“Go big or go home.” We’ve all heard that saying, and maybe some of us have tried to live by it, but before we can do so, don’t we first have to decide what we mean by “big?” Make no mistake, size matters, but it’s also subjective. What counts as “big” to one person might be a bit too cramped for someone else.
Still, it’s safe to say that a kayak that measures more than 11 feet long and weighs almost 60 pounds is “big,” but that still begs the question – does it “come up big” where it counts?
Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the Emotion Stealth Pro Angler 118 Fishing Kayak and see if it’s ready for the big time.
Features of eMotion Stealth Pro 118
Among the most important features to note with the Emotion Stealth Pro are:
- 11 ft 8 in. x 32 in.
- 59 lbs
- Rear storage capacity area of 3.5 ft2
- Weight capacity of 375 lbs
- Deck height of 12.5 in.
- Adjustable Quick-Dry foam mesh seats
- Storage system with bungee cords for closing
- Adjustable foot braces
- Built-in wheel in the skeg
- Scupper holes for draining the kayak
- Foam-reinforced deck
That last feature is especially good news for those who are looking to fish. With the sturdy deck and the 3.5 ft2 worth of storage space, you should have both more than enough support for fishing as well as enough space in which to put your tackle and catches.
The weight capacity is about average for what you would expect of a kayak of this size, but it really is the size itself that is noteworthy. At nearly 60 lbs and 12 ft long, it’s definitely on the large side. On the one hand, its considerable size also means that it is more unwieldy to handle than other, smaller kayaks. Larger, heavier kayaks typically mean more of a challenge handling-wise, and the Emotion Stealth Pro typifies the concept.
Here you can check an introduction video to the Stealth Pro by Man_VS_Fishing:
What Do Users Say?
Of course, just because it’s challenging doesn’t mean that it’s unrewarding – on the contrary. Many users of the Emotion Stealth Pro have found its size a perk. It offers them more room in which to move around while they fish, and they’ve found the deck and overall build of the kayak quite stable. The owners have also found the material from which the hull is made to be quite thick, which speaks to the overall durability of the boat.
It also has a nice no-slip texture that can be quite useful when you’re out on the water.
The carrying capacity has also proven a positive, with users reporting that the kayak was able to carry them and their gear with ease.
One thing on the negative side that users have mentioned is that the kayak does not track as fast as other kayaks. They haven’t found it slow either, but you shouldn’t bet on this kayak winning any races. That being said, it is still versatile enough to be used in all manner of different water conditions, from lakes to rivers to the oceanfront. This, combined with the quality deck, makes it an excellent choice for those looking to fish.
The padded seat bottom is another area of praise. With the combination of that much interior room, deck room, and adjustable padded cushions, this is a remarkably comfortable kayak.
At 59 lbs, it is far from lightweight, but thanks in part to its no-slip grip this model is still easy to carry, which in turn makes it easier to transport. What’s more, while it isn’t lightweight per se, it is still lighter than some other kayaks of this size. Finally, users have appreciated the fact that the Emotion Stealth Pro Angler 118 Fishing Kayak has a wheel built into the skeg. Along with the no-slip grip and other factors, this makes it that much easier to roll across the ground as you transport it to and from the water.
Pros and Cons
Some notable pros about the Emotion Stealth Pro Angler 118 Fishing Kayak include:
Some potential cons to keep in mind are:
Is eMotion Stealth Pro 118 Worth Your Money?
Our rating: 4.5 / 5
The best thing about this kayak is that it offers a fantastic fishing experience. The sturdy build, stable deck, spacious interior, and other factors all make it quite easy to fish from this kayak. The built-in wheel is a nice bit of convenience that helps offset the larger size of the model, making it that much easier to transport it to and from the water. While it may not be the fastest thing out there, its fishing-first focus means that it doesn’t have to be.
On the whole, the Emotion Stealth Pro Angler 118 Fishing Kayak comes up big for fishermen looking for a high-quality large kayak.