Up and coming pro staffer, Jacob Chapa from Austin, Texas, gives us his take on the BlackPak crate system from Yak Attack. Jacob is currently a high schooler in Austin, but has made a mark for himself fishing the lakes that surround Austin. Jacob is also on the Pro Staff for Feelfree Kayaks.
The Yak attack BlackPak that was released this year has set a new stage for the kayak fishing milk crate. It is one of my personal favorites and is something I will always take. It comes included with three rod holders and ships disassembled. The assembly does take some skill and patience but it is well worth it in the long run. The crate itself is a rectangular prism that is made of a hard durable plastic. I have put it through a lot of stress, even sat on it before, and it has held up like a tank.
When it arrives at your doorstep you will notice it is shipped disassembled. Make sure you have all the right tools or you will make this step much harder than it needs to be. There are a number of things you will notice once assembled. One of those is that the crate is very big but it will fit into most of the “Big Name” kayaks on the market. The next thing you will notice is an abundance of holes on each side of the crate except for the top. Don’t panic as your new BlackPak is not defected. These holes are actually pre dilled so it makes the task of installing additional rod holders a breeze. Not only does it help with installing accessories but the holes also make great water drainage in case you roll.
As stated before the box is made out of a very sturdy plastic which has its pros and cons. The nice thing about this is that you can mount a Yak attack rail or a mount from your favorite company onto the crate itself. This can be used for all sorts of things from camera mounts to safety flags. The down side to it being made of a hard plastic in comparison to cloth crate is the sound it makes when opening and closing. When opening the lid if I don’t catch it the lid will hit my kayak and create a loud thud which can potentially spook the fish. Same event occurs when closing and taking gear in or out. Although this does bother me it’s nothing that would make me stop using it as the problem can easily be solved with some silent traction system by harmony.
In conclusion this is my favorite system of gear organization on the market. Don’t let the price scare you away as there is nothing comparable to it and will last you for years to come.
- Dimensions: 12″ long x 16″ wide 11″ tall
- Weight: 11lbs
- Construction: UV Resistant High Density Polyethylene
- Includes lid & 3 rod holders
- MSRP: $125