Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 Sit in Kayak Review

Characteristics

Details

# of Individuals

Single

Weight Capacity

250 lbs

Kayak Weight

40 lbs

Activity Type

Recreational

The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 Sit in Kayak is a single person, hard shell, recreational kayak great for anyone new to kayaking who is looking to gain some kayaking experience. It performs well in oceans, lakes, and calm rivers: perfect for a day out on the water. It is designed with stability in mind; its wide base provides the stability needed by a kayaking rookie. The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 Sit in Kayak provides a great introduction to kayaking at an affordable price. Whether you want a relaxing day on the water or chose to explore the waves of the ocean, the Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 Sit in Kayak is a quality kayak to enjoy a day in the great outdoors.

Features

Size

The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 Sit in Kayak is 120 inches long by 30 inches wide by 13 inches high. It has a weight capacity of 250 pounds. Weighing in at only 40 pounds, it is a considerably light kayak for a hard shell kayak. Its light weight makes it easy to lift on and off of car racks and carry to the water.

Array of Colors

This recreational kayak comes in an array of bright colors, including green, red, and pink. Such bright colors will ensure that you are seen by other boats on the water as you kayak, helping prevent collisions.

Material and Design

The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 Sit in Kayak has a roomy cockpit that is easy to get in and out of. Its wide base provides stability as you paddle, making it easier to paddle. There are also thigh pads to provide additional comfort and a drain plug that make cleaning and draining your kayak easy. This kayak is made of a durable polyethylene plastic that can withstand the wear and tear of the outdoors.

Advantages

Supporting Features

The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 Sit in Kayak has features that help support your body as you paddle, allowing you to have good paddling posture. It has a padded, foam back rest that supports your back and provides you with some comfort on the water. It also has adjustable foot braces to ensure your legs are relaxed and supported as well.

Easy Transport

Because it has a light weight of only 40 pound, the Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 Sit in Kayak is easy for most adults to lift on and off as roof racks, and carry to and from the water. It also has a handy carrying handle to help you drag it in and out of the water. Hard shell kayaks are notorious for being a hassle transport and carry due to their heavy weight and awkwardly large size, but this kayak defies such reputation.

Stability

The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 Sit in Kayak has a wide bottom that provides you with good stability and balance as you paddle. Such a wide base make it less likely to tip over as you face currents and a change in direction. Because of the added stability and balance, the Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 Sit in Kayak is a good choice for beginners who are still getting a handle of maneuvering and balancing their kayak. This kayak is also stable in choppy waters and currents, making it suitable for oceans; however, I would not take it out on any large waves, for you may run into some trouble with balance.

Disadvantages

Limited Storage

The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 Sit in Kayak limited storage, which may be an issue for those of you planning longer, full-day, kayaking trips. Though it has a water bottle holder and a storage compartment with shock cord rigging, there is not enough space to store enough gear for a long outing, let alone a fishing trip. However, for a few recreational hours out on the water, you should have just enough room.

Bottom of Seat is Not Padded

Though the manufacturer claims the seat is padded, the seat was hard to sit on. After a while of paddling, this seat can become quite uncomfortable because of it. If it is a feature that really bothers you, you may want to consider buying a gel or foam cover to provide some comfort on your kayaking journey.

Foot Braces Do Not Accommodate Long Legs

Though the foot braces are adjustable, they do not reach far enough to support those kayakers with long legs. If you do have long legs, you must either have no foot support or have to bend your legs your entire trip. If you are above six feet tall, or so, I would recommend considering a different kayak. If not, then the foot braces are a nice, supportive feature.

Conclusion

The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 Sit in Kayak is a quality, single person kayak fit to take on any recreational water, including lakes, oceans, and slow rivers. If you do choose to use it in the ocean, be sure to take proper care of the material by rinsing off the kayak after exposure to salt water to ensure the material’s longevity. The drain plug makes such process of rinsing out the inside of your kayak easy.

For any rookie kayaker looking for a quality, yet affordable, recreational kayak, the Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 Sit in Kayak is a good option. Despite its limited storage space and unpadded seat bottom, it provides the necessary features to have a fun, hassle-free day on the water.

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