The Vibe Skipjack 90 is a small and compact kayak which can be utilized for both angling and recreational purposes. As said, it is relatively small in length as it comes in at 9 foot long and 32 inches wide. However, although it is a dense design this does provide the kayak with great stability which is essential for angling and a helpful addition within recreational kayaking also.
Therefore, Vibe prides itself on producing great all-round kayaks although it is a specialist in all things fishing. This does not mean that their kayaks cannot be used for other purposes. As such, the shape of the Skipjack 90 lends itself to this concept as with its shorter length it is very maneuverable in terms of a fishing kayak.
It is also worth mentioning with it being a shorter kayak it does cope well on narrow pieces of water compared to that of its larger compatriots.
However, the lack of length in the kayak does mean it can struggle with tracking but overall we found this was only an issue on rougher waters so we are therefore recommending this is better suited for calm lakes and rivers. But, we do not want to say that this kayak is not capable of performing in other water conditions as it would but with reduced performance from what we observed.
If the Vibe Skipjack 90 sounds like a bit of your cup of tea or coffee, please continue to read below where you can find further information. This will include an overview of the design, performance of the kayak and the top features to be expected on the boat.
Specifications Of The Vibe Skipjack 90
- Length: 9ft
- Width: 32in
- Weight: 46lbs
- Maximum Capacity: 300lbs
- User/s: Single
- Type Of Kayak:
- Value For Money: $$
Overview Of The Vibe Skipjack 90
The Vibe Skipjack 90 is one as compact as they come in terms of size. Measuring at 9 foot in length it is definitely not the longest kayak we have ever seen. Although what it lacks in size the Skipjack 90 makes up in performance, ease of transportation and a great array of features.
Unfortunately, the Vibe did not make the Skipjack 90 an inflatable kayak that could fold up and easily be transportable. They did the next best thing by manufacturing a small 9 foot sit-on-top angler kayak which lightweight. This point is exacerbated through the weight being that of 46lbs which is absolutely nothing in terms of kayaks. This allows for users to easily lift the kayak via one of the four carrying handles found throughout the boat to and from their transportation vehicle or storage. Gone are the days having to own an SUV, this kayak is short enough to fit on some coupes.
As previously mentioned, one of the biggest strengths of the Vibe Skipjack is its size as it is short yet very wide at 32 inches. This results in the kayak being super stable on the water and giving the user the ability to stand up while fishing if they deem it safe enough. The only downside in terms of this is the lack of speed and turn cutting with the kayak as the short but wide design means paddling can end up being a chore.
Though, once in place and set up the Skipjack performs well for such short kayak it does track surprisingly well all things considered.
Features Of The Vibe Skipjack 90
- Deluxe seat that comes with a rear pouch
- four rubberized carry handles
- Two waterproof hatches (front and middle)
- Oversized tank well with scupper holes
- Bungee cord grips for horizontal paddle park
Fishing Features Of The Vibe Skipjack 90
As with any fishing kayak having the necessary features and attachments can make life a little easier for the end-user. To which Vibe’s design team has made sure to include all the essentials you would expect from a Vibe kayak angling product.
The Skipjack contains four flush-mounted rod holders which are located two in front of the seat and two behind it on either side. These provide ample options for the storing of rods when either paddling out to a fishing spot or potentially rigging a line to then cast out. Either way, the rod holders allow for a place to keep them. Instead of having to balance either between the user’s knees or across their lap.
However, this is the extent of the dedicated fishing features as the Skipjack does not feature gear mounting rails or a central tackle box holder. Although considering the price point the lack of these additions is understandable. But we feel, with about $40 extra dollars you would be able to make the relevant modifications to allow for these features to be added to the Skipjack 90.
The storage options are vast for such a small kayak as located at the front of the kayak is a cam lock hatch. This storage area is considerably waterproof and provides a decent amount of space to store valuable items. The hatch is lockable and thus if the kayak does capsize it will prevent the contents from escaping. The same hatch is located in the middle of the kayak providing the same level of storage as the first.
Located at the back of the kayak is an oversized tank well which is perfect for daysacks or coolers. These can be tied in by means of bungee mesh tie-downs which with easily secure any larger or awkward items.
Advantages Of The Vibe Skipjack 90
- It is compact and stable
- The kayak is relatively lightweight
- Provides a reasonable level of tracking
- Has an abundance of storage options considering its size
- Great value for money
- Has the opportunity to modify and improve to include further features
- Great kayak for first-time owners
Disadvantages Of The Vibe Skipjack 90
- Can be tiring to paddle over long distances
- Not suitable for rougher waters
- The handles and some of the straps feel a bit flimsy and easily breakable
- The seat contained within the kayak is not fully adjustable
- Not the comfiest kayak for those over 6ft as knee position cannot be adjusted
- The kayak is not the fastest around