Every winter, manufacturers begin releasing new products for the new year in time for spring and every year the selection at ACK.com gets a little bigger.
In 2014, we added quite a few new models for kayak fishing like the Striker, Big Game II, Lure, Slayer Propel and Ride 115X. Ya, that’s a lot! But it wasn’t all fishing kayaks that were released for 2014, and we’ve got some other exciting models slated to land near the end of the month. Here’s more of what’s new for 2014!
Advanced Elements PackLite
Pack it up, and pack it up small with Advanced Element’s newest inflatable kayak, the PackLite. This ultra-light kayak weighs less than 4 lbs and packs down to an unbelievable 11″ x 11″ x 5″. It’s not going to be the highest performing inflatable kayak around but it doesn’t have a price tag that you’d expect for one either. At just $299.99, the PackLite is a great option for paddlers looking to take on a remote lake or stream or for those who have limited storage space in their travel bag or at home.
Perception Sport Striker
Perception Sport has done it again with this new entry level model designed for the kayak angler at a great price. The Striker has a simple design and, thanks to its Tri-Hull design, is quick, stable and has a weight capacity of 500 lbs. One notable feature its its two tiered seating area so paddlers can choose between a high vantage point or low paddling position. For anglers looking to get started kayak fishing, the Striker is a great place to look.
Ocean Kayak Big Game II
Ocean Kayak updated the Big Game kayak for 2014 with a slew of new features geared toward kayak fishing. They’ve integrated a number of features found in the Predator (from their sister company Old Town) including the high/low Element Seating System and mounting brackets. As you might’ve guessed by it’s name, or even just by looking at it, this is a ‘yak that’s stable as all get out and meant to hold your gear. As much as you can pile on. Kayak anglers who value comfort and stability should give the Big Game II a look.
The latest kayak fishing model to land at ACK comes from Feelfree and is called the Lure. This thing is made for fishing, especially if you like standing and casting. Like many of today’s fishing models, the Lure comes equipped with an adjustable seating system, called the Gravity Seat. Its also got a padded standing platform with a standing assist strap and a cool ridged rod keeper area near the bow to make it easy to lay down your rods while you paddle. Definitely one to look into for anglers who prefer the fly.
Native Watercraft Slayer 13 Propel
Earlier this year, Native combined their very popular Slayer kayak with their Propel Drive and the Slayer 13 Propel was born. This has quickly become one of the most popular pedal-powered fishing kayaks around. It’s stable, quick on the water with the drive and even with a paddle, turns easy with the rudder system and it’s First Class seating system makes it very comfortable. Give it a look!
Wilderness Systems Ride 115X
This year, Wilderness Systems updated their popular Ride 115 to make it more kayak fishing friendly. One of the major features of the Ride 115X is the new removable console which revels a large pass through the hull with a battery storage area that allows for quick and easy installation of a transducer, battery and head unit. Wildy has done a great job tweaking this model with small changes only an angler would notice, like the addition of scuppers in the standing area and increased bulkhead width.
Wilderness Systems Focus
Wilderness Systems’ completely new model for 2014 is the Focus. Intended to blend the stability and predictability of the Tsunami with the speed and efficiency of the Tempest, the Focus caters to the more assertive intermediate level paddler that’s looking to take their paddling to the next level. The Focus comes sized at either 14.5 feet or 15.5 feet and has an optional rudder kit.
While there are sure to be many more models in 2014, we already have four on our radar slated to arrive in the next couple months. Stay tuned for more details on each!
Native Watercraft Ultimate FX Series – Arriving March
The Ultimate FX is loaded with features for the kayak angler like Native’s High/Low seating system, newly improved standing areas, built in anchor trolley’s and much more. We’ll be covering this series in greater depth when they arrive later this month.
Pyranha Nano – Arriving April
The Nano is a short river running boat that’s super maneuverable and compact. It’s a great balance of a play, creek and down river whitewater kayak that will push advanced paddlers to explore parts of the river that a bigger boat can’t reach.
Pyranha Fusion Sit On Top – Arriving April
The brand new Fusion SOT will open river paddling to a whole new group of people. With this crossover whitewater / recreational kayak, just about anyone can jump in and have a blast right away.
Pyranha Burn III – Arriving April
Used by intermediate and world class whitewater paddlers alike, the Burn III is finally making it’s ACK debut later this month. This is the benchmark in precision river running and creek kayaking for 2014.
So which model are you most excited about? Let us know by commenting below!