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Bite FD 2021

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$2,199.00

Specs

Length:
11' 6"
Width:
35"
Capacity:
400 lbs
Total Weight:
96 lbs; 82 w/o seat & drive

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Description

The Bite FD is a pedal kayak that is designed from the water up to provide you with top performance without requiring a lot of maintenance. Bite FD focuses on three key factors: power, propulsion and steering. The deck offers unbelievable stability for sitting or standing. The front and rear both provide impeccable storage space to haul all of your gear and feature durable bungee cords to keep that gear secure on your wildest adventures. We've also included  gear tracks for you to easily attach your accessories and customize your kayak the way you want. The Bite FD is packed with efficiency, comfort and versatility that will make adventures more convenient for any water enthusiast!

Built on the same Bite hull that refused to compromise in hull quality, performance, gear management, and comfort at an economical pricepoint, Jackson Kayak’s Bite FD doesn’t cut corners.

The Bite FD performs to the high bar of pedaling and stand-to-fish standards associated with the Jackson Kayak name. New for 2021, the Bite FD has been upgraded to the Comfort Seat, which is the perfect combination of breathability, drainage and comfort in a framed seat not traditionally found on price point kayaks. 

The Bite FD uses our Flex Drive 3D System, which is uniquely engineered to retract the propeller into the hull when beaching or when running over submerged obstacles. Ample storage fore and aft, paired with our updated bungee attachment system which prevents water from seeping into the hull, means there is plenty of storage space.

Our Flex Drive E accessory allows a quick and easy transition to a motor from the Flex Drive 3D system. Simply twist off two thumb knobs, remove the Flex Drive and replace with the Flex Drive E, connect to battery and motor your way to your favorite fishing hole. Check it out here: https://store.jacksonadventures.com/flex-drive-e-motor-kit/

Two recessed areas on either side of the Bite FD make quick, easy and secure storage for tackle boxes. Also included are flush mount rod holders and cup holders on both sides of the Comfort Seat.

Four molded-in inserts on the stern of the kayak will accept our newly developed Accessory Mounting Bracket, designed to accommodate accessories with the four bolt mounting pattern such as a PowerPole or Torqeedo trolling motor.

The Bite FD is the perfect combination of comfort, smart and innovative design offered as a great value for anglers, earning its title as ‘the go-kart of pedal driven kayaks’. Its at home across a diverse variety of waterways including small lakes and rivers, ponds, streams and inshore saltwater.

2021 Accessories (included with new boat purchase): 

  • Long Load Flag
  • 5" JK Sticker

Warranty Information

This warranty applies to all Jackson Adventure products (kayaks, boats, coolers and kennels) and covers substantial defects in materials and workmanship in the hull and outfitting components sold new or as "demos". The warranty policy is subject to the exceptions lists. Review the full warranty list and details by clicking here.

2 Reviews

  • Bite FD
    5

    Posted by Hawk B on Jul 8th 2020

    Very nice boat. I have used a few other kayaks but this is my first kayak purchase. The boat is very sturdy. It has a lot of room. The pedal drive makes it very easy to move around and fish as well as just cruise up and down the water. I'm stoked to set this up in the near future for fishing.

  • Bite FD
    5

    Posted by Crabby and Grouchy on Jun 28th 2020

    Jackson Kayak Bite FD- Two Thumbs Up from Crabby and Grouchy

    My wife and I purchased two Bite FD Kayaks and we couldn’t be happier with our choice. After many months of researching looking for a pedal kayak with all of the right features, reading and watching reviews, comparing the pros and cons of different brands and models, talking with kayak fishermen, Jackson Kayak introduced the 2020 Bite FD. We realized quickly that the Bite FD had the perfect mix of features for us. At this point we have logged about 18 hours pedaling and here is our early review:

    Flex Drive 3D: Wow! A slow steady turn of the pedals at pace you can keep up for hours and you really move across the water. Pedal backwards and go backwards. We actually feel sorry for the other kayakers working hard with their paddles. The unique pivoting lower unit makes it so easy to launch, beach, cross obstacles, and clear grass from the prop when needed - this unique feature by itself sets Jackson in a class by itself.

    Open-Concept: The Bite is completely sealed, no compartments, with plenty of bungee equipped external storage space. This was a key feature for us. Our Kayaks are often stored near the water and previous kayaks always got infested with spiders, ants and other unfriendly stowaways. With the Bite FD a quick visual check or at most a rinse or wipe and we are ready to go w/o tag-alongs.

    The seat: Its comfortable and adjustable so you can change it to match your activity. For example, I like to lean back a little while I pedal long distance and sit upright when fishing. We added the Thermorest lumbar pillow after a few outings and the pillow custom filled the little void so after a 3 hour adventure there is no discomfort at all. The seat is medium high which seems to be a good compromise and just right.

    Steering & Tracking: The steering system is solid and I like that you can use either hand. In fact, I usually hold both steering handles when just cruising as it is a comfortable way to position your hands and arms. The steering seemed backwards at first, opposite from a zero-turn mower, but after few outings it has become natural. There are a lot of factors that impact tracking including wind, current, loading, and balance. A small lean to the side will generate a slight course change. With this in mind on a calm early morning I aimed the kayak at the end of a pier a half mile away and started pedaling with my arms crossed and not touching the steering. With an occasional slight lean to one side or the other I passed within 5 feet of that pier. The rudder is simple to attach or remove and works well to steer and turn the kayak. You do need to build a little momentum before the steering will be effective.

    Molded in handles: These are secure and comfortable. My wife likes to use two hands on her end when lifting and carrying and this works well with these handles. The kayaks are heavy so think twice before planning to cartop them. We use a trailer and my wife struggles to lift and tilt her end into the rack which is much lower than a roof rack.

    Sound: There is a small grinding noise when pedaling. This has reduced over time, perhaps it required a break-in period. I have discussed this with friends with pedal kayaks from other brands and they say their kayaks also have a grinding noise. Note that all but the most careful paddling also makes noise and splashing as well. Overall while not completely stealthy I give the advantage to the pedals. The flex drive also works in the half-up position to pass through a particularly shallow area but there is additional prop noise.

    Track & Features: The Bite FD is not as tricked out as some of the other high-end fishing Kayaks but seems to have enough track, molded rod holders, plano box storage, and large bungee stowage areas to meet most needs. A milk crate with rod holders will fully trick it out. It is wide and stable but still seems to paddle well when you need to.

    Overall, after six outings my wife and I are thrilled with our Bite FDs and feel we could not have made a better kayak selection. Look for us out there- My kayak is named Callinectes (the crab) and my wife’s kayak is Ardea (the Heron – a very grouchy sounding bird).

    -Crabby and Grouchy

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