Sun Dolphin Journey SS Fishing Kayak Review

Sun Dolphin is one of the successful manufacturers that has been producing top-notch fishing kayaks for several years. The Journey SS kayak lives up to the Sun Dolphin reputation and features attractive design, and the quality does not disappoint either. Weighing just over 40 pounds, this kayak maintains good maneuverability and is great for beginners. It is available in three different sizes and three different colors on Amazon.

Features of the KL Industries Sun Dolphin Journey SS Fishing Kayak

Its lightweight nature makes the Sun Dolphin Journey SS Fishing Kayak easy to handle and maneuver on the water and additionally it can be single handedly carried to and from the water, which is both perfect for small people. More of the best features are:

Rod Holders Included

The kayak features two flush mount rod holders and a swivel rod holder, so you don’t have to worry about storing your fishing gears.

Open Cockpit

The seating area looks great, and since the cockpit is open, entry and exit is probably the easiest. Sidenote: Kayaks with open cockpits are a huge plus for your legs, too.

Adjustable Food Braces

The foot braces of the Sun Dolphin Kayak are adjustable. Therefore they will be able to accommodate paddlers of any size. This feature also adds up to the comfort of this kayak.

Extra Storage Space

The kayak features a dry storage compartment and shock cord deck rigging. Both come in handy while fishing.

Advantages of the KL Industries Sun Dolphin Journey SS Fishing Kayak

Something for Everybody

The Sun Dolphin Fishing Kayak is available in three different sizes and three different colors. Therefore everbody should find a design that suits his or her needs and fits the individual taste.

Great Maneuverability

The fishing kayak might not have the best design, but it has great maneuverability, so handling it is a breeze. The narrower width also allows for great tracking on calm waters.

Your Valuables Are Safe

There is plenty of space for all your fishing gears in the 3 rod holders. And, you do not have to worry about storing your cell phones and keys with the dry storage pocket.

Improved Comfort

Placing your feet comfortably is a problem with most kayaks, but here, you have adjustable foot pegs for comfort of riders of all sizes.


Although its lightweight design has a number of pros, it hinders the stability of the kayak and tracking is questionable when there are waves.

Moreover the kayak is only capable of holding 250 pounds, so basically, one large person ought to do it. This is a disadvantage we have not come across in our reviews yet and which we specifically want to point out!

On top of that, although the storage space is enormous, you won’t be able to use it fully as the small waterproof hold is the size of a cup holder.

There isn’t any warranty with the kayak either, and it cannot be returned in case of manufacturing defect once it touches the water. So, be careful, because there have been some complaints about the seats getting wet.

Bottom Line

The Sun Dolphin Journey is a good product. Its price-performance ratio might not be the best, but is still acceptable compared to other kayaks. With its lightweight design and easy maneuverability, it is great for beginners. It’s a fishing kayak and not a tourer, so, do not try to overstrain it and you will be able to have great experiences on your kayaking trips.

The 10 and 12-foot versions are available in drab green, olive green and sand color with the prices varying accordingly. The 10-foot kayak is available at around $406 and the 12-foot one costs about $575.

Comparison of Sun Dolphin Journey SS

Two noteworthy competitors of the Sun Dolphin Journey are Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 Angler Sit-on-top Fishing Kayak and Old Town Canoes and Kayaks Vapor 10 Angler Fishing Kayak. Both kayaks are superb in their own rights, so make sure to take a look at some of their reviews (coming soon) to make an informed buying decision.

The Old Town 10 Angler is similar to Sun Dolphin’s Journey in almost every way. But, despite the similar features, Sun Dolphin slightly edges out in terms of quality. It is more stable and spacious. The Old Town kayak is great and priced quite cheap, but we would definitely go for Sun Dolphin.

The Ocean Prowler is a great fishing kayak, as it’s slightly longer than the Sun Dolphin and a bit more stable. Other than that both models are quite similar in terms of built-in features. For better stability there is always the option of the 12-foot kayak version from Sun Dolphin. Ocean Kayak Prowler costs almost twice as much and has similar features, so it’s not worth spending that kind of money.

Our verdict goes to the KL Industries Sun Dolphin Journey SS Fishing Kayak. It looks pretty good and has all the necessary features for you to go fishing. The major benefit is its light weight and easy portability. This kayak might not be able to compete with the very top, though.