The Emotion Kayaks Spitfire 8 kayak is a sit-on-top (SOT) kayak that is packed with features at an affordable price, making it the perfect kayak for the casual paddler. The Spitfire 8 kayak’s light weight makes it easy for the solo kayaker to portage and transport this boat, plus features like molded-in cup holders and bungee secured storage well allow the Emotion Kayaks Spitfire 8 to grow with you as you enhance your kayaking skills. The Spitfire 8 was designed for fun in the surf, but with a stable hull and straight tracking, the Emotion Spitfire 8 performs well as an inland sit-on-top kayak in addition to its versatility on the beach.
The Emotion Kayaks Spitfire 8 is truly a fine performing kayak. The blow-molded hull provides a rigid and stable paddling experience, while allowing the kayak to be light enough for advanced maneuvering and agile turning. I tested the Spitfire 8 kayak in both surf and flat water, and it is one of the best performing sit-on-top kayaks I’ve had the pleasure to review in both situations.
While the Spitfire 8 was designed for fun in the surf and coastal beach paddling, it also performs well as a recreational inland kayak. The Spitfire 8 is stable enough light river paddling, and also tracks well enough to be a viable day paddler on larger lakes and streams. With its ability to handle surf and yet still track straight and true, the Emotion Kayaks Spitfire 8 is one of the most versatile sit-on-top kayaks available on the market today.
Cargo Space Review
While most sit-on-top kayaks offer virtually no cargo space, the Spitfire 8 actually does a pretty good job. There’s plenty of space for a large duffel or dry bag in the aft cargo tank well, plus the open bow design allows you to keep a smaller dry bag between your legs if you need some extra storage space.
At only 8ft long and 38lbs, the Spitfire 8 is one of the easiest to transport kayaks on the market today. The design and weight of the Spitfire 8 allows a solo kayaker to transport or portage this kayak by themselves without any problem. Plus, the seat back folds down to allow for compact and easy storage of your kayak in even the most space-limited conditions.
Length: 8ft (8’ 0”)
Width: 30in (30”)
Capacity: 225-240 lbs
Features: Toggled carry handles, foldable seat back, cup holders, aft storage tank well.
My overall review of the Emotion Kayaks Spitfire 8 is a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed the paddling versatility of the Spitfire 8, and was very impressed by the primary stability the designers were able to produce. At around $250, you would expect to sacrifice some performance or amenities from the kayak to keep it affordable. However, the good people at Emotion Kayaks found an excellent solution, utilizing blow-molding technology to ensure an even and durable kayak hull with limited weight and cost. All these things together equal one sweet kayak value.
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Rating: 4.3/5 (7 votes cast)
Emotion Kayaks Spitfire 8 Kayak Review, 4.3 out of 5 based on 7 ratings
James Stalker is a licensed kayak teacher and field guide with over 20 years of experience. James fell in love with adventure sports after facing a bout of cancer at a young age. He can be found traveling in some of the corners of the continent almost untouched by nearly anyone else. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.