Native’s long awaited update to their highly popular hybrid canoe/kayak Ultimate series has landed at the ACK warehouse and for my unwrapping I couldn’t resist going with a St. Patty’s Day Green.
So what’s new on the Native Ultimate FX? A whole lot. I opened up Ultimate FX 15 Solo, but it also comes in a 15 Tandem and a 12 Solo.
The first thing I notice is that it is covered in Native’s Groove Track system. They’ve dotted the Solo FX 15 with a total of 10 tracks, 3 strips along each side of the hull, one just in front of the seat, two either side of the molded in thwart, and a single 5″ strip on the bow. There’s a good chance you’ll never have to hard mount anything to this kayak.
After counting up the tracks, I start playing with their new high/low seat. The seating system isn’t new per se, as we’ve seen it in models like the Slayer, but it is a new feature for the Ultimate. The 15 is meant to be paddled either solo or tandem and what’s neat is that they came up with a way for the high/low seat slide to different positions to accommodate this, just like in the old 14.5 Ultimate.
If you’re into kayak fishing, camping, or photography, I’d definitely give the Native Ultimate FX Series a look. With the pronounced hump in the middle of the kayak, I imagine it will be even easier to stand in the FX than the old Ultimate model, and it’s got plenty of storage area to hold your gear.
See it for yourself:
You can place your orders for the FX 12, 15 Solo or 15 Tandem here. Let me know what you think of the new FX series by commenting below!