HOW WE TEST
For the Outdoor Life power kayak test, we chose similar models from the wide class of boats most popular with both fresh- and saltwater anglers. Kayaks were judged on a scale of 1 to 10 according to both objective criteria and subjective standards. Fishability measures how ready the kayak is to be fished out of the box. The test team, made up of six fishing-kayak veterans, pounded the hell out of the propulsion systems to test weight, ease of use, reliability, and power.
All of the boats proved remarkably stable, but several models scored higher in this category for their ability to allow an angler to stand and fish even in rough seas. Although manufacturers currently configure boats for standup fishing, it’s not recommended for inexperienced users. Further, kayaks, like all boats, should never be used without personal flotation gear.