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|The Sea Eagle 420x Inflatable Kayak|
The Sea Eagle 420 kayak is the "longer brother" of the larger Sea Eagle 380x (read review). As the features of these boats are exactly identical, you can learn more about the 420x by reading the review I wrote up for the boat I personally own, the Sea Eagle 380x.
The only difference between the 420x and the 380x inflatable kayaks are in terms of size and capacity. Other than that, these kayaks are identical in all other ways.
2-3 Adults or 850 lbs.
Weight : 42 lbs.
Length : 14' x 3' 1"
Includes : Carry Bag, Repair Kit & Instructions, Pump, Seats & Paddles.
If you've narrowed down your choices in inflatable kayaks to either the 420x or the slightly shorter 380x (good choices by the way!), the natural question is, which one should you get?
Well, let me try to answer that as I had the same question myself not too long ago.
For solo paddling primarily - Definitely go with the 380x, especially if most of your paddling will be done on rivers. The 420x is still maneuverable for solo paddlers, but there's no doubt the 380x is easier to handle. Moreover, the 380x is plenty big enough for a solo paddler and any gear that is needed for overnight trips. For solo paddlers, unless you need to haul as much gear as possible on flat water (aka...lakes), there's no reason to get the 420x. .
For all other uses - Get the 420x. The 420x doesn't cost much more but is far more comfortable for 2 people (more leg room) and can take three people "in a pinch". And if those two people will also have gear, the 420x is mandatory. And finally, if you are a solo paddler and will pack lots of gear along and still want to have a "relatively roomy" kayak - the 420x is still nice provided you stay on flat water.
That said, solo paddlers who plan on running lots of Class III whitewater or above, get the 380x. That "little bit extra" maneuverability can make the difference between zooming between the rocks and hitting them square on in big rapids!
Sea Eagle sells a ton of accessories for their boat line. Some you need. Others you don't but might be nice to have. However, for their inflatable kayaks, I recommend the following must-have "add-on's."
Pro Paddles - The pro paddles from Sea Eagle are just that - nearly indestructible pro kayaking paddles. Mandatory if you run whitewater or go out on multi-day trips. More Information about these paddles.
Deluxe Kayak Seat - Comfortable AND secure. Ideal seats for running rapids or when out on very long trips. More Information about This Seat.