Great for lakes and rivers and lightweight, easy to carry, The Bali 10 SS Tracks and paddles with ease while offering maximum stability. Sports a large, comfortable seating area with protective thigh pads and an open cockpit for easy entry.
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UV-stabilized Fortiflex® High Density Polyethylene
Pros: Great price. Seems to be built very well (durable, looks attractive). Lots of storage that so far has been completely water tight - I can fit my car keys, wallet, phone, shoes and an extra water bottle with no problem in the storage compartments.
Meh: self-bailing drain holes are roughly right under your butt, so the back of your shorts will get wet - I'd recommend using a seat cushion and/or drain plugs to stay dry. Tracking is a bit difficult, as with any kayak of this size and weight, but I was able to get the hang of it with an hour or two of practice.
Cons: Not many handles, makes it difficult to load/unload out of the truck. Foot rests seem built for short people. I'm not real tall (5' 8") but it still feels like the foot rests are too short, even at their most extended position.
Keep in mind, this is an inexpensive, entry-level kayak. Its great for a beginner and/or a leisurely paddle around pretty still water. If you're looking for something more than that, you'd be best spending a little more on a higher-level model. But for what you get for the price, I've been very pleased
I have been in different kayaks and this one is the worst. If I am not paddling I will be circles. Around and around I go. I can't take it to a river due to the circles. I can take it to a lake cause I won't run into anything when doing circles. Don't buy this!
What a nightmare. Its very unstable I was petrified for the little amount of time I was on it. Very tippy I'm sending it back!not worth the money I paid for it.
This kayak is pretty bad. It should be sold for no more than $100. Really unstable. The slightest wave over a few inches will make you jerk for balance if you're not a regular kayaker. I took this thing out fishing yesterday on the river, and it was pretty sketchy. The current wasn't even that fast but I sure worked hard to cross, probably twice as hard as my brother and he is obese with a cheap $150 kayak. This kayak does this weird thing where it wants to keep turning, unless you're a professional kayaker who knows how to paddle with precise power on each side, you're gonna turn circles. Don't get this kayak, look somewhere else.
I have three kayaks that me and my daughters use and this is one of them. I will not let my daughters paddle it on a river because I don't want to go in after them. It is very unstable, don't even think about reaching behind you. It tracks well in circles if you want to go around and around this is your yak. Took this yak out on flat water rivers twice and after each one I was wore out after only a few miles.
You get what you pay for but there are several nice yaks in this price range if you shop around.
I'm not gonna fall out but I found out that balance is an issue. Not with the boat but with me. If I lean to one side or the other it affects the direction. I kept wondering why I was making 180 turns and now I know why. It is not very light but I didn't know what to expect. The adjustable foot rests are nice, the seat back is comfortable. I do find that the little hooks for fishing rods or for a pole lanyard (I guess) catch my hands every once in a while while paddling. Not a big deal. No blood no foul.
Loading and unloading on the Outback is not too difficult but I have not tried doing it alone. Storing them is simple with the hanging straps. Nice little boats. I like 'em.
The length of the boat is 10 feet, and getting the boat on/off the rack is a little challenging for a smaller stature person, but can be done. Overall we are very pleased with the boats we purchased and have taken them out several times this summer.
Overall a modestly-priced kayak with lots of versatility for storage and handles well.
Some of the pro's I have noticed about them is that they are vary comfortable. We have taken ours on trips down the river where we've floated for nine hours strait and nothing got sore on our nine hour float. They sit very high off the water so you can put a lot of extra stuff in the kayak with you and not have to worry about it falling out unless you are tipping over. These kayaks come with all the essentials but nothing to fancy. They definitely hold their weight limit and more if you want to try it. water comes in the scupper holes but not over the sides, you can plug the scuppers.
Some of the cons are that this kayak is so short when you paddle you just turn back and forth back and forth until you get up enough speed to stay strait. When you do get up enough speed if you stop paddling they do not stay strait then either they will turn by them selves to one side. This was very annoying when I first got started but once you get used to both of these things its not so bad. Another thing is that they are very small so the storage on them is very limited, but I don't consider that a con because they didn't waste the space for storage on the kayak its just a short boat, there's not much boat there. I say this is a small boat but they do have smaller ones that I have never been on and I hate to see what they are like.
This brand of kayaks has several different solid colors to choose from, ocean blue ,red , navy, lime green, orange, and pink for the ladies,they have a recreational style and fishing, and they come with some really sturdy paddles that float. Their paddles are square on the end which I prefer over any other paddle now that I've used it so much. It pushes you through the water a whole lot harder in my opinion, but I know everybody is different when it comes to their paddles.
Recently we took them out in the Gulf and back bays. Gotta say they did better than expected. Again lots of work in the wind and current but awesome where there wasn't any and on the way back in.
Our biggest complaint is the storage compartments. There are two of them. The one closest to the seat is a complete waste. Always full of water!! The other one is awesome as it comes out of the boat and can be towed behind and has pretty much stayed dry inside. The big complaint here is getting the dang things open! There's no handle to speak of, just a short impression in the plastic lid, that requires spinning one way or the other. We're talking finger tip deep. Can't get a good grip to spin it, especially with wet hands. Then to top it off there's no way to remove the lid. Fingernails won't cut it. We have used small hammer to spin it open then a screwdriver to pop the top!! Not a good design. No gaskets, just plastic to plastic. The lids need a little D-ring or something to grab onto and pull. What good is storage that you can't get into?
Our only other complaint is how shallow all the little doodads are that hold the bungies in place. I mean wow, they are barely deep enough to hold the cords and pop off easily.
All in all, for our first kayaks we are happy enough but will be upgrading to 12 footers with more of a keel. Believe they will track much better and be a little less work. Hope this helps.
Not sure of the top end weight allowance but had no problem as a 170lb person and easily 50lbs of gear lashed on top. This kayak is great for a sunny day out on a pond or lake.
Tracking is not so great and you will have to work hard to keep this yak going straight. The plastic body scratches easy but seems secure. After a couple of trips the boat will look very used. Vinyl stickers start peeling immediately.
The storage compartment behind the kayaker can be a challenge to open, especially if you're exhausted from an all day paddle. I recommend removing it and not using it. Storage areas to stay remarkably dry, but they're very difficult to open/close.
Overall a good boat to tip your toes in the water if you're a beginning kayaker to see if you like the hobby. It is cheap, stable, and easy to use. You'll quickly want to move on to a better boat though.
I saved up my 329 bucks and went into Sports Authority on August 17 to find the Bali was on sale.. 209 bucks! I grabbed it and took it to the river immediately.
I've found that the Bali 10 tracks FAR BETTER than I'd hoped. (I knew it would be better than the 8ft, but it far exceeds my expectations.) It also is somewhat more unstable. It took a few minutes to get used to the rocking motion, but I suspect that's normal for this style of kayak. This thing is fast. I can leave my wife in the dust... Keeping up with the stand up paddleboarders. I actually paddled up the river a distance in half the time it took me in the old kayak. I flipped it once while getting in it, but while moving it felt really stable.
I noticed you must really pay attention on the kayak to keep it going straight once you reach a certain fast speed. If you stop paddling at top speed, for me, the kayak would swing out from behind me to a stop. Once I learned this kayaks caveats, I found it to be highly enjoyable, high quality, and really solid feeling. The accessory box, paddle straps, water tight space, drink holder (2 if you use another space for one), carry handles, and price makes an excellently rounded package. I'm extremely happy with my purchase.
I give it 8 out of 10 because it has no carry handle for a single person, the foot rests are not comfortable (I ended up removing them within ten minutes and it was extremely comfortable that way) and the spacing of the bungee cord for the paddle carrier doesn't seem widely enough spaced to carry a paddle without it tipping into the water. (At least my heavy paddle kept doing that.)
I'm around 220 pounds, 6ft tall. I found with the foot rests removed, it fit my shape perfectly.