Inflatable Kayaks: Solid Buy or Full of Hot Air? (plus 4 of the best)

As many people are weighing their options for affordable, lightweight, and/or transportable kayaks, they have no doubt been confronted by an explosion in the popularity of inflatable kayaks. Thinking back on one’s childhood days of riding on the back of an inflatable “Shamu the Whale” pool toy probably doesn’t help when imagining whether inflatable kayaks are a good alternative to traditional kayaks.

So what’s the real story? Are inflatable kayaks any good? Are they stable? Are they safe? Are they durable? Or are they mostly hot air? Keep reading to get all your questions about inflatable kayaks answered!

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The 5 Most Ultimate Paddling Vacations Worldwide

If you’re like me, then the thought of your typical beach vacation sounds a little…humdrum. Laying on a sandy beach, dripping sweat, binge eating and sipping cocktails is nice for a day. But what about the other 6 days? Call me crazy, but all that beach bumming gets boring. Give me some adventure! Challenge me! Show me the great outdoors!

For active people like me, I’ve compiled a handy guide of some of the best vacations geared toward paddlers throughout the world. Some of these trips include multiple sports like rafting or hiking, others are in remote destinations, and there are even some that combine the rustic outdoors with 5-star hospitality. Read on for the 5 best paddling vacations worldwide and start planning!

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The 5 Best Short and Lightweight Kayaks of 2016

Are you the type of person who’s always wanted to get out on the water for some fun and a little bit of exercise but have always been put off by the thought of transporting a big, heavy kayak all over the place? Time to put away the excuses! We’ve compiled a list of the best short and lightweight kayaks of 2016 to get you on the water with minimal hassle.

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2 Amazing Fishing SUPs to Help Discover New Spots and Slay Those Fish

You’ve got bass and bonefish on the brain and know of a few spots you’d love to be able to fish but you just can’t get to them in your boat. What are you going to do? You’ve heard about SUP fishing before but aren’t quite sure what it’s about. After all, you’ve never fished in anything but a boat and aren’t sure if paddle board fishing will be right for you. What is stand up paddle board fishing, anyway? You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers. Find out everything you need to know about SUP fishing below including our picks for 2 of the best fishing SUPs!

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Destination Bahamas: 5 Best Paddle Places in the Bahamas

You’ve got a serious case of itchy feet and are ready to splash some new water with your SUP or kayak. In my 9 years working on luxury yachts, I still consider the Bahamas one of my favorite destinations. Turquoise blue waters, soft white sand, and far fewer boats and traffic than what you find in many other places in the Caribbean make this a perfect escape if you want to become one with your kayak.

You don’t need to be on a yacht to access all of these places, but you will need a boat to get to most of them, whether that be a sailboat, a power boat, or a catamaran. Load up your board or yak, hop on a friend’s boat or rent your own, and cruise to these fabulous destinations.

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Top 3 Tandem Fishing Kayaks of 2016

Kayaks are a great way to get out on the water and sneak into your favorite fishing spot or other shallow water honey hole that isn’t accessible via boat.

But what fun is it to go yak fishing and not have anyone to witness the monster fish you just landed without being accused of telling fish tales? That’s why tandem kayaks are great because you can bring a friend or family member along to share a nice day on the water with. So which is the best tandem fishing kayak for you? We’ve picked out 3 of the best two person kayaks out there that will be sure to have you telling fish tales for years to come.

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3 Kickass Sit On Top Kayaks for Beginners: The Definitive Reviews

So you’re ready to take the plunge (figuratively, not literally) and buy a new kayak, right? The last thing you want is a kayak that capsizes the moment you set foot in it, leaving you soaking wet treading water while trying to figure out how to get back in the darn thing.

With that in mind, which kayak will be best to make sure you don’t take the plunge literally and can avoid an unexpected wet exit? For most, the answer is a nice, stable sit on top kayak, also known as a SOT kayak.

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