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Sun Dolphin Bali 10 SS Kayak | DICK'S Sporting Goods $129.98

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These kayaks are back on sale until Monday for 128.98. Posted previously but that sale ended. I believe these are great for the price.
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No idea if these are any good or not but just ordered 2 along with the 2 kayak paddles below on sale. Thanks OP!

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$300 to ship. Oh hell nah
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Sadly, these are not good kayaks. Please not that I'm not a kayak snob. I'm not going to preach trackability or whitewater worthiness because most people looking in this category just want a vessel upon which they can float and drink some 'beverages'.

The problem with these is that they will hardly carry a grown man. They are literally almost-submerged. Add a cooler (for aforementioned beverages) and your rear-end is dragging pretty deeply.

That being said, I do strongly recommend a less-expensive kayak to start with. This goes with just about any hobby equipment (guitars, mountain bikes etc). My theory is that you can never really know which way you'll go once you get into that hobby (acoustic or electric? Whitewater or open water?) until you actually GET into that hobby. So, the cheap starter equipment serves the purpose of being your gateway and then will always be around for a friend or as your backup or 'beater' boat.

Just you on a kayak is fun but having two and a friend is even better :-)

Edit: Some people seem to think I'm downvoting this. For the price, it's a great deal. Just not for a big person (200+ lbs). It's entry level. If you don't know anything about kayaks, it'll be good for you. When you DO know about kayaks, it'll be great for your buddy.
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Edit: posted twice
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Quote from shigro420 :
Sadly, these are not good kayaks. Please not that I'm not a kayak snob. I'm not going to preach trackability or whitewater worthiness because most people looking in this category just want a vessel upon which they can float and drink some 'beverages'.

The problem with these is that they will hardly carry a grown man. They are literally almost-submerged. Add a cooler (for aforementioned beverages) and your rear-end is dragging pretty deeply.

That being said, I do strongly recommend a less-expensive kayak to start with. This goes with just about any hobby equipment (guitars, mountain bikes etc). My theory is that you can never really know which way you'll go once you get into that hobby (acoustic or electric? Whitewater or open water?) until you actually GET into that hobby. So, the cheap starter equipment serves the purpose of being your gateway and then will always be around for a friend or as your backup or 'beater' boat.

Just you on a kayak is fun but having two and a friend is even better :-)
Got any recommendations for a 2+ person kayak. I have used the intex Explorer inflatable with my kids on a lake and the ocean but now they are bigger and the inflatable ended up in trash as it had leaks. Thank you
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^^

Hes correct due to the maximum weight of 250 for these. So you smaller/younger people this may work well. But for full grown men it may not be as stable if your 200+ pounds to begin with.


Max Capacity: 250 lbs.
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Got any recommendations for a 2+ person kayak. I have used the intex Explorer inflatable with my kids on a lake and the ocean but now they are bigger and the inflatable ended up in trash as it had leaks. Thank you
If you value your relationship, you do NOT want to try a 2 person kayak. lol.
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Max Capacity: 250 lbs.

Me + fishing gear would take us over the 250 lbs limit. Pass.
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Have two of these. They ok to mess about in. But they do not track well at all. Wouldn't want to kayak far as you have to constantly correct your direction.
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Got any recommendations for a 2+ person kayak. I have used the intex Explorer inflatable with my kids on a lake and the ocean but now they are bigger and the inflatable ended up in trash as it had leaks. Thank you
I always recommend anything from Perception or Wilderness Systems. The later being more expensive. Both built in the USA and great reliability. Perception would be my choice for a starter kayak. I got a tandem perception from REI last year for $500 with paddles
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Have two of these. They ok to mess about in. But they do not track well at all. Wouldn't want to kayak far as you have to constantly correct your direction.
Same experience, these don't track straight.
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Interesting how much more thoughtful and cynical this thread is compared to the last couple times this popped up in December (you would think this was the best starter kayak ever!). Good comments, thanks for helping dissuade me. I need something that can tackle the occasional Class I/II whitewater and also fit more easily in (or on) the car.

As far as gear quality in general, I still have what many people would call a "starter guitar" and "basic climbing gear" but have progressed with both of them to an intermediate level over the years. I was serious about the hobbies but just didn't have the money when I was younger. Cheap gear can be harder to use, but it can also provide its own learning curve to help you get better (but can also discourage you), so it's a double edged sword.

I adapted that view from an old golf pro explaining to me why my solid irons were so hard to hit with around 1990. Basically "if you can learn with these, everything else will seem amazing" Wink

Last thought: find an experienced buddy or a mentor who can lend you their gear to try out (or steer you right). That's a good way to get a feel for good vs bad, new vs used, etc
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Two weeks ago was the same price, but got screwed up by Dick's.
Ordered pickup from the store , confirmation email says that I need wait the "ready to pick up" email, the "ready to pick up" email never arrived . Few days later I got notification email says the item got picked up at 7am from the store , order was complete.
I had to file complaint to get my money back...
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These kayaks are garbage! I hope you have a good PFD. LOL
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