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420x Reviews (47 total, avg. review: 4.8 out of 5)
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 ▼
I too am new to the world of kayaking, as is my family. We were looking for an activity that we could ALL do together and the 420x seemed to be the best answer for us.nn All in all, I am pretty pleased with the HULLS construction. I was at first frustrated with the inflation valves, but once I gathered how they functioned, I am pleased as punch. The electric pump is not necessary (imo) as it didn't take long at all to have the boat completely inflated and ready to go. Space wise, I am able to fit me, my wife and my daughter (as well as necessary gear AND the dog) I am over 6' and the wife is a couple of inches shy, so the added length of the 420x was essential.nn One thing I would suggest is to go with the DELUXE package as opposed to the PRO if you plan to have this boat on open water. The pro seats I think would be better suited for whitewater excursions as they put you LOW in the boat and it makes it a little more difficult to paddle on open water. That and the fact that the flag snaps are cheap (I broke 2 of them within the first 2 days). Of course this isn't a 'speedy' kayak but you can get and maintain comfortable speeds with 2 people in sync. (and of course the skeg is essential on flat water)show full review ▼
This is my first kayak/canoe or any boat for that matter so this review might not carry much weight with more experienced paddlers. I've enjoyed my explorer in a variety of conditions this past year and would definitely recommend it as a starter boat / camping boat for the storage space challenged individuals such as myself. I ordered the 420x Explorer as the 'Pro' package which has the upgraded seats and such, and I will say that I have not been dissapointed in the overall comfort the boat has. I researched many boats and read through Theboatpeople.com website, which has great info and isn't all that keen on these Sea Eagles, but still decided on this boat for what I needed to use it for -show full review ▼