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#12264274 - 05/26/17 12:00 PM Help deciding
wh2004 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/17/10
Posts: 2372
Loc: Weatherford, TX
Follow up to my last post:

My wife is now pretty set on a Viking Reload and we're probably getting my 11 year old daughter and 7 year old son a Tarpon 100 to share (and me to use at the river here but don't tell them that!)

So that leaves me. I originally was set on a Tarpon 160 because I love fast, long boats. But I have done some research over the past few days and now can't decide between the Ocean Kayak Trident 15, the Tarpon 160, and the Jackson Kraken 15.5.
My first kayak years ago was a Trident 13 and it looks like they have fixed what I didn't like about that one (seat, weird shaped tank well, etc). The Tarpon 160 is supposed to be the fastest and is most comparable to my Hobie Adventure (not Island) that I used to have which was my favorite kayak ever. The Kraken is pretty slick but I've never been in a Jackson and it is the most expensive.
Which do y'all like best?


Also, I have seen some complaints on the forums about the Viking seats but they were all from 2014. Have the seats gotten better since? Looks like they come with yak gear seats but I don't know anything about those.
Finally, how does the Tarpon 100 paddle?

Thanks

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#12264343 - 05/26/17 12:38 PM Re: Help deciding [Re: wh2004]
IslandJim Offline
Angler

Registered: 07/08/14
Posts: 369
Loc: Rockport, TX
I test paddled a Viking Profish Reload Z at the Corpus Demo last Sunday. It didn'have a seat in it(it was privately owned), the pedals were way too far forward for my short legs, and I couldn't really steer with the rudder. But, boy was that a long, fast kayak! It paddled really well. The first time I saw Vikings, I was really impressed with them, but I didn't paddle one until Sunday.

You can find good deals on T-160's, so that might be a good path for you. I know they're fast.

Good Luck! IslandJim
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#12264419 - 05/26/17 01:09 PM Re: Help deciding [Re: wh2004]
Struggle Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 06/07/14
Posts: 156
Loc: Allen, Texas
I've been looking at the reload and was curious about the seats as well. I am looking forward to the responses.

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#12264496 - 05/26/17 02:01 PM Re: Help deciding [Re: wh2004]
Warhawk Offline
Angler

Registered: 04/01/06
Posts: 254
Loc: Hot Springs, AR
There is no way I could convince my wife to try one of those "sit on the floor" seats. Actually we have one, a Heritage, and she hates it.

My wife has a Jackson Tupelo 12.5, comfortable, stable, and fast. Ours is the 12.5 version, they also make a slightly smaller 12 footer that would probably be good for your daughter.

The Vibe Yellowfin is going to be the most bang for the buck, $650 with a comfy seat.

For you, out of what you listed I'd go with the Kraken. Also look at the Jackson Cuda.

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#12264537 - 05/26/17 02:23 PM Re: Help deciding [Re: Warhawk]
wh2004 Offline
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Registered: 07/17/10
Posts: 2372
Loc: Weatherford, TX
Originally Posted By: Warhawk
There is no way I could convince my wife to try one of those "sit on the floor" seats. Actually we have one, a Heritage, and she hates it.

My wife has a Jackson Tupelo 12.5, comfortable, stable, and fast. Ours is the 12.5 version, they also make a slightly smaller 12 footer that would probably be good for your daughter.

The Vibe Yellowfin is going to be the most bang for the buck, $650 with a comfy seat.

For you, out of what you listed I'd go with the Kraken. Also look at the Jackson Cuda.


Thanks for help. I'll look at the tupelo online.
My wife and I were fine with our thin hobie seats so I don't think a flat one would be that big of a deal.

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#12265559 - 05/27/17 10:38 AM Re: Help deciding [Re: wh2004]
christian myrick Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 08/03/11
Posts: 3191
Loc: little elm
Any 4 point seat will work in any viking. We have the reload,440,400 lite,gt,and profish 35. Soon to add a 2+1. We use the yak gear manta ray seats and like them. As far as your yak, the t16 is very cool.
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#12265599 - 05/27/17 11:33 AM Re: Help deciding [Re: wh2004]
Fish ZoMbiE Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 03/25/09
Posts: 9937
Thing i really like about yaks 13.5' or less is they're not too bulky to store or awkward to transport. If that's not a problem, then i say u go with what is most comfy n fast. Because, it sounds like u like speed.
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#12265738 - 05/27/17 02:21 PM Re: Help deciding [Re: wh2004]
wh2004 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/17/10
Posts: 2372
Loc: Weatherford, TX
Besides mariner sails and ACK, does anyone know a place to get viking and WS kayaks for less than msrp?

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#12265750 - 05/27/17 02:36 PM Re: Help deciding [Re: wh2004]
Struggle Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 06/07/14
Posts: 156
Loc: Allen, Texas

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#12266748 - 05/28/17 01:37 PM Re: Help deciding [Re: wh2004]
Jimbo Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 01/18/03
Posts: 16161
Loc: South Texas
Maybe some day Viking will place more priority on comfortable seats without having to buy one.
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