Best Kayaks 2017 – Comprehensive Buyer’s Guide With Videos

Welcome to the Killer Kayak’s Best Kayaks 2017 Buyer’s Guide!  We are super excited to present you with a comprehensive yet versatile report to help you navigate these rough waters with a kayak that will get you to shore (HA! GET IT?! Pun definitely intended).

Below, you will find the Best Kayaks 2017 Buyer’s Guide short & simple guide.  Want more detailed information?  No problem!  Click on the kayak name and you will jump to a more detailed write-up for that kayak.

Simple, right?  Let’s get started with our collection of best kayaks 2017!

Best Kayaks 2017

Kayak Make & ModelTypeNumber of SeatsCarrying CapacityHull MaterialLengthWeight
Sea Eagle SE370 Inflatable KayakInflatable2650 lbsInflatable PVC 10 x 19 x 34 inches 32 lbs
Sevylor Quikpak K5 Inflatable KayakInflatable 1250 lbs24-gauge PVC polyethylene construction20 x 8.5 x 33.5 inches 25.5 lbs
Chinook XP Tandem XL Inflatable KayakInflatable3550 lbsProprietary X-beam Technology PVC floor (XP Floor)12.5'38.1 lbs
Advanced Elements Advancedframe Convertible Inflatable KayakInflatable2550 lbs3 layer polyester with double PVC coating and aluminum frame15'56 lbs
BIC Yakkair Fishing 2HP Inflatable KayakInflatable2550 lbsSolid PVC skin form with a highly-efficient V shape hull13.5'33 lbs
Aquaglide Blackfoot HB Inflatable KayakInflatable2600 lbsUV-resistant 600D polyester, Duratex heavy duty polyester reinforced hull fabric11'38 lbs
Innova Helios II EX Inflatable KayakInflatable2396 lbs1,200-denier Nitrylon & LitePack, or all-Nitrylon construction without PVC12' & 6"36 lbs
Driftsun Transparent Crystal Clear Bottom KayakHard Shelled1-2425 lbsAdvanced Polycarbonate Hull 11'65 lbs
Vibe Sea Ghost 130 Angler KayakHard Shelled1550 lbsExtra wide hull13'74 lbs
Sun Dolphin Bali SS Sit-on-Top KayakHard Shelled1250 lbsPolyethylene construction10'40 lbs
Point 65 N Tequila! GTX Angler Modular KayakHard Shelled, Modular2530 lbsUltra durable 1-layer UV-resistant recyclable PE 14'77 lbs
Oru Bay KayakOrigami / Folding1300 lbs12'32 lbs
Hobie Pro Angler 14 KayakHard Shelled1600 lbs
Seaward Passat Kevlar KayakHard Shelled2500+ lbs
Old Town Vapor 10 Angler
Hobie Pro Angler 12

 

Comprehensive List of Best Kayaks 2017!

1. Sea Eagle SE370 Inflatable Kayak

Type: Inflatable Kayak
# of Seats: 2
Weight Capacity: 650 Pounds

The Sea Eagle SE370 Inflatable Kayak is our first best kayaks 2017 choice! Why? Because the SE370 is an affordable inflatable Kayak that is almost identical to the Sea Eagle 330. The only difference between these two kayaks is that the SE 370 is larger and weighs 6 pounds more than the SE330 model. Designed to be an entry level for beginners and novice paddlers, the SE 370 is fitted with a self-bailing valve that makes it easy to drain excess water, when the need arises.

Despite its entry level status, this Sea Eagle kayak is sturdy and does not get punctured easily thanks to its hull material, which is sun and salt water resistant. Additionally, this kayak can accommodate loads of up to 650 pounds.

One of the kayak’s main selling features is its price. This kayak is relatively cheaper than other kayaks in the Sea Eagle sport line of kayaks. However, the SE370 included in the SE370 kayak package are two paddles, inflatable seats, a pump and a carry bag. The carry bag is made from a heavy duty material and features shoulder straps for easy carriage of the kayak. Being an inflatable kayak, the SE370 is foldable for ease of carriage.

Furthermore, this kayak weighs 32 pounds, making it easy to carry around. The removable inflatable seats add to its versatility as it can be used as a one person kayak as well as a two person and a three person kayak.

The SE370 kayak is crafted from K80 PVC, which is a tough material that is capable of withstanding wear and tear. Thus, apart from being lightweight and versatile, this kayak is also tough and durable. Also, the heavy duty PVC construction of this kayak gives it exceptional stability and solidity on water.

For added convenience, the kayak inflates within 8 minutes. Moreover, the kayak is equipped with a one-way valve that prevents escape of air.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Lack of sufficient storage space
  • Does not have an inflation gauge for the floor

 

2. Sevylor Quikpak K5 Kayak

Type: Inflatable
Number of seats: 1
Weight capacity: 250 pounds

The Sevylor Quickpack K5 1-person kayak  is a lightweight one person kayak. Considered to be one of the best single person kayak on the market, this Coleman kayak’s seat folds into a backpack for easy carrying. This unique backpack has padded shoulder making it easy to carry the kayak from one point to another. It takes approximately five to ten minutes for the kayak to set up the kayak from the backpack.

For storage, this kayak boasts of a rear zippered storage compartment that is large enough to accommodate a wide assortment of items. Additionally, the front of the kayak offers additional space for the storage of essential kayaking equipment. D-rings make it easy to mount additional equipment to the front of the kayak:

 

Measuring 10 feet in length and 3 feet in width, the Coleman K5 offers plenty sufficient leg room for kayakers of all heights. Constructed from 900D polyester this kayak has a tough and durable top. As for the bottom, the manufacturer opted for a 24 gauge PVC. Electronically welded seams add to the kayak’s durability and performance. The 24 gauge PVC used to make the kayak’s bottom is extremely tough and is, therefore, hard to puncture.

Included in the K5 package are an aluminum paddle and a pump. This kayak is airtight, courtesy of two double lock valves. The latter valves are backed by a three chamber system that guarantees safety in case the kayak is punctured. The kayak’s lift handles make it an ideal kayaking option for hiking and navigating through remote waterways.

When folded, the kayak measures 20 by 8.5 by 33.5 inches. Thus, it is compact enough to be stored in the boot of a car. Overall, the Sevylo Quickpack k5 1-person kayak is a well-constructed kayak capable of withstanding wear and tear.

Pros:

  • Is lightweight and portable
  • Features a unique seat that folds into a backpack
  • Features carrying handles
  • Does not puncture easily
  • Is NMMA certified
  • Large enough to accommodate persons of varying heights

Cons:

  • The aluminum paddle isn’t the best of quality

 

3. Chinook XP Tandem XL Inflatable Kayak

Type: Inflatable
Number of seats: 3
Weight capacity: 550 pounds

As its name suggests, the Chinook XP Tandem XL Inflatable Kayak is a large and spacious kayak designed for families. Weighing 38 pounds and measuring 391 cm long and 91.54 cm wide, this large kayak can accommodate two adults and a child. This premium kayak is constructed from 600 D polyester and offers exceptional value and stability on water. The floor of the kayak is constructed using a proprietary x-beam PVC technology. The 600 D polyester used in the making of the kayak’s hull is blended with a unique duratex material that increases durability and protection from UV rays.

For easy access to the kayak, it is fitted with molded handles. Apart from the molded handles, the kayak also features accessory straps that allow for easy storage of gear on the kayak. Additional storage space is provided by a mesh storage compartment.

While it offers plenty of storage room, this Chinook Kayak’s best-selling feature is its integrated fishing rod holders. The latter holders make it a versatile kayak that can be used for kayaking as well as recreational fishing. Thus, this kayak is an all-around recreational kayak.

The kayak’s seats are also very well made and boast of a comfortable backrest. These seats are comfy and are equipped with storage compartments.

Overall, with a capacity of 550 pounds, the Chinook XP Tandem XL Inflatable kayak is the best option for families looking for a recreational kayak.  Is it any wonder that this made our best kayaks 2017 selection at #3? Go ahead and read our pros and cons for the Chinook XP tandem kayak.

Pros:

  • Is large enough to accommodate two adults and a child
  • Offers plenty of space to store kayaking equipment and other items
  • Is made from a tough and durable material
  • Is easy to set-up
  • Features comfortable seats with backrests
  • Is a versatile kayak and can be used for fishing

Cons:

  • Pump is sold separately

 

4. Advanced Elements Advancedframe Convertible Kayak

Type: Inflatable
Number of seats: 2
Weight capacity: 550 pounds

Best Kayaks 2017 – #4: The AdvancedFrame Kayak measures 15 feet long and 32 inches wide. Weighing 56 pounds, it is a little heavier than the three aforementioned kayaks. It has a Tracking Fin system. The seats are removable with adjustable back supports. Its durable polyester material offers incredible resistance to abrasions or punctures, whilst the aluminium frame reinforced stern adds to the tracking performance.

Its rigid bow helps you glide through the waters; the superb experience will keep you in the best of spirits and can be fairly matched to regular hard-shelled kayaks. There is plenty of storage space: bungee deck lacing and D-ring tie downs allow you to stash your gear away. Moulded rubber handles make carrying the AdvancedFrame a lot easier.

You can quickly put the paddles away using the paddle holders, and the canoe also comes with its own repair kit and a backpack.  Easily one of our best kayaks 2017 picks!

Pros:

Cons:

  • Asymmetrical tube

 

5. BIC Yakkair Fishing 2Hp Inflatable Kayak

Type: Inflatable
Number of seats: 2
Weight capacity: 550 pounds

At a record 42 pounds when most inflatable kayaks weigh around 100 pounds each, the BIC Yakkair Kayak is a lot more than just a lightweight, easily portable boat. It’s incredibly durable as well – special care was put into its high pressure floor.

At a length of 13’5’’, and a width of 37’8’’, it also possesses an integrated keel system, which means it can be maneuvered with ease. Tracking capacity is also augmented. The kayak has room for two adults. Features include two fishing backrests with rod holders, paddle attachment, a carry bag with a pump and repair kit, safety grab lines, bow protector, and a mesh storage in the rear and the front. It comes with a complete system that encompasses the hull and pump, as well as a backrest.

The Yakkair is transported in a backpack with wheels – truly convenient and comfortable! What’s more, it takes minutes to set up so you can carry it to the most tortuous fishing locations without a lot of trouble. The lightweight coupled with the keel system integrates the benefits of a traditional hard-shelled canoe with the modern inflatable boat. The sturdy material of the Yakkair will prevent it from getting damaged by fishing hooks or other snagging objects.

If you’re still worried about destroying your precious BIC, you can use a protective cover made of canvas. It’s better to be safe than sorry. The lone kayaker will be happy to note that the Yakkair can be used for solo kayaking by putting in one seat and filling the rest of the canoe with other equipment.

Powerful and sturdy, lightweight and comfortable.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Complete, integrated system
  • Room for one or two, as preferred

Cons:

  • More on the higher end

 

6. Aquaglide Blackfoot HB Inflatable Kayak

Type: Inflatable
Number of seats: 2
Weight capacity: 600 pounds

Also quite lightweight, the Aquaglide Blackfoot Kayak weighs a measly 38 pounds only. It comes with a backpack travel bag, repair kit, integrated fishing rod holders, an inflatable seat booster, and a 1-year warranty. The tapered bow and long waterline allow it to glide through the water, giving the kayaker a delightful experience. It is 12’11’’ by 9 inches, and is made of Duratex polyester (heavy duty, and UV-resistant).

The seats are padded and foamed, with one of the seats at a higher elevation on a removable platform. They’re pretty comfortable too, with high backrests, mesh storage pockets, and an infinite adjustment system. Keeping the paddlers dry is the job of the forward splashguard, which is yet another feature of this wonder-boat. The integrated cockpit has drains that can be closed.

The drop stitch floor of the boat is hard as rock to promote stability and durability. Stowing away your bags and other gear couldn’t be any easier: the bow deck rigging and abundant tie-downs bolster storage efforts. It also has seven mount plates to add your Scotty fishing accessories (unfortunately, these don’t come with the kayak). But you do get a kayak cooler. The moulded carry handles assist in helping you get on or off the canoe, and help with carrying it around too.

Aquaglide is popular for more daring kayakers who enjoy choppy waters. It takes very little time to inflate (though you have to purchase the pump separately), and if the user happens to be a daredevil, can support stand-up paddling. It’s also a great choice for fishing, according to a customer who used the boat for fly fishing.

The biggest problem seems to be the relatively large size of the Blackfoot; it can be difficult for one person to carry around. There have been complaints about the seat as well, which some claim is not very supportive.  A good reason why it’s a little bit further down our list of best kayaks 2017 🙂

Pros:

Cons:

  • Large size

 

7. Innova Helios II EX Inflatable Kayak

Type: Inflatable
Number of seats: 2
Weight capacity: 396 pounds

The Innova Helios II kayak is made of nitrylon rubber and measures 12’6’’ by 30 inches. With a weight of only 33 pounds, it breaks the records of both the BIC Yakkair and the Aquaglider Blackfoot. It is most suited for flatwater kayaking.

Being foldable, the Innova Helios II is an easily portable canoe, which is great news for those without a lot of storage space. If you happen to have extra gear, the elastic net rigging on the bow and centre decks and the bungee rigging on the stern deck should hold all the equipment.

The seats are very supportive with backrests, so if you have a long trip planned, you don’t need to fret about back-aches from sitting too long. The carry handles help in carrying the kayak. Inflation time is quite commendable as well: it can be fully inflated within 6 minutes.

The 3 main air chambers keep the kayak afloat and the rigid floor encourages appropriate tracking. Also included in the kayak are deck netting and gear bungees. The footrests are adjustable.

The Helios can be easily adjusted for a single kayaker. You can set it up quickly. The material is resistant to possible abrasions or punctures: that’s a lot of stress off the mind concerning damage to your precious canoe. The hull of the Helios balances stability and speed, and doesn’t let you down on traction either. Worried about where the canoe ranks? It has a Class 1 river rating – that is quite an achievement.

Of course, there are cheaper boats out there, but if you’re willing to splurge a bit for guaranteed quality, do so for the Helios. It’s a well-rounded, reliable boat that cannot disappoint the most critical of kayakers.

Pros:

  • Highly resistant material
  • Speed, stability and traction
  • Class 1 river rating
  • Easily portable

Cons:

  • Expensive

 

8. Driftsun Transparent Crystal Clear Bottom Kayak

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 1-2
Weight capacity: 425 lbs

driftsun clear bottom kayak - best kayaks 2017 list

The Driftsun Transparent Crystal Clear kayak by The Driftsun Crystal Kayak Company is a crystal clear kayak that gives you the chance to observe the seawater below since it is transparent. It includes seats and paddles for two people. However, one seat can be easily removed for solo paddling.

The Driftsun Transparent Kayak is the favorite kayak for the people who would like to snorkel without getting wet. It has clear transparent shells allowing one to observe the water beneath them from a unique point of view.

The Driftsun Kayak Company has created this kayak to be durable and lightweight. It features an anodized aluminum frame, inflatable chambers, and comfortable EVA adjustable seats. However, all these seats are easily removable for easy stacking and storage. Additionally, the polymer hull is corrosion and UV resistant. This prevents the hull from yellowing.

Driftsun Transparent Crystal Clear kayak has two seats that can be used by either children or adults. One seat can be removed easily for solo navigation. Additionally, all purchases made directly from the Driftsun Company have one year Warranty.

This baby needs to be highlighted as one of our coolest best kayaks 2017 pick!

Pros:

  • It offers an option for one or two people so can use it as needed
  • Allows you to see sea creatures such as jellyfish clearly without fear of getting stung or bitten
  • Has a lot of storage space allowing you to store your camera, phone, bottle of water, flask of coffee or even something heavier
  • It is relatively affordable compared to its competitors in the market

Cons:

    • Although the kayak is made of strong materials, you have to limit its use to avoid getting scratches that reduces transparency

Here is the Driftsun kayak in action:

 

9. Vibe Sea Ghost 130 Angler Kayak

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 1
Weight capacity: 550 lbs

Best kayaks of 2017 Seletion #9 is an amazing fishing kayak: the Vibe Sea Ghost! Fishing enthusiasts and outdoorsmen are adventurers at heart. A little bit of rough weather and wind will do little to deter them from hauling in that big catch. Their equipment, however, has to pass muster and keep up – it just won’t do to have your boat or other fishing gear fail on you in that crucial moment.

There is a kayak that meets these demanding performance requirements. A boat that is tough and versatile enough to handle all waters, and all conditions. The Vibe Sea Ghost 130 Angler Kayak is a rotomolded single piece polyethylene single-seater kayak that boasts a wide hull able to tackle every water condition from raging rivers to choppy surf. Its construction and design offers an extremely stable ride, perfect for fishing or recreation.

Let us examine this kayak in greater detail. It weighs in at 74 pounds, and features the Vibe Hero seat for comfort, built-in cupholder, as well as a toe-controlled rudder system that provides that aforementioned stability in the water. There is a variety of attachments that allow you to stow cargo and gear, including a sealed centre console and integrated tracks for paddles and fishing rods. After all, a boat is no good if you cannot fit all the necessary gear into it.

For those anglers and outdoorsmen who are looking for a stable, versatile kayak that can withstand tough water conditions, the Vibe Sea Ghost 130 Angler Kayak is indeed worth a closer look.

Pros:

  • Stability features such as rudders and frame seats
  • Great storage options
  • Value for money

Cons:

  • Rudders have a bit of slack
  • Side walls flex a little

 

10. Sun Dolphin Bali SS 10-Foot Sit-on-Top Kayak

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 1
Weight capacity: 250 lbs

Sometimes, boating enthusiasts want a middle ground between the ease-of-use of an inflatable kayak and the stability of a hard-shelled kayak. Something that is easy to transport and move in and out of the water, but also something that does not sacrifice too much of the durability and feel on the water that only a hard-shelled boat can provide. The Sun Dolphin Bali SS kayak may be just the thing meet that middle ground.

Weighing in at 44 pounds, this single-seater kayak constructed with UV-stabilized Fortiflex high density polyethylene is tough yet light in weight. What does this mean? It means that the material used to build this kayak will never break down even if it is stored wet, and will never fade with sun exposure. This material also allows a greater degree of tracking and paddling, giving you stability whether you are boating down a river or in a lake.

Sun Dolphin Bali SS 10-Foot kayak - best kayaks of 2017

Comfort and storage are also important considerations, and the Sun Dolphin Bali SS provides ample options. The open seating makes ingress and egress a breeze, while the paddle holder and adjustable foot rests make extended boat rides a joy. A dry storage compartment keeps all your essential boating gear safe, and for more storage, a Portable Accessory Carrier (P.A.C) is also available. Many additional accessories are available, but all the essentials, including a paddle, are included.

At this price point, few other kayaks can compare with the Sun Dolphin Bali SS’ design, construction, and versatility. It is meant for paddlers of all skill levels, and perfect for family outings. Its design emphasizes stability and ease of paddling, allowing even children to paddle with confidence. However, the absence of rigging means that those who want to use if for fishing have to rig it themselves.

Those looking for a recreational boat that is stable and provides great tracking would do well to take a closer look at the Sun Dolphin Bali SS. For a leisurely day out paddling on the lake – this lightweight, sturdy, and comfortable kayak is the perfect companion. Additionally, you can find this best kayaks 2017 option reviewed right here on Killer Kayaks: Sun Dolphin Bali 10 SS.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Seat is not cushioned
  • Extremely slow

 

11. Point 65 N Tequila! GTX Tandem Angler Modular Kayak

Type: Hard-shelled & Modular
# of Seats: 1-2
Weight Capacity: 530 lbs

Tequila! GTX Tandem kayak is a highly stable, fun, versatile, and high-performance kayak from Point 65. Tequila! was designed and made in Sweden by the award winning engineer Magnus de Brito using the new Point 65 Snap-TAP technology under Europe and US patents. The Tequila! GTX tandem is among the fasted sit-on-top kayaks that can be easily changed from solo to tandem.

Tequila! Point 65 Tandem Modular Kayak

The GTX Tandem is perfect for use in rivers, ponds, and lakes for both beginners and expert kayakers. Apart from leisure surfing, the Tequila! GTX kayak is suitable for fishing. It has small, normal and large paddlers making it suitable for use by both children and adults.

The Tequila! GTX tandem kayak is fitted with a new tracking keel that helps in keeping it straight while in water. Additionally, its modular structure makes it easy to carry, store, and haul. Tequila! GTX has a snap-tap modular system making it easily convertible from tandem to solo and vise versa by easily removing or adding the extra mid-section seat. It has super comfortable AIR seats with pneumatically adjustable backrest.

Tequila! GTX as a modeled in bottle and cup holders as well as a built in paddlepak slot. These features makes the Tequila! more comfortable since you don’t need to worry about where to keep your water bottles and cups if you carry some drinks with you. This feature makes the Tequila! to be one of the most comfortable kayaks.

Pros:

  • Easy to transport, store and carry
  • Stable, strong, and safe sit-on-top kayak
  • The AIR seats have adjustable seating position
  • Has built-in bottle and cup holders

Cons:

  • Tequila! Is not recommended for a weekend touring expedition

 

12. Oru Kayak Bay Kayak

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 1
Weight capacity: 300 lbs

The Oru bay kayak has an innovative folding hull mad using the Origami-inspired design, deep research, and high-quality materials. It is made of double-layered polypropylene material that is resistant to damages that may result from constant folding and unfolding. The 12’ kayak has smooth contours making it sporty for beginners while it is stable enough for beginners.

The Oru kayak is 26 lbs. in weight and is easy to unfold and make the fixed, rigid form as it takes a few minutes, thus ensuring you don’t take too much of your leisure time fixing it.

It has a comfortable foam seat with a fully adjustable backrest to provide even more comfort.  Not just our best kayaks 2017 picks but also a very unique and cool origami kayak!

Pros:

Cons:

  • Tabs and buckles wear out after a while

 

13. Hobie Pro Angler 14

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 1
Weight capacity: 600 lbs

An updated version to the Hobie Pro Angler 12 (which also made our best kayaks of 2017 list below!), this fishing kayak is a thing of beauty! From the Hobie H-Rail mountain system to the tackle management system to the cup holders (yep!), everything seems to have been designed with your comfort and fishing needs in mind.

With the MirageDrive system, paddling is easy as pie.  Also, there is ample storage compartments without anything ever getting in the way.  There is a huge bow hatch for storing bulky items and an 8 inch round hatch located in the stern tank well; it’s perfect for carrying a cooler or a live bait.

As if these features aren’t pretty solid, the Hobie Pro Angler 14 comes with a vantage seat with lumbar support… which can be adjusted.  Chuck your office chair and replace it with this.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Large size; make sure it will fit in your carriage space

14. Seaward Passat G3 Kevlar

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 2
Weight capacity: 500+ lbs

If you have been frustrated with options for a sleek tandem kayak, then we are pretty sure that you will love what you see here: the Seawrd Passat G3 Kevlar is a sleek beauty designed with tandem kayakers in mind.  This kayak can be used in somewhat rough waters and should be used in long distance kayaking.  It has also gained reputation as a “light” and high-performing kayak.

With its Kevlar construction, it is based on the original Passat hull which has been acclaimed by adventure racers worldwide.  As far as seating goes, you can use the screwknob behind the seats to adjust them high and low.  Using the straps, you can even adjust the angles of the seat.  It edges smoothly and tours at 5+ knots.

If you want to read about its build, check out our Seward Passat G3 Kevlar review.  Being such a great kayak, no wonder this kayak made it on our best kayaks 2017 list.

Pros:

  • Tracks amazingly
  • 348 liters of dry storage in total
  • Excellent storage space

Cons:

  • The only problem is with the cabling for the rudder placement in and out of the water, requiring manual work

kevlar G3

15. Old Town Vapor 10 Angler

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 1
Weight capacity: 250 lbs

While officially an angler kayak, the Old Town Vapor 10 Angler is a recreational kayak with versatility.  It contains solid storage space with a large cockpit and offers a stable ride.  Whether you’re a novice or a skilled kayaker, thanks to the shape of the hull, you will find that the Vapor 10 Angler responds and tracks rather smoothly to your paddling.

The Vapor 10 provides more than ample room for your gear, including a dry hatch with a lockable top, a cooler, dufflebag, and nice room for more stuff. Also, there is nice room behind the seat for a sleeping bag and of course, more gear, between your feet.

If you want a recreational angler that is made of good, quality materials for a good price, then the Old Town Vapor 10 Angler is a rather good choice.

Pros:

Cons:

  • The drain plug location isn’t at a good spot for actually finding the perfect position to get the water out

 

16.  Hobie Pro Angler 12

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 1
Weight capacity: 500 lbs

Alright, so where are we on the Best Kayaks 2017 List? #16!  Let’s keep chugging along…

The Hobie Pro Angler is one of the best fishing kayaks produced by the Hobie Cat Company.  This is a hard shelled kayak with the capacity to hold upto 500 pounds. The really cool thing about the Hobie 12 fishing kayak is that it navigates really well whether you use it in choppy waters or a nice, calm lake!

The most unique thing about this fishing kayak is that it is powered by the MirageDrive 180 technology.  Instead of tiring out your arms, the Angler 12 has a leg paddling system that is easy and efficient to use and perfect for those hard fishing days.  Not only that, but it also comes with a seat with lumbar support and can be raised upto 5 inches.

There are plenty more awesome features to be admired about the Hobie Angler 12 kayak: for instance, it has a dual steering system which is awesome, allowing for primary and secondary steering.  Also, you can store up to six fishing rods horizontally, leaving you with more than ample storage space.  Another common sense choice to add as a best kayaks 2017 contender.

The LiveWell live-bait tank is another thing of beauty with a nice 8 gallon tank!

Pros:

  • Comfort was a main feature when Hobie Cat Company created the Hobie Pro Angler 12!
  • Rust resistancy proved with testing in salt waters
  • 6 horizontal fishing rod holders!

Cons:

  • If $$ isn’t an issue, then none

 

Best Kayaks 2017 Buyer’s Guide Conclusion

These are the best of the best kayaks 2017 has to offer!  However, we understand that this site is mostly (99%) dedicated to inflatable kayaks.  This list is a mix of inflatable, hard-shelled, and everything in between.  We understand that you may be looking for only inflatable kayak reviews.

With that in mind, please feel free to check out any of our in-depth reviews or, heck, the Killer Kayaks Guide: Best Inflatable Kayaks 2016!

Happy kayaking, everyone!

PS. Did we somehow miss a great kayak on our Best Kayaks 2017 list?  Contact us and let us know asap!

Inflatable Kayak Guide: Learn What to Look For When Buying One!

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Kayaking is what we are all about here, just take a look at all the inflatable kayak reviews we have here for you! However, it dawned on us that there are plenty of people for whom selecting one might be difficult, or simply, that they are new to buying an inflatable kayak.

So, we compiled a list of factors for you to consider before putting your $$ down on any and created this inflatable kayak guide! If you are looking for overall best kayaks in 2017, check out that link!

Following are some important factors to consider when buying an inflatable kayak:

1. Types of Inflatable Kayaks

For starters, consumers should understand the different types of inflatable kayaks that are available in the market. Choosing a particular kayak model depends on the intended usage. Typically, each kayak is designed for a definite cause.

Touring Kayaks

Inflatable Touring kayaks are characterized by a long and thin shape. This design eases the act of traveling through flat water. Touring kayaks offer versatility as they can be used in both fresh and ocean waters. Also, most touring kayaks are rudder-compatible to boost steering.

White Water Kayaks

Unlike the touring kayaks, the whitewater inflatable kayaks come with a short and wide design. With this structure, minimal effort is required in steering as the moving water tends to propel the vessel. Moreover, the large design ensures that the kayak is stable, while the reduced length enhances navigation around obstacles like rocks. A key selling point for white water kayaks is the presence of scupper holes, which drain water from the cockpit and d-rings.

Sea Kayaks

Inflatable sea kayaks resemble touring kayaks as they are long and thin. However, they are specially designed for use in sea waters. They also have added features such as scupper holes.

Fishing Kayaks

Inflatable fishing kayaks come in different lengths, ranging from short to long. The distinct characteristic of this vessel is its round shape at the front and back, which gives them stability. They also come equipped with unique features geared towards fishing activities such as rod holders, anchor cleat, and bait bucket.

Sit-On-Top Kayaks

An inflatable sit-on-top kayak comes with an elevated seat, which positions the kayaker on top of the vessel. This design makes the kayak more stable compared to the conventional design, where one has to sit in the cockpit. Sit on top kayaks also feature scupper holes that make them efficiently self-draining.

2. Storage and Portability

The two main advantages that inflatable kayaks offer over the hard-shell types are easy portability and little storage space. In fact, a deflated kayak can be fit into a large backpack. Nonetheless, buyers should keep in mind that some inflatable kayaks are constructed using heavy duty material, which makes them less compact. As such, a kayak buyer has to strike a balance between the ease of storage and the quality of construction material.

3. Material of the Kayak

Inflatable kayaks are made using one of three materials namely; Hypalon, Nitrylon, and PVC.

Hypalon

Hypalon is a type of synthetic rubber, which is mainly used in constructing the high-end kayaks. The benefit of hypalon is that it is durable and, thus, offers resistance against extreme weather, chemicals, the intense UV rays of the sun and impact.

PVC

This material originates from vinyl polymer plastic. As such, it is not as durable compared to its Hypalon counterpart. However, it is cheap, and the mode of construction makes it a cost-effective option for kayakers with a limited budget.

Nitrylon

Nitrylon inflatable kayaks are relatively new in the market. They came about after the controversy associated with PVC. Nitrylon is considered an eco-friendly material for kayak construction. Moreover, it is resistant to punctures and abrasion and performs well in cold environments.

4. Weight

The weight of an inflatable kayak is also an important specification, especially for hikers who have to carry the vessel around. Heavy duty kayaks are made using a thick material, and, are thus more resistant to punctures. However, taking a heavy inflatable kayak might be wearisome; hence, the need to purchase a lightweight kayak.

5. Seating in the Kayak

When it comes to structure, an inflatable kayak may have single, double, or triple seating. Usually, the seats run along the length of the kayak. Most white water kayaks come with room for just one kayaker. Conversely, touring kayaks can accommodate up to three passengers. Therefore, if you intend to go kayaking with a friend, you should opt for kayaks that offer double or triple seating.

6. Inflatable Kayak Accessories

Some accessories are essential for kayaking activity, and they include paddles, air pumps, repair kits, and PFD’s. Depending on the model of kayak that you purchase, these extras may or may not be included in the package. Preferably, you should opt for high-quality paddles and dual action air pumps.

That’s A Wrap On T Folks!

And, well, there you have it, Folks!  Considering the aforementioned factors will help you save money in the long run.  Once you’ve jotted down what type of kayak you want, head on over to Killer Kayaks Presents: Best Inflatable Kayaks of 2016 and join in on the fun.

Killer Kayaks Presents: Best Inflatable Kayaks 2016!

Oh my! Welcome to the first Killer Kayaks Presents: Best Inflatable Kayaks 2016! As I begin typing this delicious guide, I’m realizing how fast this year has gone by. Now is the time to create those long gift lists and hand them to your family 😉

Since you stayed nice this year, the Killer Kayak Santa has decided to gift you with this Killer Kayaks Presents: Best Inflatable Kayaks 2016.  Quickly scan through the list, see what suits your needs, and follow the links for the cheapest prices on the web.

I’m sure you didn’t come here to chit chat so let me get this baby going. I will be organizing inflatable kayaks by several categories, cutting your research time by HALF. Let’s get started:

Best Bang For the Buck Inflatable Kayaks!

Bruh! You want the best bang for your buck?! Tight on your budget or you simply don’t want to go broke spending on one of these babies? Well, this section is just for you! Have a look through, compare and contrast. Let’s start.

#1. Intex Explorer K2 Kayak

You can’t beat this best selling inflatable kayak: coming in under $100, this is as solid as they come if you want to purchase one and have never owned one. Some things to keep in mind are that that it comes with inflatable seats with a backrest and removable skeg (sometimes people prefer using it for additional anchoring and stability when steering). Here it is, with its sporty, fun look:

Learn & read more reviews about the Intex Exploer K2 here.

#2. Coleman QuikpakTM K1 1-Person Kayak

Technically, the Coleman QuickpakTM K1 is a one person seating kayak and is considered a sit-on-top kayak. Let’s take a look at the picture quickly so you know what that means:

A few quick pointers for you outdoor adventurers! The QuickpakTm K1 inflatable kayak has one of the fastest setups around and not is only on the eyes (you can see for yourself), but also, easy to assemble. This sturdy little baby can be used in a lake due to its 21 gauge PVC construction and its tarpaulin bottom. If this all sounds like French, that’s okay: just know you can use it safe and sound. Easily one of the best options we had to include in our Best Inflatable Kayaks 2016 list.

InflatableYes
Inflation Time10 mins
NMMA Certified?
# Of Seats1
Maximum Weight Capacity400 lbs
Inflated Size103 inches

There’s a lot more to check out here and more in-depth reviews!

#3. Coleman Clear CreekTM 2-Person Kayak

If you want an extra roomy inflatable kayak or a two person option and you’re on a budget, you should take a look at the Coleman Clear CreekTM inflatable kayak option. It will cost you well under $200 and, well, you can’t beat a deal like this! With a durable construction and technology, you should feel safe taking this into a lake. It comes with the standard adjustable seats and is NMMA certified.

More details and reviews can be found here.

Most Expensive Inflatable Kayaks

#1. AIRE Super Lynx Inflatable Kayak

Length x Width x Height: 14′ x 37″
Weight: 46 lbs.
Load Capacity: 600 lbs.

Lightweight, sleek, comfortable, compact and stable AIRE Super Lynx Inflatable Kayak offers many options for the adventurous paddler. It is designed as a versatile inflatable kayak that can be best used on flat water, moderate whitewater, or ocean bays. Repair kit and removable aluminum skeg are included as well as a 10-year warranty. Seats can be moved around for solo or tandem paddling, which makes it ideal for families who want to take a child or a pet with them on board.

#2. Sea Eagle Razorlite 393rl Inflatable Kayak

Exterior: 12’10” x 28” Interior: 11’7″ x 1’6″
Hull Weight: 33.5 lbs.
Load Capacity: 1 Person (300 lbs.) + Gear (200 lbs.) = 500 max total lbs.

Sea Eagle Razorlite 393rl is a strong, fast, comfortable, lightweight high-performance inflatable solo kayak for the adventurer. It is designed to be used best on ocean bays, lakes, and rivers. High pressure pump with pressure gauge, repair kit, and backpack carry bag are all included in the package. The RazorLite™ Series is NMMA Certified, built with drop stitch technology and best recommended for intermediate and above paddlers.

#3. Sea Eagle Fast Track Inflatable 2 Person Kayak

Length: 12’6″
Interior: 11’7″ x 1’6″
Max. capacity : 2 adults or 635 lbs

Sea Eagle Fast Track Inflatable 2 Person Kayak features a sleek, lightweight design with a sharp, tapered bow which enables paddlers to go faster. It is ideal for long-distance paddling. Two AB40 paddles, two Tall Back kayak seats, two stow bags, carry bag, foot pump, slide-in skeg for improved tracking and a repair kit are included in the pro package. It is best used on large lakes, meandering rivers, bays and ocean coves.

#4. BIC Yakkair Fishing-2Hp

Length: 13’5″
Max Load: 550 lbs.

The Yakkair HP2 Fishing can easily be carried in a wheeled backpack. It is designed to reach difficult fishing spots. The material Yakkair is made of is durable enough to prevent any potential damage from fishing hooks. Additionally, kayakers can use the YAKKAir HP2 solo by mounting one seat in the center. Two backrests and footrests, safety grab lines, abrasion protector, bow protector, carry handles, paddle attachment, carry bag, pump, and repair kit are included.

Best 2-Person Tandem Kayaks

If you want to enjoy a day out with your friend or partner but you only have one kayak, you might consider buying a tandem kayak. If you are ready to take on the cooperation and patience tandem kayak paddling requires, here are some of the best kayaks for you to glance through:

#1. AIRHEAD AHTK-2 Montana Performance 2 Person Kayak

Length: 12”
Max Load: 500 lbs.

The AIRHEAD AHTK2 Montana Performance 2 Person Kayak is a lightweight, compact, and portable tandem inflatable kayak specifically designed for 2 paddlers, used best on lakes and moderate white water. Another strong contender to add to the Best Inflatable Kayaks 2016 guide!

#2. Lagoon 2 Inflatable Kayak

Length: 12”
Max Load: 350 lbs.

Lagoon 2 is a tandem kayak has a stylish design, comfortable high-quality seats, and extra padded support, with high durability. The built-in rigid panel and the stern gives better tracking. Inflating, deflating and the transportation of Lagoon 2 is easy. It ensures maneuvers for natural movement.

#3. Sea Eagle SE370K_P Inflatable Kayak with Pro Package

Exterior: 12′ 6″ x 34″ Interior: 10′ 8″ x 15″
Max Load: 650 lbs.

Sea Eagle 370’s form, function, and affordability make it one of the most popular tandem kayaks. This inflatable sports kayak is lightweight yet stable. Due to its thick material, it is very durable. It can be easily transported. What is more, the seats are detachable, inflatable and replaceable. Repair kit and pressure gauge are included in the package.

Sexiest Best Inflatable Kayaks

The sexiest, best inflatable kayaks are the ones with the slimmest proportions combined in an excellent design. They’re not just functional – they’re also built to capture the attention and make you and your pics pop!

#1. Hobie Mirage Revolution 11 Kayak

Length: 11 feet and 6 inches
Weight Capacity: 275 pounds

This single capacity kayak comes with a dry bag for easy transportation. Built with mesh covered storage pockets, its slim and stylish olive-color makes it perfect for fishing solo in shallow waters as you maneuver its sexy body along the waters. One of the best features of this kayak however is the leg room provided. It comes with a paddling system that offers more propulsion and thus more speed with greater accuracy in direction. They’re built with fishing in mind – which is why it come with rod holders and carrying handles.

 

#2. Aquaglide Rogue XP Two Inflatable Kayak-Blue/White

Length: 10 Feet
Weight Capacity: 400 pounds

This two person inflatable kayak doesn’t come with a pump or paddle but perfect in every other way. It includes a core seat and foot rest with a repair kit conveniently stored for emergency purposes. Built with a durable PVC Beam floor, the kayak material repels UV rays to protect the lower body of the user. With supportive core seats, it offers an adjustable and high backrest with a mesh storage pocket to keep all your essentials. This item is made with fishing and leisure kayaking in mind for a sleek and seamless maneuver on the water.

 

#3. Columbia XP Two Inflatable Kayak

Length: 13.5 Feet
Weight Capacity: 400 pounds

Built for two persons, this beautiful blue kayak is both slim and sleek with enough space and weight capacity for lots of extra stuff. Made for fishing or just leisure exploration of the water, the item is built with 600D polyester and Duratex. Proprietary floor technology lines the bottom of the kayak topped by comfortable Core Seats. Accessories can be kept in the large mesh pockets, leaving your hands free while cruising. Other features you can enjoy with this model include transport handles, Splash Guards and backpack straps. Ideal for travel buddies or anyone who loves the water – this Columbia XP Two Inflatable Kayak should be an excellent choice.

Whitewater Rafting Kayaks

Whitewater rafting kayaks are built for durability enough to withstand the rapid force of the water. Capable of housing 2 or more people, the rafting kayaks in this list have proven their excellence when it comes to taking the bumps and bounces of water rapids.

 

#1. Ocean Kayak Malibu 2XL Tandem Kayak 2016

Length: 12 feet

Built for two people, this Ocean Kayak makes use of materials guaranteed to withstand the unique saltiness of the ocean. Providing stability and ease of maneuverability, it can be paddled solo or with a friend – depending on your experience. The unit is actually made with family excursions in mind as it can take the weight of two people plus a small child or the favorite family pet. It doesn’t come with a paddle though so you’ll have to buy your own!

 

#2. Perception Kayak Prodigy Sunset

Length: 15.25 feet

This beautiful piece of kayak boasts of the color of sunset and performs beautifully when it comes to maneuverability. Made from polyethylene with seat material made from plastic, the unit can be used from practically all types of water from rivers, lakes, and oceans. Thanks to its weight of just 42 pounds, it can be quickly tossed on top of the car for long trips. The body is protected by additional materials to prevent scratching, tearing, or scraping the interior surface. The cockpit is large enough for ease of getting in and out while keeping the lower body protected from the sun. It also comes with foot braces for additional control.

 

#3. Emotion Spitfire Sit-On-Top Kayak, Glacier Blue, 9′

Length: 14 inches

Stunning in its orange color, this Emotion Spitfire Kayak has molded-in paddle keepers and padded seats. Weighing just 47.2 pounds, the kayak has side carry handles allowing for quick transportation from your home to the car to the beach. The foot wells are molded in for comfort and security for hours of kayak enjoyment. It also comes with an extra large storage hatch located beneath the deck. This should hold enough food and drinks to last you through the day as you go exploring the waters. For safety and security, the kayak also comes with self-bailing holes for water drainage, just in case some of them enter the cockpit. The shape is specially created for stability even during rougher water and to top it off – the orange is capped with UV protected materials.

The Neatest, Best Kayaks On The Market

There are 3 of these babies WORTH YOUR TIME AND MONEY AND FRANKLY, THAT SCARE THE LIVING POO OUT OF US! These kayaks are cool and edgy – affording users with something more than just convenient navigation through the waters. Made especially for those who want to really enjoy nature – these �neat’ kayaks have a crystal clear build.

 

#1. Crystal Explorer – Transparent Kayak/Canoe by the Crystal Kayak Company

Length: 11.1 feet
Weight Capacity: 425 pounds

Including seats, paddles, and 1 year warranty – this Crystal Explorer kayak lets you explore the bottom of the ocean with very little effort on your part. Enjoy the colorful fish directly beneath you with the crystal clear build that doesn’t decrease the quality and durability of the model. Designed for flat and choppy waters, it has a removable frame and seats so that moving it from one place to another is quick and easy. One of the cooler inflatable kayaks today, it is built with a polymer hull and hardware that resist corrosion.

 

#2. 2016 Caribe Clear Bottom Fishing Kayak

Length: 12 inches
Weight Capacity: 600 pounds

Having by far the largest weight capacity in this list, the Caribe Clear Bottom Fishing Kayak is built with large fishing hauls in mind. Although only seats one – the kayak is capable of holding in numerous accessories for your fishing including baits, coolers, hooks, and biggest possible fish you can find in the waters. The cockpit is adjustable which helps you achieve that maximum comfort for fishing. The paddles however are not included with the kayak.

 

#3. Driftsun Crystal Clear Transparent 2 Person Kayak – Clear Bottom Kayak

Length: 111
Weight Capacity: 425 pounds

This ocean kayak has a completely transparent hull for an excellent viewing experience of the underwater. Lightweight but with a construction that’s built for choppy waters, this inflatable kayak has removable seats and frames so that you can fold it for easier storage. Polymer-made, it has enough colors for an aesthetic appeal but with a functionality that’s superior than most. Paddles and various other parts are corrosion-resistant and should last its users a long time of water enjoyment.

 

#4. See Through Canoe

Our last but never the least on our Best Inflatable Kayaks 2016 compilation: a market favorite, the “See Through Canoe” is a little different from the other items in the list today. For one thing, it’s navigated using a machine power which can generate a bit of sound. On the plus side however, this canoe lets you simply enjoy the waters without having to worry about paddling. Completely transparent, it has a 1 person capacity and a puncture proof surface to keep your mind at rest. The frame is made of aluminum and boasts of a roof cover to keep the sun and UV rays away from your eyes and skin.

AIRHEAD AHTK-2 Montana Performance 2 Person Kayak In-Depth Review

ahtk-2 2 person montanaMy Gosh! If you live somewhere perfect like Southern California or any where the weather is sunny and beautiful even in the “winter months”, then you may be looking for something as fun as a two person inflatable kayak. And, since you’re here, let’s dive into a review of the Airhead AHTK-2 Montana Performance Kayak.

Wow, that’s a mouthful and a handful to type!

Since one of the first things I do is shop by price (hey, no shame in admitting we have a budget!), this two person kayak comes in around $370-$390 on Amazon (which I believe is the best place price-wise and customer service wise to shop for something like this). Now, $390 isn’t very “cheap” and is considered a decent investment so let’s break this baby down bit by and see if it’s worth every penny of your hard earned dollars 😉

The Basics

Yes, the Airhead AHTK-2 Montana is a two seater inflatable kayak and comes in around 12 feet long. It is constructed of durable material making it ideal for kayaking in the lakes and moderate white river rafting. The floor is designed as tubular I-beam floor (typical) and weighs around 36.3 lbs. Some of you may love the orange colour and some may hate it but it’s a smart choice for safety enthusiasts as it makes the product high visibility. The tubular I-beam flooring does make it very comfortable to sit in. It contains two Boston valves for quick inflation and deflation.

And look: it can support upto 500 pounds! If size is an issue, this baby can definitely handle that. Have a look at this beaut:

ahtk-2 demonstration pic

The Meat of the Airhead AHTK-2 Montana Kayak

Patience, please 😉

In case you haven’t caught yet, if pricing isn’t an issue and you are looking for an inflatable boat that can fit tall people comfortable or upto 500 pounds, then this one is your lady. If that isn’t impressive, a reviewer on Amazon touts that AIRHEAD AHTK-2 Montana Performance 2 Person Kayakhe bought the AHTK-2 in 2006 for the purpose of roughing it (in 2006) and that it still hasn’t developed any leaks (review written in 2004!) This is due to the build of this superior kayak which is constructed from the nylon denier fabric shell. When it comes to leaks, this kayak is extremely durable.

Another cool thing about the Montana Two Person Kayak is that it looks very nice and doesn’t look “cheap” as some of these can. Of course, priced around $375, you’d think this would be standard but sadly, it’s not the case with all inflatable boats and kayaks.

Even with two people, there is plenty of space for you to store additional items (trust me, this comes in handy). It’s extremely easy and quick to inflate and deflate. Also, thanks to its build and the four fins it comes with, you’ll find the tracking to be consistent and the maneuverability to be better than most kayaks in its class.

The Cons…

I expect you to read this section before you read any additional reviews. That’s what I do 😉

The only two cons are that the Airhead two persona inflatable boat comes with straps which is fine for carrying but a tad bit cumbersome. It does NOT come with a bag to put it away which would’ve been ACE.

Because of that, the weight comes into factor. This two person kayak weighs 36 pounds and sometimes, you can feel it.

The Verdict

In all honesty, if you are looking for safety, room, durability, stability, and good tracking, this is the perfect buy. It has plenty of 4 and 5 star reviews on Amazon (undoubtedly, my favourite way to check out sports gear).

AIRHEAD AHTK-2 Montana Performance 2 Person Kayak Features

InflatableYes
Inflation Time15-20 minutes
NMMA Certified?
# of Seats2
Maximum Weight Capacity500 lbs
Inflated Size12 feet

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Kayak – Expensive Or Well Worth It?

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Kayak FullIn case you haven’t noticed, the Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible kayak is one of the more expensive inflatable kayaks we’ve taken the time out to review. After all, coming in around $550, why should one invest in one of these inflatable kayaks rather than shell out money for a hard-shelled kayak?

That’s one of the bigger questions we will be answering in this review but first, let’s start with the basics and move our way through this sexy option (I’m not biased, I promise!)

The Basics

Now, if you don’t know what to look for in an inflatable kayak, then check out our inflatable kayak guide.  The AdvancedFrame Convertible kayak is a two seater kayak and comes in around 15 feet long (much longer than the standard inflatable kayaks that I’ve checked out). Its frame is built with aluminum ribs that shape the bow and stern. Due to the ‘weightiness’, this kayak also treks straight and well (which can be a little bit of a problem with light inflatable kayaks). While the trekking is not as well as a hardshell kayak but it comes very close to it. That says a lot about an inflatable kayak!

The Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible inflatable kayak is also constructed of three layers for safety reasons: if one layer gets punctured, you’re still safe due to the other two layers being puncture resistant.

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible inflatable kayak Seating

Even though this baby is designed for tandem (or two people) kayaking, you can take the extra seat out (or use it as added back comfort) and take it out solo.

Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or an expert kayaker, setup is a breeze. The first time, it may take you a good 20 minutes to accomplish this but it gets easier each time. You simple take it out of the package, unfold it, pump it with air and set it up. Viola!

Just in case, here’s a demonstration video:

Storage Compartment

Unlike other kayaks, this one has a nice storage department for some serious gear. Here, take a look at the image: There is surprisingly a fair amount of storage and the deck lacing is just… super sexy. Go ahead and sprinkle your jelly beans everywhere! (Joking… keep it clean!)

Bonus Points for Puncture Resistant Build

When you’re out and about in one of these inflatable kayaks, the last thing you want to do is be worried if it can take a little bit of a hit (let’s face it: sometimes I don’t plan on rough surfaces but that doesn’t mean my kayaks don’t end up getting scratched!) As mentioned earlier, the Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible inflatable kayak kayak is built of three layers of puncture resistant material.

The kayak is so well-built that even through rough surfaces, it will, on average, last you 5-10 years (please keep in mind this depends on the usage). If you are using the Advanced Elements inflatable kayak in pretty rough waters, you should know that while it does well in heavier conditions, still, this isn’t a hard kayak! (Always remain cautious and go with a buddy to test how well a new kayak responds in an environment). If roughing it is a huge issue for you, then you will find the Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible inflatable kayak one tough inflatable sob!

Is The Advanced Elements Inflatable Kayak Heavy As Heck!?

One of the main complains on Amazon is regarding the weight of this kayak. If you examine this a bit, this is a good thing! The kayak comes in around 55 pounds which means it’s a bit heavy to carry. However, this kind of weight is good especially if you want to trek well and straight in the water. And that, my friends, the Advanced Elements inflatable kayak does really well. If you’ve shopped around for lighter inflatable kayaks, you’ll see that getting them to move straight can take a bit of getting used to.

Now, if you’re not very strong, then carrying this a fair distance could become a problem. If you know you’ll be in good company or are a strong person and don’t mind carry it, then you know this kayak is right for you. Additionally, you could purchase a dolly to help you carry this. I don’t want to blow this out of proportion; just know that the size could be an issue if you’re a very light person and need to carry this thing a mile to the lake or a river.

Is Cleaning Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Inflatable Kayak A Drag?

Okay, so inflating this baby takes around a good 5-10 minutes (for first timers, it can be longer). That’s not a problem. However, after you’ve used it, you’ll notice water collect at the bottom. Well, if you’ve invested in a $500 kayak, you also have to take good care of it which includes drying it off and folding it properly.

This means you have to empty out the kayak, let it dry off then unfold it. Frankly, this is the nature of most kayaks so if this bothers you, perhaps you should invest in a hardshell kayak.

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible inflatable kayak Overview

Why is The Advanced Elements Advanced Frame Convertible Kayak a Great Investment?

If you’re like me and live in a cramped apartment, own a small car or hate carrying a hardshell kayak, then this is a solid investment. It’s not like a super lightweight inflatable kayak. It doesn’t come with the problem of a superlight inflatable kayak either. It has a bit of weight to it (55-60 lbs) but this also helps it move straight and speedier than most inflatable kayaks. If you have believe in quality products and want something more reliable than a $150 inflatable kayak (those have their own advantages), then you will definitely love investing in the AdvancedFrame inflatable kayak.

Still Torn About The Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Inflatable Kayak …?

Still torn? Welp, seein’ IS believin’, they say. And if this doesn’t help, then check out our other reviews on the site 🙂

Verdict

The Advanced Elements Advanced Frame Convertible kayak is one of the more expensive inflatable kayaks on the market but is one of the best and sturdiest options available as well. Its pricing fluctuates around $500 so it’s a serious investment. For anyone looking for a sturdy inflatable kayak, this is a must buy.

For another Advanced Elements option, check out the Advanced Elements FireFly inflatable kayak.

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Kayak Features

InflatableYes
Inflation Time10-15 minutes
NMMA Certified?
# of Seats1
Maximum Weight Capacity300 lbs
Inflated Size10" x 5'

Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 – A Quiet Two Seat Fishing Boat?

Whether you are a serious or occasional angler, you may be aware of how important your boat is for a successful fishing experience. This is why you have to read this Stealth Stalker STS 10 review keenly. This Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 is a lightweight, two-seater, sit-on-top vessel that comes ready for a fast water launch.

Equipped with a pair of convenient paddles, the boat can be assembled with a prominent motor board section. It is shipped with its own foot pedal pump, which makes it easier for everyone who hates pumping with hand pumps. Its lightweight nature makes it optimal for shallow water fishing, and it can float in just 4 inches of water!

Let’s check out some other features of the Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10.

Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10

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[Check out our list of best  kayaks here]

Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 Frame

The Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 measures about 10 feet in length, which is long enough to allow for sufficient cockpit space after calculating the boat’s hull space allowance. At a beam width of 5 feet, the boat is stable enough to run on most water bodies.

Upon deflation, the hull is reduced to just about 31” x 40” x 9”. Thus, the Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker fishing boat is readily transportable, both when fully inflated and deflated. When fully inflated, the hull’s diameter measures about 16 inches.

The Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10’s hull is made of 1000 denier PVC. This makes the boat tough enough to be suitable for use in shallow waters, where it is likely to come into contact with pebbles and abrasive rocks.

The quadruple overlapping glue seams ensure that the various chambers of the boat hold together without betraying any signs of the multi-chamber build. Composed of three chambers, one each on the starboard side, port area, and bow, the Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 fully assembles in a maximum time of 20 minutes.

Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 seats

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For an angler, the outer area matters very little if the inside of a boat is cramped, space-wise. The Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 is anything but cramped. The interior side measures 7’6″ by 2’4″, which is quite roomy for most anglers, but the width might not be comfortable for a stretched-leg horizontal seating position.

To enhance the angler’s stability and the boat’s rigidity, the Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 comes with an additional plywood floor. The inflated hull weight stands at 45 pounds, which makes it light enough to carry two people and then some.

Fully rigged, with the plywood floorboard and motor mount on board, it weighs 78 pounds, which is a notable increase in weight. However, the Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 has a weight capacity of 1200 pounds, so the additional weight should not be a problem at all.

 

Features of the Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10

The Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 can be adjusted into a one-seater with the removal of one seat. They are set on a 7″ high, rotating mount which makes them swivel-ready. This is especially useful for anglers when trying to manage an unsteady catch that is trying to fight to get off the hook.

Sadly, the seats do not have much else to write home about. Rubber made and set on a foldable hard plastic frame, they are as basic as you would expect of any comfortable boat seats. They do not have any extra functionalities, such as acting as alternate position supports. Their build makes them suitable for use on the boat, but nowhere else.

With the ability to seat 2 people, the Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 is capable of accommodating up to a maximum weight of 1200 pounds. Considering that a good number of inflatable boats and canoes are only able to accommodate up to a maximum of 900 pounds, this is impressive. The boat is able to hold one pair of oars, so no tandem rowing here. The oars are held in place by a rigid pair of oar locks.

An A41 foot pump is made available to pump air into the Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS 10. The pedal’s surface is coarse enough to allow you to pump even if your shoes are wet. It works well enough to make a pump time of between 10 to 15 minutes.

It is important to note the Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10’s hull pressure is held at 3.2 psi, so it is not advised to use air compressed tire pumps. The recessed one-way valves, characteristic in all of sea eagle’s inflatables, makes it easy to inflate, while reducing any escaping air during pumping.

 

Stealth Stalker STS10 Foot Pump

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The Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 angler is rather exceptionally built when it comes to the carry handles, and it has three welded to the hull. At the front, there is one horizontal handle and an additional pair of vertical handles welded on the extreme left and top right areas of the stern. Hence, the person at the back is able to hold the boat with both hands, which increase weight distribution during carrying.

The Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 comes ready for motor mounting. It is recommended that you use a motor that weighs up to a maximum of 45 pounds. Weight notwithstanding, you can affix 4-horsepower motors with minimum shafts of 20 inches. The use of motors boosts the boat’s speed up to a maximum of 6 mph. The speed is dependable on the type of motor used. You can go 5-6 mph with a gas motor and 4-5 mph with an electric one.

To enhance its use, the Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10’s hull has metal mounts that allow for the addition of more objects such as rod holders, a canopy, and other accessories. Additionally, the 4 mount pads come with a sufficient number of brackets to ensure that should you lose even one, you can postpone that visit to your local fishing gear store.

 

Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker Fishing Boat Storage Room

We have to mention in this Stealth Stalker STS 10 Review that you should not expect a lot in the way of storage on this boat. The Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 has only one designated bag area. The stow bag itself is not big enough to store a huge amount of gear.

Needless to say, you just have to carry your own external hatches for the storage of your catch, as well as other things such as drink bottles.

 

Stealth Stalker Fishing Boat

The good thing is that the boat has four strategically placed rod holders. Two rod holders on each side of the Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 make it convenient to place you rods in wait for action. Unfortunately, the rod holders utilize the same space on the four mount plates. Therefore, should you need to add anything else, you are forced to dislodge one or two rods.

 

Pros

  • Easy handling, even for an inexperienced angler
  • Ability to add motors makes the Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 a good choice for anglers
  • Stable enough for use in various water conditions
  • Light enough to carry
  • Swivel seats that can rotate 360 degrees
  • Brackets to install a canopy for hot, sunny days
  • Easy to assemble, with an easy to read instruction manual
  • Minor repairs on the Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 are stress-free
  • Universal Scotty Mounts to use any equipment you want

 

Cons

  • The Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS 10 lacks adequate storage
  • Wooden floor boards are quite heavy and stiff, which could lead to transportation issues
  • Standing on the Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS 10 is not as easy as other angling boats
  • Rigid seats

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Stealth Stalker STS 10 Review Conclusion

 

Using engine on stealth stalker

The Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 frameless fishing boat is a good boat. A lot could have been done to make it better, but it still serves the purpose well. Apart from the storage, which can be fixed by carrying your own storage bags and hatch, the boat is still a sturdy, quality option.

However, for the price, functionality may be a little bit low. Nevertheless, considering the other alternatives on the market, you are better off placing your bet on the Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 than on a majority of inflatable boats out there.

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Elkton Outdoors Tandem Kayak – Only For Short People?!

Fishing by means of a kayak has become increasingly popular, and the Elkton Outdoors brand seeks to address the needs and wants of both veteran and novice kayakers for sturdy, versatile and functional inflatable kayaks.

 

The Elkton Outdoors tandem kayak is specifically designed for fishing on rivers, lakes, and the ocean. It has a lightweight and robust structure, with a well-defined design and easy-to-handle assembly for easy paddling. The manufacturers made sure to keep anglers in mind when designing this tandem kayak by optimizing it for fishing. Keep reading to find out more in this Elkton Outdoors Tandem Review.

Elkton Outdoors tandem kayak

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Elkton Outdoors Tandem Sit On Top Kayak Frame

Built with 1000 Denier PVC and tarpaulin, the Elkton Outdoors tandem kayak can take on any rugged terrain and get you wherever you need to be to enjoy fishing in various areas. This is a durable boat that is suitable for rugged use in open seas and flat water, but not the best choice for whitewater rapids. The 18-gauge PVC is highly resistant to rips, punctures, and abrasions. That means the Elkton Outdoors tandem kayak has a greatly reduced risk of a leak springing while on the water.

Even thick fishing hooks can’t rip through the Elkton Outdoors tandem kayak’s thick material easily, although it’s recommended to avoid jagged rocks. So, you don’t need to be wary of this tandem kayak because of its construction, since it’s built tough and extremely long-lasting. With proper care, the Elkton Outdoors tandem kayak can be used for many years. After use, be sure that you hose down the deflated boat with tap water and then let it air dry.

Included in the Elkton Outdoors tandem kayak package are 2 adjustable Velcro seats, 2 adjustable rod holders (one trolling and one vertical), and double sided oars as well as a foot pump, repair kit, and carry bag. The adjustable seats were designed by engineers for added comfort. With the mounted adjustable rod holders, fisherman can set up their rods in various positions for the ultimate catch. This allows for a versatile fishing experience, suitable for any weather or water conditions.

The Elkton Outdoors tandem kayak comes with 3 removable air chambers which allow quick, easy, and convenient inflation and deflation (adjustment of air pressure) and leak repair. The air pressure in every chamber utilizes a pressure gauge that can be modified, depending on your needs. However, it is also important that you maintain the proper balance between all 3 air chambers. In the event of any damage, repairs and other adjustments are fixed more quickly without difficulty. The leak can be easily repaired, as well, using the patch repair kit. Thanks to the separate air chambers, the Elkton Outdoors Tandem sit-on-top kayak should still stay afloat until one reaches the shore, even with a leak.

Features of the Elkton Outdoors Tandem Kayak

The Elkton Outdoors tandem sit on top kayak is built to last. With its ultra-durable roto-molded construction will ensure that it will never puncture or crack and will last for years. There’s also plenty of storage, like dry compartments for keys, wallets, and phones. Two gear storage areas are situated at each end of this kayak.

Included with the Elkton Outdoors tandem kayak are 2 double sided paddles, 2 adjustable premium kayak seats, bungee cords, and 2 adjustable rod holders. The center platform is perfect for coolers or gear. Two carry handles allow for expedient transportation, and the boat easily fits in the bed of a trailer or truck. The Elkton Outdoors tandem kayak is 12′ long and 3′ wide, allowing plenty of room for 2 people and their required gear. The weight capacity is 600 pounds.

Storage

The Elkton Outdoors tandem kayak has 4 built-in mesh gear pockets that are meant for storing fishing gear and supplies. The air-tight internal storage compartments make sure that your valuables aren’t damaged while on the water. Carry handles are also featured at the fore, aft, and on the sides. There are also D-rings to help securely attach other kayaking equipment, like an anchor and spray shields. One can also drag some gear behind the boat with the assurance that the Elkton Outdoors tandem kayak can carry it without ripping.

We all know that, while fishing, leisure is a big part of the whole experience. Because of that, the Elkton Outdoors tandem kayak has two premium kayak seats and cup-holders. You can therefore kick back and revel in your day of fishing! You won’t have to clutter your kayak when you bring all your fishing gear with you! There is a platform in the center of the boat that stores extra equipment and supplies, or a cooler to keep your fish on ice.

Pros

  • Strong, durable construction, from the sturdy PVC to the welded seams
  • Worrying about tears in a inflatable kayak will be a thing of the past
  • The Elkton Outdoors tandem kayak retains air better than other inflatable kayaks
  • Includes solid, yet lightweight oars
  • Rod holders for easy storage of fishing rods
  • Inflatable boats are easier to transport and are stored in a smaller space
  • Package has everything you need to get started, as already mentioned earlier in this Elkton Outdoors Tandem Review

 Cons

  • The Elkton Outdoors tandem kayak is tear resistant, but not tear-proof, so it is not suitable for use in rough water conditions
  • Poor instructions, can be a challenge to know where to start

Elkton Outdoors Tandem Review Conclusion

The Elkton Outdoors tandem kayak offers great value for the money, for its ample storage options, durable materials, and effective control. This kayak is among the best and is designed to sustain better performance as well as much greater endurance. You may use it for fishing on a lake, touring a stretch of a slow-moving river, or enjoying the company of a friend on a nice day.

One can choose to go on a solo trip or bring along a friend. In both cases, you can be assured that it’ll pass the tests of a quality kayak. Indeed, if you are on the lookout for a large tandem kayak with plenty of expedient features, then you must earnestly consider this Elkton Outdoors tandem kayak. It offers the perfect combination of value and price, packed into one remarkable fishing kayak, made for both professional and beginner anglers.

5 Best Kayak Life Vest Options For Your Next Kayaking Trip!

Everyone is going to need a life vest when they go kayaking, especially if they want to be safe. Not only are they great for keeping you afloat in emergency situations, but they can hold your most valuable items where you can easily reach them. You wouldn’t even have to store them in a hatch on the boat because they would be in a pocket right on your chest.

Let’s take a look at some of the best kayak life vest options that will serve your individual needs.

 

1. ONYX MoveVent Dynamic Life Vest

 

 

This life vest is Coast Guard approved and has a SOLAS grade material that is reflective so that rescuers or other boaters can see you more easily. There is a mesh material in the back to keep you cooler on hot days, as well as in the front to drain any water out of the zippered pockets. The shoulder straps can be adjusted and are made with neoprene pads. A strong fabric made of 200 denier nylon makes up most of the vest’s composition, along with a light foam for buoyancy.

kayak life jacket - MoveVent Dynamic

The first best life vest on our list is the ONYX MoveVent! The design of the ONYX MoveVent Dynamic Life Vest allows for ease of arm movement, which is great for those who need to paddle. Side belts are easily adjustable to tighten or loosen the vest, and there is one pocket in the front that includes a whistle if you needed it during an emergency.

The only drawback is that the pocket is too small, so storage is not the best on this particular vest, but you can at least hold your keys in there. There is also a hard clip on the front to attach a knife for fishing or anything else that can be attached.

Chest:

  • X-Small/Small – 28”-36”
  • Medium/Large – 36”-44”
  • X-Large/XX-Large – 44”-56”

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2. ONYX Kayak Fishing Life Jacket

 

Another life vest by ONYX, this is mainly used for kayak fishing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still use it if you are someone who likes to carry extra items with you. This jacket is also Coast Guard approved, with a mesh material on the back to let the wind in and stay cool, as well as keeping it less bulky. It is made to accommodate larger people as well. It’s made with 400 denier nylon and has 3 pockets, one small and two big ones.

Fishing life jacket

Normally, the bigger pockets would be used for a small tackle box, scissors, pliers, knives, and other things a fisherman would need. For someone who wants extra space, they could put their cell phones, sunscreen, and other things. There are clips on the front for your sunglasses, as well as a whistle and whatever else you need to attach. The vest has 6 adjustable straps for a comfortable, secure fit and there are neoprene shoulder pads.

Chest:

  • Universal – 30”-52”
  • Oversize – 40”-60”

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3. Stohlquist Edge Life Jacket

 

This Stohlquist life vest has a very large arm opening so you can paddle unobstructed with no chafing. It is Coast Guard approved, and is also approved by Transport Canada, with highly visible reflective markings. The vest is made with 200 denier oxford liner with a Mini-ripstop outer shell made of nylon, which means it’s reinforced so it won’t rip.

Edge life jacket - best kayak life vest

The sides of this life jacket are made with mesh for more ventilation and the padded shoulder straps are adjustable. There is a decent sized front pocket and a side pocket as well, both zippered. You can just unzip it and drop things in for easy access later. The foam for buoyancy is very soft, making it perfect for both men AND women, with a WRAPTURE shaped torso.

Chest:

  • Small/Medium – 33”-39”
  • Large/X-Large – 40”-46”
  • XX-Large – 48”-54”

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4. Stohlquist Women’s Betsea Personal Flotation Device

 

The Betsea life vest is built with the female body in mind, with contoured inner cups built-in for upper body support. It is approved by the Coast Guard and Transport Canada with a 3M reflective trim in the front and back. The outer shell is made of 500 denier nylon, the liner is 200 denier oxford, and the arms are extra wide to paddle or swim freely. The cross-chest cinch harness prevents the jacket from riding up.

PFD Betsea
There are two zippered pockets on the front of the Betsea so you can store your phone, keys, and whatever else you need to, as well as two 4-way lash tabs to clip extra items onto your jacket. Lumbar pads are also included for back support, along with pockets to warm your hands in case the weather changes while you’re out on the water.

Chest/Bust:

  • Small/Medium – 28”-34”
  • Large/X-Large – 35”-40”
  • Plus – 40”-46”

 

5. Stohlquist Youth Escape PFD Life Jacket

We’ve included a youth life jacket so that everyone is included, especially when you’re taking your family out for some fun water activities. This jacket has extra soft foam inserts in both the front and back for added comfort and is Coast Guard approved. It’s best for kids that weigh 50-90 pounds and has straps to fully adjust the jacket to fit them very snugly.
PFD Youth Escape

The shoulders of the jacket are padded and there are reflective accents all throughout. It is made with 200 denier nylon for the outer shell and the liner is 200 denier oxford. The arms are extra wide to make swimming easier and to move around unrestricted. The zippered pocket is a great place to store your kid’s snacks and a small tube of sunscreen or whatever else they may need.

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Best Kayak Life Vest Options Conclusion!

There are many kinds of vests, and some are made for special activities, like fishing. Some are very basic (cheap, but will still save you in an emergency), some are moderately priced, but won’t have the extras, and some are more expensive, but they will have everything you need in a vest.

It all depends on the activity and/or sport you’re participating in. If you’re fishing, it would be nice to have the basics right in your jacket, like a knife, some hooks, weights, scissors, gloves, etc. No matter what storage needs you have, life jackets are a necessity for safety purposes, first and foremost, so choose wisely. These are some of the best kayak life vest options you will find around.

Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon – True Fishing Boat For Rough Waters?

The Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon, from Outcast Sporting Gear, is a fun and reliable fishing boat. It doesn’t matter whether you are going upstream, out on the lake or searching through the swamp. If you are looking for a catamaran that is light, versatile and tough, this little beauty will not disappoint. Not only that, but the Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon boat is very stable, so if you like to fish on rivers that are rough, like rapids, this just might be the boat for you.

Whether you’re planning on fishing Arkansas’ White River, the Colorado, the Pacific Northwest or any other quick flowing streams, you won’t go wrong with the Fish Cat 13. However, this boat is not just for the adrenaline seekers out there. You can take this beauty out for a relaxing fishing trip, or use its small size to your advantage and get into those inaccessible places that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to with a bigger drift boat.

The Fish Cat 13 can easily navigate through streams, inlets, lakes, rivers, slack water and high reeds, wherever you want to take it. Let’s take a look at the great features of this pontoon in the following Outcast Fish Cat 13 review.

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Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon

 

Framing of the Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon

The Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon is 13′ long and 5’5″ wide (once inflated), and the frame is made from strong but lightweight aluminum tubing. It’s made from 20″ vinyl air cells that are covered in resilient 1000/1000 PVC fabric, making them highly resistant to puncture. And with the addition of 1-way Summit II valves, your days of worrying about accidental deflation are now a thing of the past.

This construction method gives the Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon a load capacity of 750 pounds, while only weighing in at a reasonable 170 pounds. The 11-piece frame is quick to set up and break down, making sure you don’t spend more of your day putting the boat together (and packing it up again) than you do out on the river, fishing. You can completely remove the front seat module to transform the boat into a fantastic craft for one.

For even more convenience, when completely packed down, the Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon will easily fit in the back of any moderate sized truck or on top of a car. That means no more towing along boat trailers and trying to find parking spaces. Just drive up, set up and start fishing or cruising along on the water. Once your done, pull it out, pack up and drive away, it’s as simple as that.

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Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon Features

Although the Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon is built for 2 anglers, it can easily be converted into a single seater by simply removing the front platform. Boasting taller pedestal seats than most of its competitors, which give a better view over the water, this pontoon boat is designed to cater to any occasion.

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Built to fit a mount for an outboard motor (mount, motor and pump sold separately), as well as two 8-foot oars as standard, Outcast Sporting Gear have thought of everything you need to get started.

 

fishing pontoon boat fishcat 13

Getting you through reeds, slack water, in and out of stream inlets and out onto bigger rivers, the Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon will be your go-to boat. The integrated anchor system is also a nice touch (anchor and rope sold separately).

It doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles as standard, but if you are able to spend a little more, there are a huge range of optional extras you can add to the Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon. These include the previously mentioned motor mount, motor, air pump, anchor and rope.

As well as those additions, you can also get yourself rod holders, and a casting platform for more versatility in casting options. For added comfort, you can get swivel bases and folding and padded seats. For those of you who love to be prepared, there are also extra cargo carriers, seat saddle bags, and seat caddies so you can take even more gear with you. And that’s just mentioning a few of the extras you can get from Outcast to add to your Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon.

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Storage Room in the FishCat 13 Pontoon

With 4 built-in storage bags in the Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon, as well as plenty of room on both the fore and aft foot plates for buckets and tackle, the only storage problem you have is remembering where you put everything.

There is almost no end to what you can pack onto the Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon, including all of your tackle, bait, lures and lines. There’s also plenty of room for a cooler for your drinks and buckets for everything you catch.

All of this extra storage also opens up the option to take some overnight trips on longer expeditions, with plenty of room for tents, extra gear and anything else you might need. How would you like to wake up to the sound of the river flowing past, pack up your sleeping bag, make a cup of coffee and be back on the river in your Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon to catch your lunch? Sounds like the kind of life most of us can only dream of!

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We have covered a LOT of information in this Outcast Fish Cat 13 review, so in the following section, we’ve compiled a list of pros & cons for your convenience:

Pros

  • The Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon is stable, with a sturdy and dependable construction
  • Lightweight for easier transportation
  • Versatile – can be used to fish, go camping, or leisurely paddle or motor around
  • The Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon is well priced, for a large, multi-use inflatable boat
  • Good range of optional extras on the Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon
  • Lots of storage, as previously mentioned in this Outcast Fish Cat 13 review

 

Cons

  • Restricted standard inclusions
  • Due to being light, the Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon doesn’t track as well as heavier boats

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Outcast Fish Cat 13 Review Conclusion

All in all, the Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon is a fantastic, fun boat that can be used for multiple purposes. Whether you are after something of great quality with a lower budget, or you want an entrance model that will last you for years, this is the boat for you.

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The Outcast Fish Cat 13 will allow you to get into the best fishing hot spots with ease and comfort. This inflatable pontoon is a favorite among fishing communities across the country, with people raving about its stability and ease of use. With the versatility and durability this boat is known for, there is little doubt that you’ll have made the right choice.

Hobie Pro Angler 17T – Hit Fishing Kayak With An Edge?

The Hobie Pro Angler 17T is a superb-looking sit-on-top, angling, solo/tandem kayak. With changeable stance seats and a bi-pedal paddling system, it is your ideal weekend fishing kayak.

This vessel is able to combine comfort, efficiency, space, and multiple functionalities to give the paddler an unforgettable experience. The Hobie Pro Angler 17 T is one of the best angling boats you can use to enrich your family’s fishing experience. Get your child, place them on the extra seat and show them how to fish for the first time.

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angling kayak

[Check out our other Hobie articles: Hobie Pro Angler 12 Kayak, Hobie Pro Angler 14 Kayak, Hobie Adventure Island Sailing Kayak, Hobie Tandem Kayak!]

 

Frame of the Hobie Pro Angler 17T

The hull of the Hobie Pro Angler 17 T is made of rotomolded polyethylene, which gives it a lightweight, but sturdy frame. The material prevents the kayak from cracks if it hits rocks and pebbles, and it is also UV-resistant.

Measuring 17′, the kayak’s length creates enough space for an expansive cockpit, as well as sufficient storage spaces. The Hobie Pro Angler 17T’s width of 43.5” provides it with enough buoyancy to withstand the windy conditions you are likely to encounter during a fishing expedition.

Furthermore, with such stability, you are safe while in a standing position to reel in that struggling catch, without unnecessarily rocking the vessel.

 

fishing on a Hobie

 

A standard, fully fitted hull will have the Hobie Pro Angler 17 T weighing 206.5 lbs. Adding a few features, such as the seats, will increase its weight to 244 lbs. The boat is able to comfortably accommodate a maximum weight of 900 lbs. This weight capacity makes it easy to carry two above-average weight adults, as well as whatever gear you will be taking.

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Moving the Hobie Pro Angler 17T on and off water is not expected to be a problem. Welded on the farthest end of the bow and the stern are two handles, both grasp-enhanced to reduce injury and strain as you carry the kayak.

 

Any Special Features That Come With the Hobie Pro Angler 17T?

The Pro Angler 17T comes equipped with Hobie’s signature MirageDrive 180 pedals, that are not only easy to use, but also efficient in providing speed control. The fact that there are two pedals means that in tandem mode, you can enjoy a fast kayaking experience.

The pedal also allows the kayakers to engage their hands on rudder control and fishing, instead of actively trying to paddle. Should you get tired of pedaling, you can choose the traditional method of paddling to get around. The Hobie Pro Angler 17T is equipped with two vertical paddles and a T-handle that can be affixed to the paddle for easy handling.

The Hobie Pro Angler 17T has a commendable three-way seating formula. In tandem position, both kayakers can seat facing forward (in-line) or facing each other (social position). Solo position entails the seat being placed at the hull’s center.

To make the various seating arrangements possible, the kayak is equipped with three pedal slots; one in front, one in the middle and one at the stern cockpit area. For the Hobie Pro Angler 17T’s solo arrangement, the kayaker uses the middle slot. While in-line, the front kayaker’s seat covers the middle slot with the paddler using the front and back pedal slots. As for the social seating arrangement, the kayakers utilize the middle and stern slots.

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Pro Angler 17T

 

The Vantage XT seats are standardized for both positions on the Hobie Pro Angler 17T. Made of meshed fabric, reinforced on an aluminum frame, the seat has a 4-way adjustability feature. This allows for crouching, full seating and full standing positions. This is especially important for the provision of anchorage for anglers during fishing. The detachable seats are also suitable for use on the beach or camping sites.

The Hobie Pro Angler 17T comes equipped with a rudder to assist in maneuver control. Both kayakers have rudder controllers on their left-hand side (in-line seating arrangement). The rudder control levers are easy to use and have a rubber grip to enhance grasp. This model of kayaks introduces the H-rails, which are meant to be used for various purposes, including attaching your rod holders. You can also hold on to the rails for extra anchorage while fishing. These are easily removable, for transportation purposes.

The hull of the Hobie Pro Angler 17T comes ready with a set of H-Rail mounting plates, allowing the rails to be installed without drilling more holes in the hull. For anchorage when standing, the floor of the kayak has grip pads, both at the front and back. The boat is also trolling-motor ready, with a battery storage area, located at the stern. To avoid water logging and listing, the Hobie Pro Angler 17T is fitted with air draining grommets.

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Storage

 

As an angling vessel, the Hobie Pro Angler 17T has lots of storage space, maybe even more than enough for your fishing expeditions. As a precursor, this vessel is fitted with 10 horizontal rod holders and 2 molded-in vertical holders. The H Rails also have 2 racks meant for rod storage.

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Hobie in action

 

The cockpit floor is fitted with three large rectangular twist hatches. These hatches allow for the quick retrieval of certain items you may need. The upper bow area is fitted with a large front hatch fitted with a liner, which makes it ideal for the storage of ice and fish. The liner can also be removed if you should need to clean the hatch.

With an additional two under seat tackle storage areas, you are assured of more storage than you can ask for. For your personal, small item needs such as cell phones, you get two meshed stowage pockets next to each seat. Additionally, the Hobie Pro Angler 17T comes retrofitted with two molded-in cup holders.

 

Pros

  • Comfortable three mode seating capability
  • Good pairing vessel for teaching new kayakers and anglers
  • Efficient control system, in the form of pedaling/paddling capability and rudder control
  • Very light, which allows for respectable speed levels
  • Able to add a small trolling motor, ideal for tracking
  • Already mentioned in this Hobie Pro Angler 17 review, there is lots of storage space

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Cons

  • The price is a little bit on the higher end
  • Open cockpit may be prone to cockpit splashes in unsettled waters
  • Control can be a challenge, especially in solo mode, due to the multiple controls
  • Vantage XT seat can get quite stiff when one sits down for long period of time

 

Hobie Pro Angler 17T Review Conclusion

 

pedaling on a Pro Angler 17T

Serious angling is never an easy task. However, with the Hobie Pro Angler 17 T, that load is reduced considerably. The boat is suitable for all skill levels of anglers. Nevertheless, the controls can be tricky for kayaking beginners. Despite this, the kayak is great to practice with, once you start getting acquainted with the controls.

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If you are looking for a fun way to go angling, without reducing the effectiveness required for an abundant catch, this is the kayak to choose.

Outcast OSG Striker Raft – Two Person Quality Raft With Room?

If you have come across the Outcast OSG Striker Raft, then you have most likely fallen for its aesthetic looks. It’s as small and as sharp as you would expect a striker vessel (militarily-speaking) to look. Then again, it is not just the looks that speak for this raft, but also its efficiency as a vessel meant for angling.

Even with its handsome look, this raft packs a punch by being able to accommodate up to two people without reducing its ability to deliver on performance. Its capability to withstand the rugged nature of rapids also makes it an excellent choice for adventurous anglers, as we will find out in this Outcast OSG Striker review.

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Outcast Osg Striker Raft

 

The Outcast OSG Striker Raft Frame

The Outcast OSG Striker Raft’s main frame, the inflatable hull, is made of urethane. At full inflation, the hull measures a diameter of 16”. The fact that the craft is very light and easy to maneuver will make you feel like you are rafting on air.

Urethane is a tough synthetic material that is able to withstand damage from rock and gravel grazing, as would be expected of shallow waters. Additionally, the seams of the AIRcell (the hull) are welded together, which provides a more tensile hold of the whole frame.

At a length of 9’6″ and a width of 5′, the Outcast OSG Striker Raft has plenty enough space for a comfy cockpit. Not the full body stretching type of cockpit, but enough comfortable leg room for the backseat angler. The size of the boat also offers enough buoyancy support, which is crucial in unsettled weather conditions and waters.

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Outcast's Osg Striker angling raft

 

Fully inflated, Outcast OSG Striker only weighs 102 lbs, but that does not stop it from performing with a huge weight capacity of up to 800 lbs. Quite impressive! What’s more, when it’s deflated, this raft can fit in your backpack if well folded. Fully inflated and rigged, it needs only two people to carry it.

To create rigidity, it is fitted with two pairs of aluminum frame sets, which provide extra support for the seats. They do not add any extra weight to the boat or cause any inconvenience.

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Features of the Outcast OSG Striker

There are many people who are always wary of inflatable watercrafts. However, the Outcast OSG Striker Raft’s material speaks to its durability. With a fabric density of 1100 PVC, the craft is undoubtedly one of the toughest inflatable rafts on the market. Moreover, at a material weight of 24/27 ounces, the raft remains just about the right size/weight ratio for your maneuverability needs.

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The Summit 2 valve is an air intake valve made with long-lasting benefits in mind. It will allow an intake of air with every pump session, without it being a tiresome chore. This makes it ideal to use either a hand pump or an electric pump on the Outcast OSG Striker Raft.

Should you, your child or your pet break the valve, an inexpensive replacement is readily available from Outcast. What’s more, you do not need a technician to repair the valve. All it takes is reading the Outcast OSG Striker Raft’s instruction manual and you are good to go.

As an angler, you would know that you are never assured of the water situation, especially if you are doing rapid streams, rivers, and open lakes. That is why the Outcast OSG Striker Raft’s self-bailing floor is a welcome feature.

The craft is curved a bit higher on the bow area, which will allow water on the floor of the cockpit to drift toward the stern area, where it will drain out of the boat. In a two man position, the inflatable lean bar on the Outcast OSG Striker allows for a more comfortable standing position for the front angler. This is essential when going for the big ones that are ready to put up a good fight.

 

Overhead view of OSG Striker

 

The Outcast OSG Striker’s seating arrangement is also something to ogle upon. Even though the craft is largely marketed as a two-seater, it can also be converted into a single by detaching the frames which hold the front seats. The seats themselves are comfortable while retaining the minimalistic feature of the rest of the craft.

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Should you need to add a few mores accessories to the Outcast OSG Striker Raft, you won’t have to worry about extra space. The vessel has a brilliant integrated gear system (IGS), consisting of slots that allow for the addition of accessories such as rod holders, deck mounts, paddle holders, and cargo pockets.

All aspects of movement on the vessel, from maneuverability to speed, should not be a problem. Through the IGS, an extra pair of rowers can be added to make the Outcast OSG Striker Raft a tandem. Not a popular thing for such a craft, but if you are adventurous, you can try just for the fun of it. For speed freaks, the raft comes ready for a motor to be installed.

 

Outcast OSG Striker Raft Storage

At first sight, you might write off the Outcast OSG Striker Raft as incapable of giving you a good angling experience due to storage space. After all, what is angling, if you cannot carry home a catch? For your storage needs, the craft has an attachable cargo pocket bag, which does not look like much from afar, until you start opening up those pockets.

The cargo of the Outcast OSG Striker Raft has two zipped pockets which, though not very large, are enough to hold quite a nice amount of medium sized items such as a pump, your angling knife, bags and other stuff. If you’re out all day fishing, it’s a certainty that you will get thirsty, so the two cup holders that are included will come in handy.

The Outcast OSG Striker Raft also comes with a seat side saddle bag which accounts for more storage than the cargo pocket bag.

 

fishing raft by Outcast

To begin with, the bag has two more cup holders, and with two heavy straps attached to it, it is able to withstand as much load torture as you can give it. The Outcast OSG Striker Raft has a large dry pocket, ideal for storage of items such as your Garmin, cell phone, maps etc.

Additionally, you also get a medium wet/dry pouch where you can store your fishing jacket after use. With a fishing net pocket that allows for the draining of water from the pocket, you are in safe hands.

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Since we have covered a lot of ground in this OSG Striker review, so we have succinctly listed all the pros and cons of the Outcast OSG Striker raft:

Pros

  • The Outcast OSG Striker Raft is very light, inflatable and detachable, hence easy to transport
  • Easy to repair, making it cost efficient, as mentioned earlier in this Outcast OSG Striker review
  • Comes with an easy to understand assembly manual
  • 2 sets of oars included
  • The IGS makes it easy to add and remove items
  • Self bailing floor
  • The Outcast OSG Striker Raft can be used for both solo and dual angling

 

 

Cons

  • The Outcast OSG Striker Raft requires careful storage in order to last longer
  • Material may be susceptible to UV, so it is advised that you use UV-resistant boat cleaner

 

Outcast OSG Striker Review Conclusion

There are quite a number of better rafts out there. However, that does not undercut the Outcast OSG Striker Raft’s ability to live up to its ‘striker’ tag. For an inflatable raft, the Outcast OSG Striker raft is able to hold its weight well. Light, durable and easy to assemble are some factors that you just can’t overlook.

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As for the fact that it requires lots of care, it is neither the first nor the last inflatable to require lots of care. So, if you can overlook that little drawback, the Outcast OSG Striker Raft is a fishing vessel that’s ready to take on almost any conditions and keep you safe at the same time.

Old Modern Handicrafts Canoe – Beautiful Hand Crafted Wooden Gem?

The Old Modern Handicrafts Canoe (also known as Old Modern Handicrafts Real Canoe) offers a fun, memorable and exciting way of experiencing the outdoors. Completely crafted by hand, this canoe surpasses all of its predecessors, sitting at the top of the charts because of its sleek and stylish appearance. Designed by a company that embraces the use of traditional methods of constructions, while integrating the highest quality materials available, you can be certain that this canoe is worth its weight in gold.

The Old Modern Handicrafts Real Canoe’s hefty price tag speaks to its years of refinement. It evokes memories of the functional boats used by early wilderness explorers. Beautiful to see and paddle, this boat is meant for enthusiasts who want a flat water or moderate canoe that has been made from natural materials.

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It does not matter whether you want to spend a substantial amount of the time in deep waters or go for short, shallow paddling expeditions, this canoe is up to the task. Continue reading this Handicrafts Real Canoe review to see just why and how it is.

 

Old Modern Handicrafts Canoe
Single Real Canoe

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The Hand-Crafted Frame of the Old Modern Handicrafts Real Canoe

Made out of strips of cedar that are joined together by hand, the Old Modern Handicrafts Canoe represents hundreds of hours of construction and finesse. The strips of cedar are encapsulated in fiberglass, bonded in place with epoxy resin.

The narrow and flexible strips are typically secured to each other with glue or nails. The covered hull is then smoothed and reinforced with fiberglass. The Old Modern Handicrafts Canoe also has a coat of marine ranch finish that makes it stand out from its competitors.

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Old Modern Handicrafts Real Canoe
Real Canoe With Extra Seats

 

The cedar hull is clear graded and gives the boat the sturdiness and durability that it needs. There is a 16′ and an 18′ version, and the canoe is 31.5″ wide.

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The canoe’s frame makes it lightweight in nature, and although it comes without ribs, its overall construction makes it a great choice for paddlers of all kinds. The craftsmanship of the Old Modern Handicrafts Canoe is absolutely phenomenal.

 

Old Modern Handicrafts Canoe Features

What would this HandiCrafts Real Canoe review be without going into detail about its features: The boat’s sturdy construction makes it durable and highly reliable. Even with consistent use, the Old Modern Handicrafts Canoe will still remain dependable. The fiberglass adds important tensile strength and abrasion resistance to the wood. The canoe’s diverse range of features makes it the ideal paddling partner. Despite the fact that it is lightweight in nature, it is not swayed easily by the wind. It remains steady in the water at all times.

The Old Modern Handicrafts Canoe has a V-bottom hull construction that gives it a more pronounced center-line or keel. As such, the canoe provides a good mix of initial and secondary stability, which in turn promotes better tracking and maneuverability.

The Old Modern Handicrafts Real Canoe also has an incredible entry line that cuts through the water efficiently. As such, the boat can also handle rough water paddling, promoting easier paddling and enables the canoe to ride up slightly on incoming waves. The fiberglass also promotes the canoe’s efficiency in waters.

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With a single seat, the Old Modern Handicrafts Canoe can only accommodate a single paddler at a time. The seat is well-padded, comfortable and ensures that the paddler does not get tired, even after hours of being in the water.

 

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Old Modern Handicrafts Canoe With Spare Seating

The wooden paddles also feel comfortable in the hands, and even after being handled for a long time, they do not cause any friction. They allow the paddler to maintain a firm grip the whole time the boat is in the water.

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Although the Old Modern Handicrafts Canoe is a fantastic, functional work of art, it still comes with a few concerns in the ‘con’ section below). However, these concerns do not affect the overall functioning of the canoe. It is relatively expensive, but the combination of its amazing features and hand-made design is definitely worth it.

The Old Modern Handicrafts Canoe is not only easy on the eyes, but it also lives up to its promise of efficiency and functionality. Its general design gives it nice control, a high level of sea worthiness and displacement. The canoe does not come with ribs, so this gives them a lower edge in comparison to canoes that do have ribs. However, the canoe still functions well on its own.

 

Storage

 

Hand-made canoe

 

With a carrying capacity of 650 pounds, the Old Modern Handicrafts Canoe allows you to carry a sufficient amount of goods for both long and short paddling trips. You do not have to worry about moving your equipment from one point to another because this canoe will get the job done.

The sufficient storage space ensures that there is no limitation to what you can carry. There are no storage hatches like a kayak has, so one must make sure not to let the water splash in and get your equipment wet.

 

Weighing the Pros & Cons of this Beautiful Old Modern Handicrafts Canoe:

In this HandiCrafts Real Canoe review, we have covered a lot of details. Below is a short list of pros and cons to see whether the Old Modern Handicrafts Real Canoe is the one for you.

Pros

  • Quality craftsmanship that makes the Old Modern Handicrafts Canoe extremely durable
  • Hand-made construction which gives the canoe good aesthetic value and makes it sturdy
  • Good canoe for beginner and intermediate paddlers
  • Marine vanish finish that protects the wood from damage
  • Fiberglass for tensile strength and abrasion resistance
  • Entry line that promotes efficient paddling through the water
  • Quiet paddling that will ensure paddlers make the most of their adventures
  • Old Modern Handicrafts Canoe is a lightweight canoe that can be easily carried from one place to another
  • Reliable hull shape which gives the canoe its much needed stability
  • General construction allows the canoe to be paddled through rough waters
  • The Old Modern Handicrafts Canoe requires little maintenance

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Cons

  • The Old Modern Handicrafts Canoe is a semi-expensive canoe to purchase
  • Limited seating capacity, only for solo use

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Handicrafts Real Canoe Review Conclusion

 

Old Modern Handicrafts on land

 

Old Modern Handicrafts Canoe is a company that is known for the best hand-crafted canoes on the market. Beautifully constructed and lightweight in nature, the canoe is perfect for all water expeditions. The decent storage capacity, top-notch features and over 500 hours of construction makes it one of a kind.

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This is the best choice for those who have the money and desire to attain a high quality, hand-constructed watercraft. All you have to do is leave your worries on the shore and paddle away!

Hobie Tandem Island Sail – Well Performing Sailing Kayak Or Failure?

The Hobie Tandem Island Sail is a unique kayak designed and manufactured by Hobie, a renowned kayak brand that offers you exemplary kayaks. The Tandem incorporates an exceptional design, new technology, and premium features that make it perfect for kayakers, sailing enthusiasts, and fishing fanatics.

The new design transforms the Hobie Tandem Island sailing kayak into a high performance, unique sailing machine that does not disappoint, regardless of any situation. You can exercise by pedaling or paddling, go fishing, or raise the sail and let the wind do all the work while you sit back and enjoy nature. Let’s have a look in this Hobie Tandem Island review at the features and performance of this incredible piece of work.

 

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[Check out our other Hobie articles: Hobie Adventure Island Sailing Kayak, Hobie Pro Angler 12 Kayak, Hobie Pro Angler 14 Kayak!]

 

How Does the Build of the Hobie Tandem Island Sail Hold?

As a part of the redesign, the Hobie Tandem Island Sail features a sturdy frame made with rotomolded polyethylene, which ensures a strong, fully adjustable, and customizable frame. It has a length of 18’6″ and a width of 30″, while the hull weighs 130 pounds with basics and 240 pounds when fully loaded with accessories. It’s not exactly lightweight, so you might need a hand carrying it to the water and bringing it ashore.

Thanks to its quality constructed frame, the Hobie Tandem Island Sail will not only accommodate up to 600 pounds, but it will also ensure great stability while sailing in tough conditions, such as strong water currents or winds. The amas are large enough to offer great stability and can tuck in against the hull for easy and hassle-free docking, or they can be removed completely. The akas can be detached and stored in a carrying bag.

The cockpit of the Hobie Tandem Island sailing kayak can be easily transformed into a peddling platform when the weather conditions are not favorable for sailing.

 

hobie tandem pedal sail kayak

This kayak features 2-piece carbon-composite masts, whose main function is to reduce weight while maximizing performance. The Hobie Tandem Island Sail’s larger masts and sail area help provide smoother and faster rides, making your trip more fun and hassle-free. The kayak also boasts of a Lowrance Ready system that features a built-in Transducer Mount that will also greatly enhance your fishing experience.

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The Hobie Tandem Island Sail comes with Vantage CT seats that feature a 3-level height adjustment and can be reclined to a preferred angle for all day comfort. The kayak seating features lumbar support that provides superior comfort and support regardless of your sailing angle. That means you can stay out all day and remain comfortable all throughout. These seats are also quick-drying and can be substituted as beach chairs.

 

Features of the Hobie Tandem Island Sail Kayak

The Hobie Tandem Island Sail comes with a ton of premium features that offer great convenience and versatility. You will absolutely have a whole lot of fun on your water adventure because of this sailing kayak. It features two MirageDrives, one in the front and one in the back, which allows for increased speed and ease of use.

The Mirage Drive gives you the option of pedaling the kayak when the sail is up and furled, once again enhancing your kayaking experience.

sail kayak - yellow

Also included are two sets of paddles for quick steering situations, which can be stored on the akas when they’re not being used. You also have the option of using the rudder steering controls in the front and rear cockpits.

The Hobie Tandem Island Sail is an incredibly designed kayak that allows you to paddle, sail, fish, and pedal with great ease and with maximum speed. Its pedal power makes it much faster when compared to most tandem kayaks on the market. With its 3 superior forms of propulsion, you don’t have to panic when the wind stops blowing.

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Also offering exceptional performance are the roller-furling systems and vertical battens, which provide a boomless surface sail and better lift. The retractable centerboards are expertly designed to reduce lateral slip, also ensuring a smooth ride. These centerboards basically fold up against the side of the kayak to ensure easy docking and transport, as well as maneuverability.

 

Storage

 

overview of the Hobie Sail kayak

 

The Hobie Tandem Island Sail comes with sufficient storage hatches, including four mesh-covered storage pockets, two molded-in rod holders, and 4 cup holders. There are bungee cords in the rear for extra storage that needs to be secured in place. One of the seats can also be removed, thus creating more room if you are going solo.

There are three twist and seal hatches, all three measuring 8″, as well as a very roomy bow hatch. You can purchase trampolines for the Hobie Tandem Island Sail for extra storage, and they can also be used to lay on, prevent water from spraying into the cockpits, or to invite kids or dogs along! They are made of a strong vinyl mesh that can be firmly tied to the kayak for reliable security.

Pros

 

  • Two MirageDrives and rudder controls in the front and rear for dual steering
  • Multiple storage options on the Hobie Tandem Island Sail, with the option to add more
  • Sturdy, durable frame construction for long lasting use
  • Excellent performance, versatility, and stability, which is made apparent in this Hobie Tandem Island review
  • Faster than most kayaks, easily maneuverable
  • Vantage CT seats with lumbar support that are easily adjustable
  • Optional 8-gallon live-bait tank for fishing and trampolines for extra storage space
  • Available in 3 different colors

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Cons

 

  • The Hobie Tandem Island Sail will be too expensive for many people
  • Too heavy for people to use if they are heading out alone

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Hobie Tandem Island Review Conclusion

 

The Hobie Tandem Island Sail is, without a doubt, a great sailing machine that will transform the way you paddle, fish, or cruise on the water in luxury. It is sturdy, durable, comfortable, easy to use, and very versatile. Its premium features, whether they are already included or added later, can make this the greatest kayak you will ever buy.

You can fish with a live-bait tank, pedal and paddle when you want exercise, or sail when you want to just relax out on the water.

 

hobie tandem island kayak

If you are a beginner, there is nothing to worry about, as the Hobie Tandem Island Sail is perfectly designed for beginners as well as professionals. If you have never sailed before, this is the perfect way to practice the techniques that make sailing much easier and more enjoyable.

So if you are a fishing or water sports fanatic, you will certainly want to try this state-of-the art piece of work, expertly designed just for you. Check out the Hobie Tandem Island Sail on Amazon!

PS. Here is a neat video showing off the Hobie Tandem Island Sailing Kayak:

Hobie Adventure Island Sail – Yes! A Kayak That Maneuvers & Sails Well?!

The Hobie Adventure Island Sail is a neat, light multi-hull kayak with a gentle maneuvering capability. This sit-on-top vessel is made with efficiency in mind. The optional addition of a sail makes it is not only capable of sailing, but also fishing and tracking. The kayak introduces personalized handling factors that make it very easy it to operate.

The sailing system of the Hobie Adventure Island Sail is something that most kayakers would enjoy using. To its credit, the kayak also comes equipped with a transducer for fishing. You can forget about buying transducer lines and going through the hassle of manual fixes. Truly, you will find the Hobie Adventure Island Sail to be one of a kind “kayak”!

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Let’s further explore these features in this Hobie Adventure Island review:

 

Hobie Adventure Island Sail

 

The Hobie Adventure Island Sail’s Frame

The Hobie Adventure Island’s build is quite different, both in form and size. The kayak’s main hull measures 16’7” in length. The outrigger hulls (the Amas), are of relatively the same length as the main hull.

One good thing about the Hobie Adventure Island Sail is the ease with which you can detach the amas, in case you don’t want the additional support, and for transporting the kayak.

 

The Hobie Adventure Island Sailing Kayak’s body is made of remolded polyethylene, which gives it a rigid build. The upper bow hull area has a strong pocket to hold the sail’s mast. On the kayak’s floor, just below the mast hole, there is a brace that holds the base of the mast in place. This ensures that you can control the sails without the fear of the mast slanting out of place.

[Check out our other Hobie articles: Hobie Pro Angler 12, Hobie Pro Angler 14].

 

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The Hobie Adventure Island is only meant for one person. It provides an elevated seating position that helps to create a good opportunity to paddle. The paddles, based on Hobie’s patented MirageDrive 180 technology, allows for efficient movement in the water. At the same time, it is much easier to paddle than most bicycles, due to its power gearing system.

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Should you need to port the kayak while on shore or generally out of the water, the Hobie Adventure Island Sailing kayak has comfy handles for that purpose. There are two handles, one in the front and another at the furthest end of the of the upper stern area.

 

Features Of The Hobie Adventure Island Sail

A good kayak has to offer comfort in addition to performance. The Mirage Hobie Adventure Island Sail designers seem to have this in mind all throughout.

To begin with, the Hobie Adventure Island is retrofitted with a comfortable Vantage C seat, which is easily adjustable. It is easy to disengage from the kayak to use somewhere else. Just below the seat, the kayak is built with a Venturi self-draining system that allows excess water in the cockpit to run off into the sea or the lake. Apart from providing you with comfort, this helps to keep the cockpit manageably clean.

 

The Hobie Adventure Island Sailing kayak also comes fixed with an easy-to-control rudder system. The rudder steering control is close to the kayaker’s seat, and located on the other side is a toggle used for lifting and lowering the rudder into the water.

With two rod holders just behind the kayaker’s seat, the Hobie Adventure Island Sail just became more fun to use. These molded-in holders can be used to hold your fishing rods and nets in place. You can also attach your fishing gaffs (a pole with a hook to help pull in big fish) here and continue with your sail as you await a catch.

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sailing kayak

With a retractable mast, you can be sure that transportation and storage of the kayak will not be a problem. Additionally, the furling–mast main sail system allows for maximum control of the Hobie Adventure Island Sail. All you need to know is when to fold and open the sail and you are good to go, as far as speed is concerned. Meanwhile, knowing how to turn the sail with and then against the wind will help you in navigation.

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Is There Sufficient Storage in the Hobie Adventure Island Sail Kayak?

The Hobie Adventure Island Sail has a nice amount of storage areas. First of all, it has the main 8” screw top hatches, one of them being conveniently situated close to the seat. Its position makes it ideal for items that need to be accessed quickly, like raincoats, angler knives, first aid kits, snacks, etc.

 

The Hobie Adventure Island Sail’s stern hatch is a little bit further from the seat, which might make it hard to access, especially during windy conditions or in unsettled waters. Nevertheless, if you feel safe enough, you can still get to it, even under such conditions.

This particular hatch contains a gear drum which is suitable for stuff that you don’t want to get wet, like items with batteries, cell phones, clothes, shoes, etc. Plastic bag them before you drop them in there, just to be sure.

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Just before you get to the stern hatch, there is an open molded-in cargo area. This area can be used to stores things like bags and hold unused nets in place. To ensure that your items are intact, the cargo of the Hobie Adventure Island Sail is fitted with elastic nylon and fabric straps that are attached to either side of the kayak. On the front side of the kayaker’s seat are two cup holders, one on both sides.

 

hobie sailing kayak

In the cockpit area, there are two meshed stowage pockets on either side of the seat. These are used to hold items that a kayaker might need to use a lot during the sails. These pockets are spacious enough to hold your sunscreen, some binoculars, your cell phone, and other items.

An extra large tank hatch is situated at the extreme end of the Hobie Adventure Island Sail’s bow. This hatch is the best place to store those huge items that are not widely in use, like camping gear. This section’s lid is tightly held in place using the same straps as those used in the cargo area.

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Should you need more space in this beastly boat, you can add an Aka trampoline on either side of the hull to hold your extra items. This is also a good way to increase the Hobie Adventure Island Sail’s buoyancy, if the trampolines are balanced in weight on either side of the vessel.

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Pros

  • Able to achieve high levels of speed due to its sail
  • The Hobie Adventure Island Sail Ama, with elongated Akas, give it extra buoyancy
  • It’s MirageDrive 180 system grants easy paddling, unlike the traditional paddling system
  • A relatively efficient rudder system which is easy to use
  • The Hobie Adventure Island Sail has multiple storage points, making the Hobie Adventure Island Sail suitable for long trips
  • The addition of the transducing lines makes it f
  • Comes in 3 colors

 

 

Cons

  • As compared to a number of other kayaks, the Vantage CT seat might be rigid for some
  • The Hobie Adventure Island Sail’s price tag is a little bit on the higher end
  • Not suited for normal paddling, even when your legs get tired of pedaling, while the sail and hulls are attached
  • The Hobie Adventure Island Sail cockpit might present quite a challenge to certain users

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Hobie Adventure Island Review Conclusion

 

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The Hobie Adventure Island Sail is a serious and fun loving kayaker’s must-get item. It’s comfortable, spacious and has the speed to top other kayaks. However, it does not seem appropriate for just any kayaker, depending on what you want to use a kayak for.

Additionally, the lack of a second space to accommodate a child or pet makes it more of a ‘loner’s choice’. The price tag of the kayak is high, as already mentioned in this Hobie Adventure Island Sail review, but it’s still not the most expensive kayak. And besides, it’s well worth the price, as you can use it for any purpose, whether it’s fishing, exercise (both pedaling AND paddling), or to just sail along on a lazy peaceful day!

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Point 65 Apollo Kayak – The Best Performing Modular Option?

The Point 65 Apollo kayak is a modular sit-on-top vessel that promises increased stability and maneuverability in the water. This watercraft is a nice piece of work that is not only good-looking, in terms of aesthetics, but also has a functional design. It promises many improvements on traditional sit-on-top vessels.

The Point 65 N Apollo kayak has been around for a number of years, and in terms of its success on the market, it has had a mixed reception since then. This development is not unusual, as most people are accustomed to normal hard-shell or inflatable models. Nevertheless, it has garnered enough positive reception to enable it last for years.

When it comes to its availability, the Point 65 Apollo kayak can be found in many vendor stores online, as well as in physical stores. Due to its unfamiliar design, this vessel is not exactly the most obvious pick for most buyers. This is not to say that it is an inferior product, however. In fact, due to its unique features, the boat might just be the right pick for a particular niche of buyers.

Is this watercraft revolutionary enough to be a possible choice for you? Let us find out in the following Point 65 Apollo review, where we will look at its frame, storage options and core features, among other things.

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Point 65 Apollo kayak

 

Point 65 Apollo Kayak Frame

The frame of a boat is arguably the most important aspect of a watercraft. With the Point 65 Apollo kayak, you get a modular frame that is comprised of up to three connectable pieces. When fully assembled, the kayak has variable lengths, depending on how many parts of the 55-inch sections are attached. The length of the vessel can vary widely to become either a single person, a tandem, or even a triple person kayak.

When all parts are used, the Point 65 Apollo kayak is 12’9″ long, and has a width of 24.2″.

 

Despite its detachable modules, it is not really heavy, as it is made from a lightweight thermoplastic material. The Point 65 Apollo kayak can be described as tough and stable when fully assembled. It also does not have too much clutter, as its accessories are stripped to the bare minimum. The bow and stern of the kayak have a similar design, separately, and only become distinguishable when the vessel is assembled.

 

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Solo Apollo

 

Being an open sit-on-top watercraft, the Point 65 Apollo kayak’s seat and storage compartments are the only visible aberrations to the streamlined design of the watercraft. Otherwise, there is not much else in terms of accessories for this high-performance model.

The shape and design of the boat are some of its main strengths. The Point 65 Apollo kayak features a hull that is shallow-shaped at the bottom to increase its stability in the water. It weighs 67 pounds and can hold up to 485 pounds.

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Features of the Point 65 Apollo Kayak

The Point 65 N Apollo kayak features well-designed foam seats that are attached to the frame of the boat. These seats are quite comfortable, as they have a strong backrest that is also foldable. The vessel also comes with contoured foot braces for increased comfort while paddling.

The front section of the Point 65 Apollo kayak has a narrow construction for quick maneuverability. It also has the patented Snap-Tap mechanism for adjusting the modules. This makes the assembly and disassembly of the modules a simple and quick task to perform in a matter of seconds.

 

girls on an Apollo kayak

 

The Point 65 Apollo kayak has a strikingly uncommon design with a non-traditional bow, stern and midsection construction. The removable midsection, for instance, comes with an additional seat that enables the vessel to transform to a 2-person carrier. The midsections can also be added to make the vessel longer and longer as necessary.

This is without a doubt the best feature of the kayak, as the Point 65 Apollo kayak is able to do the work of multiple machines with just a few simple adjustments.

Overall, the construction can be described as minimal in terms of design, as there is not a lot of accessories included in the frame. The vessel is lightweight and quite durable. And currently, it is only available in red.

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Storage Space in the Point 65 Apollo Kayak

The Point 65 Apollo kayak comes with a tank well that allows the users to store their paraphernalia in a safe, secure and dry storage space. It does not come with multiple compartments, but there is always the option of including an extra module in case you want to add some extra space.

 

Being a versatile boat, it is safe to say that you can create as much space as you want by adding extra modules to the frame.

 

Point 65 Apollo kayak

 

For single person use, however, the main storage at the back is just enough for carrying sufficient gear. For a kayak that can handle a considerable loading capacity, the Point 65 Apollo kayak is a decent machine for carrying a good load of fish. You can load the modules into your car, so there’s no need to get a roof rack. You can also store the pieces in your house or apartment, instead of trying to think of how you will fit a full sized kayak in your home.

 

Pros

  • Lightweight, easy to carry around and store
  • Very versatile watercraft that can be transformed to suit many purposes
  • Thermoplastic material makes the Point 65 Apollo kayak strong and durable
  • Sufficiently comfortable and stable for safe use in the water
  • High performance from high maneuverability
  • Sufficient storage space for extra gear

 

Cons

  • Water tends to get inside, as the modular hull leaves some open spaces on the bottom
  • Tracking can be a challenge, especially for beginners
  • Carrying all the modules at once is not an easy task
  • The Point 65 N Apollo kayak does not come with a rudder or skeg

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Point 65 Apollo Review Conclusion

The Point 65 Apollo kayak is a revolutionary kayak model that promises a lot of things and manages to deliver on most of them. The vessel’s main feature is its removable modules, which are able to transform it into a multi-use watercraft. The basic construction of the boat makes it a great tool for versatile use.

 

The blow-molded thermoplastic material hull of the entire build makes the Point 65 Apollo kayak a maverick in the water. It is lightweight, easy to use and also manageable outside the water. It is suitable for general recreation, exercise, high-performance activities and even fishing.

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