Sea Eagle Pro Inflatable Sport Kayak
Sea Eagle touts their inflatable sport kayak as stout and stable enough to carry two adults and all of the gear for a week of fishing and backwoods camping. The deflated kayak and seats, two take-down paddles and pump all fit in a single shoulder-strap bag that one man can pack down the trail.
We took the SE 370 Pro model to a shallow river, assembled it for the first time and then inflated it using the foot pump that comes as standard equipment. It took less than 15 minutes.
Once it was fully inflated, the I-beam floor, 9-inch tube sidewalls and lash-down spray skirts combined to make a rigid craft that was easy to launch and paddle by myself. It slid over rocks without hanging up, and a pair of fin-like skegs on the bottom kept it tracking in a straight line.
Next, we took it to a lake where a second paddler climbed in the back seat. We headed out across open water into a 20-knot headwind, making decent time with two of us paddling. The hull sliced through motorboat wake, and even when we let the waves hit us broadside, the craft did not feel “tippy.”
Sea Eagle Sport Kayaks come in two models. The 370 measures 10 feet 8 inches inside length and is rated for three adults or 650 pounds. The skin is 38 mil PolyKrylar, a tough PVC material formulated to resist UV rays, mold and mildew. The seams of five separate air chambers are welded with 10,000 volts of electricity to fuse materials together so that nothing leaks. The 330 model is similarly constructed only smaller at 9 feet 6 inches inside and made a little lighter with 33 mil PolyKrylar instead of 38 mil. The 330 is rated for two adults or 500 pounds. Both the 330 and 370 are rated for up to class three whitewater.
The complete SE 370 Pro Kayak Package, including two deluxe seats, two disassembled paddles, foot pump and miscellaneous accessories, weighed less than 50 pounds in the carry bag.
The SE 370 Pro Package is now on sale for $319 on the company website; comes with a 180-day risk free trial and also a 3-year warranty. Sea Eagle offers an extensive line of inflatable watercraft. Contact: Sea Eagle, 19 N. Columbia St., Suite 1, Port Jefferson, NY 11777; (800) 748-8066; www.seaeagle.com
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