Whether you’re looking for a way to get in shape, want to spend more time at your local lake or river, or you’re already an avid kayak-enthusiast who is in search of a second boat or a portable option, we’ve got three great personal kayaks that will make you wish that summer lasted forever. That is, if you didn’t already feel that way.
Kayaking is one of the best workouts you can do on the water. Upper body strength is required to keep your paddle moving and kayaks give a great core workout as well. One of the best features of a kayak is that thanks to their comfortable seats, they can be enjoyed by just about everyone, from young children, to the elderly, to those with mobility issues.
We also love that kayaks can be used for a variety of activities on the water. Not only are they a great option for simply paddling around, but many water lovers use their kayaks when fishing. We’ve also included a stand-up paddleboard, which can double as a kayak. This item has recently seen a resurgence thanks to stand-up paddleboard yoga glasses.
Two of the kayaks on our list below are inflatable, while the third kayak is lightweight. Having a boat that is easy to store, move, and carry is especially important if you don’t live on the water and need to be able to transport your boat.
As with any type of boat, we always recommend that users practice caution with their kayak or paddleboard and use a life jacket or another type of personal floatation device. Taking additional measures, including boating with other people, checking weather and water conditions before venturing into the water, and refraining from drinking alcohol when on the water are all important aspects of water safety.
Now’s the time to head to the lake or river with your new kayak.
1. SUNDOLPHIN Kayak
If you’re looking for a sturdy kayak polyethylene kayak, consider this option from Sundolphin. It has a large cockpit to accommodate taller kayakers, and there’s a convenient covered gear storage compartment in the back of the kayak. Either side of the kayak has grab handles for carrying the kayak.
Pros: Sturdy polyethylene option. Larger cockpit for taller kayakers. Convenient gear storage.
Cons: More costly than an inflatable kayak.
2. Sevylor Quikpak K1 1-Person Kayak
The Sevylor is a smart designed inflatable kayak that includes an easy to carry backpack system that turns into the boat’s seat. The 21-gauge PVC boat has safety features built in that make it rugged enough for lake use, including a tarpaulin bottom that protects against punctures and multiple air chambers that will keep the boat afloat even if one chamber is damaged. The Sevylor has a double lock valve for ease of inflation and deflation, a non-leak airtight system, and it comes with an adjustable paddle and hand pump.
Pros: Easy setup, folds into a backpack for easy carrying.
Cons: Though the kayak has a 400-pound max weight rating, it may sink slightly in the middle at 250 pounds or more.
3. Intex Challenger K1 Kayak
This affordable kayak is inflatable, making it easy to take on the go even if you don’t have a ton of cargo space. It’s designed to accommodate a single passenger who is up to 220 pounds. Included with the kayak is an oar, a patch kit, a pump and a carrying bag. The mesh net in the front of the kayak can be used for storing your essentials.
Pros: Convenient and affordable inflatable option. Comes with carrying bag and paddles.
Cons: Somewhat cramped for taller people