The Sea Eagle 380x Explorer Kayak is a 12′ boat that is ready for any challenge. If you are looking to fly fish at remote lakes, take it down Class III rapids, or need a platform for scuba diving, the Sea Eagle 380x is a tough all-purpose craft.
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A Look at the Craft
Sea Eagle sells its kayaks in packages so there is no need to purchase seats, paddles, and a foot pump separately like you have to do with other inflatable kayak manufacturers. All of Sea Eagle’s boats and kayaks have a 3-year warranty and a 6-month money-back guarantee.
- Chambers: Three (port, starboard, floor)
- Material: 1000 Denier Reinforced
- Seam: Quadruple Overlap Seam
- Floor: Separate Inflatable I-beam
- Air Valves: 2 recessed one-way
- Spray skirts w/water deflector guards
- 4 High capacity self-bailing drain values
- Two inflatable seats
- 6 D-Rings to secure seats
- Foot pump
- Two 7′ 10″ AB30 paddles
- Carry bag and repair kit
- Warranty: 3 years (180 day money back guarantee)
- NMMA Certified for safety/construction standards
- Inflation time: 8 minutes
Optional (highly recommended):
- Removable directional stabilizer ($39)
The Sea Eagle 380x Explorer Kayak Deluxe package ($849) includes everything in the specs listed above. The Pro Kayak package sells for $200 more and comes equipped with upgraded 8′ AB40 paddles, two 18″ high-back seats with rear storage, and two bow and stern storage bags.
Sea Eagle, a manufacturer of inflatable kayaks for over 40 years, sells used inflatable kayaks too, and these purchases are also generously covered by a 6-month money back satisfaction guarantee.
Durable, Rugged, and Comfortable
The tough 1000 denier material covering the hull withstands a lot of abuse, from running into docks to dragging the kayak over pebbled shores. Furthermore, this high-pressure fabric is electronically welded at the seams and not glued together like cheaper inflatable kayaks are.
|Dimensions||12’6″ x 3′ 1″|
|Deflated||31″ x 20″ x 9″|
|Tube Diameter||11 1/2″|
|Hull weight||47 lbs|
The Sea Eagle 380x Explorer is an easy kayak to transport since it weighs just 47 pounds. After a day at the lake, simply deflate it, roll it up, and toss it in your trunk or in the RV. Best of all, you won’t have issues with loading a boat on a trailer, or hoisting a 14′ canoe on top of the SUV.
As for performance, the Sea Eagle 380x Explorer Kayak handles well in rapids up to Class III. It will also track straight in flat water — as long as you have a stabilizer in place to improve performance especially in windy conditions.
This inflatable kayak is wide, 37″ across the beam, so it is not as streamlined as other inflatables. But if speed is not an issue with you, the extra room and comfort of the Sea Eagle 380x Explorer are pluses. With a max payload capacity of 750 pounds, there is plenty of room inside for a couple of big men and a lot of gear.
Which Size to Buy?
The Sea Eagle Explorer inflatable kayak series has three hull sizes: the 340x (at 11′ long), the 380x (12’6″), and the 420x (14′). The difference is price is about $50 each the longer you go in length as well as an increase in payload capacity (600 lbs to 855 lbs). If you are a solo adventurer, the 340x will do you fine, although you may find the 380x is easier to paddle.
For tandem kayakers, if you and your partner tend to pack a lot of gear, including a cooler and a dog, you’ll be more comfortable in the 420x. Overall, the Sea Eagle 380x Explorer Kayak will give you years of reliable use on many adventures to rivers and lakes.
Arthur G. Moore is a veteran paddler. He has over 10 years of whitewater kayaking experience in his kitty. When he was young, he used to love kayaking in rapid III and rapid IV but as time went on, he decided to concentrate mainly on covering long distances on a standard touring kayak. He is currently working as a senior editor for Kayak Manual.