This is my first dedicated fishing kayak. I upgraded from a Loon
138 that I've used for the past 15 years as my "fishing yak". The
Predator MX is great and has met my expectations! Most stable
boat I have ever paddled. I'm 6'4 and 240 lbs and I can stand and
fish in it. Love the open cockpit design and the plates added for
customization in addition to the large storage areas. My son can
even sit in the back area if I take out the bungies and fish with me.
The chair is also the most comfortable I've paddled in, hands down.
Many reviews state that its slow - of course it is, all the stability
comes at the price of speed, but honestly its not as bad as I thought
it would be. As long as you are not trying to exceed the hull speed,
its a smooth ride. My calculations put the speed between 3-4 mph
with moderate paddling in no current. Tracking is good and what is
expected for a 12ft boat.
The big drawback to me is the weight. Steep banks or rocky banks
will be almost impossible to get the boat down with just one person.
Its a price I'm willing to pay for how great it is once I get it on the
This is a great Kayak. I'm 48 years old, 250 pounds and it's perfectly
stable sitting or standing. When you order there is nothing extra
needed except a paddle and the side sliding anchor cable..it's fast,
tracks well, easy to get moving with minimal effort. I can travel
miles with virtually no fatigue.. It has everything else.. I can't
imagine anything more fit for purpose unless it had somewhere
moulded in to hold an open drink container...
i been on the lake and river this kayak really works great in both for
me its a do it all boat old town got it right with there predator mx
Predator MX: Great kayak for fishing the North Branch of the
Susquehanna as well as all the area lakes. It is stable with a lot of
room for gear, supplies, and everything you will need for a day on the
water fly fishing. I carry a cooler, camera bag, two 9 foot fly rods,
several boxes of flies, a pack (with leaders, tippets, pliers, stripping
guards, sun screen, and cigars with lighter and cigar cutter), and
anything else I feel necessary.
I like the leg room and comfort of the elevated seat, as well as being
able to stand if you would like.
Well worth the money!
Old town predator MX. Great boat! It takes some practice to stand in
but it is possible. You will want a cart to pull it very far. It's a bit heavy
but you can tell it is well made.
This kayak is wide, stable and comfortable. I like the replaceable
mounting plates, they make customizing easy and inexpensive if
you make a mistake or change your mind about and accessory. The
seat is very comfortable, and will fold back out of the way for a
better standing platform. There is also a nice storage pocket on the
back of the seat. I enjoy being able to stand up and stretch my legs
and had no issues doing so in this kayak. The front hatch could be
slightly larger to make it more useful and you place any small items
in the front hatch they can slide all the way to the back of the boat
making them difficult or impossible to retrieve on the water. Overall
this boat is a good fit for my needs and fishing style. It came very
well packaged with all of items secured inside the boat. Only took a
few days to get from Texas to Virginia. ACK was great to deal with
and saved me several hundred dollars over the same items
**Amending my original**
I am new to kayak fishing and did a considerable amount of research
prior to purchasing this vessel. I flipped a standard kayak with a
rounded hull and wanted something comfortable and stable for
fishing. I found it in the Predator. I fish the Des Plaines river in
Illinois. This can be treacherous and fast moving. This craft is stable,
rock steady and durable. You can stand up but you still need good
balance or you will fall out. The kayak won't flip over. Heavy, sturdy
and worth the price. It is extremely comfortable and I have sat in it
for hours with no discomfort. Roomy, wide and can hold pounds of
gear. It is heavy so keep that in mind if you plan to cartop carry.
Great service from ACK staff. They were very knowledgeable and
patient answering all of my questions. Shipping was fast and hassle
free. I ordered on a Monday, and it arrived by Thursday. The MX is my
second kayak (I started out with an Ascend FS128T) and I could not
be happier with the purchase. I debated on this and the Predator 13,
but ultimately I wanted the wide open area of the MX. Many of the
reviews note that the MX is heavy. Coming out of that Ascend, I feel
like the MX is light. I can actually pick this up by myself.
The plates offer customization options that allow you to try new
rigging ideas and if it doesn't work, toss the plate. You don't have to
worry about that permanent pad-eye or Scotty base that is just not in
the right spot.
The first day I tried it out in a small pond. Even in high winds I was
able to keep it moving with little or no effort. The MX glides through
the water and it is dead silent as it moves. If I could paddle quietly
there would be no sound at all. Tracking is what you would expect on
a 12' yak. I actually had to change my paddle method since this is so
much easier to maneuver than the Ascend.
Stability is top notch. My Ascend was super stable, I had no problem
standing up in it and paddling, casting, or ridding myself of beer waste.
However, the MX has the Ascend beat hands down in the stability
department. I am more likely to step off the yak into the water before
I ever tip it over.
The seat is the most comfortable I have used in a kayak. I think it
beats my buddy's Native Slayer seat. I cold easily spend a day on the
water with no back problems whatsoever.
If you are looking for a great all-around fishing kayak you cannot go
wrong with the MX. Add in the great staff at ACK helping you through
the buying process and you have a winning combination.
I am new to kaysk fishing and did a considerable amount of
research prior to purchasing this vessel. I flipped s standard kayak
and wanted something comfortable and stable for fishing. I found it
in the Predator. I fish the Des Plaines river in Illinois. This can be
treacherous and fast moving. This craft is stable, rock steady and
durable. You can stand up but you still need good balance or you
will fall out. The kayak won't flip over. Heavy, sturdy and worth the
I first put the MX in the water close to a dam. Within 10 feet of
leaving the shore I was standing up. The stability in this boat is
probably the best of any out there. Once we left the still deep pool
below the dam we were faced with our first set of riffles. They were
shallow and the rocks high. It gave me a good feel as to how the
boat would turn. It actually turns on a dime and i picked my way
through the rock garden easier than I ever have. If you fish rivers
and lakes like i do, then this is the best boat out there. And yes,
the seat is very comfortable.
Be warned, it is heavy but so are most kayaks you can stand in. I
don't know about taking this through any serious rapids. I probably
wouldn't go above a 2, but thats me.
The niftiest thing about this boat is the removable/interchangeable
plates. I have attached rod holders and fish finders. I used the 2
plates behind the seat to mount a trolling motor transom, works
perfectly for big lakes and you can remove it whenever you want.
I've had this kayak for
about a month and a half
now and have taken it out a
few times and I love it.
Standing in it is easy and it
tracks well. I've taken it to a
few small lakes so far but it
seems like it would work
well in slow moving rivers
and other bodies of water.
I wouldn't do whitewater in
this though just strictly
fishing. There are lots of
ways to customize it and
make it suitable for you.
From Dover, Ar
I have own the Old Town
Predator MX for three weeks
now. Before I bought this
Kayak I tried two other
kayaks, (one I feel out of),
both of them did not have the
stability that the MX has. My
first time out in the MX I was
able to stand and fish with no
problems. The weight is the
only thing that has me
concerned. I fish in watersheds
that don't have boat ramps and
some you have to hike to get
to. I'm trying to build
something with wheels at one
end so I can pull it to and from
my truck. Beside that I could
not be happier with the MX