Will It Tip? Testing the Stability of a Lifetime Manta Kayak

Will It Tip? Testing the Stability of a Lifetime Manta Kayak

Will It Tip? Testing the Stability of a Lifetime Manta Kayak

sunset manta.jpg In my last blog post, I showed you how a tandem Lifetime Manta Kayak compares in size to other kayaks.  Today, I want to show you a little about the stability of this kayak.  Last month my family tested the Manta Kayak for several days on Lake Erie.  When I say family, I mean everyone…me, my husband, my kids, my nieces, my brother, my uncles, and my mom and dad.  As you can see in the photos, we paddled the Manta in pretty much every weight combination and seating combination possible.  The Lifetime Manta Kayak has a 500lb weight capacity and we tested it to its limits.  We paddled it with one person, two people, three people… and even four people!   And, guess what?  It didn't tip! The Lifetime Manta Kayak, or Yellow Banana as we now call it, is unbelievably stable.  Even when one person would get on or off the kayak with others still sitting on the kayak, it didn't tip.  Granted, it rocked a bit when an adult would hop on or off, but it never actually tipped even when we really tried just for the fun of it.  

P8070441.JPGP1070304.jpgPaddling the tandem Lifetime Manta Kayak with just one person is easy.  However, don't expect it to track and maneuver as easily as a single person kayak.  Even though there are three seats, there is actually even enough space for two adults and two small children.  But keep in mind, even though our son sat in the front, there isn't actually a seat at the very front and the child can't weigh much over 50 pounds or the front of the kayak will start taking on water, especially if there are waves.  So, while it's not advertised as a four-person kayak, it is possible for a family of two adults and two little ones to enjoy riding together.  I've included a home video of all four of us riding so you can see how stable it is and how it maneuvers with a full load.  (I'll warn you and apologize in advance that it's a bit out of focus a few times, but hopefully it will still give you a realistic perspective.)  Oh, and just so you know, the Lifetime Manta Kayak only comes with two paddles.  The shorter black paddle my son is using (or rather twirling) is from our Lifetime Youth Kayak.

P8050352.JPGP8070415.JPGSo, what did we think of the Lifetime Manta Kayak overall?  Well, it manuevers a bit harder than an individual kayak, especially with the more weight you add.  But, the concept of a tandem kayak is a nice change of pace, especially just for leisurely sight-seeing excursions. Paddling together with someone is fun and makes conversation much more enjoyable.  It's nice to be able to talk in a normal voice rather than having to shout over to the person in a kayak beside you.  It was also great to be able to enjoy the activity as a family.  But, it does take some getting used to.  You have to learn to paddle in sync to get anywhere.  And, if you have a rider in the middle, you have to really watch your paddles. A couple of times when the kids were paddling, the kiddo in the middle got clunked in the head by accident. 

Also, even though three people can ride the Yellow Banana, be prepared for boarding to be a bit awkward!  Ideally, load the kayak from the back to the front so no one is climbing in between or on top of someone else.  Speaking of climbing on and off… one other safety tip I want to mention is to be sure and watch the backrest clips when you get off the kayak.  Several times we accidentally slid across the metal clip that attaches the backrest to the kayak... it hurts and if you are wearing shorts, they can actually get hooked.  So, please always make sure to look for the clip before sliding off.

One of the best parts of paddling a tandem kayak?  You can take a break and let someone else do the work!  :)  Yep, as you can see in the picture, my mom and I were just along for the ride…and my brother had no idea he was doing all of the work!

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I still have one more review of the Manta I'm going to write next week because as I promised last time, I still need to tell you about our favorite "unknown" feature of the Yellow Banana! Stay tuned…

 

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Jan

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Name- Jan

What I do for a living- First and foremost, I'm a doting mommy of a second grader and a 4-year-old, and a proud wife of a USAF F-16 fighter pilot!  In my pre-children life, I was the Communications Manager for Lifetime Products.  But, once you're a Lifetime fan, you're hooked!  So, after a few years of hiatus, I'm now a WAHM and am happily back on board at Lifetime as a freelance PR Consultant.  In addition to blogging for Lifetime, you can follow and chat with me on Lifetime's Twitter account @Lifetime365 and on the Lifetime Products Facebook page!

Topics I blog about- How I use Lifetime products in my everyday life at home, for kids parties and community activities, as well as inspiring stories... and GIVEAWAYS!  :)

My favorite products from Lifetime- 4x2 Table, 30” Personal Table, Chair, Youth Kayak, and Wheelbarrow.  Although, our Shed and Yard Cart are pretty close favorites, too!

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