How to Choose the Right Kayak for You

There are hundreds of options to choose from when it comes to buying a new kayak. Kayaks allow you to get some exercise while seeing places you wouldn’t otherwise view on land. If you’re new to buying a kayak, you might be wondering which one is best for you. We’ve put some tips together to keep in mind, so you know what to look for.

Budget and Weight

Knowing how much you want to spend right from the get-go will save you a lot of time. Typically, lightweight kayaks cost more than heavier ones. There are benefits to lighter kayaks, such as being easier to lift, and you can go faster in them. However, you might be able to find a kayak that is a happy medium. One that won’t break the budget, but one that isn’t too heavy for you, either.


kayak on beach of lake with space trailer nearbyThe size of a kayak might dictate whether you want it or not. Longer kayaks are known to offer more storage space and glide quicker. While shorter kayaks are better for turning and using more for recreational purposes. You also must consider how you plan to transport your kayak. If you own a SPACE Trailer, hauling any length kayak is easy on top of its Space Bars. Not only that, but you don’t have to lift the kayak up as high as on top of a car, either.

Where do You Want to Kayak?

Knowing what you want to use your kayak for and where you plan to use it is important. If you plan on using it more in calm waters such as a small lake or steady river, then recreational kayaks are perfect. If you plan to go in rougher water, sit-in kayaks are the better option.

Sit in vs. Sit on Top

There are two main styles of kayaks. One where you can sit inside the kayak, and one where you sit more on top of it. For recreational purposes, either option will work for you. For rougher waters or using kayaks to travel long distances, the sit-in style is best. What matters most is that you try out kayaks for yourself. Whatever style, length, and color you choose ends up being a personal preference! Pick the one that fits you the best and makes you feel most comfortable.

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