The Zydeco 11 is a good little boat. The seating system is…
The Zydeco 11 is a good little boat. The seating system is comfortable. It tracks well enough for an 11' boat and is very maneuverable. This boat really excels in situations where you might have to get out and lift over an obstacle, due to its large cockpit opening and light weight. The only concern I have with the Zydeco is the molded in seat support. The hull seems to show stress where the supports connect to the hull, but have had no issues with them breaking through or leaks after 4 yrs of hard use.
Very happy with my new Zydeco. Tracks well on flat water and…
Very happy with my new Zydeco. Tracks well on flat water and the seating system is very comfortable for long trips. Highly recommend
Love this kayak. Stable , roomy. Dry hatch is very…
Love this kayak. Stable , roomy. Dry hatch is very nice feature. Still leaves a nice amount of room for stowage behind seat. Great adjustable seat back, very comfortable. Great kayak quality for the money. Able to place lower thigh under cockpit coaming to be securely fixed with kayak for a bit of rough water. Love it's quality.
The Zydeco 11 is lightweight, easy to handle, has amazing storage space…
The Zydeco 11 is lightweight, easy to handle, has amazing storage space for its size and a large cockpit which allows for easy entry into the most comfortable, adjustable seat of any kayak I have paddled.
As an experienced kayaker who has completed many overnight wilderness camping trips on the ocean and lakes, I find the Zydeco 11 hull design has proven its ability to store as much as larger kayaks, and handle rough water even without a rudder, making it suitable for beginners as well as experienced paddlers that are looking for a more a affordable lightweight craft to handle for day or multi-day trips. I highly recommend the Zydeco 11.
Great boat for a great price. With a good paddling technique…
Great boat for a great price. With a good paddling technique this dagger will track quite well. I disagree with the other reviews that say the hull is thin. I would recommend this boat to any beginner kayaker who is looking for a solid boat without breaking the bank.
I purchased a Zydeco 11 two weeks ago and had to return…
I purchased a Zydeco 11 two weeks ago and had to return it due to oil canning. I weigh 240 lbs and that may be some of the cause however the boat is rated for 300+. Like others comments in this review the plastic is very, very thin...
Great first kayak , price reasonable, lightweight, easy to enter exit, plenty…
Great first kayak , price reasonable, lightweight, easy to enter exit, plenty of storage space, handles rivers and flat water well.
I rented one of these for a day thinking I might like…
I rented one of these for a day thinking I might like to own one since these are very affordable kayaks. I specifically chose the 11' boat in hopes it would go straight, but unfortunately it would not (this was true for both when paddling and when coasting, I think it pulled to the left iirc). This was in a pristine weather day on a small lake, about as flat as flatwater gets with no real wind or currents to speak of and practically no other boat traffic present. The seat was reasonably comfortable and the storage area seemed dry enough. The large but not enormous cockpit size made it easy to get in and out of. I did not wet exit the boat so I can't comment on how it would perform in that scenario.
If you're just looking for a cheap boat to poke around in for a couple of hours, this boat should do but I think there are better boats for not tooo much more money (i.e. Pungo), but I would not recommend it for longer paddles or overnight trips.
I bought this boat earlier this summer it is a great boat…
I bought this boat earlier this summer it is a great boat I took it on the coast of the Atlantic and it did fine my concern is the plastic is very thin and I wonder if it will buckle easy and break given the right conditions this is great for slow moving water but Dagger could of done better with the plastic
This kayak is great for beginners looking to paddle slow to medium…
This kayak is great for beginners looking to paddle slow to medium flow rivers and lakes. Handling is easy and it is very comfortable. Light enough to carry and small enough not to take up too much space in an apartment. Highly recommended kayak!
My first kayak was the 9' Zydeco. While that's a fantastic entry-level…
My first kayak was the 9' Zydeco. While that's a fantastic entry-level boat for new kayakers and I'd recommend it to anyone, the 11' Zydeco is best for people who want to get on flat-water a few times a year at a low investment cost - like something people would keep at a summer camp on the lake.
Initial stability is okay, secondary is better. This Zydeco tracks well as long as I'm paddling, but it veers when I stop. I enjoy the re-designed seat and the hatch. It's great on long paddles.
My biggest regret about this purchase is that the plastic is so thin, and has so much give, that I can't imagine it wouldn't fold up if I got pinned in swift-water. When I go over stumps or "butt-rocks," on a river I can feel the bottom bend and give. This is not a comfortable sensation, especially in a new boat.
I applaud Dagger for trying to make an affordable 11' boat for Zydeco fans, but if I had the choice to make again, for the same price, I'd have opted for a better-made, used, longboat.