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YakAttack “BlackPak”

Make & Model

Brand:
YakAttack
Model:
Blackpak
MSRP ($):
124.00

The YakAttack BlackPak crate system is poised to set a new standard in rod, tackle, and gear management on kayaks and standup paddleboards. It ships flat and assembles quickly using common hand tools. The interlocking joint design creates incredible strength, promising many years of trouble-free service. The clean, tactical appearance demands attention and the rapidly developing line of YakAttack BlackPak accessories means there's always another problem solving innovation just around the corner. The YakAttack BlackPak has stations for up to 10 rod holders, each of which can be installed vertically or angled. When 4 or more rod holders are used, they can be installed in the "high and dry" position, preventing unwanted seepage from a wet tank well. The top rails are configured to accept all YakAttack GearTrac or Mighty Mount compatible accessories. The lid is hinged and latched with elastic cord, and is designed for easy removal, allowing it to double as a bait board. Available in either a black version or white.

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YakAttack BlackPak Side View
YakAttack BlackPak Rod holders
YakAttack BlackPak Top View
YakAttack BlackPak In My Kayak Tankwell

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4.0

A real upgrade from a milk crate

Absolutely the best gear organizer I have ever had the pleasure of using. The customization options with the BlackPak are far greater than any milk crate I've ever modified and used, and this thing it much tougher than it looks in pictures. As an added bonus, the BlackPak, along with all YakAttack products, is manufactured by Americans in America. Awesome product, and a great company to do business with. Worth the price if you are on the fence. Tight Lines!

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
16-30 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Customization, Value, Toughness, American Made
Cons:
Lack of color choices
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4.0

BlackPack

A very nice / heavy duty storage option for carrying around tackle and gear in your kayak. I started out with the standard Milk crate but was always worried about taking a spill and loosing hundreds of dollars worth of gear and tackle. I purchased the blackPack after hesitation because of the price. I'm happy I did it fits my Cuda14 like it was specifically made for it. We all know the pro's of this box it's made of heavy duty materials, plenty of accessory mounting options, comes with several rod tubes, keeps gear dry.

However I do have a small gripe with this box aside from the price. I'd like to see an improvement in the "hinge" design on the lid. Although i've never had a problem with the bungee that's in place but to me it really seems flimsy.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
Used:
7-15 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Strong, Plenty of storage, Many mounting holes
Cons:
Price
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4.0

Very Customizable

There is not much to add that hasn't been discussed in the other reviews. i just like the fact that it can be customized to just about any way you can dream. also has plenty of room to expend the usefulness with extra tracks on the outside. it has fit well in every tankwell I have seen it in as well as behind the seat in the Kilroy.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
2-6 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Can set up any way you want
Cons:
putting it together takes patience
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(Updated: March 12, 2016)
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4.0

Perhaps the ultimate gear management solution for your kayak tankwell.

I try not to take “too much” stuff when I'm kayak fishing – and I fail. I need a place for my safety line, tow bungee, flashlight(s), Fish Grip, anchor, etc., both when not in use and transporting from the garage to the trunk to the launch and back. I, too, have driven past the back of the convenience store, eyeing the stack of milk crates. YakAttack has introduced the “BlackPak” – perhaps the ultimate gear management solution for your kayak tankwell.

Until now, the milk crate has been the basic “grab and go” answer. Folks attach rod holders, different mounts, add-in storage – but almost everything is a compromise or a cobbled-together assortment of straps, bungees, and little bolts with big washers. Small gear sticks through or falls out the holes, and water and sand are a constant threat to the contents. The plastic quickly breaks down in the weather and sunlight, and typically begins to crack and fail after only a short time in use.

There is nothing cobbled together about the BlackPak. Luther Cifers and the YakAttack team are known for combining innovative ideas with terrific engineering to develop industry-leading products for kayak anglers. The made-in-the-USA BlackPak is no exception. Made of sturdy, interlocking ¼” thick marine starboard panels that ship flat and assemble quickly, the finished product measures 12” x 16” x 11”.

The high-density polyethylene is made to resist the effects of salt water and the loads of UV light that causes other plastics to become brittle and fade. The lid panel pivots on a bungee hinge, and fastens closed using a bungee loop on the opposite side. There have been some engineering mods since this video was made, but it gives an overview of the ease of assembly:

Spaced around the four sides are mounting positions for up to ten rod holder tubes. Three tubes are included with the BlackPak. Each “station” allows the tube to be mounted either vertically or at a slight angle, and in either a high or low (extending below the bottom) position. Add a fourth tube, and you can mount them low in the corners to create “feet” that keep the bottom of the BlackPak off the bottom of a wet tank well to minimize any seepage. The tankwell in my Current Designs “Altura” is shapped a bit differently, and mounting the center rear tube lower than the other two keeps the BlackPak level and secure.

In addition to the rod tubes, the hole patterns also match Scotty bases (at least two bolts). I mounted one on a side for a fly rod holder that keeps the nine-footer out of any overhead mangroves. I could have drilled the other two holes, but haven’t seen the need.

The two top rails on the BlackPak are set up to be compatible with GearTrac and Mighty Mount accessories. The T-bolt from the base of my VISICarbon Pro holds the flag nicely atop the box, putting it almost a foot higher than my old “in the rod tube” mounting solution. I’ve resisted the kayak video craze because of a lack of mounting solutions on my kayak. However, the ease of mounting a YakAttack “PanFish™” camera pole atop the BlackPak may change my opinion. There’s even an available option to mount your “Hawg Trough” measuring board. Carrying handles machined into the side panels make the unit easy to move, even when loaded with all my gear.

The interlocking panel design makes the BlackPak a sturdy, easy-to-assemble storage solution for your kayak gear that looks and works great, and will last for many years. Even better, you don’t have to slink around behind the supermarket to get one! The BlackPak retails for $125 ($85 without the rod holders and lid panel), and can be found at your local YakAttack retailer or at the YakAttack website.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
7-15 times
YakAttack BlackPak Side View
YakAttack BlackPak Rod holders
YakAttack BlackPak Top View
YakAttack BlackPak In My Kayak Tankwell
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4.0

Milkcrate on Steroids

Like many reviewers before me, it is expensive. But it is worth it. I used to use the standard milkcrate but never had enough room for both tackle boxes and other accessories. Not to mention that if you're carrying extra clothes, there's no guarantee that they will stay dry... definitely not if it starts to rain. With the BlackPak, all of my rods have a holder, i can fit all of my gear inside (including extra clothes), and my gear stays mostly dry.

Echoing the other reviews, it's very sturdy, versatile, self draining and can fit in most tankwells.

I understand being weary about the price, but after buying one, you'll understand.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
16-30 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
strong, versatile, and dry for items inside
Cons:
price
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