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Finding the right yak for fun on the water can be difficult, especially if you’re on a budget. The Lifetime Tioga could just be the craft you need.
Being a pack of two vessels, it can come in useful if you like to paddle with a partner or if your kids want their own yaks. To give you a better idea of its suitability we’ve taken a look at what it has to offer.
- Length: 12 foot
- Width: 31 inches
- Depth: 14.1 inches
- Weight: 50 pounds
- Weight Capacity: 275 pounds
Who Is The Tioga Suitable For?
The Tioga is a sit-on-top yak that’s designed for flatwater paddling, such as on lakes, inland waterways and slow moving rivers. It can be ideal for beginners or for families looking to get out on the water for recreational paddling.
It’s built with stability in mind, which means it could be beneficial if you also like to fish. However, it’s not specifically designed for fishing, so there are no dedicated features, such as rod holders.
Recreational yaks, like the Tioga, can be great for getting exercise and the 2 pack of yaks means you can exercise and enjoy the water with a friend.
However, f you’re after a speedier vessel that can handle long paddling sessions, a longer, narrower yak may be better.
Lifetime Tioga 120 Kayak Features
The Lifetime Tioga 120 is a 12-foot recreational sit-on-top kayak. The package comes with two of the Tioga kayaks, two seat backs and two paddles.
The Tioga is designed to be a stable craft on flatwater. The flat bottom of the hull features deep channels to allow for better tracking. This may make this yak ideal for beginners who haven’t quite mastered paddling technique yet.
The hull also features chine rails for improved primary stability on flatwater, which can be reassuring for new paddlers. As well as this, it’s designed to be easy to maneuver, making it a good size for smaller bodies of water.
There’s a bow storage well with bungee rigging that’s spacious enough for holding a dry bag or lunch gear. As well as this, there’s a rear tank well behind the seat that can be ideal for storing a crate or cooler.
The 6 inch storage hatch in the stern can let you store additional items within the hull. It’s essentially the same yak as the Tahoma, but with the placement of the hatch being in front of the seat on the Tahoma.
Video: Lifetime Tioga Unboxing
The seat is an adjustable plastic seat back but is not padded and there’s no seat bottom; you sit in the molded seat. But you could bring a seat pad yourself.
The Tioga also features molded footrests, a cup holder and paddle holders, so you can relax without your paddle drifting off.
This tandem Skipjack could be great if you’d like to paddle with a partner in the same vessel. It’s a stable 12 foot yak that comes with two seats and two paddles, with two sealed hatches and bungee storage at the rear.
Plus, there are built-in rod holders and mounting points for additional accessories.
The Lotus is an 8 foot yak and comes in a pack of two kayaks, with two paddles. Its compact size could make it easier to transport, including in the back of a pickup. It might offer good value for families looking for two smaller vessels.
If you’d prefer to stay a little drier, the Aruba sit-inside could be a good alternative. It’s a single 10 foot kayak, designed for flatwater, with a spacious cockpit and a storage compartment at the rear. There’s also bungee rigging and a bottle holder.
There are 2 kayaks in this package?
Paddles are included?
Yes, two paddles are included.
Can I kayak on rougher waters, like the ocean or rapids?
They’re designed for flatwater, so not ideal for oceans or rapids.
- Storage areas
- Good for beginners
- Paddle included
- Plastic seat
- Not great for speed
If you’re looking for a couple of good value vessels for calm water then the Tioga 120 kayak pack could be ideal. It has good storage for a day on the water and is stable enough for beginners to feel comfortable.
By now you’ll probably know if this pack of yaks is right for you, so check it out here. But let us know how you get on when you take them on the water and don’t forget to share this with your followers.