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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What to Wear Kayaking in 60 Degrees?

Kayaking is near and dear to my heart (after all, this whole site is a labor of love) but if you’re kayaking in 60 degree weather, you’re not just worrying about the air temperature but also what temperature the water is.

When the temperature is chilly, it’s essential to dress appropriately to ensure you remain comfortable and safe during your kayaking adventure. I learned this lesson quickly when I went out kayaking in the winter months right here in San Diego. Never again, brrr!

What to Wear Kayaking in Crisp, 60 Degree Weather

This article is the ultimate guide to dressing right as you hit the crisp 60 degree waters!

#1. Start with a Wetsuit or a Drysuit

rain coming down unexpectedly while kayaking on the ocean

Wetsuits are an excellent choice for kayaking in cold water. They not only keep you warm but also protect you from abrasions in water. A full wetsuit, booties, and gloves work perfectly for cold water kayaking. If you don’t have a wetsuit, you can rent one from a local kayak outfitter.

Alternatively, I suggest you opt for a drysuit which would be a better option. A drysuit keeps water from entering your clothing and is designed to help maintain body temperature in cold weather.

It usually comes with waterproof gaskets at the wrists and neck and thick latex socks to keep your feet warm. However, bear in mind that drysuits are more expensive than wetsuits.

#2. Layer Up

Layering is essential when going for kayaking in low temperatures. Different layers help create a buffer between your body and the elements outside.

Start with thermal underwear, then add a mid-layer like a fleece. A waterproof jacket or a dry suit, as mentioned earlier, is also an excellent option for an outer layer.

#3. Footwear

Ohhh, this is a tough one. The first time I didn’t take this advice to heart and laughed it off was the only time I didn’t wear proper footwear while out on a kayak in 60 degree temperature!

Cold temperatures can make your feet numb which can affect your balance on the kayak. To prevent this, ensure you wear warm socks and waterproof shoes or boots to keep your feet dry. Wet feet can lead to hypothermia, so it’s essential to keep them dry.

#4. Headgear and Gloves

Kayaking in cold weather means your extremities like your ears and hands are highly vulnerable to the cold. Wearing a beanie or a balaclava will keep your ears warm.

Lastly, gloves or mittens will keep your fingers warm, enabling you to grip the paddle comfortably.

#5. Choose Synthetic Fabrics

If you don’t have a wetsuit or a drysuit, synthetic fabrics can help keep you warm and dry while kayaking in cold weather.

Avoid cotton as it retains moisture, making it harder for you to retain heat. Dry clothes are more comfortable and will help keep you warm while you paddle.

#6. Gloves

Choose materials that provide insulation without bulkiness. Wool is a great choice as it keeps you warm even when wet, so it’s ideal if you’re likely to be splashed in cold water while kayaking.

Is It Safe to Kayak in 60 Degree Water?

Yes, it is safe to kayak in 60-degree water provided that you are equipped with the appropriate gear and follow safety guidelines.

Frankly, hypothermia is a huge concern in such conditions if you are not properly dressed, but with the right layers, a wetsuit or drysuit, and sensible precautions, you can comfortably and safely enjoy kayaking.

I always strongly suggest to check the weather conditions before you set out and ensure you have all the necessary equipment. Safety should be a priority when kayaking, regardless of the temperature, but due to the serious concern of hypothermia, sa

Is 65 Too Cold to Kayak?

No, 65 is not too cold to kayak. However, as with any water activity, it’s crucial to dress appropriately.

In this temperature range, it may be comfortable to wear lighter layers but it’s crucial to have a drysuit or wetsuit on especially if the water is cooler.

Remember this part: it’s not just the air temperature you need to consider, but also the water temperature and wind chill. Always prioritize safety and ensure you’re well-prepared before heading out on your kayaking adventure.

Is It Safe to Wear Shorts in 60 Degree Weather?

While it’s not unsafe to wear shorts in 60-degree weather, your comfort level will greatly depend on your tolerance to the cold and the type of activity you’re participating in.

In the context of kayaking, however, wearing shorts might not be the best choice. Even if the air temperature feels comfortable, the water temperature can be much colder.

Getting wet from paddling or from water splashes could potentially lead to hypothermia if not appropriately dressed.

That’s why I strongly advise to take a wet or dry suit into consideration: it’s easy to get super cold once cold water gets on you or you fall into the water by mistake.


There you go: these are all the tips I have you to dress well and to be prepared for kayaking in 60-65 degree weather.

With the right apparel, you can surely make your kayaking experience enjoyable and fun! And with the wrong apparel, a kayaking trip can turn dangerous in a moment’s notice, so please go well prepared and well dressed!

Are Fishing Kayaks Stable?

If you’re new to the world of kayak fishing, you may be wondering if fishing kayaks are stable enough to be safe out on the water.

Perhaps you love fishing and are wondering if fishing from a kayak is safe. Having owned a couple fishing kayaks over the years, I can share a lot about these kayaks and give you a good perspective on them.

So, let’s get things started!

Are Fishing Kayaks Safe and Stable?

Yes, fishing kayaks are generally stable enough to keep you safe while you fish.

However, there are several factors that determine just how stable a fishing kayak will be.

Factor #1: Width of Kayak

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For example, the most important factor is the width of the kayak. The wider the kayak, the more stable it will be. Fishing kayaks are typically wider than other types of kayaks which is one of the reasons they are so popular among anglers.

Factor #2: Hull Design

Another factor that contributes to the stability of a fishing kayak is the design of the hull. Some kayaks have a flat bottom, while others have a V-shaped bottom that provides more stability.

The ones that I love and prefer have a pontoon-style hull which provides even more stability and makes them ideal for standing up and casting.

Factor #3: Size and Weight Capacity

Pescador In Action

I know from experience that the size and weight capacity of a fishing kayak also play a role in its stability.

If you’re a larger person or plan to carry a lot of gear with you while fishing, you’ll want to choose a kayak with a high weight capacity and larger size. This will ensure that the kayak remains stable even with extra weight on board.

Factor #4: Usage

Finally, the way you use the kayak can also impact its stability.

If you’re a beginner, I suggest you take your time and start out slow and steady. Don’t try to move around too quickly, and avoid sudden movements that could cause the kayak to tip over.

As you become more experienced, you can start to experiment with more advanced techniques and movements, but always prioritize safety first.

Do Fishing Kayaks Tip Easily?

The common concern about fishing kayaks tipping over is largely based on misconceptions. In fact, fishing kayaks are designed with stability in mind and do not easily tip over if used correctly.

As a rule of thumb, the wider the kayak, the harder it is to tip over. As explained earlier, this is because a wider kayak distributes the weight over a larger area, resulting in increased buoyancy and stability.

However, it’s important to note that no kayak is completely immune to tipping. Sudden, sharp movements, or standing up without proper balance may compromise the stability of the kayak.

Also, take into consideration water conditions: water conditions can significantly affect the kayak’s stability. Rough waters, waves, or strong currents can increase the risk of tipping. This is why I strongly suggest that you gain experience in calmer waters before tackling more challenging environments.

Are Fishing Kayaks More Stable than Canoes?

When it comes to stability, fishing kayaks and canoes both have their advantages.

Fishing kayaks are usually designed with wider hulls for better balance on the water, making them ideal for those who enjoy a serene, stable fishing experience. They also tend to sit lower in the water which can reduce the center of gravity and increase stability.

Now on the other hand, canoes can offer a larger area for movement and are more accommodating of additional gear or a second person. This can make them feel more stable, especially when paddling in calm waters.

But canoes do sit higher in the water and may feel less stable in rougher conditions.

They’re both very stable options but I prefer fishing kayaks over canoes because they are easier to paddle and I like that they are lower in the water.

Are Fishing Kayaks Hard to Flip?


In my humble experience, fishing kayaks are generally designed to resist flipping but the ease or difficulty of flipping one will depend on various aspects like its design, the weight it’s carrying, the water conditions, and the behavior of the user, as I discussed above.

If you’re worried about your fishing kayak flipping, then look for a wide hull or a pontoon-style bottom. It’s much harder to flip kayaks designed with those aspects.

Again, for beginners, I recommend to start in calm waters and gradually build up to more challenging situations as confidence and skills improve. If you’re afraid of your kayak tipping, where a life jacket and buddy up with someone experienced.

Are Fishing Kayaks Harder to Paddle?

No, fishing kayaks are not inherently harder to paddle than other types of kayaks.

However, because of their wider design, which lends to stability, also results in a larger surface area in contact with the water, potentially increasing the resistance when paddling.

The difficulty in paddling can also be influenced by the weight of the gear onboard, the water current, and wind direction.

For this reason, certain fishing kayaks are outfitted with pedal systems, allowing anglers to propel themselves using their legs, freeing up their hands for fishing. This can make movement easier compared to traditional paddling.

If paddling is a concern, opt for a paddling kayak.

Last Words

I can definitely say that fishing kayaks are stable and safe enough to go out on the water. However, it’s equally important to choose a kayak that is the right size and weight capacity for your needs and to take your safety seriously.

How to Get in an Inflatable Kayak

If you’re new to the world of inflatable kayaks, it can be a little daunting figuring out how to get in.

With their buoyancy and flexibility, it can seem like you’ll never be able to get in without tipping over. The first few times I tried it with my Sea Eagle, it felt really tricky but fear not! By following these tips and tricks, you’ll be gliding along like a pro in no time.

Getting into an Inflatable Kayak

There are several ways to get into an inflatable kayak so go through each one of these, print them, and try them each a couple of times.

#1. The Island Method

When you’re ready to get in the kayak on the water, start by pulling up to a shallow area or island. Take your paddle and stick it perpendicular to the kayak, with the paddle blade resting on the shore or island.

Then use the paddle as a stabilizer to help you climb into the kayak. Place one hand on the paddle, and one hand on the kayak, and lift yourself in.

#2. The Butt Scoot

If you’re having trouble getting your legs in, try the butt scoot method. Sit down on the edge of the kayak and swing your legs inside. Then, use your hands to scoot your butt further into the kayak until you’re comfortable.

Once you’re in, reach forward and grab onto the paddle to stabilize yourself.

#3. The Swim Method

If you happen to fall out of the kayak while you’re on the water, don’t panic. The swim method is an easy way to get back in.

Start by swimming to the back of the kayak and grab onto the side.

Then, use your legs to push yourself up and onto the back of the kayak. Once you’re stabilized, swing your legs inside and sit down.

#4. Remember: Practice Makes Perfect

Before you even get to the water, take a few minutes to practice getting in and out of your kayak on land. This will help build your confidence and allow you to figure out the best way to enter the kayak.

Sit down on the ground next to your kayak, with your legs inside. Use your hands to grab onto the sides of the kayak and wiggle your way in.

Practice different angles and methods to figure out what works best for you.

#5. Be Confident and Have Fun

The most important thing when getting in an inflatable kayak is to be confident and have fun!

Don’t worry if you get a little wet or wobbly at first – everyone starts there. Inflatable kayaks are more buoyant so require more patience.

With practice and patience, you’ll soon be gliding along the water like a pro.

How Do I Get into My Inflatable Kayak from a Dock?

If you’re a beginner, I don’t advise you to get into your inflatable kayak from a dock. However, if you insist on learning, take each step slowly and keep your balance the best you can.

Getting into your inflatable kayak from a dock requires a slightly different approach. Start by placing your kayak parallel to the dock, ensuring that the dock is low enough for easy access into your kayak.

If it’s too high, you might want to look for a different launch point. Once your kayak is in position, sit down on the edge of the dock with your legs over the side and directly above the kayak.

Slowly lower yourself down into the kayak, maintaining a hold on the dock for stability. Swing your legs into the kayak one at a time, keeping your weight centered to prevent tipping. Once you’re seated comfortably, grab your paddle and push off from the dock.

How Do I Get into My Inflatable Kayak from the Beach?

Entering your inflatable kayak from a beach is fairly straightforward and super duper easy!

Begin by positioning your kayak perpendicular to the water’s edge, with the back end facing the water.

Ensure the kayak is stable, perhaps by weighting it down with your gear. Sit down at the back end of your kayak, with your legs pointing towards the bow (front).

Gradually slide yourself into the cockpit, bringing your legs inside. To avoid friction against the bottom, make sure the water is deep enough to float the kayak slightly. Finally, grab your paddle and start kayaking.

Always remember to maintain balance and move slowly to avoid tipping over.

Is It Hard to Get in and out of an inflatable kayak vs a hardshell kayak?

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Both inflatable and hardshell kayaks present their unique challenges when it comes to getting in and out.

However, due to their buoyancy and flexibility, inflatable kayaks can feel a bit unstable, especially for beginners. Their bottoms are softer, which means they can shift more under your weight as you’re trying to get in or out, potentially causing imbalance.

On the other hand, hardshell kayaks are more rigid and sturdy, providing a stable platform for entry and exit. However, they can be more challenging to climb into from water if you happen to capsize, due to their higher sides and weight.

What is the easiest spot a beginner should launch their inflatable kayak from?

For beginners, the easiest spot to launch an inflatable kayak is a sandy beach with a gentle slope and calm waters. This type of location allows for a smooth, controlled entry into the kayak, reducing the risk of tipping over.

Additionally, the soft sand can serve as a cushion in case of a fall. The gentle slope will let you gradually glide into the water once you’re seated in the kayak, while the calm waters will make your first few moments of paddling less daunting.

It’s also beneficial if the area has a shallow water depth for some distance from the shore, providing a safety net while you’re still getting the hang of balancing and maneuvering the kayak.

In Summary

Getting in an inflatable kayak may seem overwhelming at first, but with a little bit of practice and these tips and tricks, you’ll be a pro in no time.

Remember to start slowly, build your confidence, and have fun. Before you know it, you’ll be exploring new waterways and enjoying all the benefits of this versatile and exciting type of watercraft.

Being patient will go a long way here; trust me, this is coming from someone who wants to learn at the snap of a finger! If you want to learn how to get back in your kayak after you’ve fallen out, you might be interested in reading that article.

How to Get in a Kayak from Shore

Man, looking back at the first few times I got into the kayak and tried to start paddling, it brings back some hilarious memories.

The very first time I attempted this in a calm lake, I was so excited that when I pushed off and got in, the kayak flipped and well, everyone got a good laugh while I learned my first lesson.

With that said, I’ve got some solid tips to help you learn how to get in a kayak safely from the shoreline without making yourself the butt of jokes like I did the very first time I attempted this.

So, off we go paddling! PS. If you have an inflatable kayak you want to get in and out of, check out that specific article.

Tip #1: Start with a Stable Position

Before you even think about stepping into your kayak, it’s important to make sure it’s in a stable position. With an kayak, this can feel even trickier so make sure everything is ‘sturdy’.

Ideally, you’ll want to launch from a shoreline that’s flat, stable, and free of any major obstacles or obstructions that could trip you up. Take a moment to check the tide and weather conditions and make sure they’re suitable for kayaking.

Once you’ve found the perfect spot, lay your kayak parallel to the shore, and be sure to stabilize the bow and stern with rocks or sandbags if necessary and get in nice and steady.

Tip #2: Position Your Kayak Correctly

To make getting into your kayak easier, you’ll want to position it so that the cockpit (the area where you sit) is facing the water and you’re standing on the opposite side.

This will make it easier to slide into the cockpit and situate yourself properly once you’re seated. You can use the side of the kayak or the backrest for support as you sit down and it’s very important to take your time here and get comfortable.

Tip #3: Step into the Kayak Carefully

When you’re ready to step into the kayak, keep one foot on the shore and use the other foot to carefully step into the cockpit. You can use your hands for support by gripping the sides of the kayak or the cockpit rim.

Once you’re seated, slowly slide your feet into the cockpit and adjust your body weight until you feel comfortable and stable.

Tip #4: Launch from Deep Water

After you’re situated comfortably and securely in your kayak, it’s time to launch into deeper water.

Use your paddle to push off from the shore, and start paddling once you’re in deep enough to avoid running aground or hitting any obstacles.

Tip #5: Practice and Be Patience

Learning how to get into a kayak from the shore and launch with confidence takes practice and patience.

Don’t hesitate to ask for help from a more experienced kayaker or even take a class or guided tour to learn more.

With time and experience, you’ll master the techniques and be able to launch your kayak like a pro. Took me a dozen times before I could do it super easily but most people take to it within a handful of times.

How Do You Get into a Kayak From a Pier?

tired woman napping in her kayak

Getting into an kayak from a pier requires slightly different techniques compared to launching from the shoreline.

  1. Lowering the Kayak: Depending on the height of the pier, you may need to lower your kayak into the water using a rope. Make sure the kayak floats parallel to the pier and is secure before attempting to get in.
  2. Mounting the Kayak: Sit on the edge of the pier, swinging your legs over the side. Reach out and steady the kayak using the ropes or handles. Slowly lower yourself into the kayak, one leg at a time, maintaining your hold on the pier for balance.
  3. Positioning: Once seated, adjust your position and get comfortable. Ensure your feet are correctly placed on the footpegs and your back is against the seat before you let go of the pier.
  4. Pushing off: Lastly, use your paddle to gently push off from the pier and start your kayaking journey.

It sounds complicated but it isn’t. Make sure to take your time here and that you feel balanced and safe getting in.

What is the Easiest Place to Get into a Kayak as a Beginner?

For beginners, the easiest place to get into a kayak is a calm and shallow body of water, preferably a small lake or pond. Even then, be steady and careful as I didn’t have a good core so it was hard for me to get in and balance myself. Most people do great in calm water.

These water bodies typically have little to no current, which makes it easier to maintain control of the kayak while you get in. Also, a sandy or pebbly shoreline is preferable over a steep or rocky one, as it provides a stable surface for launching. It’s also a good idea to practice near a dock or pier where you can easily get help if needed.

How do Seniors Get in and Out of a Kayak?

a bigger couple kayaking together comfortably

For seniors, getting in and out of a kayak can be a bit more challenging, but with the right approach, it can be done safely and comfortably.

  1. Support: First, it’s vital to have a sturdy support like a dock or a helper nearby. This support will provide stability as you get in and out of the kayak.
  2. Use of Kayak Dock: A kayak dock with a low step is ideal, allowing seniors to step directly into the kayak without having to lower themselves too far. These docks often have assist bars that can be held onto for additional support.
  3. Dry Launch: If using a shoreline, a dry launch site, where the kayak can be placed on a level surface and slid into the water once the paddler is seated, is beneficial.
  4. Kayak Entry and Exit Aid: There are tools available like the kayak entry and exit aid, a device that hooks onto the side of the kayak and provides a sturdy handle to hold onto.
  5. Sit-On-Top Kayaks: Elderly individuals may find sit-on-top kayaks to be easier to access than sit-in models. These kayaks can be stepped into rather than having to lower oneself into a cockpit.
  6. Assistance: Lastly, having a companion to help steady the kayak and offer a hand when needed can be invaluable.

In Summary

If you’re a beginner, getting in and out of a kayak can seem like a daunting, difficult task. However, the more you practice, the more your confidence will develop and you’ll be at easy with this in no time. To learn how to get back into a kayak once you’ve fallen out, you’ll want to read that particular article.

Remember, the key is to take your time, stay focused, and practice, practice, practice.

Sea Eagle FastTrack 385 vs 465: Which One is Better?

If you’re in the market for a compact and lightweight kayak, it’s likely that the Sea Eagle FastTrack 385 and 465 have entered your radar.

But with two options available, you might be wondering which one is right for you. Both these kayaks are pretty awesome but one has a slight edge. In this article, I will be comparing both Sea Eagle models and discussing each one’s nuisance. Here we go.

What are Sea Eagle FastTrack Kayaks Designed For?

Carrying a Sea Eagle inflatable kayak

Sea Eagle FastTrack kayaks are a line of kayks designed for adventure seekers who value portability and performance. The FastTrack models are ideal for a range of water conditions, including calm lakes, meandering rivers, and even choppy seas, thanks to their robust construction and streamlined design.

The FastTrack series particularly stands out for its excellent stability and easy maneuverability, making it an excellent choice for both novices and experienced paddlers.

Whether you’re planning a leisurely paddle, an exciting whitewater adventure, or a multi-day expedition, Sea Eagle FastTrack Kayaks are built to handle it. And that’s what so damn impressive about them!

FastTrack 385 vs 465: Which One is the Better Kayak?

Now that we know why they’re called FastTrack, let’s get into the nitty gritty details:

#1. Size and Weight

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The Sea Eagle FastTrack 385 measures 12′ 6″ and weighs 35 pounds while the Sea Eagle FastTrack 465 measures 15′ and weighs 44 pounds. This means that the 465 is longer and heavier than the 385.

If portability and storage space are a concern, the 385 will be easier to handle.

However, if you’re looking for more space to store your gear or want to bring a friend or pet along for the ride, the 465 might be a better fit.

#2. Capacity

When it comes to capacity, the Sea Eagle FastTrack 385 can hold up to 3 adults or 635 pounds (which is amazing in itself!) while the Sea Eagle FastTrack 465 can hold up to 4 adults or 795 pounds.

This means that the 465 has a higher weight capacity and can accommodate more people. However, keep in mind that the added weight and size can make it more difficult to paddle solo so entertain the 465 if you’ll be paddling with other folks.

#3. Performance

Both the Sea Eagle FastTrack 385 and 465 have similar features when it comes to performance such as a sleek design, reinforced air chambers, and a high-pressure drop stitch floor.

However, the longer length of the 465 may make it more stable in choppy waters and give it a slight advantage in speed. That being said, the 385 is still a fast and nimble kayak.

When it comes to the 385, I find it easy to paddle with 1-3 people but the 465 was hard to paddle with two people or less, unfortunately, but again, it’s designed for multiple people to paddle together.

#4. Price

The Sea Eagle FastTrack 385 has a price tag of around $999 while the Sea Eagle FastTrack 465 is priced around $1,249.

While the 465 offers more space and capacity, it’s also considerably more expensive. If you’re on a budget, the 385 might be a better option.

Summary of Main Differences Between the 385 vs the 465

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The main differences between the Sea Eagle FastTrack 385 vs 465 are size, weight, capacity, and price. The 385 is smaller and lighter, making it more portable and easier to store. It also has a lower capacity (635 pounds) than the 465 (795 pounds).

On the other hand, the 465 has a longer length which gives it an advantage when it comes to stability and speed.

However, this kayak is also more expensive than the 385 and can be difficult to paddle solo due to its extra weight.

Which One Is Better for Overnight Camping on the River Bank?

If you’re planning to go camping on the river bank, the Sea Eagle FastTrack 465 might be a better choice. Its longer length and higher capacity make it well suited for multi-day expeditions. It also offers more room to store your gear and can accommodate up to four people.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for portability and easy storage, the 385 might be a more suitable option. Thanks to its smaller size and lower weight, it’s easier to transport and doesn’t take up as much space when deflated.

With the FastTrack 465, you have more room to pack supplies for multiple days or bring a few friends along and God knows that can a huge plus on those types of trips. I hardly do these types of trips but when I do, the FastTrack comes in super handy for this purpose.

Its longer design makes it more stable in choppy waters and slightly faster than the 385, but keep in mind that this kayak is heavier and can be difficult to paddle solo.

Which One Has the Better Seating for Hours of Kayaking?

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When it comes to comfort for long hours of kayaking, both the Sea Eagle FastTrack 385 and 465 offer adjustable, high-back seats that provide excellent support but there is a slight difference in the seating experience between the two models.

The 385, being a bit smaller, has a more intimate seating arrangement which might be preferable for solo paddlers or couples who don’t mind being in close proximity.

The 465, on the other hand, offers a more spacious seating configuration that can be beneficial for those who prefer more personal space or are planning to kayak with a larger group.

It’s worth noting that both Sea Eagle models allow for the seats to be repositioned according to your preference, offering flexibility regardless of the model you choose.

I have to say that if you’ll be paddling with three people consistently, then the seating of the 465 will serve you a whole lot better. I have a bad back and I love the seating in the 465.

Which One Is the Better Kayak? Sea Eagle FastTrack 385 vs 465

When it comes to choosing between the Sea Eagle FastTrack 385 and 465, I find that the 385 tracks amazingly well while allowing me a comfortable seat along with paddling with a few friends.

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The only reason I’d consider investing in a 465 is if you love paddling with another person and your pet or 3-4 people. Then, it’s definitely worth the extra investment.

The Sea Eagle 385 takes the trophy.

If you are considering other models, you may want to check out our beastly coverage of the Sea Eagle 380x vs the 420x here.