I do not claim to be a seasoned kayaker, but…
Price Paid: $549
I do not claim to be a seasoned kayaker, but I have spent a lot of time on the water in the two years that I have been kayaking. I have used kayaks by wilderness systems, old town, necky, and perception. The kayaks that I have used have ranged in lengths from 9 to 16 feet.
My favorite kayak so far is the Necky RIP. It is very stable, roomy, and comfortable. I have found it to track very well and the speed is very good for its class. I am 6'2" 215, so it may not be for everyone, but my 11 year son loves it as well. In fact every one that has tried mine agrees with me that for the money you can't go wrong.
I have paddled lakes, rivers, and even small fast flowing streams with it, and I have never felt "under kayaked". I even fly fish out of it frequently. In fact my 5 year old daughter spends alot of time fishing with me which says a lot about room and stability.
I have taken it down some mountain creeks while fly fishing, and I can say without a doubt that it is durable, because some of these creeks are fast and rocky.
If you need a do all (short of big white water) kayak that doesn't leave you to broke to haul it to the water, then look no further. I wouldn't hesitate to by another.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Stroke after paddle stroke, the Necky Kayaks Rip 12 Kayak takes you further across the water with ease. A sharp keel line keeps this boat tracking straight across open water, and extra width at the cockpit smooths out the roughest seas with a forgiving feel. Whether you're a novice or an intermediate paddler working on your skills, just stash a drybag underneath the stern hatch, adjust the seat to your liking, and enjoy your time on the water.
The Rip from Necky is the perfect boat to grow your paddling skills with. Fun and lively this boat will make sure your experience on the water is just that. High-volume bow provides a drier ride and plenty of room for tall paddlers. Extended keel for smooth tracking and easy maneuverability to get you where you want to go. Quick-seal hatch to store and keep necessities dry on day trips; stern bulkhead. Foam thigh pads allow for greater comfort while paddling. Ergonomic high seatback helps prevent fatigue. Bow and stern deck bungees for stowing gear topside. Adjustable foot pedals for an optimal fit and control plus you can let others borrow your boat. Drink holder in front of seat for easy access so you can stay hydrated. Roomy cockpit for easy entry and exit. Stern bulkhead offers plenty of room to stash extras. Seals spray skirts and cockpit covers that are size 1.4 will fit this cockpit. Seals spray skirts and cockpit covers that are size 1.4 will fit this cockpit.
A simple design, smart features and good looks come together in the Necky Rip™ 10.6 kayak. Designed for beginning to intermediate paddlers, the Rip features a sharp keel that promotes glide and a moderate rocker that makes the boat easy to maneuver. Tough and affordable Polylite™ polyethylene hull provides long-lasting wear and resists UV degradation; molded-in graphics won't peel or fade. Adjustable seat flexes with each paddle stroke, promoting comfort whether you're paddling hard or taking it easy; cup holder keeps a frosty beverage close by. Thigh pads on the coaming offer comfort and control, and generously sized cockpit allows easy entry and exit. Adjustable foot pedals accommodate different size paddlers. Cross-Lock™ System on hatch secures cover easily even if you have cold hands; a gasket seals out water and keeps a tight fit. Bungee deck rigging at bow and stern secures extra gear on board; toggle carry handles offer convenient transport to and from the water.