It's very comfortable, great air flow with the latest padding design, has a 'Baja' back for those with high backed seats or low, multi adjustable straps, two side pockets, indentation of the foam across the inner front for our "busts', and the embroidered flowers in the design for us gals.
Thanks to whoever suggested the design and am happy Extrasport/Johnson Outdoors listened. If we ladies are happy, you got it right! Well worth the money.
I still enjoy this kayak and have decided to purchase a replacement seat and backband that Necky has on their website, to the tune of about $130.00, but it will be worth it. Even though it's inconvenient, I will still enjoy my Manitou 14.
For those who say it is 'tippy', I suggest that can be due to individual torso height, paddling inexperience on an SOT, individual paddling style, or all around comfort with kayaks. Individual height and weight play a big part in fit for anyone when purchasing a canoe or kayak. Any kayak can be fun, if one learns to relax, have proper posture, learn techniques and don't try to choke your paddle to death.
It appears that most reviewers are male and perhaps due to larger hand sizes, that could be the cause for their glove seams being compromised.
Love mine and will buy these again. Have used this type for 16 years.
For winter cold, I use NRS Mitts.
I am 5'2" and this boat fits me well, tracks great, and turns easily when leaned. She's a joy to paddle.
WARNING!! Starting with a short kayak can lead to longer boats! Suggest starting with no less than a 12 footer due to better tracking. I am an avowed kayakaholic. Paddle on.