My 10 Best Sea Kayaks (Comparison & Buying Guide)

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MY BEST SEA KAYAKS COMPARISON:

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Pros/Cons:
Price:
RIOT KAYAKS EDEGE 14.5 LV FLATWATER DAY TOURING KAYAK
Best
Best for flat-water rides
  • Length: 14.5 ft
  • Paddlers:  1
  • Style: Sit in Touring
  • Kayak weight: 60lbs
  • Features: Slim deck line, Equipped with a pilot rudder system, Ingenious custom fit seating system for extra comfort, Drain plugs to help you drain water, Adjustable seats
    • Made from high-density material for durability
    • equipped with a pilot rudder system
    • reasonably priced
    • The seat is not that very comfortable
    • not ideal for people with bigger feet
    LIFETIME 10 FOOT TANDEM OCEAN KAYAK
    Best
    Best for single or tandem use
  • Length: 10 ft
  • Paddlers: 1 or 2
  • Style: Sit on top recreational
  • Kayak weight: 60lbs
  • Features: Molded-in rear and front carry handles, Soft backrest for great support, High, and dry splash-free seating to keep you dry, 2 double-sided paddles
    • So stable
    • convertible
    • keep you dry
    • tracks well
    • lots of room
    • Its wide design makes it impossible to move fast
    ADVANCED ELEMENTS ADVANCED FRAME KAYAK
    Best
    Best as a puncture-resistant inflatable sea boat
  • Length: 10.5 ft
  • Paddlers:  1
  • Style: Recreational
  • Kayak WEIGHT: 36lbs
  • Features: PVC Tarpaulin Hull for heavy use, Multiple air chambers, Aluminum Rib frame design, Reinforced bow & stern seam
    • Durable
    • great storage space
    • multiple air chambers
    • puncture resistant
    • Quite expensive
    • not suitable for tall and large paddlers
    OCEAN KAYAK 16-FOOT X 4.5-Inch Touring kayak
    Best
    Best as a touring kayak for warm weather conditions
  • Length: 16 ft
  • Paddlers: 2
  • Style: Touring kayak
  • Kayak WEIGHT: 75 lbs
  • Features: 2 Comfort Plus Seats, Side-mounted paddle keeper, Molded-in footwells, Oversized tank alongside a bungee
    • Stable
    • tons of storage space
    • speed
    • easy handling
    • Quite heavy
    • not great for large body person
    WILDERNESS SYSTEMS PUNGO 140 KAYAK
    Best
    Best for straight tracking and larger people
  • Length: 14 ft
  • Paddlers: 1
  • Style: Recreational
  • Kayak weight: 58lbs
  • Features: Fully adjustable seats for extra comfort, Solid build for longevity, Equipped with knee and thigh pads, a Larger cockpit, Sliding foot braces
    • Roomy cockpit
    • adjustable seats
    • enough storage space for everything
    • Foot pegs design makes it quite uncomfortable
    PERCEPTION PESCADOR PILOT PRO SIT ON TOP OCEAN KAYAK
    Best
    Best for sea fishing
  • Length: 10 ft
  • Paddlers: 1
  • Style: Fishing/recreational
  • Kayak weight: 57lbs
  • Features: Optimized design for great fishing expeditions, Storage zones for your items, Replaceable skid plate, UV protected exterior, Adjustable chair
    • Tons of storage space
    • UV protected exterior
    • suitable for fishing
    • paddle not included
    SUNDOLPHIN ARUBA SS SIT-IN KAYAK
    Best
    Best for turning and tracking
  • Length: 10 ft
  • Paddlers: 1
  • Style: Recreational sit-in
  • Kayak weight: 40lbs
  • Features: Made from Fortiflex Polyethylene for durability, Adjustable foot braces, Includes a paddle and water bottle holder, Portable accessory carrier
    • Durable design
    • comfortable seat
    • stable
    • Quite pricey
    • the cockpit is somehow tight
    SEA EAGLE SE370 INFLATABLE OCEAN KAYAK
    Best
    Best budget inflatable sea kayak for up to class III whitewater
  • Length: 12.6 ft
  • Paddlers:  2
  • Style: Inflatable seat on top
  • Kayak weight: 26lbs
  • Features: Inflatable, 2 paddles included, Lightweight design, Removable seats, Foot pump included, Carry bag and 2 skegs for speed and tracking
    • Tracks so well
    • lightweight
    • highly portable
    • Not suitable for a windy day
    FRENZY ONE-PERSON SIT ON TOP RECREATIONAL OCEAN KAYAK
    Best
    Best as a compact and stable design for ocean use
  • Length: 9ft
  • Paddlers:  1
  • Style: Sit on top recreational
  • Kayak weight: 43lbs
  • Features: Compact design, Equipped with a dry hatch, Comfort Plus adjustable seats for extra comfort, Tri Form hull for tracking and stability
    • Stables
    • tracks so well
    • dry storage
    • comfortable seats
    • No scuppers
    ORU KAYAK BEST FOLDING PORTABLE LIGHTWEIGHT KAYAK
    Best
    Best as lightweight sea kayak for fishing and backcountry trips
  • Length: 12 ft
  • Paddlers:  1
  • Style: Foldable, recreational
  • Kayak weight: 28 lbs
  • Features: Made from custom polypropylene, UV protection, Adjustable foot straps for extra comfort, Foldable design
    • Lightweight
    • fast
    • easy to assemble/disassemble and looks sporty
    • Inadequate room for your legs

    MY BEST SEA KAYAKS REVIEWS:

    RIOT KAYAKS EDEGE 14.5 LV FLATWATER DAY TOURING KAYAK 

    • Length: 14.5 ft
    • Paddlers:  1
    • Style: Sit in Touring
    • Kayak weight: 60lbs
    • Features: Slim deck line, Equipped with a pilot rudder system, Ingenious custom-fit seating system for extra comfort, Drain plugs to help you drain water, Adjustable seats
    • Pros:  Made from high-density material for durability, equipped with a pilot rudder system, reasonably priced
    • Cons: The seat is not that very comfortable, not ideal for people with bigger feet

     

    LIFETIME 10 FOOT TANDEM OCEAN KAYAK

    • Length: 10 ft
    • Paddlers: 1 or 2
    • Style: Sit on top recreational
    • Kayak weight: 60lbs
    • Features: Molded-in rear and front carry handles, Soft backrest for great support, High, and dry splash-free seating to keep you dry, 2 double-sided paddles
    • Pros: So stable, convertible, keep you dry, tracks well, lots of room
    • Cons: Its wide design makes it impossible to move fast

     

    ADVANCED ELEMENTS ADVANCED FRAME KAYAK

    • Length: 10.5 ft
    • Paddlers:  1
    • Style: Recreational
    • Kayak WEIGHT: 36lbs
    • Features: PVC Tarpaulin Hull for heavy use, Multiple air chambers, Aluminum Rib frame design, Reinforced bow & stern seam
    • Pros: Durable, great storage space, multiple air chambers, puncture resistant
    • Cons: Quite expensive, not suitable for tall and large paddlers

     

    OCEAN KAYAK 16-FOOT X 4.5-Inch Touring kayak

    • Length: 16 ft
    • Paddlers: 2
    • Style: Touring kayak
    • Kayak WEIGHT: 75 lbs
    • Features: 2 Comfort Plus Seats, Side-mounted paddle keeper, Molded-in footwells, Oversized tank alongside a bungee
    • Pros:  Stable, tons of storage space, speed, easy handling
    • Cons: Quite heavy, not great for large body person

     

    WILDERNESS SYSTEMS PUNGO 140 KAYAK

    • Length: 14 ft
    • Paddlers: 1
    • Style: Recreational
    • Kayak weight: 58lbs
    • Features: Fully adjustable seats for extra comfort, Solid build for longevity, Equipped with knee and thigh pads, a Larger cockpit, Sliding foot braces
    • Pros:  Roomy cockpit, adjustable seats, enough storage space for everything
    • Cons: Foot pegs design makes it quite uncomfortable

     

    PERCEPTION PESCADOR PILOT PRO SIT ON TOP OCEAN

    • Length: 10 ft
    • Paddlers: 1
    • Style: Fishing/recreational
    • Kayak weight: 57lbs
    • Features: Optimized design for great fishing expeditions, Storage zones for your items, Replaceable skid plate, UV protected exterior, Adjustable chair
    • Pros:  Tons of storage space, UV protected exterior, suitable for fishing
    • Cons: paddle not included

     

    SUN DOLPHIN ARUBA SS SIT-IN KAYAK

    • Length: 10 ft
    • Paddlers: 1
    • Style: Recreational sit-in
    • Kayak weight: 40lbs
    • Features: Made from Fortiflex Polyethylene for durability, Adjustable foot braces, Includes a paddle and water bottle holder, Portable accessory carrier
    • Pros:  Durable design, comfortable seat, stable
    • Cons: Quite pricey, the cockpit is somehow tight

     

    SEA EAGLE SE370 INFLATABLE OCEAN KAYAK

    • Length: 12.6 ft
    • Paddlers:  2
    • Style: Inflatable seat on top
    • Kayak weight: 26lbs
    • Features: Inflatable, 2 paddles included, Lightweight design, Removable seats, Foot pump included, Carry bag and 2 skegs for speed and tracking
    • Pros: Tracks so well, lightweight, highly portable
    • Cons: Not suitable for a windy day

     

    FRENZY ONE-PERSON SIT ON TOP RECREATIONAL OCEAN KAYAK

    • Length: 9ft
    • Paddlers:  1
    • Style: Sit on top recreational
    • Kayak weight: 43lbs
    • Features: Compact design, Equipped with a dry hatch, Comfort Plus adjustable seats for extra comfort, Tri Form hull for tracking and stability
    • Pros:  Stables, tracks so well, dry storage, comfortable seats
    • Cons: No scuppers

     

    ORU KAYAK BEST FOLDING PORTABLE LIGHTWEIGHT KAYAK

      • Length: 12 ft
      • Paddlers:  1
    • Style: Foldable, recreational
    • Kayak weight: 28 lbs
    • Features: Made from custom polypropylene, UV protection, Adjustable foot straps for extra comfort, Foldable design
    • Pros: Lightweight, fast, easy to assemble/disassemble, looks sporty
    • Cons: Inadequate room for your legs

     

    HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SEA KAYAK:

    CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS

    This, probably, should be the very first thing you need to consider when buying sea kayak. Normally, sea kayaks hulls come made from different materials including composite such as carbon fiber, fiber glass or hard wearing plastic such as ABS or Polyethylene.

    If you are looking for something stiffer, carbon fiber and Fiberglass will make a lot of sense. These two are very stiff and offer better performance. They also hold their shape for a very long time without developing some sort of dents. Plastic materials, on the other hand, are quite heavy and do not offer stiffness and responsiveness like composite materials. However, they are not prone to damage, especially if you know you are going to paddle in a rocky place.

    COMFORT

    Sea kayaking normally involves traveling for longer periods with the possibility of even spending the night in the sea. For this very reason, you need to consider the amount of comfort you are getting from that particular boat. This is important for it will not only help you stay out on the sea for longer period of time but will also allow you to control your kayak with so much ease. Unlike most kayaks we have in the market today, it is worth noting that sea kayaks usually come with very small cockpits. This is meant to stop the waves from splashing water into your boat. However, ensure it comes with a snug fit; one that should not in any way cut into your ribs. You need to stay as comfortable as possible.

    Size (length and width)

    When buying a sea boat, the length and width are two things you shouldn’t miss to consider. They dictate what you can really do with that boat. For example, if you are looking for a boat with high speed and one that tracks well, you need to go for a longer boat. In this case, a 12 ft boat going up will be the best shot. In other cases, if you are looking for stability, you need to go wider. A wide boat is super stable and also offers a lot of space to allow you to take a lot of things when you are traveling.

    Hull shape

    To find out the level of primary and secondary stability you are going to get, you need to check the shape of the hull right at the bottom. If you don’t want to end up capsizing, you need to go for a more flat bottom as that will give you the best primary stability. For secondly stability, especially when you are on rough waters, you need to go for a shallow V-shaped and arch hull,

    For extra stability, you also need a boat that is heavily rockered. That will allow you to make those seamless turns when you are paddling in rough waters. However, for long-distance touring, the boat should have a very minimal rocker track.

    SKEG AND RUDDER

    Finding a sea boat with a skeg and rudder, you can’t really start to imagine all you can do with it. These two features play a key role as it helps greatly with crosswind tracking. The skeg can be paired with fixed footrest and with that you can achieve greater efficiency. You will find skeg mostly feature in most boats that are usually designed for rough water conditions. As for the ruder, you can really do quite a number of things with it. First, it helps you turn and track, making it the best feature for fishing, racing or even sailing.

    KAYAK ACCESSORIES

    The amount of accessories your kayak comes with is important and must be considered at all times. Although more accessories will mean more money, they truly come in handy. For example, if you know you are going to do those long trips with the possibility of spending a night out there, you want to make sure your boat comes with waterproof bulkheads, as well as, hatches. Additionally, since you will be spending most of your time seated and leaning backward, you need to ensure the boat is well equipped with a decent backrest. The seating must also be highly adjustable to allow you to customize the seat for your specific needs.

    SHOULD MATCH YOUR PURPOSE

    Last but not least; as when you are buying any other type of kayak, you need to ensure the sea boat you are investing in matches exactly what you need. For example, if you know you will be doing those massive waves, you will need different features than a person who will be riding on flat waters. If you are also into scuba diving, ensure that the boat comes equipped with features to keep you safe on your dive. In this case, a sit on top kayak will be more practical than a sit-in kayak.

    In the end, it is important you have a clear picture of what you want to do with that boat before purchasing it.

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