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Recent Touring Kayak Reviews

Nigel Dennis Kayaks Romany Surf

rated 5 of 5 stars Great handling, 16 ft. sea kayak for surfing and couple of day trips. The volume of this kayak fits larger people best. I am 6'4" and 210 lbs. It is extremely hard to be comfortable in a pure sea kayak for a large, tall person. Think about those eskimo skin on frame kayaks. There is no way a person of my size would fit.  This kayak is pretty high up there in the performance range, still be a good fit for me and not compromise on performance. Hardest part is finding a kayak that my feet fit into… Full review

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

Top-Rated Touring Kayaks

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Point 65 Mercury GTX Solo
$540 - $1,199
 
Boreal Kasko Kayak with Rudder
$543
 
Boreal Sedna Kayak with Rudder
$595
Perception Tribute 12
$662
Elie Strait 120 W
$680
 
Elie Strait 120
$680
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Perception Expression 11.5 Kayak
$684 - $704
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Perception Carolina 12
$761 - $764
L.L.Bean Calypso 12 Kayak
$779
L.L.Bean Casco 12 Kayak
$779 - $829
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Perception Carolina 14
$832
Elie Strait 140 XE
$850
Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135T Tandem
$899 MSRP
 
Point 65 XO 13 with Skeg
$950
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140
$959 - $1,199
L.L.Bean Casco 14.5 Kayak with Skeg
$999
L.L.Bean Casco 15 Kayak with Skeg
$999
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 120
$999 MSRP
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 125
$1,049
Dagger Stratos 14.5 S
$1,062
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Necky Manitou 14
$1,105
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 135
$1169 MSRP
Current Designs Vision 135
$1,199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145
$1,199
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 135 with Rudder
$1,206
Dagger Stratos 14.5 L
$1,249
Delta Kayaks Delta 12.10
$1,258
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Dagger Alchemy 14.0S
$1299 MSRP
Dagger Alchemy 14.0L
$1299 MSRP
 
Current Designs Squall GT
$1,317
Jackson Kayaks Kilroy
$1,349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140 with Rudder
$1,419
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145 with Rudder
$1,419
Current Designs Whistler
$1,499
Eddyline Equinox
$1,529
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 175 with Rudder
$1,689
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Zephyr 160
$1599 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Tempest 165
$1,649
Wilderness Systems Tempest 170
$1,649
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 165 with Rudder
$1,689
Delta Kayaks Delta 14 with Rudder
$1,696
Jackson Kayaks Kraken Kayak
$1,799
Jackson Kayaks Kilroy Realtree Kayak
$1,799
Point 65 Mercury GTX Tandem
$1,799
 
Delta Kayaks 15.5 GT
$1,997
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Current Designs Double Vision Tandem
$1,999
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Necky Looksha T Tandem
$2,040
Delta Kayaks Delta 16
$2,061
 
Delta Kayaks Delta 17 with Rudder
$2,121
Eddyline Fathom LV
$2,294
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