The Wilderness Systems Kayak Konsole has become an immediate classic. New hinged hatch with built in cam levers creates a dry seal. Simply flick the recessed levers and the hatch pivots open on a stout hinge, providing easy unhindered access to contents. The lid stays attached to the Konsole, no needing one hand for the hatch cover and the other for everything else. To close, flip hatch lid down and flick the cams to closed position. Universal cup holders accommodate everything from travel mugs to 32 oz bottles. Recessed mounting surfaces for rod holder mounts and a mesh pocket conclude the generous list of features. Will fit most recreational kayak cockpits and secures via bungee cord under the rim coaming.
Solid construction - fits a Pungo 120 very well. The water-proof hatch is very difficult to close and open; I tried a bit of grease to ease the closure/opening - did not make much of a difference. If the hatch loosens-up during use, I would rate a five. If not, a solid four and I will likely just leave the O-ring out.
Didn't fit my 12' Pamlico really well, so I had to modify the console to fit more securely, trimming off some of the plastic, enlarging the coming openings. Now it fits great. I added a Scotty raised rod holder, so its great as a fishing console. The large cup holder even fits a 32oz Nalgene. The dry hatch is a very snug fit and can be a little difficult to open one handed, but snug means water-tight so I'm okay with that. All around a great product.
The kayak console was exactly what I wanted and it came as expected with no problems or difficulties or surprises.
I saw this on a kayak paddle and thought instantly, this would be so cool. I bought two that afternoon. Its a great idea but the design has some flaws. First, I had to cut the front lip off mine entirely because it dug into my shins. The cup holders are rather shallow so they don't hold a waterbottle all that well. I put a foam "cozy" on the bottle and that helped. I love the dry hatch and if nothing else this is a reason to buy. The other two areas of the Konsole are odd shaped and not really sure what you'd put there. If you were a fisherman maybe lures but for a recreational kayaker they are incidental. The little mesh bag holds power bars just fine. My wife likes hers; I could go either way.