Recreational Kayaks

Brands

Wilderness Systems
Old Town
Elie
Necky
Perception
L.L.Bean
Point 65
Dagger
Current Designs
Jackson Kayaks

Genders

Unisex
Kids'

Price

less than $300
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Recreational Kayak Reviews

Pelican Summit 100X Kayak

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Perfect recreational kayak for those new to kayaking, with a great balance of features for the price point. I bought the Pelican Summit 100X kayak last summer after having joined a group of friends to go kayaking in a borrowed kayak. I enjoyed it so much I started shopping for one of my own but I was on a limited budget. After research and a pretty thorough search in local stores, balancing price and availability, I settled on the Pelican Summit 10-foot kayak from Academy Sports. I had narrowed… Full review

Perception Impulse 10

rated 4 of 5 stars Overall great kayak for the beginner to the more experienced! Bought this kayak for my 8-year-old son. He absolutely loves the kayak, tracks great, lightweight, which makes for a very user friendly kayak. The seat is very comfortable for all day comfort on the water. I have a 12' Dirigo and I also have no negative comments about the Impulse. Full review

Elie Sound 120 XE

rated 4 of 5 stars I bought this kayak about 4 years ago and have used it over 100 times on lakes and rivers. The seat is comfortable enough sit in for full days in a row and it is great to paddle. I have had two quality issues: The paddle strap plastic holders broke off and one of the foot rails leaks. It has great toughness and is extremely stable. This was my first kayak and I still use it as my main kayak to this day. It is extremely comfortable to paddle and has enough room to stash supplies for a 3-day adventure… Full review

Elie Sound 120 XE

rated 5 of 5 stars Good looking boat. Paddles well. Tracks straight. Great seating. Great boat for lakes and slow moving rivers. Paddles easily and tracks well. Easy to get in and out of even for a 6'4" 200 lb person. Ergo flex seating is fantastic. Boat is very well rigged. Great bang for the buck. Full review

Old Town Dirigo 106

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great rec kayak for lakes and slow rivers, capable of light overnight trips. Have had this kayak almost three years. I've dragged it, banged it, shot over ice and hit bottom more than a few times. Aside from a few scratches, the hull is perfectly intact.  It's easy to get in and out of, has a very comfortable and well adjustable seat, a fairly big water-tight hatch on the back (enough for a tent and sleeping gear), a little water-tight hatch on the dash for keys or a cellphone (I use this hatch… Full review

Wilderness Systems Pungo 120

rated 5 of 5 stars Great kayak, stable. This was the first kayak I ever used, and it is a great beginner all around boat. Handles a little bit of white water, goes great on the lake, hard to tip, and easy to get in and out of. Full review

Wilderness Systems Pungo 100

rated 5 of 5 stars Amazing kayak for a smaller person, tracks good, turns nice and very stable! I really like that I can brace my legs in this one if I'm hitting some rough water. I'm 5'4" and 120 lbs. Someone bigger might find it a little tight. Full review

Perception Prodigy 13.5

rated 5 of 5 stars A most excellent kayak for flat and mostly calm waters (rivers, lakes, and bays). Very stable with plenty of room for a companion, whether a larger dog or most tweens and younger. Excels at kayak camping. Don't be fooled by the Cons, this is an awesome kayak if you are serious about bringing your buddy with you, kayak camping, or both.  It also works just fine for a short solo paddle as well, although so do plenty of other kayaks. Marketing. I fault copy/paste marketing folks for having bad info… Full review

Old Town Camden 120

rated 5 of 5 stars I have a couple of kayaks, and have always wanted an Old Town Camden. I was not disappointed. It is very stable, tracks very well, and is comfortable for my 6.3 height. Awesome kayak!!!! Full review

Top-Rated Recreational Kayaks

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 120
$875
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Old Town Dirigo 106
$750 - $849
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Old Town Camden 120
$850
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Elie Sound 120 XE
$750
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 100
$567 - $715
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Old Town Dirigo 120
$850 - $949
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Necky Rip
$700
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Vapor 10XT
$385 - $599
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Perception Impulse 10
$319 - $485
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Old Town Heron 9XT
$380 - $479
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 140
$916 - $975
L.L.Bean Manatee Solo 10
$399
Point 65 Tequila GTX Solo
$799
Wilderness Systems Pungo 140 Angler
$1,145
Dagger Katana 9.7
$1,029 - $1,105
Current Designs Solara 120 Kayak
$799
Perception Rambler 9.5
$355
Necky Manitou Sport
$900
Necky Manitou II Tandem
$1,300 - $1,599
Jackson Kayaks Tupelo 12.5
$899
Eddyline Skylark 12
$1,379
Jackson Kayaks Day Tripper 12
$999
Wave Sport Ethos Nine Crossover Kayak
$1,085
Perception Sound 10.5
$455
Dagger Axis 12
$905
Wilderness Systems Aspire 100 Kayak
$755
Perception Rambler 13.5 Tandem
$555
Dagger Zydeco
$495 - $595
Point 65 Martini GTX Tandem
$1,499
Pelican International Matrix 100x
$249
 
Pelican International Unison 136T
$650
 
Perception Conduit 9.5
$340
Old Town Twin Heron
$750
Old Town Vapor 12XT Angler
$700
L.L.Bean Manatee 12 Deluxe Angler Kayak
$889
Perception Triumph 13.0 Kayak
$575 - $655
Wilderness Systems Commander 140
$1,105
Eddyline Sandpiper 12
$1,329
Perception Cove 13.5
$755
 
Emotion Kayaks Darter
$254
Point 65 Mercury GTX Kayak
$585 - $1,123
Dagger Axis 10.5
$805
Eddyline Sky 10
$995
Perception Prodigy 12
$725
Old Town Heron 11XT
$580
Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Angler
$1,045
Old Town Dirigo Tandem Plus
$1,100
Wave Sport Ethos Ten Crossover Kayak
$1,085
 
Delta Kayaks 12s
$1,425
Current Designs Solara 100 Kayak
$599
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