First sea kayak and I love it. I don't have a lot of experience to compare it against other boats but that is no reason not to give it 5 stars.
It is well built with thich plastic. It is sturdy and will hopefully last a long time. It tracks really well and has a rudder for the windy days. It is not a speed deamon but if you keep your cadance and form up it does move and gets pretty good glide.
I really like it. I would love to try some other boats if I ever get the opportunity but until then I will enjoy and continue to learn how to use my Jura. Probably need a class or two before I feel comfortable taking this into rougher seas.
PS. Shout out to River connection who sold this to me. Their recommendation and they could not have been more right. Was the right boat for me.
I am a big paddler at 6'2" and 220 lb. I still fit good inside the boat but im pushing the weight limit of 240 lb. A high volume would be a better choice for larger paddlers. The scudder assembly is easily accessible on top of the deck for maintenance and cleaning. It paddles nicely with good speed. Turns with ease and the cockpit opening is very moderate to slide in and out. I been edging and high brace turning it. Edging is easy. When on edge, the kayak has a feel of being very nimble and sporty, there is no warning when you push it too far, its easy to capsize. It has a shallow v hull with a rounded chine, Making the kayak feel tippy at times for me. The "sweet" spot for stability is very narrow and down the middle. I have to concentrate when paddling in medium to strong currents to maintain stability. It tracks very straight without the need of the scudder. Maintains speed easily and glides thru wake and small waves very comfortably.
This kayak is designed for the begginer sea kayaking paddler but grow with them as their skills develop. Bow, stern and day hatches. Good rigging and carrying handles at the ends. Has a security bar behind the cockpit for locking and securing your boat. This kayak has a lot of features found on more expensive kayaks. The only complain I have about it, is that the stability sweet spot coulb be aa little wider. That's the reason I am giving it an 8.