many water miles and recreation on several lakes handles tight in all situations, balanced to please and easy to load and unload
I use this Kayak on a reservoir to fish for hours. Pretty stable and easy to paddle. I mounted three rod holders and 2 side mounted handles for convenience, (1 in the front and 2 in the rear). I made a small wheel cart to transport from car to water & return using old lawn mower wheels and a frame to a tub chair. I bungee cord the cart to the rear while I fish so I don't have to bring back and forth from the car. Rear compartment is adequate size for storing medical supplies and safety gear. I stuffed extra foam padding anywhere I could to maximize float-ability.
After 2 years of reading reviews and looking around for a good deal, I finally decided to pull the trigger. TSC had a great deal on this yak. $229+tax. It came with a paddle, removable rod holder, seat cusions, and the big storage compartment. I'm a newbie still, but this thing goes straight if you paddle deliberately. If you aren't paying attention, you can make it veer off course easily, which I would think is true of most kayaks. Imo, most negatives about tracking and tipping are user error. It was a little shaky at first, but once I found my center, I had no issues. 6' 187lbs. The adjustable foot rests are great. It took a few adjustments to get it where I wanted them. The seat back is adjustable as well. I can't say that I'd want to hook into a big fish on it, but I guess that would depend on your ability to stay balanced. Overall, from a rookie, a good kayak.
It is amazing and it is easy to mount a fish finder on and a good way to start a kid on. Im 15 and I use it all the time to fish local bass fishing tournaments in Arkansas.
I give this a 3 because it is in the middle of the rating scheme. I got a Journey 10 SS for Christmas and have not actually had a chance to use it yet. That being said, Mine came with real nice scupper plugs and dual skegs, unlike what I have been reading about. My only complaint so far is length. It is advertised as a 10 ft kayak. Mine measures exactly 9 feet.
I bought this model kayak 2 years ago after I got my husband into kayaking and couldn't get him out of my Ascend. First 5 minutes on the water, I thought I'd hate it. But I had to get used to its difference in stability and tracking. Once I did, it was fine. I've used it a LOT! Great for the price! Haven't ever tipped. Have taken my dog out for rides in it, too. Couldn't find plugs to correctly fit the scupper holes, so I got a rubber seat cushion for about $6 that keeps my rear dry and also provides a little comfort.
Plug the scupper holes and you won't get wet. Put a skeg on it and it'll track like an arrow. A set of home made outriggers will make it stable enough to stand up and fish.
Rookie here, I read reviews on this kayak before I bought it. I was on the fence. I had to find out for myself. I wanted to have fun, this kayak is unstable doesn't track very well. If you spend a little time in it you learn to control it and doesn't feel as tipsy. I made it work for me, but it took the fun out of the experience. It was too much work to have fun and I really never felt relaxed. I liked all the features it had. I never did feel confident enough to reach behind me. As far as getting wet, not a problem with that. I went in knowing that you get wet in a kayak. This is a lightweight easy to load and unload kayak . If you don't mind working for your fun this is the kayak for you. I know that it is a $300 kayak and one shouldn't expect perfection. There are better kayaks out there for $300. Pelican, Future Beach. Remember that they are $300 but not as much work for your fun.
I am very pleased with this kayak. For it's price point it's a great value. I've read a lot about tracking issues but have not experienced any my self. My kayak is new purchased 8/2019. My hull has 2 skegs as part of the mold, a padded seat bottom and only 2 scupper hols near the seat. It also included scupper plugs & I've never had a wet butt. When I look up this model online it shows 6 scuppers, no seat pad and everyone complains about finding the plugs??? Has Sundolphin updated this model? The paddle is not very good, but at least you get something included where as most other fishing kayaks include nothing. The storage is great and so far mine has proven to 100% dry but I'm not banking on that. If you're on the fence, go for it. It's an inexpensive way to get off shore. For what it's worth, I am 6'1" and weigh 200lbs.
We purchased three of these Journey 10 SS sit-on 10' kayaks from Tractor Supply. We took them straight to the lake. Within 10 minutes my seat had an inch of water in it and I was soaked. My husband and son (who do weigh a little less) were only slightly wet in the seat area. My advice to you - if you will be using these in calm water - plug the scupper holes! I went to Field & Stream and bought a Pelican Trailblazer 100 NXT sit-in 10' kayak. I stayed perfectly dry! It doesnt have all of the fancy compartments or rod holders but I love my Pelican.
This has been fun and frustrating at the same time. Although tippy at first, i realized it had everything to do with my confidence on the water in a new kayak. Track was not perfect but ot is a10 footer. I found super plus at big five. I modified them with a pair of scissor s cutting off the second plug. Fit its now snug.. like a glove. I got mine for a great price and i don't worry about breaking on rocks, gravel or sand. Drilling and doing modification is not scary. It isn't an expensive water craft. Get over and get out there...live
So far, I love my new baby!!! Took a little getting used to just cause I'm used to borrowing a "sit in" kayak. This is a sit on. But i can definitly fish from it. Now i just gotta name & chrissan her;)
Bought this kayak hoping to get a decent angling sit on top kayak for a reasonable price. Well, I have bad news for you, these cheaper sit on top kayaks just aren't worth fooling with. This particular model, the Journey 10, is the tippiest boat I've ever been in. If you come anywhere near the capacity limit just forget it. My wife, who weighs 140 pounds less than the weight limit had tipping issues with it too, so I know it's not just my size. Not to mention this thing does the aquatic equivalent of a 360 donut once you stop paddling (terrible tracking). Lesson learned, if you want a decent sit on top, you're just gonna have to shuck out the extra dough. Don't waste your time with this thing. The fact it was selling at Walmart should've been a red flag.
Great kayak for bass fishing in lakes and rivers. Holds all of my gear and then some. Only negative is that it does not track the best.
It's been an awesome kayak. Great for beginners. Have been fishing on it a lot. Never tipped it, reeled in 39" carp on it. Doesn't track the greatest, and has no live well in the vessel. Needs a better paddle than what is provided. 4stars mainoy because of how the scupper holes are designed. It's very hard to find plugs that will fit if you like to plug the scuppers, they aren't completely cleared of plastic, so you have about a 3/4" hole then down about an inch and the hole shrinks to about 1/4 inch.
The journey 10 SS is incredibly fun to use. It is super light weight, and very easy to transport. It does a fantastic job on the water and is very comfortable. It has a lot of storage area and will suit all your needs. I would recommend and do recommend this kayak for everyone.
Bought it a week ago, have been on it every day since. Clarion river, French Creek, pymatuming, Conneaut lake, and a few swamps and large ponds. Works slendidly, it's a 10 ft kayak with no skeg, no outriggers and..... It's 10ft. It's only gonna be so stable. If you can't handle it buy a sit in ya googan. Anchor trolley, skeg, good paddle, not the crap some retailers include with them. Take out the back storage and let it float behind you with a piece of 550 holding it on to the ring your seat is attached to. I'm going to attach my deck cleat on the right side so I can tie my anchor off, us let some 550 and deck eyes to make a trolley. Excellent kayak, super customizable, or good the way it is.
Ive owned this kayak for 2 years now. I think all the negative talk from other reviews is unfair. Remember its a 10 ft kayak under $300. It doesnt track great, but when you only have a 10 ft kayak, only the more expensive ones really do. Its not made for standing, if you want to stand get a 12 or 14 foot yak. But to sit in, its more than stable enough. In two years ive probably been out 150+ times, never flipped or even came close to getting wet. I couldnt find the right scuppers for these holes, though i didnt look all that hard for them. I found some wine corks that fit perfect. I have never taken them out, they stay in all the time and my butt has never gotten wet. And i dont have a seat or any type of cushion. As long as your not an idiot splashing water all over yourself, you should have no problem staying dry. Its easy to modify and not a big deal to drill holes for accessories or whatever you want to do, as i imagine it would be scary with a $1000+ kayak for most people. People just always have to complain about something. Bottom line is, if youre a beginner, or even a veteran on a budget, or youre not sure if kayaking is for you, its a cheap way to try it out. Its more than suitable to fish with. Use it for a few years, then step up to something better if you find it lacking. I got mine from wal-mart and their return policy is excellent, should you have an issue with it. Basically you cant expect perfection from it, but if you have realistic expectations of how a $300 kayak should perform, then youre good. Btw I weigh about 225 and i carry a small anchor and a lot of gear, so if its stable for me it should be for most people. If youve never kayaked before it does feel a little tippy at first, but within an hour or so youll learn how to balance and move on it, and that sensation goes away very quickly. Give it a chance.
This is a great little kayak. Been using it on rivers and lakes with zero problems. Can access front and rear storage areas with ease. Sondolphin has scupper plugs that don't leak. Use those under the seat for a dry bottom and regular plugs up front for easy removal. I added a anchor trolley system and fishfinder. First thing I did was removed every screw and seal and added silicone. Has never got any water in the hull or storage areas. Stability is fine. Have run it sideways up on logs and stumps and it has yet to flip.
I picked up one on sale for $229. I consider myself an experienced paddler that has paddled both canoes and kayaks for over 25 yrs, so keep that in mind. I started out launching the Journey on a small river and paddled a half mile against the current with the wind in my face. For a 10 ft sit on top, it passed that test with no problems. When I turned around and paddled with the current I was smiling ear to ear. I was able to go super fast, stop and hold the kayak still and spin around at will. She went exactly where I wanted her to, all the while being extremely stable. I had no problems with tracking at all. Sure, my feet and butt were a little bit wet but that's to be expected when paddling. I haven't used it to fish yet so I can't comment on those features but the swivel rod holder is in a good spot and I like the fact that the rear storage compartment is easily removable. Great kayak for the money.
LOVE MY NEW KAYAK ! ! ! ! !
This is my second year with my Sundolphin Journey 10 SS. It took a bit of getting use to but I love every butt soaking minute on the water.
First, i would like to say that all kayaks smaller than 14 feet track weird and I say this because I got used to my brothers 14 ft kayak and then purchased a 10ft kayak. The 10ft kayak I got was lifetime angler it tracked differently than a 14ft kayak and once I figured it out I fell in love with it. I now have 10ft kayaks for my whole family plus I just got a Journey 10 ss that you ride on top of for free on a pallet I got from a wholesaler for 250 bucks. I have tested it out on the water and found no issues with it tracking left it goes where I want it to. the drain plugs don't let me get wet by allowing water in the kayak I, of course, don't excede the weight limits or even come close to it which may be the reason some of the reviewers are getting soaked. The tipping issue is a personal thing because I can freely move around on this with no concerns of tipping over. the dry storage it good for exactly that license and cell phones along with food and has easy access.
Great kayak! I've only had I a few months but I haven't had any problems. I've turned it completely on its side and it righted itself without flipping me in the water. It does great in the river or lake. You can take motor boat wakes straight on or from the side without any issues. At first I had the problem of it pulling left with me then I read about how to control that by foot pressure. I'm still learning that technique but I'm doing much better. For the people that complain about getting wet...don't you intend to get wet when you get in the water? That's one the main reasons I go to the lake or river--cool off on a hot summer day. Seriously, after owning this kayak for a few months and just now reading some of these reviews, I must say I think some of these people writing reviews didn't know what to expect from a kayak. It's a great kayak! We've had tons of fun and plan to do more before winter hits. I do agree that the back compartment is hard to open and close but seals tight if it is closed correctly. That is the only negative to this kayak.
Kayak did not have plugs. Manager said it didn't need the. That there is a certain amount of water supposed to be in bottom of boat. Ha. I laughed at them. They said it was a self bailer. So now if have to find plugs. Going to bass pro shop.
When I first bought this kayak I was very disappointed. I use the dry well behind the seat to hold drinks while on the water and primarily fish while on the kayak. The problem I found was you instantly tip once you attempt to turn around and get into the dry well. I ended up buying some pvc and designed my own outrigger for under $30 and was done in less than an hour. It looks corny as hell but I can do whatever I want in it now...turn around, fish, or even stand up while casting. It now has incredible stability and is practically impossible to flip. I recommend to everyone who enjoys fishing without wanting to tip over to do the same. If your not willing to however this may not be the kayak for you when it comes to fishing...to tippy all by itself
The price is right, it floats, but thats where it ends.
First of all, this thing does not track well at all. It keeps veering to the left. Pretty unstable too. Lastly, the self bailing scuppers are terrible. I went out over the weekend and my cheeks were soaking wet within the first noine minutes. Good luck finding scupper plugs that fit this thing.
Word of advice. If you are thinking about buying this kayak because of the price, save your money and hit em' with the hein with something better.
I bought two of these for my 14 and 11 year sons for $200 each from Home Depot, yes Home Depot. I will admit right off the slow speed tracking sucks but they handle like a go cart on the water. The youngest turns his on a dime and negotiates obstacles with ease on flat water, we have not tried any harder currents yet. I wish I would have bought a Journey 12 for the older boy, but he can live with this for a while since he is not as into it as me and youngest. We have built a skeg or sorts for his which made the boat go straight as an arrow but made it hard to turn, we are still working on a final design.
I am 47, 6'1" and 250lbs, I found the boats to be wobbly but they have great secondary stability and you have to work to flip. None of the dry storage is exactly watertight but with some silicone and thought about what you put in them they are pretty good. They are great platforms for modifications like anchor trolleys, LEDS and other accessories.
It's plenty stable and has enough room in the cockpit that I can float fish live minnows with my spinning rod using the front rod holder to keep it in place and use my bait-caster for casting and retrieving artificials at the same time.
For the price it's a good and easily affordable kayak to start fishing with. Better to make mistakes that leave dinks, scratches and other beginner mistakes in a 300 dollar kayak than one three times as much or more
If you are looking for a fishing kayak, this isn't it. Had I taken the time to read others' reviews on the Sundolphin Journey I would have avoided it. There are more than a few quality alternatives from other manufacturers. Now I am stuck with this psuedo-kayak as even though the SunDolphin is in new condition, Dunham's sports store refused to simply exchange it for something usable. Dunhams headquarters has completely ignored my several attempts to contact them.
Don't be a fool like me. Do your research and don't rely on store employees for information unless its respectable/specialty shop.
My balance is not very good but I find this boat plenty stable. I use it for fishing small lakes and rivers.
I don't really care for the front rod holder because it doesn't fit tight in the socket, and it's a noisemaker. Also you can only point the spinning rod in a couple positions. I wouldn't trust it to hold my rod if a decent fish hit. That will be replaced.
For the price I feel it's a good buy, and would make the purchase again. It fits my needs and I've added a depth finder, an anchor trolley and a small battery box. At this price I don't feel bad about drilling holes (above the water line) to add fishing accessories.
-you need to plug the scupper holes or else you'll be wet.
-Doesn't track super well, but hey, we're kayak fishing, not navigating class 5 rapids.
- Paddle Sucks
-Super light and easy to load. I've used this thing around 50 times and that's mostly due to the fact that I can use it easily and without hassle. The best kayak is the one you use.
-Inexpensive, even at full price its not a bad buy for a beginner.
- Good storage for its size. I like the large rear storage compartment. it fits a lifejacket, tackle bag and whatever other random crap I bring.
All in all, its a great starter fishing kayak for the money. You don't need to break the bank to catch fish. I routinely out-fish dudes on the flats who are sporting $3000 kayaks, while my grungy self is in the Sun Dolphin catching fish after fish.