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Kayaks – Features

Water crafts include canoes and kayaks. Choose the one that’s right for you so you and your family can get the most out of your water adventures.

 

Kayaks - Features

If you have decided that you want to try the thrill of kayaking, you will have to decide what type of kayak to buy depending on your needs. There are a myriad of choices in the kayak market. You should determine where you will be using yours, and what sort of water conditions you will be encountering. Also, determine how much you want to spend so you choose the best one for you.

 

Types of Kayaks

Recreational kayaks are wider, shorter and easier to turn. These are ideal for rivers or lakes. The wideness makes them stable and good for beginners and children. They have more leg room, but are not suitable for rough water.


Touring or expedition kayaks are longer in shape and better for extended trips. They offer more maneuverability and control and perform well in windy conditions. They are good for lakes and for more extended adventures, but don’t fare well in rapids. Longer models may be easier to control, but remember they may be harder to portage.


White water kayaks have rounded bottoms, are shorter and are snug fitting. Made for use in rapids, they are designed to be an extension of the paddler’s body. More experienced paddlers can manage these safely in rougher waters.

 

Kayak Size

The size and shape of the kayak is also important in determining if it’s right for you. The wider a kayak is, the more stable it will be. They do require more paddling effort to be controlled. Since they sit low, they can be better for children and smaller individuals. Since you will be sitting in your kayak for periods of time, be sure to measure appropriately so you choose a model that will fit you comfortably.

 

Kayak Materials

Kayaks are made from different materials. Choose yours based on your needs. Plastic kayaks are light and durable, and usually inexpensive. They can take a fair amount of use and abuse. If you are willing to spend more money you should consider a fiberglass model. They are often hand-built which makes them more expensive, but will be a more comfortable fit. On the plus side, they are lighter than plastic and easier to portage. They are also faster in the water. Fibreglass does get damaged fairly easily, so you may also spend more on repairs.