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Sun Dolphin Excursion 12 Kayak Review

Updated On May 8, 2020


high performance great features

  • Price = 4.5/5
  • Design = 4.3/5
  • Stability = 3.5/5
  • Features = 4.3/5
  • Quality = 4.3/5

If you’re someone who has been interested in kayaking for a while, you’ve undoubtedly noticed how far kayaks have come in the last couple of years. They’ve improved no matter how you look at them, be it the construction, materials used, weight, features, you name it. Today’s modern kayaks are lightweight enough for you to be able to carry them, portable and stable. If you decide to take up kayaking, you will undoubtedly enjoy in today’s kayaks. They’re comfortable and come with loads of additional features such as fishing mounts and storage areas, and they can also keep you healthy and fit. However, if you are new in the field and are looking to get a kayak, let’s say a fishing kayak, it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack, and you will undoubtedly get confused and won’t be able to choose. The market is overwhelmed with choices and chances are, if you don’t have someone experienced to help you with choosing, you will make a mistake. But, as far as fishing kayaks are concerned, there are a few that stand out. Read on for the full Sun Dolphin Excursion 12-foot sit-in fishing kayak review, and see if this is one that grabs your attention and will it suit your needs and requirements.

So why the Sun Dolphin Excursion 12 Kayak Review?

The Sun Dolphin Excursion 12-foot sit-in fishing kayak is an excellent tool for anyone who wants to go out on an adventure. It is designed to offer high performance, stability, great tracking and maneuverability on the surface. It’s perfect for a single person and comes with a very comfortable and large seating part, with a covered console. Other things that are a part of it are high quality thigh pads and decent padding on the seat’s back, as well as adjustable foot braces that give it an option to accommodate paddlers of any size. The portable waterproof carrier is excellent if you need to carry your backpack or other accessories and gadgets.

The kayak is 12 feet long, as its name suggests, 29.5” wide and 13.5” high. It has a capacity of 395 lbs, and comes at a weight of 47 lbs. This gives you enough room and weight clearance for you to be comfortable and be able to take any fishing gear and accessories with you, as this is what it is primarily meant for.

For anyone looking for a tool for fishing, and wants a single person kayak, you pretty much can’t go wrong with the Excursion 12-foot. Whether it’s a lake or a river you’re paddling on, the kayak tracks well and also gives you exceptional maneuverability and lets you point it wherever you want to. And, because it’s lightweight, you won’t need to put in too much effort to get to your fishing spot. The stability will make sure you’re comfortable even in rivers. The materials used are very durable, made to withstand heavy usage, and light enough so you can transport it wherever you want to. And, the seat is comfortable enough for you to be able to spend extended periods of time in it without feeling pain.

However, there is one thing worth mentioning as a downside. While the kayak is an incredible fishing tool, if you want to hang out with people who have recreational kayaks, you might want to think twice. The Sun Dolphin Excursion 12-Foot Sit-in Fishing Kayak is just that, a fishing kayak, and you will have a hard time keeping up with them, especially if you’re going in rough waters. Except for that, there are pretty much no downsides to the Excursion 12-foot.


  • Adjustable foot braces, high performance thigh pads, and removable handles
  • Portable waterproof carrier for accessories, which you can use as extra cargo
  • Deck ropes or shock cord, for even more cargo space
  • Two rod holders (mounted), and one rotating holder allow you to get your fishing gear out
  • Console cover

Final Verdict:

At the end of the day, this is a specialized tool made to do a job, and it does it extremely well. It’s light, comes with excellent performance and enough fishing accessories to accommodate everyone.

Buyer Guide to best Fishing Kayaks - www.kayakerguide.com/best-fishing-kayak/

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About the author 

Andrew Bell

Andrew is a seasoned kayaker with 15 years of experience under his belt. He began kayaking as a way to reduce work stress but quickly became an avid kayak fisher and lure expert. He currently enjoys both lake and ocean kayaking and loves to write and share his experiences.

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