Field & Stream Eagle Talon Kayak
The Field & Stream® 12" SOT Eagle Talon Fishing Kayak is perfect for your next relaxing day on the lake. Stay comfortable with the adjustable padded seat and keep organized with the molded-in well to hold your 3600 tackle box and bucket with a cargo mesh cover. The two flush mount rod holders with leashes ensure your rods won't float away while you're taking a nap in the afternoon sun.
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- 1 person kayak
- Front deck bungee cords
- Drain plug
- Padded seat with adjustable backrest
- Oval rubber hatch
- Molded-in space for one 3600 tackle box and bucket (tackle box and bucket not included)
- Screw top hatch with mesh bag
- 2 flush mount rod holders with leashes
- Swivel fishing rod holder
- Stern tank well with mesh covering
- Adjustable footpegs
- 2 paddle parks
- 1.5 pound folding anchor with 100' of polypropylene line and float
- Side, bow and stern carry handles
- Manufacturer's one year warranty
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- Length: 12'
- Width: 30"
- Deck height: 13"
- Carry weight: 68 lbs
- Max. capacity: 400 lbs
Country of Origin: ThailandWeb ID: 11279269
Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 230 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by crroy09 Great kayak, sound investment I bought a blue camo Eagle Talon on Sept 9th from Dick's. This is my 3rd kayak. I looked around and combed the internet every day for months. Since I am on a tight budget price was definitely a factor for me. After having experience modifying both of the sit inside kayaks for fishing I was well versed in the installation of rod holders, Scotty mounts, bungee systems, hatches and anchor trolleys. The point being, I wasn't afraid to buy a base model and modify it for fishing. I finally settled on the Eagle Talon after reading the reviews and seeing the new blue camo color for 2014. I love this kayak but I never tried it "out of the box" without some slight modifying. After reading tons of reviews on Dick's, I installed scupper plugs under the seat, changed the seat to a really and removed the standard Scotty mount in the front and installed a Scotty flush mount with a rubber stopper. There are too many reviews that say things like "this would be a great kayak if.... so I changed them from the get go. The result? This is a great kayak. I am 6'3, 240 lbs and I stood up in it with no problem (in my pool) I doubt I will try this on the water because I'd probably go swimming but it wasn't hard to stand. Here are the trials I have put it through so far: I've used it in open water fishing several miles of the Gulf off crystal river Florida, not just the flats but out in the fast currents, open water and some island hopping. It handles choppy water fine although I did get a bit wet from the sea spray and small waves. I had to go out and tow my Dad ( 70 yrs old) back into the harbor who was in my Pungo 120 when he got sucked out between the sandbars far out to sea from the low tide currents. he wasn't a strong enough paddler to come back in on his own. The Eagle Talon was a great tow boat. I've been out to the Gulf 6 times this month already (Dad is fine and he stays in the flats now lol.) I have used it to tow my kids when they need assistance or just tethered for safety (line in hand) I've fished Rodman reservoir (Lake Ocklawaha) and the barge canal bass fishing. The boat was comfy and stable, I wish I brought extra sandwiches. I fished Lake Weir as well as some more Gulf Coast trips to Yankeetown, FL. I list these to let you know that I have been getting to know this boat well. This Kayak is not slow nor is it a wide turning boat. With the proper strokes I can 360 this yak just as easily as the Pungo. Take a few minutes to learn your paddling strokes. The reason it is not as slow as you would assume is probably because it is not 12 feet long, it is 12' 6" which makes a difference. The good news is that while it is slightly thinner and longer than reported, it is still a quite stable yet efficient SOT hull design. The crate problem: If you've read reviews by now then you know a typical milk crate doesn't just slide in behind the seat. Many owners of this boat simply use a cooler they find and to fit and mod it with rod holders which you can also buy at Dick's The front hatch: Having detailed expensive cars in South Florida in my youth, I knew a little trick to soften black rubber and moisten it while not leaving the rubber shiny and greasy. Use baby oil. Rub it on the hatch cover, both sides and under the lip. It absorbs into the rubber hatch cover leaving it soft and supple and very easy to lift off and put on. Apply each time before your trip for easy access and the added protection against the water. It does not make your hatch greasy , keeps it from drying out and it actually smells quite nice. That weird little pre-molded hole behind the seat: It fits the Plano 3600 box perfectly, has a bungee installed to hold it in place AND holds a container of gulp underneath. It does not hold a Plano AND a small bait bucket as advertised. It?s either /or with regards to the bait bucket. I haven?t had any problems with my foot rests but I am a tall guy and they are on the longest setting. It is very comfortable. Enjoy your kayak, spend some time, do your research, make the right modifications that make a difference to your preferences and you should have just as great as an experience as I am having with this boat. Next stop is the open ocean with a beach launch. This boat is strong and versatile, you won't find better for the price. October 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Suki This a great product for pleasure kayaking I love this boat. Enough room for me and my standard poodle to ride. Stable for a beginner me and tracks straight. Have only had it out a couple of times but love it. Bought plugs for the holes under my seat so I will stay dryer. Lots of room to store my paddle inside the boat. October 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by doug heavy but great I bought the kayak at Dicks and have used it about 5 or 6 times. It is heavy, but i can carry it by myself and load on top of my van. But i am in good shape, as a professional painter, ( I haul a lot of ladders). The hull is pretty rigid and can take a beating. The seat is not that good, ok for 3 hours, but uncomfortable for > 3 hours. The forward hatch is about impossible to access while you are on the water. The canoe is stable, i have had it on rivers and lakes. I have not figured out the anchor very well, and it seems to get in the way. I am glad I purchased it, and have enjoyed my hours on the water. It has opened a new joy for me. September 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MAEvans great features I have a new hobby-Kayaking. I have taken it out once and it worked great. September 10, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by newt The real review. I finally broke down an bought a kayak, i have read alot of reviews, watched a ton of videos on kayaks. The price on this product is what wheeled me in. My review on this product is its a great entry level kayak but will keep you coming back for more. As im sure you are already aware of the seat issue. To be honest its not that bad, however your butt will get wet and i knew that going into it. It does lack some back support but to be honest im not looking to be in the water from dusk till dawn. I had it out yesterday for the first time and i was very impressed with the tracking and speed. All the other comments are a little harsh i was afraid to buy this product. If you are used to a hobie or a jackson i can see why you would bash this kayak but after i have been on it i really like it and i am planning another trip out fishing. its a great entry level to the sport with a great look and feel. The only real complaint i had was nothing about the kayak but the size being 12 foot it was extremely hard to put on top of my SUV. It can be done by one person but its much better with 2 August 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by geocaching fisherman Exactly what I needed After doing research and talking to friends, I couldn't see spending more bucks on other yaks that didn't have as many features. This is my first yak. Its pretty much what I need for fishing. When I brought it home, I put it in the pool to check for leaks, then repeatedly dumped it in deep water to practice re-entry. The inside was dry after sitting in it for some time before I flipped it. After flipping it a half dozen times, I had a tiny bit of water inside but not sure where it got in, but it wasn't enough to worry about. I have since been out on the water for three full day trips and have not had ANY water inside. Some people have complained about the forward hatch cover, but after reading the directions and putting a bead of petroleum jelly around the inside edge of the cover, I found that I was able to open it while on the water with no problem. Just don't use too much jelly, you don't want to get that stuff on whatever you put inside. After the preceding trips, I found that my butt was getting wet even with plugs in the holes under the seat. I have since put in a piece of Styrofoam under the seat to raise it about 2 inches and provide better cushion - yet to be tried out. The complaint about the seat being soft on support is still an open issue - not sure if it needs an upgrade or not. More trips are required. I do know that you have to play with the straps to get it where you need it, not a big deal but maybe some people don't take the time. I added a few tie-downs to hold some leaches and bungee cords and its pretty much all I need for a great day of fishing. July 29, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Norb Nice Kayak For the price This is my 6th kayak. I wanted a SOT that was set up for fishing. I purchased this one after doing some research and because it was in my price range. I have had this out on Lake Erie, The bay, and French Creek. It handled well after I learned its balance. It tracks good in my opinion and for a 12' kayak its fair to control when needing to steer or navigate around obstructions. I have not tried to stand in it yet but I have tipped it to see the difficulty of getting back in. I put a different type of anchor trolly system on it and also had to seal the rod holders with silicone because they were not water proofed and allowed water to enter the haul. Also the storage bag hatch is not sealed either. The seat is ok but I'm going to replace it with one that has a higher back support for long trips. Over all I like this kayak. It may not be for everyone who is looking for a SitOnTop but for me it works. I had to change some things but everyone eventually does that when they get more into the fishing aspect. July 27, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Tem Bad seat I have two problems, seat does not have good back support. Tried to adjust straps all kind of ways with no avail. Adjustable foot pegs have lost their clips to hold it in position. If I can get a better seat with higher back support, it will make me a happy camper. On a positive note, it will handle up to 400 lbs. July 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shaun Great Kayak I have been enjoy this Kayak every weekend since getting it. Great Kayak for the price ! July 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Greeno great all around kayak! I have owned this yak for a few months now and wanted to share my experience.I have been out on a pond lake and river now with it. Let's not forget the pool where I spent some time testing it's capability as far as flipping it standing in it and recovering from the water. This boat has good storage. I am able to put my paddle and fishing poles inside the kayak! The rod holder is a little far so I haven't used it. I mounted a new one in the cup holder furthest away. This boat retails for 550 and I got it on sale for 450 and was missing a few pieces and got it % 15 off that. The seat imo is bad so I replaced it with a stadium seat for more comfort. The boat handles real well. And is easy to stand in. I have added a milk crate and extra rod holders for extra gear I bring. It does well in the rapids, easy to clean just hose it down. The boat is a little heavy so a cart may be necessary for most people. July 12, 2014