He wanted on the water cheap and we got this at a local closeout outfitter for about $375. He wanted a beginner boat and easy to get in and out. This covered his basics but when I paddled it around I found it moved easily through the water, at 28.5 inches, it is narrow for a rec boat. The open cockpit is a breeze to get in & out, and as he pointed out he can put his grandson in front of him (or a small to medium dog). He placed the hatch cover on his boat which makes easy covered storage for a cooler and lunch.
The only shortcoming of this boat is the seat. It has the basic seat not the XT so it lacks padding, nothing an aftermarket cushion can't help. This is not a boat for weekend expeditions or whitewater but for his needs it is a great boat.
This kayak tracks great, has lots of storage space under the hull, I shove 2 dry bags under there and they are not in the way of my feet. I opted to get the "open" storage behind the seat because I plan to put my corgi dog back there for rides. But now I'm thinking of getting a cover for that compartment and just letting her ride inside with me.
One VERY IMPORTANT thing you need to know is that this kayak sinks RAPIDLY if you tip it and try to get back in. I specifically told my hubby I was going to practice this falling out/getting back in manueuver just in case, and so I tried it in 8ft of water. Holy cow am I glad I did, it was sinking rapidly and I was barely able to tug it to shore in time, and by then it was completely underwater. Had I know this, I would've bought a ride on top. But I have this one and except for the potential sinking, I love it. I bought about 6 pool noodles at Walmart and glued them inside the kayak, out of the way. This should at least buy me some time.
All in all, I really like this kayak, its light enough that I can throw it in the truck and get it in the water all by myself; its beautiful in color; tracks great.
Very solid, roomy, tracks nicely, and a pleasure to paddle and fish from. I am a big guy, 5'11" around 250 lbs and I feel super comfortable in this. Yes, it takes a few minutes to get comfortable, but once you do it's a piece of cake.
Only downsides from my perspective is that the location of the drain plug is almost useless, the water does not drain out through it, so you are left turning the kayak upside-down (which still doesn't drain it due to the cockpit lip) or sponge/towel it dry. It is a bit heavy at just under 60lbs, so putting it on top of an SUV etc with it's 12 ft length is tough to do solo but possible. Portaging is a two person job. Other than that, it would have been nice to have a few more gadgets like a trolling rod holder, or a closed storage compartment, but all things that can be added on fairly cheaply. The trolley anchor system is a nice touch. Seat is comfortable, but I may add some padding for added comfort for long days.
For the money, I don't think you can beat the Vapor 12 for a good, solid fishing or pleasure kayak.
All in all, I'm very happy with my Vapor 12... it's a great beginner kayak without making a huge investment. I feel that we all think nowadays that we just HAVE to have the latest, greatest and most expensive of whatever it is that we are currently "in to" and later on, when the newness has worn worn off, we are left with an expensive "toy" sitting around that no longer thrills us. With the Vapor 12, a little money will get you a lot of enjoyment and you can always upgrade later on if your interest still remains high.
All in all, I'm very happy with my Vapor and would recommend it to others who are interested in kayaking.
I like the kayak. For the price I feel like I did pretty good. I was having a hard time finding a 12 foot kayak in my price range that could perform and have enough room for me and my son. If I had to do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat!
Tracks well and very stable. Suggest the 12' rather than the 10' sold in most stores, as the 12' tracks better and the extra deck handles waves and mild whitewater so much better.