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Review of the Viking Kayaks Profish GT & Viking Replay

Here are the newest additions to the Viking Kayaks fleet Profish GT & Viking Replay. I had the pleasure of test paddling them last week while producing the promo vids, trials were held in a flat water lake and estuary environment then at a surf beach which gave a good variety of tests…here are my thoughts after these sessions.

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First let me point out that they are very much the same kayak except that the GT is rigged fishing ready including a Tackle Pod while the Replay is toned down to appeal more to the family including the Kid Pod. But here’s the cool thing…both kayaks are designed to be compatible with the Tackle Pod, Kid Pod and Chill Pod…making them interchangeable for your needs be them fun with the family or fishing adventures.

Feature descriptions from Viking Kayaks Website

Viking Profish GT“Compact Fishing Kayak”

This is the latest fishing kayak from Viking, designed for anglers looking for a compact casting platform to present baits and lures. At just 3.6m long, yet with a full size cockpit and our removable Reload Tackle Pod system, the Profish GT is exceptionally easy to handle on and off the water.  Plenty of bow lift, turned down edges, and a broad hull helps tame surf transitions. Whether you’re exploring small creeks or lobbing big baits around coastal headlands, the stability and load capacity will amaze you. Add the optional rudder and you have one of the most versatile fishing kayaks it’s possible to own.

Length 3.6m/11.8′ | Width 82cm/32″ | Weight 24kg/52lb | Carrying Capacity 175kg/385lb

Viking Replay“Versatile Family Kayak”

Our brilliant new recreational kayak, the Viking Replay delivers a full size cockpit, comfortable seating, adjustable footrests, and our unique Kid Pod for added versatility. The hull is shaped to give fantastic stability while allowing excellent control and maneuverability, and for those who want to play the turned down edges make waves fun.  The large rear well and great load capacity also makes this a fantastic dive platform. Trick it up with optional Reload Tackle Pod and oval front hatch, add the rudder system, and you have a mini-tourer for those summer expeditions.

Length 3.6m/11.8′ | Width 82cm/32″ | Weight 24kg/52lb | Carrying Capacity 175kg/385lb

My impressions

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Good Looks:

First impressions before hitting the water was they are a good looking kayak. The lines, molded handles, hatch placement, seat positioning, right down to the choice of graphics these are smart looking and well thought out. The optional large oval hatch on the foredeck will be a winner with many paddlers especially those that like to stow away larger items like the C-Tug trolley.

Molded side handles are another good looking and practical feature of these kayaks and make for handling the kayak off the water much more convenient, at on 24kgs this kayak is comfortable to load and unload on a car roof on your own.

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Comfort factor:

As with the Reload and 400 the seat position is low set and molded to ensure the paddler has that connected feel. This is a position I prefer and find incredibly comfortable paddling all day without the need for a seat. My preference is no seat but the GT does come with one if preferred, saddles are in place on both kayaks to accommodate the Viking seats.

Cockpit room is plentiful with loads of space to move around and flat areas in the foot wells to allow for standing positions. A little less room on the cockpit deck area for me to mount StarPorts for cameras and the like but that can be overcome by mounting what I need to the Tackle Pod or Kid Pod. I may look into mounting some track on the sides of foredeck to give me more mounting options.

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Performance:

Combine the low set seat position with a beam of 82cm and this makes for an incredibly stable platform, the addition of pontoon style secondary stability in the hull adds to the rock solid stability and comfort. That said the kayaks do not feel like slugs, they are very comfortable to paddle and cruise efficiently. At only 3.6m long they are no rocket ship but you could comfortably paddle all day at cruising pace.

The real exciting performance factor for me was how well balanced the team have achieved great tracking and exceptional maneuverability in the same kayak without a need for a rudder. Whilst the rudder is an optional extra I personally would see no need to add one…as you will see in the video footage above the maneuverability and tracking were faultless in these environments 10/10 mark for the design team from me on that achievement.

After giving it a bash in some decent surf I can reassure you the claim that it will tame surf transitions is true, in my session I added thigh braces so I could really throw it around and the kayak responded well as you will see in the video and images

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Summary

Another great addition to the fleet from Viking kayaks, I can see the need for both models in my household now that my eldest son is paddling his own kayak. I can see the GT being a perfect option for chasing bass and other fresh water species in the waters around QLD along with loading it up on the boat to head out to the outer refs to target GT and other reef fish. Find a dealer and take one for a spin you will be impressed.

Scroll down to check out some of the awesome images captured

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