The RVR Series
Starting At $1,699 MSRP
Top Gun Grey
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KAYAK FISHING AT ITS ROOTS, IS ABOUT ACCESS.
WITH THE NEW RVR119, YOU CAN GET TO THOSE HARD TO REACH WATERS. WE DESIGNED THE RVR WITH THREE MAIN PRINCIPLES; HULL-ABILITY, MOBILITY/TRANSPORT, AND ULTIMATE FISHABILITY.
River-Specific Hull partnered with a Uniquely Designed Skeg System allows tracking, maneuverability, & stability on the water.
Hull-Ability was mission critical for the RVR. We have a blend of maneuverability with fishing stability, confidence and tracking, so we developed the unique Bonafide river hull with a drop skeg system - when the skeg is deployed, the RVR can track straight across flat water and with the skeg retracted the RVR is the definitive river fishing kayak. The skeg also offers the added benefit of giving you the ability to better control your drift in current or wind. In moving water conditions, paddlers will immediately notice how responsive and maneuverable the RVR can be going up and down river. The RVR has a distinct kick rocker shape in the bow for quiet and efficient up river attainments which is one of the most important stealth methods for finding fish.
Fish are typically facing up river looking for their next meal. Use the unique hull of the RVR to make those quiet upstream attainments that put you on more fish. The stern is also upturned a bit like a drift boat for turning and for pushing up and over waves. One of our favorite features is a flat area about a third of the way down the hull that provides the ability to paddle up onto rocks, slightly submerged trees or shoals. This allows you to rest or wedge your kayak to get in some casts.
Mobility & Transport
Get your boat to hard-to-access water, and through rapids whether you roll, drag, or grab and go.
For mobility/transport, the RVR is built with several features for moving on and off the water. To start, the boat size is at 11 9" which we feel is an optimal mix of mobility, weight, gear capacity, and agility, which makes it a great performer for a wide range of waters. In river fishing, mobility and transport are extremely important. Whether you are portaging between rapids, dragging over shoals, having to drag or wheel your kayak to an access point through the woods, the RVR has you covered. At the bow, there are three grab points: The Fat Grip handle, Bow Strap and right at the nose of the boat hull there are molded in undercling grip areas. In addition, a drag strap can be attached to the Fat Grip handle. At the midship, there are three more grab points: one handle on each side of the RVR plus a handle directly behind the seat. The handle behind the seat is really nice for sliding the kayak into the back of a pickup, on a trailer or up a riverside embankment.
At the stern there is an additional Fat Grip handle built in flush with the shape of the RVR. We didn’t stop there when it comes to mobility. We added dual replaceable skid plates on the hull to allow the kayak to be more balanced in dragging (i.e. keeps your gear from falling out of the kayak AND makes it more efficient). These skid plates protect the hull and can be replaced overtime as they wear down. We also made sure the RVR was built to accept the Bonafide Sidekick Wheel system.
The RVR is absolutely LOADED with features that aim to give you a distinct fishing advantage on the water.
Fishability. At Bonafide, we are committed to Fishability and we used the RVR platform to target the most difficult issues with fishing in moving waters and remote environments. The RVR is absolutely LOADED with features that aim to give you a distinct fishing advantage on the water. Let’s start with the ability to add fully integrated dual Anchor Wizards. The Anchor Wizard system allows you to quickly drop the anchor and retract the anchor. The RVR has two internally run tubing ports that keep your anchor lines in the hull of the kayak to prevent snags. The bow had an integrated roller for making the anchor quiet and easy to deploy and retract. On the stern there is a dedicated area for a drag chain to rest or an additional anchor ball to hang. Having dual anchoring options allows you to face up or down stream in current. The RVR Anchor Wizard Single and Double kit are available for purchase.
Complete Bow to Stern Product Walk Through
Ratings by Category
- Flat Water 8.0
- Slow Current 10.0
- Fast Current 10.0
- Choppy Water 9.0
- Surf 9.0
- Stability 8.0
- Speed 8.0
- Tracking 10.0
- Agility 10.0
- Comfort 9.0
MEET THE RVR
11' 9”/358.1 CM
35” / 88.9 CM
425 LBS / 192.77 KG
Note: Capacity is determined by taking kayak weight + paddler weight + gear weight. Bonafide determines capacity by where the performance of the kayak becomes very diminished.
- RVR Seat with trim adjustment
- Quiet anchor bow retraction and stern drag chain channels
- Integrated Anchor Wizard pulley landings
- Integrated Torqeedo throttle landing
- Rudder capable footbrace landings (for motorizing)
- Fully removable SS Pod system for sonar or storage
- Full rod tip and rod butt organization for on water and for safe transport
- Bullwinkle Rod tip catch/organizer
- Ketch board storage position
- Ketch board safe spot measuring position
- Multiple grab handle carrying positions
- Multiple flush mount positions
- Blackpack capable 16x16 and 16x13
- Da Bomb and Tightline capable
- Garmin, Lowrance, Humminbird, Raymarine
THE RVR: OUR MOST FEATURE-RICH KAYAK TO DATE
A fully-loaded bow:
Moving back from the bow, we have included our Boss Strap rod and paddle stager. Grooves in the Boss Strap allow rod tips to be easily organized and it is elevated off the deck enough to slide a paddle blade right underneath for quick storage. Just below the boss strap you will find an access plate to get into the hull of the boat for rigging purposes including lights, wiring, mounting. There is another plate on the stern for the same reason.
Triple Action Bow Strap:
One feature that is unique to the RVR119 is our brand new Triple Action Bow Strap, this strap is totally unique in kayak fishing and allows you to do three key things: 1. You can use the strap to help pull the kayak, 2. You can use the strap to tie down dry bags and boxes quickly and easily, 3. It can be used to organize and transport your fishing rods to and from the water.
An extremely stable
(realtively dry) deck:
The deck of the RVR is designed specifically to drain water effectively and efficiently. The deck is sloped back to scupper holes. The key here is to get water off the deck as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of water weight causing the kayak to become unstable. The deck also features ample groove tracks for mounting gear and traction pads for comfortable standing.
Built to compete:
In fact we have included a dedicated slot for a 26” Ketch Measuring board to rest right in front of the paddler. The Ketch Board slots in the kayak are angled down slightly so the fish's nose quickly finds its way to the end of the measuring board. The slots also allow the board to be raised off the deck so your feet can remain underneath the board itself.
Dry Valuables and Room to Grow:
The popular Bonafide Dry Pod has been integrated into the RVR. The Dry Pod is removable and can house a full fish finder system. Simply attach your graph to the top of the pod, batter within and transducer below and you are ready to go. This also allows you to take the pod out for safety if you leave your kayak on a trailer. If you own another Bonafide Kayak and have your Dry Pod rigged with a fish finder/transducer, it will fit perfectly here too.
Flexibiltiy & Comfort:
For your feet, we have incorporated our SS foot braces which are aluminum and can lock or unlock to get you the perfect positioning. If you decide to add a stern mounted motor, simply use our Steering Kit accessory on the dual action foot braces to allow for foot turning control.
We mean EXTREME Flexibility:
On the gunnel of the kayak, we have strategically placed inserts for quick mount of the YakAttack RotoGrip or LockNLoad Track Base. The LockNLoad base opens up a wide range of mounts that makes this area extremely customizable.
Just behind the stern tank well area you will see four pad eyes (two per side) on the stern gunnel for additional bungee attachment points for those extended or overnight trips down the river.
On the very back of the deck you will find inserts for attaching our RVR Stern Mounting Plate for easily attaching a stern electric motor over the anchor system.
And EXTREME Comfort:
Moving back to the seat. The seat is hand-sewn right at our factory in North Carolina, USA and is extremely comfortable. The seat is adjustable forward or aft 4 inches so you can trim out the RVR specifically to the paddlers size. There is plenty of storage space underneath the seat as well and grooved slots in the kayak for rod butts to rest for transport or for stowing away in rapids (in conjunction with the Triple Action Bow Strap). Just to the right of the seat on the kayak sidewall is the skeg control handle. You can simply turn the handle back and forth to engage or disengage the skeg. The skeg system will automatically retract when going over rocks or trees in the water with the integrated spring system.
(seriously, extreme flexibility)
Directly behind the seat, there is a motor battery mounting area with multiple ways to secure it to the deck of the kayak. On both sides of this storage area are groove tracks for accessories or the Bonafide Sidekick Wheel System.
The RVR stern deck was built around the YakAttack BlackPak Pro system, every size (13” x 13”, 13” x 16” and 16” x 16”) will fit just right. The bungee includes OmniHooks to attach the BlackPak easily to the RVR.
Learn and Rig
The RVR is a river fish catching machine and engineered to be customizable and completely decked out. Complete your ultimate set-up with simple installs like the anchor wizard, torqeedo, and steering kit.
Tips and Tricks
Whether you are new to getting on the river or looking to brush up on your paddling techniques, come learn some tips and tricks with us to make your next river fishing trip epic.