Old Town Sportsman Salty PDL 120
Old Town Sportsman Salty PDL 120 is a kayak that’s perfectly suited for fishing in the ocean near large breaking waves. This kayak is right at home in saltwater and is perfect for fishing or as a recreational kayak that’s capable of handling most swells. The Salty PDL 120 is specially designed to deal with the larger waves users usually encounter when saltwater fishing. Priced at under $2,000, this kayak is a great combination of quality and affordability.
- Transducer ready
- Excellent stability
- Pedal driven
- Comfortable seating
- Lifetime hull warranty
- No dry storage
- Limited capacity
- Not suitable for heavier users
Size and Weight
The Salty PDL 120 gets part of its name from the overall length, which is 12’ (370 cm). This kayak has a beam of 34.5” (87.6 cm), which is intended to provide added stability in the often rough conditions of the ocean. The Salty PDL 120 is on the heavy side as well, with a hull weight of 85 lbs (38.5 kg).
The kayak’s overall capacity is 450 lbs (204 kg), which is great news for saltwater anglers as many will attest to the need for heavier gear and tackle when fishing in the sea. The Salty PDL 120 has great stability, even when loaded down to nearly full capacity.
The Salty PDL 120 is designed to deal with the ocean spray that often comes with saltwater fishing. Most of the kayak’s features are geared toward keeping everything on board strapped down and secure, as well as keeping valuable items as dry as possible.
The PDL Drive system is very comfortable to use and allows the user to go forward and backward instantly. The pedal system is also covered by a 5-year warranty.
The Sportsman seat is said to be one of the most comfortable on the market. Users will appreciate having a high backrest with great lumbar support. The seat has a high and a low position or can be reclined if needed. The Salty PDL 120’s seat features a mesh covering that provides ventilation and drainage to help keep you dry.
In front of the seating area are two 18” gear tracks where users can mount a variety of different accessories such as rod holders, paddle holders, fish finders, camera gear, and more. The kayak also offers one forward-facing and two rear-facing rod holders, that are ideal for trolling.
The Salty PDL 120’s rudder also has locking capability, which is perfect for anglers who prefer to troll or drift without getting too far off course. The deck is designed to have improved footing, even when wet, with the EVA foam deck pads.
There are two large tank wells on the bow and stern area, which are equipped with bungee cords to help secure any items on board. The hull also offers a paddle storing space on the side of the kayak for quick and easy access.
The Salty PDL 120 also comes transducer-ready with a universal transducer system that allows users to easily mount a wide array of different brands of electronics. The kayak also offers an extra tackle box that stores underneath the seat.
There is no denying that the Salty PDL 120 is designed mainly for saltwater fishing. The kayak’s added width gives it excellent stability, even in rough water that might otherwise cause users to feel less confident about standing. The Salty PDL 120 also has great tracking thanks to its rudder that can be locked in place to keep the kayak from being blown around by the strong breezes that are typically found near coastal waters. Users also report that the kayak has good agility and a relatively tight turning radius.
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Specification: Old Town Sportsman Salty PDL 120