Kayak 101: Differences Between Kayak Designs

Are you looking for a kayak but overwhelmed by all the different choices? Well you've come to the right place! In our continuing "101" series, ACK's Roland Jimenez walks you through the basics of choosing the right kayak based on your specific paddling needs. He covers everything you need to know from sit inside, sit-on-top, whitewater, touring and the canoe / kayak hybrid design types. Check out these Kayak specific to your needs! Fishing Kayaks: http://ack.com/rwtr White Water Kayaks: http://ack.com/w8ti Pedal Kayaks: http://ack.com/tbpy Sit Inside + Sit On Top Kayaks: http://ack.com/qt1d Still have questions? Shoot us an e-mail to Customer@AustinKayak.com and we'll be glad to help!

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Are you looking for a kayak but overwhelmed by all the different choices? Well you've come to the right place! In our continuing "101" series, ACK's Roland Jimenez walks you through the basics of choosing the right kayak based on your specific paddling needs. He covers everything you need to know from sit inside, sit-on-top, whitewater, touring and the canoe / kayak hybrid design types. Check out these Kayak specific to your needs! Fishing Kayaks: http://ack.com/rwtr White Water Kayaks: http://ack.com/w8ti Pedal Kayaks: http://ack.com/tbpy Sit Inside + Sit On Top Kayaks: http://ack.com/qt1d Still have questions? Shoot us an e-mail to Customer@AustinKayak.com and we'll be glad to help!

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At Rossouw
At Rossouw - 4 years ago
Have to say looking at random websites on the interwebs https://www.naturerated.com/best-fishing-kayak-inflatables-reviews/ your video helped me allot deciding what kayak to choose thank you very much
Nanika prinsloo
Nanika prinsloo - 4 years ago
Thank you very much that was fantastic information!
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Jennifer Jackeline
Jennifer Jackeline - 4 years ago
wow
God Emperor of Mankind
God Emperor of Mankind - 4 years ago
I would either like a hybrid or sit in kayak for fishing along the coast in decent weather in California. What do you think would be better for fishing? And by the way, it will probably be near the Jetty in Half Moon Bay so it will be fairly calm.
Mike 242
Mike 242 - 4 years ago
I used to use a sit in kayak, i rolled it and i couldnt get my feet out and almost drown, it was the scariest thing in the world. thankfully my friend helped me out. sit in kayaks, especially the one at 3:15 are VERY dangerous, if you flip, good fucking luck getting out.
Jason Roux
Jason Roux - 5 years ago
My wife wants a recreational kayak she is new to the sport what would be a great entry level kayak?
charly evans
charly evans - 5 years ago
Beautiful Kayaks. Can a full tent, camping stove camping lamps fit inside the storage facilities in these Kayaks?
Trey Drier
Trey Drier - 5 years ago
A couple things to note:
1. Sit inside kayaks are much more difficult to recover from if you fall out or they capsize.
2. A sit-on-top kayak is wetter but recovery is somewhat easier if you fall out (you just kind of flop on top).
3. A sit inside kayak may be more difficult to launch especially if you are overweight or not very flexible.
4. Tandem sit on top kayak's are a lot of fun and less work than a single.
If your new to kayaking, the sit-on-top makes the most sense unless you are in cold water.
Bob Sure
Bob Sure - 5 years ago
What are inflatable kayaks like for storage, mainly, the intex challenger k1
windbreaker57
windbreaker57 - 4 years ago
How much should I be prepared to spend for an inflatable kayak, and what are the inflated and folded dimensions? Thanks.
Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak - 5 years ago
Inflatables are a great option for those will limited storage options. They'll easily fit in the trunk of a car or in most closets!

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Josh
Josh - 5 years ago
thank you so much i know this is an older video but this helped me so much with making my choices
TheSunFiles
TheSunFiles - 5 years ago
Any tips for kayak fishing? I don't like the idea of fishing while a tree is coming towards my head while I'm not looking.
BMW S1000
BMW S1000 - 5 years ago
great video on the basics of kayaks,, just could have a bit more personality into it rather then a computer generated person.
Usmc Gruntz
Usmc Gruntz - 5 years ago
no inflatables. i cant store a 12 foot kayak in my apartment.....
windbreaker57
windbreaker57 - 4 years ago
+Knowing is growing - not everyone who wishes to get into kayaking has the storage space that you might have.
Trey Drier
Trey Drier - 5 years ago
Knowing is growing: I see you have "small dick syndrome". Sad really.
Michelle Thomas
Michelle Thomas - 5 years ago
Knowing is growing: woah there bud, didn't take your meds today?
Knowing is growing
Knowing is growing - 5 years ago
inflatables are for little children u pussy cunt
Ed Catt
Ed Catt - 5 years ago
I'm a recreational kayaker, but I'd like to do some river situations where the water could be a bit choppy. I know I'll get wet (though I have dry-pants), and self-bailing scuppers, so what's your opinion of doing that sort of float trip on a river with a set-on-top kayak? I don't do cold weather kayaking, so hypothermia isn't as big of a possibility for me. Summers are when I tend to use my kayak, with possible some early fall, or late spring ventures. Thanks!
Rick Rabies
Rick Rabies - 5 years ago
what about the jet powered kayak?..................... :)
Trey Drier
Trey Drier - 5 years ago
He's being sarcastic. Duh!
Bubblepink881 M
Bubblepink881 M - 5 years ago
Rick Rabies that's called a boat dude.
Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak - 5 years ago
This thing? http://www.saltstrong.com/articles/jet-angler-kayak/

Didn't exist back in 2013! ;)
Stephen McAllister
Stephen McAllister - 5 years ago
thank you, Sit on top will be my first
Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak - 5 years ago
And let us know if you'd like any brand recommendations! You can always call our customer service at 888-828-3828 to narrow your decision.
Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak - 5 years ago
Good pick for a first kayak! Enjoy it. :)
Meno Deno
Meno Deno - 6 years ago
I just started looking for a kayak. Thanks for your video. I'm wanting to fish so I think the hybrid or the sit on top will suit me best especially me having a bad back
be05068906
be05068906 - 6 years ago
shame you cant get proper lessons for white water kayak here in norway becouse even if we have the perfect rivers here there just arent enough ppl using white water kayaks as opposed to sea kayaks so if i want lessons i have to travel out of the country for it but i must say best way to train too lose weight ive found is kayaking ive lost 25 kilos in 3 months and youre actualy having fun doing it jogging is dead boring in comparison i recomend the dagger katana for large ppl and for multi use
tom frankfooter
tom frankfooter - 6 years ago
creepy transition music...
Tim Faunce
Tim Faunce - 4 years ago
Reminds me of "Lost"

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Brian Michael
Brian Michael - 6 years ago
I am looking to get into Kayaking and really for my first Kayak, though I like the idea of dry storage areas... I really fell in love with the Canoe Kayak Hybrid and the large storage... I have a waterproof case for my camera and there are many locations that require access to a boat of sorts.. Kayaking out to them would be no problem. I have Kayaked down the spring water rivers of florida.. but would love to go out into the bay(tampa bay a bit.. I am a big guy, so the large Canoe Kayak design looks like it would be an excellent fit especially for me being new to the sport.

Which Brands of the Canoe/Kayak Hybrids would you recommend for someone like me?
Chucknorris
Chucknorris - 6 years ago
ur forgetting playboats
Eden Tyler
Eden Tyler - 6 years ago
~Crystal Explorer Kayak by The Kayak Company http://shrsl.com/?~chc7
Arya Connor
Arya Connor - 6 years ago
+Eden Tyler thank you
chrissy soriano
chrissy soriano - 6 years ago
+Eden Tyler so nice thanks
Cherry Lamps
Cherry Lamps - 6 years ago
+Eden Tyler thanks...
Eden Tyler
Eden Tyler - 6 years ago
+Eden Tyler i love this..
Tim Stout
Tim Stout - 6 years ago
Are there any kayaks that have like 350 to 400 weigh range
Haydog _322
Haydog _322 - 5 years ago
Tim Stout Jackson Big rig
mrnickbig1
mrnickbig1 - 6 years ago
The main difference is that there are real kayaks, and things that roughly look like kayaks, but aren't, and handle very differently. These pseudo-kayaks are called Sit On Tops, and are much more like paddle boards in construction and operation. Many uneducated people can't tell them apart, despite obvious differences.
Marcos 989
Marcos 989 - 6 years ago
This is BS. If you are not sitting inside it's not a kayak, it's a paddle boat.
Greg Black
Greg Black - 5 years ago
Marcos 989 yeah and if you aren't hunting a FRIGGAN seal in sub arctic weather you're just another recreational guy in a boat. I can't stand people that think they are better than others. HAPPY BOATING BITCH.
Adolfo Fullo
Adolfo Fullo - 6 years ago
nice video i subbed
William Casey
William Casey - 6 years ago
good job
DILLIGAF
DILLIGAF - 6 years ago
Awesome video! I really want to start sea kayaking, but I'm not that experienced. Do you guys think getting a touring kayak would be too tough for a beginner?
Outhai Patthanacharoenphon
Outhai Patthanacharoenphon - 6 years ago
Sail kayak

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Philip Rooney
Philip Rooney - 6 years ago
Maybe get someone who can get through the whole video without stut stut stuttering
Calisonian
Calisonian - 6 years ago
Rude much, the informations is great and he's easy to understand.
Robin HD Hanna HD Vlogs 1
Robin HD Hanna HD Vlogs 1 - 6 years ago
2 match money for plastic
Nathan
Nathan - 6 years ago
+Robin HD Hanna HD Then why isn't anyone making cheaper boats at the same quality?
summer dawne
summer dawne - 6 years ago
looking to purchase two kayaks. what size would be best suited for someone who is 6'0 tall? would an 8' be good or is that too short? thank you
Haydog _322
Haydog _322 - 5 years ago
summer dawne way to short get a-least 10 or a 12 footer
8 footers are for kids
Richard Hernandez
Richard Hernandez - 6 years ago
I'm looking at buying a No Limits™ Journey 8'6" Sit-in Fishing Kayak and was wondering if it would be able to hold me. I'm a 5'8" male and weigh 235 lbs
Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak - 6 years ago
+Richard Hernandez That kayak has a 295 Ib weight capacity, so you're good!
Blazin'Blades
Blazin'Blades - 6 years ago
Hi
I am looking for that Zephyr 170 you are showing in this video, couldn't find it anywhere else... LOL :-)
Cheers
BB
Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak - 6 years ago
+Blazin'Blades Hey BB! The reason you haven't been able to find a Zypher 170 is because Wilderness Systems upgraded it to be the Tempest 170 (http://ack.com/k49n) a while back. The Tempest has hatch upgrades and a rudder, where the Zephyr had a drop down sceg, and there is a slight difference in length, but other than that it's just like the Zephyr featured in this video!
hempthegreen
hempthegreen - 6 years ago
can someone tell me if a santee 116 sit down would be ok for a beginner on a river (white water)
Range.Time
Range.Time - 6 years ago
+hempthegreen The Hurricane kayaks are top notch but they're not really whitewater boats, I have the Santee 126 Sport and it is a great boat for recreational touring in and around the inlets of North Florida.
hempthegreen
hempthegreen - 6 years ago
+Austin Kayak Thanks for the feed back, I have to ask someone that hits the river often that I'm going to be going on to really know, Thank you again!
 
Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak - 6 years ago
+hempthegreen It depends what level of rapids you're going to encounter, I think it'd be fine for level 1-2 rapids, but for something higher, you'd want to go for a kayak specifically designed for whitewater kayaking like the Dagger Mamba 8.1(http://www.austinkayak.com/products/417/Dagger-Mamba-81-Kayak-River-Runner.html)
Paul Deknikker
Paul Deknikker - 6 years ago
Good info on the different kayaks, thanks.
MobyDickHead
MobyDickHead - 6 years ago
thanks for the info I'm down to 2 choices
Rick Rabies
Rick Rabies - 5 years ago
buy both..
Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak - 6 years ago
+MobyDickHead Glad to hear - let me know if you need any help deciding between them!
Latch N Load
Latch N Load - 6 years ago
great advise love the video.
Mike e.
Mike e. - 6 years ago
Thanks. Well done and very helpful. Mike e
Ruthmara Garcia
Ruthmara Garcia - 6 years ago
tf tf en el trabajo 850 y la gente se está haciendo un ejercicio 500 la y el resto del año pasado y mostrarse como un canto desesperado a y la verdad es la mejor
axel hose
axel hose - 6 years ago
+Ruthmara Garcia bonita!
AK Timelapse
AK Timelapse - 6 years ago
Hi There, I am looking to be a distributor for Hobie Kayak, I was hoping if you could help me get in touch with them or work up a partnership with yourself.
Jolly M
Jolly M - 7 years ago
I'm wondering if the sit on top is a great option for me. I'm a resident in the hot Arizona state. Wonderful video. :)
roger fleming
roger fleming - 5 years ago
Austin Kayak
Jolly M
Jolly M - 6 years ago
Thank you for the compliment of my nearby lake. Nationally we need the RAIN, it's low and very sad. I will definitely take a look at your online store. Thank you again for the tips. :)
Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak - 6 years ago
+Jolly M Looks like a beautiful lake! And even more beautifully placed right, smack dab, in the desert. All of our store locations are in Texas, but we do have an online store, http://www.ack.com. You may be also be interested in browsing the outlet section of the site. Let us know if there is anything else we can help out with, thanks.
Jolly M
Jolly M - 6 years ago
+Austin Kayak Hello Austin. I'm looking at using this at my local lake, Lake Pleasant. I also need something that is financially friendly. I don't have FB. Do you have a store online or in Az? Thanks a bunch. :)
Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak - 7 years ago
Hey +Jolly M! Sit on tops are perfect for beginners, kayak anglers, and recreational paddlers, so because of the diverse and versatile nature, I know that we could find one that meets your needs. We'd love to help you along in the process - so please give us a call at (888) 828-3828, or message us on Facebook.(https://www.facebook.com/austinkayak) Thanks!
Max Abraham
Max Abraham - 7 years ago
I recently received a free whitewater kayak, the previous owners told me it could not be used in calm waters as it was missing a vital mechanism to steer properly, could this be true??
Sandy Taveras
Sandy Taveras - 7 years ago
I wanna know how much it costs?? Somebody helpme
Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak - 7 years ago
+Andrew Schreiber Unfortunately, we no longer have it in that light blue color.
Andrew Schreiber
Andrew Schreiber - 7 years ago
+Austin Kayak Do ya'll have it in powder blue?
Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak - 7 years ago
+Andrew Schreiber https://www.austinkayak.com/products/5793/Necky-Rip-12-Kayak-2014.html This is the kayak that you are looking for. Unfortunately, we no longer have it in that light blue color. If you have any other questions, please let us know or personal message us on facebook!
Andrew Schreiber
Andrew Schreiber - 7 years ago
+Austin Kayak Can you tell me the model / a link of the light blue kayak to the right of the guy talking from the beginning of the video until 20 seconds
Dan Bezaire
Dan Bezaire - 7 years ago
+Sandy Taveras depending on the style you are looking for will determine the cost. Most recreational kayaks run from 500 - 1500 dollars, white water about the same. Both have some that are higher in price. For sea kayaks/touring kayaks the price on avg runs 1000 - 3000 dollars depending on many factors but can go as high as 5000 dollars.

If your looking at sea kayaking it is safe to say kayak, paddle, pfd, safety gear, and at least one course will run you approx $2000.

Regardless of the style you pick DO NOT be cheap with your PFD/lifejacket -- it is always better to spend a little more to get one you will always wear when on the water.
Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak - 7 years ago
+Sandy Taveras You can find all of our available kayaks on http://www.ack.com! Please give us a ring at 1 888 828 3828 if you have any further questions. Thanks!
Kathleen
Kathleen - 7 years ago
Very informative, thank you sir.
Lionheart
Lionheart - 7 years ago
I'm looking for a kayak that i can just paddle around lakes, calm rivers and maybe do some fishing. I'd prefer it be a sit in kayak, got any recommendations?
Dan Bezaire
Dan Bezaire - 7 years ago
+Lionheart most recreation style kayaks would do well. The best bet would be to go to a store that allows you to try paddling a few different ones to get an idea what they are like, how stable, can you stand (this part applies to fishing mainly) etc
luca howard
luca howard - 7 years ago
4.30 subtle hanna Montana reference :D
Fang Zhou
Fang Zhou - 7 years ago
very usful, just the thing im looking for
TheSnowyPenguins
TheSnowyPenguins - 7 years ago
This video helps me alot but what would you give a 12 year old kid who can spend up to 1,300 Aus dollars I can ride in ruff or smooth water which one a sit in or touring kayak can someone please help me
Dan Bezaire
Dan Bezaire - 7 years ago
+TheSnowyPenguins Depends on what the plans are for the kid, at 12 years old they will out grow kayaks quickly. What type of paddling are they doing? (whitewater, recreational, sea kayaking, etc) if it is whitewater you are likely going to be buying a new boat everyone few years or more to compensate for there growth. With a sea kayak or recreational boat you can look at getting one a little bigger so they grow into it a bit more, but still likely if its a sea kayak to be buying another one down the road depending on how much they grow.

50. comment for Kayak 101: Differences Between Kayak Designs

Fe Wolf
Fe Wolf - 8 years ago
I could use you help, I am looking at the creek kayaks, I have two white water kayaks now. but here is the issue, there are several very nice relaxing small rivers in my area, I tired you my Otter X, and I hit to many obstacles underwater, could you suggest a good kayak for my needs, i can not use a knee kayak due to my knees being trashed out in service.Thank You
Fe Wolf
Fe Wolf - 6 years ago
+LUIOS TARD
BrianD
BrianD - 7 years ago
Swim
jordan deutz
jordan deutz - 8 years ago
HAHA WHAT A SKIDDISH UNEDUCAED FOOL, UMMM, UGH, WHITEWATER, YEAH...BUY DAGGER
Jeremy Santana
Jeremy Santana - 8 years ago
i just want to know my user name
kevinwwjd2
kevinwwjd2 - 8 years ago
Great video on differences between several kayaks!  I want one of the ocean going kayaks.  
Filipee coelho
Filipee coelho - 8 years ago
how big is the sit inside kayak, 10ft or 12ft? 
Dan Bezaire
Dan Bezaire - 7 years ago
+Filipee coelho most range from 10 - 16 ft
Already Auser
Already Auser - 8 years ago
So if I'm looking for a kayak that is good for both lakes and sea kayaking, would I go with recreational?
Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak - 8 years ago
Good question - a light touring model might be the best choice for you. A few that come to mind would be the Tsunami, Expression, or Focus. Give our customer service team an email at customer@austinkayak.com and they'll help you find the model that's best for you.
30milesOut
30milesOut - 8 years ago
great break down... this vid will answer tons of questions i get daily ! thx ack
Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak - 8 years ago
Thanks for sharing!
Sam Son
Sam Son - 8 years ago
Thanks for the video. It was helpful. I need your advice on what to buy. I am over 50 and live close to a wide river (with reasonable traffic). I would like to take kayaking as a sport (not fishing) to strengthen my upper body. I have had a couple of lessons on a sea kayak and found my body is not flexible enough (knee problems) for it and can't do self rescue. Most likely I will be on my own on that river ( close to the river banks). What would be your recommendation out of all these types?
charlie Howes
charlie Howes - 8 years ago
+Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak - 8 years ago
Hey Sam, 

A recreational sit-inside might be perfect for you which Roland starts talking about at 1:17 in the video. I would encourage you to reach out to our customer service and they can talk with you one on one about what would be best. Email them or call at 888-828-3828 (Toll Free) or <a href="mailto:customer@austinkayak.com" class="ot-anchor" rel="nofollow" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-size: 13px; line-height: 17px; white-space: pre-wrap;">customer@austinkayak.com</a>
AbortedEvolution
AbortedEvolution - 8 years ago
Thanks man.  Very informative.  This is the exact breakdown i've been looking for. 
AnthonyHoweComedy
AnthonyHoweComedy - 8 years ago
Well put together, thanks!
Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak - 8 years ago
Glad it helped! Give us a shout if we can help you with anything else!!
EarthCrawler
EarthCrawler - 8 years ago
I am purchasing my own this weekend and this helped me out a bunch on how to decide what I want. Great video.
Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak - 9 years ago
Sure. This video is a broad overview of the choices but all of the boats could be broken down into subcategories for different types of paddlers. Those videos are on the horizon.
SteepVisions
SteepVisions - 9 years ago
Whitewater sub categories - creeker (one shown in video) Used for river running (longer in length) - playboat (shortest) Short for good maneuvrability (Used for tricks) - river runner (cross-breed between playboat and creeker) Can accomodate playboating and river running/waterfalls There are also some boats they didn't include: squirt boat raft canoe motorboat Chuck Norris mobile boat
Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak - 9 years ago
Hey Jonas. Thanks for watching. You can always e-mail our customer service department (customer@ACK.com) and they will be happy to work with you to find a boat that suits your needs.
Jonas Dunlap
Jonas Dunlap - 9 years ago
What sit inside kayak would be best for ocean,bay,lake, and river with some rapids?
Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak - 9 years ago
That would be the Phase 3 AirPro seating system by Wilderness Systems. Its pretty darn comfy if you ask me.
tyler man
tyler man - 9 years ago
whats the name of the seat in the sit on top kayak??
Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak - 9 years ago
You can always email us at Customer@ACK.com if you have any specific questions and we'd be happy to help you out.
Austin Kayak
Austin Kayak - 9 years ago
Very happy to help, Malek.
Malek A
Malek A - 9 years ago
Thank you, now I know what I want.

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