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Santee 126 Sport Reviews

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  • 12' 6" Length
  • 28" Width
  • $1,149 MSRP

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(6 Consumer Reviews)

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I was interested in buying...

I was interested in buying a kayak as we are living in the Adirondacks now and opportunities abound for lots of adventure! My husband and I drove down to one of our local outfitters to try out the 2016 models. To our surprise, there was a HUGE difference between manufacturers! After trying several kayaks and finding them to be quite awkward and/or downright uncomfortable, we tried the Santee Hurricane Sport 126 and wouldn't go back. WOW! This kayak is everything that I am looking for! It is nicely detailed with a comfortable seat, roomy cockpit and features found in kayaks costing hundreds of dollars more. The easy in - easy out feature makes it ideal for all ages including older folks who may have difficulty getting in and out of a kayak with a smaller, narrower cockpit. My overall review is a perfect score! The kayaks are beautiful and are available in an assortment of colors!

Love it, especially the...

Love it, especially the comfy seat, I have a back problem but was able to get the seat fully adjusted while under way in one trip instead of having to land for every adjustment, due to easily accessible adjusters. At 28" beam, the 126 paddled easier and tracked straighter than the similar 28" beam 116, due to the extra length of the 126. (personal preference).

Now, I won't say "you get what you pay for", or the hull material is "flimsy", this is a nice boat but also a "delicate" boat.....I saw one that had a long crack along the cockpit cowling perhaps from someone putting all their weight on it getting in or out, (I heard the company has taken steps to address this issue though, and not a good idea to sit on a boat made of thin material anyway).

Bottom line this is a really nice light weight and economically priced boat that should last a good many years if you handle it with care...maybe don't sit on the cockpit flaring full weight to get in or out for example, I've seen other boats too that would not stand up to that, to be fair.

I plan on doing some ocean paddling , and if water comes in the bow as some mentioned, will get a "half" skirt, and "presto", a sea kayak.....what the heck, before the kayak boom, people would be out there in open canoes. Oh, love the padded carrying handles, easy on the palms.

So, the only "con" is I'd like the material to be stiffer, but that would also mean a stiffer price, and there are enough things to like about the boat to make me happy with my purchase.

After over 10 years of...

After over 10 years of kayaking in my Old Town Loon, my getting older joints asked for a lighter kayak. I researched online and then looked at the Santee Sport at the Canoecopia event in Madison. I bought the Santee Sport after trying it out on the water a few months later. I have used it for several years and do appreciate its lighter weight. However it has several drawbacks. Its shorter bow has led to water washing into the boat when there are waves (I do not have a spray skirt for it). It also feels more tippy than the solid Loon. The seat fastener ball tends to slip out of its holder, and the foot rests are not that easy to adjust. So it is my kayak of choice when on quiet waters when I need to carry it further.

Purchased two of the...

Purchased two of the Santee 126 Sport Kayaks in September of 2014. Have been out 5 times last season and 4 times so far in 2015. We love the kayaks. They glide easily on the water. Seats are comfortable. Foot pedals are easy to adjust with wands on each side! We have used these on lakes in rough and calm waters. We transport with J-bars on a trailblazer. They are lite weight about 42 lbs and easy to load!

I just pick up my new...

I just pick up my new Hurricane 126 Santee Sport. What a great looking kayak in Mango. I love this kayak, its lite weight and very stable. I kayak for 5 hours and the seat was comfortable and firm. It handle great, can't wait to go kayaking again.

Very happy with this...

Very happy with this kayak, We use it on rivers, lakes, and gulf flats. It is easy to paddle, turn, and glides well. The kayak is easy to carry and getting in and out of is a pleasure. We go about 8 miles on a normal paddle and the seat is comfortable.

Is the kayak perfect, well no. If you are in large waves the large cockpit will take some water on. I have other kayaks for large waves and believe the Santee is a good rec kayak.