Outdoor equipment manufacturer Classic Accessories offer 2 very popular inflatable fishing pontoons, the Colorado XT and the Colorado XTS. We’ve reviewed both to help you decide if these boats are the right choice for you.
These 9 foot, 1 man pontoons boast a 400lb capacity and have a class 1 river rating, which means they’re ideal for moving water with small waves.
Unlike some other types of inflatable pontoon, the Colorado range is designed more as a gentle recreation boat – perfect for lake fishing but not suitable for more aggressive waters such as rapids for example. While the pontoons don’t quite have everything that a keen angler may look for in a fishing boat, (they’re missing livewells, for example), the Colorado range is specifically designed for fishing, with built-in rod holders, a trolling motor mount towards the back of the boat, and customizable storage options ideal for fishing gear.
Features of the Colorado XTS and Colorado XT
✓ Removeable mesh and zippered bags for completely customizable storage
✓ Integrated anchor system using pulley technology for easy control of movement
✓ Multi-position rod holders to facilitate fishing from any angle
✓ Multi-position trolling motor mount for both left and right handed preferences
✓ Transport wheel for getting the pontoon down to the lake quickly and easily
✓ Adequate storage – much more storage space than the Bozeman or Skagit, for example
✓ Strong and durable, with a secure steel frame and abrasion-resistant PVC-based pontoons
What’s the difference between the XT and XTS?
Which is best? In truth, the two boats are very similar, so you’ll likely see Colorado boat reviews for both boats that are pretty much the same. The Colorado XTS is the newer, upgraded version of the XT that’s more streamlined and comes with a few additional features that boost comfort on the water. Here’s a rundown of the differences between the products:
The Colorado XT weighs just 68lbs, while the Colorado XTS weighs 80lbs due to the extra features that are included with this model. For those that enjoy using their pontoon in more isolated and rugged areas where the transport wheel may not allow for easy wheeling, the XT with its lightweight design may be a more attractive option, although the difference between the two isn’t significant.
● Seat Positioning
A common complaint from users of the Colorado XT was that the plastic seat couldn’t be used in some conditions that impacted upon both comfort on the water and ease of fishing. This has been adressed in the Colorado XTS model, which features a handy swivel seat so that users can position themselves in the most comfortable and effective way for fishing or relaxing on the lake.
Many people don’t realize that Classic Accessories switched up their materials for the Colorado XTS, upgrading from bronze oar locks on the XT to brass oar locks. While this doesn’t affect the overall look of the pontoon, it does have a significant impact upon longevity and durability. The brass oar locks are non-corroding, which means your pontoon should continue to perform optimally for longer.
● Transport Wheel
Like seat positioning, an improvement was made on the Colorado XT was the transport wheel needs to be physically removed from the underside of the steel frame before use. Although it’s quick and easy to do, it’s not ideal. The Colorado XTS addressed this issue, featuring a stowable transport wheel that’s simply stored in the framework for the ultimate in convenience.
One of the most attractive features of both Colorado products is that these fishing pontoons are some of the most cost effective on the market. They’re the perfect compromise between fishability, stability, and cost. Due to the additional features of the Colorado XTS, you can expect to pay around $100 more than for the basic model Colorado XT.
Colorado Pontoon Boat Reviews Summary
Overall, if you’re looking for a simple, easy-to-operate, and quick to assemble light recreational fishing pontoon, the Colorado pontoon boats range from Classic Accessories are excellent choices. These boats are perfect for anglers that enjoy hitting the water solo, or for those who find the larger, more complex pontoons too much of a hassle to set up by themselves.
As a light use fishing pontoon, these boats get two thumbs up from us!