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The Trident has an absolutely wonderful rod pod and the new OK scupper valves are worth their weight in gold. Unfortunately, my experience with the Trident begins with this. Because of the somewhat blunt bow lifting and carrying it to the truck is like holding a very heavy suitcase out at arms length. Lifting the stern is no better.
Once in the water the boat does not track very well. Yes, I am a very experienced paddler and I know that 99 percent of poor tracking is the way it is paddled. The Trident does not track very well period. I would compare its speed to paddling a pig uphill. My Tarpon 100 is much faster. No matter how hard you paddle you cannot approach theoretical hull speed. You paddle mildly or with vigor and you go the same speed. This was very disappointing.
On the good side I can say the Trident is very stable and handles chop very well indeed. The OK factory seat that comes on the Trident 11 should be tossed in the trash upon purchase and a decent and thicker seat installed. Otherwise your butt is almost always sitting in water even with scupper plugs.
As always the OK yaks are of excellent construction and quality. I cannot fault OK on that point. I just found the Trident 11 a very big disappoint in the loading, handling, and paddling categories. If you are not looking for great speed nor are you looking for lazer like tracking, the Trident 11 is an excellent fishing yak. It was just not my cup of tea so to speak. I went back to my old Prowler 13 and rediscovered what a fine fishing yak it truly is even if it does not have a lawn chair for a seat or a rod pod.
Last, if you purchase or have any OK yak look into acquiring the Scupper Valves they recently came out with. They are just dandy. I must add that my youthful yak fishing buddy thinks the Trident 11 is superb in every way which is understandable as I gave it to him to replace his Pelican yak. Experienced yak fishermen and fisherwomen will understand.
It is light for its size at about 11 1/2 feet long and has massive storage for rods and soft sided coolers inside of the kayak. Loading this kayak on and off of my car was much easier than other brands of near the same length due to it being lighter. Another surprise advantage I discovered was how easy it is for me to stand and fish in; something I wasn't easily able to do in the Tarpon 120.
One disadvantage is that when it's loaded down with equipment my butt will get wet if I don't have scupper plugs. However, scupper plugs are a very easy and cheap fix. The seat seems to be more rudimentary than other brands but is surprisingly comfortable anyway. Another feature that I like about this kayak is the adjustable, comfortable foot pegs. They have a bigger more ergonomic design which is really nice.
For my height and size of 5'7" and 140 pounds and my fishing to paddling ratio I would highly recommend this kayak or the Tarpon 120.
It holds plenty of gear. It tracks very straight without a rudder. It has a built in transducer scupper, battery bag, large dry front hatch, you can store 3-5 7ft rod and reels in the hull. It has the mod pod which has measuring boards, small storage trays, removable multi-position rod holders and it lifts off to give access to the hull. It has built in rod holders on the hull. It features multiple bungee cords to store gear in the rear in 2 separate wells. It also has a large adjustable seat with backrest. Makes all day fishing a breeze.
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