I recently moved to a house with a nearby small lake and I'm in the market for a kayak. I've been out on one a few times before and have really enjoyed it. I've been looking at the Potomac pathfinder from Dicks for $199 because it meets a lot of my criteria but there seems to be some mixed reviews of it online. I'm looking for 3 main things in a kayak.
Weight, the lake is short walk from the house less than a quarter mile but I have to store it at my house so something lighter is appealing. In not sure how hard it would be to carry it to the lake.
Size, I'm 6'2 ~ 240 so I want to make sure I can fit into it. It looks like most people say a 10' boat will be fine.
Price, I'm really just looking for something to go out and splash around the lake on and maybe do some fishing but I'm a beginner at fishing too so I don't need anything fancy. Id like to stay under $300, $350 tops or ill have to save up for another season. I like the idea of the pathfinder at $200 b/c with 2 very young kids I don't know how much time I will have to use it. Also $200 leaves some bufget room for paddles jacket, axcesores. I was thinking at $200 I don't have a huge investment and can "test the waters" if you pardon the pun. If I do get into it, I'd plan on getting a nice boat and having the pathfinder for friends or the kids when they get older.
I've looked at a few other entry level and they seem to be about te same or much heavier than I think I would like. Please let me know what you think!