Coleman Big Basin 3-Person Kayak Review
Who says that three is a crowd? With the Coleman Big Basin 3-Person Kayak, you can take along two of your relatives or friends on a days-long kayaking trip.
You can also bring your essential gear, supplies and equipment, place them in the kayak’s cargo compartments, and off you go!
The kayak’s 490-pound maximum weight limit should be sufficient for three average-sized adults and their gear.
You should have sufficient room for everybody to paddle simultaneously for faster speed while your legs shouldn’t feel too cramped.
The reason: This is an extra-large kayak with the dimensions to provide it – 12 feet, 3 inches by 3 feet, 1 inch.
You will agree that with these dimensions, three adults will find it a joy to paddle and idle for hours at a time! You may be unable to fully stretch your legs but there’s enough leg room for everybody.
Check that the kayak is properly inflated – use a pressure gauge – so that it can perform well even when it’s loaded with people and things.
The best reason for using an inflatable kayak: You can combine the comfortable cushion of an inflatable kayak with the performance of a hard-shell kayak.
This is partly because of the extra-durable materials used in the manufacture of the kayak – sturdy PVC for the sides, tarpaulin for the bottom.
Both materials have been proved highly resistant to fishing hooks, sharp rocks, and overhanging branches, among other sources of punctures, tears and abrasions.
You can paddle on flat water, such as lakes and rivers, with these things yet rest easy in the knowledge that your kayak will stay afloat.
But in case the sides or bottom become punctured, you don’t have to panic about your kayak sinking into the water. This is because the kayak has multiple air chambers that allow it to float even with one air chamber damaged by a puncture.
Coleman also uses its Airtight System, which ensures air stays inside the air chambers. The kayak shouldn’t leak air after it has been fully inflated.
Ease of Assembly
After getting it out of its box, the kayak can quickly be inflated. The double threaded Boston valves will ensure that the air will not leak out of the air chambers once the inflation device is removed.
With traditional valves, the air escaping is a commonplace occurrence, thus, the longer time it takes to fully inflate the kayak.
The Boston valves also make it easy to deflate the kayak within 10 minutes, the same time it also takes to inflate it.
The kayak has adjustable seats. You and your passengers can choose a comfortable position before pushing off into deeper water. Your mutual comfort will contribute to more efficient paddling, which means faster speed and easier handling.
Keeping as dry as possible can be achieved with the spray covers. These block the water splashes, especially when you’re kayaking in windy or wavy conditions.
- Tracks better than many inflatable and hard-shell kayaks
- Maintains stability better, too, even with three people on board
- Provides comfortable seating position
- Durable materials and construction
- Easy to setup, pack and store
- High weight limit
- No pump and paddles included
- Unsuitable for ocean and open seas
- Difficult to dry
Q: Are the seats removable?
A: Yes, you can remove one or two of the seats for re positioning or removal.
Q: Can a motor be mounted?
A: It’s best not to since there appears to be no mounting for it.
The Coleman Big Basin 3-Person Kayak is a must for avid kayakers who want to show other people the rewards of the recreational activity, as well as teach them the basics.
Your family and friends will appreciate being taken along for the ride on lakes, slow-moving rivers, and estuaries where Mother Nature shows her true beauty.
You can also go solo or tandem with the kayak, thanks to the removable seats. No matter your plans – where you want to go, who you want to bring, and what you plan to do – you will find that this kayak delivers on its promise of durability and functionality.