Whether you’re buying for someone else or treating yourself, a kayak is a gift that keeps on giving. Kayaking is a gateway to outdoor adventure, better health and community membership. And it all starts with finding the perfect boat.

We have an extensive guide on buying a kayak that will help you select the right type, size, features and more, but once you have those details sorted out the real difficulty of deciding which brand to go with begins. This guide to the best kayak brands will provide you with a brief background on each company, the types of kayaks it offers, and the technology and features unique to its boats.

Want to quickly reference the brands specializing in a particular type of kayak? Use the table of contents to jump to the type of kayak you’re most interested in to see a list of brands you should be looking into.

Get to know the brands and what they offer and soon you’ll be ready to gift the perfect kayak to the current or up-and-coming paddler in your life. Or, you know, yourself. Let’s get started.

Best Kayak Brands

3 Waters Kayaks

The mission at 3 Waters Kayaks is simple: build quality kayaks for those who want to flip a jig while standing with confidence or sitting back with ease. Their fishing kayaks are stable, comfortable and bullet-proof, yet affordable so anyone can join in the fun and catch a big fish.

  • Types of kayaks: fishing
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top
  • Features:
    • Cathedral tri-hull design: hull is comprised of three pontoons with deep channels running in between. This design means most of the boat is out of the water and only the narrowest sections are in the water, which, according to the manufacturer, allows for better tracking and efficiency than boats of the same width.
    • Big Fish seat has multiple configurations: high, low, recline and flip away, which doubles as a lean bar when standing
    • Sturdy, reinforced standing platform

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Woman in kayak on Moraine Lake in Banff National Park.
Advanced Elements is one of the top brands for inflatable kayaks. | Photo: Advanced Elements

Advanced Elements

The goal at Advanced Elements is to develop new and unique paddlesports products to enhance their customers’ outdoor experience. Their focus is on designing and manufacturing “inflatable kayaks with cutting edge technology” and providing excellent customer service.

  • Types of kayaks: recreational, day touring, expedition touring, fishing, whitewater and crossover
  • Inflatable
  • Sit-on-top and sit-inside
  • Features:
    • Aluminum Rib Frame Technology: An aluminum rib frame is used in their AdvancedFrame and StraitEdge kayak lines. This allows the bow to slice through the water and the stern to act like a skeg, providing improved tracking.
    • Backbone accessory: An optional multi-sectional keel beam you can install under the floor of your inflatable kayak. Weight in the kayak will press down on the beam, creating a V-shaped hull that enhances tracking and hull speed.
    • RigidForm drop-stitch floor accessory: An optional inflatable floor that can be placed within the kayak and creates a hull with chine, enhancing tracking and hull speed.

AIRE

Each AIRE boat is manufactured to live up to the standards of whitewater enthusiasts, which includes the team at AIRE. Their goals and core values haven’t changed over the 30 years they’ve been in business: AIRE says its team builds the best boats, offers the best warranty and customer service, treats their employees well, and has whitewater running through their veins.

  • Types of kayaks: whitewater, crossover, packrafts and touring
  • Inflatable
  • Features:
    • AIREcells: Internal bladder system with PVC shell
    • Thermal welded seams
    • Raft lace-in floors: Regular or sealed floor pockets
    • Repairability: Everything on an AIRE boat can be repaired or replaced

Aquaglide

Aquaglide has been developing products and sharing their passion for having fun on the water for more than 30 years. Successfully operating on six continents, their designs are carefully vetted and constantly refined based on years of feedback from their global network as well as engineered to meet the highest standards in quality and product safety.

  • Types of kayaks: touring, recreational, whitewater and fishing
  • Inflatable
  • Features:
    • X-beam Technology in the floors mimics that of hard-shell kayaks
    • Duratex hull materials blended with 600d polyester for durability and superior UV protection
    • Durable Core seats: high backrests, plentiful mesh storage pockets, integrated fishing rod holders, fore and aft seat straps, and an infinite adjustment system

Bear Mountain

Company founders Ted Moores and Joan Barrett have more than 40 years of experience building wooden boats that combine classic lines with the most advanced marine technologies. Bear Mountain sells high-quality kits and plans that allow customers to build their own kayaks, canoes and small boats.

  • Types of kayaks: recreational
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-inside
  • Features:
    • Kit includes everything you’ll need to build your boat
    • Customizable options such as foot braces, bulkheads, bow and stern hatches, and more

Bonafide Kayaks

Founded in 2016, Bonafide Kayaks’ plans are big but their strategy is simple: they will do everything they can to produce the highest quality, most thoughtfully engineered fishing kayaks possible.

  • Types of kayaks: fishing
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top
  • Features:
    • HiRise kayak seating system allows you to sit with knees bent
    • SeatRack positioning system allows you to convert your seat to a lower position
    • PerchPads for additional standing position on top of gunwales

Dagger

Dagger’s goal is to represent everything that’s great about getting on the water, from the technical aspects of rec and touring to the pure rush of whitewater. They stand behind all their kayaks with the assurance of the highest levels of quality, from initial design to end performance.

  • Types of kayaks: whitewater, multi-water, adventure recreational and performance touring
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top and sit-inside
  • Features:
    • Precision adjustable thigh braces
    • Multi-adjustable, ConTour hip pads
    • Ratchet adjustable back band
    • All boats have Team Tested approval, which means they meet the standards of the design team and pass the punishment of Team Dagger

Delta Kayaks

Delta Kayaks builds only thermoformed touring kayaks because they believe in the technology, their kayak designs and their state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques. Delta makes kayaks for everyone, from beginner to expert, because they believe every paddler deserves a well-crafted kayak that suits their own style and ability.

  • Types of kayaks: adventure rec, light touring, touring and performance touring
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top and sit-inside
  • Features:
    • Hull and deck are composed of a proprietary blend of ABS and Acrylic, producing a lightweight material that provides protection against fading and weathering and ensures many years of virtually maintenance-free use
    • Multi-positional Contour II sliding seat system
    • Sea-Dog foot braces
    • Integrated thigh pads

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Woman paddling a kayak with mountain in background
Eddyline makes durable and long-lasting kayaks. | Photo: Eddyline Kayaks

Eddyline Kayaks

Eddyline Kayaks is a manufacturer of premier kayaks and paddles. They pioneered ABS thermoformed technology within the kayak industry more than 22 years ago and continue to set standards for consistent quality, fit and finish.

  • Types of kayaks: touring, recreational and fishing
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top and sit-inside
  • Features:
    • Thermoformed Carbonlite 2000 provides their kayaks with dimensional stability, high heat distortion temperatures, hard glossy finishes, easy repairability, good UV-resistance and a lighter weight. It’s also 100% recyclable.
    • Sea-Dog performance foot braces: designed to be maintenance free, self-cleaning and strong
    • Infinity Seat: designed for maximum adjustability for a custom fit

Evoke

The Evoke Paddlesports line offers feature-rich kayaks perfect for the outdoor enthusiast looking for “all the extras.” Their vibrant colors, special attention to design and outstanding performance capabilities are sure to inspire paddlers of all ages and abilities.

  • Types of kayaks: recreational and fishing
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top and sit-inside
  • Features:
    • Trac Universal mounts for electronicsSelect kayaks have self-bailing system
    • Cutting-edge plush seat system with adjustable pull straps

Feelfree Kayaks

Feelfree Kayaks is more than just a company offering the most innovative kayak and accessory brands on the market today. The Freefree team is a close knit community of paddlers, anglers and outdoors people with decades of industry experience working hard to deliver an outdoor experience like no other.

  • Types of kayaks: fishing, recreational and touring
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top and sit-inside
  • Features:
    • Overdrive system offers pedal and power propulsion on some fishing kayak models. The unit offers forward and reverse pedal drive as well as power-driven capabilities when paired with the Motordrive add-on.
    • Wheel in the Keel feature offered on all kayaks allows you to easily transport your boat to and from the water
    • Paddle Keeper System offered on all kayak models except Move, allows you to store your paddle during transport or secure it while on the water

Hobie

Since 1950, Hobie has been in the business of shaping a unique lifestyle based around fun, water and quality products. From their headquarters in California, Hobie Cat Company and its global subsidiaries produce an impressive collection of watercraft for worldwide distribution.

  • Types of kayaks: recreational, fishing and sailing
  • Pedal and paddle
  • Inflatable and hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top
  • Features:
    • MirageDrive Classic pedal system: dual underwater fins that move the kayak forward
    • MirageDrive 180 pedal system: dual underwater fins with reverse capabilities
    • MirageDrive 360 pedal system: dual underwater fins that allow you to spin and move in any direction
    • Kick-Up Fin Technology: dual underwater fins that fold up against the hull when coming into contact with an obstacle

Hurricane Kayaks

Hurricane Kayaks began back in 1998 when a group of kayaking veterans decided it was time to put the paddler back on the proverbial pedestal and the fun back into kayaking. So when you look at a Hurricane kayak, you can be sure that every detail was designed to give the paddler a superior experience on the water.

  • Types of kayaks: recreational, day touring and fishing
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top and sit-inside
  • Features:
    • Airestream fully adjustable seat
    • Range of options like expanded cockpits and rudder packages
    • Made with lightweight Trylon

Innova Kayaks

Innova Kayaks makes inflatable boats that are lightweight, can be stored in small places, carried to remote locations, checked in on commercial aircraft, set up quickly, and be on the water in a matter of minutes.

  • Types of kayaks: recreational, fishing and touring
  • Inflatable
  • Sit-on-top and sit-inside
  • Features:
    • Three air chambers improving safety as the boat will remain afloat if two of the air chambers rupture
    • Contoured hulls and shaped inflation chambers enhance paddling performance, reduce assembly time and shorten drying time

Jackson Kayak

Jackson Kayak was founded in 2003 by Eric Jackson and Tony Lunt. Currently located in Sparta, Tennessee, near the Caney Fork River, Jackson Kayak designs, builds and manufactures leading whitewater, fishing and exploration paddlesports products.

  • Types of kayaks: whitewater, recreational and fishing
  • Hard-shell
  • Pedal and paddle
  • Sit-on-top and sit-inside
  • Features:
    • Flex Drive 3D: pedal drive system that operates in shallow water without having to lift out the entire system
    • FlexDrive-e: can be integrated with Flex Drive 3D boats. An electric drive that interchanges with the pedal drive unit offering forward and reverse propulsion.
    • Fishing outfitting including rod protectors, tackle box storage beside and under seat, tie-down points around the hull and more

Jonny Boats

The Bass 100 from Jonny Boats is for the person who likes the concept of a kayak but doesn’t want to be confined to the restrictions of human-powered propulsion. It’s designed to offer freedom of choice with the ability to outfit, with pride, your own watercraft to fit your needs and budget.

  • Types of kayaks: fishing
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top
  • Paddle or motor
  • Features:
    • Unique and stable planing hull
    • Outboard and trolling motor transom mount area
    • Open bow storage area

Kaku Kayak

The West Central Coast of Florida, where the creators of Kaku Kayak were born and raised, is an angler, spear fisherman, snorkeling, diving and kayaking paradise. This is where the idea for their fishing kayaks and fishing paddleboards was born. Where will your kayak adventures take you?

  • Types of kayaks: fishing
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top
  • Features:
    • Self-bailing
    • Standing platform
    • Multiple hatches

Kokopelli Packraft

The vision at Kokopelli Packraft is to create the opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to explore nature in its most serene settings. They set out to accomplish this by developing a line of high-quality packrafts through extensive research and development and by listening to their customers’ wants and needs.

  • Types of kayaks: packrafts
  • Inflatable
  • Features:
    • Optional Tizip zipper add-on provides you with access to the inside of the packraft’s pontoons
    • Whitewater Series packrafts have the 3-Point Thigh-Strap System that can be used with a 3-Point Thigh-Strap Kit providing more control over the packraft
    • Adjustable and optional Backband provides back-support and increases paddling power

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Man in green whitewater kayak going down a raoid
Liquidlogic is known for making whitewater and crossover kayaks. | Photo Credit: Liquidlogic

Liquidlogic

Liquidlogic focuses on creating the highest quality kayaks in whitewater and crossover paddling. Beginning as a dream along the banks of the Green River, Liquidlogic became reality in 2000. They now manufacture out of a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient factory that provides unparalleled consistency in molding.

  • Types of kayaks: river runners, creek boats, crossovers, race boats, playboats, beginners boats and recreational
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top and sit-inside
  • Features:
    • Airestream and Aire-Lite seat back systems on some models
    • Hand-sewn outfitting
    • Unique “Turbo Booster” design on Delta V kayak that accelerates the kayak forward when engaged after a drop

Native Watercraft

As busy and crowded as the world seems, there are still tranquil places to explore, wildlife to encounter, moments to photograph, and fish to stalk, catch and release. These places often exist in our own backyards. And there’s no better way to discover them than in a Native Watercraft.

  • Types of kayaks: fishing
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top and sit-inside
  • Pedal and paddle
  • Features:
    • First Class Seating: solar screen HiFlow mesh is suspended over an aluminum frame, cushioning and supporting the back and bottom while drying quickly and ventilating. Can be reclined and slides forward and backward.
    • Propel Pedal Drive: included on all 2020 pedal kayaks. Features non-slip pedals, streamlined pedal cranks and an integrated weed guard on the propeller. Forward and reverse.

Nigel Dennis Kayaks

Through expedition and everyday use, Nigel became aware of the limitations of the kayaks currently on the market and began creating his own Nigel Dennis Kayaks designs, which he has manufactured since 1993. Today a whole range of kayaks are available, each designed with specific needs in mind, which overall cater for a wide spectrum of kayakers.

  • Types of kayaks: sea kayaks
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-inside
  • Features:
    • Offset day hatch: allows solo paddlers to access provisions while afloat
    • Keyhole cockpit: allows for a faster and easier entry and exit compared to the original small ocean cockpit
    • Compass recess
    • Large, round hatches for waterproof performance

Norse

Norse is a Norwegian-based paddlesport company. They are using their long experience in arranging sea kayak classes to develop to best possible kayaks.

  • Types of kayaks: sea kayaks
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-inside
  • Features:
    • Aramid reinforcement in the keel
    • Adjustable backrest
    • Easy access day hatches

NuCanoe

NuCanoe started as an idea. Tim Niemier, founder of Ocean Kayak, wanted to put “a billion butts in boats.” This idea led to the innovative NuCanoe design that enabled people to do things on the water—fish, hunt row, dive, crab, paddle or just relax.

  • Types of kayaks: fishing and recreational
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top
  • Features:
    • Freedom Tracks that allow you to outfit your boat according to your liking
    • Superior stability
    • Lots of opportunities for customization

Ocean Kayak

In 1971, in a backyard in Malibu, California, the original owner of Ocean Kayak took an old surfboard and carved out two places—one to sit in and another for his scuba gear. That’s right—Ocean Kayak was born thanks to a passion for scuba diving. Today, tens of thousands of boats later, they’re one of the biggest manufacturers of sit-on-top kayaks.

  • Types of kayaks: fishing and recreational
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top
  • Pedal and paddle
  • Features:
    • Paddle, rod and cup holders
    • PDL Drive System reaches speeds of 5.5 miles per hour with an efficient 10.3:1 gear ratio
    • Element Beach Seat, Element Seat and ACS2 Seat: found on different kayak models. All offer ventilation, comfort, adjustability and support

Old Town Canoes and Kayaks

All boats from Old Town Canoes and Kayaks are born out of the same century-long tradition of quality craftsmanship that makes every day on the water unforgettable. Whether you’re fishing, sea kayaking, canoe tripping, or enjoying a relaxing paddle on the lake, there’s an Old Town watercraft for every type of adventurer.

  • Types of kayaks: recreational, fishing, touring and hunting
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top and sit-inside
  • Pedal, paddle and motorized
  • Features:
    • PDL Drive: has an efficient 10.3:1 gear ratio and reaches speeds of 5.5 miles per hour. Forward and reverse maneuverability.
    • Element Seating System: seating system that is breathable, quick-drying and adjustable
    • Active Comfort System 2.0: seating system that is adjustable, provides under-leg support and is ventilated

Otto Vallinga Yacht Design

Otto Vallinga Yacht Design aims to get people on the water in a boat designed by them and built either by you or for you. To make that happen they have an ever-increasing number of stock plans available for kayaks, canoes and paddleboards.

  • Types of kayaks: sea kayaking, recreational and day touring
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-inside
  • Features:
    • Buy as a kit or have it custom built
    • Use their design services to modify existing designs or design a completely new boat

P&H

P&H Custom Sea Kayaks has been making world-class kayaks for over 40 years. In that time, they have consistently pushed the boundaries of sea kayak design and innovation, at the same time ensuring the highest quality standards are kept.

  • Types of kayaks: sea kayaks
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-inside
  • Features:
    • Low-profile back deck for easy rolling and re-entry
    • Optional Bow Mini Hatch in front of paddler on some models
    • Highly adjustable outfitting
    • Moulded-in fittings for P&H Sail Systems on some models

Pakboats

Since 1995, Pakboats has been designing and manufacturing a wide range of folding canoes, folding kayaks and accessories. In everything they do, they strive to provide the most functional gear possible at a fair price.

  • Types of kayaks: fishing and touring
  • Folding
  • Sit-inside or sit-on-top
  • Features:
    • Optional deck for sit-on-top or sit-inside configurations
    • Expedition-ready folding designs

Pelican

For over 50 years, Pelican has leveraged their mastery of thermoforming to deliver durable, quality products at affordable prices. A commitment to innovation, investment in state-of-the-art technology and rigorous quality control standards are the cornerstones of their business philosophy.

  • Types of kayaks: recreational and fishing
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top or sit-inside
  • Features:
    • RAM-X: a multi-layer material used in Pelican boats that has high-resistance to impact, an ability to regain its initial shape after hard impacts, and has a UV-protected finish
    • Many models have removable storage compartments
    • Kayaks are made with more than 50% post-industrial recycled material

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Man paddling in an orange kayak
Perception Kayaks make boats for suitable for every experience level. | Photo: Confluence Outdoor

Perception Kayaks

Perception Kayaks is a company of passionate kayakers who proudly design, mold and hand-assemble every Perception kayak in Greenville, SC. In every model and size, Perception Kayaks is known for personal touches that make kayaking fun for paddlers of all experience levels.

  • Types of kayaks: recreational, fishing, light touring and touring
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top and sit-inside
  • Pedal and paddle
  • Features:
    • Made with proprietary high-density polyethylene
    • Leak-proof one-piece construction
    • Excellent ergonomic support

Pygmy Boats

Pygmy Boats Inc. is the largest and oldest manufacturer of precision precut wood kayak kits in North America. Whether a paddler is 8 or 85, novice or advanced in technique, they have a craft to suit your needs.

  • Types of kayaks: touring, sea kayaking and recreational
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-inside
  • Features:
    • Stitch-and-glue construction process
    • Award-winning designs
    • Kits use only the highest grade of BS-1088 marine grade okoume plywood

Pyranha

The team at Pyranha doesn’t know where their kayaks will be paddled so their boats are all built to the same high standard—to be pushed to the limit by the company’s world-class team of paddlers on the world’s toughest rivers in the Himalayas, Rockies and Andes.

  • Types of kayaks: whitewater and crossover
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-inside
  • Features:
    • Kayaks always made using the most up-to-date polymer alloy—creating a balance between impact-resistance and stiffness for safety and hull performance
    • Variable thickness shells to optimize performance and weight, and maximize durability and safety
    • Fully adjustable and secure outfitting

Santa Cruz Kayaks

Santa Cruz Kayaks are made with compounded polymers specifically formulated to provide the right amount of stiffness, UV-resistance and durability. These are qualities that will keep your kayak safe while on the water for decades to come.

  • Types of kayaks: fishing
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top
  • Pedal and paddle
  • Features:
    • Raptor G2 has a wave-piercing bow with twin keel providing great tracking ability
    • Raptor G1 has a wave-piercing bow with wide stern for enhanced stability
    • Raptor G2 can convert to a pedal drive

Sea Eagle

Sea Eagle kayaks are light, compact, easy to carry and extremely durable. Whether you’re looking to explore nearby waterways, fish remote lakes or get away to a tropical paradise, Sea Eagle inflatables can take you there.

  • Types of kayaks: whitewater, expedition, recreational and fishing
  • Inflatable
  • Sit-on-top
  • Features:
    • RazorLite kayaks are the first inflatable kayaks to use drop-stitch throughout
    • Explorer kayaks have self-bailing valves
    • FastTrack kayaks have a sleek, curved, touring shape with state-of-the-art “NeedleKnife Keel” to provide hard-shell performance with benefits of an inflatable

Stellar Kayaks

Stellar Kayaks is a global company, striving to bring the advantages of advanced composites to paddlesports, producing some of the lightest and stiffest boats available today. Their design team hails from North America and Germany with input from paddlers worldwide.

  • Types of kayaks: touring, racing and recreational
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-inside
  • Features:
    • Double fiberglass taped deck joints on kayaks ensures a durable bond for rough water
    • Large rubber hatches provide dry storage for cargo
    • Hardware fastened to the boat using a nut bonded and capped to the boat for a waterproof seal and durable connection
    • Imported premium materials and advanced composite construction make for some of the lightest and stiffest boats on the market

Sun Dolphin

Sun Dolphin began its adventure in 1982 as a small family-owned business that made a single two-person pedal boat. Since then they have become North America’s leading manufacturer of kayaks and outdoor recreational products.

  • Types of kayaks: recreational and fishing
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top and sit-inside
  • Features:
    • Built with durable, high-density Fortiflex material
    • Adjustable, padded seats
    • Some models are self-bailing

Tahe Outdoors

Tahe Outdoors is the top manufacturing and distribution company in the field of high-quality watersports equipment in Europe. Their mission is to change people’s lives by introducing them to one of the most relaxing ways to spend their free time—kayaking.

  • Types of kayaks: expedition, racing, touring, recreational and whitewater
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-inside
  • Features:
    • Zegul B-series kayaks are designed with perfect ratio between speed and stability
    • Various construction layups available providing different weights and performance

TIDERACE Sea Kayaks

TIDERACE creates sea kayaks that push the boundaries of design and construction to new limits. You can tour or race or play. TICERACE Sea Kayaks are sold through Umingmaq Paddle Touring Centre who have selected their brands based on quality of construction, range of designs, utility, features and a focus on paddle touring.

  • Types of kayaks: sea kayaks
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-inside
  • Features:
    • Available in a range of sizes
    • Thigh braces which promote comfort, precision and ease of access
    • Optimum leg/knee position for power transfer, comfort and body rotation

TRAK Kayaks

From the beginning, TRAK Kayaks was launched and developed to provide the most amazing series of adventures possible. From the investors’ dream through to entrepreneurial inspiration, and ultimately to customers and TRAK owners, the experience is the same. They all love adventure.

  • Types of kayaks: touring
  • Hard-shell
  • Folding
  • Features:
    • Control seat with adjustable back band
    • Keder storage system: closure system uses a keder solution to make it watertight and make gear accessible
    • Two standard flotation bags that act as secondary buoyancy and displacement
    • Full perimeter reflective deck line

Uncharted Watercraft

Uncharted Watercraft boats are proudly designed and manufactured in Lawrencetown, Georgia. They put a lot of effort into creating your kayak to make sure you need no effort to enjoy it.

  • Types of kayaks: fishing and recreational
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top
  • Features:
    • Molded of high molecular weight polyethylene using twin sheet thermoforming technology
    • Can be assembled and disassembled in seconds with no tools. Packs down to fit in most vehicles.

Venture

The people at Venture are paddlers just like you, with just one aim—to make kayaks that have the best combination of performance, comfort and quality so you can have the best days ever on the water and enjoy the wonderful rivers, coastlines and waterways around the world time and time again.

  • Types of kayaks: adventure touring and performance touring
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-inside
  • Features:
    • Made of high-quality, proprietary HDPE that is UV-, scratch- and impact-resistant
    • Water-resistant storage hatches
    • Retractable skeg

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Red kayak sitting in shallow waters
Vibe is known for their fishing kayaks. | Photo: Vibe Kayaks

Vibe Kayaks

Since 2013, Vibe Kayaks has focused on one thing—giving paddlers of any skill level the opportunity to experience the freedom that comes with diving into what nature has to offer. The brand is built on a passion for the water, fishing and outdoor living, and their products are the perfect combination of good looks, great features and affordability.

  • Types of kayaks: fishing
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top
  • Features:
    • Made of rotomolded single piece of polyethylene
    • Gear mounts
    • Vibe Hero seat has two positions and provides comfort and support

Wilderness Systems

Innovative designs tuned for performance, premium outfitting and stunning quality have made Wilderness Systems’ boats among the most acclaimed paddling experiences in the world. From new entrants to seasoned experts, Wilderness Systems kayaks are designed to get you where you want to be, more often—on the water.

  • Types of kayaks: fishing and recreational
  • Hard-shell
  • Sit-on-top and sit-inside
  • Pedal, paddle and motor
  • Features:
    • Helix PD Pedal Drive has a 6:1 gear ratio
    • Helix MD Motor Drive can reach speeds of 6 miles per hour and features a solar-rechargeable lithium battery that lasts up to eight hours
    • Some models are self-bailing

Fishing Kayak Brands

  • 3 Waters Kayaks
  • Bonafide Kayaks
  • Evoke
  • Jonny Boats
  • Kaku Kayaks
  • Native Watercraft
  • NuCanoe
  • Ocean Kayak
  • Pakboats
  • Pelican
  • Santa Cruz Kayaks
  • Sun Dolphin
  • Uncharted Watercraft
  • Vibe Kayaks
  • Wilderness Systems

Sea Kayak Brands

  • Nigel Dennis Kayaks
  • Norse
  • P&H
  • TIDERACE Sea Kayaks

Whitewater Kayak Brands

  • AIRE
  • Liquidlogic
  • Pyranha

Touring Kayak Brands

  • Delta Kayaks
  • Pakboats
  • Perception Kayaks
  • TRAK Kayaks
  • Venture

Inflatable Kayak Brands

  • Advanced Elements
  • AIRE
  • Aquaglide
  • Hobie
  • Innova Kayaks
  • Kokopelli Packraft
  • Sea Eagle

Recreational Kayak Brands

  • Bear Mountain
  • Eddyline Kayaks
  • Evoke
  • Freelfree Kayaks
  • Hobie
  • Hurricane Kayaks
  • Innova Kayaks
  • Jackson Kayak
  • NuCanoe
  • Ocean Kayak
  • Old Town Canoes and Kayaks
  • Otto Vallinga Yacht Design
  • Pelican
  • Perception Kayaks
  • Pygmy Boats
  • Stellar Kayaks
  • Sun Dolphin
  • Uncharted Watercraft
  • Wilderness Systems

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