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Choosing a Kayak



How to Choose a Kayak

There are a number of issues you may wish to consider when selecting a kayak. Some of these include:

  • Do you want the ability to paddle with another person (tandem), do you wish to paddle solo or do you want both options.
  • What type of water conditions will you typically encounter. Coastal, ocean, calm lakes, swells, whitewater, surf, moving rivers, etc.
  • What size kayak do you need; what is your size and height
  • Will you be carrying a lot of paddling gear
  • Do you plan on long excursions, short paddles or all-day use
  • What type weather or water temperatures will you be paddling in. Do you want the ability to use a spray skirt or do you prefer a more open design?
  • Do you need a self-bailing option
  • What weight, length of kayak do you feel comfortable carrying around.
  • What are your storage options
  • Do you prefer more of a canoe-type paddle (sitting up higher from the water) or an enclosed type kayak that is lower in the water.
  • Do you want a “pump-up-and-go” type kayak, or are you more detail-oriented and willing to spend more time setting a kayak up.


You can also read two articles we've put together to help you out.

At AirKayaks.com, we understand it can be difficult weighing all the options. We’re always happy to answer any questions. Feel free to give us a call at 707-998-0135 or email info@airkayaks.com


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