The Sea Eagle 385ft FastTrack inflatable kayak features a unique keel design, rigid floor and large skeg allows it to track straight and hold course like nothing you have ever experienced before in a large inflatable kayak.
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The Sea Eagle 385ft is available in two different packages. The Pro Package upgrades to a set of 8′ AB40 paddles, two 18″ high-back seats with rear storage, and additional storage bags. The Sea Eagle 385ft FastTrack inflatable kayak is covered by a 3-year warranty and a 6-month money-back guarantee.
- Hull weight: 35 lbs
- Chambers: Four (port, starboard, keel, floor)
- Seam: Quadruple Overlap Seam
- Floor: Separate Inflatable drop-stitch
- Air Valves: Recessed one-way
- Large removable skeg
- Spray skirts w/water deflector guards
- 2 High capacity self-bailing drain valves
- 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: 7 minutes
Lighter and Faster than the 380x Explorer
Covered with a tough 1000-denier fabric that is electronically welded at the seam, the Sea Eagle 385ft FastTrack inflatable kayak is durable and lightweight at just 35 pounds, yet it is capable of carrying an awesome 635 pounds of payload. The FastTrack is lighter than the Explorer 380x (the model it is most often compared to), though they are the same length at 12’6″.
|Dimensions||12’6″ x 2′ 10″|
|Material||1000 Denier Reinforced|
|Interior||11’7″ x 1′ 3″|
|Deflated||31″ x 19″ x 8″|
Thanks to its slimmer pontoons, outside keel, hard air floor, skeg, and sleek profile, the FastTrack delivers excellent speed on flat water for an inflatable kayak. The outside drop stitch keel and the large skeg limits the natural side-to-side yaw when paddling, helping to minimize movement keeping the boat gliding true and tracking in a straight line. The skeg can be removed when approaching faster water and the bailing holes closed. The Sea Eagle 385ft FastTrack inflatable kayak is rated for Class III rapids, though it performs best in open water such as lakes and ocean bays.
The separate high-pressure inflatable floor is rigid to allow the user to stand and paddle, or cast a fishing line. The floor is a key feature of the new design and it is both a pro and a con: while the air floor should be inflated to maximum for best tracking results, it feels hard after a long day of paddling. It is recommended that you opt for additional padding, and get the Pro Package with the improved high back seats for back support.
Which Craft to Buy?
Should you get the new Sea Eagle 385ft FastTrack or save $100 and go with the 380x Explorer Kayak? The 385ft inflatable kayak is easier to paddle due to the 10″ pontoons (versus 11.6″ tubes on the 380x), and the rider will feel like he is able to ride higher in the kayak and see the water better. In addition, the skeg and outside keel design allow it to track straight – a better paddling experience overall. The 380x, which costs $100 less, has 2 more drain valves and carries a larger payload; however, a skeg is optional (and necessary) so plan to spend an additional $40. Head-to-head, we give the edge to the Sea Eagle 385ft FastTrack inflatable kayak with the Pro Package.
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.