I’ll admit, I was extremely excited to get my hands on the Sea Eagle 330 Inflatable Kayak with Pro Package. I went with the Pro Package for the upgraded seats. I was so excited to check it out that I inflated it as soon as it I bought it (instead of the usual week long wait in the garage!)
Getting everything out and ready was easy. The paddle blades connected with little effort. And the canoe itself was simple to inflate with the included foot pump. Sure, it takes a little time, but it’s a lot easier than having to worry about tie-downs.
Setup on sight was a breeze too. I was able to inflate the canoe beside my car and carry it by myself to the put-in. If you’re a solo kayaker like me, you’ll love the convenience.
I started out slow. I didn’t want to put too much pressure on an inflatable kayak right away. I was still feeling out the canoe and the water. But it didn’t take long for me to get the hang of the shape.
I started in the flatwater. I was somewhat familiar with the river, so I knew where I was heading. My main goal was to get everything out of my new kayak that I could. So I headed for some Class II rapids.
Paddling through the first chute was easy. The Sea Eagle 330 pro floated like a dream, and I was comfortable the whole way. Even when the waters got rougher, I felt safe and secure in my skill and choice of equipment.
I hit a bony and held on. I was paddling around the rocks with confidence. Even though I knew I was in an inflatable canoe, I still felt like I could take on anything. Even peeling out of an eddy was a snap. All in all, I couldn’t have asked for a better performance. And it’s even rated for tougher rapids.
At the take-out, I knew I didn’t have to worry about lugging a heavy canoe back upstream. Being able to deflate the 330 (similar to the 370) and put it back in the bag it came with made my trek a lot more enjoyable. The paddles came apart too and the blades and rods were easy to store.
As I walked back to my car, I didn’t feel burdened at all by the weight of the kayak (a refreshing option than the more common kayaks I use). At only 26 pounds it wasn’t too stressful. And the thrill it had given me made it well worth the effort.
I’ve been extremely satisfied with my Sea Eagle 330 review. Everything about the experience, from the ease of inflation and deflation, to the durability and security during use, made me certain I made the right purchase.
I’m looking forward to my next adventure. The size and the the weight handling is perfect as an alternative inflatable fishing kayak. Sometimes you just want something light and easy to carry instead of the usual rigged gear for angling.
Many times reading someone elses experience is not enough to get a good idea of the kayak you want, so check out this video and see for yourself: