When it comes to features, they are a bit different compared to conventional hardshell kayaks. Still, this is an angler-friendly vessel that is ready to use for fishing straight away. Equipped with fishing rod holders and an accessory mount bar, you will have an easy time using your gear. Take a look at some of its most prominent features.
- Gear mounting bar
- Aluminum rib frame
- Abrasion pads for increased durability
- High-back inflatable seat
- Five inflatable chambers
- Pressure relief valve
- Two-rod holders
- Bungee-corded storage
Length: 9 feet 8 inches
Width: 35 inches
Weight: 41 pounds
Capacity: 300 pounds
Material: Multi-layer PVC
Folded size: 30 x 17 x 10 inches
Warranty: 1 year
Included accessories: Carry bag, repair kit, mounting rail, inflatable seat, rod holders, owner’s manual
Usability: Handling this kayak in the water is really easy. Kayakers are very happy with the design, especially with the mounting rail which holds your gear such as fish finders or a GoPro camera. Of course, you can use it to attach additional rod holders (if you need them). On the other hand, several users say that it’s a bit too far to reach from a sitting position. However, this is in no way a dealbreaker.
This particular model was designed for anglers, but the manufacturer offers two more modified models. The first one is basically the same, only without the mounting rail, and intended for recreational purposes. Besides, it weighs 9lbs less. The other one is the Advanced Elements StraitEdge2, which is designed for two kayakers. It has a longer hull (13ft) and can support up to 200lbs more weight. If you like the build quality of the StraitEdge and need a tandem kayak, this might be a good idea.
Let’s get back to the angler model now. Besides the mounting rail we mentioned, it also has two-rod holders behind the seat. You will find bungee decks on both ends of the kayak, which is a plus. They are not exceptionally large, but you can fit a tackle box or some other kayaking essentials.
While on the topic of essentials, kayakers recommend that you get a kayak anchor if you want to keep it in place. If not, it might keep on drifting (especially if the weather is windy). This kayak is also equipped with D rings for securing gear, and Velcro holders for your kayak paddle, when you need both hands to control the fishing rod.
Stability and Performance: This kayak is exceptionally stable, thanks to the extra-wide beam. Users say that the only way you could end up in the water is if you intentionally try to flip it over. However, this goes only for the seated position. We would advise against standing up because the floor isn’t completely hard and gives in under the weight, which may cause losing balance.
As for performance, this inflatable fishing kayak easily tops most others in this category. The reason for this is that it has an aluminum rib frame that increases stability and allows it to track straight. An additional benefit is that this one can handle some rough water too. People use it not only for fishing in a calm pond but also for adventure rides down class 3 rapids.
Set-up: All kayakers who bought this vessel have positive things to say about the set-up. It comes in a nice bag which isn’t much larger than your standard suitcase, meaning it easily fits into the trunk of your car. Unfortunately, a pump is not included with the purchase, and you’re going to need one. You can get a manual pump from Advanced Elements, or you can take a look at our selection of electric pumps.
This kayak has 5 separate air chambers that need to be inflated. A larger number of separate chambers is convenient because your safety won’t be compromised if one gets punctured while on water. Anyway, you are going to need between 5 and 10 minutes to fully inflate the whole kayak.
Before connecting the pump, you should put the mounting rail in place and make sure it’s secure. Afterward, you inflate the side chambers (to 2.25PSI), the floor (to 1PSI, shouldn’t be completely hard), and finally the stern and bow airbags. After this, you should attach the seat to the rings inside the kayak. This kayak seat allows you to inflate or deflate it to adjust the lumbar support, which is a big upside in terms of comfort.
When you’re done, the kayak is easily deflated too. You can use the reverse function on your pump to make the process quicker. All valves are well-made and efficient, so you shouldn’t have any problems. However, you should be careful about one thing when packing up. Many users have said that it takes quite some time for this one to dry. This is important because the kayak needs to be completely dry before putting it back into the bag (when storing it between sessions).
Transportation and Storage: This is probably the main selling point not just for this one, but for other inflatable kayaks too. It’s much more convenient to take with you anywhere you go because you don’t have to come up with ways of fitting it in your car or strapping it to your roof.
Also, when you compare inflatable vs. hardshell kayaks, the inflatables are much easier to store when you come home. You don’t need a large garage or a kayak rack, because it’s tightly packed inside the bag. This also makes it a nice choice for those of you who live in an apartment and worry about where to keep a conventional kayak.
Overall, we really liked this one. The Advanced Elements StraitEdge is easy to set up and use and saves you effort when transporting it. Besides, the strong, reinforced body guarantees durability which is a big plus when it comes to this kayak type.
- Price: 90% – When it comes to price, this kayak ranks somewhere in the middle. It’s not overly expensive, but not exactly cheap either (at least when it comes to inflatables). However, considering the build quality and all the features you get, we say it’s worth the money.
- Material: 100% – Advanced Elements uses multiple layers of PVC for this kayak, which makes it impact resistant and really hard to puncture. To further support the high rating, this kayak has abrasive pads inside the cockpit as well as on the bow and stern, as reinforcement in areas that see most wear and tear.
- Design: 85% – This fishing kayak consists of 5 inflatable chambers which are really well-positioned. Additional features for fishing are convenient, but there could be more of them and the mounting rail could be a bit closer. Also, it lacks a water-tight storage compartment.
- Overall: 92% – This is an amazing vessel that attracts customers with quality, reliability, and ease of use. You will have a great time on the water, and also be able to quickly pack up and go home when you’re done.
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As you can see, the Advanced Elements StraitEdge is made for people who wish to avoid all the hassle that comes with transporting and storing a hardshell kayak. Of course, you won’t be lacking anything when it comes to fishing – it’s very stable and gear-friendly so you can have a fun day out on the water.
As we mentioned, a few different versions of this kayak are available. It’s nice to have a choice and the freedom to find the one that suits you the most. As for this one, it’s really well-made and gives you excellent value for your money. So, if you’re after an inflatable, you should definitely think about it!