Malibu Mini-X Fish & Dive Kayak Review
Looking for an affordable, lightweight, compact, and stable fishing kayak? If you don't have a lot of space for storage or if you are simply looking for a small kayak to do some fishing from, the Malibu Kayaks Mini-X Fishing Kayak is a great choice.
The Malibu Mini-X measures in at only 9 feet, 3 inches in length making it one of the most maneuverable and stable fishing kayaks on the market. Its compact size also makes it a great option for solo anglers as it's easy to transport and carry by a single person.
The Mini-X might be small, but it comes with plenty of storage for all your gear and fishing rods. It arrives ready to go with 4 built-in rod holders -- two in front and two in the rear. At the front of the boat is a anchor well with an eight inch round hatch that offers plenty of storage for gear or an optional removable bucket.
The extra large cockpit area on the Mini-X Fish or Dive Kayak includes a center rectangle hatch with removable bag. It also includes an integrated cup holder, self-draining trays, molded foot rests, and a built-in paddle holder.
Behind the seat you'll find two additional rod holders and another eight inch round hatch with removable bucket. You can easily fit a 5 gallon milk crate in the Mini-X's rear tankwell.
The Mini-X measures only 9 foot, 3 inches in length and weighs only 39 pounds. It has a width of 33.5 inches and a weight capacity of 325 pounds.
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Length: 9 feet, 3 inches
Width: 33.5 inches
Depth: 12 inches
Weight: 39 pounds
Capacity: 325 pounds
Dual 8 inch round hatches with removable buckets
4 Rod Holders
Bow and Stern Handles
Side Carry Handles
Center Hatch with Bag
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Sample Customer Reviews
The Mini-X kayak receives very good reviews from owners. The few negative comments we've found deal with it's tracking (or ability to go in a straight line while paddling) when compared to longer boats. However, most owners feel that it offers great tracking for a 9 foot boat.
Positive Customer Reviews
This is the perfect fishing kayak, very stable. A fishing crate will fit easy into the rear storage area. Very lightweight and easy to carry by yourself.
I needed a kayak for short fishing trips into the bay and the mini-x has proven to be the best purchase I have ever made. Extremely stable, it takes waves like a barge. Turns on a dime and tracking is great for such a small kayak.
I purchased this initially for my son but I use it exclusively now over my old 14" kayak. The first thing you will notice is the stability. I've never even come close to flipping this thing. It's really a great fishing platform. I can even stand while fishing, it's that stable.
Negative Customer Comments
The Mini-X is slow and doesn't track well. If you can deal with this, it's a good fishing kayak.
Front end tends to move left and right when paddling. Getting started can be difficult. You will definitely not be winning any kayak races.