Inflatable Kayak Review – Sea Eagle 385ft Fast Track Inflatable Kayak
By Sabrina Marx
Happy Fall, fellow kayak lovers! Yes, the leaves are changing colors and the winds are turning cooler. It’s the perfect weather for zipping up that windbreaker and heading out to the river. So, sit back, sip your hot chocolate and enjoy.
Today, I have a double review summary for your reading pleasure. What I mean by “double” review is that I’ve broken down the customer ratings of both the Deluxe and Pro versions of the Sea Eagle 385 Fast Track inflatable kayak. The hull is the same for both versions, however the difference is that the pro package comes with high-back seats and better paddles, as well as two storage bags that attach to each end of the kayak. For those who love to fish there is also a new fishing package with an elevated swivel chair that is ideal for anglers.
The Sea Eagle Fast Track was introduced in 2010 and in a very short time, it has become one of Sea Eagle’s most popular inflatable kayaks. Let’s see what customers have said about it …
Features and Benefits- The Good and the Bad
The consumers posting reviews on Paddling.net gave an average rating of 9 stars on of a scale of 1 to 10. Reviewers on Amazon.com gave the Fast Track an average of 5 out of 5 stars.
Here’s the plus and minus comments for the Sea Eagle 385ft Fast Track Inflatable Kayak Pro …
The Sea Eagle 385ft Fast Track Inflatable Kayak Pro “Plus” List:
Closeable self-bailing valves
Very rigid drop stitch floor
Plenty of storage
Tracks really well for an inflatable kayak
The Sea Eagle 385ft Fast Track Inflatable Kayak Pro “Minus” List:
Has a slight yaw (side to side motion)
Not suitable for whitewater
Here’s the plus and minus comments for the Sea Eagle 385ft Fast Track Inflatable Kayak Deluxe …
The Sea Eagle 385ft Fast Track Inflatable Kayak Deluxe “Plus” List:
Has great rigidity
Plenty of room for two paddlers
Tracks like a hard shell with the detachable skeg
The Sea Eagle 385ft Fast Track Inflatable Kayak Deluxe “Minus” List:
Travels slower than a rigid kayak
Must use skeg for tracking
Seating is not comfortable for long periods of use
Inflatable Kayak Review Summary:
It was difficult to find anything negative to say about the Fast Track inflatable. It appears that nearly all of the purchasers and reviewers thought it to be the perfect inflatable boat for all open water, such as lakes, ponds and calm rivers. One consumer did recommend that when you are inflating the floor of the inflatable kayak you make sure to fill it as solid as you can. This will help with the strength of the skeg for the best tracking.
I hope you enjoyed today’s summary review. Now get away from the computer and enjoy that beautiful fall kayaking weather, but remember…keep your paddle in the water and your butt in the boat!