If clear views, ventilation, and the absence of feeling cocooned, in a shoe box on the water appeals? Check out our list of the best sit on top kayak!
Company on the water is always welcome, and with a partner you can make short work of tides and headwinds.
We have trawled the net to find the best sit-on top kayak to suit your comfort, level, and pocket.
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As you may expect, you pay for what you get. This kayak, although being at the upper end of the price range, is well worth it.
It is made of very durable and hard-wearing material, and can be easily folded and stored. Currently, the ORU range consists of three models, the ORU Beach LT forming their base model.
If you are not familiar with inflatable kayaks, the initial setup can be a process.
But once you have it down the setup and pack down time gets shorter.
The cockpit is snug, and although it may first appear that water can get it, its far from the truth.
The design does an incredible job of keeping water out.
This is a great yak for those who want the tracking, speed and durability of a hard shell kayak, but need something that can fit into a cupboard
The edge is an elegantly crafted yak, built to handle the rougher swells. It handles well in both rough and calmer waters.
If you wish to do a bit of fishing while on the water, the edge has both space, and the comfort to accommodate you.
This kayak can be used in calm lake conditions by beginners, but it is really intended for day cruising. It has plenty of storage for gear, and food for your journey.
Its well designed and tightly sealed compartments ensure your provisions stay dry.
The Yellowfin has stability at the heart of its design.
Its wide hull, and short length provide a stable platform for fishing. The Yellowfin is a good choice for kids, as well as beginners.
This highly maneuverable yak, although small, has a high weight capacity, making it suitable for the heavier kayaker.
Its size makes it perfect to load onto roof racks as well as carts
This Kayak may be classed as a fishing kayak, but with its, speed, maneuverability, and stability, it's capable of so much more.
It is a good choice for the beginner, or those who enjoy the tranquil lakes, estuaries, and recreational kayaking.
The Tarpon also comes in a style suited specifically for anglers. This variety also has built in rod holders.
Let’s face it when you read “best budget”, you really see “poor quality”. NOT THIS TIME!!
The Tamarack is one of the few kayaks that has managed to keep its price low, without making significant compromises in the way of quality.
While its stability is not as good as the higher end kayaks, it certainly wont cause you to feel insecure.
This is a great kayak for lake paddling, fishing, or exploring.
It is not designed to be handled in rough conditions and certainly not the kayak you want to be in for long trekking expeditions.
As the name suggests, a sit on top kayak is where you sit on top as opposed to being inside an enclosed cockpit.
This gives the paddler some significant advantages over traditional kayaks, especially if you are new to the sport of kayaking.
Sit on top builds, give a paddler a greater sense of visibility, as well as excellent ventilation. In the event of a paddler overbalancing, and capsizing, sit on tops are much easier to get back onto than traditional kayaks.
Another significant advantage are scupper holes.
Traditional kayaks need to be bailed out, or have bilge pumps to remove any unwanted water that may have entered the cockpit. The hull of a sit on top kayak is enclosed, allowing for drainage holes, called scuppers, to take away any excess water, without any effort from the paddler.
Sit on top yaks offer more space and ability to move than traditional yaks. This makes them a great choice for fishing, or diving.
Generally, the design of a sit on top kayak is wider than their counterparts. This means they are generally slower in the water and not suited to all day paddling as they require greater effort to paddle similar distances to the traditional sit in yaks.
A lack of a cockpit means there is no place for a paddler to brace themselves when turning. This makes sit on top yaks less manoeuvrable.
Scupper holes are fantastic for keeping unwanted water at bay, however, they do leave a little water in the bilge which can be disconcerting to some users.
The materials used for the construction of sit on top kayaks are as varied as those used for the sit in varieties. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Fiberglas, Carbon Fiber are some of the main materials. Although wood is a material used in earlier kayak constructions, it is by no means a good choice. Certainly compared to the lighter and more durable alternatives.
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