Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 10
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Beattie My son loves it
Very stable and my 7 year old is loving it. Says it's one of the best presents he's ever had.
February 19, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jonjon1 We Love This! Super Lightweight and durable
I got this for my 12 yr old daughter but she wasn't home when it arrived and so I had my 18 year old try it out in the pool. He weighs 180lbs and is 6'1" tall so he exceeded it's weight limits but it made me feel confident that it will easily keep my 12 year old afloat. It is lightweight and easy to carry and is made of solid durable material so I don't have to worry about her banging it up. Best part of the hot pink is I can easily and quickly locate her on the water.
January 10, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kidloveskayak Love it!
I bought this for my 3 year old daughter and her and her friends absolutely love it!
September 17, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sharkey 9 yr old Dtr: in love with this!!!! Learned to kayak on this
Really good starter kayak for kids/under 100lbs/not taller then 5'2"..kayak meant for lake or slow shallow river..sit on top type..(no depth to it).. Steer sensitive(which is good for learning to steer)..but this thing cld easily flip over(not heavy..about ?25lbs)..My dtr learned in 10mts how to kayak on this thing..she almost flipped off..when a little flying fish near slapped her and she bent her body to one side..I bought my son red one with the backrest..and I used it to kayak alone with my Dtr. Loved it!..And yes I am 5'1" and close to 100lbs:)...We drove our SUV not to far from lagoon. I grabbed one end and she grabbed other..it was light enough but kept slipping out of our hands. THe only NEGATIVE is that it really needs carry handles..even if you are a big strong man..it slips out of the grip.. If you are going to buy this product..BUY the one with back rest(more sturdy,comfy).. It's worth the extra..I bought 2..one without pink for Dtr..and red with backrest for 7yr old(he's not very coordinated)..I wish I bought both with back rests.
Totally worth the money..and fun!
August 19, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Cutworm Great For The Kids
First it's winter so we can't float it but the granddaughters are smiling looking forward to summer and riding this kayak. It is good and solid with an inclined section on the rear of the kayak to allow you to easily climb back in in deeper water. It also has a short rope on the front to allow you to pull it around. The paddle is sturdy and I'm certain the girls will enjoy this at our summer campsite on the lake.
December 29, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ChipH Great Kayak for Kids
Bought this for my daughter's 7th birthday. She loves it. It is extremely stable and easy to paddle for a novice. She quickly learned how to paddle and turn and it 's length and paddle are perfect for a beginner. HD had the best price I found with ship-to-store
July 22, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MrFixIt Pink & works well
Lifetime does make this kayak in many different colors, however this is the one that we got. So to start off, the Kayak is pink. VERY pink. This makes it ideally suited for girls, and not at all suited for boys. I think that this combination might actually encourage girls to try this sport, as opposed to kayaks of another color. That is a good thing!
Build an design
The design is solid and sturdy. The kayak is quite wide, and that helps keep it upright. It has a comes with a pull handle up front, and two small eyelets on either side, presumably for mooring or some type of seat belt (not included). There are two slanted drainage holes near where the feet go, and that keeps the inside of the kayak free of water. The paddle is sturdy when assembled (which can be done with a very simple click) and easy to use.
One of the first things that my niece tried to do with this thing is to stand on it as if it was a paddle board. Unfortunately, it does not lend itself well to this. A wide stance was impossible to achieve, as the seating area was curved near the edges. In addition, when she did stand on the edges, it was difficult for her to keep her balance. Add to this that when standing, the only way actually paddle would be to hold one of the heads of the dual-headed paddle in your hands, which is incredibly awkward. So to summarize, this is NOT a paddle board, and it really cannot be used as one. It is a sit down kayak only.
When used as designed (sitting), the kayak works quite well. It is is smooth and cuts through the water very nicely. With proper paddling form, you can actually get this sucker going at a pretty good clip.
However, there seems to be an issue with the marketing for this kayak. It is described as a "youth" kayak for kids age 5 and up to 130 lbs. The seating, however, seems to be made for an adult - it's wide enough for an adult. So when my 7 year old niece is sitting in the kayak, paddling, her butt slides from one side to the other with every stroke. In addition, her legs are almost straight when seated, meaning she can't use them for balance and control. Perhaps when she's 10, she'll either have more strength in her (longer) legs to stay centered, or her body will be big enough for the seat. Either way, even though she is average for her age, a 7 year old is TOO SMALL for this kayak. And as the child gets older, they get heavier. I am guessing that a girl will pass the 130lb mark at some point in high school, giving her really only about 6 years to use this. (10 years to 16 years). That's not really a problem, i just think that the kayak should specify that this is for teenagers, and not for kids "5 and older".
The last piece of the review is actual transport. I'm 5'11, and 190lbs. The kayak is about 6 feet long, and despite the fact that it weighs a mere 19 bls, this thing is really difficult to carry. It's large and awkward, and the diameter of the midsection of the kayak prevents me from being able to carry it with one (or even two) hands. You can forget a "youth" taking this thing into the water herself! The only way that i've found to carry it is upside down over the top of your head, which is still incredibly cumbersome. Two people also cannot carry this kayak, as there is only one handle - in front. The person in the back has nothing to grab hold of, and it constantly slips and lands on the ground. What i see happening, is this thing will be dragged everywhere (over sand, concrete, etc) using the front handle, and eventually causing a hole to form on the back bottom - a bad thing for a water vessel. A very simple solution would have been to include another handle on the back for two-person carrying, or even some sort of handle on the side. This is a total oversight.
Aside from the problem of transport, this sit-down kayak is a great performer on the water, for 10 to 16 year old girls.
January 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by soldbydon Outstanding Toy For Kids
Home Depot had the pink one! For Christmas I got each of the 7 grandkids one of these (they come in various colors) as they are a well-made product that should last many years. The pink color was currently hard to find and I'm glad to have obtained it here. Although the kayaks are somewhat large (6 ft long, 2 ft wide and about 1 ft deep) you'll find that if you have more than one that they stack easily because they have a nesting design. As such, I fit 4 of them sideways inside my station wagon and still had room for other presents to deliver. I highly recommend these kayaks.
January 9, 2013