I bought the Ocean Kayak Frenzy about a month ago. I am a
fairly experience kayaker, both lakes and rivers, but as I get older
I find the ride-in kayak I have more difficult to get in and
especially out of. People told me the solution was a sit on kayak.
I did some research and found the Frenzy to be both highly rated
and also affordable. My one concern was some reviews that said
the seat was too narrow. I am 6 foot 1 inch and 240 pounds, but
found the seat to be no problem and quite comfortable. The
kayak is everything I hoped for. It is easy to carry, stable, easy to
handle, moves wells and tracks well - and it certainly is easier to
get in and out of. I am very pleased.
Ordered an Ocean Kayak Frenzy the middle of July and I received it
the middle of August. I knew on the front end that there would be
a shipping delay of one to two weeks. But, it took four weeks. This
was not an ACK problem, as there was a back order from the
factory. So, you may want to check to make sure item is in stock if
you are ordering during peak season.
The kayak was well packaged when I received it. I took it to a local
lake for it's maiden voyage and it performed well. This kayak is very
stable, turns quickly with a minimum of input. It is not fast, but
that's not what I purchased it for. I plan to use it on lakes and slow
rivers for fishing and I plan to take it to the beach for playing in the
surf. Scupper plugs are needed to keep from getting wet. This
kayak is light enough that I can put it on top of SUV by myself. I
think this will make a great multi-purpose kayak.
ack gets 5 stars for customer service and ordering follow up..
this is my second ocean kayak and I really miss the hatch that is built
into my 2006 scrambler XL. The foot rests are narrower than the
scrambler..i can see some mods in the future..test paddle other models
if u can. good entry level..do not recommend if you are large framed..
I bought the Austin Kayak package for the Ocean Kayak Frenzy.
The kayak price alone was the best I could find anywhere, and the
package made it an even sweeter deal. Austin Kayak's customer
service was outstanding before and during the shipping process.
One caution, if you are buying on a tight schedule, then be aware
that the shipping company (not ACK) might delay the delivery 1-2
days beyond the promised date due to severe weather in transit or
due to failure to unload the cargo as scheduled. Both AK and the
shipping company were hugely helpful during our shipping process,
but still could not deliver the package before we left for vacation.
Just a cautionary tale. The kayak and gear arrived amazingly well
packaged. Be sure to unwrap yours and inspect it before signing for
delivery. We love the Frenzy and the PFD we chose with the
package. The paddle was very stiff to take apart (actually required a
2 person pull) until we added WD40 on the contact surfaces. The
Frenzy is all the good things you have read in other reviews. It is
stable, nimble, tracks well, and easily paddled by a medium height,
slender 9 year old. Another caution, if you are buying the Frenzy for
a larger male or an adult female, be aware of seat width, not the
kayak width, I mean the seat width. If it is not listed in the
description, then web search the item to get the information. We
bought the Frenzy for an evenly proportioned 190# female, and
found the seat width too narrow to use. We simply didn't check it
prior to purchase. The Frenzy became the kayak for the kids or
another adult, and we are buying another Ocean Kayak Caper for
its greater seat width. A small increment makes a big difference. I
suggest getting a PFD with front bellows pockets for anyone old
enough to use a small camera or phone. We use 240cm paddles
with both the Frenzy and Caper with good results. I highly
recommend the Frenzy (with the seat width caveat) and Austin
Kayak! We will be back for more purchases.
Excellent kayak. I also want to commend Austin Kayak and their
delivery service - exceptional customer support and the kayak arrived
in Florida 4 days after ordering. I couldn't be happier and I'm about to
order a second one for a family member.
Excellent stability, speed and tracking! Austin Kayak had this kayak
for cheaper than any other retailer and the shipping was not only
FREE but a lot quicker than I expected. I would recommend this site
and kayak to anyone.
Very comfortable seat, outstanding quality throughout. My son is very
pleased with this Kayak and its maneuverability, stability and overall
performance. Well above expectations.
Was so happy with the Frenzy and the ACK customer service that I
just ordered a second one. Not sure how they manage free
shipping but that was the deal maker plus the great price. We use
it on the Mendocino coast in California for abalone diving, crab
fishing and sightseeing and it is the perfect size for us. For the
second one, I have ordered the 6 inch hatch and a small dry bag to
hang in it. Will update this review after using those.
Received my Frenzy just after Christmas and it was in very good
shape. I already have a tandem Ocean Kayak and really wanted a
single that was shorter and easier to handle alone. So, I took it out
3 times in the last 2 weeks in a river between cold fronts and it is
great. Very easy for me to take in and out of water and rides
great. Glides thru the water easily and not hard to maneuver at
all. Will most likely use it in rivers and the seat and handles on the
side are a bonus.
I received a Frenzy for father's day in 2015. I love it. I use it mainly in
creeks and rivers while fishing. I love it so much that I bought another
one as a birthday gift for my son. It is winter, so he hasn't used it yet,
but he used mine last summer and he also loved it and that is why I
bought him the same thing.
This kayak is wonderful- great value- I was able to handle it in high
winds, waves and calm lakes. I'm so glad I bought it.