Kayaks Buyers Guide

Guide to Buying a Kayak

Kayak Reviews

Kayaks are a type of canoe used originally by the Inuit, made of a light frame with a watertight covering having a small opening in the top to sit in. A kayak is a small, narrow boat primarily designed to be manually propelled by means of a double-bladed paddle. The word kayak originates from the Greenlandic Inuktitut language, where it is the word ‘qajaq’. In the UK the term canoe is often used when referring to a kayak.

Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. It is distinguished from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the paddle. A kayak is a boat where the paddler faces forward, legs in front, using a double-bladed paddle.

Kayaks are used in many different sport activities such as fishing, fly fishing, river rafting, lake and ocean use, racing, and more. In finding the right Kayak for your needs you first have to identify what you want to use the Kayak for. Is it just for the sport of Kayaking? Is it for fishing? Is it for leisure lake, river, and ocean travel? And so on.

Below I have listed some of the top rated Kayaks online, as well as inflatable Kayaks. Some items will have full descriptions and reviews. For more information on each item just click through the pics and tags.

Top 10 Kayak Brands

Sea Eagle 385FT FastTrack Deluxe Solo Inflatable Kayak 12’6″

Sea Eagle 385FT FastTrack Deluxe Solo Inflatable Kayak 12'6

 

Top Ten Kayaks 2017

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#1. Sun Dolphin Bali SS 10-Foot Sit-on top Kayak

#2. Lifetime Muskie Angler Sit-On-Top Kayak with Paddle, Tan, 120″

#3. Ocean Kayak 12-Feet Malibu Two Tandem Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak

#4. Ocean Kayak Frenzy Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak

#5. Sun Dolphin Bali SS 12-Foot Sit-on top Kayak

#6. Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 Angler Sit-On-Top Fishing Kayak

#7. Sun Dolphin Journey 10-Foot Sit-on-top Fishing Kayak

#8. Lifetime Tioga Sit-On-Top Kayak with Paddle (2 Pack), Lime, 120″

#9. Ocean Kayak Scrambler 11 Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak

#10. Lifetime Tandem Sit on Top Kayak with Back Rests, 10 Feet, Green

Top of the Line Kayaks

Hobie Pro Angler 14 2015

Hobie Pro Angler 14 2015View Now

Fishing Kayaks

Sea Eagle SE370K_P Inflatable Kayak with Pro Package

Sea Eagle SE370K_P Inflatable Kayak with Pro PackageView Now

Race down the river or cruise a mirror-smooth lake at dawn in the Sea Eagle Sport kayak. It holds up to 650 pounds, but weighs only 32. Easily portable, it carries up to three people and gear, but can be transported and used by one adult alone. You can even bring your dog out on the water–the rugged PolyKrylar hull is tough enough to withstand dog paws and claws.

The SE370 packs down to fit in a storage bag, but has cargo space for camping gear and other supplies. It can be used for paddling, fishing, yacht tending, or skin diving. You can even take it on the river as it can handle whitewater up to class III.

Features:

Lightweight and portable inflatable sport kayak
NMMA Certified
Self-bailing drain valve
3 deluxe one-way valves
Lashed-down inflatable spray skirts
I-beam construction floor
2 skegs on the bottom for better tracking & speed
Pressure gauge and repair kit
Bow & stern grab line
Rugged PolyKrylar hull

 

KL Industries Sun Dolphin Journey SS Kayak

Sun Dolphin Journey sit-on-top Fishing Kayak, 12-Feet, OliveView Now

Coming outfitted for fishing with two flush mount rod holders and one swivel rod holder, the Sun Dolfin Journey 10′ ss Kayak from KL industries is designed for maneuverability and tracking on the water.

Large, comfortable seating area and an open cockpit allows the easiest of entry. Adjustable foot braces to accommodate paddlers of any size. Portable Accessory Carrier can be used as extra storage, tow behind or a backpack.

Includes padded seat back, dry storage compartment and shock cord deck rigging. Specifications: Length: 120″, Width: 30″, Height: 13″, Weight Capacity: 250lbs Weight of Kayak: 41lbs, Shipping weight: 51lbs.

 

Selection of Additional Top Rated Fishing Kayaks

Fish on the best kayaks around when you choose one of these great fishing kayaks. Click on photos for details and pricing.

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Racing Kayaks

Old Modern Handicraft St. Lawrence Racing Kayak

Old Modern Handicrafts St. Lawrence Racing Kayak, 20-FeetView Now

The Old Modern Handicraft St. Lawrence Racing Kayak lets you lead the pack with ease, thanks to a low, race-quality profile. The kayak is designed to track straight with little effort, regardless of wind or water conditions. Thick cedar strips are used to construct the kayak, made by master boat builders. A marine varnish provides the wood with an enchanting color and waterproofing quality while a resin epoxy increases its durability. Supports up to 550 pounds. A set of show-graded paddles is included. Racing capable for average to experienced paddlers. Little wind effect for fast and straight trek. Low cockpit for stability. Hand-crafted cedar strips covered in fiberglass and epoxy resin. Paddlers can sit with knees up or stretched out. Includes set of show graded wooden paddles. Weight capacity 550 lbs.. Dimensions: 240.5W x 19.75D x 13.25H in..

 

Old Modern Handicrafts Hudson Kayak, 18-Feet

Old Modern Handicrafts Hudson Kayak, 18-FeetView Now

This kayak has been widely admired for its beauty. It’s good for the average paddler to use in open water, surfing, and even racing. The low back deck permits the paddler to easily lean back and the foredeck is high enough that most paddlers will be able to get their legs in and out while sitting down.

This kayak performance is fast and efficient and surfs very easily. This kayak is good for both average and experienced paddlers to use on lakes, rivers, and open water. This racing kayak is completely handcrafted and it typically takes about 500 hours to build one.

The combination of fiberglass and epoxy is very strong and completely transparent so that the beauty of the wood will be protected for generations. Cockpit: 29.5 X 15.75 Inches. Center height: 11.5 Inches back of cockpit to bulkhead: 56 inches width inside: 18 inches cockpit height behind seat: 8.5 Inches overall length: 18 feet weight: about 50 lbs capacity: up to 550lbs.

 

Recreational Kayaks

WILDERNESS SYSTEMS Pungo 140 Kayak 2015

WILDERNESS SYSTEMS Pungo 140 Kayak 2015View Now

Ideal for larger paddlers on flat and slow-moving water, the Wilderness Systems Pungo 140 Kayak delivers the speed and storage of a touring kayak with a more open and comfortable cockpit..

 

KL Industries Sun Dolphin Bali SS Kayak

Sun Dolphin Bali ss sit-on-top Kayak, BlueView Now

Perfect for family fun on the water. The Sun Dolfin 10′ Bali SS Sit-on Kayak tracks and paddles with ease while offering maximum stability. It is versatile and great for all different ages. Open cockpit allows the easiest of entry and adjustable foot braces to accommodate paddlers of any size.

Convenient paddle holder and Portable Accessory Carrier can be used as extra storage, tow behind or a backpack. Includes padded seat back, dry storage compartment and shock cord deck rigging. Specifications: Length: 120″, Width: 30″, Height: 11″, Weight Capacity: 250lbs Weight of Kayak: 44lbs, Shipping weight: 51lbs.

 

More Recreational Kayaks

Time on the water is always a nice choice for physical activity and enjoying the great outdoors. Click on photos for details and pricing.

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Inflatable Kayaks

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Inflatable Kayak

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Inflatable KayakView Now

The AdvancedFrame Convertible Kayak is a fifteen foot kayak that can be paddled solo or tandem. With the optional single or double decks you can convert your AdvancedFrame Convertible kayak into a solo or tandem kayak in a matter of seconds. This new design incorporates the rigid bow and stern frame with the versatility of an interchangeable deck.

Includes: carry duffel bag, 2 folding seats, repair kit, owners manual.3 Seat locations allow for paddling solo or tandem..Specifications: Length: 15′ Width: 32″ Weight: 56 lbs (25 kg) Capacity: 550 lbs (249 kg).Length: 15′.Width: 32″.Weight: 56 lbs (25 kg).Capacity: 550 lbs (249 kg).

 

Intex Challenger K1 Kayak

Intex Challenger K1 KayakView Now

Intex Challenger K1 Lake KayakChallenger K1 Lake Kayak. Approx inflated size: 108″x30″x15″. 30 gauge PVC. 84″ aluminum oars and a high-output hand pump included. Hard plastic skegs on the underside of the kayak (similar to the underside of a surfboard) provide directional control so you can be sure you’ll get where you want to go.

The kayaks feature inflatable seats with backrests, inflatable I-beamfloors, grab lines on both ends, and U.S. Coast Guard I.D. Sporty graphics for high visibility. Low-profile for lakes and mild rivers. Streamlined design for easy paddling. Rugged vinyl construction.Maximum weight capacity: 220 lbs.

 

1 Person Inflatable Kayaks

Inflatable kayaks are easy to transport while allowing you to enjoy time on the water easier and more often. Click on photos for details and pricing.

            

 

2 or More Persons Inflatable Kayaks

Kayak, fish, etc. with your soul mate or your best friends in these multi-person inflatable kayaks. Click on photos for details and pricing.

            

 

Kayaking Accessories

Selection of Kayaking Accessories

These kayak accessories will make your excursions even more enjoyable. Click on photos for details and pricing.

         

 

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