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- Sun Dolphin Excursion 10 SS
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- Build QualityEditor: 84%
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- ComfortEditor: 82%
- StabilityEditor: 76%
- ManeuverabilityEditor: 84%
Many anglers are under the mistaken impression that a good kayak must have a four-digit price tag. And while there are certainly a variety of extremely good kayaks available at that price range, there are plenty of worthy options available for much less, like the Sun Dolphin Excursion 10 SS.
A small and lightweight, yet durable craft, the Excursion 10 SS performs and handles like many kayaks at higher price points, and it also comes with a number of the features and storage options that high-end kayaks feature.
- The Personal Accessory Carrier allows you to bring along plenty of gear, while still leaving the cargo area open
- Very light craft that single anglers can move and carry with ease
- Adjustable foot braces and seat provide a comfortable ride
- Not well-suited for large or tall anglers
- Not stable enough to allow anglers to stand
- A few anglers noted that the storage hatch didn’t fit as snuggly as they’d have liked
The Excursion 10 SS is a US-made vessel, which is built to the same standards that most other kayaks made by Sun Dolphin. Durable, yet lightweight, this 10-foot-long, 30-inch-wide vessel weighs only 44 pounds yet is designed to stand up to the wear and tear of regular use.
Most anglers who tried the Excursion 10 SS praised its durability and reported that the craft felt well-built and sturdy. A few anglers did report that the kayak possesses a few sharp edges, so use care when entering or exiting the craft.
The Excursion 10 SS provides a surprising amount of storage space for such a tiny craft. It comes equipped with two flush-mount rod holders, as well as an articulating rod holder in front of the cockpit. The articulating rod holder is offset to the left of the craft, to prevent it from obscuring your view or getting in the way of the paddle holder.
The Excursion 10 SS also features Sun Dolphin’s Personal Accessory Carrier, which can be removed from the craft and towed via a cord. This frees up room in the designated cargo area (the cargo area is equipped with bungee cords to keep your gear secure) and gives you a place to store coolers, bait wells and similar items. The Excursion 10 SS also comes with a hands-free electronics console for your cell phone or another electronic device.
The Excursion 10 SS is a very comfortable kayak for its size, as it features a roomy cockpit and adjustable foot braces to give you plenty of leg and hip room and allow you to customize the craft to fit your body. However, exceptionally tall anglers may find the cockpit a little snug.
The cockpit is lined with thigh pads, and the craft’s padded seat can be adjusted to ensure you remain comfortable while paddling and fishing. The primary storage area is located at the rear of the vessel, so you’ll have to twist around to access it, but this is only a minor concern for most anglers, and it doesn’t compromise the craft’s comfort significantly.
Although the Excursion 10 SS is not the most stable craft on the water, most anglers found that it was stable enough to allow anglers to paddle and fish with confidence.
It has a relatively light capacity (280 pounds) so large anglers may find that it sits relatively low in the water. You probably won’t find it stable enough for standing, despite its 30-inch-wide beam.
Most anglers found that the Excursion 10 SS performs well on the water. Its small size makes it very maneuverable and allows anglers to navigate the crowded area near the shore easily.
And because the craft weighs less than 50 pounds and comes with retractable handles at the bow and stern, it is very easy to maneuver across dry ground, which makes loading and launching a breeze. Yet despite its very lightweight, the craft reportedly tracks very well and does not get blown around by the wind very much.
The Excursion 10 SS is obviously not the best-performing or best-equipped kayak available to anglers, but it is a very high-quality vessel, which is sure to help you catch more fish. It provides plenty of storage space for all of your tackle and equipment, tracks well and provides more stability than many other kayaks of similar size.
It isn’t a great choice for anglers who want to fish in deep, offshore water, and it probably isn’t the best option for exceptionally tall or large anglers, but most of those who are interested in purchasing a first or second kayak should give the Excursion 10 SS a look.
|Model||Excursion 10 SS|
|Price||Check on Amazon|
|Length (ft / cm)||10' / 305cm|
|Width (in / cm)||30" / 76cm|
|Height (in / cm)||11" / 28cm|
|Kayak Weight (lbs / kg)||44 lbs / 20kg|
|Weight Capacity (lbs / kg)||280lbs / 127kg|
|Cockpit Size (in / cm)||22 3/4" W x 31"L / 58cm x 79cm|
|Number of People||1|
|Salt Water Friendly||No|
|Adjustable Foot Braces||Yes|
|Other Included Items||None|