Native Slayer Propel 10 Kayak Review

Features

The Native Slayer Propel 10 is packed with features. Like other fishing kayaks, it has some additions that anglers will find very useful. Besides this, it’s oriented towards comfort too. Take a look at some of the features that make it stand out.

  • Pedal system
  • Rudder
  • Several rod holders
  • Adjustable seat
  • Padded deck
  • Dry storage compartments
  • Scupper plugs included
  • Four color choices

Specifications

Length: 10 feet

Width: 34 inches, for added stability

Depth: 13 inches

Weight: 62 pounds (81 pounds fully rigged, with seat and pedal system in place)

Capacity: 400 pounds of total

Material: High-density polyethylene for durability

User Experience

Usability: With this kayak, you get a well-organized cockpit that users are generally very happy with. It gives you more than enough space and easily accommodates large users too. A great thing is that the kayak seat is on rails, allowing you to move it forward or push it back so you can find the most comfortable position.

Since it’s made for fishing, it makes sense that it comes with fishing rod holders – three of them to be more precise. Two of those are flush-mount type and are located behind the seat. They are close enough so you can easily grab your rod, but also positioned well so the rods won’t stand in the way when you need to reach for gear stored in the tank further back.

The third-rod holder is forward-facing and placed at your right-hand side, for easy rod control from your seat. A nice thing about this one is that it doubles as a cup holder, so you can keep your favorite beverage in there when you put your rods in the back.

This Native Kayak has rail mounts on both sides, and people say they are very convenient. These are great for attaching additional rod holders (if you need them), but also for other equipment such as fish finders or a kayak GPS. This high compatibility with other kayak fishing accessories is one of the biggest upsides of this kayak – you can seamlessly integrate everything you need without effort.

Stability: When talking about stability, there’s really nothing bad to complain about. This kayak has a great balance of length and width, making it much more difficult to tip over. The hull has been modified and shaped like a tunnel, to further improve this.

These two things combined make it very easy to stand up in this kayak, which is important for anglers. Of course, you can always add a pair of kayak stabilizers, but we feel this isn’t really necessary with this one. Furthermore, the deck inside this kayak is padded. This not only increases comfort but also reduces the chance of slipping which is a known problem in other kayaks.

Also, many people have reported that they have used this kayak in stronger waves and currents too and that the stability hasn’t been compromised in any way. If kayak safety is your concern, this vessel should be a top contender.

Pedaling: The pedal system is what makes this one so easy to use. In terms of speed, you’ll be able to reach between 3 and 4mph with relaxed pedaling, and you can keep this pace throughout the day without getting tired. If you’re in a hurry to get back (weather is getting worse for example), it can go over 5mph. The pedal system works in reverse too, making it easier to navigate.

This kayak comes with a rudder, and people say the response is satisfactory. It’s tough and made to be resistant to impacts. The control is located on your left side, so your right hand is free to hold a fishing rod or your camera. You should know that the rudder can be replaced if you require better handling, as some of the users have done on their kayaks.

One of the downsides of this system is the depth requirement of at least 12 to 18 inches (depending on the amount of weight in your kayak) so that the propeller doesn’t hit the water bed. Because of this, it might be a good idea to have a kayak paddle too, since it can be helpful on some trips when you have to take the system out.

Overall, there are more benefits than downsides to this system. One of the upsides is that it’s an excellent vessel for beginners who have not yet mastered their paddling technique since it makes going out on the lake a much easier feat.

Storage: Even though this kayak is not long, the space available has been used well to give you plenty of storage options. You get two dry compartments for safekeeping your things – one in the bow area and the other behind your seat. The dry storage compartment in the front is large and has a 17-inch hatch, so it’s a good place to keep your food or some other kayak essentials.

The compartment behind the seat has a 5-inch hatch and it’s in a convenient position to keep your electronics and other smaller items. Behind it, you will find spacious storage well that has bungee cords on top. It’s convenient for your deck bag, tackle box, and other gear.

The weight capacity is very high, as we mentioned earlier. A nice bonus is the inclusion of scupper plugs with this purchase. They are very handy to plug the scupper holes when your kayak is under additional weight and prevent the water from coming inside the kayak.

Transport: Users say that this Native kayak is very convenient for transport, in terms of size anyway. It has padded handles to make carrying the kayak even easier. However, even though it’s not large, it is somewhat heavy for its size.

You probably noticed that we listed two weights – the first one represents the kayak on its own, while the second one includes the seat and the pedal system. In this case, you may need someone to help you carry it, or get a kayak cart and have an additional set of wheels help you move it from your car to the water.

Pros:

  • Fantastic stability
  • Smart design
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Hands can remain free
  • Good weight capacity
  • Gear-friendly

Cons:

  • Weighs more than similarly sized kayaks
  • Requires sufficient depth for pedaling

Overall Rating

The Native Slayer Propel 10 ticks all the boxes when it comes to criteria a good fishing kayak should meet. It’s a pleasure to use and easy to control even for inexperienced users. It’s tough and resilient, so we would argue that you get good value for your money. As you know, this is a sit-on-top kayak with a large and open cockpit and comes with all the ups and downs that follow this type of kayak.

  • Price: 85% – At first glance, the price of this one sticks out. However, when you go through the features and specifics, you become aware of what you’re getting – a truly versatile fishing vessel. All things considered, it’s worth it because you won’t need to look for a new one any time soon.
  • Material: 95% – The hard shell of this kayak is made of dense polyethylene plastic that shows excellent stability over time. Like all high-quality kayaks, it won’t get easily damaged if you hit something along the way. Besides, it doesn’t show signs of deterioration from sun exposure either. The rudder is made from a strong material with added protection, so you should be safe in that aspect too.
  • Design: 100% – This kayak was designed for fishing and it really has everything you may need in that department – rod holders, excellent stability, compatibility with other fishing gear, and comfort for long hours on the water.
  • Overall: 93% – The praises this one receives from happy users are well deserved. It has a perfect balance of size, usability, and other key factors. Overall, it’s certainly one of the best kayaks you’ll be able to find in this category.

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The Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 10 is something truly different. It will completely change your kayaking experience, and good things are easy to get used to. You will glide around without problems, and reach your favorite fishing spots quicker, with less effort. It’s a good choice for both experienced kayakers but also beginners in kayak fishing. If you’re aware of the small drawbacks we mentioned, this one is going to be a reliable partner for years.

 

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My name is David Hamburg. I am an avid water sports fan who enjoys paddle boarding, surfing, scuba diving, and kite surfing. Anything with a board or chance I can get in the water I love! I am such a big fan I decided to start this website to review all my favorite products and some others. Hope you enjoy!