Following the release of the reimagined BlackPak Pro, it has been clear that for many anglers, bigger is better. With that concept in mind, our design team began working on solutions to increase the usable space, inside and outside, of the BlackPak Pro. The resulting product does all of that, and will come in three different sizes to fit all three BlackPak Pro models.
The ShortStak is a stackable box that replaces the lid of your existing BlackPak Pro, giving you a second layer of storage for quick access to "go-to" items. Its construction is virtually the same as the BlackPak Pro, however, it is only about 40% of the original height. The bottoms of the ShortStak side panels are chamfered to match the geometry of the BlackPak opening, giving you the same water-shedding fit as the lid.
Pictured above is the 13x13 size ShortStak installed on the 13x13 BlackPak Pro
Why would you need a ShortStak addition to your BlackPak Pro? Aside from the obvious, more space for more gear, the possibilities are numerous depending on your style of fishing. If you're like most anglers, your BlackPak Pro is loaded with anything and everything you might need for a day on the water. Sometimes, gear in the bottom of the BlackPak can be difficult to reach from the high-seated position of most modern-day fishing kayaks. Having the ability to build additional space, and gain quick and easy access to your most needed items is vital for anyone who believes in optimizing their efficiency on the water to increase their chances of success. Another scenario would be anyone using heavy electronics and housing their batteries, live scope black box and excess cables inside of their BlackPak Pro. Regaining that lost storage space is an upgrade that would prove it's worth on every adventure.
13x13 ShortStak = $55.00
13x16 ShortStak = $60.00
16x16 ShortStak = $65.00
The design of the ShortStak inherits many of the same features found on the BlackPak Pro. From lightweight injection molded parts and tongue & groove assembly, to the GridLoc mounting platform found inside and outside the crate, making it obvious they were made for each other. As mentioned above, one of the few differences is the lower chamfers of the side panels incorporated to ensure a water-shedding fit to the top of the BlackPak. Another noticeable difference would be the heavy-duty hinges and support straps engineered to prevent any overtravel of the larger top to prevent damage to your BlackPak. Overall, the length and width dimensions of the ShortStak will match the corresponding BlackPak. The interior depth of the ShortStak will be 4.25 inches across all three sizes.
Installing the ShortStak on the BlackPak Pro is a breeze. Once you have the components of the ShortStak assembled, you'll simply unscrew your BlackPak lid hinges from the side panel(not the lid top) and seat the ShortStak on top of BlackPak. From there, you'll fasten the new hinges to the BlackPak side panel and re-install your original lid on top of the ShortStak.
If the ShortStak is something you're interested in, following along with us as we release more information and imagery through the month of February.
To kick things off, we're giving away three ShortStaks to lucky winners. The winners will be able to choose the size ShortStak they want from the 13x13, 13x16, and 16x16 models.