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Ocean Kayak's redesigned Trident adds modern rigging to a classic favorite. Kevin Whitley

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. 

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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.

 

 
 
The all-new Ocean Kayak Trident Series unveiled!
Ocean Kayak, makers of the original sit-on-top fishing kayak, is proud to introduce an entirely revamped Trident Series, which began shipping November 1, 2016.

"Our goal with the Ocean Kayak Trident revamp was to make the best even better," said David Hadden, Brand Director - Watercraft, Johnson Outdoors. "The hull is still the same legendary Trident hull, but we've added numerous deck features that provide a better on-water experience from bow to stern."

ACS2 Seating!

Changes to the Trident 11, 13 and 15 include the addition of the Active Comfort System 2.0 (ACS2) for all-day comfort, redesigned "Mod Pod" for gear management, gunnel accessory tracks, generous hatch storage, and a handy, quick-stow paddle holder. 

The ACS2 backrest height adjusts up and down for the ultimate in lumbar support and to accommodate various PFD styles-and improved thigh support without changing kayaker center of gravity. Seat height adjustments off the deck surface are made quickly and efficiently via easy-to-use, grooved tracks.

New Mod Pod Design

The new Mod Pod design is slightly narrower for increased thigh room and to allow easier stand-up fishing. The folding Mod Pod hatch comes standard with two trays that accommodate the footprint of Plano 3600 tackle boxes and also slides fore and aft for access to the inside boat hull. Also includes a cup holder and locking dry storage to protect smartphone, wallet, charger, tools, etc. - and is magnetized to hold clippers, pliers, knives, fishing lures, and other metal fishing utility tools. 

A total of seven flush aluminum track mounts allow quick rigging of accessories like rod holders, electronics, and POV camera mounts. There is one track mount toward the bow, two mid-ship, two toward the stern, and two built-in the Mod Pod. Mounting plates on both the Mod Pod and boat allow easy rigging of fish-finders and tidy transducer/power cable routing. 

Maximum Storage & Cool Stuff

The bow hatch still provides access to a massive storage area and the included 12-volt battery bag for fish-finder and accessory power. The bow also features a redesigned paddle-keeper for quick paddle-stashing when fighting a fish; also includes rod tip protectors. New Trident models also feature the addition of a rear hatch for increased gear storage. 

Additionally, the behind-seat tankwell has been redesigned to allow flush mounting of Ocean Kayak's new Ice Box, a specially-designed cooler that fits both Ocean Kayak Trident and Old Town Predator Series kayaks, allowing convenient behind-seat storage of fish on ice or simple conversion to livewell with the addition of an aerator. The Ice Box retails for $249.99. 

All new Trident models also feature adjustable foot braces and are rudder-ready with purchase of a separate rudder kit. New Trident models also feature hard, rubber-molded carry handles that resist snagging.

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Trident 15
The Trident 15 is built for big adventure, stability and confident paddling in high seas.
 
DIMENSIONS:  15' 6" x 28 1/2"
WEIGHT:          91 lbs.
CAPACITY:       455 lbs.
COLORS:         Brown Camo, Urban Camo, 
                        Orange Camo, Lemongrass
MSRP:             $1,499.99 MAP 
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Trident 13
The Trident 13 is the ideal size for inshore and inland angling, with Trident's legendary paddling ease.DIMENSIONS:  13' 6" x 29"
WEIGHT:          79 lbs.
CAPACITY:       355 lbs.
COLORS:         Brown Camo, Urban Camo,
                        Orange Camo, Lemongrass
MSRP:             $1,299.99 MAP 
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Trident 11
The Trident 11 is the most compact kayak in the Trident fleet, for convenience and paddling agility.DIMENSIONS:  11' 6" x 30 1/2"
WEIGHT:          71 lbs.
CAPACITY:       305 lbs.
COLORS:         Brown Camo, Urban Camo,
                        Orange Camo, Lemongrass
MSRP:             $1,999.99 MAP
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