Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 Review

By Michael Holding

The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 is a popular choice among those looking for a very reasonably priced yet high quality kayak. ‘Plastic’ kayaks like this one come with their own set of advantages which can be expected from the Aruba 10 as well but we’ll be taking a deeper look into why this popular model has made a name for itself.


Pros Cons
Light weight Average tracking
Easy to control Not for challenging waters
Affordable for beginners

Build Quality

One of the most pressing concerns with kayaks is their durability and build quality. The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 shines in this regard as it has excellent build quality with a very high durability rating. It is made from high density polyethylene which makes it very light but also promotes to its rugged nature. The Aruba 10 has no problems when encountering underwater obstacles such as sand and rocks.

Even if you manage to dent this kayak it’s nothing permanent or worrisome like in traditional hard shell models. Repairs can be carried out easily from the comfort of your home. Sun Dolphin throws in a 2 year warranty as well which covers any factory defects.

Stability and Performance

Being a 10-foot kayak, the Aruba 10 delivers impressive performance in water. This kayak has a narrow bow and stern which contributes to its confident tracking. The narrow bow also helps it ‘slice’ through water instead of pushing against it, something which can upset the balance of the whole kayak. The polyethylene construction also gives it a very light weight, which makes it easier to paddle and track. Beginners can take advantage of its 30” width which makes it quite stable and easy to learn on.

Most 10 foot kayaks make a compromise when it comes to load capacity, with most rated for around 200 lbs of carrying capacity. The Aruba 10 is able to carry up to 250 lbs of weight which makes it suitable for larger adults as well. If you’re the type who has to have some gear on their kayak, then the Aruba 10 has you covered there as well. Not only does the 250 lbs carry capacity come in handy here, but the kayak also features a storage compartment where you can store you gear without the fear of it getting wet!

Portability and Comfort

One of the main draws of polyethylene kayaks is their inherent portability which comes with their lack of weight. The Aruba 10 weighs a mere 40 lbs which means it can be carried with ease by adults. The 10 foot length also makes it easier to fit it on car-top carriers and the back of a truck.

The Aruba 10 also makes special considerations when it comes to the comfort of the rider. It features a high back support which can make the seating position a bit more comfortable. There are also adjustable foot braces which help you while paddling as well. One con we found we found on the comfort front is that the seat of the Aruba 10 has no padding, which can contribute to discomfort in extended kayak sessions.


The Aruba 10 is an excellent choice and top kayak brand if you’re looking for a medium-sized kayak that’s also highly portable. It doesn’t provide the best tracking performance in water but that’s a compromise you should be able to make considering its size and price. It doesn’t handle rough waters exceptionally well and is more suited towards recreational activities on calmer waters. But for that purpose, it pretty much nails it.

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Michael Holding

Michael is an outdoor adventurer and a kayaking enthusiast who loves to share his experiences with others. He is the Chief Editor at XgearHub.

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