Sea Eagle 370 (SE370) Kayak Review

Kayak Overview

sea eagle inflatable kayakIf you’re looking for an inflatable 2 man kayak that is light, portable and has plenty of room, you’ve found it. The Sea Eagle 370 kayak (also known as the SE370) is great performance combined with a great price. This inflatable 2 man kayak is made out of extra thick 38-millimeter PolyKrylar (a type of PVC which is extra strong and durable). The heavy duty hull is puncture resistant, so if you want to bring your dog out for a day of fishing, it won’t be a problem anymore. Your dog couldn’t puncture this kayak even if he or she tried to. This kayak is also NMMA certified, which in layman’s terms means that the kayak has been inspected by someone with a lot knowledge about inflatable kayaks and this person have stated that it’s safe and secure to use.

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With a weight load of 650 pounds, this Sea Eagle kayak can take two full grown adults and a child or a large bag without any problems. But what we think is the most impressive feature  about the 370 is its weight, a mere 32 pounds. Thanks to it’s light weight design it can be packed into a travel friendly bag which will fit into any car, even Smart cars!

It’s easy to set up, the three main chambers require about 100 pumps of air each. While it might you take a couple of tries before you get the gist of it, you’ll get used to it in no time. If you’re the lazy type and don’t fancy spending 10 minutes (it might just be us, but out of 3 tries this was our average time) pumping your kayak, you can opt for a motorized pump, which will bring the pump time down to a matter of minutes.

To sum it up, the Sea Eagle 370 Pro Package is a versatile and affordable inflatable kayak. Use it for a calm day out on the lake fishing, explore new rivers with a friend or get an adrenaline rush paddling down white water rapids. Yes, you read that right, you can take this kayak through class 3 white water. In our opinion, this one of the best “bang-for-your-buck” kayak you can buy today.

Features

  • Light weight and portable
  • Tough and extra thick PolyKrylar hull
  • NMMA certified
  • Inflatable spray skirts to avoid getting wet
  • Drain valve for easy removal of water

Specifications

  • Interior: 10 feet, 8 inches by 1 foot, 1 inch
  • Exterior: 12 feet, 6 inches by 2 feet, 10inches
  • Capacity: 3 Persons or 650 pounds (In reality only two full grown adults will fit)
  • Weight: 32 pounds
  • Material: 38 mil PolyKrylar (K80 PVC)

Pro or Deluxe version?

You might have noticed that the Sea Eagle 370 comes in two versions, a “Deluxe Package” and a “Pro Package”. While the Deluxe model is slightly cheaper (around $30 cheaper), we suggest that you get the Pro model instead.

The Deluxe and Pro models are almost the same, there’s just one slight difference that makes the cheaper version a real deal breaker (back breaker would be a more fitting word). We found that the seats in the Pro version are A LOT better. The seats that come with the Deluxe version have poor back support unless you slide them all the way back against the spray skirt, which is fine if you’re paddling by yourself, but as soon as another person joins, someones back is going to get upset.

Our Review

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Let’s just start by saying that the Sea Eagle 370 Pro is one of the most affordable kayaks for beginners. We’ve recommended this to many beginners looking to get into the sport, and we’ve yet to hear any complaints from them. With the versatility and the price tag, it’s hard to go wrong.

Dual skegs help tracking, but not in winds
Unlike some other cheaper inflatables we’ve tried, the 370 comes with dual skegs that helps you with boat tracking and keeping speed. However, we found that even with the skegs, the kayak still wants to drift to the side, especially in stronger winds and currents. But we’re not complaining too much, it would be nice to have a little better tracking but you cannot get everything from a reasonable cheap kayak. It also wouldn’t be fair comparing the tracking on the Sea Eagle 370 against a hard shell.

Pressure gauge to tell you the PSI
Another great feature we love about this inflatable is the pressure gauge, something which is not all too common. The pressure gauge tells you just how much air you need to pump into your kayak. It’s a great a little tool for beginners, preventing them from under/over inflation. We do however miss a pressure gauge on the floor chamber, we were quite disappointed by this as they already went through the trouble to install it on the main air chamber.

Handles more like a canoe than a kayak
If you’re familiar with hard shell kayaks and canoes, you know that both handle differently. And while Sea Eagle calls this a kayak, it really handles more like a canoe due to the high center of gravity. But don’t let that scare you, it’s still just as fun. Another thing we’d like to point out, because this is an inflatable, the kayak will flex in waves. Quite a weird feeling, especially if you’re coming from hard shell kayaks or canoes, but you’ll get used to it in no time.

Paddles feel cheap, get something else
One thing we don’t like about the 370 are the paddles. While they do their job just fine, they feel a little bit cheap and our version ‘rattled’ every time we paddled through the water. Sure, we paddled the whole day and nothing happened, but we rather be on the safe side next time and bring something more high end (Werner Kalliste manufacture some of the best paddles on the market) Wouldn’t want to have the paddle break on you when you’re miles away from shore.

Seat webbing bleeds out and stains the white hull
Another thing that have been bothering a lot of 370 kayak owners is the bleeding from the webbing on the seats. When wet, the blue color will bleed onto the white hull and stain it. We don’t see this as a draw back though, your sports equipment is meant to be used after all!

Pros

  • Really light and compact for it’s carrying capacity
  • Dual skegs for better tracking and speed
  • Pressure gauge to help you pump your kayak correctly
  • Versatile and affordable entry model

Cons

  • Paddles felt cheap and weak
  • Lack of pressure gauge for floor air chamber
  • Webbing on the seats can stain the hull of the kayak

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a fun and affordable way to get into the world of inflatable kayaking, this is it. The Sea Eagle 370 Pro is versatile and will allow you to try everything from calm lakes to white water rapids, perfect for someone who still wants to figure out what they want to do the most with their kayak. It’s built out of heavy duty PVC, which makes it puncture resistant and dog paw friendly. It’s a rather large inflatable kayak at 12 feet, which makes a great choice for couple or people who want to carry a lot of gear with them. All in all, great value for great money.

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