My 10 Best Sit-On-Top Kayaks (Comparison & Buying Guide)

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MY BEST SIT-ON-TOP KAYAKS COMPARISON:

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Best for commuting
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RACE FACE NANO
  • Weight: 164g
  • Waterproof: yes
  • Windproof:  yes
  • Materials: Nylon Ripstop
  • Vents: Vented
    • Versatile
    • detachable hood
    • waterproof
    • mesh air vents
    • Difficult removing it when you are on the bike
    Best for speed racers
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    WOLFBIKE FLEECE THERMAL
  • Weight: 861.9g
  • Waterproof: No
  • Windproof: Yes
  • Materials: Spandex and Polyester
  • Vents: vented
    • budget-friendly
    • UV-protection
    • scratch-resistant design
    • not waterproof
    Best for cold weather conditions
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    Gore Bike Wear C3 Gore-Tex Paclite
  • Weight: 282g
  • Waterproof: yes
  • Windproof: yes
  • Materials: GORE-TEX fabric
  • Vents: vented
    • Extremely breathable
    • GORE-TEX active technology
    • perfect for cold weather conditions
    • Quite pricey
    Best for backcountry trails
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    COLUMBIA OUTDRY EX ECO
  • Weight: 340.20g
  • Waterproof: yes
  • Windproof: yes
  • Materials: polyester
  • Vents: vented
    • breathable
    • zippered pocket
    • waterproof
    • you can easily adjust its fit
    • Expensive
    The best option for cross country trail riding
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    MARMOT 41200 PRECIP-
  • Weight: 362.90g
  • Waterproof: yes
  • Windproof: yes
  • Materials: Nylon NanoPro Ripstop
  • Vents: vented
    • Budget-friendly
    • waterproof
    • free movement when inside
    • comfortable
    • baggier making it a bit loose on some people
    Best-budget for cross country trail riding
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    THE NORTH FACE VENTURE 2-
  • Weight: 330g
  • Waterproof: yes
  • Windproof: yes
  • Materials: DryVent Nylon & Polyester
  • Vents: vented
    • water repellent technology
    • comfortable
    • breathable
    • all year use
    • arm are said to be too long
    • especially if you have shorter arms
    Best for all year rides
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    PEARL IZUMI ELITE BARRIER
  • Weight: 90.70g
  • Waterproof: yes
  • Windproof:  yes
  • Materials: Polyester and Elastane
  • Vents: vented
    • incredibly lightweight
    • superior ventilation
    • machine washable
    • design feels a bit of a snug when you wear
    Best for racers
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    GORE BIKE WEAR PHANTOM WINDSTOPPER
  • Weight: 589.70g
  • Waterproof: yes
  • Windproof: yes
  • Materials: 4-Way Knit Spandex
  • Vents: vented
    • lightweight
    • versatile design
    • comfortable
    • designed for athletes
    • Can leave you feeling very cold in winter

     

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    MY BEST SIT-ON-TOP KAYAKS REVIEWS:

    INTEX EXPLORER K2 INFLATABLE

    • Length: 10.2 ft
    • Width: 36 inch
    • Type: Inflatable sit on top
    • Style: Recreational
    • Kayak weight: 30 lbs
    • Kayak maximum capacity: 400 lbs
    • Features: Large cockpit for comfort, Adjustable inflatable seat, Great backrest for support, Removable skeg, Bright yellow color for visibility
    • What I like: Comfortable, stable, highly visible, tracks well
    • What I don’t like: Less storage

     

    PERCEPTION R15 PESCADORS 10.0 KAYAK

    • Length: 10 ft
    • Width: 29 inches
    • Type:  Sit-On-Top
    • Style: Recreational
    • Kayak weight: 52 lbs
    • Kayak maximum capacity: 325 lbs
    • Features: Molded-in footrest for extra comfort, Comfort seating system for comfortable rides, Comfort carry, Tank well & Bungee
    • What I like: Quite stable under moderate conditions, comfortable, great storage, can be carried around with ease
    • What I don’t like: Not built for speed

     

    LIFETIME TAMARACK SIT-ON TO ANGLER KAYAK

    • Length: 12 ft
    • Width: 31 inches
    • Type: Sit-On-Top
    • Style: Fishing/recreational
    • Kayak weight: 52 lbs
    • Kayak maximum capacity: 275 lbs
    • Features: Adjustable form, Fishing rods holders, Two paddle cradles plus shock cords, Chine rails for stability, Polyethylene construction, 2 hatches for extra storage
    • What I like: Stable for fishing, fishing rod holders, reliable
    • What I don’t like: Tend to lose its speed and efficiency as you paddle

     

    SUN DOLPHIN BALI SS KAYAK

    • Length: 10 ft
    • Width: 30 inches
    • Type:  Sit-on-Top
    • Style: Recreational
    • Kayak weight: 44 lbs
    • Kayak maximum capacity: 400 lbs
    • Features: High-density Polyethylene, Large cockpit, Comfortable seating system, Cup holders, Carrying handle
    • What I like: Lightweight, easy to carry, stable, tracks so well
    • What I don’t like: Difficult to load and unload out of a vehicle, Footrest not suitable for tall people

    OLD TOWN TOPWATER 106

    • Length: 10.6 ft
    • Width: 34.5 inch
    • Type: Sit-On-Top
    • Style: Fishing/recreational
    • Kayak weight: 73 lbs
    • Kayak maximum capacity: 440 lbs
    • Features: Double U hull design, Self-bailing scupper holes for draining excess water, Soft pads for standing, Rear Gear Bungees Lash Down
    • What I like:  Comfortable, packed with an array of features, tracks well, highly stable
    • What I don’t like: Paddle sold separately

     

    OCEAN KAYAK PROWLER BIG GAME II FISHING KAYAK

    • Length: 12.75 ft
    • Width: 34 inch
    • Type:  Sit on Top
    • Style: Fishing/Recreation
    • Kayak weight: 70 lbs
    • Kayak maximum capacity: 660lbs
    • Features: Large front hatch for storage, Folding fabric seat, Shock cord, Mod Pod
    • What I like:  Comfortable, tons of accessories, stable, impressive maximum load capacity
    • What I don’t like: Doesn’t come with a paddle

     

    PELICAN PREMIUM THE CATCH 100

    • Length: 10 ft
    • Width: 34 inch
    • Type:  Sit-On-Top
    • Style: Recreational/Fishing
    • Kayak weight: 58lbs
    • Kayak maximum capacity: 350 lbs
    • Features: Durable but light design, Polyethylene construction, Adjustable footpegs, Stand-assist strap for anglers
    • What I like:  Versatile, great features for anglers, tracks so well, comfortable, adjustable seating systems
    • What I don’t like: Little storage

    OLD TOWN PREDATOR 13

    • Length: 13 ft
    • Width: 33.5 inch
    • Type: Sit-On-Top
    • Style: Fishing
    • Kayak weight: 86lbs
    • Kayak maximum capacity: 425lbs
    • Features: Innovative ModPod storage system, Rear Deck Bungee for storing your gear, Watertight Bow hatch, Drain holes to drain water from the boat
    • What I like:  Packed with great features, stable rides, comfortable, great storage
    • What I don’t like: You have to buy a paddle separately

     

    WILDERNESS SYSTEMS TARPON 120

    • Length: 12 ft
    • Width: 30 inch
    • Type: Sit on top
    • Style: Recreational
    • Kayak weight: 63 lbs
    • Kayak maximum capacity: 350lbs
    •  Features: Adjustable Bungee, Carry handles for easy carrying, Paddle holder, Side carry handles, foot brace system
    • What I like: Comfortable, steady, versatile, great performance, it cuts water well
    • What I don’t like: Narrow area behind seat and that makes it a challenge to find coolers

     

    OCEAN KAYAK FRENZY SIT-ON-TOP RECREATIONAL KAYAK

    • Length: 9 ft
    • Width: 31-inches
    • Type:  Sit-On-Top
    • Style: Recreational
    • Kayak weight: 44 lbs
    • Kayak maximum capacity: 325 lbs
    • Features: Responsive and stable design, 4-way adjustable seat, Removable bungee for storage, Molded side in handles for easy removable
    • What I like: Reasonably priced, Stable, easy to transport, great storage
    • What I don’t like: Doesn’t come with scupper plugs, a not so comfortable seat

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