I picked this kayak up after having it shipped to my local Walmart via Site to Store. The pick-up process went smooth and only took 5 minutes because they let me drive around to the back of the store and helped load it into my truck. After inspecting the kayak, I did notice a few minor scuffs and scratches. The "Journey 10 SS" stickers on the bow of the boat were partially missing and pealing off. This is because the kayak is simply shipped in a plastic bag resulting in minor damage during the shipping process. Otherwise, it appeared just as pictured on Walmart's site. No bottom seat. Mine was also missing the advertised "paddle leash". It did however come with a free 2-piece paddle. One of the paddle pieces had a drip ring, the other did not. I assume one is missing here also. I will be reaching out to Walmart and KL industries (the manufacture) to resolve some of the missing parts issues.
Overall, it appears to be a good quality kayak with a few cheap plastic parts added. I don't think you can beat it for the price, plus it's made in the USA! The accessories already included on the kayak such as the fishing rod holder and flush mount rod holders make it a great beginners angler kayak. This will allow me to fish from new locations instead of the same old public bank sites. I have not taken it out on the water yet so I cannot comment on how it handles. I am also new to kayaking and will be learning as I go. From other reviews I have read online, I assume it will track straight and be pretty stable on my local ponds, lakes, and rivers. It is not advised to stand up while fishing from this kayak though.
I will be buying additional accessories such as: a spare paddle, anchor, decals/stickers, life jacket, and additional fishing gear before I am ready for spring fishing!
Happy kayaking and tight lines.
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