Today we are going to look at one of the cheap kayaks that you will find at Walmart. We will look at what you get at that price and help you decide if you want to purchase that kayak.
Walmart has been selling Kayaks for a little while now. This is great for Kayakers because Walmart(s) are everywhere. Now people shopping Walmart can easily pickup a Kayak and get out on the water at a cheap price. But do you really want a Kayak that is that “cheap”? Lets take a look at what you are buying.
The Sun Dolphin Journey 10 SS is a 10 foot sit-on-top fishing kayak aimed at the person that is just getting into kayaking. It is small and lightweight, so it is a great at just tossing in the back of the truck and going. It has a low weight capacity at only 250 pounds. That weight limit includes you and all your gear, so that is something to really think about.
For a compact kayak, there is a lot of storage features. There is two storage areas with bungee cords. There is one at the bow (front) and one at the stern (rear). There is also a large dry storage hatch behind the seat. There is three rod holders located on this Kayak. Two are flush mount and one is a swivel mount. As another benefit, you have a cup holder that is located directly in front of the seat.
The Sun Dolphin Journey weighs in at just 44 pounds. With the length only being 10 feet, this Kayak is great a transporting. You could easily place it car top or in the back of a truck.
The Sun Dolphin Journey is designed for fishing, not comfort. There is no padded seat and would start hurting very fast. There is a padded back rest, so that will help a little.
Overall this is a starter kayak that is cheap and has a lot of good features. It lacks comfort and has a low weight limit. There is also a lot of complaints about the thickness of the body material. If you are looking for a cheap kayak that will get you on the water quickly, this might work for you. If you have more money, I would pick a better value Kayak like one of the Vibe Kayaks that can easily be shipped to you.