Old Town Predator 13 Review
Old Town is one of the most well known and respected companies when it comes to kayaking, and they have a ton of featured products that kayakers everywhere have come to expect in the brand. From highly adjustable seating, to effective LT900 polyethylene plastic, all of their SOT kayaks are highly sought after, but their angling models are the best in the business.
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The Predator 13 is Old Town’s most popular fishing kayak, and is a fish slaying monster. It is 13 feet long and comes with all of the features that you could possibly expect as a yakangler, along with some other unique features that you won’t find from any other kayak in the niche.
Predator 13 Features
Durability: The Predator is extremely durable, like most polyethylene models. Its tri-hull design gives superior stability and tracking while in the water.
Scuppers: This model features 8 scupper holes and are uniquely designed to keep water from entering into the cockpit area. They have a patent on the design and its one of its great qualities, including a scupper transducer.
Rod Holders: Offers plenty of dual-tip rod holders at the bow and side mounted retainers. Very convenient storing and casting.
Storage: Molded paddle rests on the side, and a very large exo-ridge tank well. Has an area for the installation of a trolling motor if you want one. Its hatch is quite large with enough space for gear bags and locks securely in place. Center console has room for many accessories, including fish finders/ GPS. Has a recessed scupper port which is designed to allow for a side imaging transducer. 6 removable mounting plates allow for extremely easy rigging.
Positives About the Model
As you can see, the Predator is loaded with features. Its main strengths include its 425 load capacity, stability, and storage space. There is room for tons additions and accessories.
Another huge perk to the Predator, is the seating system. It has three adjustments, and has the ability to accommodate larger anglers. When it comes to fishing, this is vital, because you don’t spend all of your time paddling, and you don’t spend all of your time casting or jigging either. The first seating angle is a travelers angle, and is designed to be upright and allow you to row with ease. The second angle is called “Attack”, and is designed for you to move around freely in the cockpit and fish. The third angle pushes the seat all the way back, giving you additional room to cast. This makes the model one of the more popular fly fishing kayaks on the market.>> Click Here to Read More Reviews and Get More Information <<
Negatives About the Model
This model is thick, and is designed for stability and capacity, but not speed. Think of it as a battleship, so if your the racing or white water type, your better off going for the Vapor or the Wilderness Systems Tsunami.
Another draw back is its weight, and the price. This is quite heavy so if your weak, you may need to opt for something lighter.
As you may have noticed by now, kayaks are used for many different activities. Whether that be white water rafting, diving, or simple paddling. Some kayaks try and blend all of these features together, however the Old Town Predator 13 knows its strengths, and sticks to them. It has a ton space, is extremely comfortable, and is stable on the water. You aren’t going to beat anybody in a race, and this is by no means a budget friendly option, however if your thing yakangling, this is one of the best options you can possibly get. If you liked this review and would like to learn more about fishing kayaks and attributes to look for, check out our kayaking guide here.