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The Best Sit on Top Kayaks – Reviews and Comparison | Top picks 2017

By Rebecca / September 9, 2016

Are you looking for a new sit on top kayak? Are you confused about which option is best? Don't worry because I am going to tell you everything you need to know to make an informed purchase decision! 

Whether this is your very first kayak purchase or you are looking for a new one to add to your collection, we are going to share our top picks for 2016 to make your purchase decision easy! There's a lot that goes into purchasing a kayak and you need to be clear about what you're looking for before making that investment. Some kayaks are suited for 2 seaters, while others are just single seaters. This will play a huge part in your purchase decision. Comfort, quality, added accessories and storage space are also all important components of purchasing the right kayak for you. 

After tireless reviews of some of the best sit on top kayaks on the market, we have compiled some of the highest quality options for you! We have gathered  high-end, mid-range, and low-end options as well as kayaks that fit between those price guidelines to help make your decision that much easier! Here are our top picks for 2016!

Best Sit on Top Kayak Reviews

Coleman QuikpakTM K1 1-Person Kayak

Best Inexpensive Option


LEGION Pulse Pre-Workout

An excellent low budget option that only takes 5 minutes to set up! This sit on top kayak works great for hikers or anyone who needs the convenience of a portable kayak under $200.


Structure

Features

Material

Price

BEST FEATURES:

  • Portable. This is a great option for hikers who want to carry their kayaks in their backpacks with ease. 
  • Light weight, and can be put together in 5 minutes.
  • Tarpaulin bottom adds protection from punctures
  • Airtight system inplace to guarentee this kayak is leak free.

PROS:

The Coleman sit on top kayak is a great budget friendly option! You can't get much better than a low budget kayak that offers guaranteed leak protection. This kayak comes with a tarpaulin bottom which helps with that leak free guarantee and comes with an airtight system. Another perk of this kayak is that it's portable and quick and easy to set up adding a major convenience  factor.

CONS:

After reviewing this kayak, chances are this may not be the most durable option. Although a decent low-budget option, this kayak may not be the most spacious option as well which would be an issues for long kayak ventures.

Verdict

The Coleman Quickpack kayak is just as it sounds. It's a great kayak for a quick kayaking venture that provides convenience and affordability. This would be a good option for recreational kayaking activities as opposed to kayak fishing.


Sun Dolphin Bali SS 10-Foot Sit-on top Kayak

Most Practical Option


Casio Men's PAG240-1CR Pathfinder Triple Sensor Multi-Function Sport Watch

If you're looking for a mid-range kayak that's practical and affordable you may want to check the Sun Dolphin out.


Structure

Features

Material

Price

BEST FEATURES:

  • Comes with a portable accessory carrier.
  • Dry storage compartment.
  • Spaceous with thigh pads, and an adjustable foot brace.
  • Open cockpit for easy boarding.

PROS:

If you're looking for the most practical choice, the Sun Dolphin offers practicality at a reasonable price under $500. The kayak comes with adjustable comfort seating, and can easily be transported. This kayak also offers stability and storage room.

CONS:

This is a more middle of the road kayak, than an advanced fishing option. Therefore this may not be the greatest option for advanced kayakers. The kayak may also be more prone to leaks than some of the other choices.

Verdict

This is an overall great middle of the road option if you are looking for a decent kayak. Although not suitable for serious kayak adventurous this Sun Dolphin kayak wins in the practicality category for it's affordable price, and its comfort, and storage features.

Ocean Kayak Frenzy Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak

Best Mid-Range Kayak


Casio Men's PAG240-1CR Pathfinder Triple Sensor Multi-Function Sport Watch

The Ocean Kayak-Frenzy is an excellent mid-range option. This kayak comes with stability, comfort and is easy to transport for under $500


Structure

Features

Material

Price

BEST FEATURES:

  • Easy to lift and transport.
  • Bow and stern carry handles.
  • Replaceable rear skid plate to provide extra durability.
  • Adequate storage space.

PROS:

The Ocean Kayak-Frenzy is a compact kayak that provides stability, is excellent for flat water.  This is our favorite  mid-range kayak due to its storage space, comfort, ease of transport, and is great for a day on the water.

CONS:

This kayak may be more appropriate for beginner kayakers as opposed to the more advanced. While the seat is comfortable, it's slightly narrow which may cause discomfort for all-day kayaking.

Verdict

The Ocean Kayak-Frenzy is our favorite mid-range option in our review because it's a great product for an awesome value and delivers everything you would need in a beginner kayak. Comfort, durability, and storage.

Lifetime 10 Foot Manta Tandem Kayak

Best Tandem  kayak


Suunto Core

The Lifetime kayak is great for single use or tandem use making it a multi-function high-value option. 


Structure

Features

Material

Price

BEST FEATURES:

  • Designed for single or tandem use. 
  • 2 piece sport paddles included. 
  • Rear carry handles for easy transport. 
  • Comfortable back rest 

PROS:

An excellent  tandem kayak that provides comfort and can occupy up to 3 people at a time. This is a great kayak option for fishing, kayaking, or surfing. The Lifetime kayak is loaded with storage space, provides comfort and is easy to transport making this an excellent option. 

CONS:

Although easy to transport, this kayak is roughly 60 pounds which may make it difficult for one person to carry. However, if you're traveling with a group the transport should not be an issue. Other than this one possible concern, this is an overall great option for under $500. 

Verdict

This is an excellent tandem kayak option for trips with family, and friends. Serves as a multi-functioning kayak to give you the biggest bang for your buck!  

Ocean Kayak 12 Feet Malibu Two Tandem 

Best High End Kayak 


Stuhrling Original Men's Aquadiver Dive Quartz Analog Waterproof Sports Blue Dial Wrist Watch

Our favorite high-end kayak option that seats two with comfort.


Structure

Features

Material

Price

BEST FEATURES:

  • Seats 2 plus 1 child. 
  • Three seating position. 
  • 2 comfort seats.
  • Easy on dock storage. 

PROS:

This is a great sit on top kayak options for couples who want to kayak together. The two comfort seats provide all day comfort, with plenty of leg room. Looking to kayak solo? This kayak is super versatile and can be used for solo kayakers as well. 

CONS:

After reviewing this kayak, there is a possibility that this option may be more prone to leaks as compared to some of the other options on this review. Other than this potential con, this is an excellent high-end option. 

Verdict

If you are looking for a high-end option, and can extend your budget a bit this kayak is a great option. For under $1,000 this is a versatile high quality option  which makes it stand out from the rest. 

There are many different sit on top kayaks available, and some are better than others. There are a couple of things you may want to take into account before your big purchase. Here are some things that you might want to look into before buying. 

Single VS. Tandem Use 

Not all sit on top kayaks are able to accommodate multi-seaters. Before purchasing you will want to determine if you are purchasing this kayak for single, or tandem use. 

After determining your kayak needs, you will want to take comfort into account. Just because a kayak offers tandem seating, doesn't mean that the seats are going to be comfortable for all riders. You will want to take a look at the quality of the seats, and the comfort features they provide. Nothing is worse than going out for an all day kayak adventure to be uncomfortable! 

Features

All kayaks have different features. It's important to investigate the features of each kayak before making a decision.

While some kayaks are more expensive than others, evaluating the features each one offers will help you make your purchase decision. If you can extend your budget for a mid-rage or higher-end option you will likely be purchasing a kayak with more features such as storage, versatile seating, comfort, and easy transport. Take these features into account to determine wich options serves you best. 

Warranty

When investing in something like a kayak you will want to check out what the warranty is for each product before purchasing. Don't forget to fill out any necessary warranty forms to cover your brand new kayak. 

​Transporting 

As you can imagine, not all kayaks are easy to transport. You will want to take this into account before clicking the checkout button online. Do you have the vehicle space to transport or the strength to haul the kayak to the water? Think about how you plan to get the kayak to where it needs to go before you purchase. This will save you time and frustration in the long run! 

Conclusion

There are countless different sit on top kayak options available, but remember that not all kayaks are the same. Some may come with more advanced features such as leak protection, extra storage, and added accessories, while others may just come with the basics. Determine your needs and desires for your purchase before you buy, so that you can be happy with your purchase. Quality options may be the best bet for saving you time and money in the long run, they tend to come with all the bells and whistles which means you can get into the water as quickly as possible!  

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