The Lifetime Lotus Sit-On-Top Kayak has been a wonderful model to get to grips with now that I’m kayaking more. As a beginner, I wanted to choose something which would help me grow in confidence and make it easy to get in and out of the water without any fuss, and this kayak has been perfect for just that.
The twin skegs are great for tracking, which was my biggest difficulty as a more nervous kayaker, and the fact that it is rounder in shape and more compact in length makes me feel safe and secure. When on the water and paddling, I feel stable when turning which is helping me get better and more adept at changing direction.
The paddle is light and has a nice feel to it – I haven’t had any problems with rubbing or getting hand blisters, and I’ve done some long trips out in this kayak.
The space situated at the back is great to store equipment, especially with the extra depth which means you can carry a larger amount of luggage than I had expected from first looking at it online. I haven’t had any problems with water getting in, meaning I feel secure that my stuff will stay dry without having to constantly check it.
The bungee cords are wonderfully stretchy. It would be useful to have another space situated at the front if you are someone who likes to paddle to camping spots but often there’s someone else around to help share the load.
The Lotus only weighs 38 pounds which is incredibly lightweight. I find it very easy to maneuver in and out of the water especially because of the front and back handles which are handy when bringing the kayak onto land. There’s only one central handle to carry the kayak rather than two side handles meaning it can be a little difficult to lift at times. One feature that I love about this kayak is the sit-on seat rather than it is a sit-in model.
I find it much more comfortable to paddle with the backrest, and the adjustable straps make it, even more, accommodating for my own preferences. The foot grooves are positioned at four different points in the base of the kayak, allowing for more people of different heights to use it too. This also means that if I want to kayak at a slower pace with my knees bent slightly, I still have the support to rest my feet.
Because I enjoy being able to float and rest sometimes when on the water, it’s helpful having the paddle cradles on the side of the boat so that I can relax without worrying I’ll lose my paddle in the water.
The conclusion to Lifetime Lotus Kayak Review
This is the perfect kayak for someone like me who is enjoying getting out on the water more often and developing my skills. Plus, on an aesthetic level, I really like the colors you can choose from for this model, having decided on the blue myself.