Best kayaking equipment according to redditors

We found 351 Reddit comments discussing the best kayaking equipment. We ranked the 175 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Kayaking Equipment:

u/hypercorrections · 42 pointsr/TheSilphRoad

Order your inflatable, 2-person kayak from Amazon now. Then live out a math problem by floating your fellow raiders to the roof one at a time.

u/dross85 · 30 pointsr/pics

Looks like this one.

Intex Explorer K2 Kayak - 2-Person Inflatable Kayak Set with Aluminum Oars and High Output Air Pump - 10.25ft

u/karabeckian · 29 pointsr/NatureIsFuckingLit

Since you're already thinking about it -

u/yooston · 15 pointsr/houston

Intex Challenger K2 Kayak, 2-Person Inflatable Kayak Set with Aluminum Oars and High Output Air Pump

u/thinkcodemake · 15 pointsr/nashville

Hey Hermitage, Old Hickory here.

They are inflatable. $70 with paddle. My friends liked them (I have the red kayak). I haven't ridden in them personally, but so far I've only heard good reviews.

I've seen them for sale at Academy in Madison, or on Amazon.

u/WNW3 · 11 pointsr/ToyotaTacoma's all the stuff I bought on my Amazon list lately. Does that help?

AUKEY 1080p Dash Cam

Black Off Road Scene Easy Fit Mud Guard

Car Travel Inflatable Mattress

Xprite Amber 240 LED Roof Top Mini Flashing Strobe Light

Smoke Tint Slim Wind Deflector

Pet Dog Seat Belt Leash

30 Ft. Polyester Tow Strap

Hood tie-Down Loops

Seat Cover for Pets

Silicone Wedding Ring For Men (For the radio knobs)

Toyota Tacoma Center Console Tray

Toyota Tacoma Center Console Organizer

Front Car Seat Covers

Husky Liners Front Floor Liners

Annnnnnnnnnd I'm just now seeing you were talking about the 2nd Gen...

u/WakiWikiWonk · 8 pointsr/subaru

>Why tf can't Subaru just make a outdoor oriented roof rack system?

Because for every 1 person who carries things on the roof there are 50 who don't, and some carry bicycles, others carry surfboards, other carry skis, and so on. To accommodate all of these different customers Subaru gives you a good solid low noise and low wind resistance base so you can add a roof rack of your choice.

Just buy a Thule Portage roof rack like all the other canoe owners do and quit whining.

And if you really think you need a front tie down point, just buy one.

u/EdwardDupont · 7 pointsr/thalassophobia

Pretty fucking awesome. And the mom is pretty hot too.

Edit: Ok apparently they are a bitch to clean and obviously $1600 seems a little too cheap so that's why it's not a good product. /s

u/54338042094230895435 · 7 pointsr/Kayaking

You shouldn't hang if from the carry points. Run straps under the kayak. Get yourself one of these and you'll be better off.

u/RedRavick · 6 pointsr/ottawa

I am the brother. I bought one from amazon. Intex Challenger K1 Kayak, 1-Person Inflatable Kayak Set with Aluminum Oars and High Output Air Pump

The price is always around $90.00. Don’t be fooled by the scam sale. I love this thing so much. It is inflatable and fits into the bag in comes in. The bag is a big duffel bag. I kayak to work and I am able to keep it in my locker.
I absolutely love the freedoms this gives me. Without a car or a garage it is not feasible to keep a solid one. I keep it stored under my stairs in my condo. I have been out with it three times this week. Actually I really think it’s been three days in a row.
Like another poster said, don’t think you’ll win races, it’s pretty slow and I paddle up stream to work. It’s tough but I love a challenge. It gets me out and I’m able to switch things up and not go biking every day. I have spelt hours reclined in this thing reading and I love bragging to my colleagues that, ”I kayaked into work today.”
I have wanted a kayak for a long time but couldn’t handle the space so I never got one until I thought about getting one that could blow up. I searched on amazon and found this one. The reviews are really good. I was going to wait until this season to buy it but a freak sale came on late last summer. I don’t know why but it was listed for $26.00!!! How could I have resisted. Sometimes I see it at around $80.00ish but you never know when things are going to go on sale.
Make sure to check out the other options on amazon. Just type in blow up kayak.
Let me know if you want to go kayaking together someone! 👍

u/flargenhargen · 6 pointsr/Kayaking

yarp. those racks can and do come off, so a rope to the front and rear could save your yak, and prevent you from killing somebody.

something like this makes it easy.

u/TacticalSatan · 6 pointsr/Austin

It's. Inflatable kayak! Here is a link to it. It's great. Can fill it up in about 5-7 minutes with the included Manuel pump. Explorer K2

For the price you honestly can't beat it. We love it.

u/GeorgiaDawgs247 · 6 pointsr/XVcrosstrek

You can Google or Amazon t style hood loops it kayak hood loops, like this:

Shoreline Marine Propel hood Trunk tie-Down Loops

I've used Thule before with no issues. Basically you hold the strap or rest it outside the hood and back and have the black plastic piece under the hood and then close it. The black plastic piece orevents it from coming out from under the hood and you can set it on either side if the hood and same with the back.

u/schlossenberger · 6 pointsr/Honda


2000 h/b w/ B16 owned for over 5 years!

2006 TL six-speed owned for over 5 years!

Don't mind that pool noodle kayak carrier system on the TL, that was a one time solution lol. Wanted to suggest what I bought for kayak bow and stern lines by the way - noticed you're tying them down to below the car - that was always a bit of a pain in the ass. I got a couple sets of these two years ago and they've been awesome! I'm sure there's other brands, but holy hell what a solution. I put them on either side of the hood and inside the trunk. Have used them for long hauls and for just taking going local, and to secure my giant 14' sea kayak alongside our cheapy Walmart kayak.

u/aMinnesotaBro · 5 pointsr/financialindependence

Here's the link! The reviews are phenomenal and the price is the cheapest they've ever been.

u/thunderatwork · 5 pointsr/canada

In my experience, prices are very similar unless you're not buying directly from Amazon. There's always the odd crazy sellers that want to make extreme profits on rare items...

Look at the thousands of products that are prime eligible and compare prices. Of course, if you only look at the rare product, you may find outlier prices.

I just bought this, it's about $2 cheaper on the Canadian side.
I also bought this:, it's $4.50 more expensive on the Canadian sides. same price.

Compare prices on and, and you'll find very similar prices.

u/CJOttawa · 5 pointsr/onebag
u/GoodyPower · 4 pointsr/Kayaking

You can buy straps/loops that gun under your car hood and give you a tie point. Can reduce chance of paint running vs tying to something underneath the car.

Propel by Shoreline Marine Hood and Trunk Loop Kayak Tie Down Straps

Like the above. There's also kinds that you attach to a bolt/screw under the hood that may be an option. Those you just flip out from the hood when you need to use.

u/ARoundForEveryone · 4 pointsr/Kayaking

You're probably fine if everything is tight, but I picked up these a few weeks ago and they just give me a little extra security. I strap them to the tie down on the kayak with a bungee.

Shoreline Marine Propel hood...

u/Marelynn · 4 pointsr/actuallesbians

Soo I know they're not as widely promoted, but I was dying for a kayak a couple of summers ago, so I did some research and bit a desperate bullet on an inflatable one. It was quite possibly the best $80 bucks I've spent.

It's inflatable, so storage is a roomy medium duffel they provided.

It is very hard to capsize, due to buoyancy.

I've had big dogs, little dogs, and medium dogs in it, even jumping out of it, and it has not popped or stretched, or shown wear from it. It's pretty durable.

This is the one I got -

u/insomniacpyro · 3 pointsr/kayakfishing

Leashes! These work great for me. Have yet to lose a rod or a paddle. The paddle one can be looped simply enough and attached with cheap caribiners. The rod ones are similar but I used a key ring and two zip ties on the butt of the rod, hasn't moved in two years and still removable if I need it to be.
Everyone else has been sharing some great advice, I followed the same advice when I started.

u/zero_dgz · 3 pointsr/Kayaking

The Intex Challenger K2? 350 pound weight limit, inflatable, slow, forgiving, extremely green. $115 on Amazon.

u/OBLIVIATER · 3 pointsr/videos

Funnily enough it was an Intex, looks like this one:

I don't have personal experience with this specific one but it has fine ratings on amazon so I'm sure its good.

u/hell-is-coworkers · 3 pointsr/OkCupid

I have this inflatable kayak and I know it sounds ridiculous but it honestly works great. I've used it multiple times without any issue.

u/highlander311 · 3 pointsr/boston

to echo /u/jtet93- you're not going to find any good "secret" spots, unless you know someone with a private roof deck. Memorial drive side is usually less crowded, but still very much so.

Otherwise, I bought these and they're effing great. Dropped them in 10 minutes before the show

u/Scoopable · 3 pointsr/Winnipeg

you will never believe me. I was so doubting this thing, but my goodness it does the job well, better oars soon, and this is after 5 evening trips and yes even the boat scraping things, and going from Henderson to Pembina and than back.

Figured it to be a cheap way of seeing if I'd truly enjoy this, I'm now already saving for a real one next summer.

u/boxesandcereal · 3 pointsr/Volvo
u/szsb · 3 pointsr/leanfire

Alternatively, you could get this and a vespa.

In all seriousness though, you can haul 1-2 kayaks on top of a car pretty easily.

u/phineas1134 · 3 pointsr/kayamping

Here is a really different perspective. A few years ago i bought this little inflatable model for about $70 from a big box store. I replaced the paddle with something better from a local sporting goods store. It performs much better than you would think. I am smaller than you at about 6' 220lbs. But it holds me with room to spare, so I think it would fit you well. It works great on small lakes and lazy rivers, and when I'm done it folds down to backpack size, and I can just throw it in my trunk. It wont get you on the big water or handle the over night trips. But will get you started for very little investment in money or space while you shop for your ultimate rig.

u/jasonbchan · 3 pointsr/ultrarunning

People use just about anything for drop bags, but they shouldn't. I recommend dry bags (choose your size) and waterproof cruise tag holders for labeling. All it takes is one rainy race or getting your bag shredded to motivation the transition. If what you're keeping in your drop bag is important to have during the race, take care of it.

u/16JKRubi · 3 pointsr/Wrangler

I've seen videos showing people just lifting it off. I'm a strong guy, and I could never manage it (that I was comfortable enough not to drop it). I wouldn't advise it.

I ended up picking up a garage canoe hoist (mine looks like this one). Of course, I had the garage ceiling to work with. Without a garage, I'm not sure what I'd do... a six-pack and phone call to a neighbor, I guess?

u/kmadnow · 3 pointsr/pics
u/driftalong83 · 3 pointsr/Kayaking

Intex Challenger K1 Kayak, 1-Person Inflatable Kayak Set with Aluminum Oars and High Output Air Pump

Intex Explorer K2 Kayak, 2-Person Inflatable Kayak Set with Aluminum Oars and High Output Air Pump

I own both and can attest that they are perfect for calm water with light breeze. The pump they come with inflate the kayak in under 10 minutes. They weigh about 15-20 lbs each.

The explorer k2 handles more like a canoe.

Happy paddling!

u/MookiePoops · 3 pointsr/kayakfishing

Stupid bot.

This is what I use:

RADD Sportz Kayak Hoist Quality Garage Storage Canoe Lift with 125 lb Capacity Even Works as Ladder Lift Premium Quality

On mobile so not sure how the link will do. You're right, it isn't right on the ceiling. I have higher ceilings in my garage.

My kayak is currently down and loaded for the weekend but I'll try to remember to get a picture Sunday evening.

u/kursah · 3 pointsr/kayakfishing

I own a couple Perception Sound 10.5's which are the same thing but without the extra fishing gear that Dick's slaps on to sell them as the Hook 10.5.

  1. Agreed, these boats go through waves and rapids instead of over, and while the website says class 1 and 2 capable, you're gonna get wet and I wouldn't push it either, try to avoid.
    1. They're fun, but one should be careful, and avoid bigger ones. Also strap your stuff down if you're gonna take gear, no sense in losing it. Is fun to punch through waves and get wet on a hot summer day for sure.
    2. If I was going to keep using my Sound 10.5, I was going to invest in a bilge pump. I have since purchased and started using different kayaks, but still have the Sounds in storage. Debating if I'll keep em or not. Damn good little stable sit-in fishing kayaks, utility focused, fun floaters, decent seat, price was right, they got me back into the water sport and most of all, fishing again.
  2. I keep em in my net which is that clear plastic/rubber style webbing, I have a couple sets of pliers on hand. Most of the time I would do okay. Bigger fish I would sometimes do over the side, for sit-in kayaks the Sound/Hook 10.5 are pretty stable, but can feel pretty tippy of course. I was still cautious, this was never an easy thing with larger and feistier fish and this kayak, some may have more or less trouble with it. My new kayak is much more open and wider for dealing with these situations. It has been fun getting pulled around by large trout and pike.
    1. Pinch your barbs too! Might lose a few because of it...but if you hook yourself its at least less painful and messy of an extraction on the water. You may not have much time to deal with it when it happens.
    2. Maybe a hawg trough would be helpful if you can keep them held down to it. I don't have one (yet), so not sure if that's a good idea or not.
  3. Install some hoops or kleets to clip/tie off to, tie to small carabiners or clip at the end of your stringer to clip onto the hoop. Problem solved. I mostly catch and release unless I'm out camping so not often I run into this. Generally if I'm thinking of keeping anything I'll bring a soft cooler with ice in that I strap down in the back. One issue with this kayak is limited access turning around. I really appreciate my new kayak more for being able to turn around and reach back.
  4. My wife lost an expensive rod/reel combo to the small branch of a tree that grabbed it out of that rear rod holder as we floated under it. Didn't even hear it go...was totally ridiculous. I've dealt with some lake chop and had my rod/reel combos not been clipped down, I would've lost em. I almost flipped...but kept upright, pulled the straps to recover my sank rod/reels, cleaned em at home, good to go. The 1-carabiner + 3 straps solution is like $12 on Amazon. A small price to pay for keeping gear. I always strap my paddle to. I don't want to have to chase my gear if I flip, especially on a river. Even if it never happens, it's not that big of a deal to me to be prepared but early on it was kind of annoying to adjust to. Not losing another rod/reel combo though? Priceless. :)
    1. On the Sound 10.5, I used the 0-ring on the end of the seat back adjuster strap on the right side behind the seat support sidewall. Worked great, I was able to leash my paddle and two rods. I used some extra bungees for my milk crate that would clip onto the larger holes in those same supports on both sides of the seat.

      Glad you got to have a good river float yesterday! Got some pictures of them fish? :)
u/senface · 3 pointsr/kayakfishing

Not sure I fully understand your situation but maybe something like this?

Scotty #141 Kayak/SUP Transducer Mounting Arm with Gear-Head

u/Bizrown · 3 pointsr/Kayaking

Frig been looking for a great inflatable kayak? Anyone have a good suggestion (links please) under 200$. Ive been on amazon for a while and have a few I like, but it’s hard to tell if it will be shit or not.

Leaning on this one: Intex Challenger K1 Kayak, 1-Person Inflatable Kayak Set with Aluminum Oars and High Output Air Pump

u/bst82551 · 3 pointsr/roadtrip

It's all fantastic! Start your hikes early (at sunrise) if you want privacy on the trails. They fill up fast. Most of the Banff parking lots are full by 9 or 10 AM.

Bear spray is a must. Pepper spray is technically illegal in Canada, but I told the border guard I had it when I crossed and and he let me take it in with zero grief. Just don't try to hide it.

I also highly recommend bringing a kayak. I brought my inflatable Intex Explorer K2 ($94.94 on Amazon and usually about $70 at Academy). You might be able to buy one when you arrive if you don't want to fly it in. The water is an excellent place to really take in the views and break away from the crowds.

u/killaskezo · 3 pointsr/kayakfishing

That is the one I bought. Pretty much because it was cheap. It gets the job done. I really don't think there is a need for anything fancy. I know you can make your own out of PVC... there are DIY videos online.

u/KittyBizkit · 3 pointsr/Kayaking

Easy. Yak grips. After a long day paddling without gloves, I have had sore hands. Wearing gloves is one option, but they are often too hot. These things supply padding but don’t heat up your hands. Totally worth the $15.

u/eater_of_rice · 3 pointsr/GoPlus

When I'm running and the weather forecast has chance of rain, I slip this on and make sure my Go Plus is underneath somewhere:

Patagonia Houdini Jacket

I got these two items back when the Go Plus was first released:

Aquapac Keymaster

Aquapac Desiccant Sachets

Only used them a few times and got the Houdini Jacket instead because I couldn't feel the vibrations from the Go Plus while it was inside the Keymaster. The Go Plus is more resistant to water/moisture than I give it credit for.

u/IWishIWereFishing · 3 pointsr/Kayaking

I bought and installed this a while back. No problems and it works great.

u/sexual_orientation · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

Gonna go ahead and recommend a much cheaper option- the Intex Challenger K1. It's a surprisingly great little inflatable and packs up pretty well, with a $70 price tag to boot. I used mine for two summers on some calm lakes and rivers and never had an issue with leaking. In my opinion, definitely the best budget option for someone just tipping their toes in kayaking.

u/firestorm6 · 2 pointsr/Fishing

Can’t speak for OP, but I have an inflatable Intex kayak
My wife got it for me as a Valentine’s Day present. I’ve only used it a few times but it’s amazingly stable. There is plenty of room for all your gear and pole. The only thing I found is that it drifts ALOT if you try and sit in one spot.

u/thesailingkid · 2 pointsr/kayakfishing

It’s a Scotty Transducer Arm with a Universal Sounder Mount . It’s a nice little set up, I rock the same.

u/malevolenc · 2 pointsr/kayakfishing

I bought this one for use with my Vibe Seaghost and it works well. Just make sure to tighten the straps before you try to haul it around.

TMS CART-CANOE/KAYAK-KY001 Boat Kayak Canoe Carrier Tote Trolley

u/DrOCD · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This kayak

Oh my god I would never leave the water if I owned a kayak. (Actually I would when it freezes over in the winter).

u/northeasternlurker · 2 pointsr/Fishing

I've got this thing and bought the trolling motor for it... it's pretty awesome actually haha

u/user3915 · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

Looks like this might be it: Intex Challenger K1 Kayak

u/seanlax5 · 2 pointsr/pics

You can get an inflatable one for <$100 to see if you actually like it. I've had this one for 3 years and I still use it!

u/SwiebelKuchen · 2 pointsr/preppers

How about an Inflatable kayak my friend has one it's pretty cool.

u/wwabc · 2 pointsr/canoeing

I always have front and back lines. Especially for highway speeds. I have a trailer hitch on back, and there's a nice hole under the front (honda pilot).

you could get under the hood and under hatchback tie downs:

u/alaskaj1 · 2 pointsr/Sup

I have the intex k2 explorer. Its ok at best. I would take it out paddling in a small lake but I wouldn't take it out over any distance. It killed my arms going maybe a quarter mile.

u/chrisbluemonkey · 2 pointsr/preppers

Have you considered an inflatable kayak? I have a couple of these and they're great. At that weight I can carry one in a backpack with other gear and use folding oars like walking sticks. I like the chambered design of this one too. I was out on a lake in Yellowstone as one chamber was deflating (cut on obsidian sand shards) but the thing stayed afloat and steady. I was out there with 2 squirming kids for over an hour after that side went completely flat and we were fine. It's easy to patch too.

u/kvelec4326 · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

I haven't used them personally but these.

u/gorillafightinglaser · 2 pointsr/Wrangler

I’ve used the universal foam blocks like the Malone ones with good results. Very affordable and gets the job done. I would recommend you get some hood loops or this style to attach bow/stern lines or you could attach them to the hard top bolting location to allow a tie down to hold it to the roof.

u/Anabeer · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

Most inflatable kayaks are either kids toys or pretty much expensive and heavy.


I was on a local lake a few weeks ago and saw a group paddling a couple of inflatables along with a rec boat. We chatted. These boats are packable, come in a bag with pump, skeg, paddle, seat and boat for $90 CAN. Must be less in the US.

Here it is in Canada:

The girls said these were the most comfortable things like evar, they felt safe on the lake and they certainly had no trouble scooting didn't seem like they were working hard to get anywhere like in those inflatable raft things.

u/thelionofgodzilla · 2 pointsr/surfing

Waterproof key pouch, around my neck, tucked inside my wetsuit.

Here’s the one I use: Aquapac Waterproof Keymaster 608

u/stephentheheathen · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

Challenger K2 Kayak

If you're in Canada here is the link to the one we bought. 10/10 would recommend

u/10ac · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

Yes. It is great, and you can find it for $35 on Amazon!

u/algo2 · 2 pointsr/Knoxville

You can buy inflatable kayaks for relatively cheap. Here's one on Amazon for $87.80 and ships for free if you have a Prime account. I think I saw some Kayaks in Target or Wal-mart but I'm not sure how much they were. They may have cheaper inflatable ones also.

Check all sporting good stores. There's a new one near Cedar Bluff called Acadamy Sports + Outdoors.

u/daniellinphoto · 2 pointsr/kayakfishing

By the time you reach $30 in materials plus labor, why not just get a commercially made cart?

u/preprandial_joint · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

Check these out for more tie-down points:

Sherpak Hood Loops

Hood/Trunk Tie down Loops

Also, as others have said, you should look into a roof rack with stacker bars.

u/BeerForThought · 2 pointsr/Denver

Welcome to our beautiful state. There are too many scenic lakes to list. I'd recommend you buy an inflatable kayak and start exploring. Most people won't share their favorite spots anyways.

I use this on lakes and annually on the Platte

Intex Challenger K1 Kayak, 1-Person Inflatable Kayak Set with Aluminum Oars and High Output Air Pump

u/TheGimpLikeThat · 2 pointsr/kayakfishing

Just got this recently. Seems fairly sturdy and decently priced.

u/BoomerFTW · 2 pointsr/WildernessBackpacking

Thank you!
It is the Sevylor Coleman Colorado 2-Person Fishing Kayak.

u/benuntu · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

It doesn't look like it has any internal storage or a way to get inside the hull, correct? If not, your only option is to use a rivet gun. Pretty simple, just drill the appropriate sized hole, coat the rivet in marine silicone (aka Goop), and attach. Here's the stuff I use:

Kayak Rivets
Rivet Gun

u/rugerjp88 · 2 pointsr/financialindependence

Sure does, and the pump. Looks like the price went up though, at least on Amazon.

u/Myatariisbusted · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

I know you mentioned that you don't have garage room, but this hoist ($25) works great for storing up off the floor. Easy to assemble and strong parts.

u/Pawgilicious · 1 pointr/kayakfishing

Scotty #141 Kayak/SUP Transducer Mounting Arm with Gear-Head

Plus depth finder, battery, and battery housing.

u/inquisitivechild · 1 pointr/Kayaking

I just got one of the inflatable ones and freaking love it. The single has 2 chambers and the double has 3. It's pretty tough stuff and as a complete newb, I felt really safe and stable.

Basically, how bad do you want to get on the water?
How much to rent a handful of times vs $60 for a single or $75 for a double. Both with really high reviews.

I love the double because I can just lean back and relax. I'm in Buffalo NY and went down the river and got to the edge of the lake. It got really choppy and I felt exttemely stable and safe.

My friend and I are planning on taking them to Allegheney and kayaking into where we want to camp. 400 lb limit on the double. The two of us went out on it when I first got it, for a total of about 475 lbs and we were able to slowly move along but felt completely safe. It convinced him to by both the single and double.



Guy who went on class 3/4 whitewater on the double:

u/lube_thighwalker · 1 pointr/carcamping

Great Job! Did something similar once. I recommend looking into this kayak. Works great for trips n such.

u/diogoweb3 · 1 pointr/volt

Front and back:
Shoreline Marine Hood Trunk Tie...

u/Paris_d · 1 pointr/kayakfishing

Went with this aluminum two-wheel version. Here's a link on Amazon: TMS CART-CANOE/KAYAK-KY001 Boat Kayak Canoe Carrier Tote Trolley

u/bjm00se · 1 pointr/sailing

How big's the dog, by the way?

Based on everything you've written in this thread, a Snark may be your boat.

But if so, sail it for what it is. None of the upgrades you mention will meaningfully enhance your sailing experience or the speed you travel at.

You're not going to store the boat *in* your house are you?

If it's just the carry and cartop, folks do commonly do that on a laser and similar boats with the aid of a dolly for moving the boat and properly configured roof rack, where, as another poster mentioned, you stand the boat up, lean it on the rear rack, then lift it upwards.

A dolly like this makes the 100 yard carry a cinch:

For your use case, I might still go with a craigslist canoe fitted with a sailing rig. Still probably want a dolly to schlep it with but they make those pretty cheap:


I looked at your earlier replies. You already have a sailing pram that does everything you need - it's just a pain to cart it and load it.

Rather than engineering a snark that doesn't capsize, I'd suggest turning your engineering mind back to the problem of transporting the boat you already have more easily.

Start with a boat dolly like I linked before. That gets it to your SUV.

Now you just need to deploy a couple slide ramps to protect the car, then slide the pram up onto the roof rack without touching the body of the car.

Break down the dolly and throw it in the back. Reverse at the other end.

Show up at a Laser regatta sometime and watch the sailors deploy their boats. Many come on a trailer, sure. But not all. And they all rig and launch the boat single handedly. And lasers weigh 130lbs.

Here's a couple clever approaches:

u/JoyRide008 · 1 pointr/KiaSoulClub

the way the front and rear bumpers go you would put strain on them, i use these on my 2014 front and back and they work pretty well

Propel by Shoreline Marine Hood and Trunk Loop Kayak Tie Down Straps

u/H720 · 1 pointr/INEEEEDIT
u/ItsACharlieDay · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Girlsplaywow is a jerk

You are too kind generous stranger.
Maybe you're not a jerk like you say... maybe. :)

Possibly Both?

If not I'm not picky if you want to pick and choose from my list instead.

u/RugerRedhawk · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

Depending on how invested you are in your current plan, they make simple commercial products for this, example:

u/Iwasborninafactory_ · 1 pointr/kayakfishing

I think you were trying to link to this one:
And you cut too much of the link off.

u/InferiorAmerica · 1 pointr/bassfishing

Those look pretty slick, but if I'm going the inflatable route, I'm going to get this

u/ididnotdoitever · 1 pointr/canoeing

Get yourself some wheels. That dude will be heavy at the put-in. Something like this.

That dude will ride like a tank through whitewater. You got yourself a good deal on a solid boat. Have fun.

u/SoJenniferSays · 1 pointr/Kayaking

My husband and I have the Explorer ( for tandem and it is just the slowest, clumsiest, most comfortable boat. We call it the RaftYak. Tracks like hell without the skeg, but does alright with it.

u/dawn_of_thyme · 1 pointr/Kayaking

Not sure how I'd go about getting a washer on the inside of drilled hole. I did see these rivets, but they look like the same length I've already tried.

u/Quantumstinger · 1 pointr/kayakfishing

This one or the yakattack paddle/rod holder. It’s longer so it doesn’t get in the way, of that’s what you mean. The shorter ones made my casting feel awkward.

u/titanicx · 1 pointr/Kayaking

Well, thats the wrong boat....

It's This one, I think that one is their older one? I'm not sure.

u/apfroggy0408 · 1 pointr/flyfishing

Quit while you're ahead.

JK, just be prepared for some headaches. What kayak do you have? I fish out of a hobie compass and it's a great platform for me to fish with both conventional gear and fly gear. I fish warm water lakes though with an 8 wt rod. I can catch fish with conventional gear from the kayak but still haven't caught a bass with my fly rod yet.

My biggest struggle is casting with a kayak that is constantly moving. So I use a yakattack 8ft stakeout pole, they also have one that breaks in down in 2 combined with a DIY anchor trolley in more shallow areas. Haven't messed with a deployable anchor yet though.

I also really like the yakattack omega rod holder as it can hold a fly rod, or spinning, or baitcast.

Leash it or lose it EVERYTIME you go out on the water go out as if you know you're going to flip. Wear appropriate clothing depending on the weather. If it's cold don't go out alone.

u/FerociousFrizzlyBear · 1 pointr/nova

Not really answering your question, but if it's just for casual use and not trying to do anything hardcore, or cover a lot of distance, I'd recommend looking into an inflatable kayak.

They take about 5 minutes to pump up, can be used on minor rapids (not too rocky and sharp), handle okay, and best of all, they can be packed down into a bag that fits in any car.

u/TBSchemer · 1 pointr/houston

I have this one.

It's pretty durable. Yeah, the bottom has a harder plastic, and the rest of it is coated in a tough canvas.

u/Raspberry-FI · 1 pointr/financialindependence

This is the one I purchased. It's holding up pretty well so far. I personally don't fish much but I'll go to Leesylvania State Park with family members to fish from time to time.

Intex Challenger

u/Internet151 · 1 pointr/shreveport

Here's a pretty good one for only 70 bucks. I'm almost tempted to get one lol.

u/LordweiserLite · 1 pointr/NatureIsFuckingLit

Don't worry, they are only $1600!!!!

u/ME4Twaffle · 1 pointr/kayakfishing

I'm officially picking up my yak tomorrow and I'm pretty pumped about it. I'm not bringing my fishing gear the first few times I go out. As the top comment on your post states I'll only be bringing my PFD, paddle, leash and my watertight box to protect my keys and belongings while I'm out there.

I bought this PFD and wasn't aware that it actually comes with a whistle in the front pocket. Didn't realize that's what that orange thing is in the picture. The description doesn't even mention it.

As for leashes, I bought this pack of 1 paddle + two pole leashes, though I got super lucky and got an Amazon Warehouse Deal that cut the price in half. Another highly-rated option would be this set, which are a lot cheaper without taking advantage of used or sale products.

This is the watertight box I'm bringing. Only $10 at Walmart. They carry the same one at Dick's for $15.

u/TheVikingCoffeeMan · 1 pointr/blackmagicfuckery

Oh yeah, apparently, the inflatable kayak in question can handle some “mild rapids”. I would use it for fishing, but wouldn’t take it anywhere rocky

u/MasterbeaterPi · 1 pointr/pics
u/BookWol · 1 pointr/Fantasy

LOL that movie has made me salty as all hell. My favorite hike was dry creek falls because you hardly ever saw anyone else there on a hot day (they all used to go to Oneonta because you wade through cool water the whole way or one of the ones that has lots of streams to dip in and stuff) and it's RIGHT at the bridge of the gods, where the movie ends. GUESS WHICH TRAIL SUCKS NOW.

The kayaks are made of a really thick vinyl, much sturdier than I expected (I share your inflatable mattress pain, can't tell you how many of those we've gone through out camping). We haven't gone over any sharp rocks as far as I know but I have been dragged along the bottom of Scappoose Bay for about 60ft and didn't so much as lose the rudder. We have used them in rivers too, they're great. There are reviews of the particular model we bought (with picture evidence) by people saying they take their dogs out in them no problem. We love ours, we only have a small car with no roof rack so it's ideal for us to be able to toss them in the trunk and go. :)

u/neighbors8myzombies · 1 pointr/elderscrollsonline

As disappointed as I was in my dad, I'd never tell anyone to give up on their dreams:

u/blumpkinowski · 1 pointr/XVcrosstrek

I would assume something like this [hood tie down ](Shoreline Marine Propel hood Trunk tie-Down Loops

u/kayakyakr · 1 pointr/AustinFishing

Generally places like REI and ACK will rent kayaks by the day. There are also a few decent angler models at the box stores.

This is the entry level kayak I always wind up recommending: The pescador is a mold of a classic hull (the old Wilderness Tarpon 12) and is a good, multipurpose boat.

You can go cheaper, though. Heritage is a good brand with a cheap boat: This is not going to be as good as their more expensive hulls or hulls from other brands, but it's a step up from Pelican.

Avoid Pelican at all costs.

You could also go cheap inflatable as a way to get started. For example: These won't track well, and probably won't last you as long as a proper kayak (which are nigh indestructible), but they'll get you on the water.

Gonna turn this into its own post.

u/your_message_here · 1 pointr/XVcrosstrek

Something like this that you close in your hood and trunk Shoreline Marine Propel hood Trunk tie-Down Loops

And the ropes Malone Auto Racks SpeedLine Mini Ratchet Tie-Downs

u/sports_undelete · 1 pointr/sports_undelete

>As the title states, I currently live in an apartment with very limited storage space for a kayak. My options for storage - in order of least feasible to most feasible - are my apartment (safe but up 3 flights of stairs), my apartment building's shared basement (half a flight down, but can be accessed by all tenants), the "backyard" area behind my building (no stairs but can be accessed by anyone), and my car (crossover-sized).
>I have been using this inflatable for the past year and a half, and it's been a great solution to my storage problem since I can keep it in the trunk of my car/my apartment. I used it about once a week last summer and it's held up decently well. I'm looking to upgrade it to a non-inflatable, though, as the tracking is pretty bad, I can't take it to any larger lakes, I get nervous about popping around rocks and branches, etc. My tandem K2 is also kind of of impractical because I use it by myself 90% of the time, which makes the tracking even worse. (I originally bought it to use occasionally with friends, but I've found that I like taking it out by myself a lot).
>I've been looking at the 8 ft Pelicans and Sun Dolphins, since they're short and light. I know that they're supposed to be pretty shitty, though, and I'm open to spending more than they cost. Another option could be to get the one-person version of the same inflatable which hopefully would have slightly better tracking. The other thing I've considered is buying a modular kayak, but I was really hoping on staying under $500.
>Would it be possible to get a hard kayak with these limitations or do you think I should just stick with my inflatable? Are modular kayaks really worth the cost? Thank you!

u/Trkghost · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon


Activity: Kayaking/Fishing
Movie: Pure Country
Book: World War Z
Comic Book: Sabertooth

Would really like blue grips for my kayaking experiences. :)

u/bigflatfeet · 1 pointr/preppers

I'm assuming fording isn't an option from your description, but an inflatable might not be a bad idea; this one is highly packable and includes a paddle and hand pump (and isn't a pool toy.) Also, 12V pump on the same page. You still need to be able to use it properly, of course, and decide whether your river is tame enough to allow a crossing in bad weather, at night, etc.

u/aliyaelkawa · 1 pointr/DestinationWedding70

Flighty Aunt of Avery- Cindy Lee

I found a nice man last night that has a large boat, I think he might have been the DJ, or maybe he's The Backstreet Boys cover artist in the hotel lounge-- not entirely sure. He is using it to escape the looming tsunami and plans to sail to Australia. A vacation at my favorite spot AND escaping doom, how could I not? Not to mention this boat is fannnncy.

He was leaving pretty early in the morning so unfortunately I didn't get a chance to say bye to anyone-- never really been good at them if I'm honest. **REMINDER TO TALK ABOUT THIS IN THERAPY NEXT WEEK** Although I have to say, this has been quite the memorable trip. Our family vacations get pretty insane, but add Billy's to the mix and that's a whole nother level of crazy. Anywho, it's not a goodbye... it's a see you later! Right?

Speaking of Billy and Avery, I really hope they like their wedding gift, since I decided to come to this whole thing last minute I had to be creative! I had something fast tracked over here for their convenience. Check it out

Au Revoir my dearest family! xo

u/major_wood_num2 · 1 pointr/DIY

I bought one of these a year ago and I've had really good luck with it.

u/johnwayneblack · 1 pointr/kayakfishing

I really like these these leashes. Cheap small and strong.

u/DeleriumTrigger · 1 pointr/bassfishing

I use the Intex Explorer K2 - the '2 person' kayak, which actually means "my fat ass, plus my tackle". It's okay - takes maybe 5-10 mins to inflate and deflate, especially with the $10 Intex electric pump on Amazon. It did a good enough job getting me off the bank and out to fish - 9 of my 10 biggest fish last year came from the kayak, once I got off the shore and out to where the fish were. It makes all the difference in the world, even in a pond.

Edit: Just to elaborate a bit more - much like /u/TNNRR I had some big worry about punctures - I had to constantly be on the lookout for submerged timber or rocks that could ruin my day, and sometimes retrieving lures was a dicey proposition when there were branches and such around. Mine also 'wore out' pretty quickly - the skeg just slides in and is super easy to lose, and once you lose it the kayak twists and turns back and forth and makes paddling a nightmare if there's even the slightest bit of wind. It is tall and inflatable so it drifts even more than a normal kayak, and for me an anchor was a necessity. One time, the seat became deflated while on the far side of the lake, and that paddle back, into the wind, with no seatback, was one of the most painful things I've gone through while fishing. Despite that, it's a sub-$100 inflatable, so you expect most of those things. It did a fine enough job, and if you're on a budget it's still a good option.

u/smithaa02 · 1 pointr/Kayaking

Generally speaking it is important to tie the front and back...especially if you will be driving on the freeway near big trucks. I learned this the hard way when my kayak without front/back straps almost worked its way free on an windy day despite being firmly tied in to the j-bars.

But in some cases this isn't as important... Shorter kayaks are easier to secure without front-back straps. Another important variable is the space between the support bars for the boat and the horizontal straps. Close together is bad...and you'll need the extra front-back protection. Saddles are also much safer than j-bars and if you can compress a boat to the roof using pads that helps a lot.

There are other options though... My dad uses hood straps which are quite common and likely not as bad on the paint. eg On my Suburu I have a bug deflect and my front tie-downs goes over that. Not sure if that helps in you case. Some straps are better than others. I love rope ratchets for front/back tie-downs and have had zero paint problems with them:

u/dgfish · 1 pointr/Fishing

About to pull the trigger on this:

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u/colonelpan1c · 1 pointr/Kayaking

I have the same bars and the WB400 carriers for my Mazda. Great hardware. Unfortunately Yakima bought them for their patents and discontinued the whole line.

On the bow and stern lines - I usually run a bow line only. No good place to attach the stern line on my car without significant inconvenience.

I have these little straps I close in my hood I can hook the bow line to that might work for you - just close it in the frunk. Something like this:

u/voodooziggy · 1 pointr/askportland

I inflate it on site because it's big and won't fit into the back of my vehicle. The dimensions are in the link. I plan to get a small air compressor that plugs into my car because inflating it by hand takes a little while.

u/sunnyday__ · 1 pointr/londonontario

Do you by any chance want to buy a kayak for really cheap? I have an inflatable one that I bought off Amazon a couple years ago and it's still in the box. :)

u/BeepBoopist · 1 pointr/SBU

I have [this kayak] ( from Amazon. It's ~$60 and works pretty well, just annoying to inflate and deflate. Pretty compact though

u/edward_nigmatic · 1 pointr/Wilmington

These kayaks frequently drop to $65. We've used them 6-7 times ourselves and have been amazing. A little bit of work to get them inflated but they don't require a kayak rack or an excessive ammount of room to move them. Also super cheap at that price. This is a two seater but there is a one seater and other variations. I've had NO problems with them being inflatable. Have hit things in the water and run them up on shore. I know it's not exactly what you asked for but hope it helps. :)

u/t_dtroll · 1 pointr/kayakfishing

I use these.

u/frankmcc · 1 pointr/kayak

Flip them upside down and wrap them in a tarp. If you have a garage, do what I did, get a Kayak hoist kit on Amazon for ~$40 and hang them from the rafters.

u/anonymous_weasel · 1 pointr/kayakfishing

Main straps I open the doors and go through the car. I do that mostly for speed because I don't have to worry about the extra length of straps. Got them from Home Depot:

When I travel more than 20 minutes to the lake, I strap down the front and back using:


I installed a hitch on the car, so the rear tie downs get tied to that.

u/nootay · 1 pointr/camping

I use these Earth Pak bags when kayaking and love them. Never had a leak and they float in the water.

u/bowiesbelafonte · 1 pointr/Kayaking
u/MrBillyLotion · 0 pointsr/Kayaking

Do you have an easy way to transport it? If not, a decent inflatable kayak might be a good choice. I recently picked this up for cheap and am enjoying it

That's on the cheap side, but for calm stuff it's fine, pretty comfortable actually. As for a life jacket, I would recommend the NRS brand, not too expensive but pretty well made.