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Recent Touring Kayak Reviews

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

LiquidLogic Remix XP 10

rated 5 of 5 stars This is such a smooth ride. I never get the feeling of sore bottom. Tons of storage space, slim line with quick response. This is one quick ride, worth the investment. I fish, photograph, and cruise in this kayak. Love my Liquid Logic. Full review

Current Designs Double Vision Tandem

rated 5 of 5 stars After paddling the boat for 3 years I can say that the boat is well made and it is very sable in extremely rough conditions. The seats are really comfortable and even though my wife has arthritis and I deal with lower back pain, we can spend several hours out on the water without much trouble. We used to have two single kayaks, but we both paddle at different rates so someone was always waiting for the other person to catch up. With a tandem, you never have to wait for someone to catch up. If someone… Full review

Necky Manitou 14

rated 5 of 5 stars This is an excellent boat that tracks well, and has excellent primary and secondary stability. My wife and I use them along the New England Coastline fairly close to shore and in the bays and estuaries. The skegs work extremely well on windy days or in currents. My wife and I love these boats. We started kayaking in flat water lakes, and calm rivers about 10 years ago. At that time we had 9' recreational kayaks (Wilderness Systems Rascals) which were fine for our needs at that time. However as we… Full review

Jackson Kayaks Journey 14 With Rudder

rated 5 of 5 stars Great handling boat, I used this boat on the class 2 river and also in the Georgia Bay. I am very impressed with boat and would recommend that everyone check this boat out before purchasing any kayak. I have the 14 foot with rudder and I am 6 foot tall and weigh 170 and the boat is perfect for me. I use the adjustable hip pads to make the fit just perfect for me. My wife is 5 foot 7in and she weighs 130 and she also uses the hip pads to make her fit nice and snug. I really have nothing but good… Full review

LiquidLogic Inuit 12.5

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a very stable platform and can handle rough water with the best of them. I own a guided sea kayaking company in northwest Montana. I have paddled a Dagger Catalyst for over 16 years. I wanted something similar to the Catalyst for my fleet, but they no longer make that model. I was turned onto Liquid Logic this year by a friend. I wanted the Liquid Logic Inuit 13'5 for my fleet. After talking to the Liquid Logic rep I found out that the 13'5 model does not have a universal cockpit. However,… Full review

Perception Expression 15.0 Kayak with TruTrak Skeg

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A fantastic touring kayak that handles well in most conditions. Build quality is good and paddling it is a pleasure. Easy to roll, paddles well on edge and great for the intermediate paddler to advance their skills but isn't quite ready for (or doesn't have the storage for!) a longer more dedicated sea boat. I have used both the 14.5 Expression (called the 14 in the UK) and the Expression 15. Both are great boats that in some instances noticeably different. Starting with storage, the 15 has a… Full review

Top-Rated Touring Kayaks

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Wilderness Systems Zephyr 160
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems
Zephyr 160
reviewed Jun 10, 2014
$1,519 - $1,986
LiquidLogic Remix XP 10
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
LiquidLogic
Remix XP 10
reviewed Apr 15, 2014
$1,099
Wilderness Systems Tempest 165
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems
Tempest 165
reviewed Apr 3, 2014
$1,599 - $2,066
Current Designs Double Vision Tandem
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Current Designs
Double Vision Tandem
reviewed Mar 1, 2014
$1,999
Necky Manitou 14
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Necky
Manitou 14
reviewed Feb 23, 2014
$1,100
Jackson Kayaks Journey 14 With Rudder
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Jackson Kayaks
Journey 14 With Rudder
reviewed Oct 31, 2013
$1,399
LiquidLogic Inuit 12.5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
LiquidLogic
Inuit 12.5
reviewed Jun 20, 2013
Perception Expression 15.0 Kayak with TruTrak Skeg
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Perception
Expression 15.0 Kayak with TruTrak Skeg
reviewed Apr 4, 2013
$960 - $1,129
Pelican International Pursuit 140
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Pelican International
Pursuit 140
reviewed Mar 22, 2013
Native Watercraft Ultimate 14.5 Solo
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Native Watercraft
Ultimate 14.5 Solo
reviewed Aug 28, 2012
Dagger Alchemy 14.0S
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Dagger
Alchemy 14.0S
reviewed Jul 18, 2012
$1299 MSRP
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 135
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems
Tsunami 135
reviewed Jul 1, 2010
$1,169 - $1,594
Hurricane Santee Expedition 128
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hurricane
Santee Expedition 128
reviewed Jun 13, 2010
$1,149
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems
Tsunami 145
reviewed May 21, 2010
$1,169 - $1,389
Native Watercraft Ultimate 14.5 Tandem
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Native Watercraft
Ultimate 14.5 Tandem
reviewed Apr 27, 2010
Dagger Alchemy 14.0L
Dagger
Alchemy 14.0L
$1,229 - $1,696
Wilderness Systems Focus 155
Wilderness Systems
Focus 155
$1,639
L.L.Bean Calypso 12 Kayak
L.L.Bean
Calypso 12 Kayak
$739 - $949
Perception Expression 14.5 Kayak with TruTrak Skeg
Perception
Expression 14.5 Kayak with TruTrak Skeg
$960 - $1,596
Necky Chatham 17
Necky
Chatham 17
$1,400 - $2,217
Eddyline Fathom LV
Eddyline
Fathom LV
$2,699
Necky Looksha 14
Necky
Looksha 14
$1,400 - $1,867
LiquidLogic Remix XP9
LiquidLogic
Remix XP9
$1,099
Current Designs Solstice GTS
Current Designs
Solstice GTS
$3,399
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 125
Wilderness Systems
Tsunami 125
$1,019 - $1,444
Necky Manitou 13
Necky
Manitou 13
$900
Delta Kayaks 15s
Delta Kayaks
15s
$2,295
Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135T Tandem
Wilderness Systems
Pamlico 135T Tandem
$899 - $919
Eddyline Samba 13
Eddyline
Samba 13
$2,269
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 120
Wilderness Systems
Tsunami 120
$1,019
Perception Expression 11.5 Kayak
Perception
Expression 11.5 Kayak
$829
Current Designs Squall GTS
Current Designs
Squall GTS
$1,239
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145 with Rudder
Wilderness Systems
Tsunami 145 with Rudder
$1,389 - $1,689
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 165 with Rudder
Wilderness Systems
Tsunami 165 with Rudder
$1,679
Eddyline Journey 15
Eddyline
Journey 15
$2,469
Necky Looksha 12 Si
Necky
Looksha 12 Si
$1,000
Jackson Kayaks Journey 13.5
Jackson Kayaks
Journey 13.5
$1,179 - $1,399
Necky Eliza 15 with Rudder
Necky
Eliza 15 with Rudder
$1,280 - $2,067
Wilderness Systems Focus 145
Wilderness Systems
Focus 145
$1,639
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 175 with Rudder
Wilderness Systems
Tsunami 175 with Rudder
$1,749
Wilderness Systems Focus 150
Wilderness Systems
Focus 150
$1,639
Eddyline Fathom
Eddyline
Fathom
$2,699
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140 with Rudder
Wilderness Systems
Tsunami 140 with Rudder
$1,389
Perception Carolina 14
Perception
Carolina 14
$949 - $1,378
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 160 with Rudder
Wilderness Systems
Tsunami 160 with Rudder
$1,649 - $1,679
L.L.Bean Casco 14 Kayak
L.L.Bean
Casco 14 Kayak
$969 - $1,179
Eddyline Raven Kayak
Eddyline
Raven Kayak
$2,799
Eddyline Denali Kayak
Eddyline
Denali Kayak
$2,499
Necky Manitou 130R
Necky
Manitou 130R
$1,000
Boreal Epsilon P300
Boreal
Epsilon P300
$1,350
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