CHOOSING A KAYAK

CHOOSING A KAYAK

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When choosing the kayak that is right for you, there are many factors to take into consideration. Use the information below to learn more about the different types of kayaking and which type of kayak is best suited to each. We also recommend talking to your local dealer to help with this decision...

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Kayaks come in all shapes and sizes. Watch this video to know how to choose the right kayak for your style of paddling.

STEP ONE – PADDLING STYLE

Where do you want to kayak and what is your main purpose?  We make recreational and touring kayaks, each with a specific combination of performance, outfitting and storage options.

AttributesRecreationalTouring
Types of WaterPonds, small lakes, sheltered bays, slow moving riversOpen lakes, bays, moving rivers,  current, limited ocean
Trip Duration Day tripsDay or weekend trips
Skill Level Low to intermediateIntermediate to advanced
Storage Low to moderateModerate

STEP TWO – KAYAK PERFORMANCE

The following chart helps you understand the average performance characteristics you can expect for each type of kayak. Kayak lengths and hull types will greatly influence its performance.

CharacteristicRecreationalTouring
Stability********
Speed/Glide********
Tracking********
Manoeuverability********

STEP THREE – HULL DESIGN

The right hull type can make all the difference. Consult the chart below to find out more about which performance characteristics are optimized for each hull type, then find the one that responds to your needs.

HULL TYPECHARACTERISTICSDESIGNPRODUCTS
DEEP V CHINE HULL
  • Shallow V properties with added performance
  • Gets on edge to turn and steer
  • Quicker, faster and more nimble
 
  • ESCAPE 100X                                                                           
MULTI CHINE FLAT BOTTOM HULL
  • Great tracking and manoeuvrability
  • High level of stability
  • Superior capacity
  • Flat bottom stable on ground for loading

  • ALLIANCE 136T

  • UNISON 136T
  • STRIKE 100X
  • STRIKE 120X
  • STRIKE 100X ANGLER
  • STRIKE 120X ANGLER
  • ENFORCER 120X
  • TRAX 130 ANGLER
SHALLOW V CHINE HULL
  • Manoeuvrable
  • Improve performance when paddling
  • Good secondary stability
  • Tracks and turns well

  • SPRINT 80X
  • THRIVER 100
  • APEX 80XE
TUNNEL HULL
  • Easily manoeuvrable
  • Superior stability
  • Versatile
                        
  • CATCH 120
  • CATCH 120NXT
TWIN-ARCHED MULTI CHINE HULL
  • Great stability
  • Quick mastery of the kayak
  • Versatile
  • Tracks well

  • ARGO 100
  • BOUNTY 100X
  • BOUNTY 100EXO
  • ARGO 120
  • SENTINEL 100X
  • SENTRY 100X
  • SENTRY 100X EXO
  • ARGO 100 ANGLER
  • BOUNTY 100X ANGLER
  • SENTINEL 100X ANGLER
  • SENTRY 100X ANGLER

  • ATHENA 100X
  • INTREPID 100X
  • INTREPID 100X EXO
  • INTREPID 120X
  • ESCAPE 120X
  • INTREPID 100X ANGLER
  • INTREPID 120X ANGLER

SHALLOW TWIN-ARCHED V HULL                

  • Great stability
  • Easy mastery of the kayak
  • Versatile

  • APEX 130T
TWIN TUNNEL HULL
  • Easily manoeuvrable
  • Superior stability

  • SOLO