Vibe Kayaks Review


Even though Vibe is considered a newcomer to the decades-old paddling party, it has managed to reach the top. Vibe manufacturers know how to balance between aesthetics and functionality. Thus, meeting the requirements of a wide range of customers. Plus, their yaks can be used for paddling and fishing. 

One of the most prominent reasons they are shining bright among their competitors is that they are one of the few brands that offer fully-equipped kayaks for anglers at an affordable price. For example, most of their models come with a universal mount, rod holders, paddle barks, tackle tray, and other fishing accessories that we’ll discuss below. 

In this article, we have written you an in-depth review of three quality Vibe kayaks on the market. 

1. Skipjack 90 

Skipjack 90

Who is it For 

Skipjack 90 is an excellent pet-friendly kayak for beginners for its price and stability. As a newbie, your biggest concern would be not to tip over, and this yak guarantees that you won’t. Plus, it is a perfect recreational kayak that could also be used for fishing. What’s more, its compact size ensures easy storage. 

Prominent Features:

Stable 

Skipjack 90 is one of the most stable sit-on-top yaks on the market despite its 9-feet length. It’s known that the longer the kayak, the more stable it is. However, this yak has managed to negate that. We love its relatively short length as it makes it easy to maneuver. 

Lightweight 

Coming at 42 pounds, Skipjack 90 is the most lightweight vibe kayak in this review, at least. Despite this, it comes with four molded-in handles to facilitate transportation. Besides, its compact dimensions allow users to put it on the top of their cars. 

Customized For Fishing 

Obviously, Skipjack 90 is designed for fishing as it is equipped with a universal mount so you can install fish finders or other rectangular-base accessories. Plus, it features four flush-mounted fishing rod holders so you can enjoy hands-free fishing. 

What’s more, it comes with bungee paddle parks on both sides of the yak and an easy access paddle rest where you can secure your paddle. 

Decent Storage Space 

Another reason why it’s perfect for fishing is its 300-pound weight capacity and wide storage area. It features a sealed deck with a waterproof cargo bag, where you can store your mobile, keys, and things that water can damage. 

It also has a front and rear storage with bungee tie-down cords, ensuring you won’t lose any of your valuables in the water. For quick tackle change, there is a tackle toss tray. 

What We Like:

  • Its lightness
  • Universal mount for installing fish finders 
  • The fact that it’s dog-friendly 
  • Its high speed

What We Don’t Like: 

  • Lowest weight capacity 
  • Not stable in heavy currents 
  • Not saltwater-friendly
  • Can’t be used as a stand up kayak 
  • No adjustable foot braces 
  • The seat is a bit uncomfortable 

What’s in the Box

The yak comes with a built-in cup holder, four rod holders, a tackle tray, a vibe deluxe seat and a vibe journey paddle.


2. Sea Ghost 130  

Vibe Sea Ghost 130

Who is it For

Sea Ghost 130 is specially designed for experienced anglers. It’s very stable to the extent that you can safely use it in oceans. Plus, it’s perfect for stand up yaks enthusiasts because its slip-resistant deck allows you to use it as a stand up kayak with complete safety. 

Prominent Features:

Stable 

All Vibe kayaks are known for their exceptional stability. So, it comes as no surprise that Sea Ghost 130 is incredibly stable that you can safely use it in different water conditions and on windy days. 

What’s more, it doubles as a stand up yak thanks to its slip-resistant deck. If you’re an experienced angler, you already know that standing up upgrades your fishing game, as it gives you a broader view of the water and allows you to cast further. 

Superior Tracking 

The trackability of Sea Ghost 130 is like no other thanks to the rudder! Sailing with a rudder boosts tracking and maneuverability in any kind of moving water regardless of the weather condition. 

Plus, the rudder is toe-controlled, which means that you can use it while paddling or using your fishing rod. This, besides its sleek hull design and its 13-feet length, renders it one of the fastest Vibe yaks. 

Comfortable Fishing 

This one-seater is an excellent fishing kayak for numerous reasons. Firstly, it comes with a comfortable seat with two positions, so you can adjust it as you like. Secondly, the chair is ventilated, allowing you to enjoy sweat-free trips on hot summer days. Thirdly, the yak features adjustable foot braces so you can rest your feet. 

Fishing on Sea Ghost 130 is such a breeze, given that it comes with many fishing accessories such as two flush-mounted rod holders, which allow you to enjoy hands-free fishing. It also features a universal mount so you can install fish finders and their likes. What’s more, for perfect customization, you’ll find six top-loading gear tracks. 

Wide Storage 

Another reason why we love Sea Ghost 130 is its 550-pound weight capacity and its vast storage area. You can store your valuable items in the waterproof cargo bags of the sealed deck. 

Your fishing baits and their likes are meant to be stored in the tackle tray holders for which there is also a tackle toss tray as well as for quick tackle changes. 

The back of the yak features spacious storage with bungee tie-down bags so that you can put your clothes, for example.

What We Like:

  • It speed
  • Four carrying handles for easy transportation 
  • Built-in cup holder 
  • Comes with a paddle
  • Paddle parks on each side 
  • Doubles as a stand up kayak 
  • Impressive weight capacity 
  • Features a toe-controlled rudder system
  • Reasonable price 

What We Don’t Like:

  • Its heaviness
  • Features two rod holders only 
  • Useless rear handle because the rudder is directly above it

What’s in the Box

The package includes a rudder, which would cost a considerable sum of money if separately bought, a built-in cup holder, two fishing rod holders, Vibe Journey Paddle and a universal mount. 


3. Yellowfin 100 

Yellowfin 100

Who is it For

If you need a kayak that you can easily maneuver in tight spots, Yellowfin 100 is what you’re searching for. Its 10-feet length and compact size allow for excellent tracking as well. Besides, it is an excellent fishing kayak. 

Prominent Features:

Maneuverable 

Coming at 10 feet long, Yellowfin 100 is easy to pilot into tight spaces. Plus, it tracks very well in calm weather. However, being rudderless, it gets out of its course in windy weather. 

Comfortable 

Vibe is known for its comfortable seats, no matter what model you decide to purchase. For example, this yak comes with one ventilated seat that you can adjust to two positions. It also features adjustable foot braces, so you rest your feet and relax on the water. 

Fishing-Friendly

You can tell that Vibe truly cares about kayak fishing by  the fact that all Vibe kayaks are excellent for fishing trips. Like most models, this one features a universal mount, where you can install a fish finder for fruitier fishing. There are also four rod holders so that you can enjoy hands-free fishing while having your drink thanks to the built-in cup holder. 

Storage 

Besides the fact that this 10-foot kayak accommodates up to 375 pounds, it offers wide storage space, allowing you to bring all your gear on board. 

Like the other models on the list, it offers two sealed decks with waterproof cargo bags, two tackle trays and an ample storage area at the back. The rear storage comes with a bungee tie-down so that you can secure your valuables. 

Plus, you can secure the included paddles in the bungee paddle parks on each side of the kayak to increase the storage area and to eliminate any chance of tipping over them and falling into the water.

What We Like:

  • Easy to maneuver 
  • Built-in cup holder 
  • Four rod holders
  • Two paddle parks 
  • Universal mount 
  • Good value for money 

What We Don’t Like:

  • Not suitable to use in windy weather 
  • Rudderless design 
  • Not as stable as its counterparts 

What’s in the Box 

The box comes with paddles, four rod holders and a built-in cup holder. 


Final Thoughts 

By now, it is evident that Vibe designs some of the best kayaks on the market- whether for fishing or recreational paddling. Vibe is one of the very few brands that provide anglers with the best and most-equipped fishing kayaks they could ever get. 

With their wide range of yaks, we hope that you’ll be able to find one on our list that best suits your needs.

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