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Recent Recreational Kayak Reviews

Pelican International Intrepid 100x

rated 4 of 5 stars Great beginners kayak. The twin arch multichine hull is very stable, you would have to try hard to tip it. After reading all the great reviews of the Trailblazer 100 at Dicks, I was sold on Pelican. I had to call Pelican customer service to find out what hull was on that boat. Almost every review talked about the stability. I confirmed with Pelican that is had the twin arch multichine hull. She told me the Liberty, Trailblazer, Intrepid, Shoal, and Bounty all have the same hull. After seeing the… Full review

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

Top-Rated Recreational Kayaks

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 120
$899 - $1,129
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Emotion Kayaks Glide
$350
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Old Town Dirigo 106
$730
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 100
$699
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Old Town Camden 120
$900 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Perception Prodigy 13.5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Ultralite
$1189 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Vapor 12XTS
$600 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Twin Otter
$800 MSRP
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 (1)
Old Town Vapor 10XT
$600
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Old Town Trip 10 Deluxe Angler
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Wilderness Systems Pamlico 145T Tandem with Rudder
$899 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Necky Rip
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dagger Approach 10
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Old Town Dirigo 120
$830
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Dagger Zydeco 11.0
$599
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 140
$975 - $1,249
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Perception Impulse 10
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Old Town Heron 9XT
$430 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Emotion Kayaks Advant-Edge
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Perception Sundance 12
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Pelican International Liberty 100x
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Perception Sound 10.5 Angler
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Pelican International Intrepid 100x
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Jackson Kayaks Mini Tripper
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Native Watercraft Ultimate 12
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Pelican International Summit 100x
L.L.Bean Manatee Solo 10
$319
Point 65 Tequila GTX Solo
$799
 
Wilderness Systems Pungo 140 Angler
$1,145
Dagger Katana 9.7
$1,105 - $1,109
Current Designs Solara 120 Kayak
$829
 
Perception Rambler 9.5
$355
Dagger Zydeco 9.0
$449
Necky Manitou II Tandem
$1,400
Jackson Kayaks Tupelo 12.5
$899
Eddyline Skylark 12
$1,379
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
$759
 
Perception Rambler 13.5 Tandem
$555
 
Perception Sport Sound 9.5
$389
Point 65 Martini GTX Tandem
$1,199
 
Pelican International Matrix 100x
$249
 
Pelican International Unison 136T
$700
 
Perception Conduit 9.5
$340
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