Which Is Better: The Sea Eagle FastTracks or the Explorers?

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Sea Eagle’s most popular product lines are the FastTrack and the Explorer series. Both check the boxes of everything one would want in an inflatable kayak: reliability, durability, portability – so which one is best for you?

Of course, every paddler is going to have different needs, preferences, and uses for their kayak – so the answer varies. Here’s how to determine which option is best for you.

Are you planning to paddle solo, tandem, or need room for 3+ paddlers?

First, let’s determine how many people will need to paddle your inflatable kayak. This will help narrow down which models of each series to consider. Are you planning to paddle mostly by yourself but occasionally need to paddle tandem? (When you feel like sharing, of course!) Or perhaps you’re looking for a family kayak, or a tandem kayak plus your fur pal?

The 385 FastTrack can easily be paddled solo, but is roomy enough to comfortably fit two adults and a small dog.

The 465 FastTrack is the ideal inflatable kayak for up to 4 passengers. It’s the perfect kayak for a family, or those looking to carry more passengers or gear. However, it’s length does make it more challenging to paddle solo.

The 380x Explorer is comparable to the 385, and can easily be paddled solo but is roomy enough for two adults. (Sorry, Fido will have to wait for you on shore!)

The 420x Explorer is slightly shorter than the 465 FastTrack, but still packs a punch. It’s able to hold 3 passengers comfortably, plus enough room for gear and a pooch. Same as the 465, this is not a solo kayak.

Narrowed it down, yet? Good. Let’s move on to the next question:

What types of waters are you planning to use the kayak in?

Are you primarily going to be paddling flat waters such as lakes and bays? Or do you plan to paddle rivers or choppier conditions in open water?

We personally prefer the FastTracks for flat waters with its sleek, narrow design. It cuts through windy conditions with ease, and is super easy to paddle. It’s versatile enough to go up to class 4 rapids, as well.

If you’re looking for some adventure and whitewater rapids, the Explorers are your best bet. They’ve got 16 super-fast self-bailing drain valves that can be left open for wet whitewater and ocean kayaking or closed for high and dry flat-water paddling. They are a bit wider than the FastTracks, so they’re a little bulkier to paddle on flat water for long periods of time.

Something to consider may be the hull weights.

The 380x and 420x Explorer hulls are 40lbs and 44 lbs, respectively. The 385ft and 465ft FastTrack hulls are 35lbs and 44lbs. Regardless, an EZ Cart (small) would make transportation easier.

Of course, every kayaker has different needs. If you’ve got any more questions, reach us by using the Contact Us page!

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