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Recent Touring Kayak Reviews

Necky Looksha T Tandem

rated 4 of 5 stars Good solid tandem kayak with ample dry cargo storage and plenty of lash points on deck for extra. We average well over 5 mph in flat water, no-wind situations for several hours at a time. A good kayak for those worried about stability. Handles wakes from big boats well and is forgiving even if you have much less than perfect technique. A good tandem kayak for the price. Most of the cons could easily go away, if we spent more than twice the money a carbon fiber/Kevlar kayak. But then we would be… Full review

Eddyline Denali

rated 5 of 5 stars Finally, a kayak for the big guys! I just took delivery of my red Eddyline Denali last month and all I can say is WOW! First of all, this is a gorgeous kayak! Hands down far more sexy than any roto-molded boat I have ever seen. The materials and craftsmanship are stellar. It's made of thermofoamed ABS plastic. It's 15'3" long and weighs only 50 lbs. Best of all, this kayak fits a big guy like me. I have a very athletic build. I'm 6'3", 250 lbs with a 34" inseam and size 12 shoes and I fit very comfortably… Full review

Perception Carolina 12

rated 4 of 5 stars I had only kayaked a few times, but was very interested in becoming a regular kayaker. However, I was on a budget. I did a fair amount of research when looking for a kayak, and a 12' kayak was suggested by a family member who teaches kayaking, because of ease in loading on and off of vehicle, and ease of navigating in creeks, marshes and smaller spaces. It was also recommended that I get a kayak with closed compartments so if I took in water it wouldn't sink. The Perception Caroline 12 has all this. Full review

Necky Eliza 15 with Rudder

rated 5 of 5 stars The Eliza is a sea kayak well-suited to women and men who are from small to moderate size. My Eliza fits me like a good shoe. Very responsive and stable! The Necky Eliza was designed to suit women paddlers, but it also suits men and teenagers. The people it doesn't suit are taller than 5'9" with big broad shoulders. The Eliza fits me perfectly at 5'1" — at 160 pounds, I'm at the top of the recommended weight for this model. Though I am stocky and plump, I can get into the cockpit easily onshore… Full review

Perception Expression 11.5 Kayak

rated 5 of 5 stars Great multi-purpose boat for those of us who can only afford one boat. Suitable for a variety of situations, though probably not the ideal boat for any. I live in a city with lakes, rivers, and creeks, and it's perfect for all of it. Haven't tried it on whitewater yet, but considering it (will update if/when I do). It's generally very stable, but not the fastest kayak. Using the skeg helps you track across big lakes. Cockpit: Super comfortable. I needed one that my wide hips could still bail out… Full review

Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140 with Rudder

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Wilderness Tsumani 14' is a touring kayak that is a well balanced boat with plenty of storage room for either day trips or overnight treks. This kayak paddles easy — and is durable for the mountain lakes and slower rivers. A user friendly boat that provides no nonsense enjoyment where you launch. I have used this boat to teach numerous beginners. Best suited for entry to mid level paddlers looking for options to get out on the water. Plenty of storage capacity with easy entry and exit. The… Full review

Impex Kayak Montauk

rated 5 of 5 stars A true sports car in the world of kayaks, the low-volume Impex Montauk is a classic amongst Greenland or British style boats. Even in the limited and more refined world of skeg boats, she scores amongst the top for her responsiveness, stability, and comfort. Background: After 8 years of paddling and owning multiple kayaks of various styles and sizes, I was fortunate to come across an ad for an Impex Montauk on Craigslist. My very first touring kayak was a Seda Swift, and while a great boat in its… Full review

Eddyline Sea Star

rated 5 of 5 stars Solid kayak with a nice balance of volume, speed, and stability. Glad to see that these fine kayaks are still out there.  After trying various kayaks at Seattle's NWOC and renting a couple different models from Eddyline through the 1990's, I decided on a Sea Star. My 1999 Sea Star was purchased used from the owner of Eddyline around 2002.  It was one of his personal boats with a custom two-color fade on the top deck. It was stored under his home's north eave next to a cherry tree and was looking… Full review

Eddyline Sea Star

rated 5 of 5 stars Amazing kayak. Very well built and designed. Its long water line gives it speed and allows it to track well. Moderate to high-volume boat which can be used on anything from weekends to longer expeditions. Rudder is probably its Achilles heel and can lose its shape in very hot weather. All in all a superb craft. I have been the proud owner of an Eddyline Sea Star since the very early '90s and it's difficult to say enough good things about it. I've taken this boat on twelve-day salt and freshwater… Full review

Top-Rated Touring Kayaks

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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Current Designs Double Vision Tandem
$1,999
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Necky Eliza 15 with Rudder
$1,360
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eddyline Denali
$2,499
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140 with Rudder
$1,399
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145
$1,179
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Tempest 165
$1,639
 
Delta Kayaks Delta 12.10
$1,480
L.L.Bean Calypso 12 Kayak
$779
Necky Chatham 17
$1,440
Eddyline Fathom LV
$2,699
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 125
$1,025 - $1,029
 
Delta Kayaks 15.5 GT
$2,350
 
Delta Kayaks 15s
$2,295
Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135T Tandem
$979
Eddyline Shasta
$2,799
Delta Kayaks Delta 16
$2,425
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 120
$1,029
 
Current Designs Equinox GT Kayak
$3,059
 
Current Designs Squall GT
$1,317
L.L.Bean Casco 14.5 Kayak with Skeg
$999
 
Boreal Sedna Kayak with Rudder
$595
Current Designs Squall GTS
$1,549
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145 with Rudder
$1,399
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 165 with Rudder
$1,689
 
Boreal Kasko Kayak with Rudder
$543
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 175 with Rudder
$1,689
Jackson Kayaks Kraken Kayak
$1,799
Eddyline Fathom
$2,699
L.L.Bean Casco 15 Kayak with Skeg
$999
Dagger Stratos 14.5 S
$1,199
Jackson Kayaks Kilroy
$1,349
Jackson Kayaks Kilroy Realtree Kayak
$1,799
 
Elie Strait 120
$680
 
Wilderness Systems Polaris 180 Tandem
$2,425
Point 65 Mercury GTX Tandem
$1,899
 
Elie Strait 140 XE
$1,200
 
Delta Kayaks Delta 14 with Rudder
$1,995
Point 65 Mercury GTX Solo
$569 - $1,249
 
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 135 with Rudder
$1,186
Dagger Stratos 14.5 L
$1,199
Delta Kayaks Delta 17 with Rudder
$2,495
Perception Tribute 12
$779
 
Point 65 XO 13 with Skeg
$950
Current Designs Whistler
$1,499
L.L.Bean Casco 12 Kayak
$779 - $829
Current Designs Vision 135
$1,199
 
Eddyline Equinox
$1,799
Wilderness Systems Tempest 170
$1,639
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140
$1,179
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
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