Slayer propel is OK. I haven't had it very long (3 weeks) and I have to
replace a prop pin that is Bent. I haven't abused it so I am a little
concerned about how strong these parts are. Hind sight 20/20 I think
I would spend the extra and get the pro angler
I decided to wait on writing a review until I had some time on this
kayak. I've put probably 100 hours out on this kayak now since
purchasing it in May 2015.
The bad - Let's get the bad out of the way first. The shipping is
terrible for this kayak. Other people talk about it on here, the guys
carrying your kayak have no idea that they're carrying 2500$ worth
of plastic around. I will say that it is free, which was great
compared to the Hobie brand, so there's only so much complaining I
can do. As for the kayak itself, the included plastic rudder is weak.
I didn't trust it to control me in choppier waters and went with the
boonedox aluminum rudder. HUGE difference in control for not
much money. This was my biggest issue with the kayak. Beyond
that, it's missing some of the quality touches that the Hobie PA has.
The accessories panels and such mounted on the PA were of higher
quality than the aluminum tracks on the Slayer.
The good - I don't really have much I dislike about this kayak. It's
extremely stable, and only if I intentionally tip it will it tip. I've
been in 4 foot rollers over 100 feet of water. I've been on inland
lakes pedaling straight into 30mph gusts "the propel does not care
about wind". The seat is always comfortable. Pedaling the kayak
is easy, I can go after work for 4 hours pedaling and not feel
fatigued. Easy to reach the front hatch as well as behind me. The
tracks included are sufficient to run rod holders on each side, both
easily accessible within arms reach from a comfortable position on
my chair. I was also able to mount extra ram tubes behind me, a
kayak crate, lowrance fish finder, and even some accessory track
lashes for my paddle and boga. The only hole I drilled was for my
transducer, otherwise every other accessory could be mounted with
the included tracks. A big plus to me. Speed is solid too, I am a
big guy at 6'2 240lbs and I can get up to 4.5-5mph full on trying, or
3.5mph without much effort. The only time I've touched a paddle is
to push off of a dock, otherwise everything is done with my feet and
My only hope is that Native eventually releases a Pro Angler level
Slayer or Ultimate pedal version, ideally closer to the PA width of
37". The PA has a few inches on the Slayer as far as width, and it
makes a big difference for stability.
I have had the kayak out 8 times in the past month, and I have got
to say that I am floored by the stability, and overall quality of the
Kayak. I was thrilled to be getting it, and now that I have it, I can't
wait to go out again, and again. I noticed that I don't even deploy
my anchor because with the pedals, I can go forward and reverse,
holding my position is easy. When I stand up to fish I can move
back and forth with a couple of quick turns of the pedal, by hand. If
you are on the fence, hop off and buy this kayak....you will not be
great yak fast stable little heavy but tracks well only bad thing sea
weed or grass goes in propel and have to stop and clean cuz causes
GREAT PRODUCT, ARRIVED WITH ISSUES WITH STEERING.. BUT ACK
ASSISTED IN CORRECTING..
DELIVERY WAS PRETTY CLOSE TO DEAD ON, OVERALL REAL HAPPY
BUT I'VE ONLY HAD IT ABOUT A MONTH.. GIVE ME A BIT AND ASK
Great Kayak, stable and roomy. Super thick plastic = durable... but
adding a bit of weight. This is a monster to try to carry as a 1 man rig.
Think Trailer or wheel kit. The storage area behind the seat is
expansive... you could almost have 2 milk crates and not interfere with
I had my slayer 13 propel for almost 2 months now. The kayak was
shipped by truck to Sebastian,Fl. I helped the driver remove the
kayak. it was buried so to speak with other cargo. A few days later I
removed it from the cloth sock that it was transported in and noticed
two small dents on the side of the hull. I wasn't bad enough to have it
replaced.My thought on this is to improve on better protection or
complain or replace the trucking company. Other than that problem
it's a great kayak.
Gator Bait is more of a hot pink than purple as shown in picture. Great
for the lady anglers or the kids.
Great yak got it on the water before it iced over ready to go workes
great got on time.
G. A. W.
Great boat setup. A bit of a challenge to load by myself.
The best thing about the Slayer 13 ... Hands free , faster than
paddling, easy to stand up in ,stable, nice to troll with, only thing
wrong with it is why didn't I get this last year ! oh yea free shipping .
Pedaling vs. paddling is a no contest in favor of pedaling. You can't
paddle as fast as you can pedal ! If you are a speed freak, do both.
Being able to go forward and in reverse hands free puts this is a class
by itself. Excellent engineering, high quality product and easy to
remove prop for shallow water or loading/unloading. Price ? You get
what you pay for ! Like to see ACK build a tandem.