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- Ocean Kayak Trident 11 Angler
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- Build QualityEditor: 92%
- Storage CapacityEditor: 92%
- ComfortEditor: 78%
- StabilityEditor: 88%
- ManeuverabilityEditor: 78%
A lot of experienced kayak anglers are interested in upgrading from their entry-level craft to a high-performance machine, with many of the characteristics and features common to high-end models.
However, top-of-the-line kayaks are usually quite expensive, and so many anglers find it necessary to select an intermediate-level kayak that fits within their budget. The Ocean Kayak Trident 11 bucks this trend a bit, as it offers several impressive characteristics, while still maintaining a relatively affordable price point. The Ocean Kayak Trident 11 Angler review discusses build quality, storage capacity, comfort, stability and maneuverability.
- Transducer Compatible Scupper makes it easy to mount fish finders
- The Mod Pod II provides several helpful storage options
- The Trident 11 is quite stable and will permit some anglers to stand up
- The included skid plate helps to protect the hull
- Several anglers complained about the craft’s poor tracking
- The Trident 11 is rather heavy for an 11.5-foot-long kayak
- Provides a slightly wet ride
A robustly built kayak, the Trident 11 weighs 72 pounds, making it one of the heavier options on the market. It measures 11.5-inches-long and 30.5-inches-wide, and it is capable of carrying 305 pounds. Like most other Ocean Kayak models, it is an extremely well-built craft, and it is clear that the manufacturer has paid attention to the small details.
While this kayak has a durable shell, the bottom features a skid plate that will protect it from rocks and other obstacles below. One of the most helpful design features of the Trident 11 is the Transducer Compatible Scupper, which makes it easy to mount a fish finder on the craft.
The Trident 11 comes equipped with several different storage areas and gives anglers plenty of places to store their gear. The rear cargo area is over-sized and equipped with elastic bands to help keep coolers, live wells and similar gear secure, and the bow features a watertight compartment that is accessible via a Click Seal Hatch.
Like many other Ocean Kayak models, the Trident 11 comes with the Mod Pod II. An updated and redesigned version of the original Mod Pod, the Mod Pod II features an accessory plate, a splash-resistant compartment, sliding tackle storage trays and a magnet for keeping your metal tools and tackle in place. Two flush-mounted rod holders are also included with the craft, as well as a paddle holder and rod rest.
The Ocean Kayak Trident 11 received mixed reviews regarding comfort, from anglers who tried it. On the one hand, many appreciated the ample cockpit space, which provides an abundance of legroom, and several anglers applauded the included Support Track Foot Brace System, which allows you to adjust the braces and ensure a comfortable ride (it even includes position indicators so that you know both foot supports are at the same distance from your body).
However, several anglers complained that the craft routinely took on water and allowed the seat to become wet. This won’t be a problem for anglers fishing warm waters, but it can be a problem for those heading out for a bit of winter fishing.
The Trident 11 is designed to provide a very stable ride so that you can concentrate on fishing and battle big fish with confidence. Most anglers felt that it achieved this goal, and did indeed remain stable, even in relatively choppy water.
The Trident 11 isn’t specifically designed to allow anglers to stand up, but several anglers reported that you could do so if you wish. Part of the stability of this craft comes from its width; its 31.5-inch beam is the largest in the Trident series and helps to keep the craft from flipping.
Most anglers found that the Trident 11 is a relatively fast kayak, but a few – most likely anglers who’d already piloted more expensive crafts – felt that it didn’t provide the speed they desired. It doesn’t track especially well for a kayak at this price range, either, and some anglers recommended selecting the optional rudder feature to improve the craft’s tracking ability.
The Trident 11 bites into the water well and allows you to turn and pivot with ease. Despite being relatively heavy, the Trident 11 comes equipped with four handles (one at the bow, one at the stern and one on each side of the cockpit), making it easy to load, launch, land and carry across dry ground.
The Ocean Kayak Trident 11 is a well-equipped fishing kayak that offers surprising quality and handling for the price. It offers an abundance of storage space, including the innovative Mod Pod II storage system. It provides a comfortable ride, thanks to the adjustable foot braces and seat, although it does appear to take on a small amount of water during normal use.
It is a relatively fast and stable craft, although it does have some tracking issues; but the optional rudder should help limit these problems. Ultimately, anglers who don’t mind getting a little wet or lugging around a 71-pound kayak are likely to be pleased with the Trident 11. Thanks for reading the Ocean Kayak Trident 11 Angler review.
|Model||Trident 11 Angler|
|Price||Check on Amazon|
|Color(s)||Brown Camo, Orange camo, Urban Camo, Lemongrass|
|Length (ft / cm)||11'6" / 351cm|
|Width (in / cm)||30.5" / 77.5cm|
|Height (in / cm)||N/A|
|Kayak Weight (lbs / kg)||71 lbs / 32.2kg|
|Weight Capacity (lbs / kg)||305 lbs / 138.3kg|
|Cockpit Size (in / cm)||N/A|
|Number of People||1|
|Salt Water Friendly||Yes|
|Adjustable Foot Braces||Yes|
|Other Included Items||None|