I’ll admit it, I’m neither big nor tall. I hit my peak of 5 feet 3 inches when I was in 7th grade. I’ve embraced my shortness my whole life, basking in my glee at being able to fit into cramped or tight spaces with relative ease.
Airplanes have never bothered me as I can usually fit comfortably (more or less) into their tiny seats. If I get the window seat, I usually pick my knees up and use the armrest in front of me as a foot brace and the wall as support while I curl up and take a nap.
So it never occurred to me that kayaks might seem intimidating or present a bit of a challenge to those blessed with more vertical longitude than me. I can just slip into the cockpit and away I go to paddle to far off places.
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!
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 2017 to get you on the water with minimal hassle.
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.
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.