The Tamarack is easily the best fishing kayak for beginners. It’s durable, sturdy and won’t cost you a small fortune to own.
Lifetime Tamarack Features
With a 52 pound design, the Tamarack is highly portable, and it’s just the right size for just about any user. With a higher weight capacity, you can easily pack all of your gear on this kayak without it breaking a sweat.
- Length: 120”
- Width: 31”
- Draft: 5”
- Weight: 52lbs
- Hull: HDPE (high-density polyethylene)
- Max Weight Capacity:
- Color: Tan
Constructed with UV-resistant HDPE, this kayak features deep hull tracking channels and a stable flat bottom for easy use no matter your skill level. The stability chine rails further add to the stability of this kayak, making it easier to fish in a variety of water conditions. HDPE is impact-resistant, too, so you don’t have to treat your kayak like a piece of fragile glass.
As a “sit-on-top” model, you won’t be able to stand on top of the Tamarack, but the adjustable padded seat and footrest allow you to change positions to prevent discomfort and aches. Both the seat back and the seat pad are adjustable, so you can choose the perfect setting for you.
Here’s a good review of the benefits of sit-on-top kayaks versus sit-inside kayaks.
If you spend the entire afternoon fishing, you’ll appreciate being able to adjust your position from time to time.
Front and rear carry handles also make it easy to transport this kayak to and from the water. While the Tamarack still has some weight to it, it’s lighter than most other kayaks, which makes it easier to mount on your car’s roof – or wherever your mount may be.
You’ll find this model in both tan and red colors, but the tan is more popular.
Lots of Rooms for Accessories
The Tamarack makes it easy to bring all of your accessories with you on the water. Whether you’re planning a full-day trip or just a few hours, all of your gear will be just an arm’s reach away.
As a fishing kayak, the Tamarack has everything you need to make your next trip on the water a successful one. The built-in fishing rod holders allow you to safely carry your poles to your destination, or rest them there while you enjoy your afternoon lunch.
A series of shock cord straps keep your gear in place at the front and rear of the kayak, so it’s always close at hand. The front storage area is a bit smaller than the back, but still provides plenty of room for gear without hindering your view.
The Tamarack also comes with two covered 6” storage compartments in the center of the boat. These compartments are ideal for storing drinks, bait and other small items you may need. If you have a waterproof smartphone bag or case, you can store your phone here, too.
Two paddle cradles are built into the sides of the boat and have shock cords to keep your paddle in place while you fish or relax.
The Tamarack also comes with a paddle, but if you’d like to purchase one separately, you’ll want to choose a large one. This kayak is a bit wider than average and has some weight to it, so you’ll need a sturdy paddle.
Comfort is important when you’re spending all day in a boat – and especially because this kayak does not have a standing deck. The Tamarack excels in this department by giving you plenty of customizable options.
The back of the seat and the seat pad itself are both adjustable, so you can choose a position that’s right for you. There are multiple footrest positions to choose from, too, so you can change your leg positions when needed. The multiple foot positions also mean that users of all heights – tall or short – can use this kayak comfortably.
While no seat cushion is included, you’ll find that this kayak is still comfortable to sit on. You can also purchase a cushion separately for added comfort if needed.
The Tamarack is a bit wider than your typical kayak, which can make paddling a little challenging for smaller users. At the same time, the larger width makes this model easier to maneuver out on the water.
The tracking channels, flat bottom and stability chine rails work together to create a smooth, stable experience out on the water. Whether you’re new to kayaking or have been doing it for years, you’ll find it easy to steer the Tamarack.
What’s New for 2016?
Not much has changed since this kayak was released.
Some buyers did have issues with shipping several years ago, but that has since been fixed. A few buyers received kayaks that were dented or had other damage. While the damage was likely caused the shipper, Lifetime has taken steps to improve the packing of this kayak.
Aside from this, no features have been changed or updated in 2016. The design and overall quality of construction of this kayak really don’t warrant any updates.
The Lifetime Tamarack is a solid, durable, comfortable and affordable fishing kayak that users of all experience and skill levels will enjoy. With plenty of storage space, adjustable seat and foot positions, and a generous size, this kayak is great for afternoon or even weekend fishing trips.