- What’s in the Box?
Any guesses as to what is in this box?
I’ll give you a few hints -
* It is yellow
* It inflates
* It floats
* It is very useful in Maine
* Its name is a palindrome
(the shadow is from one of the strange trees in my yard and has nothing to do with the box)
Have you guessed?
Today was one of the nicest days we’ve had this summer – so far its been very rainy, but today is bright, clear and warm. I was thinking of all the fun I’ve had kayaking this summer, and how it would be a perfect day to be out on the lake. Well, the dogs started barking, and when I looked outdoors – Santa’s Brown Truck was in the driveway. Out came three boxes. Did you guess what was in the box? No? A kayak! Yep, a kayak in a box. Advanced Elements Lagoon I Inflatable Kayak
As soon as we opened the box (I had plenty of help), we pulled out a carrying case that contained the kayak. The case makes it easy to carry, since the kayak only weighs 23 lbs, I can carry it with one hand. In the other boxes were a foot pump, and a paddle. I drive a small car usually, and all three items easily fit in the trunk.
Once all the pieces were laid out on the grass, I read the directions. The are very easy to follow, and include diagrams. Basically, I had to fill the kayak with air, using the foot pump. The filler hose has different tips that fit different valve types on the kayak. The two types are: Twist Valve and Spring Valve. There are 4 Twist Valves, and 2 Spring Valves. Both types are easy to use. The end of the pump hose fits into the valves. The directions say to fill the 2 air chambers that are on the top, front of the kayak, and then fill the coaming and deck lift chambers. That was easy enough! Filling the kayak took less than 10 minutes, including the time it took to explain it to my kids.
When pumping up the main chambers, I only had to press on the foot pump about 10 times to inflate it fully, the coaming and deck lift sections took about 5 pumps each. I inflated the seat very quickly, and inserted it in the kayak. So far, so good. I carried it around for a minute, and found it very easy to carry, by holding it against my side, and wrapping my arm around it. To carry it using the handles, I found it easier to have someone help.
We’ll be heading to the lake shortly, and I will let you know how it does in the water. I’m very new to kayaking, and will be staying on flat water for now. I am excited to try this out though – it is advertised as being very stable in the water. I’m looking forward to seeing how it works for a newbie – who isn’t totally comfortable on the water.
I’ll also be commenting on the features as listed on the website:
The New sporty Lagoon 1™ kayak is so unique that you will have complete strangers asking questions about it. Its bow and stern have fixed rigid forms that help cut through the waves and keep you on course. It has a inner tube cover for increased rigidity and durability. It has molded rubber-grip handles, bungee deck lacing, padded seat rests, mesh accessory pocket, tracking skeg and foam floor. This multi-use boat is for anyone who enjoys the water. From lakes and mild rivers, to bays and estuaries, it is a delight to get on the water quickly without lugging around a heavy cumbersome hard-shell boat.
Tube Cover: Inner tube covers add stiffness and abrasion protection
Rigid Bow & Stern: Built-in rigid panels define the bow and stern and improve tracking.
Durable & Light: Unique outer cover provides durability in a lightweight design.
Easy To Set Up: New Twistlok™ valves and high flow Spring™ valves allow for quick setup time.
Comfortable: High support seat provides comfort for hours of paddling.
Hull Design: Landing plate and tracking fin improve performance.
I have 3 children, ages 20, 16 and 14, who all love being on the water. They are much better swimmers than I am and are the ones who convinced me to try kayaking. We already own an older kayak and canoe. The day after we got the Lagoon 1, we headed to a local lake here in western Maine. The lake is fairly calm, and the day we were there we saw only 5 or 6 motor boats and a few jet skis. The parking area is a short distance from the water, so I inflated the kayak near the car and put the pump back in the trunk. I attached the paddle to the side of the kayak, using the attached hook and loop straps. I put my pack in the kayak, and my son and I carried it down to the water. I called ‘Mom’ privileges and got in the kayak first. I was a little nervous, since I wasn’t sure how steady the kayak would be on the water. I paddled around for a bit, and found that even when I tried to lean to the sides, the kayak didn’t rock very much. With each stroke I paddled, the front of the kayak moved in that direction a bit. After a while I let each of the kids have a turn.
My 16 year old (has his own kayak) climbed in and showed me how to paddle, lifting the paddle high after each stroke. He told me to make ‘big circles’ with the paddles. For a minute, I felt like a pre-schooler, lol. He was a bit disappointed that he couldn’t roll the kayak over. He kept trying to see how easily he could roll it, and found it was almost impossible. He gave up, and instead jumped out, pulling the kayak over with him. He then proceeded to climb right back in. He almost seemed disappointed that it was so easy. He actually wanted to teach me how to roll and get back in, but told me I’d never roll it. I did practice climbing in from deep water, and it wasn’t difficult at all. There are plenty of places to grab on to, and the kayak seems very forgiving of my clumsiness.
My oldest son is over 6′ 3″ and wasn’t sure he’d ‘fit’ in the kayak. Turns out he does, and he found it comfortable. He paddled around for a while, and was surprised at how steady it was. He has much better paddling skills than I do, and was all over the lake.
My daughter is 14 and new to kayaking, but loves the water. She paddled around like an old pro, and hated to give up her turn. She’s as tall as I am, but much thinner, and found the kayak easy to maneuver.
We took the kayak out again a few days later and again spent the day paddling on the lake. We went to Silver Lake (known as Poverty Pond by the locals). It was one of the hottest days of the summer, at over 95 F. It was pretty humid and being out on the water felt very good! I felt like I was really getting the hang of paddling. I didn’t notice the front of the kayak moving back and forth this time, and once I got into a rhythm while paddling, it tracked in a very straight line. I was able go for quite a distance, and keep the pace fairly consistent. At one point I thought it would be nice to be able to lay back and take a nap on the water. I found the kayak to be very comfortable and the cooler air felt good too. My kids had a different idea though – they wanted a turn too! We had a great time – and are looking forward to our next trip to the lake!