Recreational Kayaks


Current Designs
Delta Kayaks
Emotion Kayaks
Jackson Kayaks




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

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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Boreal Ookpik
Current Designs Kestrel 140
Current Designs Solara 100 Kayak
Current Designs Solara 120 Kayak
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dagger Approach 10
Dagger Axis 10.5
Dagger Axis 12
$905 - $1,119
Dagger Katana 9.7
$994 - $1,105
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Dagger Zydeco 11.0
$595 - $599
Dagger Zydeco 9.0
$449 - $495
Delta Kayaks 12s
Eddyline Rio Kayak
Eddyline Sandpiper 12
Eddyline Sky 10
Eddyline Skylark 12
Elie Sound 100 XE
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Elie Sound 120 XE
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Emotion Kayaks Advant-Edge
Emotion Kayaks Darter
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Emotion Kayaks Glide
Emotion Kayaks Guster
Hurricane Santee 116 Sport
Hurricane Santee 126
Hurricane Santee 126 Sport
Hurricane Santee 140 Tandem
Hurricane Santee LT 100 Kayak
Hurricane Skimmer 116
Hurricane Skimmer 128
Jackson Kayaks Day Tripper 12
Jackson Kayaks Rivi-T
Jackson Kayaks Tupelo 12.5
L.L.Bean Manatee 10 Deluxe Angler Kayak
L.L.Bean Manatee 12 Deluxe Angler Kayak
L.L.Bean Manatee Deluxe Solo 10
$479 - $519
L.L.Bean Manatee Deluxe Solo 12
$639 - $689
L.L.Bean Manatee Deluxe Tandem
$949 - $1,199
L.L.Bean Manatee S Deluxe
L.L.Bean Manatee Solo 10
Native Watercraft Slayer 12
Native Watercraft Slayer 14.5
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Native Watercraft Ultimate 12
Necky Manitou II Tandem
$1,300 - $1,599
Necky Manitou Sport
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Necky Rip
Old Town Camden 106
$800 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Old Town Camden 120
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Old Town Dirigo 106
$750 - $849
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Old Town Dirigo 120
$850 - $949
Old Town Dirigo Tandem Plus
Old Town Heron 11XT
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