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Recent Touring Kayak Reviews

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

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

Top-Rated Touring Kayaks

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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Perception Carolina 12 reviewed Jan 16, 2016
$895
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Necky Eliza 15 with Rudder reviewed Jan 11, 2016
$1,600
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Perception Expression 11.5 Kayak reviewed Aug 23, 2015
$805 - $809
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140 with Rudder reviewed Jul 30, 2015
$1,395 - $1,399
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Impex Kayak Montauk reviewed Jul 2, 2015
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Eddyline Sea Star reviewed May 23, 2015
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Perception Carolina 14 reviewed Jan 8, 2015
$975
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Necky Looksha 12 reviewed Nov 9, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Zephyr 160 reviewed Jun 10, 2014
$1599 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
LiquidLogic Remix XP 10 reviewed Apr 15, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Tempest 165 reviewed Apr 3, 2014
$1,635
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Current Designs Double Vision Tandem reviewed Mar 1, 2014
$1,999
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Necky Manitou 14 reviewed Feb 23, 2014
$1,200
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Jackson Kayaks Journey 14 With Rudder reviewed Oct 31, 2013
$1,199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
LiquidLogic Inuit 12.5 reviewed Jun 20, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Perception Expression 15.0 Kayak with TruTrak Skeg reviewed Apr 4, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Pelican International Pursuit 140 reviewed Mar 22, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Native Watercraft Ultimate 14.5 Solo reviewed Aug 28, 2012
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Dagger Alchemy 14.0S reviewed Jul 18, 2012
$1299 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 135 reviewed Jul 1, 2010
$1169 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hurricane Santee Expedition 128 reviewed Jun 13, 2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145 reviewed May 21, 2010
$1,175 - $1,179
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Native Watercraft Ultimate 14.5 Tandem reviewed Apr 27, 2010
 
Delta Kayaks Delta 12.10
$1,480
L.L.Bean Calypso 12 Kayak
$779
Perception Expression 14.5 Kayak with TruTrak Skeg
$1,005
Eddyline Fathom LV
$2,699
Current Designs Solstice GTS
$3,399
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 125
$1,025 - $1,029
 
Delta Kayaks 15.5 GT
$2,350
Necky Manitou 13
$1,000
 
Delta Kayaks 15s
$2,295
Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135T Tandem
$925 - $979
Delta Kayaks Delta 16
$2,425
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 120
$815 - $1,029
Current Designs Equinox GT Kayak
$3,059
 
Current Designs Squall GT
$1,549
L.L.Bean Casco 14.5 Kayak with Skeg
$999
 
Boreal Sedna Kayak with Rudder
$595
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145 with Rudder
$1,395 - $1,399
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 165 with Rudder
$1,689
 
Boreal Kasko Kayak with Rudder
$543
Jackson Kayaks Journey 13.5
$1,119
Wilderness Systems Focus 145
$1,311
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 175 with Rudder
$1,689
Wilderness Systems Focus 150
$1,311
Jackson Kayaks Kraken Kayak
$1,799
Eddyline Fathom
$2,699
L.L.Bean Casco 15 Kayak with Skeg
$999
Jackson Kayaks Kilroy
$1,349
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