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Sun Dolphin Aruba 10-Foot Sit-in Kayak
|Price:||$319.82 & FREE Shipping. Details|
|You Save:||$18.49 (5%)|
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- Hull design is optimum combination of tracking and turning
- Convenient gear storage with shock cord deck rigging
- Length: 10’, Width: 30”, Height: 13”, Weight: 40 lbs., Capacity: 250 lbs.
- Adjustable foot braces
- Spray deflector collar
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|Item Dimensions||13 x 30 x 120 inches|
|Item Display Weight||40 pounds|
|Material Type||Hard Shell|
|Shipping Weight||39 pounds|
|Weight Capacity Maximum||250 pounds|
|Weight Supported||250 pounds|
The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10' Sit In Kayak, is a great kayak for any water enthusiast. This kayak is crafted of a tough polyethylene hull and features a deluxe adjustable seat with high back support and adjustable foot braces. There are carrying handles for easier portage and a convenient storage hatch and water bottle holder.
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You can go right now and pay 260 for an orange or green one at Walmarts across the country if instant gratification is high on your list. The Walmart version comes with a paddle that is probably about a 20 dollar back up paddle you will need to spend around 40 bucks for a paddle that is worth anything at all, maybe as low as 32 to 35. And true kayakers will scoff at your purchase but they will grudgingly acknowledge the value of this kayak in the context of what it is made for and that is children, middle aged weekend kayakers, and people who want to destress kayaking not test their mettle against nature. For these purposes it appears you cannot go wrong with this kayak.
My girlfriend and I had signed up (off Amazon Local) for a guided kayak tour. I had paddled a sit on top kayak before, but wanted to try a sit in, which is what was offered. Loved it. I was looking for an activity I could do, where I could get outside, and where so long as it wasn't too extreme, the weather would not be a factor (I live in Florida, so pretty much year round we can get out). Well, after a couple hours paddling I found it.
Now, what kayak to get? I wanted a recreational kayak, and didn't want to spend too much money. I checked what was available at local sporting goods stores, as well as the discount stores that have some sporting goods. Then, I checked out some reviews. I came down to the Aruba 10. For the price and the reviews, this seemed to be the one I wanted to get, so off I went and picked one up.
I will say, I am very satisfied with my decision. Are the better kayaks out there? Of course there are, but for the price, I'm not sure you can beat this one. I know there are others that are faster, but I'm in no hurry. I'm out sightseeing, and enjoying Mother Nature. Maybe, in the future, I will want one, but for now, this one is fine. Maneuverability? I have no trouble turning in a hurry with this one. Again, I'm sure there are better, and as I get more experienced, I may find I need one. Again, for now, this one will do.
For those concerned about how it "fits", well, I have no complaints. I'm 6'1", weigh about 215. There's plenty of room in the cockpit and I don't have the foot rests all the way forward. Because the weight capacity of this kayak is 250 lbs, and I'm getting pretty close to that limit, it probably sits a bit low in the water, but I don't seem to find that to be a problem.
We finally got my girlfriend a kayak as well. She opted to go for the Aruba 10 as well, and is very pleased. She is going to add a cushion for the seat (personally, I haven't had any issues with the plastic seat, but she wants cushion). And there is another big company out there (once famous for it's mail order catalog), and we got hers for $199.99. They had gone up to $259.99 where I got mine. Now, hers did not come with a paddle, but for a $60 savings, we can get her a very decent paddle. In the meantime, however, she is using the one I got with mine, as I wanted a longer paddle, so I did replace mine.
If you're looking into a kayak, and don't want to spend a lot of money, I would recommend the Aruba 10. It's inexpensive, seems sturdy, and gets the job done. I think it's a great deal. I was going to rate it four stars, because it is a very basic kayak, but decided to go with five, because just because it's basic, doesn't mean it's not a good boat, and a good deal, especially for the dollars.