Advanced Elements StraitEdge Angler Kayak Review
We may not all have the space for storing or transporting a kayak but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy the freedom of getting out on the water to fish. So if you’re wondering how to reap the benefits of kayaking without a traditional vessel, the StraitEdge Angler kayak may just be the answer.
To help you decide if it might be right for you, we’ve checked out its main features to see how it fares.
An Inflatable Angler Kayak? Why?
An inflatable kayak can offer you the freedom and convenience that a traditional kayak may not. Being inflatable you can potentially take it on more adventures, whether you’re traveling around the country or further afield.
So if you like the idea of having a more portable yak and finding hidden fishing holes then an inflatable angler kayak like the StraitEdge might be for you. An inflatable yak can also tend to be more versatile, with a hull built for a wider range of conditions and usually with a higher weight capacity than traditional vessels.
With an inflatable vessel you don’t need to think about where you’ll store it or how you’ll transport it. With many of them, including the StraitEdge, deflating into a luggage sized bag, it can be much easier to carry your craft from A to B or pack it into your trunk, or even take it on public transport.
If you think you’d like more space, the tandem Straitedge2 may be a better option.
With a 13 foot hull, 500 pound capacity and two seats, it could be a good choice if you’re looking to paddle with a partner but still want the convenience of an inflatable.
It also features a couple of rod holders for fishing trips and storage space for your gear.
If fishing’s not your thing or you don’t think you’d need the extra features, the standard Straitedge may be a good choice.
Being the same design and compact size, this inflatable yak weighs just 34 pounds, which could be ideal for vacations.
However, if you decide you do want to use it for fishing, it does have a couple of rod holders and storage space for your equipment.
Top Features Of The StraitEdge Angler Kayak
The StraitEdge Angler is an inflatable yak that is geared up for fishing. It’s similar in style to the standard StraitEdge yak but has a few more features that are aimed towards angling. Its extra fishing features also make it a little heavier than the standard version, weighing 7 pounds more.
It’s also similar in design to the StraitEdge2, with the tandem version having an extra 200 pound capacity and having a 13 foot hull compared to the single StraitEdge versions which have a 300 pound capacity and a 9 foot 8 inch hull. They are all the same width.
Rigged For Fishing
The StraitEdge Angler is full of features designed to help you make the most of your fishing trip and can be set up in minutes. One of the most convenient features is the removable accessory mounting rail at the bow, where you can attach a fish finder or other gadgets.
Setting up the Straitedge Angler
Comfort will likely be important to you for a long day’s fishing and to help, this yak features a high back seat with inflatable lumbar support that can be adjusted to suit. There are also two rod holders built into the back of the seat and you can measure your prize catch with the built-in deck ruler.
Bring Your Gear
When you’re heading out fishing, you’ll find there’s a certain amount of gear you need to bring along. And with this craft you can secure your gear with bungee deck rigging at the bow and stern, where you can store fishing gear and dry bags.
There’s also plenty of room behind the seat for additional gear and there are handy paddle holders on either side for when you’re focusing on your catch.
The multi-layer PVC fabric is a durable material that’s designed to offer impact and abrasion resistance. To give you added durability, there are abrasion resistant pads at the bow and stern to provide an extra layer of protection for the hull.
On The Water
The StraitEdge benefits from an aluminum rib frame that helps to boost tracking and give the bow and stern more definition, which can help the craft cut through the water. It should also be easy to turn quickly because of its short hull.
The inflatable hull is designed to handle all types of water, from class III rapids and open oceans to calm lakes and inland waterways. The 35 inch width of this versatile craft adds to its stability, which can be reassuring when you’re reeling in a large catch. It can also help you feel more at ease on the water if you’re new to kayaking.
Advanced Elements StraitEdge Angler PRO
The StraitEdge Angler Pro combines the features from the standard Angler version with some extra ones, including a second mounting rail, a standing area and a comfortable mesh panel seat. It’s also wider and longer to allow for maximum stability and extra storage space.
Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible
As an alternative to the StraitEdge2, the AdvancedFrame Convertible could be a good choice if you’re looking to paddle over longer distances and want something a bit faster. Like the StraitEdge2 it can also be paddled solo. This inflatable yak features optional conversion decks that can convert it into a sit-inside.
Driftsun Rover 120
This 8 foot 5 inch inflatable kayak is built for whitewater but can also handle flatwater with its removable skeg. The Rover 120 is stable, lightweight and comes complete with an adjustable padded seat and a paddle, so you can hit the water right away.
The StraitEdge can let you get out on all types of water without worrying about storage and transportation. It can be the ideal vessel if you’re looking for a compact, stable craft that can offer you versatility and durability. With the Angler version you also get the extra features that can let you enjoy a full day of fishing.
If you’re not into fishing but love the kayak, check out the standard version or if you think you’d like to head out with a paddling partner, take a look at the tandem version.
Is the seat adjustable?
Yes, you can adjust the seat and lumbar support.
What material is the StraitEdge made from?
Multi-layered PVC tarpaulin.
Can I add a rudder or trolling motor?
No, there is no dedicated place to attach one.
Does it puncture easily?
No, it’s designed to be puncture resistant and has abrasion resistant pads on impact areas.