How to Choose a Kayak

We offer kayaks in four main categories: recreational, light touring, sea kayaks and fishing. Find out which is the right choice for the paddling you plan to do.

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Four Types to Consider:Recreation, Light Touring, Touring and Fishing

Recreation Kayaks

Best for beginners on lakes, ponds and gentle waters

How to Choose a Kayak

Ideal in light winds and currents

Stable and easy to paddle

9 to 12 feet in length

Light Touring Kayaks

Ideal for longer distances, with features for overnight trips

Best for coastal waters, rivers and lakes

Light to moderate winds and currents

Feature dry storage for 1- or 2-day trips

Touring Kayaks

For intermediate to advanced paddlers

Ideal for long distances and multiday trips

Dry storage to hold multiple days' worth of gear

16 feet or longer

Fishing Kayaks

Perfect for quiet, stable casting to your favorite spots

Equipped with rod holders, anchors and storage for tackle

10 to 13 feet in length

Designed for fishing success

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