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'

The Basics Of How To Do A Seal Launch!

With some bodies of water, you might find that there are no good spots to launch your kayak, and paddling into waves can be exhausting before you even start! Sometimes you must do a ‘seal launch‘, which is sitting in your kayak and sliding off of a rock, cliff, or embankment into the water.

If it’s from a higher height, you can have a friend push you in, or you can just edge yourself off and take a nosedive to the water:

 

seal launching into rapids

If you don’t know the area very well, or it’s not known as a seal launching spot, you have to make sure the landing area is clear of anything that might hurt you. The biggest dangers would be rocks that are just under the water or the water not being deep enough. It’s best to be safe and find a popular launching spot or ask who knows of one.

There are a few ways to gain entry into the water if all you see are cliffs or rocks. The first is the hardest one, which is to climb down to get as close to the water as you can and jump on top of your kayak as you throw it into the water. If it’s on the ocean and there are a lot of waves, you could be without a kayak mighty quick or take much longer to get in. That should only be an option if the rocks are too jagged or high.

The next choice is to slide off of a huge rock formation, one that is preferably smooth so as not to scratch the bottom of your kayak. If there’s an area of algae covering the rocks, that’s even better. Sit in the kayak and try to push yourself off of the rock, slightly leaning toward the back of the kayak.

When you perform your seal launch, don’t lean forward too much , as this may result in the kayak flipping upside down and you will land on your head in the water. In that case, you will have to do a rollover and put yourself upright. Also be careful where you put your paddle as you’re falling to avoid any unnecessary injury. Over your head is the safest place to hold it.

seal launch

The final way to enter the water (this is for the ocean) is to take your kayak close to the water, lay it down on a rock and get in. The wave that washes over the rock will lift you up and you can paddle off the rock. If it doesn’t fully sweep you off the rock, just steady yourself and wait for the next wave.

You may want to have your spray skirt on in either situation, especially where there’s waves. The same tactic can be done to get back onto the rock after you’re done kayaking.

 

kayak launch on rock

Some people will just throw in their kayaks and jump into the water right beside them, if they can enter the cockpit from the water. This would more easily work on a lake or river, rather than the ocean, which is constantly moving and possibly turbulent.

Perform a seal launch however and wherever is easiest and safest for you so you can avoid injuries that will prevent you from doing more kayaking!

Oru Kayak Announces Its Bay ST Model Back At Kickstarter For Good?

Yep! You read that right!  Yesterday, through Oru Kayak’s Facebook Page, we learned that Oru Kayak has brought its Bay ST model back and will be joining 1% For The Planet.  Officially, this campaign is being called Bay ST Is Back For Good.

Check out our Oru Kayak review here!

For this campaign, Oru Kayak is offering an updated, sleeker version of their Bay ST model with… get this… a really cool print of a tree on the hull along:

 

oru kayak bay st with tree print

 

Curious about what made the best kayaks of 2017? Click here!

Levels of Contribution

Let’s get to the various levels of contribution here.

Level 1: Pledge Less Than $15

By doing so, you contribute towards the new Bay ST model with the tree print.  No bonus, but hey, how awesome is it to be able to do this?!

 

Level 2: Pledge Less Than $15 Or More

Pledge $15 towards this origami kayak version and you will receive an Oru Dry Bag: 10L Dry Bag. This dry bag is versatile, durable, and will protect your goods from getting wet. Expect top notch Oru quality here.

These are going fast. As of today, 34 out of 50 are left.

Consider, it’s been maybe a full day since this Kickstarter launched!

Level 3: Pledge Less Than $40 Or More

Remember how we mentioned the really pretty tree print on this new Bay ST model? Well, pledge $40 at least and you can get your hands on an Oru Shirt with the tree print!

Get to it! Only 46 out of 50 left!

Level 4: Pledge Less Than $75 Or More

Pledge at least $75 and receive a set of four lights! But hold on a minute, these aren’t just any lights. These solar powered lanterns by Luci will make your Oru Bay ST kayak glow especially if you’re a fan of night time kayaking! These lights are easily inflatable and deflatable.

48/50 left.

Level 5: Pledge Less Than $400 Or More

You will receive a custom designed Oru pack along with a four piece paddle, float bags, and a custom spray skirt.

How neat is that? 30/30 left.

Level 6: Pledge Less Than $1500 Or More

Bay ST Back For Good >> You will receive this custom printed Bay ST kayak that we are talking about right now. Sweet!

46/50 left.

Level 7: Pledge Less Than $1900 Or More

So, at this level, you will receive the Bay ST Back For Good Model (the custom printed Bay ST we showed you the image of above) PLUS Package.

10/20 left. Ruuunnnn!

Sold Out – Pledge Less Than $1300 Or More

Sorry, Kids! This is done for already. The Early Bird reward is sold out a day after this Kickstarter campaign was started.

All we have to say is wow…

Click here to check out our MyCanoe Origami review, another origami kayak!

 

Bay ST Is Back For Good KickStarter Campaign Summary

If you love what the Oru Kayak company is offering, pledge away.  You may as well contribute to something as cool as a technologically advanced origami kayak and this company is an innovator.

We will be updating the Pledge numbers on the daily!

The Kickstarter campaign can be found here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1975288517/oru-kayak-is-back-for-good

NRS Pike Fishing Kayak – Light Weight Angler With Plenty of Room?

Anyone who has been kayaking for a while isn’t new to the thrill that the sport brings along. You probably have sampled a few kayaks and already know that new models come with new and improved features to heighten your experience. The NRS Pike Fishing Kayak is conveniently light in weight and the ultimate choice for people looking to go on fishing expeditions in their kayaks.

 

With its structure, you will be able to maneuver the waters with ease, even through some low class rapids. The NRS Pike Fishing Kayak has a combination of features that make it a great choice for anyone.

 

NRS Pike Fishing Kayak

In order to serve its function well, the NRS Pike Fishing Kayak bares a unique shape that facilitates decent speed and stability while on the water. It is wider than the faster kayaks that are usually popular for sporting activities, so it will be slower. But with its ample room, you can fish and kayak solo or with an extra person.

It features a removable/collapsible seat which creates additional room for your fishing gear, overnight packs, and/or snacks and water. You can also incorporate a sail kit if you want to use the kayak for sailing instead of fishing.

With that said, welcome to our NRS Pike Fishing Kayak review!

Frame & Structure of the NRS Pike Fishing Inflatable Kayak

 

NRS Pike Fishing Inflatable Kayak for anglers

The NRS Pike Angler is a fishing kayak designed with a 4 inch thick high pressure insert that rests on its floor, creating a flat surface to sit on and paddle. One does not have to worry about losing balance or tipping over uneven surfaces on the kayak’s floor.

You can easily stand on the NRS Pike Fishing Kayak and fish as you would on a solid surface such as a boat. You can use the flat surface to place and easily locate your fishing gear without worrying about losing them in the bends and folds of what would be on a normal inflatable kayak. If spending the night on it, the flat surface will definitely come in handy where comfort is concerned.

 

One of the best features of the NRS Pike Angler is its durability, which is brought about by its hard construction material. It is made using a rugged PVC material that makes it tough and tear-proof. It is able to withstand harsh environments which rules out frustration and frequent repairs.

The NRS Pike Fishing Kayak will hold its strength, even when running over rocks and sticks repeatedly. The tough construction also guarantees extended service, giving more value to your money. The kayak is 12.8 feet in length, has a width of 39 inches, and has 3 air chambers. The carrying capacity is not fully known, but it can easily carry one adult and their equipment.

[Note: For more options, check out our Best Kayaks of 2017 article!]

The Meat of the NRS Pike Fishing Kayak: Special Features!

Inside this kayak is a versatile seat that can easily be removed and collapsed when not in use. This creates more space to work with if you are alone. The versatility comes in handy when displaying your fishing gear in preparation for the trip ahead. This also transforms the appeal of the NRS Pike Fishing Kayak and allows it to be used in other ways. Or you can leave the seat in and chat with a fishing buddy while you both have your lines cast out.

It’s usually more fun to have company with any activity, and also for safety.

 

inflatable angler kayak

The NRS Pike Angler has ample storage compartments to contain items such as fishing equipment, a small tackle box, or snacks. This promotes further organization, preventing the loss of your items in case you hit unstable waters. In addition to this, the NRS Pike Fishing Kayak contains three accessory mounts that allow room for your fishing rods, camera booms, and fish finders.

This kayak is efficiently designed with two carry handles that come in handy when carrying it from one place to another, especially when wet. One can use this to locate the position of the NRS Pike Fishing Kayak when deflated.

 

stats of NRS Pike Angler

Storage Space in the NRS Pike Fishing Kayak

The NRS Pike Fishing Kayak comes with a manual pump and pressure gauge, facilitating easy and fast inflating of the kayak when you’re ready to use it. When deflated, the kayak is easy to pack in the trunk of your car, and later, in the closet.

It is advisable that you wipe dirt and scum off of the bottom of the kayak before folding and putting it in storage. It is best that you pay special attention to the areas on the bottom with the double stitch. Use a high pressured hand pump to completely suck out the air from your NRS Pike Fishing Kayak before storage.

 

Pros

  • High quality and thick PVC material, assuring that the NRS Pike Fishing Kayak will serve you well for a long period of time
  • With the available tie downs, you can tie the kayak on a rock for easy photography, camping, and fishing during your expedition
  • There are 2 fins on this NRS Pike Fishing Kayak, good for easy mounting, especially for inexperienced individuals or when there are strong winds
  • Designed to cut through waves and unstable waters for speed and stability
  • The NRS Pike Angler kayak is noted to dry off rather fast when compared to other kayaks, allowing you to pack it up and get home faster

 

Cons

  • The NRS Pike Fishing Kayak is noticeably heavy, even when deflated, because of the strong double sided materials used in its construction
  • This is a slower kayak, mainly attributed to its wide surface area, but it’s suitable for its primary function, which is fishing

 

NRS Pike Fishing Kayak Review Conclusion

 

The NRS Pike Fishing Kayak is a worthy purchase if you are looking to mainly fish and camp. If you do not have enough strength, you may need additional help to fold, store and take it out of the water. The weight is an advantage though, as it is attributed to the heavy materials used in its construction.

 

The strong PVC material rules out the need for constant repairs which further damages the kayak and shortens its life. Additionally, the NRS Pike comes with its own repair kit for convenience and easy maintenance. The fact that it has ample room to accommodate your gear, equipment, and another person only adds on to its advantages.

NRS Pike Fishing Kayak is a bit pricier than other kayaks, but it is definitely worth it, since the extra features surpass other fishing kayaks.

Zegul Greenland Kayak – Tight Space A Huge Flaw?

If you are into a Greenland style of paddling, then the Zegul Greenland kayak is the kayak to try out!

The Zegul Marine Greenland is breathtakingly beautiful and is one of the most recognized kayaks you will see today. In addition, it’s quickly becoming a favorite among paddlers. Its classic lines and low volume gives many paddlers the joy and interest of trying something new.

Since this kind of kayak has a tight fit to your body, it will give you a feeling of control while paddling.

 

Zegul Greenland Kayak

At the same time, you will be very close to the water, as the Zegul Greenland is a sit-in kayak. This type of kayak comes in different colors, but our focus will be on the black model.

Below is our comprehensive review of the Zegul Greenland Kayak!

Check out the Zegul Greenland on the Amazon site by clicking on this link.

 

How Does the Frame of the Zegul Greenland Kayak Hold Up?

The Zegul Marine Greenland has a long, narrow, sleek form that measures 17.6 feet by 20 inches by 10.75 inches, with an average weight of 46 pounds and a capacity of about 220 pounds. Its cockpit measures around 23.75 inches by 15.75 inches.

The Zegul Greenland kayak is a low volume and tight fit sea kayak, equipped with a skeg system and two hatches. It is designed with a low back deck to help you with easy laid back rolls. Greenland style kayaks, and this one in particular, are designed with classic lines and a hard chine all the way along the V-bottomed hull.

You may be aware of how much maneuvering is needed while using a kayak. The rocker in the hull of the Zegul Greenland is designed specifically to ease your maneuvers in the water.

 

cockpit of Zegul Greenland Kayak

This uniquely designed kayak deck enables you to achieve forward rolls with relative ease. You want to own a kayak that will endure for a long time. That is why the Zegul Marine’s frame has undergone A-core construction, which is material lay-up using vacuum technology for greater stiffness and durability, absorbing even less energy during paddling and withstanding the most challenging environments.

 

Special Features in the Zegul Greenland

 

beached black Zegul a core kayak

The Zegul Greenland kayak has some standard features, which include adjustable thigh braces, an aramide seam, A-core construction, lightweight click-on hatches, retractable skeg, rubber deck beads and thigh pads. These features are designed to make your paddling experience more practical, comfortable and safe.

Other additional features, which are optional, are 3D C-core, full carbon, rock solid, aramide reinforced keel strip and a compass, all of which are for improving and enhancing your kayaking experience on the water.

 

Million Dollar Question: Storage Space?!

The Zegul Marine Greenland kayak has a smart design, meant for paddlers who want the classic Greenland style kayak, yet still needing more comfort, stability and storage space for longer outings. This kayak is equipped with 3 hatches, providing you with adequate space to keep all of your gear with you when paddling. This ensures that you won’t be forced to leave anything behind.

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The Zegul Greenland kayak also features a shallow V-shaped hull that ensures faster acceleration, speed, and a nice balance between tracking and maneuverability.

Having acquired this little treasure at an affordable price, you want to take good care of it to optimize its performance each time. First, ensure that you store it off the ground while covered, especially the cockpit. This is to keep any rodents, insect, dirt, dust, and leaves off the cockpit, especially when the Zegul Greenland is being stored outside.

Preferably, it should be stored inside, as opposed to outside, but this depends on whether or not you have that ‘inside’ space! This space may be available in a garage, basement, or right in the living room behind the couch.

 

black composite A-Core

Most owners of kayaks hold these treasures at a very high value, even if they are not expensive. Storing it inside helps in minimizing its destruction by extreme weather elements like snow, sun and rain. If house or garage storage is not possible, you may consider finding a shaded spot for the kayak outside.

A simple shed is perfect for storing a kayak, just outside the house. If a shed is not available, then you would need to find a weather-resistant tarp that will cover the entire hull.

While being stored, the Zegul Greenland kayak should face upside down, with its hull up or on its side. In addition, it is important to note that if you are paddling in salty water, you need to thoroughly rinse your kayak with fresh water before storage. This is because salty water degrades hull materials and corrodes metal parts.

 

Pros

  • The tight fit to your body gives you full control of what you are doing while paddling
  • Low back deck of the Zegul Marine Greenland kayak gives you easy laid back rolls
  • Low volume at the front is made to help you on the forward rolls
  • The vessel is easy to maneuver through water
  • lts low center of gravity makes it easy to paddle, and brings you closer to the water
  • Being a sit-in kayak, it provides drier storage to protect your belongings
  • Enclosed cockpit protects you from water sprays, thus keeping the entire compartment dry
  • Its weight makes it fairly easy to move about on the water, unless of course, the kayak is laden with your heavier personal belongings
  • Its long, narrow, sleek body enables it to slice through water effortlessly, increasing the thrill of kayak enthusiasts who love lightning fast speeds
  • It is strong and made of quality materials, creating a built-to-last kayak

Cons

  • Difficultly moving around in small bodies of water, due to the Zegul Greenland’s length
  • lt is difficult to enter and exit, unlike other kayaks
  • The Zegul Greenland kayak allows for little access to items placed on the back deck, and no access to items in the dry storage while paddling
  • If it topples over, recovery poses a dilemma as the kayak fills up with water
  • In difficult weather, the Zegul Greenland can be suffocating when using a spray skirt

 

Zegul Greenland Review Conclusion

This model of sit-in kayaks is a great investment if you need a heightened experience in water sporting and fun. Since its pros far much outweigh its cons, you are set to enjoy paddling in almost any type of water.

 

The Zegul Greenland is easy to maneuver, easy to paddle, keeps you and your gear extra dry, and is very fast and strong!

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Tahe Marine Reval Kayak – Solid Performing, British Style Sea Touring Kayak?

The Tahe Marine Reval HV Composite HD Kayak is a sea touring kayak, which is built in the British style, designed for paddlers who are bigger in size. It is easy to navigate because the kayak can break waves and strong winds as well. The Reval was released in 2014, targeting adrenaline seekers.

 

Interestingly, the HV in this kayak’s name stands for high volume, which is one of it’s outstanding characteristics.

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Tahe Marine Reval

This kayak has a roomy cockpit that can comfortably accommodate most people. The Tahe Marine Reval HV Composite HD Kayak is perfect for long expeditions or kayaking trips. In addition to more capacity for storage, this kayak is designed to navigate and survive challenging seas. Long and properly equipped, this sea touring kayak is a great option for water sport enthusiasts.

If you’re interested in this kayak, keep reading our in-depth Tahe Marine Reval review!

 

Frame of the Tahe Marine Reval Kayak!

 

tahe marine reval - blue

To ensure effective performance as you use this kayak, its frame has some unique construction characteristics. First, it is made using the TGC Lite construction method, where a combination of fiberglass and composite material are used. This high density core frame results in a lower overall weight. As a result, you can experience a weight reduction of between 10% to 15% as you use the kayak. Fortunately, this contributes to easier navigation and maneuverabilty of the kayak.

The Tahe Marine Reval HV Composite HD Kayak has a frame that is 17.6 feet long, 22 inches wide and 13.5 inches thick. It weighs a total of only 57 pounds. Not only does this make it more nimble, the light weight and strong hull makes it easy to haul this kayak on your car’s carrier or on a trailer. Overall, its frame was designed for high performance on the sea and it delivers every single time.

 

Tahe Marine Reval Kayak Features

 

The most obvious feature of the Tahe Marine Reval is the British-style hull. This feature helps you to navigate rough seas with maximized maneuverability and stability. To ensure this, the hull on this kayak has a rocker, an upswept bow and a stern. These features work together to ensure top performance on the roughest seas. The navigation in the Tahe Marine Reval is also made easier by a rudder and skeg system that is fully retractable. By using this steering system, you can direct the Tahe Marine Reval kayak successfully through the roughest waters.

 

To ensure more storage space and comfort, the Reval HV Composite HD Kayak has a roomier cockpit. Larger kayakers can fit in it quite comfortably. Moreover, it has a round, an oval and a day-hatch, which work to divide the body into compartments. You can store safety equipment, kayaking accessories and anything else in these locations.

The Tahe Marine Reval is designed for long trips. Hence, the extra carrying capacity comes in very handy for long expeditions or trips on the high seas.

 

rudder on the Revel composite hd

The Tahe Marine Reval is available in 3 different weight classes, which are the TGC-lite, the TCA-lite and the TCI-lite. These range in weight from 42 to 57 lbs or 19 to 26 kilograms. In providing you with variety, the Marine Reval kayak allows you to experience freedom of choice as you shop for a sea kayak. Moreover, there are some accessories that make the kayaking experience on this unit easier.

Specially designed for the Tahe Marine Reval kayak, the accessories include thigh pads and a compass. To further provide customization, you can get a heavy duty, reinforced keel-strip. Personal taste is catered for in the design of this kayak. As such, you can get the Tahe Marine Reval in various colors such as red, orange, yellow, blue, black, charcoal gray and lime.

 

Storage Space in the Tahe Marine Reval

 

Seeing as this seafaring kayak is a high volume unit, it has a lot of storage available for you. This is distributed along the kayak in features such as the cockpit and a collection of hatches. One of these is a round hatch in the front which measures 24 centimeters (10 inches) in size and a day hatch measuring 15 centimeter (6 inches) in size.

The kayak also has an oval hatch in the rear that measures 44 by 26 centimeters in size. The Tahe Marine Reval HV Composite HD Kayak can haul a total weight of 155 kilograms (about 340 pounds).

Pros

  • Constructed using a British style hull to ensure comfortable capacity for bigger paddlers
  • High Volume storage capacity, facilitated by a total of 3 hatches distributed along it’s length
  • The Tahe Marine Reval kayak has an upswept bow and stern that help you navigate challenging seas much more easily
  • Thanks to a fiberglass and composite material construction, the kayak is light yet strong
  • High Density core frame which keeps you safe and ensures rigidity as you navigate
  • There are three weight classes to choose from when buying the Tahe Marine Reval kayak, so you can enjoy variety
  • You can find a collection of accessories for this kayak for example thigh pads, reinforced steel keel strip and a compass
  • Its length ensures that tall paddlers are comfortable and it provides extra weight hauling capability

Cons

  • The Tahe Marine Reval is quite an expensive kayak when compared with other sea models from competitor manufacturers
  • Due to a low volume, the bow tends to plunge deep and affect the maneuverability of the kayak
  • As a result of its length, it is less stable than shorter models, requiring more skillful manipulation

 

Tahe Marine Reval Review Conclusion

The Tahe Marine Reval Composite Kayak is one of the top models for sea kayaking. It is designed such that you can handle both smooth and rough seas comfortably. Its frame is strong yet light. In addition to that, the kayak has maximum storage capacity. As a result, you can take along some safety equipment and kayaking accessories with you on the expedition.

 

Professional kayakers, as well as enthusiasts, can enjoy using this unit. It is versatile, durable and ideal for hobby or sport. Its features maximize capacity and maneuverability. If you want a versatile, high volume, capable kayak, the Tahe Marine Reval Kayak is the one to get.

Other options to consider:

Necky Eliza Kayak – Designed For Female Kayakers By Females?!

As one of Necky’s newest releases, the Necky Eliza kayak has been designed (by women, by the way!) with a higher volume of hull configuration to suit paddlers with different preferences. With a rudder system, it is specifically made for women who have a love for adventure.

The Necky Eliza Kayak is named after the leader of an expedition in 1791 that resulted in the discovery of San Juan Island, which is part of Washington State. It boasts of a balance of maneuverability and a reduced drag that will help women keep up with the guys or simply just leave them behind. Due to the fact that women are, on average, smaller than men, the kayak is also smaller, lighter, shorter and faster.

 

Necky Eliza Kayak - pink

The Eliza’s design disputes the fact that longer kayaks are more efficient. Although the Necky Eliza kayak is smaller in size, it is easy to squeeze more miles out of it than a 16-foot expedition boat. It has an incredible performance that allows for paddling with minimal effort. Its small size also makes the kayak easy to control, even when paddling in the wind. According to testers, the Necky Eliza is one of the most comfortable kayaks that exists. It has an all-pink appearance that also makes it easy on the eyes.

 

 

Frame of the Necky Eliza Kayak

 

pink Necky Eliza kayak for women

The Necky Eliza kayak has a tough, roto-molded plastic frame made from a polyethylene material. Even when paddling through rock gardens, the kayak’s body surface does not easily get scratched. In comparison to Necky kayaks made out of carbon hulls, this one is lighter (49 pounds) and easier to handle and carry around.

Although the Necky Eliza kayak has minimal weight, this does not compromise its stiffness. It is sturdy on the water and despite its lightweight nature, cannot be swayed back and forth without the paddler’s control.

The general construction makes the Necky Eliza kayak glide well. It comes with improved hatch covers, and the hatches themselves are surprisingly reliable as they hold a nice amount of gear. The kayak also a lock buckle system that secures the hatch cover and keeps it in place. No matter how often the Eliza is used, dragged on the sand or grass, it has a durable frame that will ensure the kayak remains in great condition.

The Necky Eliza kayak is solid and does not feel tippy when paddling through the water. Its frame and design allow for quick lean turns and confident edging, and the Necky Eliza’s best use is with sea kayaking.

 

Any Worthwhile Features In The Necky Eliza?

 

The Necky Eliza kayak has a rudder system that is located in the cockpit area. The system’s long, sleek hull makes it efficient on the water and it can be operated independently without paddling. This reduces slips and drags, and makes maneuvers easy.

The rudder is 100% aluminum and can either be raised up or dropped down from the cockpit area. This means that paddlers do not need to exit the kayak in order to ensure the system works appropriately. It also ensures that paddlers are comfortable at all times when enjoy the Necky Eliza kayak.

 

On the other hand, the Necky Eliza kayak also has a drop down rudder that gives the paddler maximum control during longer paddling. In order to ensure that the paddler enjoys their water expedition, Eliza comes with a padded, waterproof seat and backband that provides comfort and support. In comparison to other similar kayaks, the Necky Eliza kayak’s seats with back support really stand out.

In addition, the kayak also has Comfort Fit adjustable thigh braces which are suitable for diverse paddlers.

 

Necky Eliza on the water, in action

If you prefer to use your bare feet to paddle, the Necky Eliza kayak’s cockpit foot-brace system is perfect for you. No matter how tall you are, both pedals could be adjusted to accommodate a variety of leg lengths.

The kayak also has neoprene hatch seals under hatch covers that keep it dry and protected. The fact that the cockpit is shorter makes it easy for women to attach or detach a spray skirt, making them more comfortable in the water or as they paddle.

Because of the Eliza’s incredible rocker and playful hull design, the kayak performs well and would even mesh with a drop step configuration. Overall, the Necky Eliza kayak comprises of features that make it an impressive touring kayak. It would make a great companion during a day or weekend trip or just playing around in the surf.

 

How Does the Necky Eliza Kayak Fare With Storage Space?

 

eliza kayak on shore

The Necky Eliza kayak has a decent storage space (124.9 L) that allows the paddler to carry an efficient amount of goods and equipment. The aft storage area has a seal hatch cover with a unique gasket. This offers a tight seal and ensures the storage space remains dry. In comparison to other Necky kayaks and their storage areas, the Necky Eliza’s storage is more detail-oriented and was designed with a high level of expertise. This makes it highly unique.

 

 

Pros

  • Rudder system that is very easy to control using foot pedals
  • Made using tough roto-molded plastic which makes the kayak one of the strongest
  • Hardcovers for hatches
  • Adjustable foot pegs which increases flexibility
  • Stable enough for a variety of recreation purposes
  • Deck rigging that secures extra gear on decks for easy accessibility
  • Lightweight in nature

 

Cons

  • The Necky Eliza kayak’s rudder cord appears difficult to pull to get the rudder down
  • Although the 15’4” kayak is considered fast, bigger and longer kayaks are faster and more efficient
  • If speed is your main consideration when purchasing a kayak, you should opt for a bigger kayak
  • Necky Eliza kayak is an all-female kayak, which limits men from experiencing its features and what it has to offer during an expedition

 

Neck Eliza Review Conclusion

At first glance, the Necky Eliza kayak is a nicely outfitted kayak with reflective parameter deck lines and a highly comfortable touring-style cockpit. Its single-layer polyethylene frame material gives the kayak the incredible stability that it needs. Responsive and stable; the Eliza comes highly recommended.

 

Paddlers can always get into the cockpit easily, fit their first comfortably under the front deck and move the foot pegs to suit them. The kayak is jam-packed with features that make it one of a kind.

The Necky Eliza Kayak with Rudder is especially perfect for a female kayaker who does not intend to settle for less.

Not sure if the Necky Eliza kayak is the perfect fit for you?  Check out our recent review of comparable kayaks:

Seaward Single Mantra Kayak – Solid Compact Performance Kayak?

If you are okay with paddling alone most of the time, then a single kayak is the right choice. Single kayaks have the distinct advantage of being more maneuverable than tandem models. If you have decided to choose a single model, then the Seaward Single Mantra Kayak is a great choice to take a look at! This compact model is a well designed, performance kayak that has been built for maximum flexibility and comfort by Seaward Kayaks.

If you click on this link, it will take you to Amazon’s listing for the Mantra Single Kayak!

 

Seaward Single Mantra Kayak

Seaward Kayaks, the manufacturer behind the design and construction of the Mantra, is a reputable brand name on the kayak market. The Single Mantra kayak is one of their most versatile and affordable models.  To learn more about whether this kayak fits your needs, please read our Seaward Single Mantra Kayak review.

 

Seaward Single Mantra Kayak Frame & Body Details

The long waterline of the Seaward Single Mantra Kayak, combined with solid chines, make this model suitable as a do-it-all craft. You can use it for long distances with grace and comfort, carving skillful turns, and/or for easy shore-line paddling. The solid, yet light hull of the Seaward Single Mantra Kayak gives paddlers the confidence to extend their abilities to maximum performance.

 

 

The Seaward Single Mantra Kayak weighs only 51 pounds and comes with a 24.5″ wide beam and is 13.5 feet in length. This craft is responsive, quick, and very stable, due to its well designed frame. The single Mantra Seaward kayak is available in two versions: the low volume and a high volume.

 

Mantra in the water

Seaward Mantra Kayak’s low volume version has a weight capacity of up to 170 pounds and has a lower deck at 13 inches. It’s a much better fit for the smaller, less heavier paddler. The high volume model has a weight capacity of up to 260 lbs, and can accommodate a paddler up to 6 feet 4 inches tall.

Both models feature solid chines and a long water line that makes the boat able to do it all. Seaward Mantra Kayak’s compact design provides performance and flexibility, allowing paddlers to carve skillful turns. With the Seaward Mantra Kayak, you can paddle long distance with confidence, style and comfort.

The single Mantra Kevlar kayak comes with interior and exterior seams made of fiberglass. In order to ensure that the hull and deck remain bonded, the outside seams come with 2 extra layers of a gel coat. The Seaward Mantra Kayak’s deck height of 14 inches and the large cockpit (36 inches x 18 inches) are designed to allow paddlers to enter and exit with ease. The paddler enjoys great comfort on the padded molded seat and backrest.

In order to secure the rudder during transport in the up position, the Seaward Single Mantra Kayak comes with a Rudder Stay-With-Tie-Down and a Smart Rudder System. For effective bracing without any compromise to the rudder’s effectiveness, foot pegs pivot on an axle. The boat comes with dual watertight hatches that feature rubber cover seals, and a day hatch.

 

Exciting info for the Seaward Single Mantra Kayak

The Mantra Kevlar’s day hatch is there to keep your sunscreen, cell phone and snacks handy. Between the hatches and the cockpit are fiberglass bulk heads for a watertight seal.

This single kayak model from Seaward Kayaks comes with an included cockpit cover designed to keep your cockpit free of water, debris, bugs or leaves when not in use.

Two webbing pieces behind the Mantra Kevlar Kayak’s cockpit, that are part of the Self Rescue System, are designed to make re-entry easier. Once you are back in the Seaward Single Mantra Kayak and ready for paddling, you can retrieve your paddle with the help of a quick release buckle.

Storage Space in the Seaward Single Mantra Kayak…

The Seaward Mantra Kayak has a maximum weight capacity of 260 lbs (high volume version) and comes with a cockpit dimension of 36” length × 18″ width. This model offers a stern hatch, day hatch, and bow hatch storage.

 

Pros

  • The Seaward Single Mantra Kayak model comes with a large cockpit, designed to allow paddlers to enter and exit easily
  • Has a comfortable padded molded seat and backrest
  • For a watertight seal, the Mantra comes with fiberglass bulk heads between the hatches and the cockpit
  • The Seaward Mantra Kayak comes with a day hatch, stern hatch, and bow hatch storage
  • The included cockpit cover keeps the cockpit free of debris, water, leaves and bugs when the boat is not in use
  • The interior and exterior seams are made of fiberglass
  • The Seaward Single Mantra Kayak boat comes with a Self Rescue System
  • The long water line of the Seaward Mantra Kayak makes it able to do almost anything
  • It features a compact design that provides flexibility and high performance
  • The Seaward Single Mantra Kayak is a versatile kayak that can be used for long distance trips as well as easy shore-line paddling
  • Affordable price

 

Cons

  • The Mantra Kevlar kayak is not as stable as a tandem kayak model
  • It doesn’t fit as much gear as a tandem would

 

Seaward Mantra Kevlar Kayak Review Summary

The Seaward Single Mantra Kayak is designed to be able to accommodate taller people, and has a large cockpit for heavier paddlers who want to get in shape or just be able to be in a kayak, period. The fiberglass frame is very sturdy, it’s a comfortable ride, and the day hatch puts you in close proximity to your immediate supplies.

The Seaward Single Mantra Kayak might not be as stable as a tandem, but once you know how to use it, it shouldn’t be a problem at all. You might not be able to take luggage or fishing equipment with you, but if you’re just going out for the day, the Mantra is a great, quality kayak to be out on the water with.

PS. Hopefully, by now you’ve made up your mind regarding this kayak by reading our Seaward Mantra review! However, just in case, if you want more options, check out our best kayaks guide here, our inflatable kayaks guide here, and our Origami kayaks page here!

Necky Manitou 14 Kayak – High End Performance For Great Value?

The Necky Manitou 14 kayak is a picture of stability and comfort. In comparison to its other shorter siblings, it is the ideal kayak for a beginner, as it is meant to take a paddler’s skills to the next level. However, it is not restricted to beginners alone. Its high-end performance satisfies even hardcore paddling enthusiasts. The kayak’s features will always meet your paddling needs. This is the kind of boat that you can never outgrow.

Curious about pricing and other features? This link will take you to Amazon for additional details for the Necky Manitou 14.

 

necky manitou 14 kayak

The Necky Manitou 14 kayak’s touring hull certainly makes it one of a kind. If you are looking for a steady and comfortable kayak for recreational purposes or one that you can just take around for a weekend surf, this kayak is the perfect fit. Its tracking, speed, and ease of handling are exceptional. The Manitou 14 kayak also boasts a sturdy design and a solid, overall feel.

In our Necky Manitou 14 kayak review, we discuss everything about it in detail. Please read on!

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Does the Sleek Frame of the Necky Manitou 14 Kayak Come Through?

 

necky manitou 14 kayak in blue

As a modern classic, the Necky Manitou 14 kayak is one of the most versatile kayaks. With an all-plastic polyethylene construction, the kayak retains its position at the top of the charts because of its versatility.

The material is long lasting and resists wear and tear quite well. No matter how many times the Necky Manitou 14 kayak is used, it will always maintain its good condition. Even the molded graphics do not peel off or fade easily. The unique frame is sophisticated to handle the demands of all weather and water conditions.

With a sleek touring profile and state of the art outfitting system, this water companion does not disappoint. It finds its home in calm waters and slow rivers. At 14’4” in length, the kayak is built with a wave-piercing dolphin bow that makes it stand out from the crowd. The boat is 24″ wide, weighs 52 pounds, and can hold up to 325 pounds.

 

 

 

What Features Make the Necky Manitou 14 Kayak Special?

Built with the stability of a race boat, the Necky Manitou 14 kayak is perfect for paddlers who love spending a lot of time in the water. Apart from its superior performance and high-end material technology, it also has a superior design that allows for advanced maneuvers and lean turns.

Providing excellent primary and secondary stability, the kayak promotes a smooth transition between the two. This kind of stability makes the Necky Manitou 14 perfect for pursuits like photography and bird watching. It is also ergonomically designed to ensure that it can be paddled through the water effortlessly.

With a two-way adjustable backrest, aft positioning and a six-position height adjustment, paddlers can be certain that they will get the most out of this kayak. Their movements will not be limited and they can enjoy the comfort that comes with the Necky Manitou 14 kayak.

 

manitou 14 in action!

While other previous Manitou models may have been shorter, this one capitalizes on its slightly longer body to cruise more smoothly and efficiently. The extra comfortable seat with two-way adjustable backrests will make any paddler’s expedition in the water cozy. You will not get tired or experience any back pain that results from long hours of discomfort when kayaking. The seats adjust in three dimensions in order to give you all-day comfort. The back seat has progressive, soft cushion padding that gives that extra support when the kayak is extensively used.

When it comes to rough waters, the Dolphin bow negotiates extremely well. The generously-sized cockpit (35.5″ x 16.5″) allows for easy entry and exit and paddlers do not have to struggle to get in or out of the kayak. No matter how tall you are, the adjustable foot pedals will accommodate you.

The Necky Manitou 14 kayak’s retraceable skeg enhances tracking and prevents the kayak from crocking in strong winds. In addition to this, the Manitou also has recessed deck fittings to increase its durability. In order to carry the kayak easily, the toggle carry handles always come in handy. The Manitou 14 is more touring oriented, rather than sporty.

This is the kind of kayak that you can take on various expeditions. The Necky Manitou 14 kayak is jam-packed with the best features to ensure that you thrive on the waters.

 

Is There Enough Storage in the Necky Manitou 14 Kayak?

 

features of the Necky Manitou 14 Kayak

As far as storage is concerned, the Necky Manitou 14 kayak has a deck rigging with two storage hatches that makes it easy for a paddler to carry any gear and equipment that they intend to bring on their sea touring expedition. The hatches are spacious enough to ensure that nothing is left out. With enough storage space for an overnight trip, you will not find a more accommodating kayak than this one. T

o be precise, it has a storage space of 113.6L (or about 30 gallons). The kayak also comes in bold colors that are highly appealing to the eyes.

Pros

  • Stable kayak, even when it’s paddled in rocky waters
  • Generously padded seats with a comfortable backrest
  • Retraceable skeg with kink-free Necky wire
  • High speed that will make sea touring a great expedition
  • Sufficient storage space that allows for the carrying of sufficient equipment or clothes and food for an overnight trip
  • Easy tracking as the kayak maneuvers through the waters
  • Reflective safety parameter line
  • Support Track foot brace system
  • Cross buckle system that ensures the storage area remains dry and secure

Cons

  • The Necky Manitou 14 is a heavy kayak in comparison to its predecessors
  • Its weight makes it a bit challenging to move from one place to another. However, this does not affect the overall functioning of the kayak
  • The skeg may be difficult to use as it can be dragged easily by strong winds or waves

 

Necky Manitou 14 Kayak Review Summary!

Necky is a company that designs and manufactures top-of-the-line kayaks, so you can expect an excellent kayak in the Necky Manitou 14 kayak!

Necky Manitou 14 kayak is up for any task that you put it to. Considered an advanced kayak for beginners, it is also a perfect choice for intermediate and expert kayakers. If you place a high degree of value on superior performance and aesthetics, then this kayak is a great choice for all your touring adventures. Beginners can grow with their paddling skills and experts can find out what they have been missing from other ordinary kayaks.

If you are hoping for an excellent kayak that tracks well, is fast, has sufficient storage space and is stable enough, look no further!

Not sure about the Necky Manitou 14 for your kayak selection?  Here is a list of other comparable kayak options that may fit your needs:

Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6 Kayak – Built For Adrenaline Action?

The Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6 Kayak is designed and manufactured by a well known brand, Dagger. This kayak and creek boat is designed for big water with a well defined high-volume planing hull.

 

Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6

The Dagger Mamba Creeker model comes in three sizes, the largest among them being the 8.6 kayak. This larger size is offered in two variations: a river-runner model and a creeker model. The outfitting is, in fact, the only difference between the two variants. The creeker features a roto-molded seat, which is specifically designed to be more resistant to collapse.

 

Mamba 8.6 kayak seat

There is no reason to choose the river-runner model, in case you are planning to paddle on class III whitewater. In fact, for most paddlers, the creeker outfitting is the best option. Only school fleets could be an exception, if they need to easily and quickly adjust the seat position.

Back in 2012, the entire Mamba series had been revamped. Designers updated the edge profile, added volume, and tweaked the rocker profile, making a few changes to each of the three boat variants. In 2013, a new contour outfitting had been added to the Mamba line-up.

Read the rest of our Dagger Mamba Creeker review to find out if it is a reliable whitewater kayak for an adrenaline junkie like you!

 

Build Details of the Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6 Kayak…

The Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6 kayak can accommodate a paddler who weighs up to 200 pounds, and comes with moderate, recessed edges extending from the bow back to the paddler. At the back, the edges smooth out into a softer chine. The very high-volume stern, combined with the soft stern edge, allows this kayak model to make last-minute, quick adjustments in a rapid.

In a hastily initiated turn, the rounded edge prevents water from catching it. The Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6 stern is kept out of the water due to the boat’s volume, even when the kayaker is paddling from the backseat.

The defined planing hull and hard edge in the front give the Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6 kayak the ability to drive through big water, from a forward or a center body position, with a sporty feel. The Mamba creeker is also really safe due to the edges up front, and the kayak surfs pretty well. Its good performance is extremely noticeable when you drop into wave trains that have plenty of glassy overhead waves.

In these difficult conditions, the Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6 can carve across the waves in confident, big arcs. Because of the edges on the boat’s forward two thirds, the Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6 is superior on a wave.

 

Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6 whitewater kayak

The Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6’s frame can be classified as a more linear profile in the stern and a progressive kick-rocker in the bow. The center of the boat carries towards some of the rocker. The bow is kept riding up and over waves by the progressive bow rocker. When dropping off ledges or into a hole, the Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6 frame design makes it easier to get the bow up.

The longer waterline is created by the linear stern rocker, making this kayak model faster. When more of the stern drops into the water, the longer waterline will help with tracking at different speeds. The rocker profile has the advantage of featuring the slight creep of the rocker line toward the center, allowing the boat to pivot more easily than other models.

Looking at the Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6 kayak from above, the very wide knee box and relatively fine bow are immediately apparent. The Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6 boat’s widest point is wider than that of other models and the planing hull, combined with this characteristic. makes it feel a little boxy.

 

rapid riding

Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6 kayak’s frame design provides exceptional primary stability (which means how stable it is just sitting the water). However, this comes at the expense of secondary stability (when the boat is on its side). The kayak doesn’t feel as solid as other models with better secondary stability. However, with only a little counter-lean, the primary stability allows users to take curlers and waves sideways. It’s all in the balance and technique of the paddler.

The Dagger Mamba Creeker’s wide mid-section tapers dramatically to the fine bow, ending in an up-turned point. This frame design works really well, however, for a whitewater boat, the Mamba 8.6 isn’t so fast in flat water due to its width. But the ability to drive the kayak aggressively through whitewater, combined with the extra speed gained from being able to punch through curlers and holes, makes the Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6 boat fast overall.

 

Features of the Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6 Kayak

The Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6 kayak comes with a rigid hard shell structure and a soft chine. Its cockpit type is the sit-inside variety, with a roto-molded seat, a leg lifter, and the seat track is welded-in. The boat features a round hull shape and comes with Contour Ergo Outfitting and an adjustable backband ratchet.

The adjustable Contour foot brace comes with a foam padding for increased comfort, and the tight braces are adjustable, as well as the hip pads. The kayak also features security grab handles for easier recovery from whitewater ejections or rollovers.

 

Enough Storage in the Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6?

 

Dagger Mamba Creeker in four colors

The Dagger Mamba 8.6 is the largest model from the Mamba line-up, offering not only more volume, but improved volume distribution as well. The Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6 boat provides enough volume for maintaining good steering and keeping you above currents, even with the kayak loaded down with full gear and food provisions. It comes with room for multi-day equipment in the back.

 

Dagger Mamba Creeker Review Summary:

Pros

  • The Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6 is an excellent creeker and the boat of choice among race crowds
  • The boat provides lots of rocker and runs pretty fast
  • It comes with room for multi-day equipment in the back
  • This kayak is well constructed
  • The Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6 is the largest model of the line-up, offering more volume, crisper control, increased speed, and improved volume distribution
  • Added safety features, including a handle near the cockpit, repositioned bow grab handle for easier access, and a molded-in stern foam wall holder for improved structural integrity
  • Allows learning paddlers to get a good idea about ferries, peel outs and good eddy turns
  • Intermediate to advanced kayakers are also at an advantage using the Dagger Mamba 8.6 creeker, due to its ability to paddle very well in almost any whitewater class

Cons

  • Some users find the Dagger Mamba Creeker 8.6 to have a bit too much rocker in the bow, engaging late on eddy lines
  • Kayakers who are more used to an aggressive chine may not like it
  • It is a very heavy boat

If you need more kayaks to check out, have a look at our following articles:

Seaward Tyee XLC Kevlar Kayak – Elegant, Responsive, & Fun?

The Seaward Tyee XLC Kevlar Kayak (Seaward Tyee XLC for short!) is a well engineered watercraft designed for both the novice and pro. Built for performance and beauty, the Tyee is quick in the water, seaworthy, and stable. For such a long boat, it turns easily and its beauty turns a few heads when you go to launch it.

The Seaward Tyee XLC Kayak is an extremely versatile kayak; it is a great watercraft to use if you like fishing, overnight touring, photography, duck hunting, or just plain getting out on the water. Once you’re out there, you’ll appreciate the high standards that Seaward Kayaks built into this piece of performing art. Rugged elegance would be a great description for the Seaward Tyee kayak.

Seaward Tyee XLC kevlar kayak

Frame of the Seaward Tyee XLC Kevlar Kayak

The Seaward Tyee XLC’s frame has a long 17 foot long waterline, combined with a generous 2 foot beam, making the Tyee XLC kayak a stable one that is quick and responsive for a long cruise. Its Greenland up-swept bow will slice through rougher water with ease. Altogether, its dimensions are 17 feet long, 24 inches wide, and 14.5 inches deep, providing a great platform for water fun.

The Kevlar hull makes the Seaward Tyee XLC kayak almost bombproof, bouncing off rocks and trees with very little damage. You will find that it easily handles choppy water. That up-swept bow pushes through the waves better when it has a little load in the front, so go ahead and pack a good picnic.

The cockpit is very generous, and if you have bad memories of doing a wet exit, you’ll appreciate how much extra room it has. You won’t get your legs stuck when extricating yourself from an overturned kayak. The Seaward Tyee XLC seating is easy to fine tune to your body type. The seat back can be adjusted forward and back by using the pre-formed holes, and it can be tilted to a right angle using a strap. The seat bottom is padded with mini-cell foam. You won’t feel the cold coming through the seat like you do with cheap molded plastic seats.

 

Any Special Features With The Seaward Kayaks’ Tyee XLC Kevlar Kayak Offering?

At 51 pounds, this Seaward Tyee XLC Kevlar model is slightly lighter than the fiberglass model. It has some heft to it but that only confirms how rugged and seaworthy they build it. The molded padded seat and backrest make for a comfortable ride. They are easily adjusted and keep you protected from the jolts that choppy water can give to your back.

The Sea-Dog foot pedals take a little getting used to, but along with the rudder, they are easy to operate. The Seaward Tyee XLC boat tracks well so it doesn’t take much to keep it going in a straight line. It is very responsive and only takes a little flinch of your foot to adjust the course. The smart rudder system will keep you steady.

When you order, you should have a choice of some great colors that add to the beauty of the watercraft. Pick black or white, teal or red, ivory or burgundy. You can even go with funky colors like signal yellow, mandarin or fuschia.

You don’t want to spill, but if you are in over your head, the Safe Hatch system will keep your gear from getting away from you. It will also keep it from getting soaked in the surf, so you can look forward to dry clothes after a long day on the water.

The Safe Rescue System makes it easier to re-enter the Seaward Tyee XLC Kevlar kayak in case of an adventurous spill. The kayak itself is pretty stable, so that also helps. When practicing deep water re-entries, you’ll see that there is more than enough leverage to pull yourself back into the Seaward Tyee XLC kayak beauty!

 

Is There Enough Storage Space?

According to Seaward Kayaks, the Seaward Tyee XLC kayak has 415 liters of storage space. To put that in perspective, it is more space than you would get if you crammed all your food and gear into 20 5-gallon buckets from the home improvement store. In other words, with careful planning, you can fit everything you need for a week-long trip.

As I said before, the Seaward Tyee XLC kayak actually rides better with some extra weight in the front. In fact, that extra volume allows for a dry ride even if you are heavily loaded for your overnight adventure. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself with extra food or gear. With all that space, you should be able to handle another 70 pounds or more of supplies on the water.

Pros

  • Kevlar reinforced hull is very rugged, so you don’t have to worry about hitting rocks or trees
  • Cockpit is very generous, easy to get in or out if you are a big person
  • The Seaward Tyee XLC seat is adjustable so you can paddle comfortably
  • Rudder system allows you to track straight in the water, so there is less effort
  • Greenland up-swept bow slices through the waves so you can rocket across the water
  • 17 foot boat tracks well and wants to go in a straight line
  • Extra large storage capacity for versatility of use, from picnicking to cruising
  • Well engineered design is stable, fast and seaworthy
  • Seaward Tyee XLC Kevlar comes in great colors of your choice, mixing functionality with beauty
  • Built specifically to adapt to the needs of the newbie kayaker and the pro

Cons

  • The Seaward Tyee XLC contains a large cockpit without thigh braces
  • The padding for the knees is slippery so you don’t always get the leverage you need; a rougher pad would help
  •  It would be easier to get into the Seaward Tyee XLC (after a deep water spill) if the deck lines extended to behind the cockpit
  •  Some people have a tough time doing a self rescue in the Seaward Tyee kayak, but a two person rescue is very doable
  • The price is high for some people, so this is a long term investment

 

Seaward Tyee XLC Kevlar Kayak Review Summary

Altogether, the Seaward Kayaks‘ Tyee XLC Kevlar Kayak is an amazing piece of equipment that you can use on slow rivers, Great Lake surges or ocean surf. It is easy to get into and out of because the cockpit is very generous. The kayak is stable and edges very well, yet is quick and responsive in the water, even with a full load.

This is Seaward’s most stable kayak. It handles choppy water comfortably and pushes back the wave very well if it has a light load. No wonder this offering, the Seaward Tyee XLC Kayak is a favorite with many tour operators.

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