The first is the latest addition to their Sea Ghost series, the Vibe Sea Ghost 110, while the latter is something brand new, the Maverick 120 SUP. We spoke to Lauren Lester, marketing manager of Vibe Kayaks, who reiterated that the company still has that same passion for the water, fishing and outdoor living that it started with. She also emphasized that Vibe strives to be more than just an outdoor company - Vibe is fully committed to serving those who just can’t get enough of “out there.”
Vibe Sea Ghost 130
According to Vibe, their 2016 Vibe Sea Ghost 130 was well received by kayak anglers, which is why the focus for the 2017 model is not cosmetic, but on polishing the details. Lester says that most of the changes were made after listening to customer feedback and incorporating the changes that clients desired. Changes include an additional structure to the foot brace sidewalls, a raised floor beneath the seat, thicker rudder cords, a better angle for the flush mount rod holders, improvements to the pitch of the seat and a rear tank well that drains better. Individually these changes don’t sound like much, but combined the effects are definitely noticeable and make the 2017 Sea Ghost 130 a much better kayak.
Vibe Sea Ghost 110
Moving on to the Vibe Sea Ghost 110, it is another offering from Vibe that caters specifically to the kayak angling demographic. This means it includes features such as the comfortable and adjustable Hero Seat, integrated gear tracks as well as a toe-controlled rudder system. This is particularly useful for rough currents and long paddles as it can help you to conserve energy. The co-owner and designer for Vibe Kayaks, Josh Thomas, mentioned that the Sea Ghost 110 was designed for anglers who enjoy going out on rivers, lakes and paddling in tight quarters. It has all the essential angling features, but delivers on maneuverability and superior stability as well. Lauren added that Vibe is aware that anglers demand proper storage and rigging compatibility when choosing a kayak, which is why the Sea Ghost 110 provides anglers with both. It features a large center console to store tack, drinks or the catch of the day. The lid provides mounting options for fish finders, rod holders, and more. Additional storage options come in the form of the large rear tankwell, front hatch, and side slots for PLANO tack trays. Finally, the integrated gear tracks give anglers the opportunity to customize rigging. Those who value leg room needn’t worry that anything has been taken away from the cockpit -- it remains the same size as that of the Sea Ghost 130. You can grab The Vibe Sea Ghost 110 angler kayak package for $829 from your nearest Vibe dealer when they become available in Spring 2017.
Vibe Maverick 120 SUP
In a bit of a departure for Vibe, they are also releasing their first stand up paddleboard with the Vibe Maverick 120 SUP. It is a strong debut that offers a sink-proof and no-flex deck thanks to its pressure-injected foam hull along with a rotomolded polyethene shell. This board is also lightweight, weighing in at 56 lbs, while able to handle up to 475 lbs. It is very much geared towards anglers and comes with five integrated gear tracks, an 8” sealed hatch, bungee systems in the front and rear as well as multiple paddle parks. According to Josh Thomas, the Vibe Maverick 120 SUP was created to improve on the rotomolded boards that are currently on the market. It also provides Vibe with a chance to expand the versatility of their brand and appeal to people who simply want to enjoy the outdoors and get out on the water. Lester told us that their personal favorite feature of the Maverick 120 SUP is the no-flex deck, which eliminates any flexing, sagging or wobbling. The Spring 2017 release of the Vibe Maverick 120 SUP package comes with a Vibe Roamer SUP Paddle and a retail price tag of $879.
These kayaks are three very good reasons to be even more excited about Spring, but Lester told us that they are always working on ways to get more people out on the water and enjoying the “No Drama. Just Adventure” lifestyle, so stay tuned.