We live in FL and had been wanting kayaks for years. I was searching Craigslist looking to spend no more than 500 for 2 used singles for my husband and I. A couple we know had purchased these and said they were very happy with them. Since this would mean we'd get new kayaks in my price range, we went ahead and purchased them. We are very happy with the kayaks. No, you are not going to cut through water like the more expensive, long and narrow kayaks, but they get the job done. We have used them in the ocean, river and springs. They work great! Obviously the calmer the water the better, and paying attention to tide currents helps as well. Once, we were in some shallow waters when the tide was out and my husband went in a tight area. He got stuck on top of an oyster bed, pushed himself off no problem. Naturally, some plastic peeled and there were some deep cuts from the sharp shells, but it didn't hurt the kayak at all. The only thing I'd like to warn about, and why I give the kayak a 4 stars vs 5, is inspecting your kayak before you purchase it-specifically the nose and rear of kayak. We didn't notice it at the time, but one of our kayak's dry storage didn't have a tight seal. When we compared the 2 we realized one of them was slightly bent upward in the rear. When we returned to Walmart, the woman in returns was very kind and went over several kayaks with us. It turns out, from shipping, the kayaks must not have been completely secure and slid back or forth in the truck. All of them had some degree of right or left bend at the nose or rear, some worse than others. Mine wasn't bent right or left, it was bent up in the rear and as I said this made the dry storage not seal completely. But I rather have a straight nose on my kayak so it cuts through the water better, so we decided not to exchange it for another and kept the one I had originally purchased. We use my husband's storage for dry stuff and use mine as a cooler. It's not a big inconvenience. We highly recommend these kayaks-a great value.
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