Price: $499.00AUD - $699.00AUD
Score: 4 out of 5
Reviewed by: Aussie Survivalist
Let me start out by saying that it's no top of the line kayak but for the price paid I was really impressed. It has excellent initial stability and is virtually impossible to tip when in a seated position. The kayak is designed to carry 1-2 adults and a child for general recreational purposes, a task it performs in a more than adequate fashion.
It's also a fishing kayak when used for a single person seated in the middle seat area. This is the main purpose that I purchased the kayak for. I have only taken it out on a few occasions so far but I can tell you that I am really impressed. With the addition of a deluxe kayak seat it was very comfortable indeed.
The quality of the plastic moulding seems ok and as yet have nothing negative to report regarding quality of build.
Tracking could be a little better but this will soon be sorted out with the addition of a rudder system that I discuss further below.
Information is hard to come by on the net for this product because it is marketed under different names depending on who is selling it. They are designed by Dragonfly Innovation and some information on the various models and additions can be seen at the following website: http://secure.kanu-gatz.de/downloads/82/Lifetime_Kayak_Catalog_k.pdf
BCF get theres from some company in Melbourne while Rays Outdoors sell some of the Dragonfly products as well. To make it all the more confusing, Roman (the sleeping bag people) are the official distributor to Australia as seen at a trade show last year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thodsSV1ktQ
The Dragonfly Innovations website lists a number of upgrades that will be available in the future.
- Manta Sail Kit with rudder and dagger boards
- Motor mount system for attaching an electric trolling motor
- Kayak trolley specifically designed for the Manta series kayaks
- Tackle table
Thankyou to Aussie Survivalist from http://www.aussiesurvivalist.spruz.com/ for permission to use his review.