I've often thought the Revo doesn't get as much love as it deserves as a fishing boat on this forum because the Outback is so good.
But I do love my Revo. I have never taken it to the Bay Bridge because that is not my kayak fishing style. (There are plenty of stripers willing to oblige in areas other than the Bay Bridge.) I prefer hugging shorelines or trolling through open waters. The Revo is great for both fishing styles and I suspect I expend less energy making it move than I would in an Outback. However, storage in a Revo is an issue. I solved that problem somewhat with A BlackPak. But the extra deck space of an Outback would be nice, especially when I fly fish.
The Revo slices through the water beautifully and its low profile gives it great tracking in the wind. I actually can get mesmerized watching the bow cut through the chop. I also do not worry about its stability. I'm not cavalier about it but I've learned its capabilities in some big waves broadside, backside and head on. As long I keep my butt plastered to the seat I have no worries about stability. But that does bring another matter to forefront. I have an older model without the elevated seat. That means "wet butt" on trips when the water is choppy. In the summer it's actually cooling. But it can make the drive home a little damp. In the winter I don't notice it because of my Kokatat pants.
Lastly, it's a relatively light pedal kayak. I can car-top it by myself, although help is always appreciated.
Three cheers for the Revo!
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