Best Kayaks 2017 – Comprehensive Buyer’s Guide With Videos

Welcome to the Killer Kayak’s Best Kayaks 2017 Buyer’s Guide!  We are super excited to present you with a comprehensive yet versatile report to help you navigate these rough waters with a kayak that will get you to shore (HA! GET IT?! Pun definitely intended).

Below, you will find the Best Kayaks 2017 Buyer’s Guide short & simple guide.  Want more detailed information?  No problem!  Click on the kayak name and you will jump to a more detailed write-up for that kayak.

Simple, right?  Let’s get started with our collection of best kayaks 2017!

Best Kayaks 2017

Kayak Make & ModelTypeNumber of SeatsCarrying CapacityHull MaterialLengthWeight
Sea Eagle SE370 Inflatable KayakInflatable2650 lbsInflatable PVC 10 x 19 x 34 inches 32 lbs
Sevylor Quikpak K5 Inflatable KayakInflatable 1250 lbs24-gauge PVC polyethylene construction20 x 8.5 x 33.5 inches 25.5 lbs
Chinook XP Tandem XL Inflatable KayakInflatable3550 lbsProprietary X-beam Technology PVC floor (XP Floor)12.5'38.1 lbs
Advanced Elements Advancedframe Convertible Inflatable KayakInflatable2550 lbs3 layer polyester with double PVC coating and aluminum frame15'56 lbs
BIC Yakkair Fishing 2HP Inflatable KayakInflatable2550 lbsSolid PVC skin form with a highly-efficient V shape hull13.5'33 lbs
Aquaglide Blackfoot HB Inflatable KayakInflatable2600 lbsUV-resistant 600D polyester, Duratex heavy duty polyester reinforced hull fabric11'38 lbs
Innova Helios II EX Inflatable KayakInflatable2396 lbs1,200-denier Nitrylon & LitePack, or all-Nitrylon construction without PVC12' & 6"36 lbs
Driftsun Transparent Crystal Clear Bottom KayakHard Shelled1-2425 lbsAdvanced Polycarbonate Hull 11'65 lbs
Vibe Sea Ghost 130 Angler KayakHard Shelled1550 lbsExtra wide hull13'74 lbs
Sun Dolphin Bali SS Sit-on-Top KayakHard Shelled1250 lbsPolyethylene construction10'40 lbs
Point 65 N Tequila! GTX Angler Modular KayakHard Shelled, Modular2530 lbsUltra durable 1-layer UV-resistant recyclable PE 14'77 lbs
Oru Bay KayakOrigami / Folding1300 lbs12'32 lbs
Hobie Pro Angler 14 KayakHard Shelled1600 lbs
Seaward Passat Kevlar KayakHard Shelled2500+ lbs
Old Town Vapor 10 Angler
Hobie Pro Angler 12

 

Comprehensive List of Best Kayaks 2017!

1. Sea Eagle SE370 Inflatable Kayak

Type: Inflatable Kayak
# of Seats: 2
Weight Capacity: 650 Pounds

The Sea Eagle SE370 Inflatable Kayak is our first best kayaks 2017 choice! Why? Because the SE370 is an affordable inflatable Kayak that is almost identical to the Sea Eagle 330. The only difference between these two kayaks is that the SE 370 is larger and weighs 6 pounds more than the SE330 model. Designed to be an entry level for beginners and novice paddlers, the SE 370 is fitted with a self-bailing valve that makes it easy to drain excess water, when the need arises.

Despite its entry level status, this Sea Eagle kayak is sturdy and does not get punctured easily thanks to its hull material, which is sun and salt water resistant. Additionally, this kayak can accommodate loads of up to 650 pounds.

One of the kayak’s main selling features is its price. This kayak is relatively cheaper than other kayaks in the Sea Eagle sport line of kayaks. However, the SE370 included in the SE370 kayak package are two paddles, inflatable seats, a pump and a carry bag. The carry bag is made from a heavy duty material and features shoulder straps for easy carriage of the kayak. Being an inflatable kayak, the SE370 is foldable for ease of carriage.

Furthermore, this kayak weighs 32 pounds, making it easy to carry around. The removable inflatable seats add to its versatility as it can be used as a one person kayak as well as a two person and a three person kayak.

The SE370 kayak is crafted from K80 PVC, which is a tough material that is capable of withstanding wear and tear. Thus, apart from being lightweight and versatile, this kayak is also tough and durable. Also, the heavy duty PVC construction of this kayak gives it exceptional stability and solidity on water.

For added convenience, the kayak inflates within 8 minutes. Moreover, the kayak is equipped with a one-way valve that prevents escape of air.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Lack of sufficient storage space
  • Does not have an inflation gauge for the floor

 

2. Sevylor Quikpak K5 Kayak

Type: Inflatable
Number of seats: 1
Weight capacity: 250 pounds

The Sevylor Quickpack K5 1-person kayak  is a lightweight one person kayak. Considered to be one of the best single person kayak on the market, this Coleman kayak’s seat folds into a backpack for easy carrying. This unique backpack has padded shoulder making it easy to carry the kayak from one point to another. It takes approximately five to ten minutes for the kayak to set up the kayak from the backpack.

For storage, this kayak boasts of a rear zippered storage compartment that is large enough to accommodate a wide assortment of items. Additionally, the front of the kayak offers additional space for the storage of essential kayaking equipment. D-rings make it easy to mount additional equipment to the front of the kayak:

 

Measuring 10 feet in length and 3 feet in width, the Coleman K5 offers plenty sufficient leg room for kayakers of all heights. Constructed from 900D polyester this kayak has a tough and durable top. As for the bottom, the manufacturer opted for a 24 gauge PVC. Electronically welded seams add to the kayak’s durability and performance. The 24 gauge PVC used to make the kayak’s bottom is extremely tough and is, therefore, hard to puncture.

Included in the K5 package are an aluminum paddle and a pump. This kayak is airtight, courtesy of two double lock valves. The latter valves are backed by a three chamber system that guarantees safety in case the kayak is punctured. The kayak’s lift handles make it an ideal kayaking option for hiking and navigating through remote waterways.

When folded, the kayak measures 20 by 8.5 by 33.5 inches. Thus, it is compact enough to be stored in the boot of a car. Overall, the Sevylo Quickpack k5 1-person kayak is a well-constructed kayak capable of withstanding wear and tear.

Pros:

  • Is lightweight and portable
  • Features a unique seat that folds into a backpack
  • Features carrying handles
  • Does not puncture easily
  • Is NMMA certified
  • Large enough to accommodate persons of varying heights

Cons:

  • The aluminum paddle isn’t the best of quality

 

3. Chinook XP Tandem XL Inflatable Kayak

Type: Inflatable
Number of seats: 3
Weight capacity: 550 pounds

As its name suggests, the Chinook XP Tandem XL Inflatable Kayak is a large and spacious kayak designed for families. Weighing 38 pounds and measuring 391 cm long and 91.54 cm wide, this large kayak can accommodate two adults and a child. This premium kayak is constructed from 600 D polyester and offers exceptional value and stability on water. The floor of the kayak is constructed using a proprietary x-beam PVC technology. The 600 D polyester used in the making of the kayak’s hull is blended with a unique duratex material that increases durability and protection from UV rays.

For easy access to the kayak, it is fitted with molded handles. Apart from the molded handles, the kayak also features accessory straps that allow for easy storage of gear on the kayak. Additional storage space is provided by a mesh storage compartment.

While it offers plenty of storage room, this Chinook Kayak’s best-selling feature is its integrated fishing rod holders. The latter holders make it a versatile kayak that can be used for kayaking as well as recreational fishing. Thus, this kayak is an all-around recreational kayak.

The kayak’s seats are also very well made and boast of a comfortable backrest. These seats are comfy and are equipped with storage compartments.

Overall, with a capacity of 550 pounds, the Chinook XP Tandem XL Inflatable kayak is the best option for families looking for a recreational kayak.  Is it any wonder that this made our best kayaks 2017 selection at #3? Go ahead and read our pros and cons for the Chinook XP tandem kayak.

Pros:

  • Is large enough to accommodate two adults and a child
  • Offers plenty of space to store kayaking equipment and other items
  • Is made from a tough and durable material
  • Is easy to set-up
  • Features comfortable seats with backrests
  • Is a versatile kayak and can be used for fishing

Cons:

  • Pump is sold separately

 

4. Advanced Elements Advancedframe Convertible Kayak

Type: Inflatable
Number of seats: 2
Weight capacity: 550 pounds

Best Kayaks 2017 – #4: The AdvancedFrame Kayak measures 15 feet long and 32 inches wide. Weighing 56 pounds, it is a little heavier than the three aforementioned kayaks. It has a Tracking Fin system. The seats are removable with adjustable back supports. Its durable polyester material offers incredible resistance to abrasions or punctures, whilst the aluminium frame reinforced stern adds to the tracking performance.

Its rigid bow helps you glide through the waters; the superb experience will keep you in the best of spirits and can be fairly matched to regular hard-shelled kayaks. There is plenty of storage space: bungee deck lacing and D-ring tie downs allow you to stash your gear away. Moulded rubber handles make carrying the AdvancedFrame a lot easier.

You can quickly put the paddles away using the paddle holders, and the canoe also comes with its own repair kit and a backpack.  Easily one of our best kayaks 2017 picks!

Pros:

Cons:

  • Asymmetrical tube

 

5. BIC Yakkair Fishing 2Hp Inflatable Kayak

Type: Inflatable
Number of seats: 2
Weight capacity: 550 pounds

At a record 42 pounds when most inflatable kayaks weigh around 100 pounds each, the BIC Yakkair Kayak is a lot more than just a lightweight, easily portable boat. It’s incredibly durable as well – special care was put into its high pressure floor.

At a length of 13’5’’, and a width of 37’8’’, it also possesses an integrated keel system, which means it can be maneuvered with ease. Tracking capacity is also augmented. The kayak has room for two adults. Features include two fishing backrests with rod holders, paddle attachment, a carry bag with a pump and repair kit, safety grab lines, bow protector, and a mesh storage in the rear and the front. It comes with a complete system that encompasses the hull and pump, as well as a backrest.

The Yakkair is transported in a backpack with wheels – truly convenient and comfortable! What’s more, it takes minutes to set up so you can carry it to the most tortuous fishing locations without a lot of trouble. The lightweight coupled with the keel system integrates the benefits of a traditional hard-shelled canoe with the modern inflatable boat. The sturdy material of the Yakkair will prevent it from getting damaged by fishing hooks or other snagging objects.

If you’re still worried about destroying your precious BIC, you can use a protective cover made of canvas. It’s better to be safe than sorry. The lone kayaker will be happy to note that the Yakkair can be used for solo kayaking by putting in one seat and filling the rest of the canoe with other equipment.

Powerful and sturdy, lightweight and comfortable.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Complete, integrated system
  • Room for one or two, as preferred

Cons:

  • More on the higher end

 

6. Aquaglide Blackfoot HB Inflatable Kayak

Type: Inflatable
Number of seats: 2
Weight capacity: 600 pounds

Also quite lightweight, the Aquaglide Blackfoot Kayak weighs a measly 38 pounds only. It comes with a backpack travel bag, repair kit, integrated fishing rod holders, an inflatable seat booster, and a 1-year warranty. The tapered bow and long waterline allow it to glide through the water, giving the kayaker a delightful experience. It is 12’11’’ by 9 inches, and is made of Duratex polyester (heavy duty, and UV-resistant).

The seats are padded and foamed, with one of the seats at a higher elevation on a removable platform. They’re pretty comfortable too, with high backrests, mesh storage pockets, and an infinite adjustment system. Keeping the paddlers dry is the job of the forward splashguard, which is yet another feature of this wonder-boat. The integrated cockpit has drains that can be closed.

The drop stitch floor of the boat is hard as rock to promote stability and durability. Stowing away your bags and other gear couldn’t be any easier: the bow deck rigging and abundant tie-downs bolster storage efforts. It also has seven mount plates to add your Scotty fishing accessories (unfortunately, these don’t come with the kayak). But you do get a kayak cooler. The moulded carry handles assist in helping you get on or off the canoe, and help with carrying it around too.

Aquaglide is popular for more daring kayakers who enjoy choppy waters. It takes very little time to inflate (though you have to purchase the pump separately), and if the user happens to be a daredevil, can support stand-up paddling. It’s also a great choice for fishing, according to a customer who used the boat for fly fishing.

The biggest problem seems to be the relatively large size of the Blackfoot; it can be difficult for one person to carry around. There have been complaints about the seat as well, which some claim is not very supportive.  A good reason why it’s a little bit further down our list of best kayaks 2017 🙂

Pros:

Cons:

  • Large size

 

7. Innova Helios II EX Inflatable Kayak

Type: Inflatable
Number of seats: 2
Weight capacity: 396 pounds

The Innova Helios II kayak is made of nitrylon rubber and measures 12’6’’ by 30 inches. With a weight of only 33 pounds, it breaks the records of both the BIC Yakkair and the Aquaglider Blackfoot. It is most suited for flatwater kayaking.

Being foldable, the Innova Helios II is an easily portable canoe, which is great news for those without a lot of storage space. If you happen to have extra gear, the elastic net rigging on the bow and centre decks and the bungee rigging on the stern deck should hold all the equipment.

The seats are very supportive with backrests, so if you have a long trip planned, you don’t need to fret about back-aches from sitting too long. The carry handles help in carrying the kayak. Inflation time is quite commendable as well: it can be fully inflated within 6 minutes.

The 3 main air chambers keep the kayak afloat and the rigid floor encourages appropriate tracking. Also included in the kayak are deck netting and gear bungees. The footrests are adjustable.

The Helios can be easily adjusted for a single kayaker. You can set it up quickly. The material is resistant to possible abrasions or punctures: that’s a lot of stress off the mind concerning damage to your precious canoe. The hull of the Helios balances stability and speed, and doesn’t let you down on traction either. Worried about where the canoe ranks? It has a Class 1 river rating – that is quite an achievement.

Of course, there are cheaper boats out there, but if you’re willing to splurge a bit for guaranteed quality, do so for the Helios. It’s a well-rounded, reliable boat that cannot disappoint the most critical of kayakers.

Pros:

  • Highly resistant material
  • Speed, stability and traction
  • Class 1 river rating
  • Easily portable

Cons:

  • Expensive

 

8. Driftsun Transparent Crystal Clear Bottom Kayak

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 1-2
Weight capacity: 425 lbs

driftsun clear bottom kayak - best kayaks 2017 list

The Driftsun Transparent Crystal Clear kayak by The Driftsun Crystal Kayak Company is a crystal clear kayak that gives you the chance to observe the seawater below since it is transparent. It includes seats and paddles for two people. However, one seat can be easily removed for solo paddling.

The Driftsun Transparent Kayak is the favorite kayak for the people who would like to snorkel without getting wet. It has clear transparent shells allowing one to observe the water beneath them from a unique point of view.

The Driftsun Kayak Company has created this kayak to be durable and lightweight. It features an anodized aluminum frame, inflatable chambers, and comfortable EVA adjustable seats. However, all these seats are easily removable for easy stacking and storage. Additionally, the polymer hull is corrosion and UV resistant. This prevents the hull from yellowing.

Driftsun Transparent Crystal Clear kayak has two seats that can be used by either children or adults. One seat can be removed easily for solo navigation. Additionally, all purchases made directly from the Driftsun Company have one year Warranty.

This baby needs to be highlighted as one of our coolest best kayaks 2017 pick!

Pros:

  • It offers an option for one or two people so can use it as needed
  • Allows you to see sea creatures such as jellyfish clearly without fear of getting stung or bitten
  • Has a lot of storage space allowing you to store your camera, phone, bottle of water, flask of coffee or even something heavier
  • It is relatively affordable compared to its competitors in the market

Cons:

    • Although the kayak is made of strong materials, you have to limit its use to avoid getting scratches that reduces transparency

Here is the Driftsun kayak in action:

 

9. Vibe Sea Ghost 130 Angler Kayak

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 1
Weight capacity: 550 lbs

Best kayaks of 2017 Seletion #9 is an amazing fishing kayak: the Vibe Sea Ghost! Fishing enthusiasts and outdoorsmen are adventurers at heart. A little bit of rough weather and wind will do little to deter them from hauling in that big catch. Their equipment, however, has to pass muster and keep up – it just won’t do to have your boat or other fishing gear fail on you in that crucial moment.

There is a kayak that meets these demanding performance requirements. A boat that is tough and versatile enough to handle all waters, and all conditions. The Vibe Sea Ghost 130 Angler Kayak is a rotomolded single piece polyethylene single-seater kayak that boasts a wide hull able to tackle every water condition from raging rivers to choppy surf. Its construction and design offers an extremely stable ride, perfect for fishing or recreation.

Let us examine this kayak in greater detail. It weighs in at 74 pounds, and features the Vibe Hero seat for comfort, built-in cupholder, as well as a toe-controlled rudder system that provides that aforementioned stability in the water. There is a variety of attachments that allow you to stow cargo and gear, including a sealed centre console and integrated tracks for paddles and fishing rods. After all, a boat is no good if you cannot fit all the necessary gear into it.

For those anglers and outdoorsmen who are looking for a stable, versatile kayak that can withstand tough water conditions, the Vibe Sea Ghost 130 Angler Kayak is indeed worth a closer look.

Pros:

  • Stability features such as rudders and frame seats
  • Great storage options
  • Value for money

Cons:

  • Rudders have a bit of slack
  • Side walls flex a little

 

10. Sun Dolphin Bali SS 10-Foot Sit-on-Top Kayak

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 1
Weight capacity: 250 lbs

Sometimes, boating enthusiasts want a middle ground between the ease-of-use of an inflatable kayak and the stability of a hard-shelled kayak. Something that is easy to transport and move in and out of the water, but also something that does not sacrifice too much of the durability and feel on the water that only a hard-shelled boat can provide. The Sun Dolphin Bali SS kayak may be just the thing meet that middle ground.

Weighing in at 44 pounds, this single-seater kayak constructed with UV-stabilized Fortiflex high density polyethylene is tough yet light in weight. What does this mean? It means that the material used to build this kayak will never break down even if it is stored wet, and will never fade with sun exposure. This material also allows a greater degree of tracking and paddling, giving you stability whether you are boating down a river or in a lake.

Sun Dolphin Bali SS 10-Foot kayak - best kayaks of 2017

Comfort and storage are also important considerations, and the Sun Dolphin Bali SS provides ample options. The open seating makes ingress and egress a breeze, while the paddle holder and adjustable foot rests make extended boat rides a joy. A dry storage compartment keeps all your essential boating gear safe, and for more storage, a Portable Accessory Carrier (P.A.C) is also available. Many additional accessories are available, but all the essentials, including a paddle, are included.

At this price point, few other kayaks can compare with the Sun Dolphin Bali SS’ design, construction, and versatility. It is meant for paddlers of all skill levels, and perfect for family outings. Its design emphasizes stability and ease of paddling, allowing even children to paddle with confidence. However, the absence of rigging means that those who want to use if for fishing have to rig it themselves.

Those looking for a recreational boat that is stable and provides great tracking would do well to take a closer look at the Sun Dolphin Bali SS. For a leisurely day out paddling on the lake – this lightweight, sturdy, and comfortable kayak is the perfect companion. Additionally, you can find this best kayaks 2017 option reviewed right here on Killer Kayaks: Sun Dolphin Bali 10 SS.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Seat is not cushioned
  • Extremely slow

 

11. Point 65 N Tequila! GTX Tandem Angler Modular Kayak

Type: Hard-shelled & Modular
# of Seats: 1-2
Weight Capacity: 530 lbs

Tequila! GTX Tandem kayak is a highly stable, fun, versatile, and high-performance kayak from Point 65. Tequila! was designed and made in Sweden by the award winning engineer Magnus de Brito using the new Point 65 Snap-TAP technology under Europe and US patents. The Tequila! GTX tandem is among the fasted sit-on-top kayaks that can be easily changed from solo to tandem.

Tequila! Point 65 Tandem Modular Kayak

The GTX Tandem is perfect for use in rivers, ponds, and lakes for both beginners and expert kayakers. Apart from leisure surfing, the Tequila! GTX kayak is suitable for fishing. It has small, normal and large paddlers making it suitable for use by both children and adults.

The Tequila! GTX tandem kayak is fitted with a new tracking keel that helps in keeping it straight while in water. Additionally, its modular structure makes it easy to carry, store, and haul. Tequila! GTX has a snap-tap modular system making it easily convertible from tandem to solo and vise versa by easily removing or adding the extra mid-section seat. It has super comfortable AIR seats with pneumatically adjustable backrest.

Tequila! GTX as a modeled in bottle and cup holders as well as a built in paddlepak slot. These features makes the Tequila! more comfortable since you don’t need to worry about where to keep your water bottles and cups if you carry some drinks with you. This feature makes the Tequila! to be one of the most comfortable kayaks.

Pros:

  • Easy to transport, store and carry
  • Stable, strong, and safe sit-on-top kayak
  • The AIR seats have adjustable seating position
  • Has built-in bottle and cup holders

Cons:

  • Tequila! Is not recommended for a weekend touring expedition

 

12. Oru Kayak Bay Kayak

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 1
Weight capacity: 300 lbs

The Oru bay kayak has an innovative folding hull mad using the Origami-inspired design, deep research, and high-quality materials. It is made of double-layered polypropylene material that is resistant to damages that may result from constant folding and unfolding. The 12’ kayak has smooth contours making it sporty for beginners while it is stable enough for beginners.

The Oru kayak is 26 lbs. in weight and is easy to unfold and make the fixed, rigid form as it takes a few minutes, thus ensuring you don’t take too much of your leisure time fixing it.

It has a comfortable foam seat with a fully adjustable backrest to provide even more comfort.  Not just our best kayaks 2017 picks but also a very unique and cool origami kayak!

Pros:

Cons:

  • Tabs and buckles wear out after a while

 

13. Hobie Pro Angler 14

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 1
Weight capacity: 600 lbs

An updated version to the Hobie Pro Angler 12 (which also made our best kayaks of 2017 list below!), this fishing kayak is a thing of beauty! From the Hobie H-Rail mountain system to the tackle management system to the cup holders (yep!), everything seems to have been designed with your comfort and fishing needs in mind.

With the MirageDrive system, paddling is easy as pie.  Also, there is ample storage compartments without anything ever getting in the way.  There is a huge bow hatch for storing bulky items and an 8 inch round hatch located in the stern tank well; it’s perfect for carrying a cooler or a live bait.

As if these features aren’t pretty solid, the Hobie Pro Angler 14 comes with a vantage seat with lumbar support… which can be adjusted.  Chuck your office chair and replace it with this.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Large size; make sure it will fit in your carriage space

14. Seaward Passat G3 Kevlar

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 2
Weight capacity: 500+ lbs

If you have been frustrated with options for a sleek tandem kayak, then we are pretty sure that you will love what you see here: the Seawrd Passat G3 Kevlar is a sleek beauty designed with tandem kayakers in mind.  This kayak can be used in somewhat rough waters and should be used in long distance kayaking.  It has also gained reputation as a “light” and high-performing kayak.

With its Kevlar construction, it is based on the original Passat hull which has been acclaimed by adventure racers worldwide.  As far as seating goes, you can use the screwknob behind the seats to adjust them high and low.  Using the straps, you can even adjust the angles of the seat.  It edges smoothly and tours at 5+ knots.

If you want to read about its build, check out our Seward Passat G3 Kevlar review.  Being such a great kayak, no wonder this kayak made it on our best kayaks 2017 list.

Pros:

  • Tracks amazingly
  • 348 liters of dry storage in total
  • Excellent storage space

Cons:

  • The only problem is with the cabling for the rudder placement in and out of the water, requiring manual work

kevlar G3

15. Old Town Vapor 10 Angler

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 1
Weight capacity: 250 lbs

While officially an angler kayak, the Old Town Vapor 10 Angler is a recreational kayak with versatility.  It contains solid storage space with a large cockpit and offers a stable ride.  Whether you’re a novice or a skilled kayaker, thanks to the shape of the hull, you will find that the Vapor 10 Angler responds and tracks rather smoothly to your paddling.

The Vapor 10 provides more than ample room for your gear, including a dry hatch with a lockable top, a cooler, dufflebag, and nice room for more stuff. Also, there is nice room behind the seat for a sleeping bag and of course, more gear, between your feet.

If you want a recreational angler that is made of good, quality materials for a good price, then the Old Town Vapor 10 Angler is a rather good choice.

Pros:

Cons:

  • The drain plug location isn’t at a good spot for actually finding the perfect position to get the water out

 

16.  Hobie Pro Angler 12

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 1
Weight capacity: 500 lbs

Alright, so where are we on the Best Kayaks 2017 List? #16!  Let’s keep chugging along…

The Hobie Pro Angler is one of the best fishing kayaks produced by the Hobie Cat Company.  This is a hard shelled kayak with the capacity to hold upto 500 pounds. The really cool thing about the Hobie 12 fishing kayak is that it navigates really well whether you use it in choppy waters or a nice, calm lake!

The most unique thing about this fishing kayak is that it is powered by the MirageDrive 180 technology.  Instead of tiring out your arms, the Angler 12 has a leg paddling system that is easy and efficient to use and perfect for those hard fishing days.  Not only that, but it also comes with a seat with lumbar support and can be raised upto 5 inches.

There are plenty more awesome features to be admired about the Hobie Angler 12 kayak: for instance, it has a dual steering system which is awesome, allowing for primary and secondary steering.  Also, you can store up to six fishing rods horizontally, leaving you with more than ample storage space.  Another common sense choice to add as a best kayaks 2017 contender.

The LiveWell live-bait tank is another thing of beauty with a nice 8 gallon tank!

Pros:

  • Comfort was a main feature when Hobie Cat Company created the Hobie Pro Angler 12!
  • Rust resistancy proved with testing in salt waters
  • 6 horizontal fishing rod holders!

Cons:

  • If $$ isn’t an issue, then none

 

Best Kayaks 2017 Buyer’s Guide Conclusion

These are the best of the best kayaks 2017 has to offer!  However, we understand that this site is mostly (99%) dedicated to inflatable kayaks.  This list is a mix of inflatable, hard-shelled, and everything in between.  We understand that you may be looking for only inflatable kayak reviews.

With that in mind, please feel free to check out any of our in-depth reviews or, heck, the Killer Kayaks Guide: Best Inflatable Kayaks 2016!

Happy kayaking, everyone!

PS. Did we somehow miss a great kayak on our Best Kayaks 2017 list?  Contact us and let us know asap!

Inflatable Kayak Guide: Learn What to Look For When Buying One!

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Kayaking is what we are all about here, just take a look at all the inflatable kayak reviews we have here for you! However, it dawned on us that there are plenty of people for whom selecting one might be difficult, or simply, that they are new to buying an inflatable kayak.

So, we compiled a list of factors for you to consider before putting your $$ down on any and created this inflatable kayak guide! If you are looking for overall best kayaks in 2017, check out that link!

Following are some important factors to consider when buying an inflatable kayak:

1. Types of Inflatable Kayaks

For starters, consumers should understand the different types of inflatable kayaks that are available in the market. Choosing a particular kayak model depends on the intended usage. Typically, each kayak is designed for a definite cause.

Touring Kayaks

Inflatable Touring kayaks are characterized by a long and thin shape. This design eases the act of traveling through flat water. Touring kayaks offer versatility as they can be used in both fresh and ocean waters. Also, most touring kayaks are rudder-compatible to boost steering.

White Water Kayaks

Unlike the touring kayaks, the whitewater inflatable kayaks come with a short and wide design. With this structure, minimal effort is required in steering as the moving water tends to propel the vessel. Moreover, the large design ensures that the kayak is stable, while the reduced length enhances navigation around obstacles like rocks. A key selling point for white water kayaks is the presence of scupper holes, which drain water from the cockpit and d-rings.

Sea Kayaks

Inflatable sea kayaks resemble touring kayaks as they are long and thin. However, they are specially designed for use in sea waters. They also have added features such as scupper holes.

Fishing Kayaks

Inflatable fishing kayaks come in different lengths, ranging from short to long. The distinct characteristic of this vessel is its round shape at the front and back, which gives them stability. They also come equipped with unique features geared towards fishing activities such as rod holders, anchor cleat, and bait bucket.

Sit-On-Top Kayaks

An inflatable sit-on-top kayak comes with an elevated seat, which positions the kayaker on top of the vessel. This design makes the kayak more stable compared to the conventional design, where one has to sit in the cockpit. Sit on top kayaks also feature scupper holes that make them efficiently self-draining.

2. Storage and Portability

The two main advantages that inflatable kayaks offer over the hard-shell types are easy portability and little storage space. In fact, a deflated kayak can be fit into a large backpack. Nonetheless, buyers should keep in mind that some inflatable kayaks are constructed using heavy duty material, which makes them less compact. As such, a kayak buyer has to strike a balance between the ease of storage and the quality of construction material.

3. Material of the Kayak

Inflatable kayaks are made using one of three materials namely; Hypalon, Nitrylon, and PVC.

Hypalon

Hypalon is a type of synthetic rubber, which is mainly used in constructing the high-end kayaks. The benefit of hypalon is that it is durable and, thus, offers resistance against extreme weather, chemicals, the intense UV rays of the sun and impact.

PVC

This material originates from vinyl polymer plastic. As such, it is not as durable compared to its Hypalon counterpart. However, it is cheap, and the mode of construction makes it a cost-effective option for kayakers with a limited budget.

Nitrylon

Nitrylon inflatable kayaks are relatively new in the market. They came about after the controversy associated with PVC. Nitrylon is considered an eco-friendly material for kayak construction. Moreover, it is resistant to punctures and abrasion and performs well in cold environments.

4. Weight

The weight of an inflatable kayak is also an important specification, especially for hikers who have to carry the vessel around. Heavy duty kayaks are made using a thick material, and, are thus more resistant to punctures. However, taking a heavy inflatable kayak might be wearisome; hence, the need to purchase a lightweight kayak.

5. Seating in the Kayak

When it comes to structure, an inflatable kayak may have single, double, or triple seating. Usually, the seats run along the length of the kayak. Most white water kayaks come with room for just one kayaker. Conversely, touring kayaks can accommodate up to three passengers. Therefore, if you intend to go kayaking with a friend, you should opt for kayaks that offer double or triple seating.

6. Inflatable Kayak Accessories

Some accessories are essential for kayaking activity, and they include paddles, air pumps, repair kits, and PFD’s. Depending on the model of kayak that you purchase, these extras may or may not be included in the package. Preferably, you should opt for high-quality paddles and dual action air pumps.

That’s A Wrap On T Folks!

And, well, there you have it, Folks!  Considering the aforementioned factors will help you save money in the long run.  Once you’ve jotted down what type of kayak you want, head on over to Killer Kayaks Presents: Best Inflatable Kayaks of 2016 and join in on the fun.

Killer Kayaks Presents: Best Inflatable Kayaks 2016!

Oh my! Welcome to the first Killer Kayaks Presents: Best Inflatable Kayaks 2016! As I begin typing this delicious guide, I’m realizing how fast this year has gone by. Now is the time to create those long gift lists and hand them to your family 😉

Since you stayed nice this year, the Killer Kayak Santa has decided to gift you with this Killer Kayaks Presents: Best Inflatable Kayaks 2016.  Quickly scan through the list, see what suits your needs, and follow the links for the cheapest prices on the web.

I’m sure you didn’t come here to chit chat so let me get this baby going. I will be organizing inflatable kayaks by several categories, cutting your research time by HALF. Let’s get started:

Best Bang For the Buck Inflatable Kayaks!

Bruh! You want the best bang for your buck?! Tight on your budget or you simply don’t want to go broke spending on one of these babies? Well, this section is just for you! Have a look through, compare and contrast. Let’s start.

#1. Intex Explorer K2 Kayak

You can’t beat this best selling inflatable kayak: coming in under $100, this is as solid as they come if you want to purchase one and have never owned one. Some things to keep in mind are that that it comes with inflatable seats with a backrest and removable skeg (sometimes people prefer using it for additional anchoring and stability when steering). Here it is, with its sporty, fun look:

Learn & read more reviews about the Intex Exploer K2 here.

#2. Coleman QuikpakTM K1 1-Person Kayak

Technically, the Coleman QuickpakTM K1 is a one person seating kayak and is considered a sit-on-top kayak. Let’s take a look at the picture quickly so you know what that means:

A few quick pointers for you outdoor adventurers! The QuickpakTm K1 inflatable kayak has one of the fastest setups around and not is only on the eyes (you can see for yourself), but also, easy to assemble. This sturdy little baby can be used in a lake due to its 21 gauge PVC construction and its tarpaulin bottom. If this all sounds like French, that’s okay: just know you can use it safe and sound. Easily one of the best options we had to include in our Best Inflatable Kayaks 2016 list.

InflatableYes
Inflation Time10 mins
NMMA Certified?
# Of Seats1
Maximum Weight Capacity400 lbs
Inflated Size103 inches

There’s a lot more to check out here and more in-depth reviews!

#3. Coleman Clear CreekTM 2-Person Kayak

If you want an extra roomy inflatable kayak or a two person option and you’re on a budget, you should take a look at the Coleman Clear CreekTM inflatable kayak option. It will cost you well under $200 and, well, you can’t beat a deal like this! With a durable construction and technology, you should feel safe taking this into a lake. It comes with the standard adjustable seats and is NMMA certified.

More details and reviews can be found here.

Most Expensive Inflatable Kayaks

#1. AIRE Super Lynx Inflatable Kayak

Length x Width x Height: 14′ x 37″
Weight: 46 lbs.
Load Capacity: 600 lbs.

Lightweight, sleek, comfortable, compact and stable AIRE Super Lynx Inflatable Kayak offers many options for the adventurous paddler. It is designed as a versatile inflatable kayak that can be best used on flat water, moderate whitewater, or ocean bays. Repair kit and removable aluminum skeg are included as well as a 10-year warranty. Seats can be moved around for solo or tandem paddling, which makes it ideal for families who want to take a child or a pet with them on board.

#2. Sea Eagle Razorlite 393rl Inflatable Kayak

Exterior: 12’10” x 28” Interior: 11’7″ x 1’6″
Hull Weight: 33.5 lbs.
Load Capacity: 1 Person (300 lbs.) + Gear (200 lbs.) = 500 max total lbs.

Sea Eagle Razorlite 393rl is a strong, fast, comfortable, lightweight high-performance inflatable solo kayak for the adventurer. It is designed to be used best on ocean bays, lakes, and rivers. High pressure pump with pressure gauge, repair kit, and backpack carry bag are all included in the package. The RazorLite™ Series is NMMA Certified, built with drop stitch technology and best recommended for intermediate and above paddlers.

#3. Sea Eagle Fast Track Inflatable 2 Person Kayak

Length: 12’6″
Interior: 11’7″ x 1’6″
Max. capacity : 2 adults or 635 lbs

Sea Eagle Fast Track Inflatable 2 Person Kayak features a sleek, lightweight design with a sharp, tapered bow which enables paddlers to go faster. It is ideal for long-distance paddling. Two AB40 paddles, two Tall Back kayak seats, two stow bags, carry bag, foot pump, slide-in skeg for improved tracking and a repair kit are included in the pro package. It is best used on large lakes, meandering rivers, bays and ocean coves.

#4. BIC Yakkair Fishing-2Hp

Length: 13’5″
Max Load: 550 lbs.

The Yakkair HP2 Fishing can easily be carried in a wheeled backpack. It is designed to reach difficult fishing spots. The material Yakkair is made of is durable enough to prevent any potential damage from fishing hooks. Additionally, kayakers can use the YAKKAir HP2 solo by mounting one seat in the center. Two backrests and footrests, safety grab lines, abrasion protector, bow protector, carry handles, paddle attachment, carry bag, pump, and repair kit are included.

Best 2-Person Tandem Kayaks

If you want to enjoy a day out with your friend or partner but you only have one kayak, you might consider buying a tandem kayak. If you are ready to take on the cooperation and patience tandem kayak paddling requires, here are some of the best kayaks for you to glance through:

#1. AIRHEAD AHTK-2 Montana Performance 2 Person Kayak

Length: 12”
Max Load: 500 lbs.

The AIRHEAD AHTK2 Montana Performance 2 Person Kayak is a lightweight, compact, and portable tandem inflatable kayak specifically designed for 2 paddlers, used best on lakes and moderate white water. Another strong contender to add to the Best Inflatable Kayaks 2016 guide!

#2. Lagoon 2 Inflatable Kayak

Length: 12”
Max Load: 350 lbs.

Lagoon 2 is a tandem kayak has a stylish design, comfortable high-quality seats, and extra padded support, with high durability. The built-in rigid panel and the stern gives better tracking. Inflating, deflating and the transportation of Lagoon 2 is easy. It ensures maneuvers for natural movement.

#3. Sea Eagle SE370K_P Inflatable Kayak with Pro Package

Exterior: 12′ 6″ x 34″ Interior: 10′ 8″ x 15″
Max Load: 650 lbs.

Sea Eagle 370’s form, function, and affordability make it one of the most popular tandem kayaks. This inflatable sports kayak is lightweight yet stable. Due to its thick material, it is very durable. It can be easily transported. What is more, the seats are detachable, inflatable and replaceable. Repair kit and pressure gauge are included in the package.

Sexiest Best Inflatable Kayaks

The sexiest, best inflatable kayaks are the ones with the slimmest proportions combined in an excellent design. They’re not just functional – they’re also built to capture the attention and make you and your pics pop!

#1. Hobie Mirage Revolution 11 Kayak

Length: 11 feet and 6 inches
Weight Capacity: 275 pounds

This single capacity kayak comes with a dry bag for easy transportation. Built with mesh covered storage pockets, its slim and stylish olive-color makes it perfect for fishing solo in shallow waters as you maneuver its sexy body along the waters. One of the best features of this kayak however is the leg room provided. It comes with a paddling system that offers more propulsion and thus more speed with greater accuracy in direction. They’re built with fishing in mind – which is why it come with rod holders and carrying handles.

 

#2. Aquaglide Rogue XP Two Inflatable Kayak-Blue/White

Length: 10 Feet
Weight Capacity: 400 pounds

This two person inflatable kayak doesn’t come with a pump or paddle but perfect in every other way. It includes a core seat and foot rest with a repair kit conveniently stored for emergency purposes. Built with a durable PVC Beam floor, the kayak material repels UV rays to protect the lower body of the user. With supportive core seats, it offers an adjustable and high backrest with a mesh storage pocket to keep all your essentials. This item is made with fishing and leisure kayaking in mind for a sleek and seamless maneuver on the water.

 

#3. Columbia XP Two Inflatable Kayak

Length: 13.5 Feet
Weight Capacity: 400 pounds

Built for two persons, this beautiful blue kayak is both slim and sleek with enough space and weight capacity for lots of extra stuff. Made for fishing or just leisure exploration of the water, the item is built with 600D polyester and Duratex. Proprietary floor technology lines the bottom of the kayak topped by comfortable Core Seats. Accessories can be kept in the large mesh pockets, leaving your hands free while cruising. Other features you can enjoy with this model include transport handles, Splash Guards and backpack straps. Ideal for travel buddies or anyone who loves the water – this Columbia XP Two Inflatable Kayak should be an excellent choice.

Whitewater Rafting Kayaks

Whitewater rafting kayaks are built for durability enough to withstand the rapid force of the water. Capable of housing 2 or more people, the rafting kayaks in this list have proven their excellence when it comes to taking the bumps and bounces of water rapids.

 

#1. Ocean Kayak Malibu 2XL Tandem Kayak 2016

Length: 12 feet

Built for two people, this Ocean Kayak makes use of materials guaranteed to withstand the unique saltiness of the ocean. Providing stability and ease of maneuverability, it can be paddled solo or with a friend – depending on your experience. The unit is actually made with family excursions in mind as it can take the weight of two people plus a small child or the favorite family pet. It doesn’t come with a paddle though so you’ll have to buy your own!

 

#2. Perception Kayak Prodigy Sunset

Length: 15.25 feet

This beautiful piece of kayak boasts of the color of sunset and performs beautifully when it comes to maneuverability. Made from polyethylene with seat material made from plastic, the unit can be used from practically all types of water from rivers, lakes, and oceans. Thanks to its weight of just 42 pounds, it can be quickly tossed on top of the car for long trips. The body is protected by additional materials to prevent scratching, tearing, or scraping the interior surface. The cockpit is large enough for ease of getting in and out while keeping the lower body protected from the sun. It also comes with foot braces for additional control.

 

#3. Emotion Spitfire Sit-On-Top Kayak, Glacier Blue, 9′

Length: 14 inches

Stunning in its orange color, this Emotion Spitfire Kayak has molded-in paddle keepers and padded seats. Weighing just 47.2 pounds, the kayak has side carry handles allowing for quick transportation from your home to the car to the beach. The foot wells are molded in for comfort and security for hours of kayak enjoyment. It also comes with an extra large storage hatch located beneath the deck. This should hold enough food and drinks to last you through the day as you go exploring the waters. For safety and security, the kayak also comes with self-bailing holes for water drainage, just in case some of them enter the cockpit. The shape is specially created for stability even during rougher water and to top it off – the orange is capped with UV protected materials.

The Neatest, Best Kayaks On The Market

There are 3 of these babies WORTH YOUR TIME AND MONEY AND FRANKLY, THAT SCARE THE LIVING POO OUT OF US! These kayaks are cool and edgy – affording users with something more than just convenient navigation through the waters. Made especially for those who want to really enjoy nature – these �neat’ kayaks have a crystal clear build.

 

#1. Crystal Explorer – Transparent Kayak/Canoe by the Crystal Kayak Company

Length: 11.1 feet
Weight Capacity: 425 pounds

Including seats, paddles, and 1 year warranty – this Crystal Explorer kayak lets you explore the bottom of the ocean with very little effort on your part. Enjoy the colorful fish directly beneath you with the crystal clear build that doesn’t decrease the quality and durability of the model. Designed for flat and choppy waters, it has a removable frame and seats so that moving it from one place to another is quick and easy. One of the cooler inflatable kayaks today, it is built with a polymer hull and hardware that resist corrosion.

 

#2. 2016 Caribe Clear Bottom Fishing Kayak

Length: 12 inches
Weight Capacity: 600 pounds

Having by far the largest weight capacity in this list, the Caribe Clear Bottom Fishing Kayak is built with large fishing hauls in mind. Although only seats one – the kayak is capable of holding in numerous accessories for your fishing including baits, coolers, hooks, and biggest possible fish you can find in the waters. The cockpit is adjustable which helps you achieve that maximum comfort for fishing. The paddles however are not included with the kayak.

 

#3. Driftsun Crystal Clear Transparent 2 Person Kayak – Clear Bottom Kayak

Length: 111
Weight Capacity: 425 pounds

This ocean kayak has a completely transparent hull for an excellent viewing experience of the underwater. Lightweight but with a construction that’s built for choppy waters, this inflatable kayak has removable seats and frames so that you can fold it for easier storage. Polymer-made, it has enough colors for an aesthetic appeal but with a functionality that’s superior than most. Paddles and various other parts are corrosion-resistant and should last its users a long time of water enjoyment.

 

#4. See Through Canoe

Our last but never the least on our Best Inflatable Kayaks 2016 compilation: a market favorite, the “See Through Canoe” is a little different from the other items in the list today. For one thing, it’s navigated using a machine power which can generate a bit of sound. On the plus side however, this canoe lets you simply enjoy the waters without having to worry about paddling. Completely transparent, it has a 1 person capacity and a puncture proof surface to keep your mind at rest. The frame is made of aluminum and boasts of a roof cover to keep the sun and UV rays away from your eyes and skin.

AIRHEAD AHTK-2 Montana Performance 2 Person Kayak In-Depth Review

ahtk-2 2 person montanaMy Gosh! If you live somewhere perfect like Southern California or any where the weather is sunny and beautiful even in the “winter months”, then you may be looking for something as fun as a two person inflatable kayak. And, since you’re here, let’s dive into a review of the Airhead AHTK-2 Montana Performance Kayak.

Wow, that’s a mouthful and a handful to type!

Since one of the first things I do is shop by price (hey, no shame in admitting we have a budget!), this two person kayak comes in around $370-$390 on Amazon (which I believe is the best place price-wise and customer service wise to shop for something like this). Now, $390 isn’t very “cheap” and is considered a decent investment so let’s break this baby down bit by and see if it’s worth every penny of your hard earned dollars 😉

The Basics

Yes, the Airhead AHTK-2 Montana is a two seater inflatable kayak and comes in around 12 feet long. It is constructed of durable material making it ideal for kayaking in the lakes and moderate white river rafting. The floor is designed as tubular I-beam floor (typical) and weighs around 36.3 lbs. Some of you may love the orange colour and some may hate it but it’s a smart choice for safety enthusiasts as it makes the product high visibility. The tubular I-beam flooring does make it very comfortable to sit in. It contains two Boston valves for quick inflation and deflation.

And look: it can support upto 500 pounds! If size is an issue, this baby can definitely handle that. Have a look at this beaut:

ahtk-2 demonstration pic

The Meat of the Airhead AHTK-2 Montana Kayak

Patience, please 😉

In case you haven’t caught yet, if pricing isn’t an issue and you are looking for an inflatable boat that can fit tall people comfortable or upto 500 pounds, then this one is your lady. If that isn’t impressive, a reviewer on Amazon touts that AIRHEAD AHTK-2 Montana Performance 2 Person Kayakhe bought the AHTK-2 in 2006 for the purpose of roughing it (in 2006) and that it still hasn’t developed any leaks (review written in 2004!) This is due to the build of this superior kayak which is constructed from the nylon denier fabric shell. When it comes to leaks, this kayak is extremely durable.

Another cool thing about the Montana Two Person Kayak is that it looks very nice and doesn’t look “cheap” as some of these can. Of course, priced around $375, you’d think this would be standard but sadly, it’s not the case with all inflatable boats and kayaks.

Even with two people, there is plenty of space for you to store additional items (trust me, this comes in handy). It’s extremely easy and quick to inflate and deflate. Also, thanks to its build and the four fins it comes with, you’ll find the tracking to be consistent and the maneuverability to be better than most kayaks in its class.

The Cons…

I expect you to read this section before you read any additional reviews. That’s what I do 😉

The only two cons are that the Airhead two persona inflatable boat comes with straps which is fine for carrying but a tad bit cumbersome. It does NOT come with a bag to put it away which would’ve been ACE.

Because of that, the weight comes into factor. This two person kayak weighs 36 pounds and sometimes, you can feel it.

The Verdict

In all honesty, if you are looking for safety, room, durability, stability, and good tracking, this is the perfect buy. It has plenty of 4 and 5 star reviews on Amazon (undoubtedly, my favourite way to check out sports gear).

AIRHEAD AHTK-2 Montana Performance 2 Person Kayak Features

InflatableYes
Inflation Time15-20 minutes
NMMA Certified?
# of Seats2
Maximum Weight Capacity500 lbs
Inflated Size12 feet

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Kayak – Expensive Or Well Worth It?

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Kayak FullIn case you haven’t noticed, the Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible kayak is one of the more expensive inflatable kayaks we’ve taken the time out to review. After all, coming in around $550, why should one invest in one of these inflatable kayaks rather than shell out money for a hard-shelled kayak?

That’s one of the bigger questions we will be answering in this review but first, let’s start with the basics and move our way through this sexy option (I’m not biased, I promise!)

The Basics

Now, if you don’t know what to look for in an inflatable kayak, then check out our inflatable kayak guide.  The AdvancedFrame Convertible kayak is a two seater kayak and comes in around 15 feet long (much longer than the standard inflatable kayaks that I’ve checked out). Its frame is built with aluminum ribs that shape the bow and stern. Due to the ‘weightiness’, this kayak also treks straight and well (which can be a little bit of a problem with light inflatable kayaks). While the trekking is not as well as a hardshell kayak but it comes very close to it. That says a lot about an inflatable kayak!

The Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible inflatable kayak is also constructed of three layers for safety reasons: if one layer gets punctured, you’re still safe due to the other two layers being puncture resistant.

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible inflatable kayak Seating

Even though this baby is designed for tandem (or two people) kayaking, you can take the extra seat out (or use it as added back comfort) and take it out solo.

Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or an expert kayaker, setup is a breeze. The first time, it may take you a good 20 minutes to accomplish this but it gets easier each time. You simple take it out of the package, unfold it, pump it with air and set it up. Viola!

Just in case, here’s a demonstration video:

Storage Compartment

Unlike other kayaks, this one has a nice storage department for some serious gear. Here, take a look at the image: There is surprisingly a fair amount of storage and the deck lacing is just… super sexy. Go ahead and sprinkle your jelly beans everywhere! (Joking… keep it clean!)

Bonus Points for Puncture Resistant Build

When you’re out and about in one of these inflatable kayaks, the last thing you want to do is be worried if it can take a little bit of a hit (let’s face it: sometimes I don’t plan on rough surfaces but that doesn’t mean my kayaks don’t end up getting scratched!) As mentioned earlier, the Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible inflatable kayak kayak is built of three layers of puncture resistant material.

The kayak is so well-built that even through rough surfaces, it will, on average, last you 5-10 years (please keep in mind this depends on the usage). If you are using the Advanced Elements inflatable kayak in pretty rough waters, you should know that while it does well in heavier conditions, still, this isn’t a hard kayak! (Always remain cautious and go with a buddy to test how well a new kayak responds in an environment). If roughing it is a huge issue for you, then you will find the Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible inflatable kayak one tough inflatable sob!

Is The Advanced Elements Inflatable Kayak Heavy As Heck!?

One of the main complains on Amazon is regarding the weight of this kayak. If you examine this a bit, this is a good thing! The kayak comes in around 55 pounds which means it’s a bit heavy to carry. However, this kind of weight is good especially if you want to trek well and straight in the water. And that, my friends, the Advanced Elements inflatable kayak does really well. If you’ve shopped around for lighter inflatable kayaks, you’ll see that getting them to move straight can take a bit of getting used to.

Now, if you’re not very strong, then carrying this a fair distance could become a problem. If you know you’ll be in good company or are a strong person and don’t mind carry it, then you know this kayak is right for you. Additionally, you could purchase a dolly to help you carry this. I don’t want to blow this out of proportion; just know that the size could be an issue if you’re a very light person and need to carry this thing a mile to the lake or a river.

Is Cleaning Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Inflatable Kayak A Drag?

Okay, so inflating this baby takes around a good 5-10 minutes (for first timers, it can be longer). That’s not a problem. However, after you’ve used it, you’ll notice water collect at the bottom. Well, if you’ve invested in a $500 kayak, you also have to take good care of it which includes drying it off and folding it properly.

This means you have to empty out the kayak, let it dry off then unfold it. Frankly, this is the nature of most kayaks so if this bothers you, perhaps you should invest in a hardshell kayak.

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible inflatable kayak Overview

Why is The Advanced Elements Advanced Frame Convertible Kayak a Great Investment?

If you’re like me and live in a cramped apartment, own a small car or hate carrying a hardshell kayak, then this is a solid investment. It’s not like a super lightweight inflatable kayak. It doesn’t come with the problem of a superlight inflatable kayak either. It has a bit of weight to it (55-60 lbs) but this also helps it move straight and speedier than most inflatable kayaks. If you have believe in quality products and want something more reliable than a $150 inflatable kayak (those have their own advantages), then you will definitely love investing in the AdvancedFrame inflatable kayak.

Still Torn About The Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Inflatable Kayak …?

Still torn? Welp, seein’ IS believin’, they say. And if this doesn’t help, then check out our other reviews on the site 🙂

Verdict

The Advanced Elements Advanced Frame Convertible kayak is one of the more expensive inflatable kayaks on the market but is one of the best and sturdiest options available as well. Its pricing fluctuates around $500 so it’s a serious investment. For anyone looking for a sturdy inflatable kayak, this is a must buy.

For another Advanced Elements option, check out the Advanced Elements FireFly inflatable kayak.

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Kayak Features

InflatableYes
Inflation Time10-15 minutes
NMMA Certified?
# of Seats1
Maximum Weight Capacity300 lbs
Inflated Size10" x 5'

Big Bear Guide – Everything You Need To Know For Your Big Bear Vacation!

At an altitude of almost 7,000 feet, in the San Bernardino Mountains, lies Big Bear Lake, a beautiful vacation spot for tourists and locals alike. The city of Big Bear is located on the south shore of the lake and it’s all surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. The Big Bear Valley includes Big Bear lake, the city of Big Bear, and other lakes and towns. The area sees over 100,000 visitors during popular vacation times and holidays.

Big Bear Lake

More About Big Bear

The temperatures for the summer usually stay around 80 degrees (although a high of 94 was recorded in 1998), and winters can get quite cold (around 25 degrees at the lowest). Snow falls every month except for June, July, and August, which means it’s one of the only places where southern California locals will get to see an accumluation of snow!

Big Bear Lake is 7 miles long and it’s a mile across at its widest section. Many activities are enjoyed at this popular vacation spot, including fishing, hiking, boating, snowboarding, and skiing. The area provides fun things to do all throughout the year, whether it’s fishing or boating in the summer/spring, or skiing at the Bear Mountain or Snow Summit resorts in the winter.

Big Bear Snow Summit

There is also plenty of lodging options, from hotels to cabins to resorts and cottages. There are restaurants that will please all tastes, bars, and coffee cafes (and yes, there’s a Starbucks too…where ISN’T there one??). Let’s find out a little more about the area and some of the things to do, in detail.

First, A Little History About Big Bear

The Serrano Indians lived on the land for thousands of years, along with grizzly bears (which is how the area got its name). However, in the midst of the Gold Rush, when explorers and their parties arrived, the bears disappeared (not surprising) and in 1933, black bears were introduced to the area. The Indians never killed the grizzly bears, nor wore their fur, since they thought of them of ancestors.

Grizzly Bears in Big Bear!

You can still see them in the area, but instead of seeing them in their natural habitat, they’re at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo. Common, smaller animals like squirrels, coyotes, and raccoons are seen often in the area, but larger ones like the black bears, mountain lions, and deer are rare sights.

A local man, Kirk Phillips, visited New York City and saw how their bus line worked (the world’s first) and decided to create one that ran from San Bernardino to Big Bear Valley. This, in turn, allowed for further and faster development of the whole Big Bear area.

The first resort built was the Pan Hot Springs Hotel in 1921, named after the land it was erected on which contained a natural hot spring. After that, more resorts were built, some high class enough to attract celebrities of that era. By 1924, there were 44 resorts, but there were fires that damaged many of them in 1933.

 

Big Bear Lake Cabins & Lodge Options!

If you’re wondering where to stay in Big Bear, worry not!

In Big Bear, you will find a wide selection of lodging establishments such as private homes or cabins, hotels, resorts and lodges, Beds and Breakfasts, group facilities, condos and much more. This provides various options for people who need to choose their lodgings according to how much they want to pay or what kind of service they want.

Below are some great places to stay in the area:

1. Fireside Lodge

 

Fireside Lodge Hot Tub, Big Bear

Fireside Lodge is located within walking distance (almost right across the street!) of Big Bear Lake, which makes it pretty convenient if the lake will be your main focus. There are rooms with kitchenettes, jacuzzis (with a fireplace right next to it), fireplaces in other rooms, family units, and romantic spaces for couples with lake views. They offer special events, are more than happy to help you with whatever you need and they offer complimentary concierge service. It’s very nice and in a great location for those with a limited budget.

2. Vacasa

Vacasa provides cabins and chalets either on the side of the lake or very close to the ski resorts. They are for big groups of up to 10 people and can get quite costly at certain times of the year, but everyone can pay their share to make it more affordable. There are cabins for all preferences and they have everything you need during your stay, including kitchens, cookware, fireplaces, nice couches and chairs, washer/dryer, and many other amenities. They also have free WiFi and flatscreen tvs in case you somehow get bored.

 

3. Castle Wood Cottages

 

Castle Wood Cottage Room, Big Bear

Known for providing a perfect romantic experience, Castle Wood Cottages is comprised of rooms that are all themed, according to what is attractive to you and your partner. There are themes like Antony and Cleopatra, Crystal Cave, Enchanted Forest, Gone With The Wind, and others. It is just minutes from the lake and ski slopes, with fireplaces and jacuzzis, and added romantic packages for an extra cost. They also offer discounts for bike and kayak rentals, as part of your stay. It’s very unique and is the perfect romantic getaway.

 

4. Eagle Nest Bed And Breakfast

The Eagle Nest Bed and Breakfast is located on Big Bear Blvd, just like the Fireside Lodge, and has five guest rooms, all western themed. They also have five cottage suites (apart from the B&B), and one cabin, which is not on the same property.

The B&B rooms come with fireplaces (some gas, some electric), A/C, queen beds, and free breakfast. No pets are allowed in these rooms, but they are allowed in some of the cottage rooms for an extra cost. Breakfast is also not included with the cottage rooms, but can be purchased daily. There are fireplaces that burn wood, spa tubs, and other amenities.

These are just but a few lodging options for visitors to Big Bear Lake. There are many other hotels, cabins, and cottages to choose from. But enough about places to stay…let’s check out water activities!

 

What Water Activities Can I Do In Big Bear?

Located at the center of the city, Big Bear Lake is the highest-earning attraction at the resort, most frequented during the summer months. On those weekends, there is usually a wide range of water vessels on the lake, like canoes, jet skis, kayaks, speed boats, fishing boats, and more. The lake is often visited by anglers who are looking to catch rainbow trout, largemouth bass, and catfish, among others.

Big Bear Fishing

Smaller boats are the best way to get acquainted with all that Big Bear Lake has to offer. Not only does kayaking and canoeing provide a nice workout, but paddling is also a known stress reliever. Using these boats, one can explore places on the lake that cannot be accessed when using bigger boats. They provide a view of the lake from a point that is unlike any other.

Before launching the boats, they are inspected by workers at the resort and are launched from ramps or marinas on the lake. They can also be rented at the marinas at either hourly or daily rates.

A selection of the most used and trendy water vessels includes pontoons, bass boats and aluminum fishing boats. A large number of these boats may have flags, which are usually found hanging close to the stern of the boat. These flags are simply a warning to other boaters in the surrounding area that they are looking for rainbow trout and they are trailing a line.

Another awesome approach to enjoy Big Bear Lake is to use a speed boat or waverunner, which many people like the thrill of riding. Some of these high powered speed boats are used for other water activities such as wakeboarding and water skiing, which are both allowed on the lake. But there’s more to do besides fishing and boating. For instance, inner tubes are also one of the devices used on this lake for fun.

Tubing On Big Bear Lake

It’s common to see some boat types waving an orange flag. This primarily indicates that someone is close to the boat like a swimmer, wakeboarder or skier. There are various activities to enjoy from the back of a boat, and Big Bear Lake is the place to go for that kind of thrill and excitement. The lake also offers a cable for wakeboarding or wakeskating for starters who want to learn the sport.

Jet ski riders love the power of these thrust powered crafts as they hit the throttle to zoom across the lake. This is arguably the most thrilling experience Big Bear Lake has to offer. A jet ski can have you exploring much of the lake in a quick fashion. There are several variants of jet skis such as the classic Kawasaki, Sea Doos and the Yamaha Wave Runners.

Water Skiing Big Bear

Consistent winds from the mountain provide enough power on the lake for vessels like sailboats, windsurfers, and Hobie Cats. These are for people who prefer a more relaxed speed.

Another exciting activity to consider is taking a parasail high above the lake. You can rent parasailing charters that will take you over 500 feet into the air, providing you with a spectacular view of the lake and the San Bernardino National Forest. To go above the water, Big Bear Lake also offers another activity known as flyboarding, where you are propelled into the air by pressurized water under the board that your feet are strapped onto.

 

Get Your Grub On, Big Bear Style!

No worries! Big bear restaurants bring all the savoury and delicious cuisine right to you. After a whole day of activities, you can select any of these restaurants and be in for a night full of great cuisine:

1. Evergreen Restaurant

 

Evergreen Restaurant, Big Bear

This is the place to go to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Big Bear lake while you eat a delicious meal. This establishment is known for its steak and seafood, providing breathtaking views and well-prepared meals, together with a wide and unique wine list. They also host weddings, up to 150 guests, and they take care of everything for you.

 

2. Nottingham’s Restaurant

This restaurant provides a formal environment that includes a dining room with a fireplace, a pub for those who want to have a few drinks, and a patio for outdoor dining (which is pet friendly). It’s perfect for romantic dining, with cuisine such as steaks, pasta, seafood and much more to enjoy. It has wines from Napa Valley and Sonoma to compliment these dishes. They also host social events that can accommodate 100 guests.

 

3. Knickerbocker Mansion & Bistro

 

Knickerbocker Bistro, Big Bear

Step into this Bistro (where you can also stay in the mansion and carriage house) to be pleasantly surprised with a New Orleans style Creole menu; New Orleans in Big Bear? Heck yeah!

They serve breakfast, lunch and brunch, can host private parties and corporate meetings, and the guests of the mansion get a special discount with their stay. They also host weddings that can accomodate 40 guests inside and 75 outside. Their menu changes depending on the season.

 

4. Himalayan Restaurant

Who loves Indian food? If that’s you, then this is your place, a mix of Nepalese and Indian cuisines. They have dishes like chicken dishes like chicken tikka masala, lamb dishes, vegetarian options, seafood, and desserts. Indian ice cream, called Kulfi, is a very creamy ice cream that puts all other to shame. Do yourself a favor and give it a try, if you haven’t already.

Other restaurants providing cuisines from other cultures are the Sweet Basil Bistro, which is known for Italian food, and Dynasty Restaurant with its Chinese dishes.

 

5. Noble Romans Pizza

 

Noble Roman's Pizza in Big Bear

If a fancy meal is not wanted, pizza always hits the spot! This restaurant uses all natural, local ingredients, with no fillers. The pizzas are made with a mix of mozzarella and muenster cheeses and the crust is made with a high protein flour. They have specialty pizzas or you can create your own, wings, pasta, biscuits and gravy, a breakfast burrito, and more.

For sandwiches, there’s Grizzly’s Bear Belly Deli or Amangela’s, which also provides free WiFi to customers. If you prefer to eat in privacy at your cabin, you can hire a Gourmet Personal Chef who will come with the necessary ingredients to make you a delicious dish.

 

Big Bear Guide Summary!

There are so many fun, exciting things to do, and eat in Big Bear, and these are just a few of them. If you love water activities, you can head out to the Big Bear lake for the day. If you want to go skiing, snowboarding, or sledding, you can head up to the snow resorts.

If you want to just get away from it all and breathe in some nice woodsy air, you can rent a cabin and relax on the patio with a beautiful view. There is something for everyone in Big Bear which makes it the perfect vacation destination!

Riot Kayaks Astro 58 – Everything You Should Know About This PlayBoat!

The Riot Kayaks Astro 58 is a play boat kayak, which means it’s meant to be fast and perform tricks in whitewater rapids and on ocean waves. The innovative and ingenious design provides it with an adequate buoyant force that lets you fly along the surface of the water like you’re floating on air.

 

The edges of the Riot Kayaks Astro 58 are designed for precision to help you make even the most difficult of cuts and turns in the water, giving you perfect control over your kayak and a chance to show off some of those wild skills. Needless to say, it’s meant for advanced paddlers who have a lot of experience with whitewater kayaking. And you can see why in our Riot Kayaks Astro 58 review below.

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Riot Kayaks Astro 58

Frame

The Riot Kayaks Astro 58’s frame is made with polyethylene and weighs almost 40 pounds, which is quite efficient for its shape and size. The Unity seating system is made with foam, with a floating backrest, which makes for a very comfortable ride, and also keeps you in control with thigh braces as well.

Check out our in-depth articles on the Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5 Tandem and the Riot Escape 12 Angler

The vessel itself is 6.3 feet long, 26 inches wide, and comes only in red. There is no real room for storage, which could be a problem to some, but not for those who want a quick ride on the rapids.

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Riot Kayaks Astro 58 Features

The Riot Kayaks Astro 58 consists of a single seating system, fit for only one person. A proper backrest is present on the immediate end of the seat so your back does not feel uncomfortable against the hard interior. Also, there’s less risk of an injury during hard jumps and lags while paddling your way through water.

 

Precise suregrip thigh braces are present that fit nicely to knee length for secure and proper protection of your legs and thighs while you are kayaking.

Two rubber grab loops and two rubber handles are fitted for easy access and transport of the Riot Kayaks Astro 58, making it easy to pick up and handle. An aluminum security bar is also installed on the kayak. They are strong and sturdy, used for pulling and grabbing in case of rescue situations.

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Water can easily get inside your kayak, so it is very crucial for you to let it out. For that purpose, a strongly bolted drain plug is present, which shifts the water from inside the boat to the outside. Before jumping in, make sure the drain plug is tightly corked in first.

Astro 58 Red Kayak

 

Riot Kayaks Astro 58 Storage

The Riot Kayaks Astro 58 is stable enough to be stored on a universal storage stand made of aluminum. You can even store it inside your garage with a tilted wall mount so it can hang freely and can be easy to take off and hang back on. It is efficient as it helps to save space.

There is hardly no room for storage while in the water, as this play boat is meant for doing tricks and having a short, but fun time. This way, nothing falls out when you need to flip the kayak, it’s just you and your speedy vessel.

Check out our articles on best inflatable kayaks, best 2 person kayaks, and best fishing kayaks here.

Pros

  • Great for tricks, fast spins and jumping
  • Security bar, thigh pads for extra control and comfort
  • Powerseat compatible
  • Extra handles for ease of transport
  • Small size makes it easy to store

 

 

Cons

  • A little expensive for its size, but it performs quite well
  • Only has space for one person
  • Lack of storage

 

Riot Kayaks Astro 58 Review Conclusion

As you’ve read in this Riot Kayaks Astro 58 review, this kayak is safe and amazingly fun to use for a hobby or a special sporting event. The advanced features like the security bar, safety belts and handles make it a perfect watercraft for you to practice on and show your skills to the world.

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This is a very fun little kayak to get your hands on if you’re just looking for a quick thrilling ride and you don’t need storage on board.

Dagger Katana 9.7 – Style Points or Hollow Points For This Whitewater Kayak?

More often than not, you can tell a lot about a product by looking at its name alone. While this may not always be the case for some of the kayaks out there, you will find that the Dagger Katana 9.7 kayak is one craft that truly lives up to its name. That’s because it is quick and sleek, slicing through the water like a hot knife slices through butter. It’s quite an impressive watercraft.

 

As a crossover boat, the Dagger Katana 9.7 can be used in numerous water conditions. Stable and sturdy, it is a choice that many beginners and intermediate paddlers would actually appreciate. Providing a smooth and balanced gait when on the water, it is easy to see how its design and build truly excels.

Many paddlers have noted that it easily inspires confidence, even for those that may not have a well of paddling experience under their belts. This Dagger Katana 9.7 review will reveal these attributes and more below.

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Dagger Katana 9.7 Frame

Dagger Katana 9.7 kayak

One of the very first things about the Dagger Katana 9.7 kayak to take note of is the fact that it is quite ergonomic in build and style. It is designed to showcase a balanced profile, which ensures that the craft keeps its speed when used on flat water. This also allows it to successfully retain its maneuverability when used on rapids.

Check out our Dagger Axis 12 review and our Dagger Mamba Creeker review!

Primary stability for the Dagger Katana 9.7 is reinforced by its precise hull design. It is constructed with flared and beveled sidewalls, all of which are aimed toward providing it with some necessary secondary stability. Paddlers will also appreciate the rounded shape of the stern deck. This allows for easy water shedding.

This is indeed one very forgiving craft when used in moving water. Precision is very evident in how the whole craft is designed. The makers have clearly envisioned the Dagger Katana 9.7 kayak as one that will do excellent in flat-water, but will also live up to the more challenging rides in rapids.

Nimble, light and stable, paddlers will love how the Katana offers a good amount of space for movement in the cockpit. While it looks a little small and short at first glance, it is quite surprising to find that it has a considerable amount of legroom inside.

Dagger Katana

Paddlers will also appreciate the ergo seating system implemented in the cockpit area. This is equipped with a leg lifter, padding on the seats and back, as well as pads for the hips.

If there was anything that the makers of the Dagger Katana 9.7 may have had in mind when they were drafting out its design, it was probably comfort. This is certainly not what many kayaks out there can say for themselves, as there are many brands that are way too focused on style instead of comfort.

The craft’s frame is made from polyethylene, lending considerable sturdiness and overall strength to the kayak. The material does not require constant care and maintenance, which further reinforces the idea that this would be the go-to craft for busy paddlers who may not always have time to spare.

 

Features of the Dagger Katana 9.7

The cross-over boat design allows paddlers who want to experience both flat water and whitewater to have a reliable craft they can use. The Dagger Katana 9.7 is the perfect match for adventurers who want to enjoy water trips that are multi-expedition in nature. Paddlers that don’t want to have to limit their paddling adventures to just whitewater alone will really love the hybrid nature of this kayak.

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The ConTour Ergo seats are also worth noting. With paddlers who love longer and multiple trips, the manufacturers have made it a point to implement a seat system that is appropriate for longer trips. The seats are also outfitted with thigh and knee pads to ensure optimum comfort, as well as safety, when sitting in the cockpit for an extended length of time.

Dagger Katana 9.7

The Dagger Katana 9.7’s balanced rocker profile provides great stability, which is really huge when it comes to the design of this craft. It ensures that this is one kayak that will stay steady in most conditions when on the water.

For the inexperienced paddler, this is a huge plus, as this ensures that they will not have a hard time keeping their balance while trying to learn the basics of maneuvering the craft. There is also the TruTrak skeg system, which can be adjusted to keep you in line during windy weather or rough water conditions.

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The Dagger Katana 9.7 is also fitted with carrying handles, which are located along the stern and the bow. Comfortable and easy to hold, this ensures that it will be easy enough to transport the craft and carry it around.

The spacious cockpit is great for people who prefer a lot of legroom. Some paddlers have had the misfortune of getting stuck in rather narrow and cramped cockpits, which is obviously very uncomfortable. This cockpit has a 20 inch width and is 35.5 inches long, which is pretty roomy.

Storage

The Dagger Katana 9.7 is designed to offer considerable storage for the paddler. It is equipped with reinforced hatches, along with removable bulkheads. As a result, what the paddler gets is not just excellent legroom in the cockpit, but some spacious storage areas for gear and other items that might be needed for extended trips. There is also bungee cords on the deck for additional storage.

Pros

  • Versatile hybrid craft for flat water and whitewater use
  • ConTour Ergo seats are perfect for extended trips
  • Spacious cockpit for ease of movement while paddling
  • Balanced profile ensures maneuverability and speed, regardless of water conditions
  • Plenty of storage space for gear and other supplies
  • TruTrak adjustable skeg for additional control in extreme conditions

 

Cons

  • The Dagger Katana 9.7’s cockpit may be too small for those with longer legs
  • Entire length may be too short for those who need more storage and room
  • Only has a 210 pound weight capacity, not yet mentioned in this Dagger Katana 9.7 review

 

Dagger Katana 9.7 Review Conclusion

Overall, buyers will find that the Dagger Katana 9.7 kayak is a very good choice for a hybrid kayak. For those of you who want to have a craft that you can use for both flat and white waters, this is definitely the kayak for you.

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While there are many instances of products ending up being less impressive than their monikers that inspired them, the Dagger Katana 9.7 does not. If anything, it is one kayak that truly lives up to the reputation of the sword that it is named after.

Versatile, balanced, fast, maneuverable, and definitely comfortable, it is not a surprise how there are so many paddlers out there that have opted for the Dagger Katana 9.7 as their kayak of choice.

Boreal Design Esperanto Review – A Viable Tandem Sea Kayak?

As one of the more versatile kayaks out there, the Boreal Design Esperanto PE Rudder Tandem Sea Kayak is also one of the fastest, most comfortable, stable, and easiest to paddle of the tandem models. The sophisticated methods used in the creation of the Boreal Design Esperanto Kayak means that it is one of the best models today, especially when it comes to accuracy, speed, wind resistance, and overall craft stability.

Significantly longer and heavier than other crafts made of the same materials that belong to the same category, the Boreal Design Esperanto Kayak is stable as it is durable.

Designed to withstand long hours on the water, this is a kayak that every enthusiastic aspiring paddler would certainly want to experience firsthand. So let’s dive into this Boreal Design Esperanto review and see what it’s all about.

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Boreal Design Esperanto Sea Kayak

Boreal Design Esperanto Kayak Frame

Made from molded polyethylene and weighing 96 pounds, the Boreal Design Esperanto Kayak was developed with the use of CAD technology. The computer assisted-design ensures that the resulting kayak is one that is effectively shaped and designed from high quality molded plastic, to showcase a build that is not only sturdy, but stable too.

So much care and attention was spent on the design to make sure that it was properly calibrated to take into consideration such factors as the stability of the craft and its overall speed. In fact, at 15 feet long, it is one of the fastest of the many tandem kayaks that are on the market today.

Aside from a steady frame, the Boreal Design Esperanto Kayak is also built with a large rudder, soft chine, and the rocker is moderately sized. All in all, these elements help in making it easier and more efficient for the craft to perform turns when in the water. It is specially designed so that the cruising needs of the paddlers will be easily fulfilled.

Thanks to its molded plastic material, along with mold-in graphics, the Boreal Design Esperanto Kayak is not only expected to be maintenance-free, but one that is also expected to remain in top shape for a very long time.

Features

The Boreal Design Esperanto Kayak has a rigid and hard outer shell, made with molded polyethylene, and is designed to truly stand the test of time. No matter how many times a week you will decide to drag it out to the water, it is going to easily withstand any bumps along the way. The best thing about it is that it is maintenance-free.

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The fact that this kayak is equipped with a rudder is good news for those paddlers who want more control in turning the kayak without having to work as hard at it. Many new paddlers love the configuration of a tandem kayak because it allows them to learn how to paddle with a more experienced kayaker. Others love that they can work together as a team to get where they’re going, especially if it’s a longer trip.

For people that are still in the process of learning the ins and outs of paddling, the Boreal Design Esperanto Kayak is a great craft to hop on to help them learn the basics from someone who is very experienced and well-versed. This is a great opportunity for parent and child paddling interactions also.

One of the hassles of sitting, while paddling for a long time, is that it can get cramped and uncomfortable. Thanks to the thoughtful design of the seats on the Boreal Design Esperanto Kayak, paddlers will be assured comfort, even when paddling for extended periods of time. The cockpits are properly spaced out so that both paddlers won’t hit each other’s paddles while moving forward.

With the Boreal Design Esperanto Kayak, you can tell that there was a lot of thought that went on how it should be designed. It is crafted with much emphasis on giving ample space between the cockpits to ensure that paddlers will have the necessary freedom to move about when without having to constantly fear that they might end up hitting each other.

Boreal Design Esperanto Kayak Storage

 

Boreal Design Esperanto

This Boreal Design Esperanto Kayak has 3 storage compartments, one on each end and one in the middle. The bow compartment measures 10″ x 10″ and can hold about 15 gallons of supplies/gear. The middle storage compartment measures 18″ x 14.5″, and the stern area measures 14.5″ x 12.5″, so that’s a pretty decent amount of storage to take all the gear you need with you for the day.

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There is also the option of installing a child’s seat in the middle if you wanted to take a family trip. There are straps throughout on the Boreal Design Esperanto Kayak that will hold down extra gear as well.

Pros

  • The Boreal Design Esperanto Kayak is high quality with an excellent build
  • It’s heavy weight makes it more stable when on the water
  • Good amount of storage areas
  • Maintenance-free, which means less hassle for the owner
  • Easy to turn around corners and very easy to maneuver
  • The Boreal Design Esperanto Kayak is one of the fastest tandem kayaks
  • Center compartment can serve as a child seat
  • Ample space between cockpits to avoid collisions

 

 

Cons

  • Has a recommended weight capacity of 260 pounds, less than other kayaks
  • The Boreal Design Esperanto Kayak’s heavy weight might be a a challenge to carry around and transport

Boreal Design Esperanto Review Conclusion

All in all, the Boreal Design Esperanto Kayak is a reliable and stable touring vessel for those who want to experience the joys of tandem paddling. This makes the perfect buy for parents that want to introduce the wonders of paddling to their kids early on. Add to that the fact that it is made from sturdy materials, so you know that you are getting the best out of the money you will be spending.

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With people these days leading busy lives, most would not really have the time to spare to get their kayaks cleaned up and maintained the moment they get home from their paddling trips. It is reassuring that what you are getting with the Boreal Design Esperanto Kayak is a craft that is designed to stand the test of time without needing a lot of attention from you.

As we mentioned earlier in this Boreal Design Esperanto review, it’s fast and easy to maneuver, and is undoubtedly one of the best tandem kayaks out there today.

Top 5 Kayak Paddles – Best Bang For Your Buck Edition!

As almost everyone knows, some kayaks come with paddles and some do not, so you have to purchase them separately. That’s when you have to do your research into a paddle that will be suitable for the type of kayaking you will be doing.

There are many paddles to look at, with different price variations, depending on ease of use, material, weight, and more, but which one is the best kayak paddle? We will keep expanding on this guide, but for now, take a look at these best kayak paddle options to see if they would be a nice fit for your particular activity.

Best Kayak Paddles On The Market:

 

1. Carlisle Magic Plus – Polypro Blades/Fiberglass Shaft

 

Carlisle Magic Plus kayak paddle

If you are looking for a paddle that is light and durable at the same time, you cannot go wrong here. Made from glass-filled polypropylene, you can expect a high impact paddle that will have an impressively long lifespan. The Carlisle Magic Plus has a weight of 35.6 oz, is 220 centimeters (a little more than 7 feet) long, and comes in 3 colors, Cloud, Sunrise, and Dark Cherry.

 

It is also available in lengths of 230 centimeters and 240 centimeters. The paddle is designed to perform powerful and smooth strokes, all thanks to its symmetrical shape and the slightly spooned shape of its blade.

The shaft is made from flexible fiberglass, which provides the holder with a sturdy paddle stroke, along with a slight flex that is necessary to significantly reduce stress along the joints. The blades are filled with fiberglass too, which means that it is not only durable, but it is significantly lightweight too. If you are looking for a paddle that is designed to take a beating, this one certainly takes the cake.

Some people might find it a little bit of an inconvenience that there are only very small movements that are allowed between the two pieces, due to its stiffness. However, adjusting the configurations of the paddle is quite easy to do. It is convenient that it can be broken down during transport too.

At the price that it is offered, it is certainly one reliable paddle. No wonder this one made it as our #1 best kayak paddle selection.

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2. SeaSense X-1 Kayak Paddle

 

SeaSense X-1 kayak paddle

Probably one of the best-priced paddles on the market today, the SeaSense X-1’s lightweight blades will be a huge plus for users that don’t want to end up straining their arms too much when using this paddle. The paddle is made up of two pieces of blades that are made from black molded plastics. The shaft is a two-piece construction fashioned from aluminum.

 

For buyers that are looking for both comfort and value, this is one good purchase that will certainly deliver. While there are users that may find the overall length of the paddle, at 84 inches, to be a tad bit short, this makes for a really excellent spare.

The SeaSense X-1 is designed to float in the water, and it is equipped with paddles that have adaptable angles. The blades can be turned to three different positions, depending on your preference. While the paddle does feel lightweight, it does not feel flimsy at all, which ensures that it can carry out some really vigorous strokes when in use. The cushioned grips attached on the shaft makes for some comfortable paddling.

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3. Aqua-Bound Sting Ray Posi-Lok

 

Aqua-Bound Sting Ray kayak paddle

For people who are looking for a well-constructed paddle that is lightweight and sturdy, this is one excellent buy. Considering the price, the high standards in which this product is created is certainly notable. The light weight of the blade means that it is able to easily slice through the water in a smooth fashion.

 

The strong build of this Aqua-Bound paddle allows it to be used to improve one’s overall performance. The quality carbon used to construct the shaft lends a larger circumference to the handle, but it is also responsible for giving it a sturdier feel. The paddle is designed to be detached and adjusted, and there is a two-button release on the shaft to perform this feature.

The excellent material with which the product is made ensures that it is able to resist corrosion. There is a slight flex on the shaft, along with a low weight on the swing, as a result of the carbon construction of the shaft. The strength and stiffness of this best kayak paddle option are further enhanced by its carbon fiber blades. Overall, this is one sturdy paddle.

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4. Werner Camano 2 Pc Straight

 

Werner Camano 2 Pc Straight

This Werner Camano paddle boasts of the ideal balance between durability and weight, thanks to its careful handcrafting using pressure molding. It is sturdy and lightweight, thanks to its carbon and top-quality fiberglass blend design. For the kayak users that really value a well-balanced paddle, this one will certainly live up to expectations.

 

The paddle’s 2-piece design means that it can easily be broken down. This ensures easier transport, as well as storage when not in use. The paddle also features an adjustable Ferrule System, which ensures that the feather can be easily adjusted to different angles.

When on the water, it can be noticed how the kayak paddle creates minimal flutter, which makes it possible to create forward strokes that are exceptionally flawless and smooth. Drag is also reduced thanks to the asymmetrical shape of the blades. This selection for our best kayak paddle list is able to easily and smoothly pull through the water. It does not require a tight grip, so it greatly reduces stress on the wrist and arms.

These blades are beautifully crafted. Since they are designed to glow while in the water, it helps lend more visibility as you paddle. These mid-sized blades are also designed to keep the user’s lap dry, thanks to its drip rings. It’s meant to be used with a touring kayak.

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5. Bending Branches Angler Classic Kayak Paddle

 

Bending Branches Angler Classic

If you are looking for a kayak paddle with features that are angler-friendly, then this classic offering from Bending Branches would be ideal for you. This is certainly the paddle of choice for those that love fishing excursions. It is designed with a built-in retriever for hooks, which is quite useful if you need to rescue lures, free snags on the lines, as well as on those occasions where you need to land a rather massive fish.

 

Its Angler Classic’s fiberglass shaft lends a lot to its overall durability. It is also fashioned with a measurement system, which makes it easier for the avid fishing enthusiast to get a good recording of the measurements of his catch, both in centimeters and inches.

The length of the paddle allows the user to have it raised high up in the air, which lends to a more minimized splashing the moment that it touches back down in the water. This helps if you are using it to fish, so as not to scare a potential catch away. It is designed to have a lower angle for paddling, which results in less water that drips toward the boat.

The paddle is impressively sturdy, and for people that are looking for quality at a good price, this one is a clear winner. The fact that it offers some really interesting features, on top of being your usual kayak paddle, makes this a really fun piece to have around.

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This best kayak paddle option also comes with a snap button ferrule, which ensures easier storage and transport. If you love some extra features on your paddle, this would be quite an interesting purchase.

Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5 Tandem Kayak Detailed Review

The Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5 Tandem Kayak is a medium length watercraft that comes with some distinctive features. It’s a strong, quality vessel for people who like to go kayaking with a companion.

This particular model is yellow and it is one of the few on the market that is designed to offer great performance and convenience for the money. The careful balance of features and functionality is evidently the standout aspect of the watercraft and any buyer will need to analyze them carefully.

 

Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5 Tandem

The unique design of the Polarity clearly establishes the boat as a product from Riot Kayaks, a well-established company. The design of the Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5 is not the only thing that stands out with this watercraft, however. There are other features, like storage and the frame, that gives it a unique identity.

A key issue that any buyer seeks to find out is whether a product will perform as expected and give them value for their money. By looking at the various aspects of this tandem kayak, we will be able to establish the real value of the boat in this Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5 review.

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Frame

The entire frame of the Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5 is made of strong polyethylene, with only the seats and peripheral parts being made of other materials. As the frame is the most vital part of any boat, it is great to see such a strong material being used for its construction. Most durable and lightweight kayaks are made from polyethylene and as such, durability and portability can be expected with this product as well.

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Looking at the bare specifications, the Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5 weighs almost 90 pounds and the maximum weight that it can support is well over 500 pounds. That could hold two average sized adults and a considerable amount of gear.

In terms of size, the watercraft’s length measures about 16.6 feet, despite its description, and it is 25.6 inches wide. With such dimensions, most kayaks would not have enough space left for much else. This is not the case with the Polarity 16.5 Tandem, however, as the frame is designed optimally in such a way that no space will go to waste.

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The hull of the Riot Kayaks Polarity is constructed in the unique catamaran design to improve stability and speed. Great performance is expected with this kayak, as it is compact in all aspects. The exterior of the Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5 is also streamlined in an almost perfect symmetry where each side of the boat is a mirror of the other. Seats, storage compartments, foot braces and all other important aspects blend in quite well with the frame design.

The overall construction of the frame is commendable, especially since it contributes to its enhanced performance.

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Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5 Features

The Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5 does not fall short of features. One particular feature that gives this boat an edge is the Contour-Fit seating system. This system is great for allowing quick adjustments on the seats and deck for both users.

Such adjustments allow people of different statures to use the kayak comfortably. The quick-lock foot braces are also adjustable and offer maximum support for efficient paddling, and there is a pilot rudder system included to ensure easy steering. In terms of handling, rubber handles are included at both the front and rear ends of the boat for easy transportation.

 

Riot Polarity Tandem Kayak

The cockpit space is also quite sufficient for allowing users to enjoy uninhibited movement when paddling, measuring 32″ x 19″, which provides plenty of space for average adults. Another important feature is the tunnel hull, which makes for easier tracking, stability and speed.

With an elevated mid-section, much of the weight is distributed evenly and users of any level will not find it hard to use this boat. Overall, the features that the Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5 comes with works well for both experienced users and beginners.

 

Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5 Storage Space: Is There Enough?

There are many storage options that come with the Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5. To start with, there are compartments at both the front and rear ends of the kayak. These compartments are covered with Thermolite hatch covers for maximum protection.

The compartments are able to hold a huge amount of gear and the shock cord storage included is also great for securing any extra gear that might be needed in an excursion. The straps between the cockpits are also great for keeping any items that do not need protection from water.

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Overall, there are ample storage options with the Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5. Considering that the design is optimized for performance, there is no cause for concern even when all the compartments and storage units are fully loaded. This kayak is fast and agile, good for long trips and that’s what most people will use it for, so storage will most likely be full.

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The Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5 might be compact, as we’ve discussed in this Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5 review, but it is still a long kayak, so finding a place to store it when it is not being used might pose a problem. Also, transporting it requires extra equipment and/or a truck, so if you have a small car, you might be better off looking at a smaller kayak.

 

Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5 Pros

  • The pilot rudder system is great for tracking
  • The Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5 has a great design that allows for great performance
  • The hull design is great for stability and speed in the water
  • Storage compartments are able to handle a lot of gear
  • Features a minimalist, but effective design

Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5 Cons

  • The Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5’s weight can be bothersome when transporting it over long distances
  • The seats might be too close for people of a bigger stature

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Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5 Review Conclusion

The Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5 Tandem is a great watercraft for those who are looking for a quality tandem kayak. It is made by a reputable company that has produced remarkable products in the past. With a great design and various comfort and performance features, the Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5 holds its own on the market.

There are many things to consider when purchasing a good tandem kayak, but the most important of all is value. The performance, durability and functionality aspects of the Riot Kayaks Polarity 16.5 are the standout features, which make it a formidable option.

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It is best for day or overnight trips, but not a good candidate in the way of convenience, when a short trip is planned, like fishing. If you’re an angler, be sure to also check out our Riot Escape 12 review.

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Dagger Axis 12 – Sharp Handling Kayaking Experience?

Acquiring a reliable kayak is every water lover’s dream. As such, experienced kayakers will always run for functionality rather than brand. And that is where the Dagger Axis 12.0 kayak comes in. Its manufacturer, Confluence Outdoors, has specialized in the production of polyethylene kayak models.

Like most other handy kayaks, the Axis has very little to offer in the way of aesthetics. Yet beyond aesthetics, it carries a punch and is able to handle various weight types quite well. This is what makes it a kayak worth taking a look at, which we will do in this Dagger Axis 12 review.

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How Strong is the Frame of the Dagger Axis 12?

 

Dagger Axis 12.0 Kayak

The Dagger Axis 12 is made of rotomolded polyethylene, which makes it very light to carry and easy to maneuver in calm waters. In rough waters, it requires a steady pair of hands. The sit-in kayak measures 12 feet in length and has a width of 27.5 inches, which compliments its length to provide the vessel with more stability. The round hard-shelled hull is sturdily built and interspersed with the cockpit’s coaming, hatches and handle joints.

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The kayak’s formulation is meant to provide it with water cutting abilities. It has a prominent front overhang, and the bow area is more raised than the stern area. On flat ground, the Dagger Axis 12 might seem more horizontally shaped, but once in the water, the sheer lines become more raised on the bow.

Fully rigged, the kayak weighs only 55 pounds, and this solo vessel can carry up to 350 pounds, which is way above the weight of the average kayaker, plus some essential gear.

The Dagger Axis 12 has a considerably wider cockpit than other kayaks, which allows for ease of entry and relaxed maneuverability. The cockpit area alone makes it a kayak worth considering for new, as well as experienced paddlers.

The inner cockpit area is also quite roomy, with a length of 38 inches, catering for most kayakers with their legs fully outstretched. If you are one who doesn’t experience the joy of getting sprayed with water, the coaming on the Dagger Axis 12 is capable of accommodating spray skirts quite well.

 

Dagger Axis 12 Kayak Features

In the way of comfort, you will get a ConTour CFS-R Seating System, which will supplement your paddling needs quite well. The system is composed of a foam padded base seat and backrest. The adjustable backrest on the Dagger Axis 12 allows for optimal spinal support and comfortable seating positions.

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Additionally, the seat comes with a leg lifter to ensure maximum support to the legs, whether slightly arched or fully stretched. Needless to say, the seating is specially formulated for both recreational and sporting activities.

 

Dagger Axis 12

While we’re still taking about comfort, the Dagger Axis 12 comes equipped with ConTour knee pads in place to protect your knees from injury during rough water maneuvers. The knee pads can be readjusted to work as thigh pads too. Should you need more, you can also get an additional pair of thigh braces to create more stability during paddling.

Carrying your kayak to and from the water is easy. There are two soft touch handles that are easy to grasp, and they are located on both ends of the boat. With its low weight and the easy to grip handles, you will not feel the Dagger Axis 12 drag as you carry it.

The TruTrak Adjustable Skeg System is on hand to aid in the way of stability and tracking. The retractable skeg can be pulled up whenever one does not wish to use it. To control it, you would use the adjustable slide lock XL foot braces that are provided on the kayak.

 

Storage Space!

If you fear water leaks, you needn’t worry about any water getting into the Dagger Axis 12’s cockpit. Separating the hull and the cockpit from the stern hatch is a stern bulkhead. The stern bulkhead ensures that water does not seep into the cockpit area via the hatch or the molded-in storage area.

The Dagger Axis 12.0 kayak has only one hatch, and that is the stern hatch. It is conveniently located close to the paddler’s seat. This enhances easy retrieval and storage of items placed inside the hatch. Close to the stern deck is a molded-in storage area. The area can hold small items that you might need right away, and it is secured by bungee cords.

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The bow section also has another molded-in storage portion. The mesh deck covered storage point is a vantage storage area for things that one might not require immediately. Here you can store supplies and emergency equipment, and it too is secured by bungee stretch cords.

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An extra paddle would help, should you lose your primary paddle in rough waters. For that reason, the Dagger Axis 12 has a paddle park where you can place an extra set of paddles. You should always be prepared for the fact that you might lose your grip on the paddle you are using, especially in rapids.

 

Pros

 

Cons

  • The Dagger Axis 12 has little to offer in the way of storage space
  • Like most other PVC vessels, it requires lots of storage care
  • Might not be as robust, as its manufacturers claim, due to the material
  • The inability to accommodate motors slackens its speed
  • Lack of fishing rod holders makes it more of a recreational kayak

 

Dagger Axis 12 Review Conclusion

At the core, kayaking is about fun, but serious kayakers require more functional kayaks, like the Dagger Mamba Creeker. The Dagger Axis 12.0 is not the most functional vessel one would expect to find on the market. Nonetheless, at its price, it is still a good bargain.

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If you are searching for a serious kayaking experience, this is a kayak you might want to pass over. If you are going for a more recreational kayak with a touch of functionality, and maybe using it for family trips, then the Dagger Axis 12 will definitely serve the purpose.

All in all, it is a reliable kayak with minor shortcomings that can be overlooked, especially if you are just starting out.

Riot Escape 12 Angler Review – Faster Option Than Any Other Angler?

The Riot Escape 12 Angler sit on top kayak is best designed for determined fishermen and experienced anglers. This kayak is known for its craftsmanship and excellent features. Since it’s made especially for fishers, it’s a perfect blend of stability and performance, with lots of storage space to store your fishing equipment, bait and fish.

The design implementation of this kayak lets you relax and takes care of everything for you, so you can easily enjoy your time on the water, stress free. Let’s take a look at all the features in this Riot Escape 12 Angler review.

 

Riot Escape 12 Angler Kayak

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Frame of the Riot Escape 12 Angler

The sleek polyethylene interior and exterior allows the Riot Escape 12 Angler to maneuver effortlessly in any kind of water. Weighing a little over 68 pounds, the kayak’s weight is equally balanced throughout the body, which means it can withstand sudden movements and not topple over.

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The length measures up to approximately 12 feet and the width measures is 30.7 inches or 2.55 feet. It has a weight capacity of 300 pounds, which is very sturdy for a kayak.

Although it’s sturdy and can accept a nice amount of weight, the Riot Escape 12 Angler is not made for standing. There’s a good chance that you might be going for a swim if you were to try it. If you want to stand while you fish, a good choice would be the Fissot kayak or the Hobie Pro Angler 17.

Also, the seat is comfortable for a little while, but if you are going on a day trip, we advise that you get a better seat or more padding. The Riot Escape 12 Angler does not come with a paddle, so that needs to be purchased separately as well.

The Riot Escape 12 Anger is, in our opinions, a decent fishing kayak with the basics, but not the best one in its category. There are some things to be added to it, so it is far from perfect. But for a short, flatwater fishing trip, it will certainly do the job and you will be more than happy. Let’s take a look at some of the features below.

 

Riot Escape 12 Angler Features

The Riot Escape 12 Angler kayak features a vast set of functions and equipment. To start off, it has a safe sit on top feature with 4 attached points and adjustable straps that allow the rider to adjust them according to his or her needs, providing the utmost comfort.

The seat stays in the exact same position in which it’s adjusted in and does not budge in the slightest of ways, not even in rough waters, promising you excellent security. The seat has a higher back for support, but those who have back issues will want to add more padding, both on the bottom and in the back.

 

Riot Escape 12 Fishing Kayak

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One of the most important features of the Riot Escape 12 Angler is the pilot rudder system. Because you want a safe and smooth ride, it’s essential that the maneuvering is done right, otherwise it would not bode well. The pilot rudder is constructed out of plastic, reinforced with glass, which makes it strong, yet lightweight, allowing you to easily operate it.

The Riot Escape 12 Angler also includes a low windage open work design, which reduces a considerable amount of friction caused by the wind. Also, the rubberized V block absorbs vibrations, which enables the kayak to sail more smoothly and is greatly appreciated by customers.

There are 5 rod holders, with 4 rod holders being stationary and one is a swivel, movable according to the rider’s preference. The mounted adjustable rod holder is another feature of the Riot Escape 12 Angler, which was retained and allows the user to rotate a full 360 degree turn.

You can adjust it vertically or horizontally, with easy and accurate placement. The rod holder also has an attached rear saddle, which can accept any kind of rod combinations. A large swivel locking ring prevents rod loss and the vertical swivel movement allows for easy rod placement.

 

Riot Escape 12 Angler Storage

 

Riot Escape 12

 

As mentioned above, the Riot Escape 12 Angler can carry up to 300 pounds, which is pretty decent for any kayak. Most of the storage is present in the rear deck, with strong straps overlapping it so that any equipment or storage material doesn’t move or fall off. You could hold down a cooler in the back for either drinks or fish.

The front hatch mostly takes care of smaller equipment, and there is a cup holder right in the middle of the cockpit, as well as a covered storage area. The Riot Escape 12 Angler’s design and shape allows the weight to be equally distributed throughout, which makes it exceptionally stable, even when all the equipment is loaded.

 

Pros

  • Equipped with great features and easily accessible storage
  • Exceptionally stable due to the length and width ratio
  • 5 rod holders, one of which is adjustable
  • Anglers love the sit on top design
  • Nice storage capacity, at both the front and rear
  • Comes with a pilot rudder, installed anchoring system, drain plug and scupper plugs

 

 

Cons

  • Does not track very well, according to some buyers, so the rudder should be down at all times
  • Although the kayak is stable, the bottom part of it is quite uneven, which might make paddling more challenging
  • The seat is not designed for long trips, can cause soreness and/or back pain
  • Storage compartments are not completely waterproof

 

Riot Escape 12 Angler Review Conclusion

Even with its flaws, the Riot Escape 12 Angler is a popular kayak and is highly rated and recommended, as the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. It consists of more features than an average kayak with the same amount of money, making it budget friendly.

Overall, the kayak is easy to use, with lots of storage space and the most important thing is that it does not compromise on safety and quality. Because of its installed features, it promises a fun and smooth ride.

 

 

This kayak is mostly designed for flatwater use, like on a lake. That is most likely due to its lack of tracking and speed, and that it doesn’t have a motor to make up for it. However, there are some people who have modified this kayak to add a trolling motor, lights, cameras, and more.

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If you do decide to modify it, it has to be carefully done and you need to know exactly how to do it. But without any modifications, if you’re looking for a stress free day out on the lake all by yourself, then the Riot Escape 12 Angler is definitely for you.

You won’t be facing any kind of trouble throughout the whole trip. Happy fishing!

2 Person Kayak Buyer’s Guide – Top 20 Tandem Kayaks

Looking for a 2 person kayak but not sure which one to purchase? Well, lucky for you that you landed on our first ever, 2 person kayak buyers guide created to help you determine which ones are the best of the best.

However, before you purchase your tandem kayak, make sure you consider the following before making up your mind regarding which kayak to purchase: you and your regular kayaking partner’s height, how much room you both need, how much storage you need (is this for fishing or cruising gently), is your new 2 person kayak for performance or just a good time?

Lastly, keep in mind that you’ll be keeping your 2 person kayak around for a long time… long enough that you may as well give it a name and a gender.

Let’s get started with the top 15 2 person kayaks that you can select one from TODAY:

1. Sun Dolphin Bali 13.5 Tandem

Coming in #1 choice for many reasons as our 2 person kayak, you can NOT go wrong with the Sun Dolphin Bali 13.5 two person kayak!

As you might have guessed already, the 13.5 in the Sun Dolphin Bali 13.5 Tandem kayak denotes the length in feet. With that length, it is okay for any prospective owner to expect more than a handsome looking cockpit. Measuring 34 inches in width, the boat has enough wiggle space, comfortably accommodating up to three people.

The kayak’s hull is well shaped to cut through the water with acuity. At a hull depth of 17″, the Sun Dolphin Bali 13.5 2 person kayak overhang is commendably done and leads to an upraised bow area. As such, when paddling in rough waters, the kayak’s bow area sheer lines are still retained way higher than the waterline. This negates the need to get skirting to prevent front water splashes.

Additionally, the Sun Dolphin Bali 13.5 Tandem’s angular stance while in water gives it a self-bailing capability, which enables the ejection of water from the cockpit.

13.5 foot tandem kayak

The kayak is only able to accommodate up to a maximum of 500 pounds, which translates into three average weight adults without fishing gear and other items. As such, it is safe to assume that the third seat could accommodate a child, dog, or extra gear. Fully rigged, the Sun Dolphin Bali 13.5 Tandem weighs only 70 lbs.

Pros

  • Easily accommodates tandem and solo usage
  • Offers a fast means of rigging, with very little additional effort
  • Sufficient storage space for a light fishing expedition
  • This 2 person kayak is comfortable & easy to use and maneuver

Cons

  • Not an optimal fishing kayak, lacks devices like transducing spots, fish rod holders, etc
  • Prepare yourself for water splashes, common for sit-on-top kayaks

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2. Sea Eagle Razorlite 473rl 2 Person Kayak

For starters, this 2 person kayak is space-centric, like most of the best kayaks on the market. Measuring at a length of 15’6″, the Sea Eagle Razorlite 473 rl inflatable kayak is long enough for tactile functioning.  You will see why this makes for a great 2 person kayak in a moment.

One good thing about inflatable kayaks is their lightweight attribute. The 1000 denier material (quite tough) does not betray the boat’s lightweight nature. The drop stitch technology also makes the Sea Eagle Razorlite 473rl very tensile. The 3 chambered body is composed of the starboard, floor, and the side hull.

Gauging 10″ high and 4″ thick, you are well covered. To provide further protection from the water, the Sea Eagle Razorlite 473rl also comes with bow and stern spray skirts. Sea Eagle does not boast about it, but the Razorlite 473rl’s straight hull build provides it with almost the same build reflex found in rigid non-inflatables.

Sea Eagle inflatable kayak

For enhanced comfort during paddling, the Sea Eagle Razorlite 473rl comes equipped with two parts of removable footrests. The footrests are also adjustable to allow for all leg lengths and comfy positioning.

This 2 person kayak also comes with a backpack carry bag and a repair kit. The all purpose carry bag not only accommodates the deflated 30″ x 19″ x 9″ hull, but also carries any extra pieces of the boat within it. The repair kit, on the other hand, is composed of a strong adhesive, prick needle and PVC patches and is only meant for minor repairs.

Pros

  • NMMA certified, which is proof of its adherence to safety standards
  • Swept Back Rear Skeg, which can be removed
  • Backpack carry bag
  • 10 psi inflation pressure
  • This 2 person kayak has a 750 pound load capacity

Cons

  • Lacks sufficient storage to make it an angling or long trip vessel

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3. Ancheer Inflatable Dinghy

Next on our list for a two person kayak is this boat… not quite a kayak, but an amazing option!

The Ancheer’s four-chambered PVC hull is as good as any dependable boat should be. The 0.9 mm material on the triple layered hull is not only tough, but is also UV, puncture, stain and oil resistant. There are a good number of two and three-chambered rafts but the Ancheer inflatable dinghy has four chambers that accommodate a pressure of 3.6 PSI.

Measuring 7.55′ x 4.13″, the Ancheer Inflatable Boat shores up enough space to support 2 people, but the 10.8′ model can hold 4-5 adults or a weight of up to 880 pounds. However, for a smooth ride in this sized model, it is recommended that you restrict the number to three grown ups.

For additional stability, the Ancheer Inflatable Boat provides a 360 degree crash barrier to protect you in the case that you have an accident. The barrier is nicely done, fitting well with the rest of the hull without reducing its function.

Fully rigged, the Ancheer Inflatable Boat has a load capacity of anywhere from 616-880 pounds, depending on the size of the boat. That weight includes the motor, passengers, and luggage. If you want to bring your family out, then the 10.8′ dinghy would be a better choice than the 7.55′.

Ancheer Inflatable Boat

In terms of storage, Ancheer Inflatable raft has very little to write home about, with no hatches or rod holders. This is rather understandable, because the 2 person kayak boat is not inherently built as a fishing or long trip vessel.

Pros

  • Not just a 2 person kayak but a multiple-capacity boat!
  • Can be used on both fresh and salt water
  • Easy to assemble with an easy to understand manual
  • Stress-free maneuverability

Cons

  • Seating benches not the most comfortable
  • Lack of storage space with more passengers

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4. Hobie Tandem Island Sail Tandem Kayak

Every time we mention this ‘kayak’, we are super excited! Why? Because this two person kayak is more than just a kayak; it can easily become a sailing kayak. Read on:

As a part of the redesign, the Hobie Tandem Island Sail features a sturdy frame made with rotomolded polyethylene, which ensures a strong, fully adjustable, and customizable frame. It has a length of 18’6″ and a width of 30″, while the hull weighs 130 pounds with basics and 240 pounds when fully loaded with accessories. This kayak has the perfect makings as a 2 person kayak and in a moment, you will see why.

Thanks to its quality constructed frame, the Hobie Tandem Island Sail will not only accommodate up to 600 pounds, but it will also ensure great stability while sailing in tough conditions, such as strong water currents or winds.

This 2 person kayak features 2-piece carbon-composite masts, whose main function is to reduce weight while maximizing performance. The kayak also boasts of a Lowrance Ready system that features a built-in Transducer Mount that will also greatly enhance your fishing experience.

sailing kayak

It features two MirageDrives, one in the front and one in the back, which allows for increased speed and ease of use. The Hobie Tandem Island Sail is an incredibly designed kayak that allows you to paddle, sail, fish, and pedal with great ease and with maximum speed.

Pros

  • Two MirageDrives and rudder controls in the front and rear for dual steering
  • Hobie Tandem Island Sail is sturdy, durable frame construction for long lasting use
  • Excellent performance, versatility, and stability, which is made apparent in this Hobie Tandem Island review
  • Hobie Tandem Island kayak is faster than most two person kayaks, easily maneuverable
  • Vantage CT seats with lumbar support that are easily adjustable
  • Optional 8-gallon live-bait tank for fishing and trampolines for extra storage space

Cons

  • Too heavy for people to use if they are heading out alone

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5. Sea Eagle Sport 370 2 Person Kayak

Let’s get to our #5 pick for a 2 person kayak: the Sea Eagle Sport 370!

It has a maximum weight capacity of 650 pounds (and has been tested with around 450 lbs and faired great!) and comes in around 150L x 34W x 13H inches. The 370 has room to seat two people and most people have found that to be pretty roomy (even tall folks) so room size isn’t a concern.  If you are on the heavier side, then the 370 has the room advantage over the 330.

A lot of folks have tested this 2 person kayak in decent wind conditions around islands and small lakes and have found it to be extremely sturdy.

Sea Eagle Sport 370 Pro Kayak Package with Accessories

The Sea Eagle 370 is also NMMA certified  which means this particular inflatable kayak meets the minimum manufacturing regulations set forth by the US Coast Guard. The kayak comes in around 32 pounds.  An added bonus is that it’s a perfect fit for small cars and any other type of tight transportation.

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6. Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10

This Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 is a lightweight, two-seater, sit-on-top vessel that comes ready for a fast water launch.

The Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 measures about 10 feet in length, which is long enough to allow for sufficient cockpit space after calculating the boat’s hull space allowance. At a beam width of 5 feet, the boat is stable enough to run on most water bodies.

Upon deflation, the hull is reduced to just about 31” x 40” x 9”. Thus, the Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker fishing boat is readily transportable, both when fully inflated and deflated. When fully inflated, the hull’s diameter measures about 16 inches.

The Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 can be adjusted into a one-seater with the removal of one seat. With the ability to seat 2 people, the Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 is capable of accommodating up to a maximum weight of 1200 pounds.

2 Person Kayak Contender Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10

The Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 comes ready for motor mounting. It is recommended that you use a motor that weighs up to a maximum of 45 pounds. Weight notwithstanding, you can affix 4-horsepower motors with minimum shafts of 20 inches. The use of motors boosts the boat’s speed up to a maximum of 6 mph. The speed is dependable on the type of motor used. You can go 5-6 mph with a gas motor and 4-5 mph with an electric one.

Pros

  • Easy handling, even for an inexperienced angler
  • Ability to add motors makes the Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10 a good choice for anglers
  • Stable enough for use in various water conditions
  • Light enough to carry
  • Swivel seats that can rotate 360 degrees
  • Brackets to install a canopy for hot, sunny days
  • Easy to assemble, with an easy to read instruction manual
  • Universal Scotty Mounts to use any equipment you want

Cons

  • The Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS 10 lacks adequate storage
  • Wooden floor boards are quite heavy and stiff, which could lead to transportation issues

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7. Hobie Pro Angler 17T 2 Person Kayak

The Hobie Pro Angler 17 T is one of the best angling boats you can use to enrich your family’s fishing experience. Measuring 17′, the kayak’s length creates enough space for an expansive cockpit, as well as sufficient storage spaces. The Hobie Pro Angler 17T has a width of 43.5” provides it with enough buoyancy to withstand the windy conditions you are likely to encounter during a fishing expedition.

A standard, fully fitted hull will have the Hobie Pro Angler 17T weighing 206.5 lbs. Adding a few features, such as the seats, will increase its weight to 244 lbs. The boat is able to comfortably accommodate a maximum weight of 900 lbs. This weight capacity makes it easy to carry two above-average weight adults, as well as whatever gear you will be taking.

Pro Angler 17T comes equipped with Hobie’s signature MirageDrive 180 pedals, that are not only easy to use, but also efficient in providing speed control. Should you get tired of pedaling, you can choose the traditional method of paddling to get around. The Hobie Pro Angler 17 is equipped with two vertical paddles and a T-handle that can be affixed to the paddle for easy handling.

2 Man Kayak - Hobie Pro Angler 17T

The Hobie Pro Angler 17T comes equipped with a rudder to assist in maneuver control. Both kayakers have rudder controllers on their left-hand side (in-line seating arrangement). The rudder control levers are easy to use and have a rubber grip to enhance grasp. This model of kayaks introduces the H-rails, which are meant to be used for various purposes, including attaching your rod holders.

Angler 17T has lots of storage space, maybe even more than enough for your fishing expeditions. As a precursor, this vessel is fitted with 10 horizontal rod holders and 2 molded-in vertical holders. The H Rails also have 2 racks meant for rod storage

Pros

  • This 2 person kayak contains comfortable three mode seating capability
  • Good pairing vessel for teaching new kayakers and anglers
  • Efficient control system, in the form of pedaling/paddling capability and rudder control
  • Very light, which allows for respectable speed levels
  • Able to add a small trolling motor, ideal for tracking
  • Already mentioned in this Hobie Pro Angler 17 review, there is lots of storage space

Cons

  • Pricing for the Hobie Pro Angler 17 is a little bit on the higher end
  • Open cockpit may be prone to cockpit splashes in unsettled waters
  • Controlling the Hobie Pro Angler 17 can be a challenge, especially in solo mode, due to the multiple controls
  • Vantage XT seat can get quite stiff when one sits down for long period of time

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8. Outcast OSG Striker Raft

It’s as small and as sharp as you would expect a striker vessel (militarily-speaking) to look. Then again, it is not just the looks that speak for this raft, but also its efficiency as a vessel meant for angling. Even with its handsome look, this raft packs a punch by being able to accommodate up to two people without reducing its ability to deliver on performance hence why it made it on our list as a 2 person kayak.

Its capability to withstand the rugged nature of rapids also makes it an excellent choice for adventurous anglers, which makes it the perfect 2 person fishing kayak!

The Outcast OSG Striker Raft’s main frame, the inflatable hull, is made of urethane. At full inflation, the hull measures a diameter of 16”. Urethane is a tough synthetic material that is able to withstand damage from rock and gravel grazing, as would be expected of shallow waters. Additionally, the seams of the AIRcell (the hull) are welded together.

Fully inflated, Outcast OSG Striker only weighs 102 lbs, but that does not stop it from performing with a huge weight capacity of up to 800 lbs. With a fabric density of 1100 PVC, the craft is undoubtedly one of the toughest inflatable rafts on the market. Moreover, at a material weight of 24/27 ounces, the raft remains just about the right size/weight ratio for your maneuverability needs.

For speed freaks, this 2 person boat comes ready for a motor to be installed. For your storage needs, the craft has an attachable cargo pocket bag, which does not look like much from afar, until you start opening up those pockets. The cargo of the Outcast OSG Striker Raft has two zipped pockets which, though not very large, are enough to hold quite a nice amount of medium sized items such as a pump, your angling knife, bags and other stuff.

fishing raft by Outcast

If you’re out all day fishing, it’s a certainty that you will get thirsty, so the two cup holders that are included will come in handy.

Pros

  • This 2 person boat is very light, inflatable and detachable, hence easy to transport
  • Easy to repair, making it cost efficient, as mentioned earlier in this Outcast OSG Striker review
  • Comes with an easy to understand assembly manual
  • 2 sets of oars included
  • The IGS makes it easy to add and remove items
  • Self bailing floor
  • The Outcast OSG Striker Raft can be used for both solo and dual angling

Cons

  • The Outcast OSG Striker Raft requires careful storage in order to last longer
  • Material may be susceptible to UV, so it is advised that you use UV-resistant boat cleaner

Check out the Outcast OSG Striker Raft on Amazon!

 

9. Point 65 Apollo Two Person Kayak

The Point 65 Apollo is our #9 choice for a 2 person kayak for all the right reasons. Let’s get started:

With the Point 65 Apollo two person kayak, you get a modular frame that is comprised of up to three connectable pieces. When fully assembled, the kayak has variable lengths, depending on how many parts of the 55-inch sections are attached. The length of the vessel can vary widely to become either a single person, a tandem, or even a triple person kayak.

When all parts are used, the Point 65 Apollo kayak is 12’9″ long, and has a width of 24.2″.

Being an open sit-on-top watercraft, the Point 65 Apollo kayak’s seat and storage compartments are the only visible aberrations to the streamlined design of the watercraft. The Point 65 Apollo kayak features a hull that is shallow-shaped at the bottom to increase its stability in the water. It weighs 67 pounds and can hold up to 485 pounds.

This kayak contains very comfortable foam seats. These seats are quite comfortable, as they have a strong backrest that is also foldable. The vessel also comes with contoured foot braces for increased comfort while paddling.

The removable midsection, for instance, comes with an additional seat that enables the vessel to transform to a 2-person carrier. The midsections can also be added to make the vessel longer and longer as necessary. The Point 65 Apollo kayak comes with a tank well that allows the users to store their paraphernalia in a safe, secure and dry storage space.

Point 65 Apollo kayak

For a kayak that can handle a considerable loading capacity, the Point 65 Apollo kayak is a decent machine for carrying a good load of fish. You can load the modules into your car, so there’s no need to get a roof rack. You can also store the pieces in your house or apartment, instead of trying to think of how you will fit a full sized kayak in your home.

Pros

  • Lightweight, easy to carry around and store
  • Very versatile watercraft that can be transformed to suit many purposes
  • Thermoplastic material makes the Point 65 Apollo kayak strong and durable
  • Sufficiently comfortable and stable for safe use in the water
  • High performance from high maneuverability
  • Sufficient storage space for extra gear

Cons

  • Water tends to get inside, as the modular hull leaves some open spaces on the bottom
  • Tracking can be a challenge, especially for beginners
  • Carrying all the modules at once is not an easy task
  • The Point 65 N Apollo kayak does not come with a rudder or skeg

Check out the Point65 Apollo Kayak on Amazon!

 

10. Aire Lynx 2 Person Kayak

Constructed with performance in mind, the Aire Lynx 2 Inflatable Kayak is sleek, durable, well-constructed, and easy to maneuver on the water. It comes in several colors including blue, orange, dark green, yellow and purple. It is rugged, stable, compact, and comes with a range of new features guaranteed to improve the overall experience.

The Aire Lynx II inflatable tandem kayak is constructed with 1300 Denier and 22 oz PVC coated polyester. The vessel is held together by strong welded seams and an outer PVC shell.

Leading the way in innovation and technology, the Aire Lynx 2 person kayak is created using Ferrari’s patented Precontraint PVC fabric and urethane AIREcell bladders that are attached to the outer PVC exterior. This construction feature ensures reliable abrasion protection.

Although the Aire Lynx 2 is designed for two paddlers, it is versatile enough to be used for a solo expedition, as the extra seat can be removed and the other one can be placed in the center of the kayak.

overview of kayak

The Aire Lynx 2 kayak measures 39 inches in width, which is four inches wider than the Aire Lynx I, so it has a little more storage space. When it is empty, it weighs just 39 pounds, but the Aire Lynx 2 person kayak can actually hold up to 475 pounds and function efficiently.

For additional storage, the seats come with zippered pockets on the backs for your water, sunglasses, cell phone, or whatever else you need to be close by.

Pros

  • Versatile – both beginners and experts in water sports can operate the Aire Lynx 2 kayak efficiently
  • Incredibly stable with a comfortable interior
  • Compact design makes for easy entering and exiting

 

Cons

  • The Aire Lynx 2 is meant for rapids no higher than class III
  • Wide interior can be disadvantageous for slimmer paddlers trying to lock in their hips

 

11. Point 65 Martini

This sit-in modular 2 person kayak features a roomy cockpit and a great seating system, serving functions of both a solo and a tandem kayak.

Primarily a solo kayak, the Point 65 Martini Kayak can be separated and a midsection added to make it a tandem 2 person kayak. In solo form, the kayak measures 10’5″, with the aft section measuring 5’9″ and the stern section measuring 4’8″. At full tandem length, the vessel measures 13’8″ with the addition of a midsection that measures 5’4″.

The kayak’s mid width of 27.6″ is responsible for its bullet shape that aids in giving the Point 65 Martini Kayak a significant level of speed. Made of UV-resistant polyethylene, this boat is capable of withstanding sunny days for long periods. The vessel comes with a drop down rudder that can be attached to its back, and it can be controlled using pedals found in the front cockpit section.

Martini made into a tandem

The sit-in cockpits are roomy and comfortable, measuring 33″ x 18″. Inside each cockpit is a comfortable air seat whose backrest can be regulated into position through pneumatic means. As a tandem kayak, the Point 65 Martini Kayak is able to hold up to 530 lbs., which is sufficient enough for two average weight adults.

The patented Snap-Tap feature, only available with Point 65 kayaks, makes this 2 person kayak not only convenient for both tandem and solo use, but also easy to transport.

The recyclable PE frame of the Point 65 Martini Kayak makes it one of the few environmentally friendly kayaks you can buy. The Point 65 Martini Kayak has a decent storage capacity. It comes equipped with two hatches. The front hatch measures 7.9″ by 7.9″ and is situated almost towards the end of the bow, sufficient for putting items that one does not need right away.

The aft hatch is a little bigger, measuring 17″ by 10″, making it suitable to store more items, including a mini cooler to store your caught fish in. It is also appropriately situated close to the back of the last cockpit.

Pros

  • Easy to transport, due to its detachable and lightweight form
  • Capable of gaining substantial speed to get from Point A to Point B
  • The Point 65 Martini 2 Person Kayak comes with a comfortable air seat and adjustable backrest
  • The presence of a rudder enhances navigation of the boat
  • The front and back sections are water tight, enough to avoid water leakage
  • Sufficient storage space on the Point 65 Martini Kayak

Cons

  • One may need to use a spray skirt to prevent water from splashing into the cockpit

Check out the Point 65 N Martini Kayak on Amazon!

 

12. Advanced Elements StraitEdge 2 Person Kayak

The Advanced Elements StraitEdge2 is an inflatable tandem addition to the Advanced Elements line of kayaks. It holds 3 people at most but is designed for solo rides with simple adjustments. It hold a maximum of 227 kilograms which is relatively heavy.

The Advanced Element StraitEdge Kayak is made of two layers heavy duty PVC tarpaulin which is strong and puncture resistant. The advantage of this is that it allows you to drag your kayak along the beach without the fear of damage. Its strength also means that even if you bump on rocks during kayaking, there is no risk of water flooding the kayak.

This 2 person kayak is fairly stable and may be used on level 3 whitewaters. This makes it an attractive kayak for professional kayaks and for individuals engaging in kayaking as a social sport.

Pros

  • This two perosn kayak is easy to set up and comes pre-assembled in the factory.
  • Its stability is a selling point
  • It takes only ten minutes to fully deflate it.
  • Safety is enhanced by the open water tracking system.
  • Easily portable

Cons

  • When first used, it tends to steer off in the opposite direction. This will need a while to get used to
  • Relatively slower compared to other 2 person kayaks of the same weight and length

 

13. Malibu Pro 2 Person Kayak

The Malibu Kayaks Pro 2 Tandem is a sit-on-top kayak designed for fishing, allowing you to navigate lakes, slow streams, ponds and even rivers that have fast moving water. Its hull is designed to slice right through the water, weeds and low waves.

Due to its construction, this kayak is ideal for recreational paddling for people of various ages and ability. You can also use it with one paddle or two.

Firstly, this two person kayak can accommodate a single paddler, or two in tandem mode. It is comfortable, stable and does not tip. It is also easily maneuverable and flexible. To ensure full control over the craft as you fish, it has dry seating.

tandem kayak

Moreover, this 2 person kayak has foot wells that  are molded into its center. The Malibu Pro 2 kayak has long lasting quality build. This is because it is made with stainless steel hardware guaranteed by a lifetime warranty from Malibu Kayaks. It also has an amazing weight to capacity ratio, weighing only 60 pounds, but being able to support up to 550 pounds.

The Malibu Kayaks Pro 2 person kayak is designed to be stacked with other kayaks. Moreover, it has an insert molded into its body that is designed for a motor mount. The kayak is 13 feet long, so it is advisable to haul it on a trailer or carrier when traveling, instead of putting it in the trunk or boot space of your car.

Pros

  • Does not tip over
  • Has dive wells for the front and rear of the hull
  • This 2 person kayak has a motor mount that is ideal for trolling
  • It has durable construction due to a stainless steel frame

Con

  • Sometimes it arrives with 4 rod holders instead of 6, as indicated in its advertisement

 

14. AIRHEAD AHTK-2 Montana Performance 2 Person Kayak

Yes, the Airhead AHTK-2 Montana is a two person inflatable kayak and comes in around 12 feet long. It is constructed of durable material making it ideal for kayaking in the lakes and moderate white river rafting. The floor is designed as tubular I-beam floor (typical) and weighs around 36.3 lbs. It can support upto 500 pounds!

 

15. Outcast Fish Cat 13

If you are looking for a catamaran that is light, versatile and tough, this little beauty of a 2 person kayak will not disappoint. Not only that, but the Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon boat is very stable, so if you like to fish on rivers that are rough, like rapids, this just might be the boat for you.

Whether you’re planning on fishing Arkansas’ White River, the Colorado, the Pacific Northwest or any other quick flowing streams, you won’t go wrong with the Fish Cat 13 2 person kayak.

This construction method gives the Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon a load capacity of 750 pounds, while only weighing in at a reasonable 170 pounds. The 11-piece frame is quick to set up and break down, making sure you don’t spend more of your day putting the boat together (and packing it up again) than you do out on the river, fishing. You can completely remove the front seat module to transform the boat into a fantastic craft for one.

fishing pontoon boat

Built to fit a mount for an outboard motor (mount, motor and pump sold separately), as well as two 8-foot oars as standard, Outcast Sporting Gear have thought of everything you need to get started. See why this pontoon made it as #15 on our 2 person kayak guide?

you can also get yourself rod holders, and a casting platform for more versatility in casting options. For added comfort, you can get swivel bases and folding and padded seats.

Pros

  • The Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon is stable, with a sturdy and dependable construction
  • Lightweight for easier transportation
  • This 2 person kayak is versatile: can be used to fish, go camping, or leisurely paddle or motor around
  • The Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon is well priced, for a large, multi-use inflatable boat
  • Good range of optional extras on the Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon
  • Lots of storage, as previously mentioned in this Outcast Fish Cat 13 review

Cons

  • Restricted standard inclusions
  • Due to being light, the Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon doesn’t track as well as heavier boats

Check out the Outcast Pontoon Fish Cat 13 Pontoon on Amazon!

Honorable Mentions:

innova helios II

BIC YAKKAir HP2 Fishing Inflatable Kayak

Sea Eagle Fast Track Inflatable

point 65 mercury gtx

Elkton Outdoors Tandem

 

2 Person Kayak Buyer’s Guide Summary

Annnnnd, there you have it, ladies and gentlement! These are Killer Kayak’s Top 20 2 Person kayaks that made our list.

Truthfully, any of these 2 person kayaks should deliver you and your kayak partner lot of awesome experiences, but the decision is yours to make!

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Historic Dugout Canoe Used Unveiled By Hurricane Irma

Apart from the havoc Hurricane Irma caused, it might have brought with it the gift of a possible archaeological discovery: a historic Indian dugout canoe. The canoe discovery has been doing rounds in the news and social media and officials say it could be either decades old or hundreds of years old. It may have belonged to the natives of Florida around the Indian River at the time.

A local photographer, Randy Lathrop, during his morning bike ride in the aftermath of the hurricane, instantly knew what he was looking at. Anyone else might have thought it was just a big piece of wood that washed up:

Historic Canoe From Hurricane Irma

The old boat is said to have belonged to the natives of Florida, who used it for fishing and travel. Initial observations indicate it is approximately 15′ long and weighs between 700 to 1000 pounds according to the transporters. The canoe appeared to be carved out of a log, which experts later identified as a cypress.

The canoe was found in a place that was historically inhabited by the Native Americans known as the Ais. They were known as the “Indians of the coast” and lived along the Indian River. They were chiefly hunters and fishermen, and Hurricane Irma primarily affected their former territory.

Perhaps this explains why the canoe was found in the area. However, experts from the University of Florida explained that while the boat was used by more than one Indian tribe, it was also popular among the Seminole Indians who occupied most parts of the west coast of Florida.

Dugout Canoe Discovered In FloridaThe wooden canoe was identified north of Cocoa and a few kilometers from the Kennedy space center. This area, and Florida in general, has had the highest concentration of dugout canoes found, which is mainly attributed to the climate. A humid environment is conducive to the preservation of wooden artifacts.

The artifact was preserved in a water bath, pending carbon dating, which will establish how old the canoe really is. However, some of its features, according to a historian, are unique. It had a square form, a feature that was common from the 1500’s to about 50 years ago.

Surprisingly, it also had cut nails, which historians date back to the 19th century. Available features show an interesting mix, so it will be exciting to wait for the dating results and precisely relate it to our historical records.

Old Canoe Discovery
Randy’s Post

A source from the Florida Department of Historical Resources acknowledged that the artifact was unique and if it indeed proves to be historical, it will be preserved and find its place in a museum. However, first, it has to be stabilized to avoid further degradation.

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