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.
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.
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!
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.
Recently, we published an article about surf kayaking (read it now if you haven’t!) which seems like a natural fit (hey, surfing + kayaking = We can all die happy!!!), but how could we not consider snow kayaking?
Here we present to you, snow kayaking, in all its glory. Sit back, relax, and once done, question yourself regarding why you’ve been close-minded your whole life:
It seems like in one swift move, origami kayaks (also known as folding kayaks or origami folding kayaks) took over the kayaking world like a trend… only this trend has never left.
The revolutionary idea began with the Oru Bay kayak in 2012 when Oru Kayaks company started as a 3 person company looking for funding, thanks to a Kickstarter campaign. Soon after, the Oru Bay kayak made an appearance on the Shark Tank. But before we get into all of that… let’s delve into:
What Is An Origami Kayak?
Think about what an origami is: it is the Japanese art of folding paper into art or decorative pieces. How neat do those designs look? Well, take that and apply that concept to a kayak. As unbelievable as it might sound, an origami kayak aka a folding kayak is a kayak that can be folded or unfolding as needed and within minutes.
In case you have it in your mind that these could possibly not be durable, I would encourage you to check out this video as a starter reference:
Types of Origami Kayaks On The Market
#1. Oru Bay Kayak
The Oru Bay Kayak, the original origami kayak, is at the leading forefront of this category. We did an in-depth article on it which you can read by clicking on the link above; included are pictures and videos so you get a great idea of what the Oru Bay is all about.
#2. MYCANOE Origami Kayak
The MYCANOE Origami Kayak located in Knoxville, TX, is a patented, award winning canoe that takes 15 minutes to assemble. How cool is that? Obviously not a lot of contenders in this category, but these origami kayaks are super sturdy and durable. Learn more about the MyCanoe Origami Kayak option!
#3. Onak Origami Kayak
Onak, the latest entry into the origami folding kayak category, reached this goal of raising money on Kick Starter. For updates, check out their Kickstart Page here: Onak Origami Kayak Kickstarter.
If that question sounds insane to you, then you are of the normal mindset! Check out as this Youtuber goes kayak fishing with one of the best bass fisherman in the world… IN THE EVERGLADES. YEP! Have a lookie lookie here:
Seaward Kayaks’ Passat G3 Kevlar (also for short, known as the Seaward Kevlar Kayak) has set an industry standard for a sleek, fast touring tandem kayak. It is a touring kayak with a V-shape hull, padded seating, and a 2 person seating capacity. As a touring kayak, it is designed to travel long distances in open (and potentially rough) water. It offers an excellent compromise for paddlers seeking a light and high-performing kayak.
A “Greenland” style bow, 26-inch beam, and over 348 liters of interior storage add up to a combination of speed, comfort and load capacity that is unmatched in a touring tandem. Not sure if you should purchase a Seaward Kevlar Kayak? No problem! We go through the nitty gritty details, right here, in our Seaward Kevlar review! Paddle along…
What is Unique About Seaward Passat G3 Kevlar’s Construction?
The design and function of the Seaward Passat G3 kayak was remarkably well envisioned and executed. The Seaward Kevlar Kayak is a beauty, and its Kevlar construction gives you the perfect middle ground between performance and low weight. It is based on the original Passat hull, which is widely acclaimed by adventure racers the world over (dual-first place in the Yukon River Quest). A slightly increased overall depth and custom curved bulkheads create a true 3-hatch (3 cockpits with optional seating) racing and expedition tandem.
The Seaward Passat G3 Kevlar is lighter than fiberglass, but stronger than carbon. The Seaward Kevlar kayak offers a very good compromise for paddlers in quest of lightness and function. Even though it is costlier than fiberglass, the advantages are apparent, making it well worth the investment.
This kayak measures 22 feet long, 26 inches wide, is 15.5 inches deep, and weighs 81 pounds. The Seaward Kevlar Kayak cockpit dimensions are 32.25″L x 16″W x 13.5″D and the total storage is 348 liters.
The UHMW keel guard comes in handy for lifting a loaded or partially loaded boat at the bow and then pivoting or dragging it (gently!) on the stern on smooth, soft surfaces (for example, to wiggle it off a sandy beach and into the water). On top of that, the UHMW Keel Guard offers these advantages:
Sliding over obstacles (gravel) with ease
High tensile strength disperses sudden impact
Reduces wear of your keel and protects your investment
Won’t create pitting of your expensive keel like a steel QT plate will. NO RUST!
UHMW is lightweight and abrasion resistant, far outlasting steel in commercial applications
Can be replaced and repaired with greater ease than other keel protection methods
Seaward Passat G3 Kevlar’s Exclusive SafeHATCH System
Seaward G3’s safeHATCH system incorporates many features to guarantee your safety. First is the tethered hard fiber glass outer hatch, and right under this is a tethered neoprene hatch. They are both locked in place by means of 2 separate shock cords that have easy release tabs. And in the unlikely occasion that you lose or damage these hatch covers, a shock cord used to hold these hatches down can be rerouted around the fibre glass coaming. This way it securely holds down any water proof material like the cockpit cover that comes standard on the Seaward Kevlar kayak.
An Innovative Rudder System
The introduction of rudder systems brought in a whole new level of maneuvarability and safety to padding. Up until now, these advances brought about issues with solid knee bracing, but not any longer. The smartRUDDER system in the G3 allows all paddlers, no matter the skill level, to brace firmly while keeping complete rudder control.
Tough Kayak For Rough Waters
The Seaward Kevlar kayak tracks amazingly well with or without the rudder. It edges easily and effortlessly and tours at 5+ knots. The Seaward Kevlar kayak is safe, strong and seaworthy in challenging waters. The Seaward experienced kayakers will find this kayak easier to track in a straight line, more maneuverable and faster.
Is there Ample Storage in the Seaward Kevlar Kayak?
Seaward tricked out the Passat G3 with a bit more volume and a center hatch/cockpit, providing room for dogs, children, or easily accessible waterproof storage. The extra large opening is perfect for packing awkward items and seals like any ordinary storage hatch, completely waterproof with a neoprene inner and fiberglass cover. With the center hatch, the Passat G3 has 348 liters of dry storage in total, offering more storage space than the average kayak, even enough for overnight outings.
Impeccable detail in boat form and function, without being overdone
The Seaward Kevlar is a prime example of master craftsmanship
Rudder works great and stores well
The specially engineered hull of the Seaward Kevlar features a unique “lifting chine” that aids buoyancy and provides for a dryer ride
Lots of room for big adventures
Secure nylon straps steadily hold the paddle during paddle-float self rescues, and quick-release tabs free the paddle rapidly after re-entry
All the hatches are neoprene covered with a hard shell fiberglass top, so water will never get in, and hatches are easy to use
Cockpit covers will keep rain out
Center compartment is completely bulk headed from the bow and stern cockpit, and can accomodate a child in the optional center seat
The only problem is with the cabling for the rudder placement in and out of the water, requiring manual work and to be checked before putting the kayak in the water
About the Seaward Kevlar Kayak
Whether you’re a new paddler, enthusiast or experienced guide, Seaward has a kayak to suit your needs. By constantly researching the most effective and highest quality materials available, Seaward remains committed to being an industry leader. They have earned their reputation for innovation and quality. Many industry standards were initiated by Seaward, including the self-rescue system SRS, safeHatch and smart rudder system.
To learn more about Seaward Kayaks, check out their philosophy video:
Seaward Passat G3 Kevlar Kayak Conclusion
To sum this Seaward Kevlar review up, the Seward G3 Passat is one of the best tandem kayaks on the market. The stability, quality accessories like rudder pedals, seat and adjustment options, cowling covers and rigging features allow this kayak to offer an incredible paddling experience. Additionally, the staff is readily available to provide assistance for parts and suggestions to repair any damage that occasionally occurs on trips.
Once you get over the initial price, the craftsmanship, quality materials and overall finish are worth it. The Seaward Kevlar kayak is the best blend of comfort and performance you can buy.
The Helios Inflatable Kayak has small uninflated dimensions and a weight of 36 lbs. thus easy to carry in the included backpack. Also, Helios EX is easy to set up and inflate since each Helios tandem kayak comes with the necessary attachments and a pump to ensure you attach it and get it into water easily. It uses push button air valves for inflation to make sure that no air is lost during this process. This feature makes inflation faster. In fact setup and inflating takes 10 minutes on average.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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!
It offers an option for one or two people so can use it as needed
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
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.
Stability features such as rudders and frame seats
Great storage options
Value for money
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
348 liters of dry storage in total
Excellent storage space
The only problem is with the cabling for the rudder placement in and out of the water, requiring manual work
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.
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.
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!
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.
Type: Inflatable # of Seats: 2 Weight Capacity: 550 lbs
About BIC YAKKAir HP2 Fishing Inflatable Kayak
Good fishing holes are hard to find – often, you find yourself having to travel to several to find the haul you want. Fishing kayaks that are light, mobile, and easy to inflate/deflate are crucial to making sure you do not come home empty handed.
The BIC YAKKAir HP2 fishing inflatable kayak is made for this purpose – an ultra-light, easy to transport vessel that does not sacrifice functionality, durability, and strength. Developed in France, the entire boat kit (boat, footrests, backrest, pump, and bag) weighs in at just 44 pounds, and fits neatly in the included wheeled backpack. Transporting it no longer requires a roof rack or unwieldy trailer – the car trunk will do just fine.
How Does the BIC YAKKAir HP2 Fishing Perform?
But how does it perform? Just as reliably as a hard-shelled kayak, in fact – its PVC skin, high pressure keel, and solid PVC floor form a V-shaped hull that provides enough room for 2 adults, as well as a variety of accessories such as rod holders, safety grab lines, paddle attachments, and footrests. Paddles, however, are not included in the boat kit.
Kayak fishing is a sport that is growing in popularity, due to its convenience and ease, particularly attractive to beginner and novice fishing enthusiasts. The BIC YAKKAir HP2 Fishing Kayak makes it easy to not only transport and set up for a day of fishing, but also cleanup and maintenance.
From its sturdy material to its light weight, all it requires is a quick rinse and dry to make it ready for the next fishing trip. This is also an incredibly versatile boat that allows it to not only be perfect for fishing, but also perfect to travel with as well. Road trips to national parks will never be the same again – you can now actually boat in that pristine lake or river, instead of just admire it from the banks.