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How to Choose a Kayak

Before you buy a sit-on-top kayak (or any kayak, for that matter), you should take stock of where and how you plan to do most of your paddling. Most kayaks can be used for a variety of activities, but understand that no one kayak excels at every activity. Choosing a boat means mulling over a long list of characteristics and compromises. Be wary of anyone who tells you about the "best" kayak overall, there is none. There are, however, a few guidelines to help you decide which boat is best for you:

There are a few other things to think about when choosing a kayak. Where will you store it? Can your garage or basement hold a 16 foot-long kayak? How will you transport it? Do you have roof racks or would you rather put the kayak in a truck bed? Even color choice is important. Do you want to be seen, or would you rather be camouflaged? Considering these issues early on will ensure you enjoy your kayak for many years.

Video: How to Choose the RIGHT Kayak

Kayaks come in all shapes and sizes, and so this episode of Paddling TV helps you choose the kayak that's right for your style of paddling.

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