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This kayak tracks well in calm waters. The kayak can sometimes get off course in rivers that are moving at a brisk pace. It is still possible to get it to track well when water is moving briskly, but it will require a lot of paddling.
For a 10 foot kayak, this kayak is quick. It can also turn on a dime which is handy for avoiding obstacles and preventing collisions. It takes very little effort to get the kayak up to speed.
This kayak cuts into waves very well if you face the bow towards oncoming waves. As with any other kayak, take care to not get hit on the side by a large wave. In one instance, my father was using this particular model and he was blindsided by a wave that came from a passing boat, and it caused him to flip.
This kayak has two rod holders, and it is possible to install a small hatch directly in front of where the seat is located. The seat it comes with is actually pretty comfortable. Back support on this kayak is excellent. This is probably due to the stern deck of the kayak being high up in relation to where you are sitting (it is quite easy to push the back of the seat against the stern deck; this provides firm lower back support.
This kayak is very light and is easy for one person to launch. I would say that this is one of this kayak's biggest perks.
This is a good kayak for a $250 price point. There are more stable kayaks, and there are ones that have more bells and whistles, but this kayak maneuvers well, is stable enough to handle rivers, lakes, and sheltered waters on calm days, and it is easy to launch even when you are by yourself. If you are someone who is looking for a kayak that is easy to use and easy to move in and out of the water, this may be the kayak you are looking for.
The things that matter to us are safety, fun and budget. We have 2 Apex 100 kayaks in our collection and have found them to be an ideal fit for what we do. I am 5'10" 190 lbs and my wife is 5'3" 105 lbs and yet both find the boats comfortable, stable and easy to transport. They are bomb proof so we never worry about pulling them up on rocky river bars or dragging them over the sand dunes to launch in a saltwater bay.
We have put novice kayakers in them to paddle to New Dungeness Lighthouse on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and float class II rivers. Even the least experienced have had no difficulty maneuvering safely and efficiently.
Two years ago we added an Apex 130T tandem which has been a great fit for our excursions. This summer we used it and the Apex 100s to set and retrieve 2 crab pots full of Dungeness crabs from a mile off shore. The water was choppy and both models performed better under the conditions than our sit-inside boats. The self-bailing feature is ideal when you get splash water from the waves and crab pots.
A couple years ago I rolled the A100 in some early spring white water and had no difficulty swimming it to a bar where I flipped it upright, got back in and caught up the rest of the party. Two lessons learned that day were; having a small personal items dry bag clipped to the bungee lacing is a great idea but wearing prescription sunglasses without retainers is not.
The Apex 100s have been a great value for the water lifestyle we enjoy
At this price, negatives should be taken with a grain of salt. The molded in side carry handles are not great, so I added a true strap style on one side. I also added a paddle holder and a front bungee net (that I really didn't need or use).
The hull was tuff, it held up great scrubbing rocks in low water in my local river run with just cosmetic scratches. It got dragged, banged and run aground hard with me in it and it was fine.
I'd recommend this to anyone starting out. I used it for river running to fishing on big water and it was really capable. Compared to a better boat it could track better and it isn't very fast, but it wasn't bad enough to ruin a day on the water. Until my buddy got a faster boat I wasn't planning on buying anything else, but getting left behind got old fast! If I only went out alone, I'd still own this boat!
-Stable. you seriously have to intentionally flip this thing over. I've been out in choppy lake waters, and got hit by some serious wake from jerk boaters, and if anything riding the "surf" made it more fun.
-Lightweight, I put this on my roofrackless civic with foam boogie boards and ratcheting straps, easily by myself carried to and from the water.
-Gear space, I can throw all my fishing shit in the back, 2 rod holders are nice, the bungee cords are pretty legit. could use a small bungee area in the front, may do this myself.
-Has a lot of spots to attach cleats, anchor trollys, more rod holders, and other accessories. Also can add a well if you're a good craftsman.
-Tracking. everyone says this, and I'll vouch for it. give it 20 seconds and you'll be turning in a strange direction. an anchor trolly would fix this. But for now i just dip my paddle in for a second to adjust, when i stop to relax. fishing gets a little tough when you have to keep paddling to stay straight.
-Seat. my lowerback always hurts when i use this thing. I usually stop and stretch every 45 minutes or so to fix that. I'm thinking of ways to currently fix this seat, or attach a new one.
Overall, this thing is very fun to get out and paddle around. Def worth the money.
The kayak is easy to paddle and there room for lunch and drinks in the back as well. Best part about this kayak is the clean up a little soap and water and it's ready for the next trip I use this one when I am just running off for a quick paddle (I also have a 12 Woodduck) this keeps it simple. Try it and you'll see.
I like the built-in footrest over my other kayak's adjustable footrest rails. I enjoy being able to easily change leg & foot positions any time I need to get more comfortable. This is a dry kayak that tracks & glides well. It also turns on a dime with ease. I use a Werner Shuna 215cm paddle and have a fairly high angle stroke and this boat will flat get it done. Plus, I was able to buy it locally for under $300 at The Academy.
I bought this kayak because it was so different than my Heritage Angler 10' (which is awesome too). The Apex 100 is just sportier. I will be purchasing a 12-14' kayak as my third boat and I am glad that I will have the Apex 100 for our guests to enjoy on the lake. I recommend it.
First of all, I shouldn't have been so worried. This is a VERY stable Kayak. When I got the Kayak, I first put it in my swimming pool so I could get a feel of the canoe, how far I can go before it rolls, etc. I was surprised, I almost had to intentionally tip the canoe over. It's very stable. Next to Rhodes Pond, same thing. The canoe is stable, tracks well (from my beginner standpoint anyway).
IMO, this canoe is an excellent starter canoe, for someone just getting into the sport, not wanting to sink a lot of dollars and is a real confidence builder for a newbie. I can see the day when I'll probably want another better performing kayak. But for a starter kayak, this little boat can't be beat.