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#12611628 - 02/05/18 09:33 AM Bonafide SS127
jaw116 Offline

Registered: 05/18/16
Posts: 79
Loc: Houston, TX
Anyone had a chance to try one of these out yet? Looking to potentially get one. It's up against a Jackson Cuda HD. Put my hands on both at FTU. The Bonafide seemed more flimsy; It flexed a lot on the floor, but since it has the cat hull design I have to take that with a grain of salt.

#12611882 - 02/05/18 12:01 PM Re: Bonafide SS127 [Re: jaw116]
Brad R Online   content
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Registered: 03/09/15
Posts: 1670
Loc: Texas
The Bonafide SS127 really rides low in the water. Chad Hoover is hardly what anyone would call a lightweight or dainty, so when he floats around in one, the distance from the water line to the gunwale lip back near the tankwell looks to be about 3".

Now, this is a legitimate design and some of the Wilderness kayaks have this low profile, too, to minimize the effects of wind. But, Chad Hoover is often working back in shallow coves, small lakes, rivers, not an open water guy. I'd keep this in mind if I were choosing a new kayak, to focus in on where it'll be used.

Oh! And, take a look at the Jackson Liska and the new Native 12XC. The Native 12XC looks to be sort of a smaller version of a Jackson Big Rig. I think it looks very solid.

All top kayaks, including the Bonafide, for sure.


#12616974 - 02/08/18 10:25 AM Re: Bonafide SS127 [Re: jaw116]
Jimbo Online   content
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Registered: 01/18/03
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Loc: South Texas
Originally Posted By: jaw116
It flexed a lot on the floor, but since it has the cat hull design I have to take that with a grain of salt.

That's interesting and answers my question of how they were able to keep the weight down.
The new kayaks that are coming out are hitting the 75 to 80 pound mark and some even hitting the century mark with no excuses.
That is a big deal when considering any kayak.
You have to think about how am I going to get it to and from the water?
Just one more cast!

#12617064 - 02/08/18 11:19 AM Re: Bonafide SS127 [Re: Jimbo]
Bayou_Fennec Offline

Registered: 02/19/14
Posts: 73
Loc: Austin
one of the main things i look at in a kayak is the weight. i like being able to carry it to and from the back of my truck. i've actually thought about waiting on the ss107 to come out just because it's lighter by about 10 lbs.


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