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Malibu "X-Factor"

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malibu X-Factor

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Malibu
Model:
X-Factor
MSRP ($):
1,099.99
Length (ft):
13

The “X-Factor” is Malibu Kayaks premier fishing and dive kayak, featuring an easy access rod storage area, large casting platform, a redesigned flat rear hatch and multi-purpose hatch system that can act as a cooler, dry storage, battery compartment, or livewell. Offshore and inshore kayak fishermen will find the Malibu X-Factor more than capable of tackling all that they throw at it.

Features:
  • Hull transducer area for fish finder
  • Molded cup holder
  • Adjustable foot track system
  • Bow & stern handles
  • Gator Hatch
  • Center rectangular hatch
  • Rear bungee storage

Specs:

  • Width: 33"
  • Weight: 62 lbs
  • Depth: 13"
  • Capacity: 625 lbs

Photos

My rigged Malibu X-Factor
JBay Striper
My car topped X-Factor

User reviews

2 reviews

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4.3
Speed 
 
3.0  (2)
Stability 
 
5.0  (2)
Durability 
 
5.0  (2)
Features 
 
4.5  (2)
Value 
 
4.0  (2)
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Overall rating 
 
4.4
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
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5.0
Value 
 
4.0

X-Factor

Great kayak with great stability. I used this as a primary kayak for 2 1/2 years before upgrading. Never once did I regret buying my x-factor.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
stable, storage, child seat
Cons:
Heavy, slow, large turning radius, no elevated seating
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(Updated: May 29, 2013)
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Malibu Kayaks X-Factor fishing kayak review

The Malibu X-Factor is my second kayak and since I am in my second season with it I thought it was time to do a review. First some background information, unfortunately when I purchased my first kayak I didn't follow the golden rule of kayak purchasing that is posted on every website about the subject: “Get some seat time! Paddle the kayak not just for ten minutes but for hours and try several kayaks out to get a feel for them.

Better yet fish from them.” Well I walked into a store and found a fully rigged Ocean Kayak Prowler 13, everything was included even the fish finder. It was new but 2 model years old and the store was no longer carrying the OK line. Knowing that OK was a high quality manufacturer and the Prowlers were popular boats I quickly put down the $700 they were asking for it. I was now a Yak Angler the problem was that at 275 lbs the Prowler was not a good fit for me.

Well 2 years later I still loved the sport and was ready to buy a new yak, but this time I was going to take my time, set some criteria, and demo kayaks. My criterion was pretty simple, the yak needed to support me and my gear so it needed to be able to comfortably float 400 lbs. It also had to be able to handle rough ocean and large lake conditions. After doing a lot of research and talking to several of my large brethren and demoing half a dozen finalists I chose the Malibu X-Factor.

If you start at the front of the X-Factor you find the Gator Hatch (this is an option), this large hatch provides ample access to the interior of the hull and lots of storage. It also doubles as a comfortable child seat for any young anglers you want to take with you. I did have a problem with being able to properly tighten the hatch enough to get it to seal. Here is how I corrected the problem: Malibu Gator Hatch Fix. As you move back towards the seat you find the first of two 10”x13” hatches that have removable storage bags, the second is located behind the seat. Overall there is so much accessible storage on the X-Factor most of the time I don’t use a crate, I can store and access my gear below deck. The tank well is also huge and can hold a 90 lb 10 year old so it should be able to hold anything you would need to put in there. There are 6 flush mount rod holders installed on the Fish and Dive models, although some of the locations were not that useful to me.

As far as stability is concerned the X-Factor is incredible. I purchased the X-Factor over the Stealth mainly because I didn’t see myself being able to balance standing in any kayak. Well I was wrong; the X-Factor was so stable I can stand easily and comfortably. It also handles rough open water without any issues. Wind cocking is also less of an issue than it was in my Prowler even without a rudder installed. However, the X-Factor is a big kayak and will not win many races. Also with all the storage available I tend to take more gear then necessary which makes the yak very heavy, but I can still load it on top of my SUV by myself. Overall I am very happy with the X-Factor, this does not mean I have not had issues. But when I did the guys at Malibu returned my calls and e-mails immediately and took care of my problems to my satisfaction.

JBay Striper
My car topped X-Factor
My rigged Malibu X-Factor
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