Outdoor Life - - GEAR -

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.

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