Carrying toggles make it far easier for you to carry your kayak when needed.
If you are planning on taking your kayak on long trips or over long distances, and if you’re planning on using it often, you may want to look into a kayak with carrying toggles. Carrying toggles will make it much easier for you to carry your kayak down to the water and back, which is a huge benefit if you’ve ever struggled to carry a large kayak around.
You should think about getting carrying toggles if you do not have any or if you’re looking into buying a kayak since they are not only a convenience – they can actually help protect your kayak while you’re transporting it. Let’s face it, the harder kayaks are to carry, the more likely you are to drop them. A dropped kayak can result in damage to the hull – and in extreme cases, you may even puncture it if you’re not careful. While this is less likely with the better kayaks of today, it’s still best not to drop your kayak.
There are really no disadvantages to having carrying toggles on your kayak. Unlike some of the other items that you can get on a kayak these are completely useful. Now you’ll be able to carry your kayak easily – which will mean less time struggling to get your kayak down to the water, and more time to actually enjoy yourself.
While most kayaks that are designed for sea kayaking already come with carrying toggles, you may have to install your own if the kayak you’re looking for does not. Carrying toggles are not too hard to install, but you’ll need to make sure that you’re careful while doing so (just like any other installation that you might have to make on your kayak) in order to make sure that you do not accidentally do any damage to the hull. Essentially, you should always be careful and double-check yourself before doing anything that adds more holes to the hull.
Most used kayaks have carrying toggles that were either pre-installed, or installed by the previous user. For this reason, if you’re looking to save money by buying a used kayak, you will likely still be able to have a kayak with carrying toggles. You should check the toggles before buying, however, to make sure that they are still well attached to the kayak.