Future Beach Trophy 126 Kayak
Great Value Cheap Boat
This is a perfect starter boat, but also a decent fishing boat for rivers. It'd be good for fishing flatwater too as long as you aren't planning on paddling all day. The foot rests break really easily (they're cheap plastic) but they're also cheap and easy to replace. I have two of these as beater boats to loan out to friends when we go for a river run, and on one I totally pulled the footrests and have an inflatable bag to shove up front instead.
The bulkheads work well, not watertight but good enough for a $300 boat. Slow boat on flatwater but what do you expect from a dihedral hull? This is a perfect beginner boat for kickin around or fishing. The Pelican Potomac handles better but has a lower weight limit, and no factory rod-holders as far as I know. I have both and love them both- the Potomac is a bit faster and maneuvers better, but the Trophy has more features. Another great feature about the newer Trohpy's is the dihedral hull- it's much more durable than the older ones with a central keel (they had a problem with holes underneath the seat if overloaded). You lose a bit of speed and tracking but these boats are bullet proof, which is more important in the long run.
Awesome starter boat, fishing platform, or river beater.
April 13, 2013
Great entry level kayak! 5+++++++ stars for this inexpensive, yet great kayak.
March 19, 2013
my cousin has two they are the best fishing kayak I have been in for the money only worry is landing big fish i have caught big bass and haven't tipped but, i want to go pike fishing in it but landing a 15-20 pike may be a challenge, I'm getting one this summer.
but start selling automatics again
February 14, 2013
Anyone who says this company does not back up their warrenty is foolish. These are the best entry level kayaks I have found and their product support is top notch.....I will be buying at least two more this year.
December 9, 2012
I bought this kayak 6 months ago. Since then I've been down the chattahoochee river multiple times, paddled different lakes and even took it into the Atlantic Ocean. It has handled everything I've thrown at it. My only con is the foam separator between the seat and the back hatch isn't watertight, or anything close to it. But with some caulk and sound proofing spray it's as close as its going to get.
November 18, 2012
Awesome Kayak worth every penny!
This Kayak is amazing and awesome for multiple reasons.
1.) It allows Independance, IF you want to go fishing and kayaking solo, this kayak is lightweight enough to transport, load/unload, and even lift by yourself.
2.) It is Stable. - When I was paddling out in the middle of the lake, I didn't worry about rolling or tipping over.
3.) It steers Straight- It's easy to paddle
4.) Dual Storage- Will deffinitely come in handy for my kayaking excursions, whether it be using one for my valuables and one for say bait and tackle, or for when I go with my friends and need room for some drinks and snacks.
All in ALL, this Trophy Kayak exclusively sold at Dick's Sporting Goods, is a great Investment!!
November 11, 2012
Good kayak from a trusted company
First of all, I like the kayak. It's not the fastest thing in the world, but it's really stable and is maneuverable enough to take down a river with some light rapids. It tracks pretty well and is relatively comfortable (at least for a couple of hours). The bulkhead storage in the back is great, but some seemed to be better sealed than others. I don't think they advertise it to be water-tight or even have a bulkhead, but there is one in mine and it is 98% sealed off. With a little additional marine sealant, I'd feel pretty comfortable that water won't be getting in. Second, I now love the manufacturer. There are companies that will go above and beyond to be accountable for their product and Future Beach has added themselves to my list of such companies. When I first sat in the kayak and tried to tighten the seat strap, the plastic buckle broke. A quick message on the Future Beach warranty web page and they sent out a new seat back (which comes with the plastic buckles) along with 2 additional replacement buckles that were stronger (made of metal). To me, it was their way of saying, "sorry, but at least you won't have that problem ever again!" Will buy Future Beach again. My next purchase will probably be a kayak that is a little faster, as I rarely use this one for fishing (though I wanted to be able to). For the price at Dicks, and with the amenities (bulkhead storage, rod holders, etc), it's really hard to beat this kayak and that's why I bought it.
September 20, 2012
I use it in the bay in small rivers and small lakes. It does really well in all. I fish a lot it is very comfortable.
August 31, 2012
I like it, I'd buy it again.
I've had my Future beach 126 for 2 years now and I still love it. I'm fortunate enough to live where there are dozens of lakes within 10 miles of my home. I leave this in the back of my truck all summer long and use it several times a week often on the way to, or back from work. It's a great way to releave stress. The seat padding is very thin and doesn't work well for an all day trip and one of the foot rests broke off within the first couple of months, but overall it's lasted quite well. It's very stable and I've been in some fairly rough waters with it. Yes, it's slow, but that's the trade off for being stable. All in all, I'd buy it again.
August 28, 2012
good starter yak
didnt know much about kayaks til i researched online..this kayak got mostly good reviews..use it for slow paddling around islands in the middle Allegheny River..good yak but cheap accessories..seat buckles broke first adjustment..solid ,dependable yak but better be handy to rpair everything
August 4, 2012