Rated 4 out of 5 by fishbulb Lots to like....
So, its been about a month I've owned the Cascadia and a handful of outings getting a feel for it. My intention when I purchased was to use it for fishing out on the ocean for Striped Bass, Bluefish and False Albacore using spinning, conventional gear and a fly rod.
First and foremost is that the kayak is what I call "luggable." It's not light, but it is light enough to get on top of your car (in this case a Honda Element) without too much difficulty.
It rides quite well in rough conditions. The hull is quite stable in wind (although it pulls into it) and waves and even when moving around to access the rear area I never felt like it might tip. The downside to this is that it "Crazy Ivan's" when you stop padding; it will essentially turn you 180 degrees. This can be annoying or cute depending on what you're doing. When getting a line out to troll, annoying. When ending a troll or stopping to talk with others behind you, cute. This three-peak design also makes it difficult to place securely on most trolley's.
The area behind the seat is confounding; there's a small platform that appears to do nothing nor does it have clips to secure anything. With the rod holders being where they are they end up bumping into the area where a milk crate or tackle holder would fit. There's just no sense to the logic of the design and it happens in one of the most important areas on the kayak.
The rod holders could stand to be MUCH deeper than they are. As a result I have had to cut the butts of some of my rods down to fit securely. The included seat is adequate; for short money I would suggest replacing it. Same with the paddle; it's better than nothing but much better can be had for not much more.
As a first kayak I would say this is a homerun; it will teach you lots about what you will like or hate and not break the bank. It will get you out in the water and keep you stable. And no doubt when you move on it will still retain significant value.
June 9, 2014