Native Slayer Propel 13
The Slayer Propel 13 is one of Native’s most popular models due to its outstanding performance, lightweight design, and impressive features. It is driven by the Propel Pedal Drive System and can maintain fast cruising speeds, allowing users to enjoy a hands-free fishing experience. Native makes good use of the available space on the Slayer Propel 13 by including plenty of storage options, including dry storage hatches. For anglers looking to find a premium kayak that offers impressive features and solid performance, the Slayer Propel 13 is certainly worth a closer look.
- Smooth pedal drive system
- Great speed
- Comfortable, adjustable seating
- Plenty of storage
- Easily-controlled rudder
- Excellent stability
- Poor agility
- Not transducer ready
Size and Weight
This kayak gets its namesake from the overall length, 13’2” (401 cm). With a width of 33” (84 cm), the Slayer Propel 13 has the ideal profile for a fast, great-tracking kayak. Tipping the scales at a fully-rigged 108 lbs (49 kg), this kayak’s weight is also notable as the Slayer Propel 13 is slightly lighter than other models of similar size.
One of the most essential aspects of a premium fishing kayak is the ability to load their ride down with any necessary gear without hampering the overall performance. The Slayer Propel 13 offers a 500-lb (226.8 kg) overall capacity, which is more than enough for most seasoned anglers to fit their electronic equipment, tackle, and any other gear into.
There is no denying that the Slayer Propel 13 offers many of the best features professional anglers look for in a fishing kayak.
Driven by Native’s famous Propel Pedal Drive System, this kayak has the capability to instantly travel forward or backward with little effort. The pedal system is one of the most comfortable on the market and is considered to be among the smoothest pedal drive systems available.
The Slayer Propel 13’s seat is also said to be extremely comfortable for most users. With plenty of lower lumbar support and adjustability, the hand-sewn padded seat is enough to provide most anglers with a comfortable fishing experience that is perfect for longer trips.
Like most other kayaks in Native’s Slayer lineup, the seat is capable of sliding backward and forward with the twist of a knob to perfectly adjust to each angler’s specific leg length needs.
The bow features a large dry storage hatch that’s ideal for stashing items like personal floatation devices, tackle boxes, rain gear, and a variety of other items that can be kept dry and out of the elements, especially when travelling to and from a given waterway.
The deck features non-slip padding that gives users a comfortable area to stand on that won’t put them in danger of slipping and falling into the water once the kayak’s cockpit inevitably gets wet. At the center of the cockpit is a cup holder that keeps your favorite beverage front-and-center at all times.
There are gear tracks located on either side of the cockpit area, as well as an additional set of tracks placed on the bow that is perfect for keeping camera equipment or fish finder displays easily in view of the user.
The Slayer Propel 13’s impact resistant rudder can be easily controlled using a navigation knob that’s located on the left of the user’s seat. Behind the seat are two molded rod holders with another rod/drink holder located on the right side of the seat.
Also behind the seat is another circular dry storage hatch that’s perfect for storing valuables or anything else that needs to be kept dry.
The stern offers a large, open well that’s capable of fitting multiple coolers, crates, and any other gear items an angler needs to keep. The well features bungee cables that ensure your gear stays firmly in place, no matter how rough the water gets.
One of the only downsides to the Slayer Propel 13 is the lack of transducer ready cables or mounts. However, many users have reported little difficulty installing their own electronic equipment.
The Slayer Propel 13 features outstanding stability that allows anglers to comfortably stand up without feeling as if they may tip the kayak over. Users also report that, despite the high seat position, the kayak never feels as if it is in danger of tipping in rough or choppy waters, including along coastal areas.
Many users report the ability to reach a cruising speed of over 5 miles per hour with very little effort thanks to the smooth pedal drive system. In addition to having great speed, the Slayer Propel 13 offers solid tracking thanks to its hull design and extended rudder. The longer body means this kayak doesn’t quite have the agility that is common in the other Native models.
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