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Sounds like a Ford vs. Dodge vs. GM to me ...

 

I have a FeelFree Lure 11.5 and it's absolutely stand up steady.

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4 minutes ago, DogBone_384 said:

Sounds like a Ford vs. Dodge vs. GM to me ...

 

I have a FeelFree Lure 11.5 and it's absolutely stand up steady.

I thought that too, but my Lifetime Teton is not the best to stand up in. Even on a mirror calm pond, it feels like standing on one of those exercise balls. 

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I fish out of a Bonafide ss127 and it is stand up friendly. I would have to imagine any of the hobie pro angler ones are? 

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32 minutes ago, KSanford33 said:

it feels like standing on one of those exercise balls. 

Any popular brand name kayak that’s at least 11’ long and 34-36” wide should be very stable.

 

Like anything, you get what you pay for.

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I had a Jackson Big Rig. That sucker was SO steady to stand in... and I'm a tall guy with not-so-great balance. I could stand in that thing all day and fish tho. 

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Best stand up Kayak ??   NONE.......if you do, we will be reading about you sooner or later !!

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16 hours ago, KSanford33 said:

I thought that too, but my Lifetime Teton is not the best to stand up in. Even on a mirror calm pond, it feels like standing on one of those exercise balls. 

The Lifetime Teton isn't really made to stand up in.  I guess some people can do it, but it's not really designed with that in mind.  So I'm not surprised you're having issues.  I have the Lifetime Yukon, which is identical to the Teton Pro, and it's not too bad.  It's one of the smallest and cheapest kayaks designed to stand up in.  

 

As for most stable, you're probably looking at something big and slow.  Which means you'll probably want a peddle kayak, or something with a motor.  The more stable a kayak is, the harder it is to push through the water, usually.  So something like a Hobie Pro Angler 14 or Jackson Big Rig or really anything around 13' long and 38"-40" wide.  Your Teton is only 10' long and 30" wide.  However, these bigger kayaks will weigh probably twice as much (and have a lot more capacity).  So be prepared for that.  My Lifetime Yukon is 11'6" long and 32" wide, and that's pretty much the borderline for what I'd consider a standup kayak, as it takes some balance and experience to get used to, but I can fish standing up from it and in four years, have never fallen out of it.  However, I wouldn't recommend it for everyone.  

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16 hours ago, KSanford33 said:

For those of you who stand up in your kayak, what kayak is the most stable?

 

My autopilot is unflippable unless you're in the surf or get caught sideways on a wave.  You're not going to flip it on flat water by standing on the edge.  I do that all of the time to pee.  The primary stability lets the boat tip to about 15 degrees and then it locks up.  I stand to fish pretty much exclusively and only sit down if I'm making a long run or tying knots.

 

I've got the autopilot 120.  The 136 would be the same for lateral stability.  Its the same underneath, it just a foot longer in the front well and 6" longer in the rear well.  Both boats are heavy but incredibly stable.

 

15 hours ago, airshot said:

Best stand up Kayak ??   NONE.......if you do, we will be reading about you sooner or later !!

 

If you're infirm or a klutz maybe.  If you're of average physical condition then there is no problem whatsoever standing and fishing in a stable kayak.  I've got over a thousand hours standing in mine over the past 3 years with no issues.  I will motor at 4 mph while standing at times when I'm bouncing between nearby spots.  

 

14 hours ago, padlin said:

Add a standup assist bar and a set of outriggers.

 

Like my comment above, if you're generally unsteady then maybe outriggers or an assist bar.  But if that were me I wouldn't be looking at a kayak in the first place and certainly not with the intention of standing in one.

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The Wilderness Recon 120 I had I could practically dance in. It was a bear to drag around though. 

 

Bonafide RS117 was also stable but not as much as the Recon.

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And some folks jump out of perfectly good airplanes, so I guess to each his own.  Over my 60 plus years of boating, I have had to pull to many people out of the water, many were bodies, so not willing to take those chances I guess...

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I have a Nucanoe that is almost as stable as my 15 ft boat. I can walk from one end to the other and stand on the bow. As with all things, don’t be stupid. But no one ever takes my advice…😀

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My Bonafide SS127 is very difficult to flip. It also get a little side to side rickety on choppy water though. My kid has a Topwater 120 and that might be a little easier to flip (but still not easy to flip) but it is much less rickety in chop. I'm not flipping either kayak, but I might go over.

 

I would probably go with pedals off the bat if you think you want to go that way. It will be more expensive to sell your kayak and buy another one after additional markups.

 

I would also wager the new Titan X 12.5 is also pretty stable, It's also super wide and can't be that fast though.

 

 

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3 hours ago, FishTank said:

I have PA 14. I stand up in it when the wind doesn't turn me into sail. I haven't fallen out yet. It's very stable for a kayak. 

You need one of those Ozzy Osbourne like spider-suits lol

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Old town 106 for me. I'm not sure I could flip it if I intentionally tried, but I do get nervous about falling out when standing. I've almost fallen off a Jon boat numerous times though so take that for what it's worth. I only stand up to fish when the water is warm and people are in eye site of me. But I love the old town. Never tried another brand. 

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Everyone is different.  Pretty much any fishing kayak you can stand in.  Ultimately it is up to you and your balance.  I used to stand and fish from my redfish 12 with no issues.  The biggest hurdle for many is the going from sitting to standing and the reverse.  Go get in as many boats as you can and see for yourself how they feel.  I Personally have an ATAK 120 and can stand, move around, float downstream and flyfish with no issues.  

10 hours ago, FishTax said:

Old town 106 for me. I'm not sure I could flip it if I intentionally tried, but I do get nervous about falling out when standing. I've almost fallen off a Jon boat numerous times though so take that for what it's worth. I only stand up to fish when the water is warm and people are in eye site of me. But I love the old town. Never tried another brand. 

This is probably the larger concern on a modern fishing kayak than tipping.

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