. The only negatives i have are the overall weight of the kayak (77 pounds) and the quality of the plastic its molded from, it scratches quite easily.
Pros - Stable - I was able to stand up in this kayak not comfortably but didnt feel like i was going swimming at all. Plenty of room - this kayak is only 10.5 ft but was able to sit my wife and 2 sons with lots of room for gear. Easy to paddle - my wife was able to navigate this kayak easily and had no issue getting around the lake with my two boys (11 and 9).
Cons - Carrying - this kayak ghas a strap in the front but just a little finger groove in the back which is useless once wet. Seats - the seats are comfortable but they pop out of the clamps a little to easily. Slow - it maneuvers well enough but this kayak isn't winning any races.
I do love how roomy the kayak is. I also like that it is very stable and a sit on top. I saw a lady at a campground with the Kokanee kayak and she said she owned three. Out of the three she said she uses the Kokanee the most. I hope with a cart it will make a huge difference getting the kayak to the truck and river. I am new to kayaking and the most important feature for me at this time is stability and safety.
I feel the Kokanee is a 10 in this category. I hope to find a solution to the seats popping off so easily and that will make a huge difference.
Overall, I am happy with my kayak but would probably look for something a little lighter next time.
This is the most versatile Kayak ever and is great for just tooling around and I was surprised that it tracks pretty well too! If you're looking for a family fun Kayak that fits the budget ...this is it...!!!! Only alterations needed.... Add side front and back kayak handles, the ones attached are weird... But that's a minor add on that any home-depo'er can do on their own cheap! Well worth it for the 100's of dollars saved on buying the Lifetime Kokanee Tandum.
It actually weighs 76 lbs (not 66 as listed here). It is a tandem but has a jump seat in the middle. Capacity is 425 lbs. My intention is to carry two kids with me so this is fine. It is surprisingly spacious for a 10.5' kayak. Very stable. Actually tracks pretty well too. It is not fast but I wouldn't call it slow either. It's perfect for playing around with the kids or even taking alone and going fishing. My only negative is that it is on the heavy side for lifting myself but I knew that going in to it.
I would recommend it for exactly this purpose - going nowhere and playing with kids on lake, slow river, or calm surf.