The Viking Kayaks Profish Reload kayak is a performance fishing kayak with plenty of features for maximizing comfort and tackle management. The design of the bow provides plenty of lift so it doesn't bog down in rough coastal conditions. The tackle pod is completely removable and allows you to mount your fishfinder and transducer on the top and bottom and it will hold your battery and tackle boxes inside where they are easily accessible. The tackle pod can be replaced with the Viking Tackle Pod Flat Deck (sold separately) which provides a flat deck for more room in the cockpit and provides a small seat for a child. The Reload comes standard with 3 bucket hatches, Reload tackle pod, YakGear seat, 2 rod holders, and a Railblaza StarPort at the stern.
|Length:||14 ft 9 in / 4.5 m|
|Width:||30 in / 76.2 cm|
|Weight:||64 lb / 29.03 kg|
|Capacity:||440 lb / 199.58 kg|
|Leg Room To Peg:||49|
|Leg Room - Total:||51|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit on Top|
The Reload offers exceptional stability and speed, something we haven't seen in a long time. Most Manufacturers are going bigger and not designing a "paddlers" kayak, not Viking. The Reload is a sleek paddling kayak with lots of cargo room while still remaining light enough to move around by yourself. The removable tackle pod make getting on and off the water easy so you spend less time gearing up and more time on the water. Since the rudder doesn't extend below the hull, you don't have to worry about backing up in shallows or tapping over oyster.
I love this kayak so far. My review is basically comparing it to the tarpon 140 because that is what I own and have most recently paddled. I like the speed and comfort of the Viking over the tarpon. I feel there is a little more ease paddling and noticeably more stability. Usually in my 140 it would take me a few minutes to get my "sea legs" and stability down. From the moment I sat down in the Viking until I got out I felt stable. I paddled nearly 3 miles in my maiden voyage and maintained around a 3mph pace. After nearly an hour, I was surprising rested. I haven't been able to fish yet, but I have no doubt it will do everything I need and more. If you have any doubts about the reload, don't. It is a great boat with awesome features.