The Lifetime Tamarack Angler Kayak is a well-designed fishing boat that can go over open water just as smoothly as sneak into deeply hidden fishing holes. This sit on top kayak provides the best features for anglers looking for a one-person kayak that can carry gear for all-day fishing. Who needs a kayak for two persons, I recommend reading the article Best Tandem Kayak. The 31-inch-wide hull increases stability for reeling in a big catch. At 10-feet long and weighing in at 52 pounds, the kayak isn’t too heavy or cumbersome to maneuver alone, and it has a weight capacity of 275 pounds.
- Stable ride with excellent tracking
- Grooves for comfortable foot positioning
- Ample bungees and straps to control gear
- Durable hard-shell hull
- Built-in fishing rod holders
- Hull material softens slightly under hot direct sun
- Seat gets uncomfortable after several hours
- Scupper hole positions allow water to splash in
The build of the Lifetime Tamarack Angler Sit-On-Top Kayak is sleek, durable, and impressive. The hull is UV-protected high-density polyethylene that can withstand drags across all types of terrain. The fishing pole holders are secure, and the grooves in the padded seat allow for water drainage and air circulation. The two storage compartments are a great feature to keep your phone and valuables dry and safe.
Speed and Handling
The bow is angled for sharp cuts into the water for more speed with less splash. The wide skeg hull makes it easier to stay on a straight course when not paddling so you can float in quietly and not disturb the fish. The wide, flat hull bottom is stable and allows you to lean over or even stand with care and not flip the kayak.
Capacity and Comfort
The kayak is roomy for a one-person model with plenty of space to strap down your fishing gear. The kayak is also a great length for general recreation or river exploration. The seat isn’t very comfortable, and you may want to add extra padding for extended trips or upgrade the seat to something cushier. Features such as the water bottle holders, paddle keeper, storage hatches, and multiple footrest positions increase the overall comfort during use.
The kayak is much easier to load and transport with two people using the built-in front and back T-handles, but light enough that one strong adult can handle it alone if necessary. The short length fits into a truck bed or car rack with little overhang to worry about.
When you’re looking for an angler’s kayak that offers durability and convenient features, the Lifetime Tamarack Angler Sit-On-Top Kayak is a top choice. While the main design is for fishing, the kayak provides excellent stability for general paddling adventures for more value. With a reasonable price, solid build, and thoughtful features, I give this kayak an 8.9 overall rating.
Don’t forget to pick up a SeaSense X-TREME 1 kayak paddle, as the Tamarack does not include a paddle with purchase. How to Choose a Kayak Paddle.
- Two Piece Aluminum Construction
- Lightweight, Black Molded Plastic Blades
- Adjustable Drip Guards/Foam Rubber Grips
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