Native Ultimate FX Has Landed at ACK!

Native Ultimate FX 15
A solo lime green 15.

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!

New Kayak Models for 2014

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.

PackLite

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.

Perception Sport Striker

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.

Ocean Kayak Big Game II

Feelfree Lure

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.

Feelfree Lure

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!

 

Native Watercraft Slayer Propel

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 Ride 115X

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.

Wilderness Systems Focus

Coming Soon

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!

Lose the Zippers with Sierra Design’s Backcountry Bed

Backcountry Bed Presents New Sleeping Option for Campers

The Backcountry Bed
The Backcountry Bed

Sierra Designs has steered away from the timeless sleeping bag design to create a completely new way for campers to tackle backcountry sleeping with their Backcounrty Bed. Unlike the mummy style sleeping bags, the Backcountry Bed is intended to perform like a traditional bed at home. It has a simple design with a very large opening in the middle section to enter with an attached comforter can be pulled around the user which seals the opening once inside.

Backcountry Bed Sleeping OptionsWhat makes this new sleeping option so great is that it offers a wide range of sleeping positions compared to a normal bag. Prefer to sleep on your side? Not a problem! Starting to get too warm? Just fling the blanket off a little to cool down. It also has a foot vent that allows you to slip your feet out of the bottom of the bag on those warm nights.

The reason Sierra Designs has named it the Backcountry Bed (in addition to the built in comforter functioning just like the comforter on your real bed) is that it has an sleeping pad sleeve on the bottom. This allows you to secure your sleeping pad to the bag to give you the experience of a fully integrated bed.

Watch the video below to see more about it:

So what do you think of the Backcountry Bed? Let us know by commenting below!

Feelfree Lure Lands at ACK!

The Feelfree Lure is here!

The Feelfree Lure is here!
The Feelfree Lure is here!

Our first shipment of the new Feelfree Lure has landed at ACK! I grabbed one quick as I could and got it unwrapped to take an up close look. Our Houston store team had a chance to play with one during the Boat Shows, but this was the first time they had made it to the ACK Warehouse.

The Feelfree Lure is clearly made for fishing – especially if you like standing and casting. Like many fishing kayaks, it’s got a adjustable elevated seating system, called the Gravity Seat, with a padded standing platform in front of it (along with a standing assist strap). The hull uses Feelfree’s tri-hull design, which they also utilize in their Moken series. Also, like the Moken series, the Lure’s have flush mounted rod holders with rod leashes and plenty of dry storage space. One nice addition they’ve made is a ridged rod keeper area near the bow to make it easy to lay down your rods while you paddle. See it below in the pictures.

At 11.5 feet, I see this ‘yak being a great fit for anglers who use the fly as well anyone use likes to kayak fish on rivers, lakes or even saltwater bays. Give the Feelfree Lure a look, and remember these are now in stock and ready to ship!

Prowler Big Game II Lands At ACK!

The Prowler Big Game II is here!
The Prowler Big Game II is here!

The Prowler Big Game II is here!

Our first shipment of the newly revamped Prowler Big Game II has landed at ACK and I gotta say, this ‘yak is slick! Ocean Kayak has taken a note from sister company Old Town and integrated a number of features from the new Predator kayak into their 2014 version Prowler Big Game II. This includes things like mounting brackets and the high/low Element Seating System.

You can tell right off the bat that this kayak is meant for big stability and comfort. It’s got stern stringers designed to carry volume in the rear of the kayak and plenty of convenient features like the easy to adjust Glide Track foot braces, paddle keepers and new comfort carry handles.

It’s also a ‘yak meant to hold your gear. Between the Mod Pod center hatch and 6 strategically placed mounting brackets, there’s plenty of ways to mount after-market accessories like Scotty, Ram and YakAttack. Couple that with a weight capacity of 550-600 lbs and you can imagine that the Prowler Big Game II will hold just about anything you can think of.

Watch Mike Garcia give a run down of the new Prowler Big Game II at our booth at the Austin Boat Show:

We’ve had pre-orders on this kayak since late last year so quite a few of the ones we got in this first shipment went right out the door. Don’t worry, we’ve still got plenty to ship, so place your order with us today: http://www.austinkayak.com/products/13773/Ocean-Kayak-Prowler-Big-Game-Angler-II-Kayak.html

 

FeelFree Lure Comes to ACK in Jan. 2014!

The Lure at the Houston Boat Show
The Lure 11.5 at the Houston Boat Show

We got our first look at the new Feelfree Lure last weekend when it arrived at our booth for the Houston Boat Show and we can’t be more excited to finally get these in stock! We expect to have them later this month.

For those that haven’t heard, the new Lure is Feelfree’s latest kayak fishing creation. It follows a common trend in kayak fishing by adding a raised seat with four levels of adjust-ability. What I think is particularly cool is that the seat can be removed from the kayak and used as a camp chair or for a lunch break on the shore.

The Lure includes all of Feelfree’s latest technology including their uni-track system, wheel in the keel, molded in handles and rudder capability. It will be offered in an 11.5′ version, available later this month and 10′ version, available in either February or March.

Here are some important specs for the 11.5:

Length: 11’6”
Width: 36”
Weight: 69 lbs
Capacity: 375 Lbs

Keep checking in for more updates regarding the availability of this new ‘yak! Texas paddlers interested in the Lure should come stop by any of our three Winter Boat Shows to place a pre-order and score a good deal. In the mean time, here are some pictures to check out from Feelfree’s warehouse:

 

Old Town Predator 13 Unwrapped!

An Old Town Predator 13 just arrived for us to play around with before the truckloads are sent out to retailers. I must say, sometimes it pays to be in the business and this is definitely one of those times. Thanks Old Town!

Old Town Predator 13 Looking Good at the ACK Warehouse

Unwrapping it is too exciting to keep to ourselves, so we thought you guys might enjoy it if we shared a few pictures. Check them out!

If you are looking for more information on the Old Town Predator 13 or want to get your pre-order in now, check it out here on website!

BREAKING NEWS – There’s a New Predator at Old Town!

The Predator 13 in action.
The Predator 13 in action.

The suspense has been killing us here at ACK!  We have been excited for the unveiling of Old Town Canoes & Kayak’s “New Predator on the Water” and we’re definitely not disappointed.  It just so happens that ACK will be one of the first retailers to get these bad-boys in stock, so pre-order the Predator MX or Predator 13 so you can get it in the water ASAP!

Old Town, Maine (June 13, 2013) Old Town Canoes & Kayaks, one of the most storied brands in the paddlesports industry, today launched the new Predator kayak. Developed in combination with Old Town’s renowned designers and pro staff members throughout the country, the Predator is completely engineered, below and above the waterline, to deliver the perfect platform for fishing.

The Predator brings anglers closer to the water and the action with nearly unlimited options to customize the kayak around their specific equipment and unique needs. Featuring six strategically-placed, removable mounting plates, the Predator enables consumers to install rod holders, GPS units, fish finders, cameras and more virtually anywhere around the boat without drilling into the hull so they can tailor the craft for their personal style.

The Predator 13
The Predator 13

The Predator boasts standout features including the three-stage Element™ seating system that can be lowered for paddling, raised for fishing or even flipped out of the way in stand-up mode for poling, sighting and casting. The proprietary, slip resistant Exo-Ridge™ deck is designed for sure footing and superior drainage, while the Tri-hull construction provides both incredible durability and stability. A package unique in the marketplace, the Old Town Predator ensures anglers can paddle in comfort, arrange equipment to their exact specifications and even stand to fish.

Designing the Predator.
Designing the Predator.

“In designing and building the Predator, we set out to turn convention upside down and deliver a totally new fishing experience,” said David Hadden, Old Town Brand Director. “The Predator still delivers the stability and comfort kayak anglers demand, but the ability to customize this kayak to your specific needs, and adjust it on the fly as your needs change, helps set it miles ahead of the competition.”

The Predator possesses a large capacity center console for maximum storage and additional mounting options, while dual rod tip holders at the bow help store valuable fishing rods safely and securely. Other key features include a large bow hatch with Old Town’s patented Click Seal cover, scupper holes for quick drainage, large rear tank well with Exo-Ridge design to keep gear accessible and dry, paddle keepers, adjustable foot braces and side-mounted rod retainers that allow for convenient grab and cast.

The Predator is tailor made to accept aftermarket options like Scotty™ outriggers, Steady Stand-Up Bar and a Minn Kota™ trolling motor mount. Available in two new models, Old Town Predator kayaks land at authorized dealers in Summer 2013.

Key Specifications

Predator 13:

  • Length: 13’ 2”
  • Width: 33.5”
  • Seat Height: 15”
  • Leg Length: 48”
  • Weight: 72 lbs.
  • Max Capacity: 400-425 lbs.
  • MSRP: $1,299 US

Predator MX:

  • Length: 12”
  • Width: 34”
  • Seat Height: 15”
  • Leg Length: 48”
  • Weight: 68 lbs.
  • Max Capacity: 375-400 lbs.
  • MSRP: $ $1,199 US

Unwrapping New Kayak Colors from Wilderness Systems

New warehouse labels for the new colors.
New warehouse labels for the new colors.

Not too long ago Wilderness Systems announced that they’d be testing out some new kayak colors and eventually choosing their favorite(s) to add to production for the long term. The colors included three different camo colors and are available with the Ride 115, Pungo 120 and the Tarpon 120. The camo colors include orange & black, red & black and a blue & black.

Well, these beauties arrived today at the warehouse and we wanted to give you a first look at the results. These are now available to ship but will be offered for a limited time only! Check them out:

 

Sawyer Brings the Feel of the Water to ACK

Sawyer Paddles is new to ACK.com, but not to the paddling world. They are an Oregon based company that got their start in 1967 when Ralph Sawyer established the company in the small town of Rogue River with deep roots in whitewater paddling. After several ground breaking innovations in the world of paddle design, the company has grown to serve paddlers of all genres, including kayakers, canoeists and stand up paddlers.

At ACK.com, you’ll find a range of canoe and SUP paddles from Sawyer available for purchase. Just by looking at them you’ll notice the unique mix of materials that gives each Sawyer paddle its own aesthetically pleasing look. Sawyer popularized the use of composite paddles when they first combined three different woods, Walnut stripes, Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine, with fiberglass (the same mix used in the Ranger ‘X’).Today, Sawyer continues to experiment and perfect new mixes to continue to meet the expectation of quality, performance, value and beauty that paddlers have grown to have for Sawyer. Some examples include the Laminations of Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir and Fiberglass found in the Manta Dual Bend Canoe Paddle or the Laminated Fir, Western Red Cedar and White Ash that is used to make the Mana QuickDraw SUP Paddle Rip 100 (also available as a 3-piece).

While not every Sawyer paddle we carry is built using the same mix of materials, they all do share the touch of innovation that makes it undeniable that Sawyer is made by paddlers for paddlers. Take their Sawyer Paddles Kids Tales Canoe Paddle, for example. This very fun product is made to inspire the beginnings of a fledgling canoeist with a unique picture design on one side and a log on the other to document a child’s first canoe journeys and what they saw along the way. Of course, it’s still a high performing paddle but is meant to provide use even after the child outgrows it by becoming a perfect memento that documents their beginnings as a paddler.

We’re very excited to have Sawyer join our line-up and hope you are too. We want to know what you think – have you had any experiences with Sawyer? Thinking about getting one? Just comment below! – Joseph @ACK