We gather an enthusiastic crew of newbies to try out some of the best beginner-friendly kayaks you can buy on some of the most beginner-friendly backwaters you can float. A “rec” (recreational) kayak is the perfect craft in which to begin your paddling career.
After being asked by Nikon to make the movie “Why” using their new D4 DSLR camera (which is now at the top of the C&K wish-list, along with the remote control helicopter they used to film Dane Jackson hucking waterfalls in Veracruz, Mexico), adventure filmmaker Corey Rich also decided to capture what went on behind the scenes of the project.
Presenting a paddling gift under the tree is never easy. There’s no good box or bag to conceal a boat or a paddle—and picking the right size, fit, and outfitting is often is best left to the discerning user anyway. Let’s make this easy. Here’s our picks for the easily stuff-able, box-able and shippable paddling items that work for any single- or double-bladed paddler on your list.
Is it wrong to love a boat for the seat? If it is, we’re in trouble.
Built and bred for the ocean, Ocean Kayak’s own supremely well-equipped New Zealand import stands out.
This pedal-powered dynamo hit the ocean-going sweet spot from Day One.
The Tarpon name is a proud one reaching back to the early days of the modern kayak fishing movement.
Canoes have a problem: They’re not always floating. Sometimes you have to carry them. And that can be an issue, especially in the Adirondack region of upstate New York, the birthplace of John Rushton’s legendary pack canoe. We tested 5 pack canoes that can ease the pain of portaging.