Select Page

Touring Kayaks

Prices subject to change without notice.
Suggested Retail Pricing For 20 November 2019!

Touring Kayaks 

Touring kayaks design and quality features bridge the gap between recreational and performance touring kayaks. They represent a mid-range in overall performance, design, fit, quality, and price. Touring kayaks often vary in length from 12′ – 15′ and are narrower than recreational kayaks making them more efficient and able to handle bigger water conditions. However, they don’t offer the performance aspects or gear capacity as full-length sea kayaks.

Touring kayaks, sometimes referred to as transitional kayaks, are a growing segment of kayaks in North America. They can be a good choice for beginner to intermediate paddlers who mostly do day trips with the odd overnight/weekend trip in normally protected waters.

Touring kayaks are considered safer than recreational kayaks with the addition of two bulkheads and hatches for dry storage and flotation. They also offer reasonable deck rigging and perimeters lines, while the smaller cockpits incorporate proper thigh braces along the rim for a more controlled fit. Some touring kayaks are also available with rudder systems or a retractable skeg for improved tracking. 

Pros & Cons of Touring Kayaks

Pros Cons
Better overall performance vs. recreational kayaks Less efficient and decreased tracking than performance touring kayaks
Improved tracking & efficiency over recreational and light touring kayaks Less gear capacity & positive buoyancy vs. performance touring kayaks
Smaller cockpits offer a better fit than recreational kayaks, which caters to skills development Do not handle big waters or rough conditions as effectively as longer, narrower performance touring kayaks
Narrower designs allow for lighter carry weights Provides less feature-rich outfitting including safety features (i.e. full deck rigging & grab handles)

Touring Kayaks