Designed to meet the needs of serious kayak anglers as well as recreational paddlers, the VISICarbon Pro Light sports unprecedented performance with a light weight, low drag and a portable design with plenty of style. The main mast section is designed with carbon fiber tubing for high strength and ultra light weight. The ultra thin mast and redesigned flag combine to offer excellent performance with low wind drag. Scotty mount ready - mounts in either a flush mount rod holder or to any Scotty base. Meets or exceeds USCG requirements. 3AA batteries included power the 17 lumen LED.
|Height:||48 in / 121.9 cm|
|Weight:||14 oz / 396.89 g|
|Burn Time:||~100 hrs|
Great design. Easy to use, folds up nicely for storage, and gives you great visibility in the dusk and periods when you're out on the water.
Seemed like a great light. I used it twice, then turtled my kayak in a storm. I didn't hit anything, just a rouge wave turtled me. I righted the yak, climbed back in and surveyed my rig. All was fine...except the my visicarbon light shaft shattered. Like I said I didn't hit anything. Just the force of dumping the kayak in the open ocean and then righting it was enough pressure to break the pole. Probably should have been designed to withstand the occasional turtle event since most kayakers, at some point will probably get into some weather and roll their kayak.
Good product a little pricey
On the plus side of the ledger, it works well, and the battery life is outstanding. However, there are a couple of big negatives, IMHO. First, for what you actually get, the price is outrageous. I own a Hobie kayak and I'm used to paying top dollar. But even by that expensive standard, this thing is way, way, way expensive---about half of its current price would seem about right. Second, I might be able to justify the price if it was perfect, or nearly so. But, as others have pointed out, the pole is flimsy, and I think it virtually certain that it will break in a roll (as others have experienced). Also, the pole is too short for use in rolling seas, at least where I kayak (Monterey Bay). It seems to me that at least a 6' height is needed for reasonable visibility. So I plan to use a Scotty extender to get some additional height, at least on days of larger swells, and that adds to the overall cost. If I had it to do over, I'd make my own. There are some good waterproof LED lights available for the purpose.