This afternoon, Ocean Kayak finally released the newly redesigned Trident for hungry open-water anglers. Kayak Angler got a Trident 13 earlier this fall and it has become my go-to boat for everything from skinny water sight casting to big water paddling.
I've been a fan of the Trident for years. My first, and current, kayak is a OK Prowler 15, the predecesor of the Trident series. With the new re-design, Ocean Kayak brings modern features to this classic favorite. Good news: they left the popular hull alone. Nothing has changed about the sleek profile and soft chines. The boat still handles waves and current with enough stability for stand-up fishing.
On the topside, OK added more features than they've ever offered, before. Gear tracks pepper the deck. A new Swiss-Army-knife ModPod cover has a electronics hatches, dry box, gear tracs and an integrated magnet that holds tools and tackle. Their most proud of the new ACS2 seat. This low-profile seat has the hard bucket and spine of a frame seat without the bulk and weight. After dialing in the seat's adjustments, we found it a perfect fit. I like the sturdy support and breathable back and bottom, while the seat is small enough to stay out of the way.
My favorite addition is the paddle park at the bow. A flap of rubber infront of the bow hatch is a convenient place to stash my paddle and even holds my rod-tips. In short, the updated Trident is still a sturdy workhorse with a modern cockpit for easy fishing. Look for a full review and videos of the new Trident 13 in the Winter issue of Kayak Angler, out soon!
Here's the word from OK on the new Tridents.