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Recent Recreational Kayak Reviews

Jackson Kayaks Mini Tripper

rated 4 of 5 stars This is an excellent little recreational kayak for kids, teens, and small women. It's good for flat water and for fishing. Light enough for small people to carry to the water, it's still well-made of tough plastic. This handy little recreational kayak was the prize I won at a paddle festival. What a pleasure¬†the Mini-Tripper¬†was to paddle! I used it for a year, and it's now owned by the teenage children of a friend. I was not the person it was designed for, yet it still worked fine for me. At… Full review

Perception Sound 10.5 Angler

rated 4 of 5 stars Very responsive, quick, stable, and a good workhorse for recreation, workouts, and fishing. In a 3.4-mile trek, average speed was 3.0 and a top speed of 8.5 during an anaerobic workout. Handles well in wind and waves. Good for large paddlers. The kayak's cockpit is roomy, even for a large person. A little more space than the Pungo 120 or 140. The seat and peddles need to be adjusted before you get in. I read reviews that complained about the 10.5 in wind and wave conditions. In 10-15 mph winds and… Full review

Old Town Trip 10 Deluxe Angler

rated 4 of 5 stars Excellent low-cost recreational kayak. This kayak is really nice for flat water and slow moving rivers. My wife and I are are new to kayaking and these were our first purchases. So far we have taken ours out on 16 trips in the past two months ranging from 90 min to our longest trip of 8 hours on the water, 2 miles to 14.88 miles. We have paddled in no wind to as high as about 15mph. It tracks reasonable straight and maneuvers pretty well. We kayak on flat water and slow moving rivers. The kayak… Full review

Wilderness Systems Pamlico 145T Tandem with Rudder

rated 4 of 5 stars Best tandem kayak I have ever used. Very comfortable seats. Very adjustable. Handles very well in solo or tandem use. Front seat slides back for solo use. Large cockpit. It can be mounted on an suv like a canoe. No need for special kayak rack. Great kayak. Full review

Pelican International Summit 100x

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

Wilderness Systems Pamlico 145T Tandem with Rudder

rated 5 of 5 stars This canoe is very stable. It does well on the bay with some wind. It can hold a little person in the middle of the two people. The storage container keeps all items dry!! It is a great for first timers and will keep you upright the entire time. It is great to take to a lake, bay, or somewhere with clam water. Full review

Dagger Zydeco 11.0

rated 4 of 5 stars The Dagger Zydeco 11 is a great recreational kayak that has the comfort and features usually only found on more expensive boats. Although it can feel sluggish, it tracks and maneuvers well for a boat under 12 feet. The Dagger Zydeco 11 is a sturdy, well made recreational kayak with the features of more expensive kayaks, yet at a reasonable price. With a roomy cockpit, knee/thigh padding, easily adjustable foot rests, and a padded and adjustable seat, the Zydeco keeps you comfortable even for long… 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

Top-Rated Recreational Kayaks

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 120
$875 - $1,129
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Emotion Kayaks Glide
$350
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Old Town Dirigo 106
$730 - $849
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Old Town Camden 120
$850
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Old Town Vapor 10
$400
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Elie Sound 120 XE
$700
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Wilderness Systems Pamlico 145T Tandem with Rudder
$1,295
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Ultralite
$1,249
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
$480
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Dagger Zydeco 11.0
$595 - $599
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 140
$975 - $1,249
L.L.Bean Manatee Solo 10
$319
Point 65 Tequila GTX Solo
$799
 
Wilderness Systems Pungo 140 Angler
$1,145
Dagger Katana 9.7
$1,029 - $1,109
Current Designs Solara 120 Kayak
$829
 
Perception Rambler 9.5
$355
Necky Manitou Sport
$900
Dagger Zydeco 9.0
$449 - $495
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
L.L.Bean Manatee 10 Deluxe Angler Kayak
$495
 
Eddyline Rio Kayak
$1,379
Dagger Axis 12
$905 - $1,139
Wilderness Systems Aspire 100 Kayak
$755 - $759
 
Perception Rambler 13.5 Tandem
$555
Point 65 Martini GTX Tandem
$1,499
 
Pelican International Matrix 100x
$249
 
Pelican International Unison 136T
$700
 
Perception Conduit 9.5
$340
Old Town Twin Heron
$750 - $799
L.L.Bean Manatee Deluxe Solo 12
$639 - $689
Old Town Vapor 12XT Angler
$700
L.L.Bean Manatee 12 Deluxe Angler Kayak
$699 - $749
Perception Triumph 13.0 Kayak
$575 - $659
Current Designs Kestrel 140
$1,199
L.L.Bean Manatee Deluxe Tandem
$949 - $1,199
Wilderness Systems Commander 140
$1,105
 
Eddyline Sandpiper 12
$1,299 - $1,329
 
Perception Cove 13.5
$679
 
Emotion Kayaks Darter
$254
Point 65 Mercury GTX Kayak
$487
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