I own a Slayer Propel and a Hobie Pro Angler 12. The Slayer Propel is a
better all around kayak if you only own one pedal kayak. This is due to
it paddling well without the drive. Reverse is great too. That said, the
PA12 and Slayer Propel are not comparable in many respects. The
Slayer does need some refinements. Overall, I use it differently than
my PA12. If I want to fish docks and shoreline structure, I take the
Slayer. If I am fishing a lake with heavy grass and more offshore
structure, I take my PA12. The rear rudder and skeg sticking down on
the Slayer is a pain when loading and unloading, dragging on a launch,
or installing a cart. The rudder handle is uncomfortable plastic deigned
and awkward on the left side of the kayak if you hold the rod in your
left hand. The Propel is easier to pedal, only slightly than the Mirage
drive, but your knees are in your chest more. I could go on and on
about what makes the Pro Angler more thought out, but reverse is so
awesome, it almost outweighs all the negative comparisons. In reality,
the Slayer Propel compares more and easily trumps a Hobie Outback.
Nothing really compares to the feature packed Pro Angler...yet. If I
could have only one pedal kayak, it would be the Slayer Propel. ACK
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First of all, I want to give high praise to Austin Kayak! Their customer service is top notch--when you give them a call, a
live person answers the phone!! All my questions and concerns were handled very professionally, and the kayak arrived
earlier expected with absolutely no damage. The Slayer Propel is a fantastic fishing machine. I had intended to buy a
Hobie PA, but after my test paddle I had a few concerns, I did some more research and found the Slayer Propel and
ordered it without a demo. I couldn't be happier. The pedaling is easy (like a recumbent bike) and I hit a top speed of 4.5
mph during my first trip. Maintaining a steady pace isn't too fatiguing, and this boat is easy to paddle also. The ability to
move backwards is a great feature. It turns fairly tight, but not as tight as the PA. The boat tracks well, and is very stable.
I had no problem standing, and I am fairly big guy (6'1", 240).
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