New Electronics Debuted from ICAST 2017

by • July 27, 2017 • Electronics Reviews, Product ReviewsComments (0)1267

New Electronics from ICAST 2017. We will cover new or improved additions that are designed for or can be adapted for use on a kayak. That list has expanded dramatically over the last few years with companies recognizing the fastest growing water sport in the world. So lets check the waters with ICAST 2017’s offerings for new electronics.

Kayaks and Electronics at first glance or thought just doesn’t sound like a good mix. And back in the early days of kayak fishing no one even made brackets for them so it was all shade tree mechanic fixes. Fast forward to the modern day angler friendly yaks of today and you have all kinds of options to choose from. Our following coverage is done in alphabetical order so as to not show any preference.

Garmin Virb 360

The VIRB 360 is the newest addition to Garmin’s sports camera line. VIRB 360 is the first of its kind, capturing a complete sphere of high-resolution video and audio — even photos. It eliminates the lengthy editing process with unrivaled 1-click video stabilization up to 4K resolution at 30 fps and allows you to instantly livestream any adventure. This rugged, waterproof camera is true to its name, recording the full 360 degrees — horizontally and vertically. And you can forget about timely post-production work, because VIRB 360 will auto-stitch¹ your 4K footage in camera. If you’re looking for higher resolution, you can record video in unstitched 5.7K resolution at 30fps.

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Weight: 160g W/battery

Size: H.W.D. 39 x 59.3 x 69.8 mm

Memory: Up to 128 GB card

Resolution: Up to 5.7 K @ 30FPS

MSRP: 799.00

Humminbird Helix 5-12

Although the Helix line is not new they have upgraded the map system with Base Map. Humminbird has enhanced their standard base map to deliver more detail and a superior angling experience. Built into GPS-equipped HELIX™ Series G2 and G2N models and based on current data from LakeMaster®, NOAA and other trusted sources, these accurate maps provide you with a clear view of underwater terrain and surrounding points of interest so you can fish and navigate with total confidence. A new standard has been set. Base Map will have 10,000 lakes across the US and full coastal coverage. If you already own a Helix model you will be able to download and update to this new feature for free. Well played there Humminbird!


Compatibility: All Helix models and standard on new models

MSRP: Free download to previous Helix models

Lowrance Elite TI 9

Lowrance expanded its Elite TI line to include the 9″ and 12″ version this year at ICAST. The Elite TI 9 in particular is a more kayak sized model than the 12″. They do range down to a 5″ version. The Lowrance® Elite-9 Ti is a touchscreen fishfinder/chartplotter that matches popular high-end functions and features with powerful performance ─ all at an affordable price.

Sporting a 9-inch, high-resolution touchscreen display, Elite-9 Ti has your sonar needs covered with support for StructureScan® HD, Low/Med/High CHIRP and the TotalScan™ all-in-one transducer. With built-in C-MAP charts and reliable Lowrance navigation technology, navigation is accurate and easy with Elite-9 Ti. Featuring integrated Bluetooth® and wireless connectivity, Elite-9 Ti allows you to download software updates directly to the unit.


Display:  9″/ 228.6 mm (16:9)

Resolution: 800 x 480

Power Output: RMS (PTP) Max 500W RMS

Operating Frequency: (50/200 or 83/200 kHz) + 455/800 kHz

Media Port: 1 microSD slot

MSRP: 849.00

Raymarine Axiom 9

The new Axiom Pro line is available in 9-, 12- and 16-inch display sizes, and each model is available with Raymarine exclusive RealVision™ 3D sonar. Axiom Pro’s fish-finding capability is upgraded with an optional, internal 1kW CHIRP sonar. This powerful offshore sonar employs a wide spectrum of CHIRP sonar frequencies and enables anglers to see through dense schools of baitfish, identify thermoclines and simultaneously target gamefish in deep water.

A powerful new multifunction navigation system from Raymarine. With built-in RealVision 3D™ sonar, the all new LightHouse 3 operating system, and blazing fast quad core performance, Axiom will transform your time on the water.


Display Size: 9.0″ Optically Bonded LCD

Display Resolution: 800 x 480 WVGA Type Multitouch

Dimensions: 244 x 158 x 77mm (9.65″ x 6.22″ x 3.00″)

Weight: 2.04kg (4.5lbs)

Sonar Type: (Built-in) RV model – Built-in RealVision™ 3D + 600W

MSRP: 949.99

Republic Kayak Outfitters OxCool Systems OxCool-5GB

This was in my humble opinion the most innovative product at ICAST. The OxCool-5GB is a portable pure oxygen infusion and cooling live well system configured in a thermally insulated and spill proof 5 gallon bucket utilizing a safe Patent Pending bubble-free technology. The system has user defined dissolved oxygen and water levels. This system minimizes fish well mortality caused by: low oxygen, high temperature, ammonia build-up, O2 bubble emboli, O2 bubble burns and bubbles blocking gill water flow for respiration. Provides Hyper-Active healthy bait that catches fish! Excellent release health of bait and small game fish in any weather. This is one to watch it definitely has the potential to change the livewell industry for ever.


A single small 0xygen charge lasts all day!

User defined dissolved Oxygen saturation levels.

Rapid and efficient oxygen infusion extends the use of the self contained battery.

Artificial Ice Cooling.

Removable net for bait transfers.

MSRP: 400.00

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