Sun Dolphin Aruba High-Back Kayak, 10-Feet

Last updated: February 2, 2022

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Product Details

In our analysis of 69 expert reviews, the Sun Dolphin Aruba High-Back Kayak, 10-Feet placed 14th when we looked at the top 19 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10′ Sit In Kayak, is a great kayak for any water enthusiast. This kayak is crafted of a rugged UV-stabilized Fortiflex High Density Polyethylene hull and features a deluxe adjustable seat with high back support and adjustable foot braces. There are carrying handles for easier portage and a convenient storage hatch and water bottle holder.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

Springy, light and manueverable, this kayak track very well. Can be solo lifted atop a vehicle without too much effort.
The Aruba 10 has a padded seat with a backrest. The adjustable seat is fitted to the changing height and preference of the kayaker. It’s one of the primary advantages of a cockpit kayaks over the sit-on-top kayaks.
The Aruba 10’s wide cockpit makes it easy to get into, and the narrow bow and stern give it excellent tracking ability.
With the hull of this craft being just 10 feet long, it can be pretty easy to maneuver, compared to longer yaks. Its width of 30 inches also helps to give it that extra bit of stability, making it a good choice for beginners to use on flatwater.
Wide cockpit for easy entry and out. The wide cockpit allows you to get in or out from the Aruba 10 easily.
Easy tracking and good stability for kayakers of any skill level.
It has a large open cockpit that is going to help and an adjustable padded seat that is going to have high back support.
Now this is a wide boat. 30 inch beam. Flat bottom. I’ll flip it over in a minute. Very good initial stability. Very stable boat. Turns pretty well.

What reviewers didn't like

Users will likely upgrade to a better paddle. A light touch is needed to manuever effectively.
Aruba is fantastic but it doesn’t come with a paddle.
The Aruba 10 is only 10 feet long and has a relatively small volume, so its carrying capacity is only 250 lbs. That could be a problem for larger paddlers or anyone wanting to take much gear. Of course, the kayak doesn’t have a ton of storage space in the first place, so it’s not really possible to carry that much gear.
The cockpit is so large that some water might flow in.
Not so well-suited for high wave streams.
Turns well, doesn’t track so well, that’s a compromise you're going to have to make on any boat. See on the bottom, it’s pretty flat. It’s got a couple rims. Pretty thin polyethylene. Gets scratched somewhat easily.
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