If you’re looking for a sit-on-top kayak, you probably have realized by now that there are a TON of options out there! While it’s always good to have choices, having too many can make it difficult to make the right decision.
Our goal is to bring you honest and thorough reviews so that you can make an educated decision and choose a product that fits your needs and budget. Today, we are taking a look at the Emotion Spitfire 8 kayak.
High Quality Build
Like everything from Emotion Kayaks, the Spitfire 8 is made in the USA! With so many manufacturers moving their operations overseas, it’s nice to see a company still using American craftsmen. Emotion also uses the highest quality materials available to build rugged, durable, and stylish products. The Spitfire 8 is made from high-density, UV-protected polyethylene plastic, which is sure to last for many years of heavy use!
Spacious and Flexible Design
The Spitfire 8 is a relatively small kayak at 96” long. However, it’s surprisingly spacious, and provides a lot of storage room. The large tankwell, complete with a cargo net, offers enough space for a picnic lunch or light camping gear. And because of it’s compact design, the Spitfire can be quite kid-friendly. The manufacturers rate this kayak for up to 245 lbs, so if you’re over that weight you may want to go with a larger sit-on-top kayak. In fact, we found that this kayak is best for those under ~210 lbs or so. For larger adults, it’s just a bit too small.
Small Yet Stable
Many people like smaller/shorter kayaks because they are easy to transport, lightweight, and more flexible. However, generally the shorter the craft the less stability it will have. Many shorter sit on top kayaks also have inferior tracking. But the Spitfire 8 offers the best of both worlds – it’s short, lightweight (about 40lbs), and still provides great stability and tracking. And the compact size makes it quite maneuverable and fun!
From the molded foot wells to the padded backrest, the Spitfire 8 is quite comfortable. We found that even during long trips, we never felt uncomfortable or cramped – which is often the case with these smaller kayaks.
We always include comments from our readers and from other reviewers, whether they are positive or negative. Most of what we found about this kayak was positive, but we did note a few negative comments.
One reviewer (who mentioned they were 210 lbs), said that the Spitfire 8 tracked slowly and did not provide the maneuverability that he wanted. This goes back to our point about this yak being best for smaller individuals. Another reviewer mentioned that it’s difficult to bring this kayak up to a rapid speed.
To sum things up, we think that the Emotion Spitfire 8 is a great entry-level kayak, perfect for beginners and intermediates. It’s also a great choice for people without roof racks, as it’s pretty easy to fit in the back of a SUV, van, or truck. Despite the minor downfalls of a smaller sit on top kayak like this one, we can definitely recommend this craft when compared to other with confidence.
Here is a quick walkthrough of the ‘yak from the makers themselves: