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Recent Recreational Kayak Reviews

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

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

Top-Rated Recreational Kayaks

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Pelican International Matrix 100x
Emotion Kayaks Darter
Emotion Kayaks Guster
L.L.Bean Manatee Solo 10
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Perception Impulse 10
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Perception Conduit 9.5
Old Town Heron Jr
Perception Rambler 9.5
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Vapor 10XT
$385 - $599
Point 65 Martini GTX Solo
$392 - $799
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Old Town Vapor 10
$400 MSRP
Perception Prodigy XS Kayak
Perception Prodigy 10
$415 - $525
Pelican International Intrepid 100x
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Old Town Heron 9XT
Dagger Zydeco 9.0
$449 - $495
Perception Sound 10.5
L.L.Bean Manatee Deluxe Solo 10
$479 - $519
Point 65 Mercury GTX Kayak
L.L.Bean Manatee 10 Deluxe Angler Kayak
Pelican International Intrepid 120x
Old Town Heron 11XT
Current Designs Solara 100 Kayak
Perception Rambler 13.5 Tandem
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 100
$567 - $715
Perception Triumph 13.0 Kayak
$575 - $655
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Dagger Zydeco 11.0
$595 - $599
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Vapor 12XTS
$600 MSRP
L.L.Bean Manatee 12 Deluxe Angler Kayak
L.L.Bean Manatee Deluxe Solo 12
$639 - $689
Point 65 Tequila GTX Solo
Pelican International Unison 136T
Elie Sound 100 XE
Perception Cove 13.5
Old Town Vapor 12XT Angler
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Elie Sound 120 XE
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Necky Rip
Perception Prodigy 12
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 120
$743 - $1,119
Old Town Twin Heron
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Old Town Dirigo 106
$750 - $849
Wilderness Systems Aspire 100 Kayak
$755 - $759
Wilderness Systems Aspire 105 Kayak
$755 - $799
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Twin Otter
$800 MSRP
Old Town Camden 106
$800 MSRP
Dagger Axis 10.5
Jackson Kayaks Rivi-T
Current Designs Solara 120 Kayak
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Old Town Camden 120
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Old Town Dirigo 120
$850 - $949
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