Review of Bali SS Sit-On-top Kayak by Sun Dolphin

In addition to being fun, easy, and enjoyable, kayaking is also a good way to be one with the outdoors. Can you imagine any other activity that will give you a chance to skim over lakes, rivers or streams, while enjoying the journey along beautiful surroundings? Every kayaking trip is filled with adventures and always brings to mind the saying, "if in doubt, paddle on."

A paddlers bail-out kit can contain the best, well-thought-out survival kit, but the first and single most essential equipment that every paddler must consider is the kayak that will take them on their journey. The Bali SS Sit-on-top Kayak is a hard-shell kayak that is perfect for beginners as well as experts.

Review of Bali SS Sit-On-top Kayak by Sun Dolphin

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An Overview of the Ball SS Sit-on-top Kayak

Your kayak is your friend, your companion and your guide, so when you decide to pick one, make sure it is suitable for your paddling needs. This kayak is ideal for touring and also for fishing and is different from the regular kayaks. Some might call it a hybrid kayak because instead of encased legs, it keeps your legs open and free.

The Bali SS Sit-on-top Kayak comes in three different sizes: 8-foot, 10-foot or 12-foot length, which makes it fun for family adventures. This kayak is fast becoming a preferred choice for many newbie kayakers, and just like many sit-on-top kayaks, it moves slowly for ease of control. The slow pace also makes it perfect for quick exits in case of an emergency. Below are some of the major features of this product.

A budget kayaks

When it comes to kayaks like this, you get what you pay for. But in the case of the Bali SE Sit-On Kayak, you will get a kayak that is worth more than what you actually paid for. Priced below $300, you won't get many kayaks at this price offering the features that the Ball SS Sit-on-top Kayak offers. It is well built, durable, and looks attractive. Low budget kayaks usually come with certain types of features. So it is a pleasant surprise to see some of these features in a kayak in this price range.

Dry storage compartment and P.A.C

The Bali SS Sit-on Kayak comes with a dry storage compartment for you to stash all your trip essentials while on the go. It also comes with a P.A.C storage bag (Portable Accessory Carrier) that can take your wallet, car keys, phone, shoes and an extra water bottle with no problem. Storage is an essential feature for every kayak, and it's really sad to see that some models don't come with multiple storage options. Even though water enters the boat from drain holes, the dry storage area is safe from water.

Durable materials and ergonomic hull design

Kayak hulls are made of different designs for different purposes. The Bali SS Sit-On Kayak comes with an exterior that is made out of a high-density polyethylene called Fortiflex, which is sturdy and unyielding to damage resulting from fresh and salt water.

The material that the Bali SS Sit-on-top Kayak is made of is such tough stuff we can't praise it enough. It is a UV stabilized material, which means that it will not lose its color easily from sun, rain or wind exposure. The polyethylene construction is also credited for promoting the great paddling and tracking abilities of the kayak. It is this material that will help you paddle across a lake or river with ease and stability.

Colorful and well-crafted kayak

Some people don't care what their kayak looks like or what colors they come in, while some customers are crazy about the colors and craftsmanship of their kayaks. If you like to have a variety of colors to pick from when choosing your kayak, then you'll adore the Bali SS Sit-on-top Kayak. It is available in different colors, and this means that you will have a better chance of picking your favorite color.

Size matters

The Bali SS Sit-on-top Kayaks' length is between 8 to 10 feet, and the width is 30 inches, and the weight is approximately 40 pounds. It is a light weight kayak and weighs less than other kayaks that come with polyethylene frame materials. Because of its size, it is easy to carry around or stow away in a large trunk. Unlike inflatable kayaks, its hull design is solid, so it will need to be stowed away in a corner in your garage.

It is a single person sit-on kayak and features an open cockpit for faster entries and exits. Even though it is made for solo trips, you can take a child or pet with you. The kayak is built with a large, comfy seating area that is fitted with a paddle holder, adjustable foot braces, and protective thigh pads. These features allow the kayak to accommodate paddlers of varying heights. With these awesome features, you can paddle for a long time and not feel tired or have to endure body pain. Please note that the maximum weight that this kayak can hold is 250 pounds.

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PROS

  • Tracking and stability is good;
  • Wide cockpits give more room for movement;
  • Large seating area with protective thigh pads;
  • Great for slow waters like rivers and lakes;
  • Adjustable foot braces;
  • Comes with retractable carrying handles;
  • It is lightweight and can easily be carried;
  • Portable Accessory Carrier for extra storage;
  • Comes with paddle holder.

CONS

  • Water enters the boat via drain holes;
  • Surprisingly, there is no seat pad.

Features at a Glance

  • Great for rivers and lakes.
  • Adjustable, padded seat back.
  • Storage compartment.

Product Specifications

  • Color: Ocean
  • Construction Type: polyethylene
  • Form Factor: sit-on-top
  • Is Foldable: No
  • Item Dimensions: 15 x 28 x 96 inches
  • Item Display Weight: 30 pounds
  • Seat Material Type: foam
  • Shipping Weight: 32 pounds
  • Sport Type: Kayaking, boating, fishing
  • Weight Supported: 197 pounds

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can you attach a small electric motor to it?

Final Verdict

For a twelve feet kayak, the Sun Dolphin Ball SS Sit-on-top Kayak is nicely priced and will be perfect for first-time buyers or those who do not have deep pockets for a new kayak. Even though it is a stable kayak, its slowness makes it more suitable for younger kayakers. Also, the size of this kayak makes it a great choice as a play boat in a pool or any non-flowing water body. 

So, if you intend to take it on more rapid waters like an ocean or sea, consider getting something faster. If you are planning on kayaking for a competition or if speed is generally what you are looking for, the Bali SS Sit-on-top Kayak will not serve your needs. Overall, the price, size, stability and weight makes this a good choice for leisure kayakers.

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