Kayaks with an Edge

fishing kayak

Kayaking is making real strides in popularity across the world, but particularly in the USA. This rise in popularity can be attributed to a number of factors, not just that kayaking is awesome. Firstly, with all the press around the environment and how some ecosystems days seem to be numbered, so getting out in the open and experiencing things before too late has to be up there. Secondly, and perhaps what will begin to take shape in to the bulk of this review, is how extremely good value kayaks have become in recent years, largely thanks to revolutionary new construction methods and diversification of materials.

The Intex Challenger K1 Kayak really epitomizes the latter of those two points. Designed to be cheap, effective and accessible to all, the Challenger K1 aims to fill that kayak shaped void in your life and get you out on open water, albeit relatively slow moving water, but we’ll talk about that later. As an introduction, all you need to know is that the Challenger K1 is setting the bar for inflatable kayaks, and lowering the price. Available at the time of press for just $119, you don’t have to spend months saving up your hard earned wages just to dip your included oars in the water. Read on to find out just what makes this kayak such a bargain!

It’s tough to choose a starting point for all of the positive features of the Challenger K1. Perhaps the most stand out of these positives is the price. Intex really needed to be given recognition for producing such as a high quality kayak for such a budget price. The reason for the low price is the material.

Compared to the average sized person, big men always have a few more extra questions and concerns when looking to buy a sit-on-top fishing kayakHow much weight will it hold? Will I sink it? How many inches wide? Will it tip easyThese are definitely true concerns and questions which need to be answered before buying.

If your main concern is load capacity. There are many fine kayaks to choose from on the market which will hold a lot of weight (400, 500 and even 600+ pounds) while also providing plenty of leg room to keep a guy with long legs comfortable. Here we will review the details of one that fits these needs, the Old Town Predator MX Sit-on-Top Fishing Kayak. See image below, it’s 12 feet long and can hold up to 400 pounds.

This fishing kayak is part of the Old Town Predator Series of kayaks which also includes the Predator 13 and Predator XL Minn Kota models. These two other models are a bit more expensive but worth checking out as well. If you are new to the sport, wondering about the overall quality the company “Old Town” puts into its manufacturing? This is the oldest kayak and canoe company in America and their products are highly respected.