In my opinon kayaks around the $400-$700 range is where you can the “best bang for your buck.” Most people aren’t kayaking multiple times a week where the value of a $1000 kayak starts to show. Conversely, most people don’t want to buy an extremely cheap kayak that will give them a bad experience the 1 or 2 two times a month they use. Kayaks around $500 offer the best balance between quality and price.
1. Dagger Zydeco 9.0 Kayak
The Dagger is great on long trips down moderately slow rivers (below Class 2) and large calm lakes where your paddling for long periods of time. It has a large cockpit and the ConTour CFS-R Seating System which provides good back support for long days on the water. Getting to the water isn’t bad either. The dagger weighs in at 38lbs which makes it relatively easy for people to carry. In addition, the Dagger’s dimensions are 9.1″ x 28.5″ which makes it a good size for almost anyone and is made of Molded Polyethylene which makes it pretty durable.
This kayak performs great on long trips down moderately slow rivers (below Class 2) and large calm lakes where your paddling for long periods of time. Although I’ve seen it used in the ocean, I recommend using a kayak better suited for the roughness of an ocean. The rounded hull is not ideal for choppy waters and I’ve seen it used in the ocean before. But… I still recommend using a kayak better suited for the roughness of an ocean.
It’s the little things that will affect your Kayaking experience down the line. Here are a few details about the Dagger Zydeco 9.0 Kayak that you might have overlooked.
If you do decide to purchase this kayak we recommend buying a skeg which solves the tracking issue. Read about skegs here before purchasing.
2. Ocean Kayak Frenzy Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak
This kayak is probably the best general purpose kayak out there. It’s great for the ocean surf but doesn’t do that well for long kayak tours since it is somewhat slow. The stability makes for a great general purpose kayak that the kids can play on and that you can also take out fishing. The Frenzy weighs in at 44lbs, is 9ft long and 30in wide which is comparable to the Dagger.
Remember, it’s the little things that count!
3. Vibe Skipjack 90 Kayak
This kayak is great if you have any interest in fishing. It has 4 flush mount fishing rod holders and 2 sealed hatches to carry all your gear. It’s a great fishing kayak that can double as a general-purpose kayak. Like the Ocean Kayak Frenzy Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak, it can be used in salt water and fresh water but is not great for long tours. It also has similar design specs as the Dagger and Ocean Kayak. It weights 46lb, is 9ft in length, and 32in wide.
Here are a few details about the Vibe Skipjack 90 Kayak that you might have overlooked.
There are so many kayaks that are similar quality but differ slightly depending on what you use them for so it’s impossible to say which one is the BEST.
Honestly, we are confident that you will be %100 satisfied with any of the kayaks above. If you don’t believe me – ask around, read around, or go into your local outdoors shop and you will hear the same thing!
Now that we’ve narrowed it down to three kayaks, try to envision what you will use it for the most. Then compare and understand the differences between them and choose the kayak that will provide the best experience for YOU.
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