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Advanced Elements StraitEdge2 Self-Bailing Inflatable Kayak

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Advanced Elements StraitEdge2 Self-Bailing Inflatable Kayak

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The StraitEdge2 is an inflatable kayak from Advanced Elements that boasts a couple of firsts for its type. It is a sit-on-top kayak, which despite being an inflatable, actually incorporates an aluminum bow and stern frame. This not only makes the kayak more sturdy, but also ensures that it is able to offer better tracking when used in open water conditions. Of course, it’s still not going to beat a hard shell kayak in this department, but it certainly fares much better than most inflatables. It measures in at 13 feet, and is one of the few inflatable kayaks that can be set up to use in either solo or tandem mode. The StraitEdge 2 also has a sizable width of 35 inches and weighs 47 lb, while it can handle up to 500 lb.

As with most inflatable fishing kayaks, the StraitEdge2 is a compromise between convenience and features. This means that it is much less of a hassle to transport and store compared to a rigid kayak, but you also can’t expect the same type of features. The StraitEdge2 is pre-assembled at the factory, so once it gets to you, it is simply a matter of unfolding it, inflating it and attaching the seats. It is a very sturdy kayak and quite stable, which isn’t always a guarantee with inflatables. The seats of this kayak are also comfortable enough, but for longer fishing trips you might want to replace them with something better. They are easy to remove, though, and replacing them with high-back seats can make day-trips much more comfortable.

Since the StraitEdge2 is constructed from heavy-duty PVC tarpaulin material, it is extremely resistant to punctures, which is always a good thing when angling. In the event that you do manage to damage this kayak, you’ll appreciate the repair kit that is included in the package. It also has a self-bailing design, so if you take it out in bigger waves, it is able to shed water. For calmer water, you simply close the ports and then you can enjoy a drier ride. Finally, the StraitEdge2 has two rod holders, so you can go fishing as soon as it is inflated.

Apart from the usual downsides of an inflatable kayak, the StraitEdge2 is also very tricky to dry once you take it out of the water. This is because water can get between the outer skin and air bladder of the floor tubes, which also increases the weight of the kayak. Advanced Elements have a version of this kayak available for solo anglers, but if you really want to take out someone with you or need the extra space, then the StraitEdge2 will get the job done.


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