The kayak industry has seen vast improvements over the last few years. These changes involve a complete transformation in kayak body shape and innovation in the techniques and processes involved in manufacturing kayaks. Many competing companies are responsible for this progress, all vying to produce the best kayak in the industry, while learning from previous mistakes and the shortcomings of past kayak designs. With the use of cutting edge techniques and the highest quality materials, premium kayaks are becoming more and more expensive. But which one tops the list?
These days, the more expensive fishing kayaks are generally very durable and come with a veritable smorgasbord of features. Most are customisable, adjustable, and easily transportable. Almost without exception they can carry enormous weights, relative to older boats, and most have clever storage areas inbuilt. But they’re not all the same. Each company offers features that are unique to them.
So which is the most expensive fishing kayak, and is it worth it? We’re going to take a look at the following:
- Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 17T Kayak
- Hobie Outback Red Hibiscus Fishing Kayak
- Old Town Predator Minn Kota
- Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14T Kayak
Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 17T Tandem Fishing Kayak
Hobie’s Mirage Pro 17 is definitely on the list of most expensive kayaks. It’s also bursting with features: maximum comfort with 4-way adjustable ‘Vantage XT’ seating; unique ‘H-Rail system’ incorporating a pair of mounting plates, rod stacks, and cup holders; under-seat storage; optional ‘Mirage Drive 180 Turbo; and more. If you’re looking for kayak perfection and you’re not put off by price, the Pro Angler 17T has to be on your shortlist.
Hobie Outback Red Hibiscus Fishing Kayak
From the same manufacturer, the Hobie Outback is another great kayak, with an equally great (in the other sense) price tag. Although not quite as expensive as the Pro Angler 17, it is also made of an ultra-durable ‘rotomolded’ polyethylene, and fits the ambidextrous ‘Mirage Drive 180’ system (not included). This is also a very stable boat, capable of tackling most conditions, even when loaded to its full 400-pound capacity. Another great product from Hobie.
Old Town Predator XL Minn Kota
Old Town is notorious for putting out excellent products, and their Predator line of kayaks is no exception. Its durable no slip surface and ‘element’ seating system allows anglers to use this kayak both standing up and sitting down. This is thanks to its clever ‘tri-level’ system, which can be set to travel, attack, or stand-up position. Always thinking the best things comes in threes, Old Town has also provided a tri-hull design, giving an excellent combination of easy paddling, good tracking and stability.
Hobie Mirage 180 Pro Angler 14 Fishing Kayak
Just like its big brother, above, the Pro Angler 14 has taken the kayak fishing industry by storm. Comfortable, fully adjustable seats with lumbar support, H-Rail mounting system, integrated rod holders and impressive 600-pound capacity. Again, the Mirage Drive 180, combined with the kayak’s ‘turbo fins’, makes for excellent drive and manoeuvrability.
Final Thoughts on the Most Expensive Kayak
The reality is that, if you want the best kayak, you’re going to have to shell out a lot of money. Hobie’s Mirage Pro Angler 17 and 14, and the Outback all come with the Mirage Drive 180 motor system, allowing for easy propulsion and excellent manoeuvrability – both forward and backwards. Meanwhile the Predator MK combines the Minn Kota motor (not included) and a foot-controlled rudder system, making for equally trouble free kayaking. All four of these boats are made from the latest hardy materials and solid craftsmanship, with comfortable, adjustable seats, rod/cup holders, and plenty of storage. With the ability to carry at least 400lbs (or 600 for those who think this isn’t enough!) they’ll carry even the heaviest angler, and their kit, with relative ease.
Regardless of your pick, you can’t really lose out with any of these kayaks. They might be pricey, but you definitely get what you pay for. Great for professionals or for people who appreciate the finer things in life, get those fishing rods out and prepare to enjoy some truly amazing fishing kayaks. Otherwise, for some no-nonsense, and slightly more affordable alternatives, check out the Old Town Vapor or Perception Pescador!