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These are our first kayaks and was not sure my wife would like "yaking" turns out that when I get home from work she is in he swimsuit and has her gear read to go! We have an app that tracks our outing and have nearly 70 mile on flat water lakes around our home. I was afraid she wouldn't be able to keep up with me (not that I am in great shape) but she has no problems at all! We are having a BLAST with them. We are into nature and birds and love that we can sneak up on them. We looked at boats that were a lot more money but jumped at these for the price and have been very happy with them.
I give it a 9 out of 10 because there is always room for improvement but I don't know what except for a cockpit cover to come with it!
The Victory Blasts are a great basic model that tracks very well and my 280 lbs. son had no problem dragging. If you are dragging the bottom then you are in too shallow waters. They have bungee cords on front and back and adjustable foot braces. Very stable with lots of room for storage or just to move around in. Do not stand on seat for any reason. Try to straddle the kayak and set you butt down on the seat. You can get a rectangle shaped pad at Dicks for $5.00 and it comes in different colors. Go to Kmart and get the kayak oar for $29.00. I have stored my first 2 kayaks outside with no protection for 5 year now and the other 2 for 2 year and I live where we get all 4 seasons of heavy weather and there is nothing wrong with them other than lots of scratches on the bottom. I'm thinking about getting them sprayed with Rhino Tough just to see if it's worth it. But like I said before, many kayaks are made from polyethylene and they get scratched up just the same. I love my kayaks and so do my friends and family.
1-great price, $200 even
2- lightweight, just a few pounds
3- short,I can have it through my trunk; up to my front seat and the cockpit hole doesn't even stretch out past the trunk (keeping it dry in rain).
4-quite comfortable, for having a plastic molded seat.
CONS: no molded "hook holes" for straps,(or security lock up) you must relay on the rope, and in time all ropes fray.
2- if you don't adjust your seat properly you may lean back too much and crack the seat hinge.
3- its short, if your in rapids and you lean back to avoid frontal splash you'll dip a rear side down and take on h20.
4- with a kayak this versatile, it's not fun to have frozen creeks 4 months a year.
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Due to the weather, I've only taken it out once (it was about 40F). That didn't bother me because I had a Blast on my Blast!!!
Good price for a beginner.
I am approx. 5'10" and 190 lbs. I am pretty comfortable for a 2 to 3 hr. ride. Anyone much larger than my size will NOT be happy with this kayak. The Blast is a plastic kayak, no rudder or skeg. It has dual tracking channels on the underside of the boat, similar to Perceptions'. I have NEVER had really bad tracking problems with this boat. It moves fairly effortlessly through the water and holds a pretty straight line with minimal corrective strokes.
You can NOT compare the Blast to a larger rec boat because it will fall short every time. I just got back from a 3 hr. outing on Farrington lake in N.J., threw the Blast in the back of my van, closed the doors and headed home with little effort. Now, if I was heading out to the bay, the Blast is out. You must ask yourself, what is my intended use for this kayak? Mine was, a small boat for my kid, my wife, and myself for playing around in.
With that said, what a great little boat!! I can't believe they stopped making it, (yet Dick's never seems to run out of them?). I have paddled quite a few places since I last reviewed this kayak and have learned many things. No matter what boat I eventually upgrade to from my current WS Cape Lookout, I feel I will always enjoy this Blast every now then. Finally, if anyone out there is thinking about buying this kayak for it's INTENDED purpose, go get it, "while supplies last". See you out on the water.
I have a lot of kids, and it's perfect for them, because it's light, stable, and tracks pretty well. If it tracked any better it wouldn't be good to run on smaller rivers and rapids. If you want it to track better, go get a sea kayak, if you want to go on class IV rapids, get a WW boat, but in either case you'll be spending a lot more money and you'll be locked into just one type of boating.
The Blast is a multi-purpose boat, which is what it's meant to be, and it's priced in a way that will get more people on the water. It drives me batty that outdoor equipment tends to price the not-so-affluent right out of the picture.
I've taken it down easy class III rapids with no problem at all, but I used a spray skirt. I've also gone a long ways on flat water. It's not real fast but it's not bad, and I'm into nature not racing.
The Blast by Victory immediately stood out from the pack. It’s clearly wider than the others, but shallower as well. I thought it would sit too low in the water and therefore brushed it off. After seeing all of these reviews I gave the Blast a second look and after the store clerk told me it was on sale for $199 I bought it on the spot and threw her in the back of my truck.
For a total cost of about $300 bucks I got a kayak, life vest, paddle, paddle anchor for side of kayak and a fishing rod holder, that’s still a hundred cheaper than the next cheapest kayak. I haven’t caught many fish yet, but the one I did catch came in easily. I was worried about tipping my kayak once I get the big one on, but I can assure you this kayak feels steady. It is a bit cramped, but goes real straight and smoothly in the water. Dollar for dollar this is the best deal out there!
Overall, its a great little boat for the price, very durable and stable . BTW, I'm 6'1" and 180 lbs. I sit higher in the water than my friend who is 205 lbs. Just stay out of whitewater like the manufacturer recommends.
This boat tracks better than I expected. I had another same size kayak that would turn right or left as soon as you quit paddling. This one holds a straight line better. It is fast enough for its size. But I can't give it a 10 because of its seat - the seat back slips and the seat bottom could use some padding. I don't mind the seat back not being padded because I always wear a PFD. nice yak for the price.
= Tracks well, for as short as it is
= Very stable for beginners
= Inexpensive in price
= The back rest seems to move on its own; simple fix
= On one of the three Blasts we purchased the screw holding in the front flotation did not secure the foam correctly and it fell out the first trip. It was an easy fix but should have to be fixed on the first trip.
The backrest did loosen on me but found it was a easy fix with some zipties. After that I had no problem with the kayak at all. This thing is super stable and tracks much better than I was expecting. The river I took them on also has frequent Class I rapids and this Blast handled them at ease, although I did get some water in the pit, that would be expected with any kayak without a spray skirt.
I slammed this thing into several rocks and logs and it didn't even phase it, just left a few scratches. This kayak is overall a great kayak and will last you years. Couldn't be happier with this kayak and with such a cheap price it's a total steal.
On the plus side - low cost, especially if you get it on sale; easy to transport and store; very good primary stability; foot pegs and (minimal) deck rigging.
On the minus side - the seat leaves a lot to be desired; and it could use more flotation.
All in all, realizing the market it's intended for and understanding its limitations, I am quite happy with this boat.
We have pushed these kayaks way past their limits and had a blast doing it. For the price this is the best beginner boat out there.
It isn't something you'll want to fish from (though some would disagree with that, of course) and certainly wouldn't want to race from. However, for someone who is looking for an entry-level kayak to have fun exploring local lakes and rivers (even bays!), this kayak will be all you need.
I love kayaking but don't care to buy a bigger/better one. This one is fine and I suspect for most people who are interested in kayaking, this boat will do fine.
Primary stability almost unmatched, but that also means it's difficult to test the secondary stability. The fact that I can't really carve a turn in it is balanced by the fact that a boat this small turns well anyway. At 300 lbs, I have a full 1/8" of freeboard, too! Good thing I got a good skirt.
My only argument is that I got very poor after-sales support from Dick's Sporting Goods. I'd be happy to buy another Blast, but won't buy anything from that chain again.
The only negative I've seen in it is the speed of it compared to longer or leaner boats. Since this kayak is short and wide, it is a little less efficient than sportier boats. It does not bother me at all under normal conditions - I am in it for the workout, but twice I raced it in downstream regattas and had to fight to keep up. If you are not looking to compete with anyone, I highly recommend this boat - a steal for the price!
I have found that it has great stability, tracks great, and is very fast. My first trip on it was a lake trip just to get the feel of it. While on the lake, a small thunderstorm sprouted up causing waves to form. I gotta tell you the Blast stayed steady and cut through the waves like butter. This kayak is also great for beginners. My girlfriend had never been on a canoe or a kayak and she was able to get in just fine and was paddling just as good as me within 30 min of being on the lake.
Hands down, for the money and the value, this is the kayak to have.
Anyway, the guy that said it's a small yak for someone over 6'. Well, he's right, but not unmanageably so. I'm 6'3", 215 lbs. I've been out 3 times this week, and I'm getting used to the size and getting comfortable. The only real problem is room for my size 10 feet. They get a bit cramped. I find that if I'm not paddling really hard, and don't need the leverage, I can straighten my feet out past the foot pegs and feel pretty comfortable.
For the performance, it tracks pretty easily for a beginner like me, and glides well, even upstream. I've been fishing out of it, and it definitely needs some rod holders (on order) but the built in bungees bow and stern hold plenty of stuff. It's very stable, and turns on a dime. I know everyone says that a sit-on-top yak is much better for fishing, and I'd have to agree wholeheartedly. But for $200, compared to the cheapest SIT for at least $350, this was a great start. By the time I can justify the money for a bigger, more equipped SIT, my son will be big enough for the Blast, and I'll feel 100% secure putting him in it.
It's also light enough to throw on top of my car easily (of course, I am 6'3"), and durable (I've run it aground in the shallows, slammed into a log in fast moving water when not paying attention, and flew over a few big rocks, no problem). I highly suggest someone interested in kayaking for the first time try this one out for size before spending double on a yak when you may end up hating the sport. I love it, and don't regret it at all.
The day I paddled, the water was very smooth, and I felt the Blast was plenty quick, though without the glide of a longer kayak. The comfort for one hour was fine. The bow had some movement with each stroke, but not bad--certainly not more than 5%.
I purchased the Blast because I wanted a small, easily cartopped kayak, that could do everything from flat water to class 2--and I am sure it can.
One last item I liked. When paddling some other rec kayaks, the bow wave can be frustrating and an obvious speed controlling factor--but the Blast is designed with a fine entry and stern. It rapidly spreads to a wide, stable mid section, but there isn't a big bow wave like I had in the Blackwater 11.5 for instance.
After I have tried it one a windy lake and on the river, I will report again. If it is as good an all round kayak as I hope, I will upgrade it to a 10.
BTW, I have paddled and owned several rec kayaks and sea kayaks, both solo and tandem. You buy a Blast, not because it is a thoroughbred, but because it is a prospector's donkey--a go anywhere, do anything, very low care kayak.
I’m fairly large 6’0” 245 lbs but this kayak performed great. The foot pegs and back rest help tremendously.
The very next morning I took it out on the same river. The skies were clear blue but the wind was howling. This kayak cut right through the waves though with no problem. I got a little wet, but it is a water sport, right? Its speed, stability and maneuverability easily warrant a 9 out of 10 rating. The only drawback to this kayak is that it lacks a drain plug. You can easily buy one and make your own though.
If you are looking to give kayaking a try at a low cost, the Victory Blast is a GREAT choice…very stable and easy to steer but yet still has adequate speed.
I do not know how it stacks up against the more expensive one's but if your looking for a inexpensive one for your first try at kayaking This one should satisfy.
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