Which Predator Kayak to Choose: 13 or MX?

| August 14, 2013 | 11 Comments

Predator Kayaks

The Predator 13 and Predator MX,  from Old Town Canoes and Kayaks are sleek and innovative fishing platforms that offer a lot of great features for kayak anglers of all types. Saltwater bays and marshes, open ocean, freshwater lakes, streams, rivers, or small ponds, the Predator kayak can do it all. What is the point of offering two different models, you might ask? Well, let’s take a look at both boats and focus in on some distinguishing characteristics and differences between the two new models.

Predator Kayak - 13

Predator 13:

  • Designed for Larger Bodies of Water – With an elongated bow keel line, the Predator 13 is able to take on the more adverse conditions you may encounter on larger bodies of water, such as larger wind chop or surf, due to its superior tracking ability. Large lakes, bay systems, and the open ocean are the perfect playing grounds for the Predator 13.
  • Rod Pod Storage Hatch – This elongated hatch that is found in the front deck space is only found on the Predator 13 and is designed to give you the ability to stow away smaller rods and reels while out on the water. The top of the hatch offers multiple mounting locations for electronics, rod holders and other accessories.
  • Large Bow Hatch – A perfect place to store larger items that you’d like to take with you on your trips. It is fairly easy to take off the hatch and store items such as tents or folding camp chairs in the large cavity found in the Predator 13’s bow.
  • Rudder Capable – To help increase the performance of the Predator 13 on larger bodies of water, you have the ability to mount a rudder on the rear handle. With this essential piece of equipment, it will be much easier to tackle strong crosswinds and currents that you can experience in wide open areas. The Predator 13 Rudder Kit is available at ACK.com.

Predator Kayaks - MX

Predator MX:

  • Designed for Smaller Bodies of Water – Unlike the Predator 13, the Predator MX does not feature the elongated bow keel line that is needed for those long paddles on large, open areas. Instead, the MX has a more rounded hull that helps make it more maneuverable on bodies of water that are smaller and have more moving water. Small lakes, gentle rivers and streams are where this boat shines.
  • Uncluttered Deck Space – With nothing on the floor of the deck, you will find a large space to move about freely and stand facing whichever direction you care to without having to be mindful of anything tripping you up.
  • Maneuverability – At only 12 feet long, the Predator is perfect for navigating tight quarters where the ability to turn easily can be key. Couple the shorter length with the rounded hull design and you have a kayak that can pretty much explore all the little nooks and crannies you always wanted to access, and still be able to turn around and get back out easily.

As similar as these two boats are, they are still two very different kayaks suited to various types of fishing and water bodies. No matter what conditions are out there, you can rest assure that one of these two awesome new fishing kayaks will tackle whatever you throw at them!

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  1. Chuck S. says:

    I’m looking for a good platform for photography, including the ability to use a tripod. The MX, with its uncluttered foredeck, looks like an ideal candidate for that duty!

  2. So..if you had to pick only one–and fished lakes larger than 700 acres at least 60% of the time–would you pick the 13?

  3. Steve Davis says:

    Will the predator 13 fit any of the yakima J style racks?

    • Joseph Dowdy says:

      Hey Steve,

      I have not found the Predator to fit any of the Yakima J Style racks and had this confirmed by our store staff as well.

      Joseph

      • Steve Davis says:

        Thanks for the info. I currently have a LoadWarrior basket on top of my factory racks. What do you recommend to accomodate the Predator and a Pungo 120?

  4. noah k says:

    I fish the jame river in va along with lakes also. The james has alot of shallow rocks barely underwater and also some swift water. I’m 6’7″ 230 lbs I’ve had my eyes on the 13 cause im big and fish everything lakes, rivers even ocean at times should i stick with the 13 or look into the mx? I go tomorrow to make a final decision.

  5. William says:

    Looking at both kayaks it is difficult to see how they will be carried deck down, on a Yakima roof rack. The seat brackets may make it difficult and require more distance under bar to the vehicle’s roof.
    If carried hull down would this work with any of the Yakima fixtures?
    What does ACK recommend for carrying on a roof rack?

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