One week ago I had the Ocean Kayak Malibu 9.5 sit-on-top ($599) cued up to buy with my dividend. I found out Sun. night when I was ready to order it's not longer available. It meets my needs perfectly and had positive reviews. I've paddled a friend's Malibu 9.5 as preparation for buying. Is there a chance you might re-stock this item. None of the alternatives shown on your site are real options to this kayak, with cost for most being a significant downside for most others.
@water-strider Thanks for reaching out!
Due to stronger sales than anticipated and supply chain and manufacturing challenges for our vendors at this time, we do not have any timeline for restocking the Ocean Kayak Malibu 9.5 kayak. Our teams are working hard to get kayaks back in stock, but it still too early to tell what we will be able to offer our customers for the rest of the summer. Your best bet is to periodically check back in on rei.com to see what kayaks we have available.
Hopefully this helps, thanks!