A Hidden Gem For The Price
I have kayaked for 15 years. The Manta is my favorite! PROS: Made in US!The length is perfect for the roof of my Ford Escape, the accessories are durable, the features built into the kayak are plentiful. No product is 100% perfect but I'm rating this 5 stars because it has worked perfectly on all my kayak adventures without want or wear. I am 6'1 and 220 lbs and I comfortably fit 3 adults in my kayak (me included) without any fear of tipping. The 3-seat configuration is especially handy, and multiple footrests make restless legs a thing of the past. I also love the multiple seat back configurations - it's quick to change from solo to tandem and back. Molded features are beyond plentiful. Cup holders are large, scupper drains are thoughtfully placed, both the back and front easily carries cargo, and THE MOST CLEVER (BUT UNINTENDED) FEATURE is you can sunbathe comfortably in the prone position by putting your head at the front of the kayak! I also love the fishing rod insert, and did anybody notice the paddle inserts which double as strap guides when transporting the kayak? I did. CONS: The kayak drifts a little left-to-right because of the size and the bottom layout. A mild keel (maybe 2") down the middle for stability would solve that. The inevitable location of seat backs negate most lumbar support. The hull drain could be more thoughtfully placed - a little water is always left behind. Having only one side handle is pointless without the other. If the sail works with the Manta, I would be extremely happy. The motor mount seems expensive for such a simple function, as do the other motor accessories. The front paddle rest is impossible to use if you have forward cargo. Although aesthetically displeasing, it would be nice to have parallel paddle rests (or inserts) going the long way, as the paddles tend to unseat upon embark/disembark. CLOSING: Honestly, although I have some small cons, I am extremely happy with this product. I can't wait for version 2. 0!
Reviewed by: Eric In Florida from Lifetime Customer.