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Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Lifetime
Model:
Hydros 85 Angler
MSRP ($):
399.00
Length (ft):
8.5

There are currently no shortage of fishing kayaks that cater to discerning anglers with plenty of disposable income, but thankfully the budget market also offers a lot of choices. While not all of these choices are really worth it, there are a couple of kayaks that manage to deliver on their promise of providing quality along with being affordable. One of these kayaks is the Hydros 85 Angler from Lifetime.

 

The Hydros 85 Angler is a 8'5" fishing kayak that is 29.5" wide and weighs only 41 lb. It can handle loads of up to 225 lb. and features a high-density polyethylene construction for the hull. The blow-molded design of the kayak makes it very durable and it is also UV-protected as well as impact resistant. However, it is very much a kayak for beginners and probably won't last as long as some of the kayaks that are available in the higher price ranges.

 

This doesn't mean that the Hydros 85 isn't worth your time, especially if you are on a tight budget. It might not be the biggest fishing kayak on the market, but it offers surprisingly good stability, thanks to its flat bottom and it is very easy to transport. It can also handle people of all sizes, thanks to the multiple footrest options. It should be obvious from the size, but this sit-on-top kayak is designed to be used by solo anglers and works best if you stick to calm waters. It has a pontoon design and while the tracking isn't the best, it is still fairly good. Also bear in mind that this kayak is not compatible with rudders, so look elsewhere if you would like to add one to your kayak at a later stage.

 

The Lifetime Hydros 85 Angler has a molded-in-swim-up deck, which means it works just as well as a recreational kayak as a fishing vessel. However, if fishing is your primary reason for wanting to buy this kayak, you will appreciate the two flush-mount rod holders and the single adjustable rod holder. It has front and rear shock cord straps, a front t-handle, as well as a set of two bungees for easy carry and storage. The molded carry handles and light weight of the kayak also makes it easy to load and unload on your own. The adjustable quick release seat that comes with the kayak is not the best on the market, but not bad for the price range and gets the job done.

 

Overall, if you are on a tight budget and never plan on going fishing in rough waters, then the Lifetime Hydros 85 Angler should be adequate for your needs.

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