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6'10" and 250# Kayak is fine. Ride high and seat is high and dry. If you want dry feet you need scupper plugs as water comes up occasionally in rough water but I stand in water ot get on board so I don't worry about that. Plenty stable I have stood up but not while fishing. Landed a 14# pike the other day it took me for e little ride went under and around the kayak no problems with stability. Kind of wish I'd sprung for the fishing outfitted one with the few extra features but the base model was in stock and cheaper but I am adding $60 worth of accessories and haven't even considered a depth finder yet. Needed to get a fish grabber landing the Pike bare handed was exciting.
The length is fine works better for transport. I pickup bed get a boonedox bed extender from ACK and its super stable to transport. I fit that and a native FX side by side in the truck bed and it is a snug fit. The Native FX ultimate works fine too has great features for fishing but at my mass in rough water I like that I cannot get swamped and sunk on the SOT Ride 115. I love the Kayak. I am 55 and stiff so the adjustable seat is sweet I change it every 30-40 minutes and keeps my back moving and I can stay on the water for hours.
Only negative it is a bit heavy but I can load and store it by myself and that balance point handle helps a lot!. I store lateral on garage walls with padded latter hook from Home depot 2 at about $9 each and then I mounted a couple or eye hooks above and use a tie down to snug the end handles to secure and hold it secure. The kayak sits fine on the ladder hooks themselves and secure with hull against the wall but I like the extra safety of the tie down to the handles no accidents with something else hitting and knocking it loose.
It is very stable, supports my fishing gear (multiple tackle boxes, poles, anchor, bla bla) and myself easily. Performance is stable and but not really agile. I made it do everything I wanted it to, but it is not fast. It moves easily and steadily, but I can't get bursts of speed out of it. This may be a SOT vs sit-in/canoe thing. The seat is very very comfortable and is adjustable for height as well as for/aft.
It is large inside and handles all my gear for fishing on a large river (Delaware) including some minor riffles/rapids which it handled very nicely. My end conclusion is that it is a large safe stable vehicle that very well meets my needs. I am glad I got it. 8 out of 10 because it isn't fast; can't have everything.
For reference: I'm 66 yrs old, 5' 10" and 275#. My past experience is mostly canoes (latest an Old Town Pack, 5 others including a David Yost play boat, Mohawk solo etc) and Perception Acadia and OT Otter kayaks.
The cons in my opinion are worth the trade off, but worth mentioning. It's a heavy boat. That's the price you pay for comfort and stability. It is definitely hard to load on the roof of a car and it does take some muscle to maneuver quickly and get up some speed in the water. We've compensated by getting a small trailer for them and they excel on the river float fishing trips we take.
I would buy this boat all over again in a heartbeat.
The Ride takes all conditions in stride. I have never felt uncomfortable or felt like I needed a different boat. It's advantages far out way the tradeoff of a slight edge in speed, (my wife has a Tarpon 120) or the added 10-15 lbs of it's competition.
If you want a stable, solid, and suprisingly manuverable fishing platform, I'd say that you need to seriously consider the Ride 115 Airpro Max.
Initially I had trouble deciding between sit-on-top or sit-in, and I'm glad I chose the sit-on-top, because it is safer for me since I kayak alone a lot of the time. If I tip, the kayak will not fill with water, which is a big safety and convenience issue. The only con of this kayak is the weight. It is heavier than others its size and makes it a bit harder to move around, but the stability is worth the weight, in my opinion.
All in all, a great kayak for fishing in rivers and lakes!
The Ride 115 is very stable, it tracks just okay - not poor but not great, and it's on the heavier side. The weight makes it a little more difficult for me to get out on my own, so now I don't go out as often. If I had it to do over again, I would get the Tarpon 120.
Good fishing machine
Lots of storage
Comfortable seat - even for a person with low back issues
Weight, weight, weight
Could track better
Hatches are not 100% water tight
The Ride 115 will hold up to 500lbs which is another plus when going on our camping trips but I find the front hatch is somewhat smaller than I like it's hard to pack my gear on the inside which is very spacious but the size of the opening makes it difficult to put what I need in it. The back storage area has plenty of room to strap down a cooler and dry bag.
Overall I'm very pleased with the Ride 115. Would love to see the minor improvements that I mentioned. I would have rated it a 10 if it wasn't for the Ride 115 being one of the slower kayaks on the water and the small door/hatch in the front for storage.
The boat tracks very well and has plenty of room. The seating position is high which is great for fishing, but probably catches more wind than my Tarpon.
The Ride 115 is easy to propel and tracks very straight. My one complaint is that it is very heavy. At 78 pounds it is difficult to launch by myself, but a pair of dolly wheels may make that easier?
This is my first kayak, and I couldn't be more pleased with it. It is very stable... I've tried standing up in it, but have not yet mastered that skill. I'd give it a 9 out of 10, all in all a very good fishing kayak.
Pros: it is super stable, it's easy to stand and fish, has a weight capacity of a barge, and tracks well. I trust the boat in the biggest of waves and with inside storage I know my gear is safe. Did I mention that rod and reels can be stored inside the hull, that's a huge bonus.
Cons: It is heavy, with the shape of the hull and weight there's no way I could car top it like my Native Ultimate.
If it weren't for the weight and I was limited to only one kayak in my fleet, this would be it. It has awesome storage capacity, a comfy high seat, stable, tracks well, and in general a very well thought out design.
Final thought, I put it in the same category as a Native Slayer, but it's a good bit cheaper with more storage for your gear!
I find the Ride is built very solidly. It offers an extremely stable ride with lots of space for an afternoon at the beach or paddling in the mangroves. It is heavy, but once in the water that is not a major factor. It's width to length means that it is usually a little slower than other boats of similar capabilities.
I am contemplating purchase of a carbon shaft 250cm paddle to maximize performance. The seat is very comfortable and accommodates my 6' 210lb frame very well. The hatches offer excellent access to below deck storage space that adds to the versatility of the Ride.
Overall a very well built boat that offers a lot of paddling pleasure.