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Spitfire 9 Description

Built in Padded CRS + UltraLite Seat Provides Comfort and Fold-Down Convenience

Storage Hatch for Added Storage Beneath the Deck

Self-Bailing Scupper Holes to Drain Water from the Cockpit and Tankwell

Spitfire 9 Specs and Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Emotion Kayaks, Inc.
Spitfire 9 Reviews

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I love this as a river boat,…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 2/11/2021
I love this as a river boat, not as a flat water boat. It takes currents well and can be corrected in tight spots almost like a whitewater boat. It doesn’t track great and is slow due to the mostly flat hull which can be additionally frustrating in wind. Most of that isn’t a problem on moving rivers, headwaters. I love this as a river boat. The weight capacity is great and the read storage well can handle everything you need for an overnight river trip. The hatch kind of sucks, but can be modified to be very useful considering the space it accesses. I’ve taken mine down Balcony Falls in VA without a problem and recommend it to those interested in exploring a river nearby.

I have only been able to…

Submitted by: YakMama on 9/4/2019

I have only been able to take this out a few times and it tracks pretty good. Is very stable and I previously owned a 10' yak and purchased this 9' footer. I am 5'9" and there is plenty of room, but kind of wish this SOT was at least 9.5 like my Perception Swifty. I am still new at this late in life (63), but it is fun to be able to get out and enjoy paddling when time affords, whatever mode of yak I have.


Bought this for my wife who…

Submitted by: GlennB on 8/5/2019

Bought this for my wife who has had several positive experience with it on small lakes. I tried it out on a large river, water speed about 1 mph, slight breeze, 9 mile downstream paddle. For me - 5'7" about 200 it was like trying to steer a bottle cork. I didn't take any photos because the second I put the paddle down the boat would spin. The wind was mostly to my back, which you would think would be a positive, but the boat seemed to want to face into the wind. Perhaps a skeg would make it more manageable? Other than the amount of work required to go in one direction, it's a nice little boat.


I rented the Spitfire 9'…

Submitted by: paddler236879 on 6/20/2016

I rented the Spitfire 9' this morning and my son who has significantly less time in a kayak paddled my Feel Free 9'8" Nomad. We were on a large lake in about 12 knots of wind and waves that started out less than a foot.

Right off the bat I noticed the Spitfire 9' did not like to track and I would need to use powerful sweeping strokes to get it back on course. When we got to a protected cove I had a chance to see how it would handle on completely flat water. The little bit of fish tail as you paddle was not an issue, but if you had been traveling straight at full cruising speed and then stopped paddling, in a matter of 5 seconds you would be a full 90 degrees off course as the back end would skid out...it seemed to want to go every direction but straight.

When we started back to the dock we had quartering seas to 2' from the back as well as significantly more wind. The lack of tracking turned in to spin outs as waves hit from the rear. It really became scary fighting so hard for control. My son struggled some in the Nomad which is also a small boat, but not nearly as much as I did in the Spitfire.

The interior seems pretty well laid out and I was comfortable and dry as the scuppers worked well. I am 5'9" and used the 2nd to last foot rest, so it will handle a fairly large person for such a small boat. It was light and I understand they are fairly inexpensive, which is good.

My bottom line is that the poor tracking was such a struggle it took all the fun out of paddling for a number of miles in lakes and flat water. I suspect that if you put a skeg or rudder on the boat it would make a huge improvement. I have no experience in white water, so I can't comment on its performance in that environment. If you just want a boat for the kids to play on at the beach, this might be the ticket...small, light, and cheap.


Ultimate river boat. Easy to…

Submitted by: paddler236657 on 3/3/2016
Ultimate river boat. Easy to carry solo, can pack all the gear you could ever need. Super fast and stable. I own 5 Emotion Spitfires(6 foot, 2-8 footers, 2 Spitfire 9's). This boat rocks! I fish out of mine/ recreation, does everything great. Boat really wants to be in the main channel current. Let the river take you, paddle on either side to keep boat straight occasionally. you will be the fastest you have ever been. Dont fight the river dummy! Being a blank canvas as far as kayaks go, may be its greatest attribute.

If you are looking for your first kayak, get one and you wont look back. It rides unlike any kayak ive ever owned. Boat is easily trimmed front or rear with whatever gear you bring. Boat is so nimble you can flick paddle once spin 180... Aren't kayaks supposed to be hyper manuverable?

She gets some terrible reviews, these folks may have the meaning of the word tracking completely mixed up. You put the boat in water and it floats, the water has a current and this boat will show you where it is.


I am 5'3 tall/120 lbs.…

Submitted by: paddler236624 on 1/6/2016
I am 5'3 tall/120 lbs. Purchased 8' to carry on top of my sedan. It is not heavy, I can easily lift and load it by myself. Very stable even on stormy water on a big lake, easy to maneuver. I've customized it adding a seat, anchor/ trolley and a storage bucket behind the seat. Had to buy paddles separately. No rod holders and no console or dry storage, but for the price (from Cabella's on sale) is a great buy.

I bought the Spitfire 9 after…

Submitted by: paddler236554 on 10/4/2015
I bought the Spitfire 9 after sitting in several other brands of 8 and 9 foot kayaks on the store floor. The Emotion is very comfortable, good back support and foot rests. The hatch is not waterproof, but a great place to store a small drybag. I am 5'7", 170 lbs., and this kayak is a good fit for me. I use it for river paddling, Class 2 and 3 rapids, and find it tracks well with minimal paddling effort. It fits inside my Prius, another plus! I would recommend this kayak.

I purchased this Kayak at the…

Submitted by: Canstey on 9/9/2015
I purchased this Kayak at the beginning of the Summer. I looked at many Kayaks before making my decision. I think it is important to point out that I am 6'7" and weigh 290 lbs. I needed a kayak that would support my size and weight.

This is a pretty nice kayak but for someone my size it is a challenge to row and steer. I wanted a kayak to help give me a work out and this one definitely does. It supports my weight well. The front noses into the water a little lower than the back. (because you sit so far forward) This thing will NOT go straight. My guess is, due to my size, it noses in and that effects it going straight. I picked this in part due to the 350 lb weight limit, but I don't recommend it if you are that big. I enjoy kayaking and this one worked well for the Summer, but I will be upgrading next year.

Not a bad kayak, I still enjoyed myself on it, but would not recommend for a big person.


The Spitfire 9 is a smart…

Submitted by: joozer on 9/1/2015
The Spitfire 9 is a smart looking SOT. This kayak has very comfortable high back support. The tracking is not easy, requiring stronger strokes on one side or the other to keep it in desired direction. Buoyancy is 350 lbs. Sola hatch not water proof. with a few home modifications (rudder and rubber gasket for hatch) makes this boat fun.

I'm a huge fan of Emotion…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 1/21/2015
I'm a huge fan of Emotion kayaks but not a fan of this kayak. I've owned a lot of kayaks and this one by far tracks the worse. However it's the most comfortable kayak and stable. Let's face it though, a kayak is for going to point A to point B. When you paddle it wants to spin in a circle. I bought these brand new and took a hit on selling them. I have Emotions Glide kayak which is amazing. Emotion kayaks sold out to a bigger company (Lifetime) to make their kayaks now and it's a fail.

The Spitfire 9 seems cheaply made. Not sure if it could take a hit from a rock very well. Sure it has cool compartments and just plain looks cool. It's awkward to carry with no side handles. I was so excited to drive 2 hours to the closest REI to pick these up but only used them 4 times before being too frustrated with the horrible tracking. I have read the Tarpon is the best sit on top for that price range.


Got this kayak from Cabela's…

Submitted by: Hunter494 on 9/8/2014
Got this kayak from Cabela's bargain cave for $200 it's a great kayak for that price! I didn't want to make a large investment if I didn't care for the sport. I made a few modifications- flush-mount rod holders, anchor trolley & side carry handles. Also added bungee cord hold downs for a milk crate bought at the hardware store and mounted in the rear storage area. The included paddle keepers are really handy and it's great for fishing! Easy to make mods with pilot holes and the kayak handles very well and is stable in 2 foot swells in Lake Erie. It's a got a huge spot in the back for storage with a net and a smaller space forward with cords. There is a eight inch center hatch which has no baffles so gear can migrate all the way forward or rear with no stops. Easy to paddle forward and maneuver but being wide it tends to wander off course inspite of the built in skeg. Comfy seat that is plastic riveted on allowing you to actually lean back with a very nice adjustable seat back. I added Gorilla tape to the bottom underside of the seat to reinforce the rivet holes to keep the seat material from tearing. I added Seattle Sports Universal Scupper Plugs xsmall into the scupper holes in the seat (it helps to keep you dry) UNLESS water gets in there, then it's sort of trapped there. But I haven't had this problem yet. I left the forward and rear scupper holes open for drainage. I can't wait for some more kayak fishing!

I am a disabled paddler…

Submitted by: paddler235949 on 9/6/2014
I am a disabled paddler (bilateral amputee). I purchased the Spitfire 9 because of its light weight and 9 foot length so I could easily load it into the bed of my pick-up truck. I have been extremely pleased with this kayak.

It is economically priced but of good quality. I am 5'11" and weigh 200 pounds and find the kayak to be a good fit and very comfortable and stable. I use it mostly to paddle nearby lakes and for fishing.


The Emotion Spitfire 9 is a…

Submitted by: roddyferrell on 9/3/2014
The Emotion Spitfire 9 is a good entry level sit on top kayak that has potential to be a nice fishing kayak with a few modifications. The one complaint that most people will have is dealing with tracking, which I might add that after paddling awhile correcting will become second nature.

Had looked at Spitfire 8 at…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/6/2014
Had looked at Spitfire 8 at Cabella's that was on sale. Checked their on-line catalog and for few dollars more got the Spitfire 9. The wife uses this one after paddling a 10' Potomac. She likes this one much more.

Positives and negatives are about even. Easy to paddle. Tracks straight. Very stable even in rough water. Like I said earlier. Wife likes this one. Compared to the 8' the Spitfire 9 has an extra storage section at the front of the boat plus a waterproof storage in the floor.

That where the negatives start. The storage in the floor is good idea but not thought out completely. Hatch is only about six inches diameter. Not much you're going to get into a six inch hole. There isn't any bulkheads or anything in the space in the floor. If you place something down into the hole it doesn't take long for it to slide to the front or rear out of your reach. Only way to get it back out is beach the boat and start shaking it.

Advertised as having handholds molded into the sides. Yes there are two indentations but handholds... They're not. Maybe if you had two per side to where you could use two hands or a strap or bar you could actually grip.
The weight combined with no handholds it's pretty much a two man operation carrying it. If you're looking for something to carry off the porch and throw up on roof rack. This isn't the boat.

Great little boat for camp or farm on lake where you could leave it and not transport it for every float. Unless you have a friend the best way to transport is in a truck.