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Sun Dolphin Journey 10 SS & 12 SS

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Specifications:

  • Length: 10′  / 305 cm
  • Width: 30″  /  76 cm
  • Weight: 44 lbs  /  20 kg
  • Deck Height: 13″  /  33 cm
  • Max Capacity: 250 lbs  /  113 kg

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Specifications:

  • Length: 12′  /  366 cm
  • Width: 29.5″  /  75 cm
  • Weight: 48 lbs  /  22 kg
  • Deck Height: 13.5″  /  34 cm
  • Max Capacity: 395 lbs  /  179 kg
Sun Dolphin Journey 10 SS & 12 SS Review

The Sun Dolphin Journey is a great kayak that comes in two different options – the 10 foot model, and the 12 foot which can hold a greater capacity, and gives the big guys a bit more room. While the 10 and 12 foot have some differences that need to be considered when looking at your specific needs, they have some common features which I’ll show you further on.

 

 

Sun Dolphin Journey 10 SS

Sun Dolphin Journey 10 SS

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While they’re both great kayaks for use on lakes and rivers, you really wouldn’t want to use them in choppy or strong conditions. They’re light, very light infact, even the 12 foot model. Both are super lightweight which make them dream to transport and are stress-free if you need to carry them over land to the water. This is also their downfall though when it comes to adverse weather, but for the price, you’re still getting yourself a great kayak. They come with retractable carrying handles to make transportation even easier. The Sun Dolphin Journey 10 SS weighs in at 44lbs, and has a 250 lbs capacity, while the Sun Dolphin Journey 12 SS is 48 lbs and can hold up to 395 lbs.

 

And with the ability to hold a large amount of weight comes a generous amount of storage space. And there really is plenty of storage, some of which comes with shock cord deck rigging to keep everything secure, and there’s also a portable accessory carrier which can be used for extra storage too, if you really get lucky while out on the water. Both models have a large and comfy seating area, as well as extra protective thigh pads and foot braces, which are adjustable. The seat and foot braces mean that this can be turned into a super comfortable kayak for just about anyone.

 

Sun Dolphin Journey 12 SS

Sun Dolphin Journey 10 SS

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Both versions have about average paddling and tracking capability, as well as stability – some people have criticized its tracking ability (check out some of the reviews on amazon), but in the right conditions they can be a great fishing kayak, especially for the price. The body of the kayaks are UV proof high density polyethylene, so they’re extremely durable. This means it will be a tough and long lasting kayak, and I can guarantee you will definitely get your money’s worth.

 

Both variations of this kayak are great budget options, and are super affordable, high quality, and designed with anglers in mind. The smaller option is cheaper, however, the larger can carry more and accommodate taller anglers, so the better choice really does depend on what you’re looking for.

 

Dolphin are a great and reliable manufacturer (made in the USA), so you can purchase from them with confidence, plus all the warranties are included with the kayaks.

 

PROS:
  • Light
  • Very affordable
  • Spacious (especially the 12 foot model)
CONS:
  • Less glide technology than more expensive models
  • Poor tracking capability in rough conditions

 

Overall, in the right conditions, this can be the ideal fishing kayak for anyone on a budget looking to explore lakes and rivers. It would make the perfect entry-level kayak, without having to invest too much to get started in the sport. Happy Fishing!

 

Last updated: January 12, 2017

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