10 Best Recreational Kayaks
for January 2023

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Perception Conduit 13 | Sit Inside Kayak | Recreational Kayak with Front and Rear Storage | 13' | Salsa

Perception Kayaks Perception 13 Conduit

by Confluence Outdoors
What We like

Perfect for lakes and ponds and calm coastal waters

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Product Features

  • Boat Weight: 51 lbs, Max Capacity: 295 lbs
  • Leak-proof one-piece roto-molded construction with built-in buoyancy for added safety
  • Large rear dry storage with watertight cover carries all your daily gear
  • Spacious cockpit provides room for most paddlers
  • Corded front and rear deck storage for items at a quick, easy reach
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Perception Joyride 10 | Sit Inside Kayak for Adults and Kids | Recreational and Multi-Water Kayak with Selfie Slot | 10' | Sunset

Perception Kayaks Perception 10 Joyride

by Perception
What We like

Two solo Mount points allow you to add a variety of RAM mount accessories without drilling

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Product Features

  • Water Types lakes ponds slow-moving rivers calm coastal & Open ocean
  • Storage hatch with hinged lid and bulkhead for added boating safety
  • Boat length 10' width 29-1/2
  • Convenient drink holder to keep your favorite beverage within reach
  • Adjustable footrests to accommodate paddlers of multiple sizes
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Wilderness Systems Aspire 100 | Sit Inside Recreational Kayak | Adjustable Skeg - Phase 3 Air Pro Seating | 10' | Galaxy

Wilderness Systems Aspire 100

by Confluence Kayaks
What We like

Seat features mesh-covered honeycomb-vented 3D foam allowing for greater airflow to keep you cool

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Product Features

  • Easily replaceable skid plate lets you drag without fear of damage
  • Fully adjustable, ergonomic Phase 3 AirPro Seat - the most comfortable kayak seat out there
  • Designed for the paddler who prefers agility over brawn
  • Named "best for beginners" by men's journal, April 2015
  • Boat weight: 44 lbs
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Wilderness Systems Aspire 105 | Sit Inside Recreational Kayak | Adjustable Skeg - Phase 3 Air Pro Seating | 10' 6

Wilderness Systems Aspire 105

by Confluence Outdoors
What We like

Combines easy handling and maneuverability with great stability

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Product Features

  • Boat weight: 48 lbs.
  • Great on flat or slow moving water
  • Sized for medium to larger sized paddlers
  • Boat length: 10' 6"
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Old Town Heron 9XT Recreational Kayak (Brown Camo, 9 Feet 6 Inches)

Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Old Heron Town 9XT Recreational Kayak (Brown Camo

by Old Town
What We like

Perfect for beginners and recreational paddlers, the Old Town Heron 9XT Recreational Kayak combines comfort and a range of features at an affordable price.

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Product Features

  • Carrying handles, built-in rod holders, a Click Seal hatch for storage, Paddle keeper, and cup holder make this kayak perfect for a day on the water.
  • This nine-foot, six-inch kayak has an impressive 300-pound maximum load capacity and features a limited lifetime . Paddle sold separately.
  • An adjustable Comfort Flex seat and easy-grip thigh pads keep paddlers comfortable for a full day out on the water.
  • Beginning paddlers will appreciate the added leverage and control of the Heron 9xt's innovative support Track foot brace system.
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Old Town Dirigo 120 Recreational Kayak (Photic, 12 Feet)

Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Old Dirigo Town 120 Recreational Kayak (Photic

by Old Town
What We like

A contoured poly seat and easy-grip thigh pads provide comfort and stability for a full day out on the water.

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Product Features

  • Packed with features, the Dirigo 120 boasts a Click Seal hatch with bulkhead, a glove box hatch for small items like keys or cell phones, retractable carry handles, a paddle keeper, a perimeter safety line, and more.
  • With a roomy cockpit, excellent initial stability, and an easy-to-paddle design, the Old Town Dirigo 120 Recreational Kayak is perfect for experienced paddlers and beginners alike.
  • Enjoy added leverage and control with the Dirigo 120's Glide Track foot brace system, while the three-layer polyethylene Stabil-form hull design ensures a stable and efficient ride.
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Old Town Vapor 10 Recreational Kayak (Sunrise, 10 Feet)

Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Old Vapor Town 10 Recreational Kayak (Sunrise

by Old Town Canoes & Kayaks
What We like

Perfect for anglers, sportsmen, and recreational paddlers alike, the Old Town Vapor 10 Recreational Kayak's single-layer polyethylene hull and a large cockpit opening provide a comfortable and reassuring ride.

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Product Features

  • An adjustable Comfort Flex seat and easy-grip thigh pads keep paddlers comfortable for a full day out on the water.
  • Packed with features, the Vapor 10 includes a molded-in cockpit tray with cup holder, a molded-in paddle rest, stern day-well for storing gear, built-in carry handles, a drain plug, skid plate, and more.
  • Enjoy a stable and efficient ride with the added leverage and control of the Vapor 10's Glide Track foot brace system.
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Old Town Dirigo 106 Recreational Kayak, Black Cherry, 10 Feet 6 Inches

Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Town Old Dirigo 106 Recreational Kayak

by Johnson Outdoors Watercraft
What We like

The shortest and most maneuverable of the Dirigo-series boats, the Dirigo 106 is perfect for beginners just getting started on the water or vets looking for a forgiving, easy-to-paddle ride.

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Product Features

  • Easy-grip thigh pads make the Dirigo 106 easy to control and maneuver in calm waters.
  • Old Town's Click Seal stern hatch offers enough storage for a medium-sized drybag full of gear.
  • A contoured Poly cushioned seat and Glide Track foot brace system create a comfortable, stable platform for all-day paddling.
  • Enjoy all the comforts of a comfy car, like a molded cupholder and a waterproof glove box hatch for keys or a phone.
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Wilderness Systems Pungo 125 | Sit Inside Recreational Kayak | Features Phase 3 Air Pro Comfort Seating | 12' 6

Wilderness Systems Pungo 125

by Confluence Outdoors
What We like

Adjustable foot rests accommodate paddlers of different sizes and thigh pads provide a more comfortable fit

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Product Features

  • The renowned hull offers reassuring stability without sacrificing performance
  • Boat length: 12' 6"
  • Rear hatch with sealed bulkhead provides ample storage for your gear
  • Pun go dashboard offers a removable Dry box, 2 cup holders, Sidetracks for accessories and a recess designed for the Wilderness Systems battery to keep electronics charged on the go
  • Boat weight: 53 lbs.
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Wilderness Systems Aspire 100 | Sit Inside Recreational Kayak | Adjustable Skeg - Phase 3 Air Pro Seating | 10' | Breeze Blue

Wilderness Systems Aspire 100

by Confluence Outdoors
What We like

Sized perfectly to fit a female or small-framed paddler comfortably

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Product Features

  • Boat weight: 44 lbs.
  • Boat length: 10'
  • Named "best for beginners" By men's journal (4/13)
  • Designed for the paddler who prefers agility over brawn

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