I was looking for a kayak that could do a bit of it…
Price Paid: $500 with spray skirt, paddle and leash.
I was looking for a kayak that could do a bit of it all. I am new to kayaking and wanted a boat that I could take to my local lakes as well as rivers and streams. I fortunately found a used Approach 10 for sale at the price of a new recreation kayak.
So far, I have had it out on multiple lakes and the Lehigh River for two trips in varying conditions. On lakes, the Approach is not fast, but it tracks very straight with the skeg down, is very stable, and is a pleasure to paddle around while enjoying the scenery.
When practicing wet exits, the boat can be re-entered even if the hull is very full of water, due to the bulkhead. That was nice to know, especially prior to getting out on the river. I'm sure it could be rigged up for fishing quite easily, also.
My latest trip on the Lehigh River included some Class II rapids after some flooding summer rainstorms. The waves were high and choppy and I'm glad I had a spray skirt!
This boat was easy to maneuver in the Class II's and I had no difficulty with stability or quick turns. I had a blast and really enjoy this "do all" boat. The Approach 10 is great for a beginner looking for a kayak that let's you experience just about any aspect of kayaking that you could want to jump into!