25 March 2017!
Almost 40 Quality Performance / Sea Kayaks are presented below in order of length (shortest to longest). Each kayak offers a precise ‘Frontenac Outfitters Review’ with in-depth Boat Statistics, Performance Ratings, Video’s , and Canadian Pricing.
Performance Touring Kayaks ~ a Brief History
Originally designed for ocean travel, performance touring kayaks (often labelled as sea kayaks) have exploded inland for a multitude of reasons. Few things are as lovely to look at, or as joyful to paddle, as a long, narrow, exquisitely designed and pristinely finished sea kayak. Performance touring kayaks offer vastly superior performance and excel in all paddling conditions (except whitewater). Longer and narrower than other kayak types, these kayaks typically range from 15 to 19 feet in length and have narrow widths from 19 to 24 inches. Tandem performance touring kayaks (doubles) are very long and range from 19 to 23 feet in length.
Optimum paddler fit is essential. Accordingly, performance touring kayaks are designed with a paddlers specific size, weight and their skills development and aspirations in mind. Sea kayaks usually have two to four quality hatches & bulkheads to maximize dry storage and optimize buoyancy.
Performance touring kayaks can be the perfect choice to satisfy a wide range of novice to expert paddlers who wish to paddle efficiently (in all water conditions), while maintaining the very highest degree of safety. Sea kayaks are also chosen by those who desire to refine their paddling skills long term.
Performance / Sea Kayak Types
North American Style: tend to wider, have a straighter keel lines and include a Sliding or Gas Pedal Style Rudder System for course correction.
British Style: are narrower, have smaller cockpits, more rockered (curved) hulls and include a Retractable Skeg System for course correction.
Greenland Style: modern versions of Inuit skin-on-frame kayaks Greenland Kayaks look somewhat similar to British Style kayaks but are even narrower, sleeker & include a retractable skeg system.
Materials & Average Price Points:
Thermoform: $2200 – $2600
Composite: $2800 to +$5000
- Current Designs Kayaks
- Boreal Design
- Delta Kayaks
- Impex Kayaks
- Tahe Kayaks
- Wilderness Systems Kayaks
- Zegul Kayaks
Pros & Cons of Performance / Sea Kayaks
|Improved fit vs. all other types of kayaks for long-term skills development and ‘one-with-boat’ control||More specific fit range that limits multiple paddlers using the same kayak|
|Offers the highest degree of safety features and outfitting than any other kayak type||Perception of smaller, tighter fitting cockpit creates hesitancy with new or novice paddlers|
|Provides the most efficient performance with true tracking, superior glide, and higher cruising speeds||Weights of polyethylene sea kayaks can be burdensome for smaller paddlers|
|Have the ability to handle larger, ocean conditions, performs exceptionally in small, flat-water, and are the ideal choice for short outings or extended adventures||Less versatile in small, narrow rivers and not recommended for whitewater paddling|
Note: ‘IF’ a kayak is ‘NOT’ listed from a manufacturer we carry it’s likely because we have superior choices! Why not call us to discuss the pros & cons of the kayaks you have interest in?