Let's face it - not everyone has tons of coin to drop on kayaks. I'm one of those guys. I've horse traded my way to where I am, and it's taken almost eleven years to do it. Don't think for a second that it's all glitz and glam here. For you, the guy slugging away fifty hours a week for 50% of what you're worth, I know that money in your pocket is never enough - but the sweet release that fishing gives you keeps you going.
Most of the 2014 kayaks are starting to arrive in showrooms across the country, while a few are still being shown only in pictures. Leaking photos, excitement about arrivals, and new reviews are fueling the growing buzz for several kayaks. Energized by the holiday shopping fever that is so rampant this time of year, kayaks - especially these five - are being mentioned in almost every angling forum and Facebook group across the nation.
Leaked photos of Feelfree's newest kayak, the “Lure”, give you a closer look at the multiple position high-low seating option. The seat looks similar to the Wilderness Systems "Air Pro" seat, with an internal plastic frame and padding, and the added ability to raise and lower into four different positions.
We don’t have a ton of information, but it looks like FeelFree Kayak will be making a big splash this winter with the release of the “Lure”. FeelFree said, “Enough with the two-position high / low position seat - we’ll do four positions.” The seat looks to raise up as high as 10”, giving you one heck of a view while sight fishing.
My first introduction to Vibram FiveFingers was when I purchased a pair of the “KMD Sport” to use as my all-purpose shoe. I picked this particular model because I was looking for something I could wear walking around as well as while kayak fishing.
2013 saw many companies following the industry trend of the “lawn chair” style kayak seat. Six of this year’s best fishing kayaks picked in our community poll have a framed seat, proving consumers are looking at comfort while fishing as one of their top priorities. Half the kayaks from last year’s Top Ten list managed to stay on for 2013, and almost half are brand new models for 2013/14.
Kayak fishermen who want to extend their range have turned to Hobie and their rotomolded "Mirage Drive" kayaks. The Mirage Drive gives kayakers the ability to move by pedaling, leaving their hands free for fishing. Hobie has updated many of their existing Mirage Drive kayaks this year, and added the "Mirage Sport", a compact kayak perfect for rivers and lakes.
Any time a company decides to update a popular model, there are risks: example, the 1974 Ford “Mustang”. This “Pinto-based” model was destined for failure, and today would still not be considered by some as a classic. When I heard Native Watercraft was updating one of their signature lines of fishing kayaks, I hoped I wouldn’t find a Pinto-esque rendition of the classic “Ultimate”.