I have done quite a bir of research and tried out a few kayaks before making a decision to buy this one. I feel like its a great kayak for the money. I love the drop down **** and the way the hatch closes. I think its funny that my friend also came to the same decision to get a Feel Free kayak as well!
Easy to deal with and good quality. Ordered this for a gift and showed up about 10 days later. I will be ordering again. Also kayak was very well packed.
I would like to say that I haven’t even gotten a chance to paddle the kayak yet but I’m giving feelfree a five star rating already just on their packaging alone ! It took me around 25 minutes to get through the packaging (taking my time of course to make sure I didn’t damage anything) total bomber packaging job . My yak didn’t even have a scratch on it from shipping way to go feelfree .I can’t wait to get out on the Great Sacandaga Lake and many other Adirondack lakes to try her out . For anyone hesitant about ordering a kayak from feelfree and having it shipped to you don’t be they take pride in every aspect of what the do ! I love the color and craftsmanship! I’ll post another review after a few paddles .
I will start with pros and cons and for those who want to read full review, it is a little bit longer. PROS: High quality Great value for price ratio Fast Very stable Comfortable seat Integrated skeg Great kayak for a sea kayak novices CONS: Front hatch sometimes leaks after prolonged water run-over Rudder (if bought) design is not good, although it is not needed along with skeg I was considering Prijon Seayak Classic, Prijon Touryak, DAG Ysak and Aventura 140 as that were models that were available in my country at the time. Prijon was out of my budget , DAG felt a little bit narrow and uncomfortable to me (I am short and thick with my 178cm and 100kg). So I decided to go with Aventura 140, although I was a little bit skeptical because of its relatively nose down design and I was afraid that it will wedge into the waves and not ride onto the waves. When I first sat in Aventura It felt so comfy. The seat is wide and soft with adjustable back rest which is very comfortable but not too soft. Everything is adjustable and there is a bottle holder in between legs. Leg pads are adjustable (maybe not as much as Prijon) and soft but if you are a small guy maybe you will need to pad it additionally. Foot holders are adjustable and sturdy. Plastic is thick and sturdy (firmer then Ysak but not as firm as Prijon). It weights almost 30kg and I am still able to place it on the top of my car and take it down from my car and carry it to the sea by myself. There is no deck-net but there are enough leashes around the kayak (leashes are high-quality and not a single one broke or loose in two years period-although I watch over my kayak and store it in a garage and wash it after usage). There is no day hatch which would be a great add-on (now you need to remove spray deck in order to access something in cockpit). Now something about paddling this kayak. As it was my first sea kayak the moment I sat in it and tried to paddle the filing was superb. It is veeery stable (this is important to me and I will later write why) and forgiving. Sometimes I felt as you need to try hard to tip it. When I go on waves (although I paddle in Adriatic Sea where waves are not so big) and was hit by side it leans and then it corrects on it own without me doing anything. So I feel very safe and confident while paddling. Regarding speed, it is subjective as It depends on various factors but I am pleased with speed it gains (I was thinking that because of short and wide design and nose down compared to Seayak and Ysak it will be slow). Some time after purchasing Aventura I tried paddling Prijon Seayak (that is why I compare it with Prijon all the time) for a very short period of time. What I concluded that Aventura is around 10-15% slower then Prijon Classic but a lot more stable and forgiving that Seayak (I switched with a Prijon owner so he tried Aventura and said that Aventura is almost like a pontoon compared with Prijon but it is very fast at the same time. He also said that Prijon is easier to eskimo roll- I didn't try and much easier to turn which I don't agree). Usually I paddle around 6-6.5km/h which is speed that I can hold for an hour without stopping. When I go upwind it decreases but never falls below 4km/h. Downwind I easily go above 8km/h. But let's say that I could paddle 6km/h for a longer period of time ( I suffer from deltoideus atrpohy-I don't have right shoulder muscle at all, so I cannot eskimo roll any more so that is why stability priority to me). Turning with Aventura, for me, is very easy. It comes with stock skeg which was something new to me in the beginning. So I ordered a rudder too. Now I have rudder and skeg but usually paddle without either as Aventura is responsive enough for me (most of the time only lean or wider stroke is enough). The front and rear hatches are waterproof and big enough. Especially the rear one. The front one I find to leak after prolonged time being overrun by water. The rear one is absolute watertight. To conclude I would say that this is ideal starters sea kayak because of its stability but not loosing on speed much and it's high quality and low price. You will enjoy paddling it without thinking that you will tip over. The only downside I can say about Aventura is that front hatch leaks sometimes, maybe missing day hatch and one technical detail regarding rudder. Rudder is original one for Aventura but it is designed a little bit strange. When the rudder is lifted so you do not want to use it, main part (rudder body not the fin) is still merged. Prijon has different style rudder which is much better because when is lifted it doesn't touch the water. On Aventura rudder body is merged all the time and produces small effect of steering so you need to compensate (regardless rudder lifted or lowered).