The popular Riot Kayaks Enduro Fishing Kayak is purpose built for extended fishing expeditions: it has excellent storage, integrated rod holders, comfortable seats, quick-lock adjustable foot braces, and it can carry up to 350 lbs. This kayak is a true work horse.
- Length: 11’9″ (357cm)
- Width: 30″/ 76 cm
- Weight: 60.2 lbs (27.3 kg)
- Cockpit: 38″ x 20″ (97 x 51 cm)
- Capacity: 350 lbs (159 kg)
- Track-rite retractable skeg system
- 1x swivel rod holders and 2x flush mount rod holders
- Anchor trolley system
- Bow and stern sealed bulkhead, with 15 inch rubber hatch
This 12-foot kayak is ideal for fishing. It has pretty much every feature you could ask for. First of all, it has plenty of storage. This is thanks to two sealed, waterproof compartments, which for some reason most kayaks seem to lack. It also comes with both flush-mount and adjustable rod holders, which anglers should find to their liking. A clever retractable skeg ensures the tracking is good. Meanwhile, other features include a drainage plug, lifelines, paddle rest, ‘shock-cord’ storage on the foredeck, and comfortable seats with both thigh braces and adjustable foot rests. Wow!
Pros of Riot Kayaks Enduro Fishing Kayak
- Integrated rod rests
- Comfortable, adjustable seating position
- Thigh braces make paddling more comfortable
- Excellent dry storage compartments
- Flat bottom provides good clearance
- Retractable skeg provides both manoeuvrability (skeg up) and tracking (skeg down)
- Drain plug makes it easy to remove unwanted water
- 5-year warranty
Cons of Riot Kayaks Enduro Fishing Kayak
- The kayak often sells out and Riot Kayaks aren’t the best at keeping them in stock
- At 60 pounds, it’s a little on the heavy side
- Some of the finishing looks a little tacky / flimsy
- For some it’s too buoyant, meaning it’s a bit bouncy in choppy waves
The best feature of the Riot Kayaks Enduro Fishing Kayak, other than its 5-year warranty, is its two sealed storage compartments. Why more kayak manufacturers don’t offer something similar is beyond us, as for extended or overnight trips, these are invaluable. Given that the compartments are sealed, they also provide increased buoyancy, should the kayak invert.
As an angler, there isn’t much I don’t like about the Enduro. If I had to pick something, I’d probably say its worst features are its stability in chop and its build quality. It is ultra-buoyant thanks to the sealed bulkheads. This, combined with the flat bottom, means that the kayak floats like a cork, and gets kicked around by waves, as opposed to punching through them. Also, for the price, you’d expect a bette finish.
My Personal Tip
We think this kayak is a great boat for beginner-to-intermediate kayakers, or for anyone who doesn’t plan to go out in rough conditions. It combines the best of everything – clearance, tracking, manoeuvrability, fixtures and fittings, storage and comfort. The only reason not to buy this, is if you intend to take your kayak on the sea or want to tackle rough conditions. For that, you may want to consider something like the Riot Kayaks Quest 10 HV or the Third Coast Huron Fishing Kayak.
You have to hunt around to find reviews of this kayak, but generally speaking they’re pretty positive. The only negatives we could find focused on build quality and handling. Some people complain about the quaklity of plastic used in the vessel’s body, and others speak of the sealed compartment lids not closing properly. When they do seal, however, these compartments make the kayak almost too buoyant – which means it’s not the best at dealing with chop.
Aside from slightly lower-than-expected quality, this is a nice little kayak, with every feature an angler could wish for. For anything other than big waves and lumpy seas, it’s a great intermediate-level kayak.
How to buy
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Riot Kayaks Enduro Fishing Kayak is durable, comfortable and easy to operate in all but the most pressing conditions. It’s also good looking and reasonably priced, so you’ll be the envy of your neighbours and your bank manager!