Sea Eagle has been popular in the inflatable kayak market for a lengthy time. Their Explorer kayaks and Sport kayaks are popular all around the world. Just this season (2010) they have come out with a fresh sleeker inflatable kayak that may likely interest a wide range of paddling enthusiasts.
The Sea Eagle FastTrack is a faster and lighter weight inflatable kayak that will handle most kinds of water including lakes, ocean and river kayaking (up to class III). Below I will compare it to Sea Eagle's Explorer kayaks as well as mention the professionals and cons with this new popular model.
My Inflatable Kayak Story
I've personally been a lover of Sea Eagle inflatable boats since I first began trying to find an inflatable kayak a few years ago. I have kayaked for nearly all of my entire life and in the past had always used a firm hard-shell kayak. I chose to buy an inflatable kayak for the sheer convenience of them. I wanted a kayak that I could easily store away in a cabinet, transport in the trunk of my car along with on an aircraft and have the ability to carry by myself.
After a lot of research I finished up purchasing the Sea Eagle 380X Explorer Kayak. I have been absolutely satisfied and happy with it and have tried it for many, many hours of paddling fun... including for many travel as well.
What Makes the FastTrack so Great>
I love my Explorer kayak but you can find two reasons for having it that I wished were different. For something I wish it absolutely was lighter. It weighs 47 lbs. which isn't detrimental to a tandem kayak however it could be far easier for travel if it were lighter.
The second thing I wish were different could be the speed. Again it isn't bad but it's known for not being the fastest kayak in the water.
Knowing these two downsides of my very own inflatable kayak I couldn't help but love the new Sea Eagle FastTrack. With this inflatable kayak they've taken all of the positive features of their Explorer kayaks and added:
a brand new design for better speed and tracking
in addition to a new super rugged but lighter weight material
The Sea Eagle FastTrack set alongside the Sea Eagle Explorer Kayaks
The FastTrack is quite similar to the Sea Eagle 380X as far as size is concerned. It is identical long and about an inch smaller in width. It even offers exactly the same weight capacity (750 lbs.).
Nevertheless the major plus with the FastTrack is the truth that it weighs twelve pounds less compared to the 380X. That is quite a positive change and can make transporting the kayak to and from the water in addition to much simpler for airplane travel.
The fact that this tandem inflatable kayak weighs so little rocks! and it entails when a person wanted to use the kayak solo they'd have not a problem carrying it themselves.
So far as design is worried you can tell simply by looking at the FastTrack that it includes a slightly different shape compared to the Explorer kayaks. This new shape permits better speeds for three reasons:
It includes a drop stitch outside keel at the bow which gives buoyancy and helps to avoid the natural yaw of an inflatable kayak.
There is a removable rear skeg that helps to keep Sea Eagle Inflatable Longboard package the kayak tracking straight.
It comes with a separate very rigid drop stitch floor which increases the entire rigidity of the kayak and creates side chines underneath the pontoons which enhances the entire paddling performance.
Sea Eagle actually states that the ground of the brand new FastTrack is so rigid that it may even be utilized as a stand-up paddle board. That is quite impressive.