I bought the $319 Equinox 10.4 Kayak + Paddle + Roof Rack from Costco the other day.
I looked all over online for reviews & couldn't find one, so here goes:
It's an awesome little recreation boat! I ran into a couple of guys on the Salt River with the same boat & they loved it.
* Tracks VERY straight for a 10 ft boat thanks to it's channelled hull.
* Turns well, because it's short.
* Has excellent dry storage in the back & a great 4 inch deep dry storage compartment in the front.
* Handles front & back seem very sturdy
* Bungee Paddle holder near cockpit is low profile enough that it doesn't get in your way while you're paddling
* Paddle that comes with it has same design as many expensive paddles & is adjustable for both length & feathering.
* Plenty of bungees on top to hold a day's worth of stuff - water bottles, Super Soaker for bailing, and any other misc. whatnots.
* There are drain plugs both front and back
* Footpegs are easy to adjust
* She's a very stable little boat.
* Seat's not the most comfy thing & has no back support above the shell of the boat, but that's not bad enought to put in the "cons" column.
* You don't get all of the super seat adjustments you get with a more expensive boat, but who cares -- add some padding behind your back or a towel under your behind & you've got it covered.
* It is wide - which can be a "pro" if you like it for stability" or a "con" if you're not crazy about a wide boat.
* The sides are high enough that it takes more effort to get water over the sides than in my lower-profile boats. Great for keeping water out, probably not great for windy conditions - but I can't say because I didn't paddle it in the wind.
* She's a little heavy, weighing in at either 50 or 54 lbs. depending on what you read, but that didn't stop my 5'5" girly self from hefting it into the back of the truck, so my guess is it's actually somewhere in the 35 lb range. It is heavier than my husband's 10 ft. Wilderness Systems Pamlico -- but features add weight, right?
* There isn't a lot of vertical foot space if you like to put your feet straight vertical on the pegs - which are almost more of a round pedal shape.
* I'm 5'5" tall & the thigh guards/rests hit me square in the knees. If I'd been sitting in a car, I would have moved my seat forward for a better fit. It's easy enough to take those out & drill new holes closer so the seat.
* You sit in a puddle all day if you get water in your seat because there is no seat drain. I'll drill a few drain holes there to fix that.
(Obviously I'm not afraid to drill new holes in a perfectly good boat)
* The paddle will fill with water, so make sure you put some spray foam in it!
For a $319 boat/paddle combo - you can't beat it. The issues I have with the boat are easy enough to change with a drill & a screwdriver.
I get all weird & frustrated if my boat doesn't track straight. I've paddled a lot of boats in the 10 ft range & their "squirrelyness" drives me crazy. I also tend to "overpaddle" - meaning I paddle hard enough on both sides to make most boats - what's the word for "not track straight." Believe me, if this boat goes straight for me, anyone can do it.
This is the 5th boat in my collection - I have a 13 ft tandem, a touring boat, a river boat & now 2 recreational boats. I've paddled all kind of boats from Alaska to Maine. I've done several rivers, but not much whitewater.
I will be the first person to tell the world when I don't like a boat.
I also want the world to know Equinox & Costco have done a great job bringing a good little boat to the market.