The roomy cockpit is a top claim to fame. Rather than slithering into a kind of lower-extremity straight-jacket, recreational kayaks typically offer an open cockpit with ample leg room. You can get in and out with ease, extend your legs and even stash some gear up there.
They are also welcoming due to their extreme versatility. Recreational kayaks are well-suited for calmer waters, such as placid lakes and ponds, but they can also handle Class I rivers with faster-moving waves. They are the optimum choice for simply getting yourself, or your family, out into the water with the greatest amount of ease and staying afloat and on-target with the greatest amount of grace.
How do I pick the best recreational kayak?
Have a seat! Getting inside a kayak is one of the best ways to know if it's the best fit for you, and our showroom lets you do just that. If you'd prefer to buy a kayak online, you can always check out the dimensions and features to make sure the kayak lives up to your needs.
What to look for:
Material: Lightweight and durable polyurethane is the recreational kayaking world's material of choice. The more polyurethane layers your kayak sports, the bigger beating it can typically take. The Old Town kayaks with three layers of polyurethane, for example, will be stronger than the Old Town kayaks sporting a single polyurethane layer. But they'll also be a bit heavier.
Stability: The width and length help determine the stability of the kayak, and interior features help determine the stability of you! Look for things like a glide track foot brace system and thigh pads to help keep you firmly in place.
Safety: Paddle keepers can help keep your paddles from going astray while other features increase the overall safety factor of your craft. These include safety perimeter lines, foam billets for enhanced floating capabilities and built-in glove boxes or other storage areas to keep essential items close at hand.
Comfort and Style: Comfort comes with features such as a padded or adjustable seat, carry handles, a deck bungee cord or even things like a cup holder.
Please feel free to contact us with questions or for more info, we're always happy to help.