Sleek and sporty the Tetra 12 is unlike any other kayak introduced to the market by Ocean Kayak. This low profile craft has clean lines and glides through the water with ease. Equipped with the unique Comfort Hybrid seat back that adjusts easily and provides lumbar support, the Tetra is ready to ride the minute you hit the water. Available in the 10 or 12 ft. lengths this kayak is perfect for day trips, kayak angling or a casual paddle after work.
|Length:||12 ft 2 in / 3.71 m|
|Width:||28 in / 71.12 cm|
|Weight:||55 lb / 24.95 kg|
|Capacity:||350 lb / 158.76 kg|
|Leg Room To Peg:||45|
|Leg Room - Total:||48|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit on Top|
I love my lime green Tetra 12! I read all I could find on SOTs in the 12' range for over 8 months before buying. I sat in several, but paddled none when I made my decision to buy my first non-inflatable kayak. Tetra 12 started out at the top of my list, then I became distracted by more expensive boats (Wilderness Systems, Jackson, and even Hobie). After sitting in all that I thought would meet my needs as far as size, performance and capacity I had to eliminate several because they would be way too heavy for me to load and unload alone. Between the Tetra and the Hobie Quest 11, I decided that for a first timer the Hobie was not over 60% more comfortable price-wise. I made the perfect choice for me! This yak is stable from the get-go, and continues to be stable even in the rough water of Joe Pool Lake on a windy (18-20 mph) day. I mostly wanted a kayak for fun on the water and exercise, but with the added rod holders and Mod Pod II, I can accessorize to my heart's content. I could even fish from it if I want. The rudder was a pricey addition that I would not want to be without in the wind. I can concentrate on paddling and working my arms and core in a rhythm and let my feet make course adjustments. I got my boat on the water for the first time Mother's Day. Since then I have paddled over 50 miles according to my tracking apps. I paddled 8 miles last Friday! I am a 5'3 female. I weighed 164 that first day. To date I have lost 10 lbs and I owe that to paddling and loading my kayak. If you search the net for Tetra reviews you won't find many, good or bad. I don't understand because this is an awesome lightweight and fast boat with a lot of weight capacity and plenty of storage for someone who needs to haul a lot of comforts everywhere she goes. Dave and the guys in Houston were very helpful and patient during my Q&A visits, calls, and ordering. After all the reading, shopping online, and driving around and looking, my husband asked what would I change. If I was buying now after paddling my Tetra, what would I buy. I would buy the Tetra 12 again. It is just perfect for me and my needs. Next I want to see how it handles in the surf and BTB. 😉
After trying all the kayaks at a demo day last year, this one stood out as the best. I too am surprised this has not caught on. A great boat indeed.