Bought this boat thinking I would be doing river floats and not needing/wanting a longer kayak. Also, easy to carry and hoist onto a roof rack on my own. I've had the Rip 10 on lakes with calm, flat water twice now and I'm impressed with tracking for a small boat. Good stability and the cockpit size makes getting in and out of the boat easy.
Overall, great recreational kayak, especially in this price range. That having been said, I'm now looking at the Looksha 14, since previous experience has been in sea kayaks and I'm now thinking more in terms of open water. Again, no complaints about the Rip 10. Nice little boat!Was considering buying one of these, so rented one for a day. Overall I liked it but do not think I'll be buying one. First of all the 43lb weight is really nice. Easy to pick up and carry if you end up parked a good distance from the water. Another plus was the hull construction. Very tough. While I was aware when I went over a submerged log it never bent or buckled like my previous kayak.
But I'd only rate it OK for tracking. Like one or two others reviewed here, mine liked to drift to the right. Not a lot, it was easy to correct, but a little annoying. I also agree the seat wasn't the most comfortable. At the end of a couple of hours I was glad to stand up for a while. The cockpit was a little more open than I like but that's a personal thing. So I can see why many might want to get this kayak.I have just taken this boat out on the water and absolutely love it. It is very stable and tracks great. It also has great glide. The only downside (that is also a plus) is the large cockpit. It allows a lot of paddle drip in. A good skirt or half skirt will fix this. The large cockpit does allow easy entry and exit and also allows me to take out my 4 year old on the calm water. With the dry hatch I am hoping to do an overnighter. The deck bungees are great for extra gear.
I will say try before you buy if possible.
Overall so far this is a great boat. I hope it handles well in rapids then it will definitely be a keeper. I also love the looks.