Inflatable Kayak vs Regular Kayaks

When you are choosing to pick your first kayak, it can be exciting and fun, but the different choices can leave you a little confused on which kind of kayak is right for you. That is fine; that is why this blog is being created. By the end of this post, I am hoping that everyone who has a bit of confusion, will know what type of kayak to buy for their upcoming adventures.

The Types Of Kayaks

There are different types of kayaks out there, and the key to determining what type you will need is considering what kind of activity you will need it for.There are three major types of kayaks:

  • Hard Sided or Rigid Kayaks
  • Inflatable Kayaks
  • Collapsible Kayaks

Hard Sided Kayaks

Also known as rigid kayaks, hard sided kayaks are traditionally made without of wood. These are beautiful kayaks and can be very symbolic to those that own them or make them. Do keep in mind; they do require the most work. These kayaks are more for someone who wants to put constant care and love into them.

You can also buy plastic hard-sided kayaks. They are the most common kind of rigid kayak out there, probably because they are the cheapest of all hard sided kayaks. Do keep in mind that they are the heaviest. These are the perfect choice for anyone who cannot put much money into a kayak. They are the least expensive and also don’t damage as easily, which will require fewer repairs. Though, since they do not get hurt so easy when they do get damaged, they are very expensive to fix.

Along with plastic hard-sided kayaks, you can also buy fiberglass hard sided kayaks. These are another very popular choice among kayakers. These are very lightweight, and they are easier to repair. They are the most expensive choice, however.

The most expensive hard sided kayaks are made from carbon fiber or Kevlar. They are the most expensive because they are so light and easier to maneuver.

Inflatable Kayaks

These are probably the best choice for a newcomer to kayaking. Why? They are very portable and very lightweight. Different types of inflatable kayaks are for kayakers that either enjoys easy paddling or white water rapids. Inflatable kayaks are, for the most part, cheaper than hard sided kayaks, and they are surprisingly sturdy and durable.

Collapsible Kayaks

These are typically more expensive than both hard sided and inflatable kayaks, only because they collapse. They are made out of a material that fits over a wood or metal shape of kayaks. Though the are the most expensive; their value does hold up to their price tag. They are extremely sturdy and durable.

Which One Is Better?

There are many differences spoken about kayakers about the different types. Both inflatable and hard-sided kayaks have their obvious pros and cons.

It all depends on where you are in the sport and how much money and time you want to put into it. If you are relatively new to kayaking and need something more durable and cheaper. They are roomier, and can hold two people and their gear comfortably. It is the right one to choose if you want to bring someone else with you.

If you are more experienced and want to put some more money into it, a hard-sided – or collapsible – kayak is for you. If you are looking for you just for yourself, then a hard-sided kayak is for you as well. They are not as big and won’t hold as much weight as an inflatable kayak. Whichever type of kayak you choose, just remember to be always safe and of course, always have fun.

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