Lifetime Kokanee 106
Versatile to the core, the Lifetime Kokanee 106 is a sit on top kayak that’s designed to be paddled either alone or with friends. It has a wide, stable design, making it perfect for new paddlers that need an affordable boat for getting out on the water.
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- Two tankwells and two hatches for gear storage
- Large assortment of footrests for different sized paddlers
- Versatile construction
- Wide width provides ample stability
- Affordable for a tandem kayak
- Low weight capacity for use as a tandem boat
- Limited tracking ability as a tandem kayak
Size and Weight
Boasting a length of 10’6” (320 cm), the Lifetime Kokanee 106 is actually fairly short for a hard-sided tandem kayak. However, this shorter length makes it easier to transport, which is a bonus, especially if you’re also looking to paddle it solo.
One area where the Kokanee 106 impresses is in its width. Thanks to its above-average 36” (91.4 cm) width, this kayak is very stable for a boat this size.
That being said, this kayak is a bit on the heavier side with its 77 lb (34.9 kg) weight. When used as a single kayak, the Kokanee 106 is certainly heavier than most, especially for a blow molded boat. In fact, even a rotomolded kayak, like the Perception Pescador 10, which should generally be heavier than blow molded options, weighs just 57 lbs (26 kg).
For a tandem boat, the Kokanee 106’s weight is a bit more reasonable. However, since this kayak is a bit shorter than most tandems, it’s still fairly heavy for its size.
The Kokanee 106 has a maximum weight capacity of 425 lbs (192.7 kg). For someone planning to use this boat primarily as a solo kayak, this is an impressive weight capacity that can accommodate the vast majority of paddlers.
With that in mind, for use as a tandem kayak, the Kokanee 106 is really best for smaller paddlers. Since one shouldn’t load a boat beyond 80% of its weight capacity to ensure the best performance, this kayak has a practical maximum capacity of 340 lb (154.2 kg).
When split among two paddlers, this is an average maximum weight of just 170 lbs (77.1 kg), not including gear. So, the Kokanee is a good option for larger paddlers that mostly want to paddle solo or for two smaller paddlers that want an affordable tandem kayak.
Purposefully designed with simplicity in mind, the Kokanee 106 is somewhat low on features, but this is one of the reasons why it’s so affordable for a tandem kayak.
Perhaps the main attraction of the Kokanee 106 is its versatile design, which allows it to be paddled as a tandem or solo. It comes with two adjustable quick-release seat backs for a bit of lumbar support as well as molded foot rests to accommodate paddlers of nearly any height.
This boat comes with two small tankwells with bungee cords for gear and two hatches for extra storage. Additionally, it has a set of self-bailing scupper holes to quickly drain the cockpit area as you paddle.
Regardless of the number of people in the boat, the Kokanee 106’s considerable width, mostly flat hull, and minimal rocker make it highly stable on flat water.
When paddled solo, this kayak is fairly long for a recreational boat, which provides it with decent tracking ability in calm conditions.
For tandem paddlers, the Kokanee 106 is actually somewhat short. This shortened length slightly reduces its tracking capabilities, but does provide it with great maneuverability.
That being said, as an affordable recreational boat that’s designed for enjoyable days with beautiful weather, the Kokanee 106 performs just as well as one would hope for its price point.
Specification: Lifetime Kokanee 106