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- Nixie Sports Tandem Fishing Kayak
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- Build QualityEditor: 82%
- Storage CapacityEditor: 83%
- ComfortEditor: 82%
- StabilityEditor: 84%
- ManeuverabilityEditor: 85%
There are a variety of choices available to anglers at low and intermediate price points, but most anglers will find that the quality of the boats in this price range varies considerably. The Nixie Sports Tandem Fishing Kayak is a mid-tier model, that provides adequate performance, storage space and stability to compete with similarly priced vessels made by other manufacturers.
It won’t blow your mind, but it won’t disappoint very much either. It should probably figure into the decision-making process of anglers shopping at this price level.
- Relatively fast craft for its width and price point
- Stable enough for battling fish
- Relatively lightweight and equipped with carrying handles
- Comes with two paddles
- Not stable enough for most anglers to feel confident standing
- The seats were difficult for some anglers to install
- No skid plate is included to protect the hull
- No swivel-style rod holders are included
Like most vessels at this price range, the Nixie Sports Tandem is relatively durable and strong. It is pretty light for a 13-foot-long, 30-inch-wide craft, but it still has all of the stiffness most anglers will need to tackle moderate swells.
It lacks a skid plate, so you’ll need to use care when landing, launching or navigating shallow waters. The hull itself is backed by a 3-year warranty, which provides some additional peace of mind for buyers.
The Nixie Sports Tandem Kayak provides two click-seal hatches, which are large enough to hold tackle and small tools. A relatively roomy cargo deck is provided behind the back seat, and it is fitted with bungee cords to help keep your gear secure in most water conditions.
Four flush-mounted rod holders are provided (two are located in the front, while the other two are positioned at the back), as are two paddle keepers (one on each side). There is a small space at the front of the vessel that you may be able to use for storage, but no straps or cords are provided to secure your gear, so use this area cautiously.
The Nixie Sports Tandem is a moderately comfortable vessel. The seats are both padded and adjustable, although a few anglers noted that the seats were difficult to set up. However, once they figured out the correct procedure, the seats were reasonably comfortable.
It provides a generous amount of legroom, and foot wells are provided for each rider. This ensures that you’ll be able to achieve a comfortable paddling and fishing position.
The Nixie Sports Tandem Fishing Kayak is a moderately stable vessel. You won’t want to take on massive swells or negotiate whitewater rapids in it, but it will allow most anglers to paddle around relatively calm waters confidently. Battling big fish shouldn’t be a problem, but few anglers are likely to find it stable enough for standing.
The Nixie Sports Tandem Kayak tracks reasonably well, although some anglers complained that high winds would blow it off course. However, this is to be expected of most lightweight and rudder-free vessels. It is surprisingly fast, which can help you travel from one fishing spot to the next, and therefore make better use of your time on the water.
Additionally, most anglers reported that it was easy to paddle and get up to cruising speeds. The Nixie Sports Tandem Fishing Kayak weighs about 70 pounds, so it isn’t quite light enough for small anglers to carry. However, it is a breeze to haul from your truck to the water if you can enlist the help of a friend, and it comes equipped with stern- and bow-mounted carrying handles.
The Nixie Sports Tandem Fishing Kayak is deserving of most anglers looking for a kayak at this price point. It isn’t one of the best models in its category, but it isn’t one of the worst either. Some anglers will appreciate the craft’s speed and tracking ability, while others may lament its tendency to get blown around in windy weather.
It isn’t a good choice for anglers who prefer to stand, but those who prefer to fish while seated will probably applaud the stability it provides. Accordingly, this kayak grades out in the middle of the pack, and anglers are likely to form varying opinions about its quality.
|Model||Tandem Fishing Kayak|
|Price||Check on Amazon|
|Length (ft / cm)||13' / 396cm|
|Width (in / cm)||29" / 73.6cm|
|Height (in / cm)||13" / 33cm|
|Kayak Weight (lbs / kg)||70 lbs / 31.75kg|
|Weight Capacity (lbs / kg)||500 lbs / 226.8kg|
|Cockpit Size (in / cm)||N/A|
|Hull Material||Rotomolded Polyethylene|
|Number of People||2|
|Salt Water Friendly||Yes|
|Adjustable Foot Braces||No|
|Other Included Items||None|