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Riot Kayaks Escape 12 Angler

Riot Kayaks Escape 12 Angler

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Escape 12 Angler
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Riot Kayaks markets their Escape 12 Angler as something that offers a lot of “bang for the money” and we are inclined to agree. This is a kayak that is aimed directly at kayak fishing enthusiasts on a budget, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be making too many compromises. At 12” in length and 30.7” wide, the Escape 12 Angler offers a nice combination of stability and performance, although there are a couple of issues that might deter some anglers.

Starting with the good, the Escape 12 Angler has four flush mount rod holders along with one swivel rod holder and an anchor trolley system. Two of the flush mount rod holders can be found in the front and the other two in the rear of the kayak. The flush mount rod holders are very decent, but swivel one definitely doesn’t have the same quality as a Scotty. It will get the job done, but don’t expect too much from it. One of the biggest complaints about this sit on top kayak is unfortunately the seat. Although adjustable, the seat becomes very uncomfortable after a few hours, so if you spend a lot of time out on the water this might be a big issue. The other issue is the tracking, which requires you to have the rudder down if you are paddling, otherwise you’ll find that it is a bit sloppy. The Escape 12 also has a paddle holder to keep your paddle securely out of the way while you are fishing.

The cockpit of this kayak is quite roomy and we also like the fact that all the various storage areas are within easy reach. Speaking of the cockpit, you’ll find that it has an integrated console, 2X4” deck plate and also comes with adjustable, sliding foot braces. There’s ample storage space in the back, so this kayak is milk crate ready and it also has a front hatch, although we don’t have too much faith in how waterproof it is.

Despite all the issues, the amount of features and price of the Escape 12 Angler makes it a decent purchase for anyone who wants a starter kayak without breaking the bank.


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