Tucktec Folding Kayak Reviews

Based on 1112 reviews

I am a small 5’1, 115 lb woman so when my ex left I found myself very limited since I don’t have roof racks or the physical strength to maneuver my big kayak. This gives me the freedom to kayak whenever I please and get back to my favorite pastime!

It took 4 months to come in. With Covid and the crazy world, this isn’t great but it’s to be expected. I work in manufacturing so I understand the difficulty with supply-chain issues. The first time folding is difficult but after folding all of the seams a couple of times it gets much easier. I didn’t time myself but I have no complaints with the time it takes (took longer to load/unload my old one safely from racks with help). It’s very wide so it’s stable but not the fastest. Great for a calm lake or river. Easy to maneuver since it’s so light. The seat I got only has one seat cushion and the back, I might add some more cushion at some point. I had to keep adjusting the strap for the back of the seat as it stretched throughout my first ride but there is plenty of adjustability in the strap.

So far I am very happy with this purchase. Thank you tucktec.

Glad you are enjoying your Tucktec! Thanks for the review!

On the water

Our new Tucktec kayaks are great! Easy to assemble, disassemble, transport, and clean. They are perfect for us. We are getting out on the water a lot more because it’s so easy! Thank you!!

Awesome kayak

Amazing kayak. I am able to put it together myself. I use it to fish and is very stable even without the stabilizer. Very comfortable with back support. Very roomy! I am able to carry all of my fishing gear with no issues. Love this kayak!!!

Free Paddle with Kayak
Jerry Bicknell
Great product

Tucktec staff responded promptly to my email. The online video was helpful in folding my kayak for the first time. As soon as I got in and paddled out on the lake, it felt stable and was easy to maneuver. Overall I am quite impressed.

So far so good

After a little bit of a wait we finally received our kayaks but unfortunately were not able to use them right away. The first time putting them together was a bit difficult but thankfully each time did get a little easier. Our maiden voyage was a success and we really enjoyed them. They worked great! Can't wait to go again. I really like how easy it is to transport and store them.

it works

It is quite physical to fold it up into kayak and also back to a package. I have the green 10’ one and it seems the material is different than the orange one. The foot bar is not staying in on the middle setting. It feels more like a canoe and it can fit two coonhounds with me (together about 250lb) then sides are maybe 4” above the water. Better not to break the rudder, without it it doesn’t go very strait with that weight. Overall, it is exactly what I expected and nothing more. I'm glad I have it. Thank you.

Snap-on Stabilizer Kit
Patricia Burkes
Awesome and sturdy!

I love the new kayaks and especially love the way that they track. The stabilizers on the side are awesome and easy to pop on. Thank you Tucktec!!!

Love being able to fit this in my back seat. Easier than I expected to get it on the water.

Tucktec 5 Litre Dry Bag

Teresita Niedzielski
Tucktec 8’ Folding kayak 2023

Easier to assemble than I thought-first time a bit difficult but watching their video helps a lot

New Tucktec Owner

I love my Tucktec, I bought 2 and they work great, stability is great , I will find a different seat but other than that, no complaints

Free Paddle with Kayak
Victor Levenson
Nice folding with several issues

Overall, I am glad I bought it - light, well thought-through, apparently will serve for quite some time. Now what I would have done different: (1) the "folding" movie is WAY too fast and does not draw attention to the critical moments (I spent quite some time trying to fold the beam for the first time); (2) when folded, one of the metal parts sticks out - I scratched muself trying to lift the folded boat, so be careful; (3) the dges of plastic can - and probably will - scratch you when trying to paddle for the first time; (4) the boat is VERY light, so getting in and out in knee-high water is less than easy; (5) the boat is relatively wide, which adds to its reduced stability. I tried to be as critical as I could to help the manufacturers who want to improve. Overall, I am glad I bought it and a free paddle - a good one! - was very handy.

Love it!

Took Pink Petunia on her maiden voyage and found her to be stable and she tracked beautifully. We practiced assembly ahead of time, so knew what to do when lakeside. Seams were still a bit stiff, but manageable. My adult daughter accompanied me, and, based on what she saw, has decided a Tucktec is now in her future. Highly recommend!

2023 TUCKTEC 8' FOLDING KAYAKS (PRO): Certified Refurbished

10” Tucktec

I have only got to taken it out once so far. The set up was pretty easy. Folding it back up takes a bit of working out but doable. It would be really nice to have a better way to be able to carry it. That is something that is lacking. The seat could be more comfortable.
It moved pretty good in the water. The paddle is decent. I’m overall happy with the kayak. Storing it and taking it in my car is convenient.


Received the two boats I ordered just before a high altitude camp trip by a lake. Folded them once prior (no issues)to the trip in the backyard. Temp at the lake had been into the 30’s the night prior, was a low 50’s for the first lakeside fold and launch. Worked great, spent several hours on the water. My wife liked them better than her hard boat. I was impressed, tracked very good, structurally sound and maneuvered great. I am anxious to try them on a river. We are going to order another one for our son at Christmas.

Free Paddle with Kayak
Brian Meredyk
Decent paddle but short

It’s nice that a paddle is included so you can get out on the water right away but given the width of a Tucktec it should really be longer. Or offer a choice of sizes even if they have to charge a few bucks extra for longer ones

I love it

Easy to assemble. Tucktec’s point and foldability has made kayaking accessible to me.

Great quality paddle

I was very pleased with the quality if the kayak paddle. It’s adjustable, has splash guards, and light weight too.

Free Paddle with Kayak
Mikey Thaopaset
Condition upon arrival

Hi I finally got a chance to put together the Tucktek and overall I am very happy with it. There was only one section of the kayak where it didn’t want to fold where the seems were. I attached some photos for you to see to see if this is a big deal as far as it being able to hold onto the clip without it coming off. Please let me know thanks


Simple, performs like a hard shell, as portable as an inflatable.

Leagues better than an inflatable

Perfectly happy with my 10' refurbished tucktec. It was pretty tough getting it together the first couple times, but it gets easier. There's no way I could ever haul around a hard shell kayak, so it was either this or an inflatable - and every inflatable I've tried is flat out dangerous as they're so hard to steer accurately or gain speed in, I fear I could get stranded if wind picked up even slightly. This tucktec however tracks beautifully in comparison and handled some wind and minor waves no problem. It's comfy and I feel safe. No complaints.

Full Boat Bundle
Jennifer Vawter
Full Boat Bundle

I'm absolutely in love with my Tucktec everything from ease of set up to ease of operation and stability!!!!

What an upgrade!

This paddle is similar to what I planned to purchase, but it came free with the kayak! The aluminum shaft is lightweight and durable. It is easy to put together and breaks down easily for storage. The paddle fins are perfectly shaped for great control in the water. Loving this new design over the previous paddles Tucktec offered.

I love my Tucktec kayak!!

I’m so very impressed by my new Tucktec kayak. I was apprehensive before its arrival but once I got it together I was excited to get her on water. She was more than I expected, easy to handle, carry, unfold, build and fold again. My order was missing my life vest and customer service was quick to respond and get one out to me before my maiden voyage. This kayak is sturdier than I ever imagined and I felt so safe on the water without any fear of tipping. Even in slightly windy conditions and choppy waters, she held up and tracked great! The only reason I didn’t rate a full five stars is because she still needs to withstand the test of time. With a 3-year warranty however, I have plenty of time to get continued enjoyment.