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I'm new to kayaking, so I didn't want to spend a ton of money on a top of the line kayak. I found this one on Craig's list for a steal, so I thought I'd take a chance. So far, I've been more than happy with my purchase. It's light enough that I can get it on top of my car and then into the water by myself. I love that it's not really very "tippy", therefore I've never tumped over. I think this kayak was the perfect choice for a novice like me, and it has made me want to go paddling as often as possible. Highly recommend!!
I am extremely pleased with the purchase. For no more than $225 each set, I got the kayak, a tarp, life jacket, and paddles. My 5 yo, my 9 yo, and my wife have all taken turns using these kayaks and have had a lot of fun in them, cruising up and down the pond. I have noticed that both primary and secondary stability are excellent for all of them, to the point that my son actually leans over the side to watch the fish go by underneath with no problems. My 5yo can paddle the kayak as well, and has a lot of fun doing so. My wife, a first time kayaker, at 5'7" and 140 lbs, has a great time on them and feels confident enough to go out on her own at times.
For me, who am almost 100 lbs heavier than my wife, I seem to be bringing the kayak to its limits of performance. Yet, even then, I am finding the kayaks to be extremely useful for a great workout up and down the pond. Yes, it is not a perfect tracker, though with good stroke technique I managed to travel in a straight line in no time. And yes, I make the kayak sit a bit low due to my weight, which makes the primary stability a bit tippy for me, though nothing that a little practice won't correct (it gives a great core workout!).
The ONLY negative I have to say for it, is that the storage compartment is definitely not watertight. Every time I reach back there to pull anything out, I find my belongings swimming in a pool of water. However, this is nothing that wide mouth jar won't fix.
Overall, you can't beat the kayak for the money. I'm very pleased with the purchase.
The kayaks were like new. In fact the clear plastic coverings protecting the name plates were still on the boats. The owner had used them once. No scratches or scuffs.
Took out the boats last night then again this morning on the local lake. Daughter liked it found it a little more challenging to keep on track then the longer 14ft boat. But with some practice she got it tracking better.
Wife who had never kayaked tried the boat. She was always afraid of kayaks and thought they were tippy. She found herself very comfortable and didn't think it was tippy at all. She soon had basic strokes down and was paddling very controlled. She kept it tracking well. She liked the large cockpit it was easy to enter and exit.
I found the boat a great boat for beginners and intermediates. It tracked really well for a 10ft boat. Loved how well it would turn and how leaning into the turns made it even tighter.
The boats are very light and super easy to transport. We can have them loaded(or unloaded) in a matter of minutes. Leaving more time for fun on the water. The length and weight is great for anyone to carry. The large cockpit will allow me to also take a grandchild with me.
Seat back is a little hard. Seat bottom is comfortable and the leg rests adjust easily. The rear deck storage is not water tight. Wish there was more storage space in rear.
It is lightweight. I can load it, launch it, and clean it out by myself if I need to and I am a very small female. It is very stable and has never flipped. It is best when traveling down river. It does not track well when paddling in still water so going with the current is the best way to use this boat.
On a lake or river with a lot of wake, the kayak can be tipped about, but knowing how to handle it, is key. I have never flipped the kayak. On a clam lake(no motors permitted), the kayaks handles a lot better. When paddling right or left, it will propel forward, as it should and I do not notice it drifting more to one side or the other, or not allowing for a stable path. I do realize that after 6 or 8 paddles, my boat may start steering more to the left and I have to give a couple consecutive paddles on the left side to correct, but I attribute this to the fact that my right arm is stronger and I am able to paddle harder on that side. With a good rhythm, this is easily avoided.
When sitting still, I do notice that, if I make a sudden move to the right or left, the kayak will tip a little that way, but it's not that big of a deal and, like I mentioned before, it has never flipped. I purchased the kayak on sale and it was a pretty good deal. These little quirks are something that comes along with the territory of a cheaper kayak.
The hull of the kayak is very strong and sturdy. I have ran over rocks and trees and I still don't have a scratch on it. I am able to enter and exit the kayak effortlessly.
Most of my friends have never been on a kayak and they are able to learn quickly on this kayak and we always have a great time. This kayak is great for someone who is not interested in white water and wants to have a great time on a lake or river.
The Pathfinder is my first foray into kayaking. I've rented a SOT Prism before but decided on a sit-in model for a drier ride. I've had it out on the water only once for about an hour on a flat gentle river with calm winds. Some of my initial observations: