Native Ultimate FX 15 Tandem Pro
Native has taken its canoe/kayak hybrid design to the next level with its Ultimate FX 15 Tandem PRO. This kayak is perfect for fishing, camping, hunting, and just about anything else users want to enjoy on the water in a comfortable, high-performance kayak. The Ultimate FX 15 Tandem PRO has all the desirable features of a canoe with the stability and performance of a kayak, making this one of the top choices for many anglers looking to get their hands on a solid tandem kayak that’s priced well-below $2,000.
- Tandem/solo mode
- Comfortable seating
- High capacity
- canoe/kayak hybrid
- Good price
- Anchor trolley
- No rod holders
- Not transducer ready
- No dry storage
Size and Weight
The Native Ultimate FX 15 Tandem PRO gets its name from the 15’3” (465 cm) length. The kayak has a width of just 31” (79 cm), which gives it enough stability for both users to stand and fish, but not too much width to hamper the overall on-the-water performance. Despite its length and size, the Ultimate FX 15 Tandem PRO is easily one of the more lightweight options of any tandem kayak on the market in 2020, tipping the scales at a fitted hull weight of just 80 lbs (36 kg) and a fully-rigged weight of 90 lbs (40.8 kg).
If there’s any aspect of the Ultimate FX 15 Tandem PRO that truly stands out, it’s the whopping 600 lbs (272 kg) of overall capacity. This number should appeal to users who are in the market for a kayak that’s capable of being loaded down with a considerable amount of camping, hunting, or fishing gear that can still maintain optimal performance.
Perhaps one of the most impressive features of the Ultimate FX 15 Tandem PRO is its ability to convert from a tandem kayak to a solo vessel.
Users can very easily remove the front bow seat and slide the stern seat up into the middle portion of the kayak by turning a few knobs and sliding the rear seat forward. Both seats are reported to be very comfortable with plenty of lower lumbar support for all-day kayaking.
The seats are crafted from hand-sewn, breathable mesh material that’s fitted onto a sturdy aluminum frame. There’s also ample room underneath each seat for extra tackle or other gear items, clothing, or snacks.
The seats can quickly and easily be adjusted into either a high or low position depending on each user’s preference. Each set of footpegs can also be adjusted to allow users extra stability when paddling. In front of each seat is a cup holder that’s attached to the sliding seat deck.
Both the bow and stern are fitted with durable, hardened handles that add to the overall portability of the Ultimate FX 15 Tandem PRO.
Each cockpit area features non-slip padding that helps users gain extra footing when standing. Both cockpit areas are fitted with gear tracks along each side that allow anglers to place rod holders, camera gear, electronics and other gear items just where they need it.
Other gear items can also be added to either thwart bar on the Ultimate FX 15 Tandem PRO. The middle thwart bar is fully adjustable and able to be moved forward to accommodate for users in solo mode.
The kayak also features a tight-line anchor trolley along the starboard side that allows users to safely place their anchor in the right position without any hassle.
The stern features a large open storage well that’s perfect for coolers, crates, or serving as another space for extra gear on longer journeys.
As with any tandem kayak, stability is likely the most intriguing factor. The Ultimate FX 15 Tandem PRO offers plenty of stability as many users report that two anglers are able to comfortably stand and fish in most cases. The stability is greatly improved for users who opt for solo mode.
Thanks to its canoe-like design, this kayak offers excellent tracking and speed for a tandem design. Users report that the overall performance is adequate to gain entry into tight spaces, or maneuver through debris and structures in fast-moving rivers. Considering the recommended price of just $1,599, the Ultimate FX 15 Tandem PRO is easily one of the hottest choices of tandem/solo kayaks on the market in 2023.
Specification: Native Ultimate FX 15 Tandem Pro