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420x Reviews (42 total, avg. review: 4.7 out of 5)
I've been very happy with my kayak! I've had it for about 6 months now and I have no complaints whatsoever!
We have a Krogen 42 trawler as our cruising boat and cruise in the northwest waters of British Columbia. During that time we stay at various anchorages in some of the most beautiful waters to be found anywhere. We bought the SeaEagle 420x to provide a safe way for my wife to take the dog ashore instead of having to use our dinghy. The 420x was stable, seaworthy and easy for her to get ashore and back again. It also became the preferable mode of touring the multitude of islands we frequent. You can get close to the surf surrounding the islets and not be fearful of damaging the kayak if you scrape a reef. Ours is a salt water application primarily. In the 10 years we have had a 380x and a 420x there has never been a deflated chamber. Yes, we are satisfied with this kayak and SeaEagle.
We have alot of good times,we use it on the lakes and rivers, even did a little white water. Great unit easy to use and set up. We travel in 5th wheel the Kayks fits in the compartment and is ready to use in the a few minutes. One of our Daughters put our six grand children in the Kayak there ages were from 4 to 7 and down the river they went and all had room and fun.Had an other couple try our boat and they purchaced one a short time later.show full review ▼
We have the 420x Explorer and we absolutely love our Sea Eagle and can't wait for summer to go back on the water. It has plenty of room for two and our gear, our gear being: bottles of water, snacks, sunscreen, extra towels and my shoes. People were in disbelief to see such a big rigid kayak inflate from such a small pack. Many times we would go out on the main lake, during the busy times and in rough conditions, to the disbelief of on lookers. By the way it handles great in rough water. Every time we took our Sea Eagle out heads turned. Not only did heads turn but people of all ages and backgrounds wanted to know all about our Sea Eagle and I think we always did a good job of being Sea Eagle Ambassadors.show full review ▼
We like the Explorer better than the Fast Track because it is deeper so waves will not splash over the sides so easily and less worry about gear falling out. It does not track quite as well but we added a couple extra fins up front to help with that and we like it. We generally use canoe paddles to avoid being dripped on but it is faster with kayak paddles. It is a well made boat and very versatile. It's a good camping boat - which is mostly how we use it. I do wish the self bailing drain plugs sealed better. They don't leak much but even a little water means we have remove the floor and dry things before putting away. We always leave them in so will probably try sealing them permanently in some way. Overall, we like the explorer a lot. It's stable & safe and goes along pretty well for an inflatable. It's also light weight and easy to carry and stow. I would give it 5 stars if the drain plugs didn't leak at all.
Let me start by saying Stacy and I are not avid paddlers, in fact, neither of us has ever sat in a kayak. I have been on several canoe trips and I hate to say it, I am a novice at best. The last trip I was on was about 30 years ago so I am sure time has not worked in my favor as an athlete.
We had issues the boat would need to address due to our unique geography. We live, work and play in Alaska. We live on the Gastineau Channel. The water we would be kayaking in has an average temperature of 47 degrees. Today's forecast for the channel is a Southeast wind of 35kt and 7 foot seas, air temperature of 45 degrees and rain. The beaches here have razor clams, mussel beds and are rocky. The tides in this area travel at 2 to 3 Kt and the tidal changes are as big as 25 feet. Those are a lot of hazards.show full review ▼
WOW What an incredible Sea Eagle 420X PRO kayak. I bought this kayak so my wife, 2- 40 pound dogs and myself could go kayaking in rivers. My wife was insistent that we won't go in any white water rivers above a class I and I had to agree in order to get our Sea Eagle 420. Now that we got the Kayak we went down a flat river one time with our dogs, Now my wife felt better knowing the kayak would not tip over, Then tried a class two and she liked the kayak and fast water even more. We had so much fun that we would now try a class III with our dogs. WE HAD A BLAST. The class III water waves were so large that when we dipped nose down between waves we got a bath from head to foot and loved it. We never once felt that we would even come close to tipping over even when we slid over some rocks and bounced off other rocks. If the kayak got turned sideways going around a rock I found it very easy to get the nose turned back down river. Now my wife and I dawned a couple of river kayak helmets and hit the big class IV rapids minus the dogs and we were howling with joy. I opened 8 of the self bailing drain holes and as fast as the water came in the kayak the water drained back out.show full review ▼
We use our Sea Eagle when traveling. It is nice to have an inflatable boat that we can safely store out of sight when we leave out truck/car. We have used out sea eagle on many single and multi-day trips. It has been very durable and gets us where we want to go. It is not as fast as some boats but does a reasonable job. It took a while to get the hang of portaging our Sea Eagle but after a bit of experimenting we could do even 1/2 mile portages without too much trouble. We find it a great boat to have.
I purchased the 2013 420X Pro. This is my 2nd summer of whitewater kayaking and I love it. I tried whitewater kayaking in a hard-shell but it takes too much skill and it seems far more dangerous. With my 420X I was able to bomb through class IV rapids without any trouble.
The 420X can plow into obstacles and bounce right off without showing any wear. I also take it out with my 2 daughters to for mild whitewater and flat water. I don't know of anyone else making a 3 person inflatable that is this versatile.show full review ▼
I have two inflatables (one pontoon and one kayak). Both are good boats, but they take forever to set up and I often get out and portage at some locations.
I ordered a 420x, and took it out with my wife. We live in Iowa, and are used to high winds. Well, I learned going downstream on a slow moving current into a 20-25 mph wind is not a good idea. There are times, when we were going upstream. Was that the boat's fault... no mine. The waves were 2 feet + high, and at no time did I ever have concerns. So I agree with others that these kayaks are not speed demons or masters of handling. What they are, is bombproof, extremely well built kayaks that come with everything you need.show full review ▼