What kind of kayak should a beginner buy?

How much should you spend on your first kayak?

Cost of a Beginner Kayak

A beginner kayak is generally going to cost between $200 and $350. We personally recommend investing in one of these if you intend on turning kayaking into a summer sport you plan to do at least a few times per year. Anything cheaper is not going to last particularly long.

Is a 10 foot or 12 foot kayak better?

Many 12-foot kayaks can achieve higher top-end speeds than their 10-foot counterparts. As kayaks get longer they tend to be able to achieve higher top speeds because of their larger length-to-width ratio. This gives you, the paddler, more ability to cover more ground in shorter amounts of time.

What do you need when you buy a kayak?

Kayak Gear

  • Kayak.
  • Paddle (1 per paddler), plus spare.
  • Personal flotation device (1 per paddler)
  • Bilge pump.
  • Spray skirt (for cold weather/water)
  • Dry bag for personal items.
  • Headlamp/light with extra batteries (in case you’re out after dusk)
  • Signaling whistle.

How do you determine what size kayak you need?

Here are the top 4 aspects to consider when purchasing the right size kayak for you:

  1. Length. The length of your kayak is one of the most important factors that determine whether or not you have a fun and efficient time on the water. …
  2. Width. …
  3. Weight Capacity. …
  4. Legroom. …
  5. Conclusion.
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What size kayak do I need for my weight?

What size kayak do I need for my weight? The right size kayak for your weight is one with a maximum capacity rating that’s about 125 pounds more than your body weight. Another rule of thumb is to find out the manufacturer’s maximum capacity rating and reduce it by about 30-35%.