If you are an avid fisherman, then you know how great it is to be on the water in your own boat: you can have several rods to hand, all your gear neatly stored and be in a prime position to land the catch. of your life. But for most people, this dream fishing setup is a tall order. You’ll need a fishing boat, to start with, as well as a truck or large SUV to tow it or a dock to tie up to. This requires some serious logistics, unless you’re fishing with the new Bote Lono Aero inflatable kayak.
The Aero is the perfect solution for those of us who don’t have access to a dedicated fishing boat. After a long weekend on the water with it in the back bay of Newport Beach, CA, we can say this is hands down one of the best inflatable watercraft we’ve tried.
First of all, this boat is so simple to compose for your day. The included pump makes inflation easy (you can fill it up in 10 minutes or less), and all the bells and whistles included, like front and rear loading straps and storage pouches, make it easy to organize all your gear. It features a comfortable top design, and even if you go out with multiple rods and a day’s worth of supplies, this kayak can handle it. It has four rod holders in its superb Rocket Rack, suitable for conventional and fly rods, and is designed to haul two rods at once. No matter what kind of fish you’re looking for, this kayak will help you catch them.
The Aero is designed for maximum versatility. It has a removable seat, eight grab handles for easy carrying, Velcro straps for attaching a paddle, rudder steering attachment points just left and right of the seat, convenient magnetic Magnepod port for Bote drinks (no spilled drinks in this boat), and it even has an accessory mounting point up front to capture your favorite moments with your favorite camera.
On the water, this kayak is as stiff and sturdy as any inflatable we’ve ever paddled. It’s stable, it’s strong, and it’ll keep you on track no matter what water conditions you need to navigate. You can even use it three different ways: strip it down as a stand-up paddleboard (simply by removing the seat), paddle it like a kayak, or use the pedal board (more on that below).
Don’t need to catch fish? It’s also ideal for casual exploration and exercise. In our testing, the Lono Aero was a joy to paddle on the water.
On our tester, we opted for the optional Apex Pedal Drive system (an $899 add-on) from Bote. It was a smart choice, and it made the kayak the ultimate rig in terms of versatility and convenience. Paired with this surprisingly smooth, powerful and easy-to-install crankset, we found the Lono Aero (and our legs) capable of covering some serious distance, making it an ideal rig for anglers but also casual paddlers, families, first-timers, and everyone in between.
Out of the box, the Lono Aero comes with just about everything you need to hit the water, including a removable center fin, carrying case and hand pump (currently Bote is running a promotion that adds a free paddle with every kayak purchase).
The versatility of the Aero Lono makes it the vessel of choice for any sailor, whether you’re heading out for an early morning fishing trip or a leisurely afternoon paddle. Best of all, its durability and build quality make it a purchase you can trust.
The Bote Lono Aero even works well when you’re back on land. It folds into a roll-up case for transport and can fit in any SUV or larger sedan trunk. Although not ultra-compact when deflated, it easily fits into the lifestyle of almost any owner, certainly more so than investing in a real fishing boat.
With the Lono Aero, Bote proves that inflatable kayaks don’t have to compromise on performance. As we dive in the warmer months of the year, this is the ultimate summer rig for any water enthusiast.
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