If you already know what you’re looking for in a touring kayak and just want to compare makes and models, scroll down to the comparison tables below. If you’re not sure what to look for in a touring kayak, then read the following sections to help answer some of the questions you may have. There are several choices you can make that will help to narrow your selection pretty quickly. For many people, cost is a factor so it may make sense to consider the hull material first because that has the biggest impact on the price of your kayak.
Touring kayaks are generally made of either some kind of plastic (usually polyethylene) or some type of composite (with fiberglass being the most common). Composite boats are usually much more expensive than their plastic counterparts. However, the composite boats can weigh quite a bit less, which can be a big benefit if you have to lift your kayak onto the roof of your car or truck by yourself. Composite boats almost always have beautiful glossy exteriors and some people claim that the smooth finish increases their speed through the water.
The next thing to decide is probably whether you want a rudder, a skeg, or neither. This can be a pretty hot debate among kayakers, so I’ll just briefly touch on some of the pros and cons. Kayak rudders, just like the rudders on larger boats, can be used to control (or help control) the direction of your kayak. Foot pedals inside the cockpit allow the rudder to move from right to left, and a kayak rudder can be lifted out of the water if you don’t need to use it. A skeg, on the other hand, is essentially a retractable keel that can be raised or lowered from the bottom of the boat.
Intex makes a great kayak and has many different models available to suit any style or event. If you’ve managed to find your way to our Intex Challenger K2 kayak review, then you’ll know that the K2 has a lot to live up to, as it’s no mean feat living up to the Intex Challenger brand. Renowned for durability, easy maneuverability and effortless tracking, the Challenger line of kayaks is a great choice for beginners. So how does the K2 fit in? What makes it stand out from other multiple passenger kayaks?
Well, for a start, it’s made from Intex’s custom designed super tough vinyl, which is puncture proof and resistant to UV damage to boot. This means that you kayak experience can be worry free, as it’s going to take some serious effort to damage this kayak. You can be as bad as steering as you like as hitting rocks isn’t going to leave a mark. In the rare occurrence of a puncture, the kayak is bundled with an on board puncture repair kit, to stop you taking an unplanned trip to the bottom of the lake.
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