Let me begin by saying that for what this kayak is designed for (recreational; short distances) it meets expectations. It is lightweight and easy to carry, It floats well and it very stable, and it is a great lounger if you want to lay back and sit for a while. As for my one and only complaint- It is much to hard to paddle! I am 195lbs and can bench nearly 300lbs, so I am not adverse to exercise. That being said, I became very frustrated with this little kayak because no matter how hard I paddled, I did not go any faster. My wife and I were both out on the water moving painfully slow. When I wanted to catch up or move faster, I paddled with everything I had, but when I did this, the front dipped lower into the water creating more resistance and I actually slowed down. So, if you want a kayak just to go a few hundred feet and have someone come and pick you up, this is a great little boat. If you want to do even a small amount of touring- one mile or more, then do not buy this, because you will find that after 30 minutes of paddling you will have had one of the greatest workouts of your life. We actually paddled for two hours this past weekend before returning the kayaks and I am stiff as a board. I actually thought about going back and buying on just for a workout purpose, but the frustration would get to me... Strongly consider your needs before buying this.
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