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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

Eddyline Sea Star

rated 5 of 5 stars The 18' 6" Sea Star is long out of production and Eddyline's longest boat now is just over 16'. I have the Kevlar version and it is, at that length, FAST! I bought this kayak when it first came out in '91 partly because Tom Derrer, the owner of Eddyline, changed the stern profile at my suggestion at the LL Bean 1990 Sea Kayak Symposium. I was amazed he did this. Of course the main reason was that here was an American designed and built sea kayak of very high quality materials and construction that… Full review

Perception Carolina 14

rated 4 of 5 stars My first kayak... Found for $150 on CL and I love it. Still looking for a spray skirt, but otherwise, I've had quite few nice paddles in the south sound with this boat. It's sturdy, yet easy to maneuver. Full review

Necky Looksha 12

rated 5 of 5 stars The Necky Looksha 12 is well designed and the right size for us. My wife and I are in our early 50s and we started kayaking in the spring of 2014. The Necky Looksha 12 is a quality designed and built product that has a good blend of features that work for us. The 12s are big enough that we won't outgrow them and small enough to store and transport. The two compartments are big enough to carry gear for overnight trips. My wife likes relaxing paddles in lakes. I've had my 12 in windy rivers, waves,… Full review

Wilderness Systems Zephyr 160

rated 5 of 5 stars Great "big water" ride. Fast and maneuverable. Love this kayak. Did quite a bit of research prior to the purchase last spring (2013). The rocker and narrow width make this kayak easy to maneuver and quick in a straight line. Initial stability is OK and while the width is only 23.5 inches it offers plenty of leg room. (I am 6' 0" and weigh 200 lbs.) The seat is super comfortable as Wilderness Systems seats are traditionally known to be. The skeg definitely helps in windy conditions.  This is… Full review

LiquidLogic Remix XP 10

rated 5 of 5 stars Great all-around boat. Yes, there are boats better suited for flat-water or whitewater, but it nicely combines the best of both worlds. As stated in the summary, great all-around boat. Handles Class 2/3 with ease and is what I'd consider "good enough" for shorter flat-water excursions. The storage available makes it a good choice for overnight river trips that may include some whitewater along the route. While the width is great for stability, it does make it a little difficult to roll. Overall… Full review

Wilderness Systems Tempest 165

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a solid, all around sea kayak which, despite its 55 pounds, handles easily in a variety of conditions. The design enables a relatively new paddler to build skills while experiencing better than average performance from the boat. This is a comfortable kayak for an afternoon on the river or three days island hopping in the San Juans. This is an entry level touring kayak that has been an excellent skill builder for myself and my wife. We have small-to-average frames and the boat is well suited… Full review

Top-Rated Touring Kayaks

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Perception Tribute 10
$535 - $675
Point 65 Mercury GTX Solo
Perception Tribute 12
L.L.Bean Casco 12 Kayak
$799 - $849
Perception Expression 11.5 Kayak
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 120
$815 - $1,025
Boreal Kasko Kayak with Rudder
Elie Strait 120
Perception Carolina 12
Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135T Tandem
Boreal Sedna Kayak with Rudder
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Perception Carolina 14
L.L.Bean Casco 14.5 Kayak with Skeg
L.L.Bean Casco 15 Kayak with Skeg
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 125
Necky Manitou 13
Perception Expression 14.5 Kayak with TruTrak Skeg
Elie Strait 120 XE
$1050 MSRP
Jackson Kayaks Journey 13.5
Wilderness Systems Focus 145
$1,140 - $1,311
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 135
$1169 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 135 with Rudder
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Jackson Kayaks Journey 14 With Rudder
Elie Strait 140 XE
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Necky Manitou 14
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140
$1229 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Dagger Alchemy 14.0S
$1299 MSRP
Dagger Alchemy 14.0L
$1299 MSRP
Wilderness Systems Focus 150
Jackson Kayaks Kilroy
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145 with Rudder
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140 with Rudder
Necky Manitou 130R
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 165
$1429 MSRP
Delta Kayaks Delta 12.10
Current Designs Squall GT
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 175 with Rudder
$1569 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Zephyr 160
$1599 MSRP
Wilderness Systems Zephyr 155
$1599 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Tempest 165
Wilderness Systems Tempest 170
Necky Eliza 15 with Rudder
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 165 with Rudder
$1649 MSRP
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 160 with Rudder
$1649 MSRP
Jackson Kayaks Kraken Kayak
Jackson Kayaks Kilroy Realtree Kayak
Eddyline Equinox
Point 65 Mercury GTX Tandem
Delta Kayaks Delta 14 with Rudder
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