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Searching For a Kayak on our Website

Searching for a kayak should can be a difficult task, which is why we’ve given you a ton of ways to narrow down your search on our website. Selecting of the right boat for you involves a number of different aspects besides your personal preference. This means you should not pick out the sleekest, prettiest, shiniest, most ‘tricked out’ boat you see on the rack. You must select a boat that fits your body, your skill level, and your intended use.

The right selection includes considering your height and weight, your skill level, your paddling goals, as well as your budget. These different factors combined will point to the kayak(s) that best suits you. In other words, there is very likely a boat that fits you like a glove. The challenge is finding it!

Frontenac Outfitters’ Kayaks Page online is a great place to start! To provide the best results, the page allows you to search our kayak inventory in a variety of ways; the methods of searching are as follows:

Kayak Types

Here we further segment our kayaks into 7 different types:

  1. Performance / Sea Kayaks 
  2. Light-Touring
  3. Touring 
  4. Recreational 
  5. Kid’s
  6. Fishing
  7. Tandem 

A brief history of each group is provided with advantages & disadvantages and associated price ranges. This will help you identify a kayak type that fits your requirements. For example, a weekend camper needs the gear capacity of a Sea Kayak, whereas the afternoon paddler may find a Recreational or Day-Touring kayak more suitable).    

Kayak Materials

A description of the 3 main materials used to manufacture kayaks today:

  1. Composite 
  2. Thermoform
  3. Roto-mold Polyethylene 

Pro’s & con’s of each are reviewed in general terms so you can begin narrowing your choice.

Kayak Companies

We search the globe to offer you the best of the very best. Frontenac Outfitters offers product from 11 Kayak Companies from around the world. We suggest you read about what each Co.’s kayaks can offer you.

Our Kayak Wizard  

Our very cool Kayak Wizard will take into account your weight, skill level, and other relevant data to offer you a selection of suitable kayaks based on the information you provided. Try changing your requirements slightly to widen or narrow your selection process.

Note: Throughout your search 100 Kayaks are grouped and presented in alphanumerical sequence with in-depth Boat Specifications, Kayak Photo’s, Frontenac Outfitters Reviews, Canadian Suggested Retail Prices, Options and Paddler Skills Ratings… who else does that?

The final step

Come visit our On-Water Paddlesports Centre to discuss your needs and aspirations with the experienced and helpful crew at Frontenac Outfitters. You will find it a pleasant experience. Our team consists of paddlesports enthusiasts and instructors who will take the time to listen to your needs and provide professional, helpful advice in a relaxed environment. 

Now The Fun Part

While you’re at our shop, we provide you with a superior purchasing experience by encouraging you to try out a number of kayaks & paddling gear on our own pristine lake. You can’t do that at a downtown store! After all, you wouldn’t buy a $50 pair of pants shoes without trying them on first, and you sure wouldn’t buy a car without at least test-driving a number of them.

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Here at Frontenac Outfitters Canoe & Kayak Centre, we are firm believers that you should NOT buy a kayak without test paddling a number of them first. Just because it looks good doesn’t mean it will preform good for YOU. We hope this article aids you in your search for your new kayak, and we look forward to answering any questions that you may have. 

Should you have any suggestions or changes to improve it, please call 613.376.6220 or email frontenacoutfitters@gmail.com

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