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The seat is fairly comfy and actually gives pretty decent back support (you may want to add a butt pad if you have a more sensitive rear end). I had an absolute blast a couple days ago running down a river in this and going through some class 2's. The maneuverability made it incredibly easy to change the route I wanted to take mid rapid and the extra tippiness made it more challenging and a little extra fun.
I'm not who this boat was designed for. We got it for my little brother about 5 years ago and have put it through some tests. We take it to the beach with us whenever we can as it is an absolute blast to play with in the surf and easy to get on/off when you bail out. It's also pretty durable despite being so cheap. The plastic doesn't feel cheap like a lot of pelicans/sundolphins do. It actually fell off the roof of my car (suburban, so it fell a good distance) at a stop sign probably 3 years ago, nice little dent in the bow but there's no cracks and no leaks and it didn't really effect anything. Durable cheap play boat I'd recommend for younger/smaller paddlers or someone looking for a cheap way to have a little fun on the water.
One last thing, if you have a mid size suv and can fold down your back row this boat can easily fit inside the vehicle making it one of the easiest boats I've ever owned to transport.
Since Emotion Kayaks has a 5 year warranty I contacted them regarding the matter. Their customer service replied promptly and informed me that "the damage is not consistent with a manufacturing defect" and they will not offer any warranty services. I am very disappointed that normal light use can cause this type of catastrophic failure. I will be shopping for a suitable replacement form Ocean Kayak, Perception, Wilderness System, Etc and urge all fellow kaykers to do the same!!
I've had this little boat for two seasons, and have used it quite frequently. I may eventually want something more technical, but for now my Spitfire is just fine. While my friends are doing cooking classes and book clubs, I'm out in the fresh air having a wonderful time.
This is a great boat for beginners as well as older people who just want to row around for a few hours. The turning capabilities are not great, but are good for just spending good, quality time with my family. I highly recommend this kayak.
No good for lakes and slow moving rivers - with ZERO tracking it requires constant attention to stay straight.
Only family friendly for those who know how to control direction via hip and paddle, otherwise there will be cursing and lots of circles.
I mentioned a friction above - no matter how hard you paddle it is going one max speed and on flat water it tends to plow in lieu of plane.
Watch out for big ocean waves as you will ride up them and then flip instead of through to the other side - not a problem with other equal ocean kayaks.
For cheap thrills on active water this is a fun little boat well within the most modest of budgets.
Perfect. The little kayak performed much better than I thought it would. It is extremely stable (good for anyone not used to a kayak), easy to car top, and responds well to light paddle strokes. It tracks decently for a small boat, just about as good (or terribly) as other small, wide, plastic, recreational kayaks.
I purchased it as a family boat for playing at the beach or cottage, fishing on small lakes, drifting slow rivers, and playing in waves on the Great Lakes. I didn't get to wave-test it, but I think it's perfect for these uses. It is a very good fishing platform. I could easily reach my cargo items (the included bungee net is a great thing) and although I was out there only an hour, the seat arrangement is super comfortable!
I think it is a wonderful kayak, especially for the price. I'm giving it a 10/10 because I think it may be the best of the bunch in terms of very small, portable, stable, versatile, fun, and decently performing sit-on-top recreational kayaks. I may install some hip braces when it we use it as a wave surfer. Also, lime green is a great kayak colour!
It is easy to load on a car roof or in the back of a truck. The construction is good, it is pretty solid and made here on the USA.
Biggest problem has been if plastic seatback is set BEYOND absolute vertical upright position, run risk of popping a cleat out of kayak. Neighbor did that by accident when he joined us for an ocean paddle trip recently. Family loves this kayak!
Interesting note: hubby is 72 years old and I am 70 and just tried a kayak for the first time over the 4th of July week end. Soooo glad we did. I feel safe and secure in my little Spitfire !!
I find it tracks very well. The only reason its a 9 and not 10 is that the "hand moldings" are not very deep so its awkward to carry sometimes -- and the "paddle indentions" are nowhere near deep enough to actually put a paddle in - but they do add to the contour of the boat.
It's stable, fun, safe and a great ride for flatwater, Class I rivers, and light surf.
I took the kayak out for a decent ride this weekend and I'll give it a 5 out of 10. It's definitely nothing fancy, but it was comfortable to ride in and was very stable to swim off of. The tracking was not very good, but for what I'm looking for it was good enough.
Overall, if you're looking for something cheap to just have fun in then this isn't a bad option based on the price, but if you're looking to go for long rides then you'd be better off with a nicer kayak.