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Old Town Loon 120 Kayak Review

Today were going to review the new old town loon 120. This is a fairly new kayak along with the loon angler. This is a recreational model of the loon there are actually three in the series the 106 the 120 and 126. The idea behind the loon was fitting the paddler to the boat.

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Should I buy the Old Town Loon 120 Kayak Review?

This is a high performance boat with features and a comfortable fit. They started with the seat and built the boat around it.

If nothing else the seat is trimmed beautifully it looks really nice and the styling is very professional, there is performance foam which is perforated and quick dry it gives a lot of cushion to it. Its airy and breathable from not just the padding but the deck pan and seat pan itself is perforated and that perforation provides functionality as well so the seat pan can be raised and lowered just by pulling the handle in front of the paddler and the seat hand raises and gives you a more comfortable fit.

If want to change your leg position or take some weight off your legs or stretch out its fine. If your changing water conditions or heading out into some white water you can raise the seat pan a bit to have a more secure fit. You can also adjust the lumber support up and down, forward and backwards it’s easy to do with instructions icons and pull tabs so you shouldn’t have any issues.

There is an area called a work deck that the company came up with after doing research with consumers so there is a dry storage compartment, some gear trays cup holders and water bottle tracks on the bottom. They also found people used a lot of go pros and phones and wireless speakers so they added a usb port to the kayak and you can power your Bluetooth speaker by plugging in your USB power and inside the dry storage there is a dry battery that can be any juice pack or any type of battery you wish to pick it up and plug it in there are many different waterproof options available.

There is a little bracket that locks out from the cockpit that snaps out and snaps back in that gives you the option to have an oversized cockpit if you want to put a spray skirt on or have a child or dog sitting on top you can just de-attach the deck and then later pop it back on.

Another great thing is if you’re travelling and have your kayak on top of your car or in the bed of your truck if you’ve got your accessories already attached to your work deck, just undo the whole work deck and lock it in your car you don’t have to worry about your stuff getting stolen.

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Features of the Old Town Loon 120 Kayak Review

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Final Thoughts

This model is pretty polished and ready to go, the loon 120 have already launched and shipped to dealers, it has a 3-layer hull gorgeous 4 layer setup and a lot of real excitement coming for the new loon. The other models have come out last year and have recently started shipping to dealers. We would definitely recommend this for someone looking for a kayak that’s advanced and ready to tackle kayaking in this day and age, with lots of up-links and areas for technology this kayak is definitely the most updated for the technological world out of the other models we have seen and the seat is second to none.

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Resources

Buyer Guide to best Fishing Kayaks – kayakerguide.com/best-fishing-kayak

Oldtown Canoe Official Site

Ocean Kayak Venus 11 Womens Kayak

Ocean Kayak Venus 11 Womens Kayak Review

Welcome everyone today were going to do a little review of the ocean kayak Venus 11. Its primarily made for females which is why I purchased the kayak, my wife likes to go kayaking with me and she wanted a kayak that was very comfortable for her and we tried this one out because a friend owned it similarly and she liked it enough so we went ahead and got her one.

We’re going to talk about a few features and a few that aren’t so great.

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Should I buy the Ocean Kayak Venus 11 Womens Kayak?

Firstly, you can see that the front is very narrow, it’s got a nice little knife edge on it and cuts through the water very well and definitely is much faster than the other kayaks out there. It is 11 feet long and it comes with everything you see on the picture. Including the comfort tech seat very nice and padded for long trips. It has bungee cargo holds in the back which are great for putting in coolers or anything similar that you might want to secure and carry with you.

It does come with a little dry compartment at the front which is very simple to use, not exactly the most waterproof compartment so you may want to use a baggy to keep your stuff dry while it’s in there and it does have a leash so you don’t lose it while you’re in the water.

Inside there is a molded in cup holder and nearby there is another indent which is circular for another storage item.

It comes with three carry handles. The two on the side are very good for picking up and carrying the kayak around. The kayak is very light and weighs only about 47 or 40 pounds. There is a handle near the middle top which my wife loves about the kayak since she can reach in and grab it and hoist herself up if she wants to get up.

In the front there are some more bungees great for tying down towels or lifejackets or whatever you want to bring with you and the drain plug is right up there in the front if it does get any water in it you can undo it and pour any water out.

It does come with a nice paddle holder on the side which you can unhook, let your paddle loose and when your done using your paddle you can just snap it back on there, it’s very tight.

Last thing is it does quite a few little anchor points around the kayak which you could use to secure more gear or have stuff hanging off.

The downside is two things I don’t personally like. 1. Is the way the handles are set up they are connected to the bungee straps and also a little plastic piece near the top holding the bungees so when you pull up its pretty hard to pull out over time it may wear on the bungee and snap, this same feature is on the back. The last thing that I think is a big fault is there is a setup in the front for your paddle patch but it’s not cutout and it doesn’t cut out and doesn’t come with the top and if you like the top you would have to pay about 80 extra dollars.

Those are about the only things that I don’t like, it doesn’t have any true dry storage without cutting a huge hole in the kayak.

Other than that I think it’s a great kayak suitable for any female that wants to try kayaking or someone less experienced that wants to enjoy the sport with her husband or alone.

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Features of the Ocean Kayak Venus 11 Womens Kayak

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Final Thoughts

Other than the few negatives I think it’s a great kayak suitable for any female that wants to try kayaking or someone less experienced that wants to enjoy the sport with her husband or alone.

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Resources

See Our Best Fishing Kayaks Guide – Kayakerguide.com

Ocean Kayak Official Site

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Dagger Kayaks Axis 10.5 Kayak Review

Hello everyone, today were going to review a kayak that were really interested in it’s the first “crossover kayak” that we have review which is supposed to be multi use. We think it’s perfect for a little more advanced paddler graduating from a simpler kayak and has a lot of great features that do make it stand out at a very reasonable price point.

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Should I buy the Dagger Kayaks Axis 10.5 Kayak?

10.5 obviously means that it’s the length of the kayak is 10 feet long. It incorporates a relatively narrow for recreational kayaks 27.5-inch beam and the boat craft itself weighs just under 50 pounds. The material is a mold of polyethylene they heat and tumble the mold for the boat the material is quite a robust material for a family craft. That’s really what we’re talking about this would fit a wide range of paddlers from 125 pounds up to about 230 pounds as always depending on how once carries their weight.

It is in the recreational category which means it will not have quite the length and performance or safety features of a touring boat or a sea kayak or performance boat which are the most efficient.

The craft itself has modest deck rigging in the back, soft touch carry handles, modest rigging near the back its really what you typically see in recreational kayaks.

After the cockpit we have a tamper proof locking point which is going to be handy if you’re worried about the craft or could be used as a tow point for the worst case scenario. The cockpit of the boat is a little more aggressive than a lot of the recreational boats in its category you can see that its fairly aggressive for a recreational boat with the thigh pads riding into the knees you can get a little bit more control then you can with a lot of other recreational craft.

It does have a higher back seat which you get with a lot of the recreational boat category. Again we prefer a lower back seat and that’s what you will see as you go to higher touring and performance kayaks. Lots of comfort as the seats move very well they are contour CFS seats with a pad that pulls up to your legs. It has a stiffener which is a plastic device that goes up partially through the bowel of the boat and it helps keeps the integrity of the craft long term. There are a couple of spots for water bottles and a bit of gear on the beam as well.

As for the craft itself it has a uniquely designed chime that’s the side of the boat with fairly hard edges which does a number of things which maximized initial stability but fairly defined so if unintentionally you bring the boat over or if you want to progress in skills a little bit it is going to be reasonably secure on its side.

You will see it has modest deck rigging after the cockpit it does has a stern hatch only and bulk heads so the back will be your dry storage area.

There are a few contradictions in the craft. Dagger markets the boat as a crossover boat as a multi-use boat that can handle whitewater conditions and with respect to dagger we are going to contradict that because it simply does not have the dry storage from in the bowel craft itself.

It is a 10-foot boat with is going to let in about 7 feet of water, doesn’t mean the boat wont handle those conditions it just means your compromising safety to do so.

Having said that we are excited with this craft since it complements the Pungo series.

The Pungo series is under the same umbrella it’s under the wilderness systems name the difference is this boat is a little bit narrower where the Pungo is about an inch and a half wide whereas this one is a bit narrower, it weighs a bit more than the Pungo 12-foot version but it also has the skeg which is kind of cool so just a rope release releases the skeg which the Pungo system doesn’t have. The skeg will have the craft track in more challenging conditions and should you want a little more maneuverability you can simply bring it up out of the way.

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Features of the Dagger Kayaks Axis 10.5 Kayak Review

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Final Thoughts

What we envision for this kayak is that this is a perfect craft to compliment that family recreational system boat like the Pungo with a little more get up and go it’s got a few more features it’s a little narrower and we envision maybe some of the larger paddlers purchasing the Pungo series the 12 or 14-foot version and some of the smaller paddlers or paddlers who want to be a little more aggressive without jumping into the touring boat category preferring to go to this boat.

It does have a little bit higher side and that side means it increases the paddler load that it can carry so it also lifts the load on it about 10 pounds heavier than the Pungo 120 despite the fact that it is narrower.

This is a great craft and we highly recommend it for any paddler looking to take a small jump up in skill from your traditional kayaks while still having a craft that is diverse enough to handle a multiple range of different waters.

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Resources

See Our Best Fishing Kayaks Guide – www.Kayakerguide.com

Dagger Kayaks Official Site

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Old Town Predator MX Kayak Review

Today were going to do a product review of the predator fishing kayak. I’m going to give my opinion on this kayak based on many years of kayaking and years of kayak fishing experience.

This is probably the fifth or sixth OldTown kayak that I have personally owned including a few canoes so you can tell I’m a big fan of the brand, it could also be that all my accessories fit in the different models so I’m committed.
There are so many features on this kayak that it’s hard to do a short review so well get started.

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Should I buy the Old Town Predator MX Kayak?

First of all, jumping straight to the seat it is hands down one of the most comfortable seats I have ever used within a kayak. It has the functionality to pop right down and disappear for storage, you can sit in it straight up if your kayaking and for fishing it pops right up and snaps down. Absolutely the best seat I have ever used in a kayak.

The kayak is about 12 feet long it is the predator 12 MX, there is the predator 13, the predator mx and the predator Codo which incorporates an electric saltwater motor. This is the smaller of the three.
At the back we have a nice very comfortable handle for pushing or pulling the kayak or if you want to use it for salt water fishing. There are all sorts of storage spaces in the back including plenty of room for a cooler and a tackle box within the back.
Looking at the middle of the kayak first of all it has an incredible amount of space inside the kayak including a lot of standing up legroom within the middle. There is a large storage space in the middle that you can unhook for an extra compartment. It is pre-rigged for different accessories including a fish finder and it comes with a nice strap that can go from a sitting position to a standing position you can pull yourself up which is very handy. I personally keep it down for transportation.
It comes pre-rigged for a transducer which works great.

Also it comes with scupper plugs since the sit-on-top kayaks obviously have the ability to drain. The unique point of the Oldtown’s scupper holes is that the water will drain down through but it will not come up which is a pretty nice feature when you’re on the go.
Moving on there is some nice dry storage within the top area of the kayak which also incorporates a battery pack and you can run your wires over to your transducer and your lighting system whatever you need to run off a 12-volt battery which is pretty slick.
It comes with rod holders and rod protectors so you can lay your rod down and it holds the tip so your rods don’t get all tangled up with other kayaks or brush.

Moving down to the front I personally incorporated my trolley anchor on the side, essentially what it does is you can move your anchor from front to back – back to front or wherever you want by moving the trolley.
There are replaceable plastic deck rails where you can mount your equipment and tooling, they are easily replaceable and the idea is that you never have to drill a hole in your kayak.
It also comes with a troth If you want to use wheels for moving the kayak back and forth you can strap your kayak in and hold your wheels tight so they don’t slide back and forth.
There is a paddle holder which is available on both sides of the kayak. Moving to the back side we have some more drain holes to drain any water that may get stuck within the back cavity of the kayak.
Near the right side of the kayak on the inside there is a nifty pocket where you can put your rubber baits or worms within the pocket to keep them safe and dry.
The way I have mine rigged up is I have a beverage holder in the back, a rod holder in the front that turns so I can move the holder anywhere I want.

If you want to troll or use a GoPro the kayak is GoPro ready and does have areas for putting it. There are a million different accessories you can get for the kayak its almost ridiculous, they mount into all individual accessory holders.
The shock cord is very high end and can hold anything, you can get a 20 quart cooler in it sideways just to give you an idea of how much it can hold.
The version I have is the camo model but it comes in 5 different colors including urban camo which is a white black there’s a cherry camo, there’s a green, I prefer the regular camo which is a dark green and sand color
It also has on the back very strong handles which are very rugged, which makes it easy to move.

There is a replaceable Skeg in the back so if you drag it on the beach instead of patching holes in your kayak you can just buy another Skeg. Which is a good idea since anyone that drags a kayak around for a while knows that they will begin to put a hole through the bottom.

It weighs about 72 pounds all of these larger kayaks including the Jackson brands weigh about the same they’re all on the heavier side of weight and aren’t lightweight by any means.

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Features of the Old Town Predator MX Kayak Review

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Final Thoughts

I have had this kayak for about 2 months, have used it for a while I love it and it’s the best fishing kayak I have every had I would definitely buy it again and say this is in my opinion the best fishing kayak out there.

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Resources

See Our Best Fishing Kayaks Guide – Kayaker guide

Old Town Kayaks Official Site

Outdoor Tuff Stinger 3 Review

Outdoor Tuff Stinger 3 Review

Today we have a inflatable kayak thats very portable and easy to transport and durable, we have the OutDoor Tuff 3 Stinger Sit-on top kayak. This kayak was perfect for me and my wife considering we were not the strongest group. It is very light and easy to transport and can fit into any car. It comes with a foot pump and is very easy to inflate, which is something that I really needed. I heavily use this kayak, and I never have to think about leaks or damages because this kayak is very durable. Even though, it is a inflatable kayak it is as rigid and stable as a traditional kayak.This is a sit-on top kayak, which is one of my favorite features because I am not the most flexible person and it is extremely easy to get in and out of. If I am kayaking in the lake and want to jump out for a swim; I can easily get in and out of it. The Out Door Tuff 3 Kayak, is perfect for fishing, relaxing, exploring and more! It has its pros and cons, but after taking that all into consideration the pros definitely out-weight the cons!

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Specs and Pros

The OutDoor Tuff 3, is a sit-on top kayak which is a great feature and is one of my favorite parts. It is inflatable and comes with a foot pump, which lets you inflate the kayak. It is extremely easy to transport at 25 pounds and a backpack is also included to put the inflated kayak into. Included, is a 87-inch lightweight rotatable paddle which is light and easy to paddle with. There are also great quality fins, that offer control and stability while paddling through the waters. This kayak comes with a 1 year limited manufacturer’s warranty, which is extremely useful in the case that the kayak comes with a manufacturing defect, or some early damages which is very rare considering its durability. Its weight capacity is 275, and as stated before, 25 pounds uninflated.

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 Pros:

Durability:

Even though, the OutDoor Tuff 3 is an inflatable kayak, it is still extremely durable because of its good quality material. After heavy use of this kayak, there are no damages or leakages. This is very good, if you are looking for a kayak that you want to be able to keep for many years.

Portability

As you know, this is an inflatable kayak which is good for multiple purposes. Fist; its portability. It is easy to fit into any car because you can put it in your trunk uninflated. Second; Its light weight. Especially for me, I am not the most built person and I struggle a lot with carrying the traditional kayaks. This is 25 pounds, and easy for anybody to carry and transport.

Pricing:

The OutDoor Tuff 3 Stinger comes at an amazing price for what this kayak offers. It is made from extremely good quality, it is inflatable which makes it portable and is as stable and strong as a traditional kayak. It also comes with very good extra items, such as; a rotatable light weight paddle, back pack for the uninflated kayak, and more.

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Cons:

Uncomfortable:

As this is a inflatable kayak, its seat is uncomfortable and supplies no support. It also does not give much room, I have relatively long legs so there is not much leg room. Overall I do not feel very comfortable sitting in this kayak.

Complicated:

The OutDoor Tuff 3, comes with a very bland and undetailed guide/manual and is not helpful. The kayak also comes with many other useful items, which are not properly explained such as the inflation ruler.

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Final Thoughts OutDoor Tuff 3 Stinger:

Overall, this kayak was perfect for me and my family because of its price and what it has to offer. Especially that it was inflatable, and that it was easy to transport in our Toyota Venza. It is also very lightweight, so me and my wife could easily carry. It also is very durable, so we do not have to worry about purchasing another kayak in the near future. Even if it did have some problems which is very rare, we would have been able to return it with the warranty. It is also very affordable,  at a spectacular price for what the Out Door Tuff 3 has to offer.

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Resources

Outdoor Tuff Official Site

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