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 a review from the man, the myth, the legend, Andy "Iceman" Allen. Here are his thoughts on his
X-13. All ratings are based on a score of 1 to 5.
Andy's Comments: I have been in heavy seas and due to the secondary stability have felt very comfortable. The rounded chine, rocker and deep V hull make for a great ocean going kayak. For people with no kayak fishing experience, the rating would probably be a 3.
Andy's Comments: This is the best paddling kayak in the Malibu Kayaks fleet, it moves through the water with ease. Very smooth glide to the kayak.
Weight Capacity: 4
Andy's Comments: This is probably one of the higher weight capacity performance kayaks on the market.In order to maintain optimal performance, I think cutting the manufacturers weight capacity in half is a good guideline for the anglers weight. I find if I overload my X-13 it loses what I really like about it. I keep it simple, uncluttered and light, and can paddle it all day long with ease.
Andy's Comments: Great kayak launching and landing in surf, great rigging options with flat surfaces. Tracks very well. Great mix of paddling and fishing engineering built in.
Andy's Comments: The right size person should not have anything bad to say about this kayak. I would not recommend it to persons over 225 pounds.
Andy's Comments: Of all the kayaks I have owned, this is my favorite. I would love to see Malibu Kayaks follow up with a X-15 for bigger guys and more gear.