There's nothing like a review from someone who is basing their comments on more than just a test drive, right? Well we've asked our Pro Staffers to give us honest write-ups about the yaks they use themselves...and you know that if they're on the Pro Staff, they really use them...a lot!
This month, we're sharing Kiyo Sato's review of his kayak, the Malibu Kayaks X-Factor. All ratings are based on a score of 1 to 5.
Kiyo's Comments: As stable as a kayak can get. People stand up on them to cast while fishing. I haven't tried that since I don't cast when I fish. The wakes from the big boats are no problems compared to other kayaks where they feel uncomfortable because it might flip them if caught off guard.
Kiyo's Comments: It's a big mans kayak. My average speed is about 3.5 mph. Max I got was 7mph.
Weight Capacity: 5
Kiyo's Comments: I weigh 280 and I'm 6'. I carry a whole lot of fishing gear and tackle. My bait tank is bigger than most peoples and I still have room for a couple big fish. I can also take two of my kids out on my X-Factor. One sits on the gatorhatch and I add a seat to the rear and one sits back there. The seat in the back is a little wet though and I recommend using scupper plugs if you you're your young ones sit back there.
Kiyo's Comments: Everything about this kayak is GOOD!!! Except for the speed but a big man can keep up with others in this kayak. Smaller people might have problems paddling this kayak.
Kiyo's Comments: Nothing
Kiyo's Comments: The X-Factor is my favorite kayak out of all of them. You can't beat the layout and storage space for extra fish!