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I have a wide variety of experience with water sports including whitewater kayaking so I don't have the fear of tipping over. I have never tipped this kayak even in 5 foot swells on the gulf. I have a rudder on it and have added Rod holders. I hooked into a tuna and the stability of this kayak during the fight. This fish pulled me five miles through big waves and wind. Point is, this boat can handle a lot more than I ever expected out of it and would highly recommend it to people to give it a try. Always try before you buy though.
My one complaint is that the seat is not comfortable for long periods of time. After 2-3 hours my lower back was sore and I had to go ashore and stand up stretch. Other than that, this is a great kayak!
Yes, the stated capacity is 280lbs or so but if someone that large were to use this kayak they would probably be capsized by a passing mallard! At 240lbs. I can technically fit in it but it is so unstable and slow that I just couldn't bring it back to the dock fast enough. What I've figured out is that manufacturer's weight capacity guidelines are usually on the generous side (expanding their potential customer base).
If you are a big guy, you are going to be happiest in a big boat. Buying a Kayak that is too small because it is cheaper or easier to move of the water is like cramming yourself into a pair of jeans that haven't fit you since college.
I am 5'6" and 160 lbs. The Adventure XL 125 felt great from the first time I tried it, and I continue to be delighted with it. I have paddled every weekend in conditions ranging from windy chop to strong current to calm. I found it to be very stable in all conditions. This kayak handles, tracks and glides nicely, although it does "wander" in a breeze when you stop paddling.
The boat is well built. At 50 lbs., I struggle loading it on and off my Forester. Once I dropped it badly enough that it bounced, but it suffered no damage. Both bow & stern compartments remain dry. The twist locks on the hatches work well. I find the seat to be just as comfortable as my friend's Phase 3. I do plan to add knee pads to the cockpit coaming. This is why I gave it a 9 and not a 10.
I recommend using these valuable reviews for reference, but you must try before you buy. Enjoy!
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