The Advanced Elements StraitEdge Angler Inflatable Kayak has been designed with the needs of the kayak angler in mind. Its wide beam provides maximum stability while bringing in big catches. Multi-layer material, added abrasion pads, and multiple air chambers provide maximum durability for aggressive conditions. Its revolutionary removable mounting rail offers a variety of easy access options. By adding aftermarket rail-mounts you can customize your kayak with rod holders, a fish finder or other equipment. Other key features include an ultra comfortable high back seat with two rod holders and an inflatable lumbar support for long days on the water, stainless steel d-rings and bungee deck lacing for abundant gear storage, paddle holders and abrasion pads for extra durability. Combine all of these features with the Advanced Elements StraitEdge Angler's patented aluminum rib frame technology for superior tracking and you have a kayak that leaves nothing else to say but FISH ON! Includes a carry duffel, repair kit, lumbar seat and the accessory mounting rail.
|Length:||9 ft 8 in / 2.95 m|
|Width:||35 in / 88.9 cm|
|Weight:||41 lb / 18.6 kg|
|Capacity:||300 lb / 136.08 kg|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
A little heavy when folded, but not unmoveable. It inflates and is ready to paddle in less than 10 minutes once you get used to the steps. You do not need the electric pump at all. Get the dual action pump that comes with the gauge for inflating at the water's edge and get the bellows pump to take with you on the water. You can take the hose with the gauge from the Dual Action pump and use it with the Bellows Pump. I am 6'2", 220. I feel very comfortable in this yak. I did 26 miles on my first trip and experienced zero deflation. It is stable, and it is very easy on your back and backside. There are built in buckles everywhere for gear and there are 10 scupper holes to keep you afloat. Pros: -Easy Set Up -Easy Break Down -Stable -Comfortable, even for larger people -Room for gear and secure tie downs Cons: -Tracking is HORRIBLE. When you stop paddling you will immediately make a 360 turn. Best advice I can give for breaking it down: bring one of those heavy plastic storage bins with you and leave it in the car. When you return from your trip, fold the yak up and put it in the bin. Take it home or to a car wash and hose it off. Then dry it before stowing it in its proper bag (it does actually fit back in its bag). The material holds everything when wet and you will pack it away with all kind of sand, dirt, and other grit if you don't properly rinse it first. I also store mine unfolded in my garage. I have a hard shell kayak on a stand, and I drape the inflatable over it after cleaning it. There something about storing it folded up long term that doesn't sit well with me. It takes exactly 60 seconds to stuff it in its bag when I am ready to head out for a trip. I am happy with this kayak. My only single gripe is the tracking. There are tips on their website to address it, and I am trying, but I spin like a top when come to a stop. It's pretty fast, and I pulled off 26 miles without feeling overly tired, but it is a pain to stop to take a picture of something only to spin around.
I have tried lots of inflatables and hard kayaks. I have tried some sit on tops.