No matter what you use your kayak for, from fishing to whitewater rafting these superb and versatile crafts can accommodate almost any leisure activity. Some are rigid and others are even inflatable, and the best ones ensure you have a comfortable seat and the boat is easily portable.
When looking to buy a kayak of your own there are certain criteria you must bear in mind. What do you want to do in your kayak? How are you going to transport it? And how much is your budget. Here are some of the best kayaks currently available on the market.
Sun Dolphin Bali SS
This kayak is a ten foot sit-on kayak that is perfect for river kayaking. It is one of the most stable kayaks on the market, so is ideal for water that is unpredictable. The design of the cockpit is open, so that it gives great access to move about.
The craft is also fitted with adjustable foot braces and thigh pads, which makes the seating position really comfortable. Another great feature is that this kayak is incredibly light but immensely strong. It is constructed of UV materials which add to the stability of the boat, and gives a longer life to the craft.
Sea Eagle SE370K
This kayak is relatively cheap, and you get a whole lot of boat for your money. For less than $300, you get an inflatable boat, a carry bag, two paddles, plus a repair kit and an inflatable skeg.
This kayak is ideal for the whole family as it has a weight capacity of 650lbs, and three adults can comfortably fit inside this craft. The other option is that two people can stow enough personal equipment for a long tour. The Sea Eagle is incredibly durable and versatile, is saltwater resistant which makes it ideal for sea kayaking.
Intex Explorer K2
This is a two seat inflatable kayak that is a great option for beginners, as it comes in the price bracket of around $100. It has a great build and looks incredibly sporty, and one of the best features is that it is incredibly lightweight, so carrying it to the beach or lake is simple. The material is heavy vinyl which is incredibly resistant to puncture.
The package includes two heavy-duty paddles that will cope with just about any type of water, and will get you where you want to go. The design of the paddles is superb as they are both strong and flexible and so are ideal even in the roughest waters.
Sevylor Quikpak K1
Our final recommendation for a new kayak is the single person Sevylor Quikpak K1, which retails for around $130. Again for beginners this kayak is ideal, as the package includes just about everything that you need to get onto the water.
It has been designed for ease of use, and the five minute set-up is one of the quickest on the market. The craft is very stable and the tarpaulin bottom adds to the protection. The kayak has a unique feature of numerous air chambers that make it virtually unsinkable.