Pro Explorer
Length: 12′ 6″
Width: 31″
Weight: 52 lbs
Price: $699
Material: Plastic

The Pro Explorer is an option for the outdoorsperson in your life. At the bow you’ll find a sizable front hatch that opens into the bowels of the kayak for storage. This hatch can be removed and refitted with the Gator Hatch, a nifty accessory that serves as a seat for kids, complete with rod holders and bungees, too.

The center of the kayak has a molded-out seat for an adult, four molded foot-rest options, a cup holder, and a large square center hatch with a flush twist-and-lock lid. The stern storage well has a bait-bucket mold that can also hold diving tanks and other gear. There are bungee cords for strapping gear down. Two flush-mounted rod holders are just in front of the rear storage well, one on each side. Carry handles are placed at the bow and stern. There were no side handles or perimeter deck lines.

The Pro Explorer is a stable high-volume kayak. The hull is straight, and you’ll notice a little rise of the bow and stern ends out of the water. This kayak tracked well and was otherwise maneuverable with multiple sweep strokes.

Bottom Line: The Malibu Pro Explorer is a sportsman’s kayak, with the target audience being fishermen and divers.