Best touring kayaks according to redditors

We found 66 Reddit comments discussing the best touring kayaks. We ranked the 8 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Touring Kayaks:

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/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/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/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/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/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/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/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/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/kmadnow · 3 pointsr/pics
u/darthjenni · 3 pointsr/SwagBucks

I joined Swagbucks in 2013, but I didn't really start swagging everyday until 2015. My mantra is 333 SB's everyday so I can get $100 every month. Right now I'm doing over 600 Sb's everyday.

My most resent purchase was a kayak

Most of my SB's come from surveys and nCraves, but this sub is great at finding stuff on the paywalls that I could never find on my own.

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/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/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/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/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/chadcf · 2 pointsr/Miata

I have this kayak and you could fit it in a miata trunk. While it's not quite as good as a hardshell, it's almost there and it's much better than the cheap sit on top recreational kayaks. Best of all you just toss it in the trunk of any car and you're good to go. It's also light enough that I can check it as luggage when I go on vacation which is usually cheaper than renting a kayak wherever I am going.

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/rugerjp88 · 2 pointsr/financialindependence

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

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/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/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/user3915 · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

Looks like this might be it: Intex Challenger K1 Kayak

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/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/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/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/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/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/H720 · 1 pointr/INEEEEDIT
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/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/bowiesbelafonte · 1 pointr/Kayaking
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/spongebue · 1 pointr/Kayaking

Technically a sit-in, but the seats are high enough and the walls are low enough that it almost feels like a sit-on. I think yours is probably more of a higher-end boat in the inflatable market (mine is generally $350USD). Mine is the Sea Eagle 370 - did a little write-up on it here:

u/Thorndike-the-Racoon · 1 pointr/funny

They’re commercially available. They’re called hydro bikes. Hydrobikes Explorer

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/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/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/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/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/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/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/MasterbeaterPi · 1 pointr/pics
u/jerseydevil2oo3 · 1 pointr/intj

$900 on Amazon. Also needed a paddle, life jacket, bilge pump, roof rack, kayak rack, and straps. It just kept adding up.

u/LordweiserLite · 1 pointr/NatureIsFuckingLit

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

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.