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A decent kayak for recreational use.
on June 19, 2012
First off, I have not personally been in this kayak on the water yet. My 13 year old son has for one short outing and it worked fine- we were in a small lake, almost no wave action. He thinks it's awesome. We bought the only color that was available- "granite". Thought that was a boring color-- no wonder it was the only color left. We got the kayak and unwrapped the shipping packaging. The color pattern looked just like a gray granite counter top. I think it is really surprisingly pretty.
Now the real review focusing on construction as I can't vouch for its "on the water" performance yet. I will compare it to my malibu mini-x- a 'yak that is of similar size, type, and price range. The temptation's hull is just beautiful. Very nicely polished, very symmetrical. The hull material is about 1/8 inch thick. Tough material. No short-cuts here. My mini-x's hull to me seems a little cruder by comparison, but still built like a tank. The temptation's built-in seat back seems very sturdy, but will it stand the test of time?- I guess I'll find out.
Now a few downers. Almost all of the hardware is attached to the temptation with pop-rivets. It's ok I guess, but I much prefer the mini-x's use of heavy screw-in plugs,stainless screws, high quality cleats. Secondly, the seat back that comes with the temptation is actually sewn on to the front cleats so it can't be removed without either cutting the straps, or removing the cleats and cutting them. Wow! And if you wanted to put a different seat on the temptation, it seems like a non-standard set-up so you might run into some issues finding a different seat that works for the temptation. The mini-x has no such "issues".
I am also a little disappointed in the temptation's front hatch. Seems a little on the cheap-o side, and I am not completely confident in its durability or how water tight it really is. The gasket did not seem to seat properly so I fixed it with a little silicon caulk. What the heck? The mini-x uses a very high quality hatch that locks down super good, and looks like it's almost tough enough to stand on (all though I would not want to really test that). Both the temptation and mini-x have 4 heavy duty handles for transport.
The temptation is a little over a foot longer than the mini-x and weighs about 4 pounds more (according to manufacturer's specs). The temptation, though, seems much harder to carry around than the mini-x -- harder than its mere 4 extra pounds might suggest- maybe due to the extra length. The temptation did not come with any rod holders so I installed 2 flush mounts behind the seat in the flattened areas provided. That was easy to do. We plan on camping and fishing for a week in August. I'll plan on updating this review when we get back.
On our trip to Michigan the emotion performed well. It is significantly "faster" than the mini-x. I guess that equates to being a little easier to paddle/more efficient. Two things that irritated me about this kayak. One, the drain plug is very close to the water line and it leaks a bit. And the heavier you are, the more it's going to leak. Two, I mentioned the cheap hatch cover that comes installed in the emotion- when it rains, it leaks pretty badly.
When I got back home, I calked the "drain plug" shut and is now water tight. Second, I got rid of the POS hatch and replaced it with a high quality 8 inch round hatch with removal bucket. With its new mods, I would add another star and a half at least.