How to choose a Kayak

OLD TOWN
KAYAK
BUYING
GUIDE

Sit-on-Top
or
Sit-Inside?

Sit-on-Top: Sit on an open deck, more comfortable for taller or larger paddlers, room to stretch out, easy to get in and out of, great for angling.

SHOP ALL SIT-ON-TOP KAYAKS

Sit-Inside: Sit in a closed cockpit, keeps you warmer and drier, storage for gear in the hull, ideal for paddling longer distances in cooler water.

SHOP ALL SIT-INSIDE KAYAKS

Recreational
or
Touring?

Recreational: Shorter, wider and more stable, easier to transport, large/spacious cockpits.

SHOP ALL RECREATIONAL KAYAKS

Touring: Longer, narrower and faster, thigh and leg braces for better control when edging and turning, more storage options, added comfort for longer adventures.

SHOP ALL TOURING KAYAKS

What
Propels
You?

Pedal Kayaks: Just like riding a bike, pedal forward and reverse with the award-winning PDL Drive System, keeps your hands free for what matters—catching fish.

SHOP ALL PEDAL MODELS

Paddle Kayaks: Whether fishing, touring or just looking for a traditional on-the-water experience, there is a paddle kayak for every type of adventurer.

SHOP ALL PADDLE MODELS

Motorized Kayaks: Requires less physical effort, can go longer distances, less vulnerable to currents and wind.

SHOP ALL MOTORIZED MODELS

What Type
of Angler
are You?

Performance: Designed from the ground-up for fishing, more comfortable and stable, added versatility for mounting accessories and electronics, include multiple propulsion options.

SHOP ALL PERFORMANCE FISHING

Recreational: The perfect balance of features and affordability, lightweight and easy to transport, designed with sit-inside cockpits to shelter you from the elements.

SHOP ALL RECREATIONAL FISHING

CONSIDER THESE
DIMENSIONS

LENGTH

Shorter kayaks are easier to turn and maneuver, while longer models tend to be faster, track better, and cut through wind and water more efficiently.

WIDTH

Narrow hulls slice through the water and track more effectively. Wider hulls are much more stable which is better for fishing and standing.

WEIGHT

Lightweight kayaks are easier to transport, portage and store, while heavier models have added material for increased durability and strength.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY

It is important to consider your weight and build, as well as the amount of cargo you think you’ll need room for.

BOATS AND ADVENTURES THAT LAST A LIFETIME

Every hull, gunwale and seat goes thought the most meticulous and detailed design processes in the watercraft industry, ensuring our legacy of building the best canoes and kayaks continues. And we make sure the adventure never ends by offering a lifetime hull warranty.