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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2012
My wife and I have two larger Emotion Temptation kayaks for two years now, and found them to be well made and excellent in the water. We wanted to get two smaller kayaks for when our grandchildren so that we could all go out together. The Spitfire 8 is as well designed as the larger Temptation. I had them out in the water this weekend, paddling the Temptation and then the Spitfire 8 to compare the differences. I found the Spitfire 8 tracked well (even though it was windy and choppy) and was very maneuverable. I would not get this product as a primary kayak for an adult of my size (5' 11", 205 lbs) but it will certainly be great for the children. I do look forward though in taking it out into the surf. I think the maneuverability will make it quite fun.

One caution, the kayak is shipped simply in a plastic bag. On the first delivery, both kayaks were badly damaged and had to be returned. Amazon was gracious and fast in the return and reorder. The second shipment was in perfect condition, though I made sure the delivery company remained while I opened the bags and inspected the kayaks. Don't let the shipper leave or sign for the kayaks until you inspect them.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2013
For me this Spitfire kayak has been the best...Ok it is my one and only so far. On my 60th Birthday I bought this Kayak had read the reviews so was prepared for what they said. I walked into REI and said if you can fit that in my Toyota Matrix I am leaving with it! They did not even wince put it in my car and it has been the most amazing journey ever since. This Spitfire Kayak has taken me into Morro Bay into the back bay salt marshes and along the Monterey Coast. I am a science teacher so know how to watch the tides and be safe. It goes in and out of my car very easily. I put down a tarp and rubber mats so it doesnt slide. I have a cushion so I can be out all day and I pull my life preserver down behind my back so I can sit upright. NO back problems with a Spitifre sit on top. I have scraped it on occasion so far no leaks. My dog goes with me. I have a safety lite on my vest and I carry my cell phone in aplastice bag. Have emergency supplies. Do to my back I cannot lift kayaks on my car even with racks. This kayak has giving me the freedom of the sea. Have had a Dolphin visit me and a sea otter try to jump in the boat. You scoot them away with your paddle. I f u havnt guessed I am med hght so also got a Kids paddle this is great for those of moderate weight and height. I love my kayak and have gotten new and old friends into kayaking some have even bought there own. One friend couldnt swim and now has her own kayak. Kayaking is the best. I bought this 4 years ago. Enjoy! I port over short sandy distances and can lift this my myself. I put a rope on the front and back and have not had anything come off it. Seat is comfy.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2013
I got 2 of these for what else, getting on the water. I was skeptical about them because other reviewers say it is poor tracking. I don't know that that noise is about...perhaps the problem is the person operating it. I find that these are highly maneuverable, therefore wicked fun in rapids and surf. I can paddle hard in a straight line all Hawaii 5-0 style and it tracks fine...I can build up a wake and hammer this thing and it stays straight...so I really do not understand the reviews. Do you know you need to look far ahead and modulate the power strokes correctly left and right ? Have you only been using long kayaks with rudders which compensate for poor paddling technique ? perhaps... If you have sloppy technique the Spitfire 8 will reveal it. Yes for sure as soon as you stop paddling it will start to turn, but this means it turns on a dime and ...fun in rapids and surf.

anyhow, really happy with these little 8 footers, they are easy to haul around and drop in any water, and very easy to navigate up into tight coves and underbrush and they turn easily...probably the ultimate 'adventure and poke around the shoreline' kayak going...
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2013
This is a beginner kayak, so it's stable enough for 100-210lbs (My kid is 100; I am 160; my friends are both 170 and 210, respectively). The tracking is terrible. I kayak the Rock Springs run and Wekiva River and with a little bit of current, the kayak goes sideways and cannot be controlled easily. I have a 8' lifetime and tracks better but it's much slower. I was recommended by the Wekiva Springs kayak handler an Ascend, but I have personally not being in one, even though the reviews are decent. Anyway, Ocean Kayak is a heavier feel boat and more professional and much better at tracking than Spitfire. You get what you paid for.

Update: July 2013.
Made a rudder for about $10 out of aluminum for the Spitfire. I wasn't going to pay $100 for a piece of plastic you can make yourself! Result: Much better kayak and I am getting a second one! Got the idea and measurements from the internet. Rudder is about 10 inches long and 4 inches wide and it's fixed on back of kayak with homemade fixture. Problem of tracking solved!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2014
For crying out loud, i want to graft my spitfire to my body!! Seriously, this kayak is extremely convenient: easy to carry, safe for rougher conditions (sit on top style enables quick drainage, and the thing tracks well), a quick learn for most levels of sportsperson. I officially decree that I vouch for this vessel, and will buy another one! bye bye
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2014
Love my little Spitfire 8. Short enough to fit in the back of my Rav4 and light enough (just under 40 pounds) for me to handle it by myself (5' 5", 125 lbs). It handles very well and scoots along the lake with great tracking and very little friction - love it!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2015
I like how light and small these kayaks are. I'm a small female and can load myself. I bought 2 and both fit in the back of my Subaru easily.
Beware they are wider than they look at about 32", so your paddle needs to be longer to accommodate.
Unfortunately these kayaks are a bit too flat on the bottom so we will need to add a skeg to the bottom for better tracking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2015
Tried it in my pond and tracking is horrible. My other kayak in a cheap sit inside, same length and it is much better. Can't imagine taking it in any current. Wanted to upgrade, instead sending it back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2015
Our kayak arrived with a small hole in the hull. It is obvious that this is a manufacturing glitch but we didn't see it until our first time in the water.
We are so disappointed. We don't want a refund...just a kayak that works. There is a warranty (but no phone contact). so we will see what this company does with our letter. Amazon says we need to pay for return shipping (!) in order to receive a replacement. This seems impossible with a large item like a kayak. We have paid in good faith for defective product. There needs to be some recompense since none of this is our fault.
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on June 30, 2015
I love the features from the handles on the end to pull or pick up to the sturdiness and stability of the kayak (as long as your back and legs are seated properly). The rear net is perfect for holding my life vest, supplies and my dolly that rolls it to the launch. The seat doesn't even need a pad, it is quite comfortable. My only complaint is that this is more of just a play type and more for short distance travel. It turns sharply if you force your strokes. It takes small slight strokes building to larger firmer strokes to gain speed first or you will slither. For not as a beginner I like it, but will upgrade nest year and keep this one for the nieces.
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