Who Should Buy Sun Dolphin Bali SS Kayak 8 Feet

by frank on March 29, 2014

A Review of Who This Kayak Is Best Suited For

If you’re looking for something simple and inexpensive and also a whole lot of fun to take on the water then not too many sit-on-top kayaks can match the Sun Dolphin Bali SS 8 Foot Kayak in price vs value.

Sun Dolphin Bali ss sit on top Kayak 8 Feet

Also comes in Blue

We are not saying this model ranks overall as one of the best kayaks available but considering it costs under $300 it’s an especially great deal for a price conscious person.

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This is definitely not a professional kayak that you would want to take in a fast moving river. It’s for someone who just wants a simple recreational sit-on-top kayak to take paddling on a calm lake. Maybe for some light exercise or relaxing and chatting with friends while on the water.

Who is the Bali 8 Kayak Made For

Let’s first start out by saying who this model is not built for… If you are a big man over 6 foot tall and weigh over 200 pounds then this is not for you!!! You may like the price but dude you’re going to sink it, so forget about it.

Attention women and kids! And this does make a good beginners kayak if your the right size.

This is a small kayak only 8 feet in length and it weighs only 30 lbs. These dimensions make it very easy to manage both in and out of the water. It’s easy to load and unload and carry down to the water.

Why Women and Kids

For one its lightweight and easy to manage.

This model also makes a comfortable fit for people or kids, who are 4 feet (48 inches) and taller. If you’re 6 feet tall you are pushing the limits and might want to look into a longer kayak. If you happen to like this Bali 8 foot model but are a little too big. This same model comes in a 10 and 12 foot version, you might want to check these out.

If you are the right height, under 6 feet tall, before buying you also want to take into consideration this kayak’s carrying capacity. How much weight will it hold… The carry capacity of this kayak is 197 lbs. 

Considering all the dimensions of this kayak, who is it best suited for? I think you probably already know, it is best suited for women and and kids over 4 feet tall.

Features other than Price and Length and Weight

Behind the seat, in the rear, is a dry storage compartment and also bungee rigging on the deck in case you need to carry extra gear.

This is a sit-on-top with a big open cockpit, permitting ease of entering and exiting the kayak.

There’s a built in paddle holder for when you want to stop paddling and put the paddle down to just relax out on the water.

Adjustable and sturdy foot braces.

Read What Current Owners Think

The Bali 8 Kayak also comes with a Portable Accessory Carrier (P.A.C.). Great for carrying extra gear. You can tow it behind the kayak or use it as backpack.

Overall Recommendation

If you have taken the time to read our review of the Sun Dolphin Bali SS 8 Foot Kayak then you should already know this model was made for smaller people, under 6-feet tall and under 200 pounds.

We have yet to hear any serious complaints about this kayak. There was a person who gave it a 1-star review at AMAZON, after reading the person’s complaint it’s hard to know if they were to blame or if the shipping department at AMAZON were the culprits.

This complaint had nothing to do with the quality of the kayak.

In our opinion, if you are looking for a small, inexpensive, sit-on-top recreational kayak this is a good choice. But make sure you look over all the options available before making a final decision.

If you need more help find the right kayak then visit our homepage where you will find more information on all the models available today.

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