Editor’s Note: The Malibu X has been out of stock for years but we’re recommending another favourite kayak in its place.
There are many models of fishing kayaks, but the Malibu X Factor fishing kayak might just be the handiest choice you can get your hands on. This sit-on-top kayak offers you a very handy way to fish without worrying about storage space. Primarily meant for single person use, this kayak could possibly hold two people, although it’s recommended that it be used for single use.
Let’s learn more in this Malibu Kayaks X-Factor review about this great fishing kayak.
Malibu X Factor Fishing Kayak Frame
The Malibu Kayaks X Factor kayak measures 14’4″ long, and is 33″ wide, offering enough space to accommodate any build. There’s a 13″ deep underwater keel, with a 4.76″ depth from the waterline. With such depths, the kayak is suitable for both deep sea and shallow bay use.
Like a good number of kayaks of its kind, the Malibu X Factor fishing kayak is made of polyethylene. This helps ensure the boat’s sturdiness while reducing the effects of weather on the frame. The polyethylene mold also provides a smooth frame finish that helps to create an efficient sailing module.
At 62 pounds, the Malibu Kayaks X Factor Kayak is an easy heave-and-go type of water vessel. To make this possible, the kayak comes equipped with numerous handles. At the same time, the outboards have a side bungee handle that makes it easy to carry.
The bow is designed to create a high rocker, hence enabling the Malibu X Factor fishing kayak to withstand stronger swells and waves. Nothing beats a stable, strong kayak, and to further enhance stability and mobility, the kayak also comes with a rudder ready stern.
With a wide cockpit area, the Malibu X Factor fishing kayak has a sufficient seat placement space that alternatively acts as a standing platform. While seated, the vessel offers you an adjustable, pedal-like foot rest. The seating area is strategically placed to access the storage areas, while also giving the angler the ability to use the standing platform and foot rest efficiently.
The seats can easily be affixed to the Malibu X Factor fishing kayak by screw points provided on the seat. With a considerable number of seat options available for specific use on this model, you should not expect trouble in affixing the seat to the kayak.
Malibu X Factor Fishing Kayak Features
The bow and stern areas of the Malibu X Factor fishing kayak have child seating areas. The bow’s child seating area is situated just above the gator hatch, while the stern sitting area is located within the rear bungee storage area. A child’s seat can be placed in each area, great for teaching kids how to fish!
With four flush-mounted rod holders, two at the front and two at the back, there is very little chance of strain trying to affix your fishing rod and spear before and after use. One can also choose to accessorize by purchasing a set of rod leashes to affirm the hold of the rods.
The side of the Malibu X Factor fishing kayak also features a spacious paddle holder. Additionally, one can also choose to purchase a paddle leash to increase the holding capability. The hull also comes with transducer mounts to help attract fish.
Coffee? Anytime. The Malibu X Factor fishing kayak’s cockpit features a handy looking cup holder. It also contains a set of self-draining trays that help reduce incidences of water puddling on the kayak. The boat also contains a drain plug to assist in draining water that might have seeped into the innards of the kayak. This helps ensure that the sitting area remains comfy and dry enough to sustain effective fishing.
The drain plug is located almost towards the end of the stern. To enhance the ability to speed, the Malibu X Factor fishing kayak comes with a trolling motor capability. The motor mounts also act as compliments to the rudder mounts.
The Malibu X Factor fishing kayak was made with extra storage in mind. It has numerous storage points both in the mid, bow and stern areas. The front area contains a gator hatch that can be used to store numerous items due to its huge load space.
The center areas of the Malibu X Factor fishing kayak contain two center rectangular hatches. These hatches are very important due to their proximity to the paddler. Normally, these hatches will come into use for the storage of the fisherman’s catch. They are spacious enough to convert into mid-sized fish coolers.
The supplies to make the spaces into fish coolers will cost extra. They can also be used to store items that the kayaker would want to easily retrieve. With two dive tank wells, scuba divers are assured of the safety of their diving tanks.
Just behind the x-factor seat is another hatch; a rear rectangular hatch. Additionally, the Malibu X Factor fishing kayak has an expansive bungee storage are at the rear. This can be used to store bags, ropes, dry suits and other accessories. The gator hatch and the bungee storage area have nylon eyelet straps. These straps are used to secure materials, thus reducing movement and keeping the kayak stable.
- The Malibu X Factor fishing kayak features lots of storage and spacious areas
- Roomy and comfortable for users
- Easily manageable, great for an inexperienced kayaker
- With multiple handles, carrying and transporting the kayak is made easy
- The Malibu X Factor fishing kayak has comfortable seat options that can be purchased separately
- A wide range of colors are available
- Can hold up to 625 pounds
- The Malibu X Factor fishing kayak can be fully customized
- The hatch cover lid may not be water tight, so water might leak into the kayak
- Unfortunately, the Malibu X Factor fishing kayak does not come with its own set of seats
- Generally slow without a motor, due to its width
Malibu X-Factor Review Conclusion
As far as sit-on-top kayaks are concerned, the Malibu X Factor fishing kayak is one of the most reliable boats you can buy. It is very efficient, and with its extra storage as a selling point, you are assured of a beautiful experience on the water.
The Malibu X Factor fishing kayak is made by a company that is known for their superb brands of sit-on-top kayaks. Its negative aspects do not mean the kayak is a letdown, in any way. Therefore, if you are looking for a good kayak to go fishing, scuba diving, or to simply paddle around for fun, then this is a great choice to consider trying.