2nds. Great for beginners who want an efficient and stable boat, Current Designs' Kestrel 120 recreational kayak is built out of durable rotomolded polyethylene and designed with two watertight hatches for plenty of gear storage.
Reviewed by TDub from Rock Island, IL on Monday, June 23, 2014
Upon seeing the available price and selection at Sierra Trading Post, I went to the manufacturer,s website and read all of their reviews on the Current Designs Kestrel and decided to take a chance on this fantastic boat. It is everything that all of the reviews said it was and more. I purchased this boat for my wife and it is just perfect for her. It sits well in the water , tracks well and glides better than expected for a "recreational" yak. It was shipped via UPS and arrived without any problems or concerns. I was so happy with this purchase that I purchased the Current Designs Kestrel 120X for myself the next week.
Reviewed by Julie from Big Lake on Thursday, June 12, 2014
I am very happy with my new kayak! It tracks pretty straight and easy. I have neck issues and I have no problem paddling this one. It's easy to balance in and the seat is fairly comfortable. I do wish the foot pedal system could be controlled with hands. Also, there were quite a bit of gouges on the outside, but I do realize it is a second. Those would probably happen anyway eventually. Overall, I am very happy with my purchase!
Reviewed by Spokewedge from Central Pennsylvania on Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Before deciding which kayak to buy, I tested several models, all recreational, all 12 '. I picked the Kestrel because I wanted a sub 50 lb kayak so I could easily handle it to get it on/off the roof and in the hangers in my garage. I don't plan on a lot of overnight trips, but the Kestrel is big enough to handle a one or two night excursion. The kayak tracks well and also is very maneuverable. The rear hatch , there is only one, has an elastic band that goes over the rubber hatch lid that helps seal out moisture and makes the hatch cover more secure. The advertisement says seconds, but the packing slip had the First quality box checked. The local kayak outfitter in my home town said that the Kestrel is the best paddling recreational kayak on the market.
The only problem I had was with Sierra Trading Post, the kayak they sent me was an HV,(High Volume) which is obviously a bit wider and deeper than the standard Kestrel 120. I was disappointed, but after making calls to the manufacturer, decided that as a novice, I wouldn't notice the difference in handling of the larger model. Sierra Trading Post was very good about compensating for their error.
The price is excellent and the kayak arrived in 5 days. Good company to deal with and a top notch kayak.
Reviewed by sloe gin from Mi on Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Great little kayak for a great price. It only has one hatch, though, not two like it says in the description. The seat is the best! I love how adjustable it is. This is my first experience with kayaking, and I couldn't be happier.
Reviewed by Chef Harold Wine Country Chef from Northern California on Tuesday, April 09, 2013
The Kestrel 120 is a fast recreational boat. This boat glides through the water and is stable. Sierra Trading Post has the best price. These boats are advertised as seconds. When they arrived we looked over the boats and couldn't tell that they are seconds. What a great value.