If you’re passionate about kayaking, it should be just a matter of time until you get one for yourself. When that moment comes, you’re going to have to know what to look for in terms of design, stability, and build quality. A lot could be said about what makes a good kayak, but the one thing you have to look for is its design. As you would imagine, good kayaks are extremely lightweight and easy to control, which is exactly what could be said about the kayaks we’ll talk about over the next few minutes. Without further ado, here are the ten best kayaks the market has to offer right now.
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10Sun-Dolphin Bali SS
Despite being a sit-on-top kayak, the Sun Dolphin Bali SS is very comfortable and easy to control. Built durably using top-grade polyethylene, the kayak is resilient enough to last years of intense usage in almost any conditions. Its top features include plenty of storage space, a roomy open cockpit design, plenty of legroom, and an overall durable build. This kayak is also incredibly lightweight and easy to use, making it suitable for novice kayakers who are still learning the ropes.
9Vapor 10 from Old Town Canoes & Kayaks
Vapor 10 is one of the more modest offerings from Old Town Canoes & Kayaks. The kayak is elegantly built using a single layer of polyurethane to guarantee excellent buoyancy and lightness. It features a sleek streamlined build that cuts through waves with ease, making the ride smooth and enjoyable. The recreational kayak also has a foot brake, ample storage space in the stern, and a comfortably padded seat, making it good entry-level kayak for beginners.
This rugged kayak is as durable as it is comfortable. The single-person kayak is excellently built using tan-colored polyethylene, which is not great for visibility at all. However, a layer of UV-coating has been added to the material to make it less prone to weathering. The kayak features a very spacious hull that provides plenty of storage for all your gear. It comes with a well-padded seat that is adjustable to accommodate people of different sizes. The kayak also comes with a host of innovative features such as dual storage compartments, fishing rod holders, and inbuilt T handles for easier carrying.
7Ocean Kayak – Frenzy
The Ocean Kayak Frenzy is an excellent choice for recreational kayakers of levels of expertise. The kayak is made from bright-orange material to increase its visibility from long distances. It is 9 feet long and has a maximum load capacity of about 325 pounds, which makes it able to comfortably accommodate two adults. The kayak itself weighs a meager 43 pounds and is very buoyant on water. Comfortably padded seats, ample storage space in the stern, and inbuilt carry handles make the kayak enjoyable to use and very easy to store.
6Ocean Kayak – Malibu
This spacious sit-on-top kayak measures 12 feet in length and has a maximum load capacity of 425 pounds. Although tandem kayaks such as this are not as agile on whitewater rapids, they are excellent for kayaking on calm lakes, rivers, and pools. The Malibu kayak features plenty of storage place in form of the spacious deck and hull. It is sturdily built and includes features such as gear straps and molded handles for convenient carrying and storage.
5Sun-Dolphin Aruba 10
This is a sit-in kayak that comes with an ingeniously padded high-back seat and a spacious cockpit with plenty of legroom. The Aruba 10 is durably built using high-density polyethylene, which is lighter and more buoyant than ordinary plastic. A layer of UV coating ensures that the kayak doesn’t weather or accumulate stains too easily, thereby increasing its resilience. The kayak is not only attractively built but is also very comfortable.
4Lifetime Youth Wave
The Lifetime Youth Wave kayak is designed for younger users (children aged 13 and under) and as such, it is built accordingly. The kayak weighs only 18 pounds and is less than 6 feet in length. This makes it easier for children to carry around. It has a maximum load capacity of 130 pounds and comes with a free paddle for better control. The kayak is also built durably using heavy-duty polyethylene, making it capable of withstanding considerable abuse. Furthermore, it is brightly colored to improve visibility from long distances.
3The Sea Eagle (SE370K_P)
If you’re short on storage space, this inflatable kayak is a great space-saver. Once inflated, it turns into a highly buoyant 12.6-foot long kayak that can carry up to 650 pounds or three fully grown adults. It is durably built, easy to transport, and safe to use on both fresh and salty water bodies. Not only that but you will find this particular kayak to be quite lightweight and easy to control.
2Intex Explorer K2
The Intex Explorer K2 is one of the best recreational two-person Kayaks out there. It is made from high quality, puncture-resistant vinyl that has been given a crisp, sporty finish which improves its visibility on the water. It also features comfortable inflatable high-back seats and a lightweight design that makes it easy to transport from one place to another. At the same time, we should point out that the Explorer K2 is among the sturdiest kayaks on the market today.
1Intex Challenger K1
The Challenger K1 is the best inflatable single-person kayak on the market right now, for a number reasons. This durably-built kayak features a design that mostly comprises of lightweight but very durable vinyl. An onboard high-output pump allows you to inflate it in minutes without too much effort. It is also very stable on placid water surfaces and has a spacious cockpit that provides plenty of leg room for maximum comfort. Also worth mentioning is that the Challenger K1 weighs only 27.2 pounds and can support a maximum load of 220 pounds.