Comprehensive Buyer’s Guide With Videos

Welcome to the Killer Kayak’s Best Kayaks 2019 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). Feel free to check out any of our in-depth kayak reviews or, heck, the Killer Kayaks Guide: Best Inflatable Kayaks 2019!

Below, you will find the Best Kayaks 2019 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 2019!

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Comprehensive List of Best Kayaks 2019!

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 2019 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.



  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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 2019 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 2019 – #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 2019 picks!



  • 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.


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


  • 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 2019 🙂



  • 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.


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


  • 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 pick!


  • 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


    • 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 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.


  • 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.

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 kayak option reviewed right here on Killer Kayaks: Sun Dolphin Bali 10 SS.



  • 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.


  • 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

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 picks but also a very unique and cool origami kayak!



  • 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 2019 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.



  • 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 list.


  • Tracks amazingly
  • 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

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.



  • 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 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 2019 contender.

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


  • 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 2019 Buyer’s Guide Conclusion

These are the best of the best kayaks 2019 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.

Happy kayaking, everyone!

PS. Did we somehow miss a great kayak on our Best Kayaks 201 list?  Contact us and let us know asap!


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

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 one.

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.

a. 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.

b. 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.

c. 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.

d. 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.

e. 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.

a. 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.

b. 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.

c. 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, Folks!

And, well, there you have it, Folks!  Considering the aforementioned factors will help you save money in the long run.


Killer Kayaks Presents: Best Inflatable Kayaks!

Oh my! Welcome to the Killer Kayaks Presents: Best Inflatable Kayaks Guide. 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 😉

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 with our inflatable kayak reviews:

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 list.

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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, in our tandem inflatable kayak reviews:

#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 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

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. 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 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.

That’s it for our comprehensive list for our inflatable kayak reviews. We refresh this list every 3-4 months so feel free to leave us a comment or a question.


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!

Check out the Airhead AHTK-2 Montana on Amazon by click here.

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. For an option that’s not inflatable nor hardshell, the foldable convenient Oru Kayak is an expensive but well performing option.

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:

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The Meat of the Airhead AHTK-2 Montana Kayak

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 the Airhead Montana 2 person kayak is a great choice.

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.

This is due to the build of the Airhead Montana 2 person 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

If you are looking for safety, room, durability, stability, and good tracking, this is solid buy.

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

In 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

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. [Note: For a hardshell option, check out the Sun Dolphin Bali kayak right here. We also have our inflatable kayak guide].

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 🙂


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.

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Can You Kayak at Night?

While kayaking during the day is undoubtedly an enjoyable experience, have you ever considered kayaking at night? If you have, you might be wondering if it’s safe and possible.

The answer is yes, you can kayak at night but there are safety regulations and local laws to consider. I have done night kayaking with friends and it’s one of the most memorable and majestic experiences I’ve ever had.

If you’ve never done it, I highly recommend it. Let’s discuss a few specifics.

Is it Safe to Kayak at Night?

night time kayaking with friends

Kayaking at night can be a fantastic experience but safety should always be your top priority.

Kayaking at night comes with its own risks, one of the biggest being that it’s dark and hard to see anything around you.

Before heading out in the dark, make sure you have all the essential safety gear with you, including a life jacket, a flashlight, and a whistle. Also, check the weather forecast ahead of time, and avoid kayaking if there’s a storm or high winds.

Lastly, it’s crucial to know the area well before kayaking at night. You don’t want to be in unfamiliar waters under the cover of darkness. This is a big no-no!

What to Expect While Kayaking at Night

kayaks prepared with moon coming up

Kayaking under the stars and moonlight can be a surreal experience and one of the best things I’ve ever experienced. The sound of the water against the boat, the cool breeze, and the peacefulness of nature are a few things that make kayaking at night something you’ll never forget.

As you start kayaking in the dark, the water can look different than it does during the day. Due to the lack of light, the water appears to be darker than usual, and it can be challenging to see what’s ahead. It’s always good to have a partner kayaking with you and avoid going too far from shore.

How to Prepare for Night Time Kayaking

Preparing for kayaking at night is essential to have an enjoyable experience.

Start by checking if it’s legal to kayak at night in the area you’re planning to visit. Some places may have restrictions or require permits and fees.

Next, make sure your kayak is in good condition and that you’re comfortable with the boat’s handling. Practice kayaking during the daytime in the same waters you plan to kayak at night to get a feel for the conditions.

Lastly, bring food, water, extra clothes, a first-aid kit, and a charged phone in case of emergencies.

The Benefits of Kayaking at Night

kayaking after sunset into the night

There are a couple of awesome benefits of kayaking at night!

For one, it’s a perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and unwind from everyday stress. It’s also a unique opportunity to experience nature after dark where you may spot fireflies, bats, and other nocturnal creatures.

Kayaking at night is also a great way to stargaze and appreciate the beauty of the night sky and lastly, it’s quiet! Nothing but the opportunity to hear conversations between nature’s creatures.

The Dangers of Kayaking at Night

While kayaking at night is enjoyable, it also comes with several dangers.

Apart from the risk of running into sharp rocks or marine life, you may find yourself in dangerous waters due to the darkness and lack of visibility.

Being too far from shore can be very disorienting and a strong wind or tide can quickly take you out to sea. Lastly, if you’re unfamiliar with the area’s currents and weather patterns, kayaking at night can be treacherous.

Is It Legal to Kayak at Night?

The legality of kayaking at night depends on the area you’re visiting. In some places, it may be allowed without restrictions and other areas may require permits or fees.

It’s always best to check with your local park or wildlife department before heading out in the dark to make sure that you are following all legal regulations and safety protocols.

Kayaks and canoes do fall under vessels under oars from Rule 25 – Sailing Vessels Underway and Vessels Under Oars listed by the US Coast Guard states: “A vessel under oars may exhibit the lights prescribed in this rule for sailing vessels, but if she does not, she shall exhibit an all around white light or have ready at hand an electric torch or lighted lantern showing a white light which shall be exhibited in sufficient time to prevent collision.”

This means you need to have proper lighting for your kayak if you’re going night kayaking.

Do You Need a Light on a Kayak?

Yes, you definitely need a light on your kayak if you plan to do this at night.

As I mentioned before, having the right lighting system is critical for safety and legality when kayaking at night. Many light systems are available specifically designed for kayaks so you can easily find one that fits your needs.

Look for a light system that is waterproof, durable, and bright enough to let other boats see you from a distance. Make sure the lights are securely attached to your kayak so they don’t get lost in the water.

This is one thing you want to do well to fully enjoy your night trip on the water.

Can You Kayak at Night in California?

Yes, kayaking at night is allowed in California with restrictions.

You must have navigational lights on the boat and you should stay close enough to shore so that you can be seen by other boats.

Also, note that it is illegal to operate a motorboat between sunset and sunrise which means motorized crafts are off limits.

It’s a good idea to check with your local park or wildlife department to see if there are any additional regulations in the area you plan to visit.

Is it Legal to Kayak at Night in Florida?

Yes, kayaking at night is allowed in Florida with some restrictions. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, you must have navigational lights on the boat if it is used outside of a designated swimming area between sunset and sunrise.

If your kayak is wider than 16 feet, you will also need to display a white light visible from a distance of 2 miles.

Be sure to check with your local park or wildlife department to see if there are any additional regulations in the area you plan to visit.

Can You Kayak at Night in New York?

Yes, kayaking at night is allowed in New York with some restrictions. In general, you must have navigational lights on the boat if it is used outside of a designated swimming area between sunset and sunrise.

Paddlers should carry and wear personal flotation devices and make sure to bring a charged phone in case of emergencies.

I cannot stress this enough: check with your local park or wildlife department to see if there are any additional regulations in the area you plan to visit.


In conclusion, kayaking at night can be a great experience but it’s crucial to practice safety and prepare well in advance. It’s definitely not something to take lightly and should be attempted only by experienced kayakers.

Nevertheless, kayaking at night allows you to experience nature in a way you can’t during the daytime.

Are There 3 Person Kayaks?

As a beginner, you may be wondering if there are kayaks that can accommodate three people at a time. The answer is, hell yes, there are 3 person kayaks! So pack up your sandwiches and gear because you and the hubby and your dog can all now take a fun trip on a kayak, all together, all at once!

In this article, I break down what exactly are 3 person kayaks, my most highly tested and recommended 3 person kayaks, the benefits of using them, and so much more. Let’s explore this badass option for your family.

What are 3 Person Kayaks?

As the name suggests, 3 person kayaks, are kayaks designed to seat three individuals. These kayaks are much larger in size and are best suited for families and groups of friends who want to kayak together.

3 person kayaks come in two types: sit-on-top and sit-in kayaks. Sit-on-top kayaks are designed to have an open top and allow kayakers to easily climb on and off.

On the other hand, sit-in kayaks, allow people to sit inside the kayak and offer greater speed and stability but can feel a bit tricky to get into for beginners.

Benefits of Using 3 Person Kayaks

One of the biggest advantages of using a 3 person kayak is the ability to share the experience with others. This is particularly true for families with children or groups of friends who want to have a fun day hanging out and kayaking together.

The good news is that 3 person kayaks are more stable than smaller kayaks and can handle rough waters with ease. They are also slower making them ideal for leisurely paddling and sightseeing.

Highly Recommended 3 Person Kayaks on the Market

There are several 3 person kayaks available on the market and choosing the right one can be quite challenging.

There aren’t as many 3 person kayaks available as there are tandem options, but the 5 I am recommending below are because they were comfortable to ride in and that’s #1 in my book. Second, they were easy to navigate the water in and had decent storage space.

Here is the top 5 list of the best 3 person kayaks available:

1. Ocean Kayak Malibu

This kayak is designed for family fun and features adjustable seats that can be moved around as well as comfortable footrests.

2. Intex Explorer K2

This kayak is perfect for explorations on flatwater and features an inflatable design that makes it easy to transport and store.

3. Sevylor Big Basin

This kayak is designed with heavy-duty PVC for added durability and comes with a double-lock valve for easy inflation.

3. Lifetime 10 Foot Tandem

This kayak is designed to accommodate two adults and one child and features three adjustable backrests for comfortable paddling.

4. BKC UH-TK181

This kayak is designed with two adjustable seats and can accommodate up to three people. It also comes with a storage hatch for additional gear.

5. Perception Pescador Pro 12T Angler

This kayak is designed for fishing and features two adjustable seats and a large rear tank well for storing your catch.

How Much Weight Can these Big Kayaks Hold?

Most 3 people kayaks can hold up to 700 pounds.

However, it is important to check the weight capacity of the specific kayak you are considering buying. You should also factor in your own body weight and the weight of any gear or supplies you plan on bringing along for your adventure.

Can You Put 4 People in a 3 Person Kayak?

No, I do not recommended to put more than three people in a 3 person kayak or canoe. Doing so would exceed the weight capacity of the vessel and can be unsafe.

It is also important to remember that larger vessels are harder to maneuver because of their size and weight. If you need a vessel that can accommodate four people, a larger canoe or kayak should be considered.

Where Should the Heaviest Person Sit in a 3 Person Kayak?

The heaviest person should typically sit in the middle of the kayak to balance the center of gravity and to keep the boat stable in the water.

Also, while it is important to have even weight distribution, if one person is significantly heavier than the others, they should be seated in the center for safety reasons.

Can You Use a 3 Person Kayak Alone?

Yes, it is possible to use a 3 person kayak alone. However, you should be aware that the kayak will not be as stable and may be more difficult to maneuver since it was designed for multiple people.

When using a 3 person kayak alone, I recommend you to wear a life jacket at all times and be aware of the weather.


a family kayaking and posing for a pic together

While kayaking can be a solo activity, it can also be a fun and exciting way to bond with family and friends. 3 person kayaks offer a unique opportunity for group kayaking and allow for experiences that cannot be duplicated in a solo kayak.

With careful consideration and research, finding the perfect 3 person kayak is simple. Always remember to put safety first, and have fun on your kayaking adventure.

What Size Kayak Do I Need?

Choosing the right size kayak is essential for a comfortable and enjoyable paddling experience. The type of kayaking that you plan on doing will determine what size boat you need. Kayaks come in different sizes, from small recreational models to large touring ones.

Before you make your purchase, it’s important to understand which size kayak will be best suited for your activity and body type.  I’ve made the mistake of buying a kayak without realizing that I needed a lot more room for the activities I wanted to have fun with and as a result, I ended up selling it within a few months. Don’t make the mistake I did!

What Size Kayak Should You Get?

two different types of kayaks side by side

Before you make up your mind on what kayak you should get, there are a few things you need to consider to figure out what size will work for you.

Let’s chat a bit more about your individual factors:

#1. Consider Your Weight, Height, And Experience Level

It’s important to know your height, weight, and experience level in order to choose the best sized kayak for you.

If you are just starting out paddling, it’s a good idea to purchase a sit-on-top or recreational kayak rather than a sit-in sea or touring kayak because recreational and sit-on-top kayaks are generally easier to get into and out of with less effort.

If you are more than 6 feet tall, you may want to look at longer boats which will provide extra leg room. On the other hand, if you’re shorter, then shorter boats with low decks might be more suitable.

The width of the boat can also make a difference in how stable it is on the water; wider boats are usually more stable, while narrower ones are faster but require more skill to control them. I personally prefer stable kayaks over faster one so consider that in choosing the size of your kayak.

Your weight is also an important factor when choosing the right size kayak. Heavier people will need larger and heavier kayaks that can hold their weight in rough waters, whereas lighter individuals may be fine with lighter models.

While most recreational boats can accommodate up to 250 pounds, for heavier users, it is advised that they look at specialty kayaks which can support their bodyweight without capsizing or feeling unbalanced in the water. Measure the cockpit and leg space to make sure you can fit in the kayak comfortably.

Finally, take into account your experience level as well when picking out the right size kayak for yourself. Beginners should look for short recreational models that are designed specifically for novice paddlers. More experienced users could possibly get away with longer designs made for speedier maneuvers in slightly rougher waters.

Making sure you pick out the proper sized boat based on your height, weight, and experience level will help ensure that your time spent on the water is enjoyable rather than uncomfortable and unsafe.

#2. Decide Where You’ll Be Kayaking

where will you be kayaking

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, determining which size kayak you’ll need could be more easily determined by how and where you plan to use it.

If you’re looking for a kayak to use for a relaxing day of fishing, then a longer, wider vessel may be the way to go. These models are designed with stability and storage space in mind, allowing you to bring along all your gear while staying steady on the water. This would be especially helpful for ocean fishing.

Those looking to tackle whitewater rapids or ocean swells should opt for sturdier models equipped with features such as extra floatation devices (flotation bags) that help the craft stay afloat in rougher conditions.

If you plan on taking multiple trips or need something that can transport more than one person at once, consider a tandem model that accommodates two or three paddlers.

If you plan on spending extended periods of time out on the water, opt for larger recreational models with more storage capacity and other amenities like rod holders and cupholders. These vessels are typically longer and wider than touring kayaks but are also perfect for camping trips or weekend getaways that require plenty of gear.

#3. Consider Storage Space And Accessories

consider storage space

I cannot preach this enough: when choosing the right kayak for your next adventure, storage space and accessories are two of the most important factors to consider!

For example, if you plan on taking along a lot of supplies such as camping gear or fishing equipment, then opting for a larger kayak with ample storage capacity is essential. Many larger models come with extra compartments, hatches, and cargo straps that make it easy to store away additional items without having to use up valuable real estate in the cockpit or bow.

The type of accessories you plan on bringing along will also determine what size kayak you should get. If you want to bring along specialized equipment such as rod holders, tackle boxes or camping supplies, then a model with multiple mounting points would be ideal.

However, if these items are not necessary for your trip, then a more basic design could still be suitable.

#4. Research Online Reviews and Test It Out

a bigger couple kayaking together comfortably

Reading online reviews (or my reviews right here!) before buying the right sized kayak is important for your safety and enjoyment. A kayak that is too small will be very uncomfortable to sit in for more than a few minutes, will provide less stability on the water, or even be unstable in heavy waves or currents.

Conversely, a kayak that is too large can also make it difficult to maneuver and can take longer to reach speed.

Reviews of different sizes and types of kayaks from experienced paddlers can help you make an informed decision when selecting the best size for your needs.

Additionally, reading reviews can help you find features such as storage size or capacity so that you are fully prepared before hitting the water. With proper preparation and research, choosing the right sized kayak will ensure enjoyable experiences every time!

#5. Don’t Forget Safety Gear

a family kayaking and posing for a pic together

Safety gear is an essential component of kayaking. Not only will it help protect you and other people in the water, but it will also help to provide some peace of mind in case there’s an emergency . Wearing a life jacket, helmet, and other protective clothing or equipment can make a world of difference in the event of an emergency.

Life jackets are important because they provide buoyancy and keep kayakers afloat should they become unconscious or unable to swim due to fatigue or injury. A properly-fitted life jacket should be comfortable while allowing for full range of motion, as well as being approved by the U.S. Coast Guard or a relevant authority in your country.

In addition, it’s important for kayakers to wear protective clothing such as helmets, wetsuits, drysuits, impact vests, flotation jacket, or neoprene shorts and shirts when out on the water. This clothing not only provides warmth but also helps guard against abrasions and lacerations in case of accidents or falls in rough waters.

Finally, having other safety equipment on hand such as first aid kits, flares, radios and GPS devices can give kayakers extra protection when out on the water alone or with companions who may not have experience with boating regulations and safety protocols.

Overall, safety gear is critical for any type of activity involving being near open bodies of water like lakes and oceans, particularly when participating in high-risk activities like whitewater rapids or long-distance sea voyages.

The point I’m making here is that you should make sure you take safety equipment storage into consideration when deciding what size kayak to get.

What Is The Best Size Kayak For A Beginner?

The best size kayak for a beginner is one that suits their individual needs. In general, this includes a width of around 28-30 inches and a length of 8-10 feet.

These dimensions provide enough space for the paddler to move around with ease while not being too large or cumbersome, making it easier to control the kayak in the water.

For those looking for a little extra stability, wider kayaks are available with widths up to 34 inches as well.

Is a 10 ft Kayak Big Enough for a 6ft Person?

Yes, a 10 ft kayak is big enough for a 6ft person. However, it is important to consider the width of the kayak as well since this will affect how much room there is for your legs and feet.

A 28-30 inch wide kayak should be suitable for most paddlers measuring 6ft or less. However, if you want more room for your feet and legs or require extra stability, we recommend choosing a kayak with a width of 34 inches or greater.

Can a 300 Pound Person Fit in a Kayak?

Yes, a 300 pound person can fit in a kayak. I have plenty of friends who are in the 300-400 pound range who I have taken out on kayaking trips. However, it is important to choose a kayak that is large enough and has the capacity to safely support your weight.

With larger recreational or touring kayaks, they range from 12-16 feet in length with widths of 30 inches or more should provide enough room and stability for paddlers up to 300 pounds.

However, I recommend speaking with a kayak expert before making a purchase as they will be able to provide the best advice based on your individual needs.

In Summary

Choosing the right size kayak is an important step in ensuring a safe and enjoyable paddling experience. The best way to select the perfect fit for you is by taking into account your body type, skill level, and intended use of the kayak.

How to Transport a Kayak Without a Roof Rack – Multiple Methods

It may seem like an impossible task to transport your kayak without a roof rack but there’s actually a variety of ways in which to do it.

Roof racks can be expensive, take time to install, and aren’t that easy to remove when you aren’t able to kayak for a while. You should be able to get your kayak from point A to point B without too much of a problem with the solutions provided below.

Transporting a Kayak in a Car Without a Roof Rack

Well, what’s one to do without a roof rack? For the longest time, I only had my inflatable kayak because I couldn’t invest in a real roof rack. However, over the years, I learned how to construct a DIY roof rock; but if not, there are a couple other options here to go through:

#1: Buy an Inflatable Roof Rack

Inflatable roof racks are easier to install and take off when you’re not kayaking. However, they can’t carry kayaks as heavy as the steel racks can and you have to pump them up beforehand. You must have a four-door car and it will carry one kayak. The components are included and contain anchor rings and buckles, both resistant to corrosion and rust.

#2: Do It Yourself Roof Rack

Building a do-it-yourself kayak roof rack for your car is a relatively easy and affordable way to transport your boat. With some basic supplies, you can easily build a custom roof rack that fits your car’s make and model.

Before beginning, there are a few things to consider. First, you’ll need to measure the length of your kayak in order to determine the size of the roof rack needed. This will also help you decide how many crossbars and supports you’ll need. Additionally, consider the weight of your boat when selecting materials for your roof rack.

Next, gather the necessary supplies. A few common items that can be used to construct a roof rack include: screws or nails, rope or bungee cords, drill bits, drill machine, and paint or sealant (for protection against weather). If desired, you can also purchase pre-cut pieces such as crossbars from your local home improvement store.

#3. Put It In The Backseat

If you don’t want to buy any special equipment for transporting your kayak, there’s the option of putting it in the back seat of your car or SUV.

Just make sure to strap it down with bungee cords or other straps, and make sure it doesn’t block your view of traffic or pose a danger to others. It would have to be a smaller kayak or if you have a inflatable or folding kayak, you can just put that back there without holding it down.

#4. Use Car Trailer

For those who can’t transport their kayaks on top of their car, there’s always the choice of using a trailer that comes with a hitch ball mount. If you don’t want to purchase a trailer, you can use a utility trailer that you already have and modify it for this purpose.

Check to see if there’s rules in your state for registering your trailer. Also consider that if there are no rules for it in your state, there could be rules in another state if you wanted to cross state lines with your kayak.

Alternatives to Using Your Car

If you don’t have access to a car, there are still some ways to get your kayak from point A to point B, hopefully point B being a very serene lake or a scenic river. Let’s consider other options:

#1. Load It Into The Back Of A Pickup Truck

Call up a friend who is generous and owns a truck 😉

It should be fairly simple to transport your kayak on a pickup truck but you should take the necessary precautions first. You should measure the size of your kayak to compare it with the bed size of your truck just to make sure there will be enough room for it before you start loading it on.

Also, make a note of how high your truck is and how much extra effort will be involved if you have to lift the kayak high. You won’t be able to do much with pulled muscles, so be careful with this step.

You can purchase foam blocks to go underneath the kayak so that it doesn’t move around and get damaged on the way to your destination. Make sure it’s not heavier on one side of the truck to avoid any kind of trouble down the road.

If you don’t have any foam blocks, make sure to tie your kayak down with straps or bungee cords. You’ll also want to use a truck where the back door folds down so that you can load and unload the kayak easily. Drive cautiously, avoid sudden turns, and don’t brake too fast to avoid some serious damage to both the kayak and the truck.

I think trucks are even better for kayak transportation than cars because they can carry heavy items easily and you can also take extra equipment and supplies with you.

#2. Load Your Kayak on Your Bike Trailer

You can pull your kayak along with you while you’re biking to your destination with a bike trailer.

The most popular one used is called the Dumb Stick, made of a material that is strong and won’t rust. It attaches to your bike right under the seat and extends out to lift up the front of the kayak that’s on a portage cart.

It only weighs 3 pounds, so the bar itself won’t add a lot of weight and drag when you’re pedaling around.

#3. Carry It Yourself

There’s always the option of carrying your kayak to the water if you’re close enough already or you can drive to get close enough, depending on the weight of it and your physical fitness level.

The best kayak for this occasion, especially if you can’t lift too much weight, would be an inflatable one that can fit in a backpack.

There’s also the folding kayaks like Oru and Tucktec, each made with thin sheets of plastic. They can be folded into backpacks or sacks with straps to hold them on your shoulder. There are others made of different materials, but they are also heavier, so you’ll need to take that into consideration.

Why You Might Want to Use These Alternatives Instead of a Roof Rack

Depending on the quality, metal roof racks can cost up to $750 or higher. They can also be hard to install and to see which one is compatible with your car. They are a more permanent fixture because they’re more time-consuming to remove when you’re not using your kayak.

Final Thoughts

I’ve discussed all the options you have to transport your kayak without a roof rack! You can also consider other alternatives (like using a truck or your bike) which should save you tons of money.

These are the alternatives to roof racks for transporting your kayak, from using a backpack to putting your kayak on a car trailer or truck. It all depends on how many kayaks you need to transport at one time, how much you want to spend, and how easy it would be to transport the boats with these methods.

How Much Does a Kayak Weigh?

Kayaks come in so many freakin’ shapes, sizes, and weights that it can be confusing to know which one you want or things to consider if you’re a beginner.

An important part of purchasing a kayak is knowing how much it will weigh so that you can think about how you will transport it and what weight will be good for the type of water activity you’ll be engaged in the most.

Also, what your kayak is made of and how big it is will determine how much it weighs. Let’s have a looksie.

How Much Do Kayaks Weigh?

Generally, the more features and material a kayak has, the heavier it will be. I own an inflatable kayak, a 3 person kayak, and a fishing kayak, each one suiting whatever plans I have!

Inflatable kayaks are usually lightest but also the least stable and require frequent maintenance. Recreational plastic kayaks weigh somewhere around 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg), while ultra-lightweight plastic models can come in at under 30 pounds (13.6 kg).

Sit-on-top kayaks can weigh anywhere from 40 to 70 pounds (18–32 kg).

Fiberglass and composite kayaks are designed for speed, agility, and stability but also come with a higher price tag. Generally, they weigh between 50–100 pounds (22–45 kg), depending on the construction and style.

Touring kayaks are designed for longer trips but also more stability in choppy waters. Typically, they weigh between 50–90 pounds (22–41 kg).

It’s important to keep in mind that these weight estimates are rough guidelines only. Different models can vary significantly according to size, construction, and features so to understand how these factors can affect the weight of a kayak, let’s learn through some details.

3 Main Factors that Affect the Weight of a Kayak

When it comes to how heavy or light a kayak is, it boils down to three main factors:

Factor #1: Materials

Kayaks are made with different materials that can be either hard or soft.

For instance, inflatables will weigh the least, under 20 pounds, and will be the easiest to transport. In comparison, rotomolded or polyethylene kayaks are the heaviest, made with the toughest materials and can weigh up to over 100 pounds, making them the hardest to transport.

In between would be the fiberglass (composite), kevlar (composite), carbon fiber (composite), thermoform (a plastic that is between polyethylene and composite), wood, polycarbonate (clear kayaks), and folding kayaks (polyurethane, pvc, or nitrylon). Hopefully, now you get the idea about how many types of materials a kayak can be made with and how much those can affect the weight.

Folding and inflatable kayaks are made of lightweight materials, so although they would be extremely easy to transport and store, they would also be more prone to damage in the water. These types of kayaks would be better suited for days on the lake or pond.

Factor #2: Size

a family enjoying their sit-on-kayak

*Coughcough* So, in this case, size truly does matter!

This is another factor that will determine the weight of the kayak. Longer kayaks usually weigh more than shorter ones but are definitely better for cruising and have more room for storage.

However, it all depends on the depth of the cockpit, the number of seats, how much weight it can hold, and the accessories that may come with the kayak.

Factor #3: Purpose

kayaking in the ocean

Lastly, you should consider the purpose of your kayak.

If it’s just for fun during vacation, sit-on-tops are often used and are lighter than touring or racing kayaks since they don’t have as many features or need for a lot of storage. They usually weigh 10-40 pounds, depending on the size.

Touring or tandem kayaks, designed for longer stays on the water, can weigh up to 75 or more pounds and be equipped with rudders or skegs. Mid-range racing kayaks are small but heavy, weighing between 25-75 pounds or more; it’s best to have a more sturdy kayak for rapids in case you hit any rocks or other debris.

Things to Consider

The weight of a kayak does matter, especially when it comes to portability and maneuverability. Generally speaking, lighter kayaks are faster and easier to paddle and therefore are more popular for recreational use. However, heavier kayaks tend to be more durable and stable than their lighter counterparts, making them the ideal choice for ocean touring or whitewater kayaking.

a bigger couple kayaking together comfortably

A lightweight kayak is typically better suited for shorter distances in calmer water environments such as lakes and slow-moving rivers. This is because a light kayak will be easier to handle and transport. On the other hand, a heavier kayak is better suited for longer journeys on open oceans or fighting against strong currents which can cause instability in a lighter craft.

While many modern day kayaks are constructed with advanced materials that make weight less of an issue, there are still some advantages that come from having a heavier boat such as increased directional stability or greater capacity for cargo storage.

Ultimately when choosing a kayak based on its weight, consider your intended use first before making a purchase decision or investing in modifications.

How Much does a 10 foot kayak weigh?

A 10 foot kayak can weigh anywhere from 20 pounds to 80 pounds, depending on the type of material it is made out of and whether it is a single or tandem kayak.

How Much Does a Two Person Kayak Weight?

A two person kayak can weigh anywhere from 40 pounds to 120 pounds, depending on the material it is made out of and the accessories it comes with. An inflatable two person kayak will weigh much lighter than a 2 person rotomolded kayak.

How Much Do Fishing Kayaks Weigh?

Fishing kayaks are typically lightweight and easy to maneuver, making them perfect for exploring tight waterways and narrow inlets where certain fish may hide out. On average, these kayaks can weigh anywhere from 25 to 80 pounds, depending on the style and size of the vessel.

Angler kayaks made from composite materials such as fiberglass can be even heavier, weighing up to 100 pounds when fully loaded with gear. However, most anglers will opt for lighter models made from rotomolded polyethylene because they are easier to transport and handle.

Lighter fishing kayaks also provide better agility and tracking in the water, making them awesome for anglers who want maximum performance on the water.

Are Lighter Kayaks Better Than Heavier Ones?

Lightweight kayaks can provide a variety of advantages for paddlers depending on their specific needs. For instance, if portability and ease of transporting are your top priorities, then lightweight kayaks will be the better choice.

Additionally, the lighter kayaks make them more manageable for solo paddlers who may find it difficult or strenuous to maneuver heavier kayaks. This goes for people with disabilities, seniors or children.

touring kayak by Point 65

Now, this is something to really consider depending on your experience and skill level: lighter kayaks tend to be more responsive and agile in the water. This is due to their reduced weight and size, allowing them to move through the water with greater speed and precision.

On the other hand, heavier models often offer greater stability which can be beneficial for those just starting out in this sport, as well as those navigating rougher bodies of water where the additional buoyancy can make a difference in safety and comfort levels.

When it comes to choosing between a lightweight or heavier model of kayak, there is no definitive answer since each individual’s preferences and needs are unique. However, it’s important to consider all of your requirements before opting for either of these types of kayaks in order to ensure you have an enjoyable experience on the water.


The weight of a kayak will be determined by the material it’s made of, the type of kayak it is (tandem, touring, fishing, racing, etc.), and its size. For those who want to carry a very light boat and only spend time on a lake or pond, then an inflatable would probably be best.

Larger, heavier models are designed to hold more people, equipment, or storage like fishing, tandem or touring types. Mid-sized but heavier would be great for rapids or the ocean.

I have kayaks of different kinds, hence, various weights, depending on the occasion. Hopefully this knowledge will help you determine how heavy your kayak should be for your next water adventure.