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How to Choose a Kayak(1)

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A kayak allows you to reach scenic beachside campgrounds, quietly explore an estuary, enjoy breathtaking views that can’t be seen from shore, get in a morning workout around the lake or just play in the water with the kids.
Just as there are many ways to use kayaks, there are many choices of boats. How do you know which kayak is best for you? When you’re trying to decide on a kayak, focus on a few key ideas:
Where do you want to paddle? Is it a lake, a seacoast or a river? This will help you start to narrow your choices.
Sit-in or sit-on-top? Do you prefer the protection of a traditional sit-in, or the openness of a sit-on-top? If you’re open to either one, that’s fine, too.
Kayak weight and your budget: Materials, which directly impact the boat’s price, are the biggest factor in the weight and durability of your boat.
Shape and size considerations: These affect handling and cargo space.

Where Will You Use Your Kayak?

Boats aren’t categorized by water type, but it’s still helpful to start here and think about which environment you plan to explore before you choose your boat.
Lakes: We’re talking the local lake here, not Lake Superior. If the weather is fair and the destination is near, you can go with any sit-on-top or recreational sit-in boat and have fun. If whitecaps appear, then a purely recreational boat can get overmatched.
Coasts: This is where wind, waves, currents, tides and more all come into play. So having a sit-in touring boat with a rudder, fixed tracking fin or a skeg (a dropdown fin) is wise. If you live in a warm environment where you don’t mind going for a swim, or you plan to do some kayak surfing, a sit-on-top can still be a fine choice.
Rivers: We’re not talking about technical rapids—whitewater kayaks are beyond the scope of this article. If you’re floating on a river, you want a stable, sturdy craft that turns quickly. That might be a short, stable recreational sit-in or sit-on-top boat or day touring sit-in kayak.
Rivers and lakes: If you plan to use your boat in both flowing and still waters, go with a short recreational sit-in or sit-on-top kayak. These crossover boats typically have a skeg. That setup will help you turn responsively when the skeg is up and track efficiently when the skeg is down. A short boat with a rudder would also be an option, but rudders are typically found on longer boats.

Types of Kayaks

Kayaks are classified in many ways, including where you sit in them, how you use them, their structure and whether they are built for a specific purpose. 

Sit-on-top Vs. Traditional Sit-in Kayaks

Sit-on-tops are primarily recreational boats for lakes and easy flowing rivers. You’ll also see them in warm coastal waters, and a few longer sit-on-tops have enough storage for an overnight trip. If you’d feel too claustrophobic inside a cockpit or you don’t want to learn how to do a “wet exit” if you capsize, you’re a sit-on-topper. If you’re not sure yet, consider the following:
Sit-on-tops are easy to get on (even in deep water) and off of, so they’re good for casual uses, like playing around near a lakeside cabin, or as a kids’ boat or swimming platform.
They’re comfortable when air and water are warm (you’ll always get wet).
Scupper holes make them self draining; no need to pump out water.
They have some deck stash spots, and hard-to-access cargo space (inside the hollow hull).
They’re typically heavier than comparable sit-in kayaks.
For those interested in fishing, some sit-on-tops include rod holders or at least the option to add them.
an example of a day touring kayak

Day touring kayaks (sit-ins): These versatile boats are sleeker and more efficient to move than recreational boats—and will often have a higher price. Day touring kayaks also track straighter and give you more control in rough water than recreational boats. Because they are shorter than sea kayaks, day touring kayaks will be easier to transport and handle. They offer a moderate amount of cargo space.

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an example of a touring kayak

Touring kayaks (sit-in sea kayaks): These long, robust touring boats are super efficient over distances. They track well and have a rudder or skeg to deal with wind and currents. You’ll find ample cargo space and higher prices in this category. (Note: If you’re absolutely committed to long trips and coastal kayaking, then you’ll save money by going to a sea kayak at the outset. If you’re not sure, a day-touring boat will cost less as an introductory boat, and make it easier to develop paddling skills.)

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Specialty Kayaks 

The categories below are good options for some specific situations: Perhaps you’re tight on space, you want to paddle with a partner, or maybe your focus is fishing. 

an example of a folding kayak

Folding kayaks: If you live in an apartment, plan to travel or to hike to a remote location for a trip, then a folding boat might make sense. it won’t be as rugged as a hard-shell kayak, but it offers comparable handling and storage to many touring boats.

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an example of an inflatable kayak

Inflatable kayaks: Like a folding boat, these also save storage space. They are also surprisingly sturdy and versatile. Purely recreational models won’t go anywhere very fast, so are best for close to shore play. Wide, rugged inflatables are good for flowing rivers (they bounce off obstacles). And a few inflatables are designed to be serious touring kayaks.



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