Our next segment of covering iCast will focus on the paddles and PFDs seen at the show. There are always new improvements to make products better and more comfortable for the kayak angler. This year’s no different with the quality and styles available. Here’s a look at some new and innovative products that we can look forward to seeing this year.
Adventure Technology has always been synonymous with high quality performance paddles, and the new series of paddles designed with anglers in mind is no exception. AT has 2 new series: sport and advanced. Both series are designed for the high angle or low angle paddler, and have varying price points to meet your needs. An amazing feature of both series of paddles is the ability to adjust the length of the paddle by 10cm, and will feature a 36″ measuring tape on the shaft, and a hook on the blade to free snagged lines and lures. The Sport series will include the Pursuit and Search Angler models, which offer accessible technology and price point in a durable, lightweight package. They use a fiberglass-reinforced injection molded nylon blade and carbon blended shaft to create versatility for the fishing enthusiast. The Pursuit Angler will feature great visibility with a bright orange blade, and the Search Angler will feature a bright yellow blade. The Advanced Series will include the Odyssey Angler and the Oracle Angler. These paddles are ideal for he dedicated angler looking for the highest quality product. The blades of both paddles are crafted from lightweight fiberglass reinforced at the tip with AT’s Duraweave with Innegra material for ultimate durability and abrasion resistance. These paddles will feature a fishing-specific aesthetic in a high visibility blue and green digital camo pattern, unique to each model.
Pursuit Angler: $145
- Search Angler: $145
- Odyssey Angler: $275
- Oracle Angler: $275
Johnson Outdoors also debuted new PFDs from their Extrasport line up; Eon Angler and Evolve Angler PFDs. These new PFDs boast the AirComfort System and provides the ultimate in fit and comfort. Channeled pods of EVA bump foam reduce surface contact and maximize moisture evaporation. Perforated neoprene, wrapped in mesh, lightly pads the shoulder strap area without restricting air flow. The Baja back, with a large channel of mesh through the mid-section, enhances venting and nests with kayak seats. Layers of skived PE foam contour to the body providing great fit and maximum mobility. Both of these new PFDs look amazing and differ from the normal PFD by providing air flow to the angler while wearing the PFD. Tons of pockets make these new PFD’s perfect for any kayak angler. There will also be a ladies’ version of the Eon Angler PFD.
Eon Angler: MSRP $129.90
Evolve Angler: MSRP $109.90
Johnson Outdoors debuted a new upgrade to the Carlisle series of paddles. The Carlisle Magic will get facelift and a new designation, the Predator Angler Paddle to coincide with the Predator family of kayaks. New colors on the paddle blade to match the Predator kayaks. The Predator Angler paddle is a fiberglass reinforced polypropylene blade in the new tactical and urban camo color patterns. The asymmetrical, slightly curved blade combined with a lightweight, flexible fiberglass shaft will produce a smooth, yet powerful stroke. The blade will also incorporate a hook notch to make quick work of retrieving hard to reach snagged lines, hooks, and lures. The Predator Angler paddle will be available in the Fall.
Predator Angler paddle
- Blade material: glass reinforced polypropylene
- Shaft material: wrapped fiberlass
- Lengths: 20, 230, 240, 250cm
- weight: 39.8oz
- MSRP: $109.90
Many kayak anglers prefer using an inflatable PFD versus the traditional PFD. Mustang Survival has taken the inflatable PFD to a whole new level with the new Elite Inflatable PFD. The Elite Inflatable PFD is built on a revolutionary 3d chassis, stays put at high speeds, and let’s the angler move the way they want and need to, and provides automatic inflation powered by he Hammar Hydrostatic Inflator Technology. Where the Elite differs from all other inflatable PFDs is in its design. The Elite encompasses a backpack design offering more comfort to the angler. Features include an aerodynamic 3D chassis that reduces drag, wicking mesh liner which improves breathability, sleek inflation handle to prevent snags or interference, wide shoulder system to eliminate neck fatigue, lightweight fabric shell, and a bright fluorescent yellow-green inflation cell for improved in-water visibility. This PFD would provide all day comfort and it’s one of our favorites from the show. The Elite Inflatable PFD will be available January 2015 and will retail for $269.
Astral showed off the improvements of the Ronny Fisher PFD. New upgrades include a thin back so as not to interfere with high back kayak seats, tons of pockets for carrying gear, a lot of storage space for lures, etc., and even a cup holder. The Ronny Fisher also boasts a rain hood, to protect your head in a storm, and is also hi vis to increase visibility of the angler on the water. The Ronny Fisher PFD will retail for $159. New for 2015 from Astral is also an improved Veight PFD. The Veight features a high back, venting all over the PFD, and 2 main pockets. Another interesting feature is the straps to adjust the PFD can be kept out of place with Velcro. The Veight PFD will retail for $119.
The paddle and PFD products shown at iCast 2014 is enough to make any kayak angler drool. Which PFD or paddle are you most interested in?