One of the greatest escapes we all have is the return to nature yet if you are not ready for it, you might as well just spend more time fighting imaginary monsters on your little black box.
But how can we prepare for it, dear unknown writer who’s typing this from his jungle hut, you might wonder?
Well, the answer to that is rather complex because as you see there are plenty of outlets but they are not for everyone. Which is why, today we are taking kayaking as a prime example of what you should do whenever you’re near a body of water… Of course you can swim but why would you that when you can just float on top of a bullet shaped UV-protected high density polyethylene vessel. So, here’s a list of the best sit on top kayaks in the industry as of today:
Top 7 Best Sit On top Kayak Reviews
1 – Lifetime Tamarack Sit-On-Top Kayak
As the name indicates, this is a kayak that can last a lifetime and it’s all because of the intense engineering behind it. As foreshadowed, this kayak is made of UV-protected high density polyethylene which is easily one of the toughest materials that can actually float.
Being obscenely rigid however doesn’t mean that this kayak is going to present a transportation issue because it is as light as your toddler sibling. In case you don’t have one, it can also be as light as a mature pet and if you don’t have one either then you should definitely get a dog because kayaking is not going to solve your psychological problems.
All jokes aside, this sport can actually relieve you both physically and mentally and with the right build, you are set for an adventure. Speaking of which, it is important to note that this 10 foot long kayak features a stable flat bottom which emphasizes recreational rather than competitive. The kayak also features extremely pretty practical tracking channels which will make it easier to navigate in steady water.
The remaining mentions might be secondary but they’re also what makes this vessel an impressive sit on top kayak. Indeed, the rider’s zone is just impeccable and is for many reasons. First, the kayak features a comfortable seating area with multiple footrest positions to fit riders of different sizes. Then, there is the front and rear cargo nets which are meant to help your transport and store pretty much anything from your favorite lunch to a full grown dog.
The kayak is also hooked with two flush mounted fishing rod holders for those of you who wish to sit all day in the sun and exercise their patience. Last but not least, this kayak is also equipped with 2 paddle cradles and rear T-handles for easier transportation.
2 – Ocean Kayak Scrambler Sit-On-Top Kayak
The scrambler is rather a different pick for a different set of people. This is a kayak that is strictly made of durable roto-molded polyethylene plastic which is both tough and flexible. The first one of this series was launched 20 years ago and since then, the brand has been making constant updates which eventually pumped up its performance to the maximum but kept the stable tri-form hull all these years.
Integrity isn’t really the company’s prime motive to stand by this rather as much as efficiency is. This sit on top kayak is also known for its versatility as it can be practically used for surfing, fishing or casual paddling.
The main aspect on the Scrambler needs to be the fact that it is 11 foot long. That isn’t only gigantic but it’s also very powerful on water which is why this kayak represents quite the competitor in this category. The Scrambler is also lighter than the previous kayak on the list and at 47 pounds, just imagine how easy it would be to transport and navigate the kayak.
These might be listed under secondary features but these features are what kayaking is all about. Indeed, the smallest things do matter and that is why Ocean Kayak paid careful attention to the minute detail on the surface and even under it. The kayak thus features a double foam padded comfort seat which you’ll learn to appreciate on the longer excursions. The boat also integrates various foot rests for paddlers of all sizes and that is very necessary for anyone who hates tight spaces.
Another interesting feature are the storage hatches in the front and back of the vessel which will come extremely handy pretty much all the time.
P.S: The hatches are hooked with bungee nets to keep your cargo safe and secured throughout the ride.
Lastly, the vessel comes with molded in side handles for transportation, a paddle holder and a replaceable rear skid plate for extra durability.
3 – Ocean Kayak 12′ Malibu Kayak
And yet another Ocean Kayak, except this time it is the more hip and talented sister Malibu. The Malibu is slightly larger than the Scrambler and at 12 feet in length, it is also more interesting. The kayak at hand is very versatile and that is one of its primary qualities because it is a 2 passengers’ kayak.
Yes, you heard it right, this one is double the fun and if you’d like to share your experience with that special someone or if you still have an imaginary friend, the Malibu is made just for you. Extremely rigid, this vessel is built using a durable roto-molded polyethylene plastic and that is what pushes the weight capacity up to 400 lbs.
The flat bottom hull of the kayak makes it very clear that this is a recreational kayak and nothing more. In fact, the company even goes to call it a family kayak because if it all adds up you and your wife can kidnap a toddler and bring them along your journey. That however does not take away from the vessel’s ability to smoothly sail stable waters and navigate like a charm.
That being said, it is important to note that this isn’t a competitive kayak but it is one of the best sit on top tandem kayaks out there. So, let’s find out why.
The kayak at hand features three seating positions which is very promising. However, it also comes with a bow, stern and middle for paddling solo in case you’re planning on ditching your wife and kid somewhere. The boat also comes with 2 Comfort plus seats and 3 moulded in seat wells in order to make longer rides less tiring. The kayak also comes with patented overlapping foot wells which are meant to help passengers of all sizes fit in comfortably.
A couple other interesting features include the transportation friendly moulded in handles and the T-shaped hooks on the front and rear of the kayak which are meant to help you secure or toe the vessel whenever needed.
4 – Sun Dolphin Bali SS 10′ Kayak
Now, hold on a second! Which kayak should you go for? This is a list of 7 kayaks and it’s actually pretty difficult to make up your mind when it comes to newer things. So, consider this an insider tip and take a look at the Sun Dolphin Bali SS.
This initially seems like a standard kayak which is exactly why it could be just what you need. The Bali SS is an all round vessel which signifies that it has pretty much all you need for an exceptional kayaking adventure. The brand is also strongly reputable and that stems from the clean record history it carries along. The Bali SS might be a regular 10 feet long kayak, but it is just right.
The strength of this bad boy resides in its rugged UV-stabilized Fortiflex High Density Polyethylene body. Yup, that is one of the most resilient materials that can actually float on water and that is the prime reason which makes this a great sit on top kayak.
Build material however is just the tip of the iceberg as there is a lot more to the kayak than that. Indeed, the design of the Bali is unbelievably dynamic. This might be a flat bottom recreational hull kayak but it is still shaped in a way that enables it to cut through water while maintaining an impressive level of straight tracking.
If you’re already thinking that the Bali SS is great then here is a list of reasons why you should appreciate it even more. First, the kayak features a wide cockpit which will allow the easiest entry and exit and that is something you’ll learn to appreciate if you’re planning on using the vessel often. Then, there is the dry storage compartment which is safely locked and secured via a shock cord.
Speaking of which, the kayak also features 2 shock cord rigging on the front and back for extra storage space which can be used to secure anything from your lunchbox to your paddle.
There are of course plenty of other interesting specs on the Bali SS but the most significant of which has got to be the large, comfortable seating area with protective high pads and the adjustable foot braces which makes this kayak compatible with almost every rider out there.
5 – Lifetime 10′ Sport Fisher Tandem Kayak
I’m pretty sure you have already read a few sit on top kayak reviews but there are only a few out there which analyse the lifetime. This is of course a newer brand which is why it is more mysterious than the rest and thus harder to trust but you shouldn’t let that stand between you and exploring this kayak.
The Lifetime 10 foot sport fisher tandem kayak is a very simple kayak but it can also be one of the best sit on top fishing kayaks out there because of how it is designed. So, without further a due, let’s check it out!
There isn’t a lot to cover on this vessel because as mentioned earlier it is simply designed and cuts right to the chase. The kayak is obviously immense, 10 feet long to be exact, and that indicates that it can and will cater for more than one paddler. Fishing might be a regenerating practice but some actually enjoy doing it with a close someone.
This kayak isn’t only large but it’s also significantly rigid. The body of this vessel is made of High Density Polyethylene which is backed by a 5 year limited manufacturer warranty just to prove how much they trust their product. Hence, the kayak is capable of handling up to 500 lbs without negatively impacting its performance. Speaking of which, you must bear in mind that this is a flat hull recreational fishing kayak, so if excitement is your target then you’re far away from where you should have landed.
Surprisingly enough, there is a lot more to this Lifetime tandem kayak than what you see on the surface. Indeed, this kayak is full of smaller features that are aimed at making your experience a lot less tedious. First of which, the kayak features a multiple footrest area which is meant to cater for riders of all sizes comfortably. Then, there are the 2 double sided paddles for solid efficiency and navigation on steady water, the 2 padded backrests for extra comfort which will come in really handy on the longer excursions, the 3 fishing pole holders which are more than sufficient for 2 people and a 6” storage hatch which will enable you to transport all the fishing gear, bate and tools you’ll need on your little adventure.
6 – Sun Dolphin Journey 10′ Kayak
Unbelievably, here we are stuck with another Dolphin but that doesn’t sound bad at all. Yes, we’ve already reviewed another Sun Dolphin but this one is different and special and different, you know? Let me explain!
The Journey is an exceptional kayak however and this is actually one of the few kayaks out there that is considered to be a prime sit on top fishing kayak. The difference is slight from standard kayaks but for a fishing fanatic, it’s monumental.
There is a lot to say about this kayak and I do mean a lot but for the sake of preciseness, we’ll keep it to the point. The Sun Dolphin Journey is a solid boned kayak and that is mainly because it is made of Rugged UV-stabilized Fortiflex High Density Polyethylene. This however is definitely not news as this is one of the most commonly used materials to build kayaks and also the toughest.
The kayak is also a flat hull recreational vessel like most fishing kayaks out there and that’s for its own good. The stability that is provided by a flat hull is substantial to fishing but that doesn’t mean that it’ll be harder to navigate it. It simply means that it’s not designed to be a competitive vessel but rather a relaxation, fishing and recreational kayak.
As a fishing fanatic, there is only so much you should know about this kayak before you fall in love with it. First, it must be noted that this is a gigantic vessel as it measures an outstanding 10 feet in length which is far more than enough for one person but can fit 2. The kayak is also featuring two flush mount rod holders and one swivel rod holder for extra fisherman accessibility. Then, there is the huge open cockpit which will enable you to easily access and exit the boat.
Further, the kayak also hooks you up with a portable accessories carrier which can be used as extra storage space for anything from your toolbox to your fishing gear. There is also a dry storage compartment of the kayak with shock cord deck rigging to keep your vulnerable belongings safe as you delve into the unknown. Of course, there is plenty more to this kayak that can only be appreciated through experience and this is one experience which we strongly advise you to take on.
7 – Sevylor Quikpak K1 Kayak
Last but definitely not least on the list, we have a special sit on top kayak which is not necessarily what you’d expect. Indeed, the Quickpak K1 might not be your standard kayak but it is very compelling.
First things first, we need to state the obvious: this is an inflatable kayak which means that it’s going to be distinctly different from the previously reviewed kayaks but that doesn’t take away from the possibility that it could be the best sit on top kayak out there. Still have some doubts? Let’s check it out!
The first question that comes to your mind when dealing with an inflatable kayak is how is it going to handle the obstacles. Well, the answer is rather simple and it is the 21-gauge PVC body. You heard that right! This kayak might be inflatable but it is made of a robust material which is often used in military zodiacs. Thus, the possibility of puncturing the Quickpak K1 is slim to none.
Also, it’s important to note that this kayak weighs 20 pounds max and can handle up to 400 lbs as a weight capacity. So, technically, this 8.5 feet long couldn’t get any better, right? Not so right actually as it still blows my mind that this thing can be easily deflated, rolled up and packed inside a back pack to carry along seamlessly. That right there is a feature that none of the above kayaks can afford.
There is undeniably a countless amount of information about this kayak that needs to be disclosed but we are going to leave some for you to discover later on. As for now, note that the Sevylor Quikpak K1 features a tarpaulin bottom to further support the kayak especially for those of you who like to brush around in shallow water. Then, there is the visibly comfortable pit area which is completely open and thus even easier to access and exit. The back and multi-position foot rest on this kayak are also pretty practical and fit for riders of all sizes.
Further, up by the front of the kayak, you find a nice little storage area secured via a bungee cord which is fitting for all kinds of equipment. PS: the K1 comes with a high pressure hand pump and a paddle. So, what do you think?