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Pros Extremely versatile, great stability, exceptionally maneuverable, comfortable, highly functional out-fittingComfortable, very maneuverable, versatile, easy to paddle, easy to climb in and outExtremely stable, excellent tracking, very durable, comfortable, multifacetedGreat tracking and glide, sheds waves easily, durable, fast and stable, great for any age or experienceVery light and portable, maneuvers well, stable, inexpensive, large open cockpit
Cons Difficult to drain, heavy, cumbersome to shoulder carry, cheap plastic used on hatch leversCheap plastic used on hatch levers, heavy, slowHeavy, slow to get up to speed, burdensome to load and carryStern storage well doesn’t drain, heavy and burdensome to transport, deck plate cockpit console sticksNo seat cushions, hard to reach and adjust foot braces, not a lot of weight capacity
Bottom Line This is a comfortable and exceedingly fun boat to paddle no matter what kind of an adventure you chooseWhether fishing, swimming, taking photos or just exploring your favorite body of water, this kayak will never let you downIf you are looking for a fun and safe kayak that the whole family will enjoy, then this boat offers the best bangs for your buckA favorite all-around, stable boat that is fast and tracks well in an array of conditionsThe Aruba is a stable and and easy to paddle beginner's kayak that's easy on your wallet
Rating Categories Aspire 105 Tarpon 100 Malibu 11.5 Perception Tribe 11.5 Sun Dolphin Aruba 10
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Specs Aspire 105 Tarpon 100 Malibu 11.5 Perception Tribe... Sun Dolphin Aruba 10
Length 10'6" / 3.2m 10' / 3.0m 11'5" / 3.5m 11'5" / 3.5m 10' / 3.0m
Capacity (weight) 400lbs / 181kg 325lbs / 147kg 360lbs / 163.3kg 350 lbs / 159kg 250lbs / 113kg
Boat Weight 48lbs / 22kg 55lbs / 25kg 59lbs / 26.7 kg 52lb / 24kg 40lbs / 18kg
Width 29" / 74cm 30.5" / 77cm 32" / 81cm 30.25" / 77cm 30" / 76cm
Height 15.5" / 39cm 15.25" / 39cm N/A 16" / 41cm 13" / 33cm
Material/Construction High-density roto-molded linear polyethylene High-density roto-molded linear polyethylene Singler layer polyethylene UV, impact and abrasion resistant, high-density rotomolded polyethylene UV-stabilized Fortiflex High Density Polyethylene
Warranty Boat: Limited lifetime for original owner, Components: 1 year warranty Boat: Limited lifetime for original owner, Components: 1 year warranty Boat: Limited lifetime for original owner Boat: 5 years for original owner, Components: 1 year warranty Boat: Limited lifetime for original owner, Components: 1 year warranty
Features Phase 3 Air Pro seat with mesh streched over contoured foam perferated pad, leg lifters and adjustable seat back angles, thigh and knee pads, adjustable slide locking foot braces, rear bulkhead compartment with Orbix stern hatch, shock cord bow and stern rigging for extra storage, rugged bow and stern handles, molded dashboard with gear tray and drink holder, replaceable skid plate and retractable drop down skeg. Phase 3 AirPro seat, Keepers XL foot brace system, Slide Trax accessory system, Orbix bow and midship hatches, gear storage pockets and molded cup holder, bow/stern/side carrying handles with paddle holders, self bailing tankwell with bungee. Tri-form hull with an integral keel and sponsons, AirGo molded in seat and seat pad with adjustable AirComfort backrest, molded-in foot wells and calf rest, paddle holders, side/stern/bow carrying handles, molded-in oversized bow and stern tank wells with bungees, Splash resistent QuickStash dry hatch, 2 molded in fishing rod holders, 3 water bottle holder, replaceable skid plate. Lightweight EVA foam seat pad and contoured, padded seat back with hieght-adjustable backrest, molded-in footbraces, molded-in bow and stern well with bungees, replaceable stern skid plate, 6" cockpit hatch with cat bag liner, 3 drink holders, molded-in side handles and soft touch bow and stern carrying handles. Adjustable padded backrest, rear gear compartment with bungee shock cord, adjustable foot braces, water bottle storage, carrying handles, paddle holder, padded thigh braces.
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