Recreational Kayaks

Brands

Perception
Elie
Old Town
Wilderness Systems
Pelican International
Native Watercraft
Emotion Kayaks
Dagger
Necky
L.L.Bean

Genders

Unisex
Kids'

Price

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

Recent Recreational Kayak Reviews

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

Old Town Dirigo 120

rated 5 of 5 stars I love this kayak. It has everything that I would ever want in a kayak and more. It is very stable and tracks fairly well , plus the seat is the most comfortable seat I have ever sat in, which helps for long trips. This kayak is the best kayak I have ever used. It is fantastic for long trips in lakes or rivers. It is also great for fishing because option is so stable and your back never gets sore from sitting because of the comfortable seat. It can handle 1-2 foot waves with ease. It also tracks… Full review

Top-Rated Recreational Kayaks

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user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Perception Impulse 10 reviewed Jul 14, 2015
$319 - $485
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Elie Sound 120 XE reviewed Jul 9, 2015
$750
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Old Town Dirigo 106 reviewed May 13, 2015
$750 - $849
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 reviewed Sep 23, 2014
$875
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 100 reviewed Sep 23, 2014
$567 - $715
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Perception Prodigy 13.5 reviewed Jul 4, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Old Town Camden 120 reviewed Jul 3, 2014
$850
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Old Town Dirigo 120 reviewed Apr 22, 2014
$850 - $949
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Old Town Vapor 10 reviewed Apr 15, 2014
$400 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Trip 10 Angler DLX reviewed Apr 4, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Twin Otter reviewed Apr 3, 2014
$800 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Vapor 12XTS reviewed Apr 3, 2014
$600 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Pelican International Liberty 100x reviewed Mar 25, 2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Native Watercraft Ultimate 12 reviewed Dec 11, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Old Town Heron 9XT reviewed Sep 1, 2013
$380 - $479
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Ultralite reviewed Jan 17, 2013
$1189 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Emotion Kayaks Glide reviewed Jul 14, 2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Vapor 10XT reviewed Jun 25, 2012
$385 - $599
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Perception Sundance 12 Kayak reviewed May 11, 2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dagger Approach 10 reviewed Aug 20, 2011
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 140 reviewed Jul 25, 2011
$916 - $975
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Necky Rip reviewed Nov 24, 2010
$700
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Emotion Kayaks Advant-Edge reviewed Jun 13, 2010
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
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