If you’re thinking of making your first foray into serious kayaking and considering your first kayak then there a few things that need to be thought out before buying. If you haven’t kayaked much in the past then it can seem very intimidating having to choose among a lot of different brands and types. Here we’ll give you some pointers and recommendations for beginner kayaks so you can hit the water with confidence.
Things to consider
Before you even begin looking at different models ask yourself. Who will be using this kayak? If your buying for a child then there are several to choose from which are designed specifically for young paddlers. These are built a lot lighter and easier to handle than adult models and, of course, take less weight than adult models.
If you’re new to kayaking you may want to consider an inflatable to start with. Their less expensive and will allow you to learn proper manoeuvring and whether your suited this sport really suits you.
If your set on buying a hard-shell model you’ll have to decide between a sit-on-top or sit-in-side type. Both are fine for beginners, it’s just a matter of preference for comfort. Test out a few models to find which style suits you best.
Now without further ado, here is our selection of best beginner kayaks for 2017.
- Lifetime Wave Youth
Specially designed for kids. The Lifetime Wave is a 6ft kayak that is great for ages 5 up. The wide stance provides a stable platform while the sloped backend allows a swimmer to easily re-enter the kayak.
Intex Challenger K1
This highly durable kayak comes with eye-catching graphics for easy spotting in the water. The Intex Challenger is a great inflatable for beginner adults and kids. With a streamlined design allows to easily slip through the water and an interior designed for comfort and maximum space.
Designed with stability performance and affordability in mind, the Spitfire has a surprising amount of speed for its short length. It comes with a CRS padded backrest for comfortable paddling and cargo back-lacing in the rear for easy securing of loose items. Always amount the top five sellers on Amazon this is a great beginner kayak.
Sun Dolphin Excursion 10
For an affordable and high-performance kayak, the Excursion 10 is one of the best choices for beginner kayakers. Measuring at 10 feet long and 30 inches wide this is a very roomy kayak that affords great stability and top performance. It comes with the standard water bottle holder as well as a swivel fishing rod holder. It also has a portable accessory holder in the rear.
Coleman Quikpak K1
For inflatables, this is a top choice. The Coleman Quikpak is easy to store and carry in a backpack it can be pumped up on-site which makes it great for hiking. This craft holds one person along with up to 400 pounds of gear and measures 8 feet by 9 inches when fully inflated.
Since you are checking out beginner’s kayak models, it may be a good idea to learn more about cold weather kayaking as well, enjoy!