Straitedge Angler vs Angler pro

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mitsman
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Straitedge Angler vs Angler pro

Post by mitsman » Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:19 am

Hello

I am thinking of buying one of the two anglers and I am quite divided on which one is better value for my needs and my budget.
The simpler one looks more agile and lightweight. It has quite lower price and probably will be faster to paddle.
https://www.advancedelements.com/kayaks ... ae1006ang/

The Pro model
https://www.advancedelements.com/kayaks ... ro-ae1055/
has the aluminium seat which is a huge advantage, the extra accessory bar and the drop stitch floor. It is though quite more expensive and significantly bigger. Thus, will probably be harder to paddle or to carry, along with being slower.

Any suggestions from your experiences?
I am going to use that mainly on small lakes and calm waters for fishing. Offcourse I am quite new to the world of kayaking, which dictates that I need something stable and easy to get on and off.

Thanks in advance!! :D :D

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Post by rlpugh1 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:29 am

Hey mitsman,

I'll try to address most of your questions and insights here. So, the Angler and Angler PRO for the most part paddle the same. They are both sit-on-tops which makes them slower in the water than a sit-inside like our AdvancedFrames. Kayak length and width affect paddling speed so, while the Angler PRO is longer (the longer the kayak the faster it is) than the regular Angler, it is also wider (the wider the kayak the slower it is) so their speed on the water is very closely matched. I'd have to give a slight edge to the PRO due to the drop-stitch floor and the deep tracking fin. You can learn more about how the drop-stitch floor helps kayak performance here: https://www.advancedelements.com/accessories/backbone/

The Angler PRO is 4lbs heavier but still manageable. As you mentioned, the PRO also has the distinct advantage of the drop-stitch floor. The DS floor adds a lot of stability to the kayak and also provides the ability to stand up for sight casting which you cannot do in the regular Angler.

Now, with all of this said, given your intended use, I'd say that the original Angler will do the job just fine for you but the Angler PRO is a really nice step up.

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Post by mitsman » Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:53 am

Thanks a lot for the detailed answer!

One last thing I wanted to answer is regarding the accessory bar.
It would be a handy option to use a couple of rod holders on that bar, in order to do some trolling fishing. Is there any force rating on that bar, that would indicate if that can tolerate such dragging force?

Thank you again!

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Post by rlpugh1 » Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:56 pm

There is not force rating on the accessory frame but it was designed for your specified use. So, trolling is not an issue...unless you're going after sturgeon or something :wink: . Scotty also makes a mini downriggger that's perfect for trolling larger fish: http://scottypaddlesports.com/product/n ... ket-mount/

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