Ocean Banzai Kid’s Kayak Review

The Ocean Banzai Kid’s Kayak is Ocean Kayak’s latest sit-on-top (SOT) kayak for kids to get their feet wet on the water. When fun on the water is the name of the game, the Banzai kayak really delivers the goods. This pint-sized kayak is low profile and designed for smaller bodies from the seat to the size of the cockpit. Ocean has taken the Banzai kayak once step further, integrating the Tag Along Tow System in case your kids get too tired and need to be towed by an adult in the group. This highly maneuverable and versatile kayak is perfect for kids as they are learning to paddle.

Performance Review

Every aspect of the Banzai kayak is setup for easy paddling for kids. The Banzai performs as you would expect from a sit-on-top kayak, but its small stature and sleek design gives it a great edge for the little ones. The Banzai allows kids to turn and maneuver with little effort, and most young paddlers will have no problem keeping up when out for a day of kayaking.

Versatility Review

The Ocean Banzai kid’s kayak is a multi-purpose sit-on-top in every sense of the meaning. Whether you are at the beach catching some surf or out on the river in your Midwest state, the Banzai performs in every situation. It is also very easy to transport, making it one of the most versatile kid’s kayaks available.

Cargo Space Review

Unfortunately, there is limited cargo space available on the Banzai kid’s kayak. This is mainly due to the fact that it is a sit-on-top kayak, with doesn’t allow for storing dry bags inside the bulkheads. Besides that, as a kid’s sized kayak, the decks aren’t as large as those found on a full-sized kayak. There is just enough storage capability for the kids to bring along what they need, but probably not much else. There’s only room for one backpack-sized dry bag in the rear.

Portability Review

The Banzai kayak is very portable, weighing a mere 33lbs. Most kids will have no problem maneuvering this kayak when on land. If your youngster is too small to handle it by themselves, the 2 convenient handles at each end will allow for a helper to lift the other end of the Ocean Banzai kid’s kayak to take some of the load off their little shoulders.

Product Specifications

  • Length: 9’ 6” | 2.9 m
  • Width: 28.5” | 72.4 cm
  • Weight: 33 lbs. | 15 kg
  • Maximum Capacity: 200-230 lbs. | 90.7-104.3 kg

Overall Review

I would rate my overall review of the Ocean Banzai Kid’s Kayak as a 4 out of 5 stars because of its great performance, maneuverability, and low MSRP price tag of only $329.99. While it is difficult to interpret the quality of a kid’s kayak, my children have paddled several kayaks on my behalf while I observed and took notes. I rely on their opinion, and they both ranked the Banzai in the top 2 sit-on-top kid’s kayaks that they’ve ever paddled. If this kayak offered more storage space for cargo, I would surly have awarded the Ocean Banzai Kid’s Kayak a 5 star rating as this is really the only drawback that I found.

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The Review Guy has years of experience in the kayak, canoe and outdoors equipment business. Establishing one of the largest adventure sports retail chains, he understands what makes for good equipment. Today, the Review Guy tests a variety of equipment and details the pros and cons to readers of The Wilderness Review. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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