Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 196
Rated 4 out of 5 by LizzyB Field and stream Eagle talon kayak
Took it to the lake for the first time. Just paddled around. The only thing I will change is on the right side there is a handle to carry the kayak. Both my husband and I hit it with a finger/ finger nail while paddling. it look easy to remove. Use sunscreen on legs. We will try fishing next time
April 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ozzyprepper BEST KAYAK YOU CAN GET FOR THE MONEY!!!
This kayak is AWESOME for the price! My wife and I bought two of them and we paid $450.each on sale. They are very stable, I was able to stand up on it the first time I had it out (the water was calm with no current). I have had a high-end kayak with a rudder and I must say that this Field and Stream kayak works as well or better than my old one. This kayak does not need a rudder it tracks very well.
We were going to get a Jackson kayak but for the price we could purchase four of these and after taking them out six times now we would have to say we made the right choice.
The only thing that we have changed is the anchor trolley, it is too short and the seats are not very comfortable. Dicks sells a stadium seat that can be modified very easily to fit. You can find this modification on YouTube.
To sum it up you can't go wrong buying one of these.
April 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pete Great yak!
Nice fishing kayak. Easily modded. Worth the buy definitely for the price.
April 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by don kayack
We were happy to get at a great price after shopping around. Can[t wait to use them,
April 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gramps Great value
I have been researching fishing kayaks for a while now. I didn't even look at the Eagle Talon. It wasn't on my radar. I decided to drive to Jacksonville to look at two other brands at another outfitter. Well, I got lost and wound up at Dicks. Sometimes things are meant to be. I told my understanding wife that we'd might as well look at what Dicks has to offer then find the other place. I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. Skeptical at first but the more I looked at the Talon the more I liked it. The finish and fit and hardware were very good. I'm a hardware man, I've built over 100 houses and I'm into wood working plus I buy things like fishing reels and tools that seem to be put together well and have good hardware. I hooked up with Chris who turned out to be the store manager. He was friendly and knowledgeable and he didn't try to put the hard sell on me. I looked hard at the Talon then decided to compare to the other two brands I had in mind at the other location.
As I walked away from the kayak area I thought about the great deal I could have and buy what I thought was a good fishing kayak for 1/2 the price of each of the other two brands. So I turned around and thirty minutes later walked out of the store an owner of the Talon. I was to pick up the kayak the next day as the auto we were driving wouldn't accommodate hauling the kayak home. The next day I stopped by the other store and looked at the other kayaks I had in mind in the first place. They were nice but not nice enough to squelch the deal with Dicks and the Talon. Actually the hardware and fit wasn't as good as what I found on the Talon.
Yesterday I took out my new kayak for its maiden voyage. A run out into Moultrie Creek for some fishing. It was a beautiful day and a good time to go fishing. I hit the out going tide and fished the oyster beds hard. The kayak performed like a dream. It tracked well, and even though the water was calm I had to deal with some boat wake. It took the waves just fine. I plugged the scuppers near the seat because I read it might be a source of "wet butt". I didn't get wet. When I returned to shore I looked into the bilge and it was dry - nothing but air!
Now for the negatives. The thing is heavy. I am 200 lbs 6'-0" tall and I liked how it kept me afloat and dry. However lugging it into my truck bed is a challenge. I got it done and upon reflection I think a certain amount of heavy is good. It means the thing is solid and less likely to deform. It's just more work. It does not hold a milk crate in the tank well. Big whoop - that's where being creative comes in handy. I managed to McGiver ample storage in the well and it all stayed dry. Let's see---. Oh yeah, the seat. I read a lot of negatives regarding the seat in this kayak. I for one am ok as long as my lower back is supported . If it becomes an issue then I'll buy another seat with the money I saved in the first place (and sill have money left over). I wonder if the dings about the seat are from guys who expect the kayak seat to sit like their Lazy Boy. Just guessing. I am 66 years old and rode a ladder to the ground injuring my back when I was 31. I have always had an issue with my lower back. Two hours in this yak and no back problem.
I have had experience in other kayaks and canoes. This kayak either matched or exceeded the performance of all the other kayaks I've paddled. I recommend it. It doesn't have the brand recognition and snootiness of some of the others but it is a solid kayak and a good value.
April 2, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by ky great value
this boat is awesome !! only one thing is make sure your skupper plugs are in very tight !! cause once your on the water there is very little room to move around and try to push then back in second trip out my butt and legs got soaked .... still don't under stand why there would be holes designed into the bottom of a perfectly good boat lol great boat tho worth every penny
March 28, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Closecall77 Great kayak for the price
Sit on design give room to stretch out on a long trip. A higher seet back would help. The front center swivel rod holder would be great, but was unfortunatlly not in my boat when purchased. The rear mesh cargo net was missing as well. Beside all package gear not being there, the other included features seem well thought out and functional. I would have liked scupper plugs to be included for rough water. In short, this kayak includes many great features of very expensive high end fishing rigs at a beginner price.
March 21, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Brooks Great beginner kayak.
This kayak is great. It is very stable and is set up well. I would give it a 5 but the seat does get very old after a few hours.
March 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bobcat Great buy
Just bought mine a few weeks ago. Did a lot of research on fishing kayaks, and got this one on clearance for 250.00 and a oar that was on clearance that was 129.99 for 19.99. It was missing all the gear but when I bought all of it was in the kayak and Dicks said that was the price and stuck to it. Would go back great service
March 17, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Fred Just as discribed. seat could be better
First time out and felt very stable. I would recommend an upgraded seat, a little uncomfortable after an hour or so.
March 12, 2014