Drew Gregory 08/08/2013 | Posted in Cruise, Cruise 10, Cruise 10 Angler, featured, Featured Post, Fishing, Freshwater, Freshwater Fishing, Recreational/Touring, Saltwater, Saltwater Fishing
So, while at the Outdoor Retailer trade show recently I was able to take out the Cruise 10 during our demo day. In full disclosure I have wanted a smaller kayak than the Coosa for some time because I do love to explore small creeks and I’ve also wanted a good boat for my niece and nephew to grow into once they outgrow their mini tripper. Plus, there is something just cool about a boat that is so small, simple and easy to transport. It just makes you want to GO PADDLING! I know my sister (5’2ish) will also be a big fan of a boat that will fit her too!
Now, onto my initial review of the Cruise 10. Of course it isn’t as fast as its 12 foot big brother, but it still moves good enough for most paddling scenarios, especially casual fishing (meaning, not tournaments). As long as you know how to paddle, you can pretty much keep any kayak or paddleboard straight and this was no different on the Cruise 10 – solid, consistent paddle strokes parallel with the sides of the kayak made it track great, even once you glide from your final stroke. If you haven’t learned to paddle well, or don’t have the proper length paddle (240cm ish) then it will be a little less forgiving than the Cruise 12 or Cuda line. If I did have to compare how it paddles to any of the Jackson boats it is certainly most like the Coosa in the fact that its easy to turn and just feels very “sporty” on the water. I was turing in circles with just a few paddle strokes and dreaming about how easy this would be to take down so many good creeks that NO ONE is fishing throughout the country.
Look, catching “big” fish is certainly fun, but so is just catching fish! Creeks are the #1 easiest place to get bit and show someone a good time while kayak fishing. The less pressured, the better the bite will be; it is one cool feeling knowing that that fish has never seen a lure before! Similarly, small ponds that don’t get much pressure are also the perfect areas to drop a Cruise 10 in.
I know in the College Kayak Fishing series I run that many of the students talk about “storage” issues with longer kayaks. If you do live in a dorm, condo, apartment, parent’s basement etc, the Cruise 10 just might be your solution!
Back to some of the specs, one thing I like that we’ve done on this kayak is make it a little wider than the Cruise 12 so that it still has good stability in order to stand and fish. I was walking all around the boat with no problem as you can see in the video. It still has the elite seat with hi/lo seating, child “jump seat,” stand assist strap, day hatch, front hatch, large tankwell, Nalgene/water bottle holder, adjustable foot pegs, paddle holder and they all come GoPro and RAM ready!! Angler versions will come with a RAM rod holder and a cool camo color of your choice.
|Length (ft, in)||10′ 3″|
Check out the short Cruise 10 video where I show off a bit of what it can do!