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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Kayaks - Product Reviews

Zack's been wanting to go kayaking for quite awhile. He kayaked in a lake in Montana with my brother in law's kayak with his cousins and had a ball. I bought him a sit on top kayak for his birthday in April and this weekend the weather finally got nice enough to give it a try. The kayak I decided to buy him was the "Spitfire" manufactured by "Emotion".

Spitfire from Emotion Kayaks

This kayak is 8 feet long and is very maneuverable. You can turn it on a dime and Zack could probably eventually run the Lower Yuba with it with no problem. It is light weight and comes with the backrest. This kayak was a package price including the paddle for $325.

Standard Features
  • Manufactured from specially compounded
    polyethylene plastic
  • Easy to repair, UV resistant, designed for
    years of care free use
  • 3-year warranty on hull
  • Dual carrying handles at each end of kayak
  • Specifications
  • Length: 8 ft (243 cm)
  • Width: 30 in. (76 cm)
  • Weight: 38 lbs. (17 kg)
  • *Weight capacity: 225 -240 lbs. (102 -109 kg)
*Depending on water conditions

Tarpon by Wilderness Systems

I picked up a "Wilderness" kayak for myself 12 ft "Tarpon" touring kayak. It has a large storage compartment in front and a small compartment right in front of the seat. The seat is very comfortable and has good adjustments. The foot rests are on rails and also very adjustable. I purchased the model that was the touring kayak because the "fishing kayak" is set up with spinning rod holders. The touring kayak is the same setup but without rod holders. I can order a "Fly rod holder" when I want to. I'm mostly going to use the kayak for playing around with the family and not for fishing. But you know how it goes. The Tarpon retails for $1049 without the paddle. I purchased the kayak on sale with the paddle for $875 from Wolf Creek Outdoors in Grass Valley.

  • Phase 3 SOT seating syste
  • TriggerLock adjustable footbrace system
  • SlideTrax adjustable accessory system
  • 10" oval Orbix bow hatch
  • 8" round Orbix center hatch
  • Large tank well/ bungee storage system
  • Dual paddle holders
  • Scotty spinning rod holder - My model came without the rod holders
  • Two flush mount rod holders
  • 3.5 lb Anchor w/ Bag
  • FREE Scupper plugs included
  • Optional Rudder System

  • Freedom 12 Angler Kayak fro Wilderness

    Now if you are really serious about fly fishing from a kayak you should check out the "Freedom 12 Angler Fishing Kayak" also from "Wilderness". This kayak features removable multi-position outriggers so you can actually stand up and cast. It has a casting brace and stabilizing bar. They had one on the floor at "Fish First" in Chico if you wanted to take a look at one. What will they think of next.

  • High-density polyethylene plastic
  • Removable multi-position outriggers
  • Watertight storage in each outrigger
  • Casting brace & stabilizing bar
  • High back seat
  • Multi-position molded-in footbraces
  • 2 cup holders
  • Paddle holder
  • 2 flush mount rod holders
  • Self-bailing scupper holes w/ plugs
  • Reinforced floor
  • Stainless steel, aluminum, & plastic hardware
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