You may have read some of the other reviews about minor details with proper sealing, lack of handles, weight of the kayak and they're all acurate. I also would like to mention its design creates a pool of water right where you sit whenever you take on some water which keeps your behind wet for the remaining time you're rowing unless you clear out the pool. But here's the bottom line! The minor flaws in sealing are easily corrected with some silicone and even if you dont correct them, which I haven't, they pose absolutely no major annoyance or even minor safety issues so it's quite an unimportant issue. The lack of nice side handles is more of an issue but I have placed handles all over the kayak now and customized it in so many ways it is now a lot more user friendly and capable craft. None of the modifications were extremely difficult or time consuming to perform and the cost quite trivial. This is a big, roomy, cargo ready kayak, capable of carrying two people even though it is designed for one, so ofcourse it is on the heavy side but I'm not a big guy and I manage to carry it literally, not drag it up and down steep embankments and over somewhat long distances but yes it is work and it is tiring. You can rig it or accessorize it to have a wheel rig that makes getting around with it on land a lot easier. This is a big kayak, yet it is stable, nimble and maneuverable on varied wimperfectionscurrents. I've gone as far as taking it through category 3 rapids and waterfalls and it takes it like a champ. If you do flip over it takes some work and practice to get back on in the deep. In shallower water flipping over is not an issue since it is a sit on kayak it doesn't take on any water and all you do is flip it back and you're back in business. The wet seat issue can only be remedied by modifications, custom seating or minimized using inflatable or foam padding, but if you plan to go kayaking and not getting your butt wet anyway, well its perhaps a bit unrealistic to begin with and getting wet should always be part of the fun you're having on a kayak because kayaks are for outdoor people who enjoy the outdoors and everything that comes with it within manageable reason at least. And a wet seat, I think is manageable :). There are a lot of other kayaks out there, some fancier and some even less capable than this one that cost a lot more, but this one is a great and solid value in spite of its minor imperfections. One thing I wish it had is the ability to use kayak paddles and a trolling motor for kayaks.
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