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The SUV of Kayaks

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EX123 Overview


The EX123 was designed with stability, versatility, and utility in mind, making it a great choice for paddling, camping, fishing, or all of the above! One of the most unique sit-inside kayaks on the market, and perhaps ever built, the EX123 lives up to its title as the SUV of kayaks. Its unmatched features, performance, and storage capabilities are poised to redefine the expectations of paddlers and anglers alike.


Sporting a sleek and nimble variant of the signature Bonafide HyCat hull, the EX123 paddles with ease, while the unmatched stability means you can move around or even stand up confidently.


The EX123 offers great cargo space with multiple storage options from bow to stern:

A shallow, molded-in forward storage well with a hook resistant, vinyl coated cover offers a great place to quickly stow smaller items like dry bags.

The removable console has an integrated MiniTub with plenty of storage to keep your phone, wallet, keys, and more dry and secure. Pop the lid and utilize the integrated selfie stand to get that perfect hero shot, or simply hold your phone to utilize a navigation app. Other console features include not one but two cup holders and multi-use pockets for fishing lures and other quick-access items. The hold-down knobs can be removed and replaced with YakAttack LockNLoad track mounts, enabling the addition of rod holders, fishfinder displays, and many other accessories.

The rear hatch offers a new spin on a traditional cover, which we call the HatchWell. This multi-function design features a shallow molded in tub on top, similar to the stern tankwell found on most sit on top kayaks, complete with tie-down shock cord for securing crates, dry bags or other gear. To access dry storage below, simple unlatch and lift. The oversized hatch allows easy access for larger items, and the watertight bulkhead ensures your camping gear, dry bags, and other essential gear stays dry.


Keeping with the Bonafide standard for all day comfort, the QuickClick Stadium Seat in the EX123 sits higher than most, allowing a more ergonomically correct seated position, especially when compared with the notoriously uncomfortable low seats found in traditional sit-inside kayaks. The seat itself has ample lower back support and adjustable support straps that enable you to adjust the tension to tune it to your personal preference.


Kayak fishing found its roots in affordability, portability, and simplicity, and the EX123 gets great marks on all 3, making it the perfect grab and go fishing kayak for quick and all-day outings alike. At under 60 lbs, you can throw it up on your shoulder, or onto your roof rack. The sit-inside design is perfect for those backwater honey holes or areas with lots of standing timber, with no scuppers to get submerged stumps stuck in. Add 2 flush mounts, a very standable platform, deck traction, and lots of room for fishing gear from bow to stern, and the EX123 just might be the perfect platform to remind you why you started kayak fishing to begin with, enabling you to spend more time fishing and less time dealing with everything else.

Whether it’s a quick paddling or fishing trip after work, or a multi-day expedition, the EX123 truly is the SUV of kayaks, offering a stable, comfortable, and lightweight option to live your next adventure. But don’t take our word for it. Visit your local Bonafide dealer, schedule a demo, and try it for yourself.

  • Length: 12’ 3”
  • Width: 29.5”
  • Honest Weight: 50 lbs hull weight, 63 lbs w/o seat, 67 lbs w/seat
  • Capacity: 375 lbs
  • Deck Height: 15.5”
  • Hull Material: Rotomolded Polyethylene
  • Made in the USA
  • HyCat™ Hull design
  • Oversized Fat Grip™ Handles
  • Deck Dashboard with MiniTub™ Dry Hatch
  • Molded in cup holders and storage trays
  • QuickClick™ Stadium Seat
  • Stern Sealed Bulkhead
  • Stern HatchWell™ with bungee
  • Hatch Access for gear storage
  • Dual skid plates
  • Two Flush Mount Rod Holders
  • Deck Traction Pads
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2 reviews for EX123

  1. David Massey

    When I came across the EX123, it was like someone had asked me what I wanted in a kayak, and built it for me… I wanted something that would allow me to get on the water during any season, carry a load of camping gear, be easy to get in and out of, paddle with speed, ease, glide, and tracking to cover long distances… AND be a great fishing platform. This kayak is as equally comfortable hanging out with my touring kayak friends as it is with my fishing buddies… even if it means i’m the scout since this boat is just faster ( for an average paddler at least ) than just about any sit on top fishing kayak. I’m a fat guy – 330 lbs ( but still loosing!) – and was worried about fitting in a sit in… would it be comfortable, ect.. and the EX123 is absolutely perfect. Plenty of room, comfortable, stable and surprisingly even easier to get in and out of than my sit on top since it has a nice flat standing platform. If fishing is your #1 priority… you might be better off with one of the SS or RS sit on tops for your primary as you can’t beat em for a pure fishing kayak… but if, like me, you want to be able to do pretty much anything ( well.. I’ll pass on the class 3 rapids and I don’t think I’d want a sit in kayak out on the ocean)… touring, fishing, camping, afternoon paddling with the family… this kayak can do it all… and for the icing on the cake: It is absolutely the coolest looking kayak on the water!

  2. marco dantonio

    I wanted a Kayak that was lighter and easy to transport. Like others I have bought several different models from other mfgs. This Yak fits my needs perfect. Easy to transport, stable, tracks great, it is fast and glides very nice. I use it as my primary fishing Yak. The trays, storage, etc are wonderful and perfect to put my fishing gear in. I can not praise this company and Yak enough. If you are on the fence about which Yak to get, try the EX and enjoy getting on the water more often!!! BTW I am 5’9″ 240 and have no issues with fit at all!

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Industry Ratings

Within a few paddle strokes the boat picks up to 4 mph, without even trying. It does have the stability of a bigger boat, designed with Bonafide's catamaran-style "HyCat hull," which puts your feet below the water line to bring down your center of gravity. You can stand up to cast with ease.

- Field & Stream - June 2019 Read Review

A huge cockpit makes it easy to enter the EX123. The flat floor and catamaran hull make it possible to stand and fish.

- Kayak Angler Magazine - July 2019 Read Review