Lifetime Hydros 85
Simple and functional, the Lifetime Hydros 85 is an affordable option for kayak anglers that want a no-nonsense boat for short paddles. It offers a fun, lightweight and highly portable way to get out on the water for a quick fishing trip on your local lake or river.
- Lightweight for the size
- Multiple carry handles for transport
- Three rod holders for fishing rips
- Rear tankwell with bungee for gear storage
- Great primary stability in flat conditions
- Durability concerns with blow-molded construction
- Low maximum weight capacity
- Not ideal in windy weather
Size and Weight
The Lifetime Hydros 85 measures 8’5” (256.5 cm) and has a width of 29.5” (74.9 cm). For its length, this boat has a fairly standard width, which offers good stability in flat conditions. With that in mind, this kayak’s short length limits its tracking ability, making it best for fun, recreational purposes.
Weighing in at 38 lbs (17.2 kg), the Hydros 85 is very lightweight, even for its size. Since it also has front, rear, and center carry handles, this kayak is easy to transport to and from the water for quick paddles on a sunny day.
It’s worth noting that Lifetime achieved these weight savings with the Hydros 85 by using blow-molded high-density polyethylene. While blow-molded plastic is lighter and more affordable, it is less durable over years of regular use.
With a stated weight capacity of 225 lbs (102 kg), the Hydros 85 is best for smaller paddlers. If we remember that boats shouldn’t be loaded beyond 80% of their maximum capacity, this kayak is ideal for anyone under 180 lbs (81.6 kg).
Additionally, since the Hydros 85 is designed for occasional fishing, one also needs to factor in the weight of their gear and potential catch when determining if this boat is right for them. Ultimately, this kayak is suitable for smaller paddlers who bring minimal gear with them out on the water.
Despite its pared-back design, the Hydros 85 still offers everything you need for a few hours of paddling and fishing on a local lake.
It has an adjustable quick-release seat back that provides a decent amount of lumbar support for short paddles. Additionally, it has a rear tankwell storage system with a bungee cord for easier transport of your essential gear.
For anglers, the Hydros 85 has two flush-mounted rod holders right next to the seat for added convenience. It also has an adjustable rod holder to allow you to get as many lines as possible in the water.
Due to its shorter length, the Hydros 85 provides more in terms of maneuverability than tracking ability. However, since it’s designed for recreational paddling and fishing, most paddlers will find that it tracks well enough for their needs.
This boat also has multiple footrest positions to allow you to get more control over the kayak while turning. Its fairly wide and flat hull also provides ample primary stability in calm conditions.
While such hulls are ideal in flat water, they offer minimal secondary stability in waves and wind. So, the Hydros 85 is an ideal boat for shorter adventures on nice days, rather than longer camping trips or day tours.
Specification: Lifetime Hydros 85