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Yakkair HP2 Fishing

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Yakkair HP2 Fishing

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
BIC Sport
Model:
Yakkair HP2 Fishing
MSRP ($):
1,299.95
Length (ft):
13.5

The Yakkair HP2 Fishing from BICsports is an interesting addition to their line-up as it is actually an inflatable. We are used to seeing more and more inflatable stand up paddle boards being used for fishing, but inflatable kayaks are still a novelty. The HP2 is 13'5” inches in length and an impressive 37.8 inches wide, which gives it enough room to comfortably seat two people.

There are a couple of reasons to choose the HP2 over a traditional, rigid kayak. Mobility is definitely a plus point; at only about 33 pounds, the HP2 can easily be handled by a single person and comes with a wheeled back-pack to make transporting it even easier. Setting up the kayak only takes a matter of minutes, which makes it ideal to reach those out of the way fishing spots that are impossible to get to with a rigid kayak. The combined weight of the kayak, bag, pump, footrests and backrests is still in the region of 44 lbs, which is significantly lighter than lugging around a rigid kayak. If there is one fly in the ointment is that you still need to carry along a paddle or two, but this is unavoidable.

The HP2 has a V shape hull, and its overall PVC construction is very durable, so you won’t have to worry about sinking yourself if you accidentally have a mishap with a fishing hook. Although designed for two people, you can easily mount just a single seat in the centre of the kayak and taking it out solo. While the gliding properties of the HP2 is not as impressive as some rigid kayaks, it is very maneuverable and offers great stability.

Just because it is an inflatable doesn’t mean the HP2 can’t give you plenty of storage. It has flat, front and rear mesh storage areas as well as plenty of space inside the cockpit to stow your gear, even more so if you go out on it alone. For your comfort, the HP2 has back rests supplied as standard, as well as adjustable foot rests.

If storage is a big issue for you and you don’t have space for a large, two-person kayak, then the HP2 is a great solution. The lack of rod holders could be an issue for some, but overall this is a decent kayak that offers a lot of convenience.

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