Local Auckland kayak angler Russell (aka Rusty) contacted me recently to advise his new Stealth Kayaks Pro Fisha 575 had arrived in the country and was ready for some outfitting. Rusty imported the Pro Fisha direct from the AU Stealth distributor and to my knowledge this is the only Pro Fisha 575 in NZ so far.
Rusty asked for some assistance from me to outfit it with some key essentials including a range of accessories from Railblaza.. Rusty was more than happy to leave it with me for a few days to outfit and take it for a paddle.. I have taken this opportunity to give it a bit of a review, this will be a 4 part review covering the 4 different trips out in the kayak.. I have chosen to do it this way so as to give the kayak a fair appraisal rather than make assumptions based on one experience…In the first 3 parts I will give more of a trip report from each paddle leaving part 4 for a complete overview of features, benefits, strengths and weaknesses.
(Rusty out off Browns Bay Auckland )
As with trying any new kayak it takes time to get used to all the subtle differences, after 4 sessions in varied conditions and environments I feel I have a good understanding of the Pro Fisha. I have paddled a few of the Stealth models that were imported into NZ last year including the Evo 495, BFS & Toura (see below video from that test paddle) … this one is the biggest and fastest in the Fisha range.. see below links to each of the 4 Parts of this review (I will have all 4 parts uploaded by the end of October 2012)