Pedal On – ICAST 2016 Kayaks

by • July 26, 2016 • Kayak Reviews, Opinion, Outlaw Blog, Product ReviewsComments (0)5991

Pedal. This was the unique factor with kayaks at this year’s ICAST show. Kayaks once again dominated the show with 4 kayak companies debuting the ability to pedal with new kayaks. Old Town, Wilderness Systems, Perception, and Feelfree Kayaks all debuted a new pedal drive kayak. Check out our coverage and thoughts on the new pedal drive kayaks from ICAST 2016.

Pedal On!

Here’s our take on all of the kayaks represented at this year’s ICAST show. While this is merely our opinion, we’re excited about the future of kayak fishing and what’s coming out very soon to a kayak dealer near you!

Old Town

Old Town was the talk of the show after winning the Best Boat award of ICAST 2016. The new Predator PDL has definitely turned some heads after ICAST. Still the same great kayak, Predator, that we’ve all come to know, just with a little something extra with their new pedal drive. The Predator PDL is a great looking kayak with some very nice features. It does come with a hefty price tag, but this should make for a great fishing platform.


Predator PDL

  • Length: 13’ 2”
  • Width: 36″
  • Weight: 117lbs (Pedal Drive: 21lbs)
  • Capacity: 500lbs
  • MSRP: $2,799.99
  • Release Date: September 2016

Ocean Kayak


While Ocean Kayak didn’t introduce a new pedal drive kayak, they did update an old fan favorite with their Trident series. New hatches, new color, tracks on the gunnels, and an updated seat should make this old fan favorite even more of a hit. By the way, the new lemongrass color is pretty sweet! The Trident series updates are across the board in the Trident 11, 13, & 15. The newly designed Trident series from Ocean Kayak will be available November 2016.

Wilderness Systems

Wilderness Systems went all out this year at ICAST when they debuted not one, not two, but 3 new kayaks! The Radar 135 and Radar 115 were the Wildy pedal drive kayaks introduced, and they also brought out the little brother to their already popular ATAK, with the ATAK 120. The set up of the Radar series of kayaks was great with lots of features to make your day out on the water even more enjoyable and organized. The ATAK has been one of my personal favorite kayaks for some time now, and making it in a 12′ version only sweetens the deal for me!

Radar 115


  • Length: 11’8″
  • Width: 34.5″
  • Weight: 82lbs
  • Capacity: 450lbs
  • MSRP: $1349
  • Release Date: January 2017

Radar 135


  • Length: 13’6″
  • Width: 34″
  • Weight: 95lbs
  • Capacity: 475lbs
  • MSRP: $1499
  • Release Date: January 2017


ATAK 120


  • Length: 12’3″
  • Width: 35″
  • Weight: 70lbs
  • Capacity: 400lbs
  • MSRP: $1649
  • Release Date: November 2016



Perception introduced their new Pilot, which is going to be the show stealer before it is all said and done in my humble opinion. A pedal drive kayak that is affordable and packed with great features. The Perception Pilot was easily one of my favorite top items from ICAST 2016. This kayak has some great features and gives anglers an affordable choice who want to pedal vs. paddle.


  • Length: 12’5″
  • Width: 33.75″
  • Weight: 85lbs
  • Capacity: 525lbs
  • MSRP: $1799
  • Release Date: December 2016


Hobie introduced the ability to now have reverse with their kayak line with the new Mirage Drive 180. Hobie also unveiled new camo colors for their Pro Angler and Outback line of kayaks. For years, the argument for Hobie versus Native owners was “reverse”, now with the Mirage Drive 180, that argument is now null and void.

Mirage Drive 180

Mirage Drive 180


Pro Angler in new camo

Native Watercraft


Native was more quieter than most leading up to ICAST, but they gave us a glimpse of what’s to come with their new Manta Ray Propel kayak. This kayak not only looked sleeker, but looked like it would be a bullet in the water. While this was merely the prototype, there’s no doubt that this will definitely be a smooth yak on the water. Look for this kayak to hit stores by next year.


Jackson Kayak

Jackson Kayak also introduced 2 new kayak models to their line up. While it seemed like every other kayak company was moving towards pedal drives, Jackson stayed true to its traditional roots. The Cuda HD is an updated version to the already popular Cuda line with improvements to the hull design and deck staging. Their newest kayak is the Mayfly, a stable, versatile hull for fly fishing anglers. The Mayfly is definitely set up for fly anglers, but anyone would love to have this kayak in their arsenal.



  • Length: 12’6″
  • Width: 34″
  • Weight: 85lbs

Cuda HD


  • Length: 12’10”
  • Width: 32.5″
  • Weight: 78lbs
  • MSRP: $1899

Kaku Kayak

Kaku Kayak reintroduced updates to their kayak and SUP, the Wahoo and the Kahuna. The Kahuna SUP now has a more sleek and cleaner design with an updated pad. The Wahoo introduced a new and updated seat, and both feature some amazing new colors to boot. New colors include Cotton Candy and a lime camo that is amazing.


Cotton Candy color on the new Wahoo



NuCanoe updated their kayaks with a great new seat set up! NuCanoe stayed true to their roots and simply made what they have better. The new seat for the NuCanoe line features adjustable heights and the ability to swing 270 degrees giving the angler easier access to the entire kayak while seated!




We finally got the opportunity to check out the kayak from TrueRec. This company is veteran owned and the TrueRec kayak has some pretty cool features. The sides of the kayak features an “arm” that swings outward giving the kayak more stability when standing. A sleek hull design simply means that this kayak should fly in the water.

Pelican Kayak

Pelican Sport introduced a new kayak this year, TRAX 130 Angler, and updated a fan favorite from last year with the Catch 120NXT. The Catch 120 was a great hit for Pelican at last year’s ICAST show, and the updates were great for this year’s model. Pelican added Scotty tracks, a rear hatch, and pads on the deck.

Catch 120NXT


  • Length: 11’8″
  • Width: 34″
  • Weight: 69lbs
  • Capacity: 400lbs
  • MSRP: $879.99
  • Release Date: Spring 2017

TRAX 130 Angler


  • Length: 13′
  • Width: 30″
  • Weight: 69lbs
  • Capacity: 350lbs
  • MSRP: $599.99
  • Release Date: Spring 2017

Feelfree Kayak


Feelfree introduced their new kayak, the Dagon, which is designed for the offshore angler and also introduced their prototype for their new propulsion system which includes pedal and motor capabilities. The Dagon looks and feels like a missile in the water for those anglers who chase those offshore species and want to blast past the breakers. The new propulsion system from Feelfree is only a prototype, but definitely has the potential to be a game changer for kayak anglers.



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