393rl RazorLite™ Kayak Description
The World's First All Drop Stitch Patented RazorLite™ inflatable kayak! A lighter, narrower and faster to paddle, high-performance solo kayak for adventurers. With a tapered, hard-nosed bow and stern, and fully constructed with Drop Stitch technology. The 393RL cuts through waves cleaner, straighter, and sharper than any other kayak on the market. Enabling paddling speeds up to 6 mph. Now with built-in adjustable footrest. Because of its high-performance design and capabilities, the RazorLite™ Series is best recommended for intermediate and above paddlers. U.S. Patent 9,452,809
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393rl RazorLite™ Kayak Specs and Features
- Structure: Inflatable
- Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
- Seating Configuration: Solo
- Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
- Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced
- Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
- Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced
- NMMA Certified
- 2 Open and close drain valves
- Large, Removable, Swept Back Rear Skeg
- Front & Rear Spray Skirts with Carry Handles
- 6 D-Rings to Secure Seat and FootRest
- 3 One-Way Air Valves
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393rl RazorLite™ Kayak Reviews
I have been using the 393…
I have been using the 393 Razor Lite in Florida waters for about 3 years now. I have run over sunken metal, shoals, branches and trees, rocks and even oysters and gators. It has held up well. I did get two Dollar Store dog collars to use for carrying handles and self rescues. This thing is fast and I regularly get it up to the 6mph and sometimes faster in a current. A trick I learned with the footpegs is to remove them by undoing the rear first. The pressure from your feet push it forward, so it's easier that way.. I do recommend using 303 Protectant if in a sub tropical climate like I am in in Florida. I paddle all year long so it gets a lot of use.
I bought my Razorlite 393rl…
I bought my Razorlite 393rl this past spring, to replace my beloved Eddyline - which had been stolen off the roof of my car. At least if it's inside the vehicle, theft is less likely! The first problem - it was impossible to get the foot supports in. It turned out they were 1/4" longer then spec; once I had them cut down life was much easier. But the first month of paddling was without foot pegs, not impossible but not so comfortable, either. I also found it impossible to come close to folding it tightly enough to fit in the bag, until Sea Eagle pointed me toward their excellent video on how to do it - not at all like the written directions that came with the boat! And most of the places I paddle, I leave the skeg off - it's often shallow, and I've been in places where if I tried to back out, I can see the skeg anchoring me, or catching on branches under the water. It paddles well enough in a straight line without. If I know I'm going to have enough depth, I put it on (if I remember!) as it does track better and I do a lot of photography while on the water.
Early in the season, I deliberately tested how stable it was. It has excellent initial stability; I've never felt close to tipping over in my usual relatively flat conditions on lakes, ponds, flat rivers. But unlike the Eddyline, it has virtually no secondary stability - once you get it so the side is getting wet, you are over. Good to know! I'm not going to take it in real chop unless I am willing to swim!
The seat is too hard for me after about two hours. I use an inflatable seat cushion partly inflated; I'm only about a half inch higher, and it doesn't affect my stability that I can see. And another complaint others have had about no side handles, I solved by using a padded strap from luggage, hooked between the D-rings on one side. Problem solved - although I'm usually with others, and we help each other with carrying.
So those are the shortcomings. But it paddles really well; I have no trouble keeping up with the pack. It's heaven to get my arthritic joints in and out. I've overturned it once overbalancing on entry, and I've done that in most kayaks I've paddled enough times. This season I've been out 30 - 40 times, and while it's not the perfect boat, I'm not sure that exists!
I have taken this boat out…
I have taken this boat out on rivers and lakes, including Lake Ontario. It is a really nice boat to paddle in. I'm used to hard shell touring kayaks and although they are great, I couldn't get one as I'd then need a car rack, hydraulic lift etc. (I'm really short and not that strong). So, my compromise was this kayak. So far so good, but like other reviewers I find there are a few niggling annoyances that could easily be fixed. For example, more D rings, and most importantly-- handles on the sides in the middle to carry it solo. This is a heavy kayak and can be a bit of a beast to lift and move around- at least for those of us who are not that strong (I'm 57 year old, average level of fitness, woman). I fashioned my own carry strap by putting a strap from one D ring to the other thereby giving me a way to lift and carry the boat on my own when it's inflated. The rods for the foot rests are ridiculously difficult to get in and out. So I leave them in. Will take them out when I pack it up and store it for the winter but otherwise am leaving them in. It is not that easy to get all the water out of the end caps but honestly it's still much better than some other inflatables. All in all I really like it, and so far it's been durable and fun to paddle.
I will submit my review here…
I will submit my review here the same way i submitted my review to the place where i got my kayak, "Recreational Outfitters". I received my kayak less than a month ago 6-3-21, after the second trip to the water the bottom tape got scratched and after the 3rd trip the bow or front got scratched as well. I only put the kayak on the water by using boat ramps. Ramps are paved. i either transport the kayak with a friend or by myself NEVER DRAGGING IT. Seems to me that the construction material of this kayak IS VERY FRAGILE and doesn't hold for the type of activity this is . I owned a cheap $80 kayak i just sold as in "excellent" condition after 3 years of use and i only had one light paint scratch. I' ve been going out with my group so they can testify as to how gentle and careful i am attaching pictures of the second trip. I would have EXPECTED this type of DAMAGE after YEARS of use, NOT on my second trip. It will be inevitable to avoid every branch or rock when you are out in the water so tippy toeing and feeling nervous about scratching is not part of a kayaking experience.
I am concerned that this kayak is gonna fall apart when I'm out on the water. I contacted Recreational Outfitters and waiting to get a response, which i will also post.
The kayak tracks well, it is fast and easy to transport. is it worth 1k, i don't think so.
Once on the water, it…
Once on the water, it paddles fast and straight....as advertised. Yes, it can be "tippy" if you're used to traditional inflatables, but easy to adjust to that and learn to be a better kayaker. The foot pegs are great, hard to get in and out, but they sure help on the water.
That being said, I think that Sea Eagle should give a little consideration to some ongoing complaints on other FB pages. Again, the footpegs would be much easier to install if they were just about 1/8" shorter and slightly rounded edges. SE sent me new ones like that when I absolutely could not get the pegs in. Shouldn't have to call and ask that. Everyone complains about the same thing. SE is very much aware of this issue and has yet to do anything about it.
I would also say that a couple of side handles in the middle of boat would be an essential item. I cannot carry the kayak alone, I'm petite and 70 yrs old. There is no spot to hold onto, due to design of the boat/sides. I either need a second person to help with handles on both ends, or I have to drag along a dolly/cart to move it even a short distance from car to water. Worst design flaw of boat, and such a cheap fix.
A strike guard on front bow and some d-rings/bungees to secure gear would also be an easy fix. I had to install both of these items. I find that ridiculous on a high end kayak.
On a $1000 kayak, these insignificant items should be standard equipment. I have 3 other mid to high end inflatables, and they all have side handles, d-rings/bungees and strike plates on front.
As pleasant as it is to paddle (once on the water), few extra $ at the time of manufacture would make this a nicer boat to launch.
Owned for about a year,…
Did a lot of research re…
Overall it is a very good…
This is the first inflatable…
This is the first inflatable I considered purchasing. It just fits in the trunk of a Mazda Miata with the accessories in the passenger area. Going to the put in with the top down! The higher pressure enables a rigid hull. It easily matches the speed of a recreational hard shell kayak. Stability is fine. I'm 6' tall and fit well with the foot pegs all the way forward. It takes some practice to get the kayak down to the original size to fit back in the bag, but doable. I substituted the seat with a preformed foam blank from Redfish Kayak, and trimmed it for a friction fit with the sides of the kayak. More comfortable. I used a shoulder strap from a camera case for a minimalist but adequate back band until I adapt a small whitewater back band. A negative is that it is more difficult to get all the water out of the inside of the kayak in the crack where the bottom meets the sides. Overall I'm happy with the kayak.
This is one of Sea Eagles…
This is one of Sea Eagles top of the line kayaks. Like the high pressure hard sides and speed. Tracks straight. The newer models come with foot rests already installed which makes paddling easier. The Razor Lites are not for beginners though, their stability is not like other Sea Eagle kayaks because they are slimmer and sides are lower and are made for speed. If you need a more stable kayak, I suggest the Fast Track models.
I love this kayak! I've had…
I love this kayak! I've had my Sea Eagle 393rl Razorlite for a couple of years now, and I can honestly say it's the best inflatable kayak I've ever paddled, especially in terms of speed. We have 6 inflatable kayaks, but I was looking for something narrower and faster, speed-wise and also one that had minimal pump-up time. This nice kayak fills the bill! I haven't found a faster inflatable out there. And you cannot beat the portability of it; it fits in my trunk much more compactly than any of the other inflatable kayaks we own. If you're an fairly experienced paddler and are looking for a high quality inflatable kayak to upgrade to, this one is definitely worth the money.
I have been using this boat…
I have been using this boat for about three months of two or three times a week short trips on lakes and the Platte river.
Speed and convenience are what I like about the design. It takes about five minutes to set up using the hand pump. Inflated to 9-10PSI it is very rigid and fast. Due to the narrow beam it feels a little tippy but there is plenty of paddle clearance. Because of the way the floor meets the sides and the plastic inserts in the bow and stern it is dificult to get completely dry. The material on keel/ bottom is very tough and has held up to semi-submerged sharp metal fencepost scrapes, rocks and pointy sticks without damage. I started with using the skeg but after several trips I now leave it off, the difference in tracking is minor but the improved draft and manuverability are great. This boat is not rated for any kind of whitewater and has no self bailing capability, when the wind waves get more than a foot or so I get some water over the bow when paddling into or quartering the waves. I have regularrly paddled in 10-15 knot winds with only minor effects on tracking. I am 6ft 245lbs and I max out the boats 250lb capacity. I like the boat and would recomend it for intermediate paddlers on smooth waters.
If you want a…
The best advice I can give anyone is to contact Sea Eagle's "Hawaiian Dan." He's the fellow who does the informative instructional videos. Dan can answer any question you could possibly think of about the 393RL, or any other Sea Eagle product. Then when you're ready, purchase your kayak through Dan. He will walk you through all the details, and make sure you're totally delighted with your new Razorlite 393. Just call Sea Eagle's toll-free number and ask for "Hawaiian Dan" You'll be glad you did.
Fantastic design slightly…
Fantastic design slightly let down by finishing details. Dropstitch is fast to inflate and get on the water, boat handles well and is manoeuvrable. If set up correctly with a flat trim it is quite fast for its length. Nice and light.
Not so good parts in priority of needing improvement:
1. Footrest is woeful. Don't even use it once, a sliding tube on your heel does not all you to achieve an efficient padding stroke. Bin it. Add an extra two d rings and webbing for some foot support. Or even better add a rigid foot platform and use webbing to attach it.
2. Seat is heavy and uncomfortable. Bin it. Get 50mm thick closed cell foam. Dremel the contour of your buttocks into the foam and for not much money you will have a comfortable seat.
3. Bow spray shield is just there to funnel the water into your boat. The end of the bow cover is unsupported so any water on it runs into the boat.
4. It's 10cm too wide and 0.5m too short. It feels very wide and stable.
5. It's a three board canoe, if paddling light it's hydrodynamic form isn't too bad.
The good stuff.
1. Nothing on the market comes close (except the three other clone brands made in the same factory in S Korea that manufacturers Seaeagle), I have tried most brands of folders and nothing goes up faster or is as rigid.
2. After a few modifications it becomes a good boat if the seastate is not too high. Does not like short chop greater than 3ft the bow plunges through the waves and you get a lot of water in the boat. Good boat in large rolling swell, it is very stable and relatively quick if trimmed flat.
3. Good for multi-day paddles once the ergonomics are fixed. On the beach it becomes a comfortable airmattress with the seat and Footrest taken out. With a 'hootchie' tarp over a single fibreglass tent rod positioned front to rear it forms a good weatherproof tent.
4. If extra d rings are glued in it can hold 2x 20L camping drums.
5. It has no rocker so not the best surfing boat but it can be done. Can catch small waves and glide.
I can't wait for the evolved 5 chime version that is 55cm wide and 7m long. Comes with dropstitch deck.There is a market out there, Seaeagle you could dominate this corner of the market with some small improvements.
The 393 RL is a very…
The 393 RL is a very impressive inflatable kayak & I have really grown to appreciate its performance in a short matter of time. Setup is easy and usually takes 5 minutes to inflate with a little hustle. Not seeing a reason to get an electric pump as I doubt it would be any faster.
The carrying bag that is comes with could be a little bigger though, its difficult to repack & the seat doesn't fit inside (my biggest complaint). I use carabiners and attach all gear to the outside of the bag to it easier to transport. Could use a few more D-rings which can be purchased from Sea Eagle at a reasonable price (I picked up two more). The included tall back seat is very comfortable & provides great support. I will sometimes use a towel under the seat to give a little more support though. Towel also comes in handy at the end of the day to wipe everything down.
The included paddle that comes with the kayak is really too long (260 cm) and quite heavy. I bought a Werner Camano paddle (220 cm) which is far superior. Too bad you can't order the 393 RL without the paddle & save a very dollars.
The 393 RL tracks very well, almost too well. I trimmed 3" off the skeg for better clearance in shallow water & it still tracks straight & true. Its easier to turn now as well, another nice improvement.
Speed & glide of the kayak is very similar to a hard shell kayak with its molded bow & stern. The double stitch material allows for an impressive 10 psi making for a very ridged frame. I recently upgraded from another inflatable kayak & its a night & day difference in performance. My average cruising speed has been around 4 mph, which is well over a MPH faster than my previous inflatable. I can hit 5 MPH for short stretches of time but can not sustain that for very long. A 4 mph cruise speed is easy with calm water.
The 393 RL does a great job with wind & isn't tossed around & weathercock like my old inflatable did. The 393 RL is definitely more tippy than my previous inflatable but that should be expected with its narrow 25" width at its waterline. Its still very stable & can take rough water without problem.
I've had many compliments on the lake already and most people are surprised its even an inflatable! One person even asked "how did you get the kayak inside your Mustang?" After seeing people struggle to get their hardshell kayak on the roof of their SUV the 393 RL just keeps putting a smile on my face.
We recently added the…
The Sea Eagle 393 is a new…
It is an open kayak so can carry me (heavy) my border collie and a bag of overnight gear easily. The RazorLite is essentially rigid and fast, on the water it tracks very well whether sea or river, waves or current. It is made of tough fabric and when you take it off the water packs up easily and because it doesn't have a fabric cover it doesn't weigh that much more than when you lifted it out of the boot of your car, so is easily backpacked out. I love this and the 473 but shop around for price.
We purchased two 393rl in…
The Razor Lite cuts right through the wind and waves, and in the highest winds we were quite impressed how well they moved. The foot brace is especially helpful in windy conditions. The seats are comfortable, although sometimes needed to pull the bottom front of the seat forward to create a slight incline for comfort, especially when wearing a PFD, we have learned to get the seat "right" before we get in and go. The inside of the kayak has a good deal of leg room, enough to lie down flat if you like (we are under 6' tall).
The D-rings behind the seat can also be used to tie down a small cooler, PFD and maybe a small storage bag. Our opinion on the removable skeg (when on) is that it's a hindrance, especially in a cross wind. The skeg seems to make it a treacherous chore to keep the kayak going straight and makes it harder to turn. We have decided to keep it off permanently. The stern and bow are so ridged that it tracks just fine on its own.
Pumping up the boat takes about 7-10 minutes. The pumps are tall and move very smoothly, you can stand up and pump with one hand till you get to about 7 psi, then it's a little work to get it to 10 lbs. The floor is nice and ridged and so is the entire structure of the kayak. The workmanship is of high quality, built to last. The outside stern and bow fabric has worn some, but seems stable, we are careful not to run up onto rocks, gravel, concrete or rough surfaces.
After using the kayaks we noticed there is hidden water under the floor, down the sides (inside) and in the bow and stern. We have decided to hang them in the carport to dry. For us, it is necessary to allow the kayak to dry a few days, before rolling up and storing in the bag. While paddling a little water does get in so we keep a small absorbent cloth in the drain hole area, this doubles as a way to keep the craft wiped out as debris gets in along the way. To experiment we opened the drain holes to see if it would self-drain, but it doesn't, lots of water came in real quick. We do not use the drains at all, flipping the kayak over is easier. There are a few little "cups" in the bow and stern that collect water also, putting a small cloth in there can get most of it out.
The ease of getting the kayak into the bag has taken some practice. We watched the SeaEagle video (how to), it was helpful. Don't see us ever getting the seat in the bag with the kayak. The backpack straps are padded and adjustable, and there is a spot on the outside to hang the pump/seat. We recommend watching any SeaEagle video they offer on performance, use and instruction.
So in conclusion, we love this kayak, IF it lasts us for the next 50 years it will be worth every penny. We have an old SeaEagle Explorer that is 30 yrs old this year, still in pretty good shape! Thanks SeaEagle
I bought a RazorLite 393rl at…
Build quality is as good as you'd expect for an IK costing over $1,000. It's well made.
The manual pump is impressive. Inflating all three chambers to 10 psi takes me only about 5 mins.--around 75 strokes per chamber. At 28 lbs., the boat is easy to carry.
When I got in for the first time, I was surprised at how tippy it felt. This is not your typical IK barge with round pontoon hulls, and I would be hesitant to lend it to a beginner. Under way, with my weight centered, the RazorLite feels quite stable. It has a flat bottom, but the bottom just isn't very wide, and it tapers towards bow and stern. If I shift my weight to one side past a certain point, the boat will lean suddenly and get my attention very quickly. I haven't yet tested the limits of its secondary stability to see how readily it will roll over.
I prefer to paddle with my knees raised. The seat is OK at first, but after about an hour it feels hard. I had to grasp the gunwales and lift my butt off the seat to restore circulation. In view of the tippiness, I'm reluctant to raise my center of gravity with much extra padding.
Sea Eagle provides a strap and a PVC pipe as a footrest, but I found it supports only my heels. I built myself a small wooden footrest to replace the pipe.
Sea Eagle promotes the boat as fast, capable of 5 mph. Paddling fairly hard but not all-out, I saw about 4 mph on my GPS. I was more comfortable cruising at around 3.5 mph. However, breeze and current made it hard to gauge speed through the water accurately, and I'm not yet sure how much faster the RazorLite is than my FastTrack.
One thing I'm sure about: tracking is outstanding, with very little yaw. The sharp bow and stern, together with the rear skeg, keep the boat gliding straight. It tracks much better than my other IKs or my Inuit hardshell, yet it's at least as maneuverable as they are. It turns easily with paddle strokes. I don't yet know whether it will hold an edge or allow leaned turns - which would be remarkable in an IK - or whether it will just capsize. (Hey, I'm on the water in February, in the Rockies, without a drysuit!)
The drop-stitch sidewalls of the hull are relatively narrow, and the boat collects more water off paddle blades than my FastTrack does. Also, this is not an easy boat to dry after a trip. On the FastTrack, the drop-stitch floor pulls out when deflated, and you can get a sponge or towel to all the crevices. On the RazorLite, each side of the drop-stitch floor is tape-welded permanently to the hull's side walls. I'm sure the designers had good reason to do that, but it means you can't get underneath the floor chamber with a towel. The two drain holes just forward of the skeg are specifically for clean-out, not for self-bailing, so they need to remain closed when on the water. They help when draining the boat after a trip, but water collects in the stern, under the dark blue aft deck.
The RazorLite has a hard-plastic bow and stern, inside of which is a grid of plastic dividers. They provide rigidity, but they create a series of deep pockets that retain water (and would collect sand and mud, too, I imagine). It's a little awkward to reach in there and clean them out. Flipping the boat drains much of the water but not all. I've used a sponge and towel. A ShopVac might help, too.
well-built; tracks amazingly well; maneuvers well; feels pretty fast; feels stable unless leaned; inflates quickly; weighs only 28 lbs.
tippy when leaned; difficult to clean and dry the inside; uncomfortable seat after an hour.