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Sun Dolphin EXCURSION 12 SS

Sun Dolphin EXCURSION 12 SS

 
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Sun Dolphin EXCURSION 12 SS

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Sun Dolphin
Model:
Excursion 12 SS
MSRP ($):
549.00
Length (ft):
12

While the Sun Dolphin Excursion 10 is a nice, affordable entry-level kayak for anglers who just want to get out on the water and fish, its compact size can also count against it if you want to reach further fishing spots faster. The Sun Dolphin Excursion 12 SS is from the same range, so you get the same value for money as the Excursion 10, but it is 2’ longer at 12’ in length and loses half an inch in width at 29 1/2” wide. Fortunately, this doesn’t translate into too much additional weight as the Excursion 12 SS is 47 lbs, only 6 lbs more than the Excursion 10. However, its capacity is far greater at 395 lbs compared to the 250 lbs of the Excursion 10. For the rest, it is still a quality kayak that offers performance and features that are much better than what you would expect from its price tag.

Although bigger than the Excursion 10, the Excursion 12 SS is still great for reaching all those secluded fishing spots on rivers or lakes. It offers great stability as well, but since it is a sit-inside kayak, you don’t have the same freedom to really stand up and move around like with a sit-on-top fishing kayak. This isn’t too big of an issue as the seating area is still quite large and comfortable. Protective thigh pads offers additional comfort for long stretches of paddling and the adjustable foot braces ensures that no matter how tall or short you are, you will be able to operate this kayak comfortably.

The Excursion 12 SS is made from the same rugged UV-stabilized Fortiflex high density polyethylene material as the other kayaks in this range and should stand up well to everyday use. It obviously can’t take as much abuse as the more expensive kayaks that have all kinds of other additional protection, but with some proper care, it can last you a while.

For your fishing needs, the Excursion 12 SS comes fully equipped with one swivel fishing rod holder and two flush mount rod holders. Shock cord deck rigging is available to secure your gear and the kayak also has a covered console. In addition, it has a storage compartment for stowing away gear or valuables and a paddle holder, so that your paddle doesn’t get in the way while you are fishing. Unfortunately, this is not the ideal kayak to buy if you plan on bringing a lot of additional gear out with you on the water and the seat could have been a bit more comfortable, but overall it exceeds expectations based on its price. If you are looking for an entry level sit-inside fishing kayak then the Sun Dolphin Excursion 12 SS can provide what you need without putting too big of a dent in your bank account.

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