Finally!!! A bit too late, but better than never.
As an Ocean Kayak owner and a fan I am more than happy to see their first pedal drive kayak. But as an owner and a fan I also must write a rant which I believe many Ocean kayak fans have and would like to see some things change.
With a boom of fishing kayaks on the market, lightning fast development of the sport and all the technology and gear being built into new kayaks I must admit I was wondering what is happening with Ocean Kayak and why don’t they have their horse for race, leaving their hard and long time built reputation and advantage of being first so easy to other player on the market.
Ok, they have a tradition, proved hull design and reliable kayaks, but you cannot live in the past, thinking that old glory will be enough to keep you a market share or grow. It is like that in every business, if you are not following trends and technology you are out of the game fast.
Especially today when other companies are launching new kayaks or upgrades on a regular basis. Technology went that far that having a pedal drive is becoming an old thing, kayaks now come with motor drives and fully rigged beyond things imaginable few years back.
After sleeping for years and just upgrading Trident series kayaks recently, putting a pedal drive on a recreational kayak is somehow not good enough if they are serious about the future.
What about fishing kayaks guys?
Don’t get me wrong, New Trident is a great kayak, kayak I strive for. Just perfect with the new upgrades; fast, sleek, stable, affordable and lightweight enough to load it on roof racks alone. Despite being perfect for me it doesn’t mean I am not tempted to go for newer, more innovative kayaks with unlimited propulsion options if wanted and all kinds rigging solutions (which were greatly improved with new Trident) and that’s where the Ocean Kayak is limping behind.
If they did put a pedal drive on their Trident series as an option I’m sure it would be a massive success and would get all the lost attention back. Not only that, except not losing some existing customers I bet they would attract many new ones as well. It would be hard to beat such a good, reliable and lightweight platform like Trident with a pedal upgrade for sure.
It is what it is, I am glad they finally woke up and I hope they will make up fast with something up to date or even better a new innovation to regain their Pioneer title again instead just limping behind trends.
Now about the New Malibu Pedal
I have no doubt that new Malibu Pedal is a great and fun kayak to ride. Primarily it’s designed to be family and recreational watercraft, easy to control, lightweight and with capabilities of accepting a child as additional small passenger and even a dog.
It is equipped with great and proven pedal drive borrowed from award winning Old Town predator PDL kayak. The drive is easy removable, reliable and with the 10.3:1 gear ratio has enough strength to reach speed up to 5.5MPH. It also runs in reverse. Drive has its own dry storage space for things like keys, wallets etc.
The PDL Drive System is capable of reaching 5.5 MPH with an impressive 10.3:1 gear ratio for efficient pedaling. It mounts into the Malibu Pedal in seconds and in shallow water it can tip up to its docking position in an instant. The pedals are padded for barefoot comfort and grip. The PDL Drive System console also doubles as dry storage with a 6-inch access hatch.
Same goes for the comfortable, agronomical and quick drying seat which is redesigned removable Element seat from the Old Town predator. Except quick drying material it has a mesh storage pockets underneath.
Malibu pedal comes with 3 cup holders and 8 inch accessory track enabling you to quickly and without drilling add a camera or any other accessories, or even rod holders to turn it into fishing kayak.
- MATERIAL:Single Layer Polyethylene
- LENGTH:12′ | 3.66 m
- WIDTH:5″ | 87.6 cm
- LEG LENGTH:48″ | 122 cm
- DECK HEIGHT:19″ | 48.3 cm
- WEIGHT:100 lbs | 45.4 kg (+/- estimate)
- MAX CAPACITY:450 lbs | 204.1 kg
- SUGGESTED RETAIL:$2,199.00 USD
As I said before, I am glad to see company responded to trends and market and I hope to see much more from them in near future.
They did a smart move by starting with introducing a pedal drive into their recreational kayak, where market still lacks pedal drive simple recreational kayaks for not so demanding users. With the price sitting at 2199$ it is probably the best and most affordable recreational kayak on the market at the moment.
I hope there will be a surprise for a more demanding, fishing kayak market soon. Till than enjoy this Malibu Pedal video