How to Choose the Best Kayak
Determine the category of kayak that fits your needs.
We pride ourselves in building a diverse line of kayaks and many are great multi-taskers. We group our kayaks by category and style to help explain their intended use. Once you find the right category and style the choices become much more clear.
Recreational kayaks are perfect for small lakes and slow rivers where nimble handling wins over speed and load carrying capacity. Our recreational kayaks are designed for first time paddlers who want to experience the magic of kayaking. They are also great for more seasoned outdoor enthusiasts who like to combine their on water pleasures with other pursuits such as bird watching, fishing, and photography. These kayaks are stable, maneuverable, user friendly, and have easy entry cockpits that fit almost anybody comfortably.
-Short and Wide
Transitional kayaks bridge the gap between the recreational and touring categories, combining the best elements from both. Like recreational designs, they are short and somewhat wide. They favor stability on calm waters and easy turning over speed. And while their cockpits are a bit smaller than recreational cockpits, they are still quite roomy for easy access. Like our touring models, they have an upturned bow to help cut through and deflect waves should rough conditions arise. They also include thigh braces for more efficient paddling and control.
-Step Up Design
-Encourage Skill Development
Performance Touring- North American Style
Originally designed for open ocean coastal regions, these kayaks are more forgiving than both the British and Greenland styles. Added width and depth improves storage capacity and makes them very comfortable. New paddlers will find these kayaks easier to become accustomed to. They are more efficient, faster and have better tracking than recreation or transitional models. North American style kayaks have foot controlled rudders for added maneuverability and tracking.
Performance Touring- British Style
Developed to conquer high-winds and confused seas, British style kayaks are a moderate form of performance touring kayak. All British style kayaks feature back-bands, which make them good for lay backs, and a skeg, which aids in tracking in wind and waves. Some British style kayaks favor more experienced paddlers.
Performance Touring-Greenland Style
First developed for water-based big game hunting, Greenland style kayaks maintain the distinctive features that emulate the traditional bone and skin kayaks. Greenland designs utilize hard chines, where flattened sections of the hull are joined by sharp transitions. The hard chine bottom gives these kayaks high initial stability and is conducive to riding surf. The low decks are less effected by wind. They're highly capable in rough waters and quite maneuverable.
Designed for highly specific uses, these designs are less versatile but are ideal for paddlers with specialized needs.
Once you've picked a category
read about kayak design to help further narrow down your choices.