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My 10 Best Lightweight Kayaks (Comparison & Buying Guide)

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QUICK ANSWER: MY BEST LIGHTWEIGHT KAYAKS

 

MY BEST LIGHTWEIGHT KAYAKS COMPARISON:

Product:
Features:
Pros/Cons:
Price:
Best as an inflatable kayak for long trips with multiple air chambers
Best
SEVYLOR QUIKPAK K1 1-PERSON KAYAK
  • Length: 8 ft long
  • Kayak WEIGHT: 19.75 lbs
  • Kayak Capacity: 400lbs
  • Style: Recreational/ Fishing
  • Type: Solo
  • Features: Multiple air chambers, Made from durable PVC, Equipped with a handle for easy transportation, Good number of footrest positions, Adjustable release seat back, Includes a paddle
    • Quite cheap
    • incredibly lightweight
    • stable
    • well built
    • Below average performance
    • less storage space
    Best as comfortable sit-in-kayak for beginners
    Best
    SUN DOLPHIN ARUBA 10-FOOT SIT IN LIGHTWEIGHT KAYAK
  • Length: 10 ft long
  • Kayak WEIGHT: 44lbs
  • Kayak Capacity: 250 lbs
  • Style: Recreational
  • Type: solo
  • Features: spacious cockpit, Adjustable padded seat, Adjustable braces for your feet, Spray deflector collar, Great gear storage
    • Great stability
    • storage box
    • an ideal choice for beginners
    • does not offer great maneuverability
    Best for hands-free cruising
    Best
    HOBIE MIRAGE PASSPORT
  • Length: 10.6 FT long
  • Kayak WEIGHT: 34lbs
  • Kayak Capacity: 325 lbs
  • Style: Pedal
  • Type: Solo
  • Features: Spacious cockpit to accommodate a variety of paddlers, Stores really easy, Can be transported on top of a car, Its seat can be used as beach chair when on land
    • easy to use
    • comfortable seat
    • a hole can render it useless
    Best for water sport
    Best
    OUTDOOR TUFF STINGER 3 OTF-2751PK INFLATABLE LIGHTWEIGHT KAYAK
  • Length: 9.1 ft long
  • Kayak WEIGHT: 25 lbs
  • Kayak Capacity: 275 lbs
  • Style: Recreational/ Fishing
  • Type: Solo
  • Features: inflatable foot air pump, includes a paddle, Nylon splash guard to keep you dry, Carrying backpack for easy transportation
    • really quick inflation
    • rigid and highly durable
    • Not so great seat
    Best for universal water conditions
    Best
    ADVANCED ELEMENTS ADVANCEDFrame SPORT KAYAK
  • Length: 10.5 ft
  • Kayak WEIGHT: 26 lbs
  • Kayak Capacity: 250lbs
  • Style: Recreational
  • Type: Solo
  • Features: Spacious cockpit, Includes a paddle, Aluminum bow, and stern for great paddling performance
    • Cut through water so well
    • tracks really well
    • easy to store
    • You have to invest in your own pump
    • slight damage can render it useless
    Best for flatwater cruising
    Best
    DAGGER ZYDECO 9.0 LIGHWEIIGHT KAYAK
  • Length: 9 ft
  • Kayak WEIGHT: 36lbs
  • Kayak Capacity: 220 lbs
  • Style: Fishing/ recreational
  • Type: solo
  • Features: Adjustable CFS-R seat, Large cockpit, Slide Lock foot brace system for comfort
    • easy to transport
    • incredibly responsive
    • Equipped with an adjustable cockpit
    • Doesn’t cut through water well
    Best as a solid construction and inexpensive kayak
    Best
    OLD TOWN CANOES AND KAYAKS HERON 9XT KAYAK
  • Length: 9.5 ft long
  • Kayak WEIGHT:  39lbs
  • Kayak Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Style: Recreational
  • Type: SOLO
  • Features: Durable polyethylene construction, Equipped with a foot brace system, ComfortFlex seat
    • Tracks really well
    • great performance
    • Inexpensive
    • Easy to store
    • not suitable for a tall paddler
    • not equipped with a drain plug
    Best for long trips
    Best
    INTEX CHALLENGER K1 LIGHTWEIGHT KAYAK
  • Length: 9 feet
  • Kayak WEIGHT: 25lbs
  • Kayak Capacity: 220 lbs
  • Style: Fishing
  • Type: Solo
  • FeaturesIncredibly tough welded material, Inflatable floor, Equipped with Boston valves for easy inflation and deflation, Cargo to help you store your gears
    • Inflatable and won’t puncture easily
    • great value for your money
    • it comes with a pump
    • in case of a hole
    • patching it is difficult
    Best for maneuverability and stability
    Best
    EMOTION 90244 SPITFIRE KAYAK
  • Length: 8 feet long
  • Kayak WEIGHT: 39lbs
  • Kayak Capacity: 240 lb
  • Style: Touring
  • Type: Solo
  • Features: Front and rear handles for easy transport, made from high-density polyethylene, ST performance hull for stability, Secure foot bracing
    • Stable
    • lightweight
    • durable
    • easy to maneuver
    • tracks poorly
    • below-average performance
    Best option if you are kayaking with your kid
    Best
    SEA EAGLE 330 INFLATABLE KAYAK
  • Length: 9.5 ft long
  • Kayak WEIGHT: 29lbs
  • Kayak Capacity: 500 lbs
  • Style: Tandem
  • Type: Tandem
  • Features: Made from tough polykrylar material, It is fully inflatable, Equipped with a self-draining valve
    • Inexpensive
    • It is tough
    • enough space for two people
    • uncomfortable for long rides
    • it is incredibly tough to clean

     

     

    MY BEST LIGHTWEIGHT KAYAKS REVIEWS:

    SEVYLOR QUIKPAK K1 1-PERSON KAYAK

    • Length: 8 ft long
    • Kayak WEIGHT: 19.75 lbs
    • Kayak Capacity: 400lbs
    • Style: Recreational/ Fishing
    • Type: Solo
    • Features: Multiple air chambers, Made from durable PVC, Equipped with a handle for easy transportation, Good number of footrest positions, Adjustable release seat back, Includes a paddle
    • What I like: Quite cheap, incredibly lightweight, stable, well built
    • What I don’t like: Below average performance, less storage space

     

    SUN DOLPHIN ARUBA 10-FOOT SIT IN LIGHTWEIGHT KAYAK

    • Length: 10 ft long
    • Kayak WEIGHT: 44lbs
    • Kayak Capacity: 250 lbs
    • Style: Recreational
    • Type: solo
    • Features: spacious cockpit, Adjustable padded seat, Adjustable braces for your feet, Spray deflector collar, Great gear storage
    • What I like: Great stability, storage box, an ideal choice for beginners 
    • What I don’t like: does not offer great maneuverability

     

    HOBIE MIRAGE PASSPORT

    • Length: 10.6 FT long
    • Kayak WEIGHT: 34lbs
    • Kayak Capacity: 325 lbs
    • Style: Pedal
    • Type: Solo
    • Features: Spacious cockpit to accommodate a variety of paddlers, Stores really easy, Can be transported on top of a car, Its seat can be used as beach chair when on land
    • What I like: easy to use, comfortable seat
    • What I don’t like: a hole can render it useless

     

    OUTDOOR TUFF STINGER 3 OTF-2751PK INFLATABLE LIGHTWEIGHT KAYAK

    • Length: 9.1 ft long
    • Kayak WEIGHT: 25 lbs
    • Kayak Capacity: 275 lbs
    • Style: Recreational/ Fishing
    • Type: Solo
    • Features: inflatable foot air pump, includes a paddle, Nylon splash guard to keep you dry, Carrying backpack for easy transportation
    • What I like: really quick inflation, rigid and highly durable
    • What I don’t like: Not so great seat

     

    ADVANCED ELEMENTS ADVANCEDFrame SPORT KAYAK 

    • Length: 10.5 ft
    • Kayak WEIGHT: 26 lbs
    • Kayak Capacity: 250lbs
    • Style: Recreational
    • Type: Solo
    • Features: Spacious cockpit, Includes a paddle, Aluminum bow, and stern for great paddling performance
    • What I like: Cut through water so well, tracks really well, easy to store
    • What I don’t like: You have to invest in your own pump, slight damage can render it useless

     

    DAGGER ZYDECO 9.0 LIGHWEIIGHT KAYAK

    • Length: 9 ft
    • Kayak WEIGHT: 36lbs
    • Kayak Capacity: 220 lbs
    • Style: Fishing/ recreational
    • Type: solo
    • Features: Adjustable CFS-R seat, Large cockpit, Slide Lock foot brace system for comfort
    • What I like: easy to transport, incredibly responsive. Equipped with an adjustable cockpit
    • What I don’t like: Doesn’t cut through water well

     

    OLD TOWN CANOES AND KAYAKS HERON 9XT KAYAK

    • Length: 9.5 ft long
    • Kayak WEIGHT:  39lbs
    • Kayak Capacity: 300 lbs
    • Style: Recreational
    • Type: SOLO
    • Features: Durable polyethylene construction, Equipped with a foot brace system, ComfortFlex seat
    • What I like: Tracks really well, great performance, Inexpensive, Easy to store
    • What I don’t like: not suitable for a tall paddler, not equipped with a drain plug

     

    INTEX CHALLENGER K1 LIGHTWEIGHT KAYAK

    • Length: 9 feet
    • Kayak WEIGHT: 25lbs
    • Kayak Capacity: 220 lbs
    • Style: Fishing
    • Type: Solo
    • FeaturesIncredibly tough welded material, Inflatable floor, Equipped with Boston valves for easy inflation and deflation, Cargo to help you store your gears
    • What I like: Inflatable and won’t puncture easily, great value for your money, it comes with a pump
    • What I don’t like: in case of a hole, patching it is difficult

     

    EMOTION 90244 SPITFIRE KAYAK

    • Length: 8 feet long
    • Kayak WEIGHT: 39lbs
    • Kayak Capacity: 240 lb
    • Style: Touring
    • Type: Solo
    • Features: Front and rear handles for easy transport, made from high-density polyethylene, ST performance hull for stability, Secure foot bracing
    • What I like: Stable, lightweight, durable, easy to maneuver
    • What I don’t like: tracks poorly, below-average performance

     

    SEA EAGLE 330 INFLATABLE KAYAK

    • Length: 9.5 ft long
    • Kayak WEIGHT: 29lbs
    • Kayak Capacity: 500 lbs
    • Style: Tandem
    • Type: Tandem
    • Features: Made from tough polykrylar material, It is fully inflatable, Equipped with a self-draining valve
    • What I like: Inexpensive, It is tough, enough space for two people
    • What I don’t like: uncomfortable for long rides, it is incredibly tough to clean

     

    HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST LIGHTWEIGHT KAYAK:

    Nailing a perfect lightweight kayak for your next trip is never easy. The market is packed with a wide range of designs and styles and if you don’t know what to look for when buying one, you can easily be spoilt for choice. To help you find a decent kayak that will meet your needs, here are top things you need to consider when choosing your kayak.

    WHERE YOU INTEND TO USE THE KAYAK

    This, probably, is the first thing that comes into mind when buying a kayak. Many at times, where you intend to use the kayak in will inform the choice. Take your time and do a little research about the area you plan on going as that will help you nail the right kayak for you. For example, if you know you will have to deal with larger rivers and those easy-going lakes, you will do well with a sit on top kayak.

    LENGTH

    The length of the kayak can determine how it is going to be portable. For example, if you go for a shorter kayak, you will find such a kayak to be incredibly portable. That is not even all, the shorter kayak does well when in rivers and lakes. They come with outstanding maneuverability. They come with one issue though; they lack speed. So if you are looking for a kayak for cruising, you may want to put your money on a much longer kayak. Longer kayak can track well and as they can travel in a straight line with so much ease.

    STABILITY

    This is related to the type of hull your boat comes with. They are those are quite stable while others are less stable. When it comes to stability, we can actually break it into two; primary and secondary stability. You need to ensure you get these two types of stability from your boat.

    • Primary stability: Also popularly known as initial stability, this basically refers to how stable your boat is when you first step into it. This means you are less likely to flip over when you step or sit on the kayak.
    • Secondary stability: This refers to how stable the boat is once you start paddling. As you move through water, you are less likely to roll over.

    HULL TYPE

    When you are out there looking for the best lightweight kayak, you may also want to check the kayak’s hull design before buying it. The hull, typically, is the shape of the bottom of your boat. This plays a key role as it can make a huge difference in the stability and performance of the water. We have quite a number of hull designs in the market, and you can choose to go for one of them depending largely on what you really need.

    • Flat hull: With this type of hull, you get great stability and maneuverability. The flatter the hull, the more stable your boat would be. If you are looking for a recreational lightweight kayak for your next trip, a flat hull design will be more practical. It is also an amazing choice for beginners for it offers the best stability.
    • V-Shaped hull:  This type of hull can cut really well through water. A kayak with this hull can also maintain a straight line. They are also great for recreational paddling and mostly you will find in long-distance and touring kayaks. They are less stable though.
    • Rounded Hull: With this hull design, we are talking about speed and easier travel through water.  A kayak that comes with this type of hull is incredibly maneuverable and offers secondary stability.
    • Pontoon: Because it brings both the features of a flat hull and rounded hull, this is known to provide amazing stability. However, they are a bit slow, making them unsuitable option for cruising or if you are just looking for top speed.

    COMFORT

    The amount of comfort your kayak offer is important and must be considered as well. So when you are sieving through that long list of kayaks in the market, ensure you buy one that you can fit into comfortably. This will not only allow you to paddle your kayak for longer periods of time but will also allow you to control your kayak with so much ease.

    When it comes to comfort, some of the things you might want to look out for include a kayak that comes with great adjustability. This will allow you to customize your kayak to fit your shape. So if you can find one with an adjustable seat, footplates and high braces that would be really great.

    STORAGE

    If you are going to ride for an extended period of time, obviously, you would have to bring some essential and gear along with you. For this very reason, you need enough storage space. Most kayaks we have in the market often come equipped with fore hatches to help you store your gears. Others also come with bungee cords right on the outside of your kayak for extra storage.

    PUNCTURE RESISTANCE

    If you are looking for nothing but an inflatable kayak, you need something you can deflate and have it packed into a really small size you need to consider the kind of puncture resistance that particular kayak comes with. It is important you go for tough material. Inflatable kayaks all run the risk of being punctured. So when buying one, lookout for triple layered out-skin as that will provide maximum puncture resistance.

    Last modified: January 23, 2021

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