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KAYAK BUYING GUIDE

Whether you're interested in calm day trips, multiday adventures or catching the big one, find out how to choose the best kayak for you.

RECREATION KAYAKS

A good choice for beginners and short trips on calm waters.

• Length: 9 to 12 feet

• Best for: lakes, ponds and other gentle waters with limited wind and current

• Key feature: wider for more stability and easy maneuverability

    

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LIGHT TOURING KAYAKS

Ideal for paddling longer distances, with features for overnight trips.

• Length: 12 to 15 feet

• Best for: coastal waters, canals, calm rivers and lakes in light wind/current

• Key feature: Dry storage for 1- or 2-day trips

    

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TOURING KAYAKS

Great for intermediate to advanced paddlers, long distances and multiday trips.

• Length: 16 feet or longer

• Best for: lakes, bays and open waters in light to moderate wind/current

• Key feature: enough dry storage to hold gear and extra flotation devices for longer outings

    

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FISHING KAYAKS

Designed for the serious angler.

• Length: 10 feet

• Best for: fishing in calm ponds, lakes and bays

• Key feature: equipped with rod holders, anchor systems and storage for tackle and gear

    

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How to Choose a Kayak

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