In the previous article, we discussed different types of kayaks for your kayaking pleasure to give you the basics of, well obviously, the different types of kayaks that exist in the marketplace.
Today, we would like to present you with three kayaks that you can buy, today, with your budget in mind. However, if you want to save a few hundred dollars, you need to have an open mind. To spend less than $300 for a trustworthy kayak that performs (heck, even less than a $100!), you need to open your mind to the option of inflatable kayaks.
Inflatable kayaks are exactly what they sound like: inflatable. However, most people fear that these may not be built as sturdy as their hard-shelled counterparts. What most people fail to realize is: this logic fails! It’s like comparing apples to oranges. Inflatable kayaks come tested and can perform well in certain conditions. One can only understand it after sifting through a few inflatable kayak reviews.
The following are three entry level, budget inflatable kayaks that will keep you in the water for endless fun (though one hard-shelled one has been included for a decent option!)
List Of Three Affordable Kayaks…
1. Advanced Elements FireFly Inflatable Kayak
While not the cheapest option, it’s a middle of the road option for anyone with a budget. Yes, it is a single person inflatable kayak but Advanced Elements has been in the game for a long, long time and is known to present quality kayaks. This is a perfect recreational kayak that can hold up to 250 pounds. It also comes with a skeg for good tracking and navigation. The firefly comes in a fun yellow & grey colors.
2. Intex Challenger K2 Kayak
The cheapest option of the three here, this makes for an excellent tandem kayak for a great price. In case aesthetics matter, the Intex Challenger tandem kayak has a sexy, fun, sporty look and is made of rugged vinyl for puncture resistance. Add to that plenty of room and a sweet cockpit, you can’t lose with this entry level, tandem kayak. Of course, you can use it alone if you don’t have another person to bring along.
3. Sun Dolphin Bali 6-Foot Sit-on-top Kayak
Extremely affordable and a great, affordable kayak option. This is a hard shell kayak that should please any beginner or frugal shopper for years. It comes in the color red, is six feet in length, and allows for an easy design so you can sit in it easily. It supports about 140 pounds and only fits one person.
What’s The Best Option?
This all depends on skill level you are (novice, intermediate, or advanced), what kind of kayak you are comfortable with (inflatable or hard shell), the purpose of your kayaking (recreational, whitewater, tricks), and your budget. Stay on the look out for more informative articles that can help steer you in the right direction. We will also be reviewing some specific, well-known models.