I wanted an affordable (but quality) kayak for paddling the Allegheny river, small tributary creeks, and lagoons of Lake Erie. Very happy with this kayak.
* maneuvers well in the rivers/ turns on a dime/have done class II rapids so far in this, and no problems, aside from no spray skirt and getting a little wet.
* large cockpit-I'm 5'4" and 135 lbs, but don't even miss not having a hatch, b/c there's so much storage space. Also great for bigger guys.
* sturdy construction-not flimsy
* miss the cupholder, but you can buy clip-on ones for $2 at Dick's
* a little sluggish in the flat water; you'll have to work a little to get going at a good clip, due to the wide cockpit. But this isn't a bad trade-off for extra space and more stability getting in.
* I'm sure there are more comfortable kayaks in terms of seat/back, but you get what you pay for and this is NOT uncomfortable at all. Plus you can adjust foot pegs and there's a strap you can tighten/ loosen to adjust the angle of recline for your back.
All-around, I'm very happy with this kayak. Sat in many, and I think it's the best out there for the price!
good river cruiser
I'm an old whitewater kayaker that was looking for a comfortable kayak that could do up to class III whitewater. I bought the swifty with high hopes. Perception is a long time maker of fine roto-molded kayaks. For some reason they seem embarassed to make note of their cheapest listed boat. I have found the Swifty to be a good choice for me. It is very stable and tracks better than you'd think, albeit very sluggish...I'm in no hurry. The cockpit is very large and I could only find a nylon sprayskirt (instead of neoprene) to fit it. My experience tells me a nylon skirt might implode if you ran more than class III, but I have already paddled it on II-III. My suggestion is to cut the stern bungy cords and plug the holes, possibly add foam to the thighs and cockpit leg area. There are some other good boats out there, but not for that price! I bought a second Swifty so I can take my friends...gotta love it...it's seasick green!
Short, Sweet, And to the point
My father and I were just getting into kayaking and we bought these pelican kayaks. We went down the Kinickinic River(flat bottom and rapids class 1 and 2)about 2 times and we noticed the seat was wearing through the bottom. we took them back and my father and I bout 2 new ones(I bought the Swifty 9.5 in Red. My father bout the Perception Rythem 11 in blue.) The swifty tracks perfectly, its flat bottom lets me drink a soda comforably, and it does not tip even if you lean out and put your face in the water. since its 38 pounds, me(a 12 year old can lift it with ease) it may not have a dry day storage hatch, I can put a soft cooler behind the seat in the back and keep things cool.
Worth every penny
I had heard good things and bad things about getting a shorter sit-in kayak, but since this was my first I went for it. It's easy to handle and can easily handle sharp turns. I mostly use it on our farm pond and in the river. However, this 4th of July weekend I took it with me to the beach. A friend and I went out in the sound and despite the water being choppy from boats and the wind, it handled like a dream and took on very little water. The only thing I dislike about this kayak is the drain plug is located on top and so when you go to drain the water out it doesn't get all of it.
Great first kayak.
I went to Dick's to buy one of the cheapy yaks they sell at Christmas. It was going to be my first yak. When I saw them next to the Swifty I knew there was no comparison. This is a very stable kayak and is very comfortable. The only problem I have had is that I am really too large for a kayak this size. 235 lbs is really to much to ask of this yak when you add dry bag, small cooler, and fishing gear. I added rod holders, paddle holders, and front bungee system to customize my yak. Handles class 1 and 2's well.
Great Kayak for the $
Been out about 5 times for 2 to 4 hrs eack trip, very stable, tracks well for a 9'5" yak! Great for a first time buy.If you have the extra $ and your sure you will be kayaking for some time I suggest a 12+ foot in length. This model is very good I weigh 270lbs and it carries me and my gear w/ no problem. Back support could be a little better.I moved my back strap near the top of the backrest and it works GREAT now! I would recommend this for a quality first kayak!
Love it! Love it!
As a former renter of kayaks, I got to try out other kayaks during my rental days. One time I was given the Swifty 9.5 to rent. Following the day on the water with this kayak, I was sold! I decided this was the kayak I wanted to own. I did research and this is great for the money. We have used these kayaks every chance we get, even to the point of taking days off work!! Smoothe ride, easy paddling and great control.
Perfect for the lake
My boyfriend and I just bought these kayaks to take on the lake. We had a blast! They track well, are extremely sturdy/stable to the point that we could put our feet in on one side, and have plenty of room to store our gear. My boyfriend is 6 ft and 220lbs and is completely comfortable. The kayak also has adjustable foot pedals and a padded seat cushion for added comfort.
Great all-round kayak
I got this kayak for my son's 11th birthday. He loves it and said it was the best birthday present ever. It was easy for him to learn how to paddle and manuever around in. It's a great size for a beginner. We use it on a lake. I like the bright colors (red-orange fade yellow). We got the cup holder and paddle leash, also for inexpensive accessories.
Great kayak large cockpit. I weigh 250 and still rode pretty high in the water. I've taken to the lake, pond, river and even fast moving river without any issues. If your going to take down a fast river with alot of spray up to a class 2 would invest in a skirt. Due to the large cockpit it takes on extra water.