Best Ultra Lightweight Kayaks – Revealing my top 3 picks of July 2017
Kayaking is a great sport to get into, but deciding what the best kayak for yourself should be isn’t always an easy task. Firstly, you have to take into consideration what features are most important to you.
Picking a good ultra-lightweight kayak makes it much easier to transport, but other features such as size, durability and how many people your kayak will be able to accommodate can make a difference in whether you should want to invest in it or not.
The following ultra lightweight kayak reviews will give you a better idea of what they can offer you and which one will be the best option for your adventures.
Intex Explorer K2 Kayak
The Intex Explorer K2 is a 2 person ultra light inflatable kayak that comes with a high output air pump and aluminum oars. This ultra-lightweight kayak weighs in at 30 pounds and has been designed for recreational use on mild rivers and lakes.
Making this kayak so lightweight and portable is the durable nylon shell with internal tubes covered with SUPER-TOUGH 30 gauge vinyl. The inflatable I-Beam floors and removable skegs also make for heightened directional stability.
A big concern when it comes to inflatable kayaks is leakage when it gets punctured. This is prevented by the body of the K2 being made of two separate air chambers. Therefore, if a puncture occurs, the kayak will still remain buoyant.
The only drawbacks to the Explorer are the black exterior that absorbs heat and can cause inflation, as well as the oars not being adjustable, making it a bit difficult for children to operate. This spacious kayak has enough room for two people to sit in it comfortably and extra space in the rear of the kayak enables you to store extra equipment and food.
If you are looking for an inexpensive lightweight kayak that will be able to accommodate you and a partner easily, then the Intex Explorer should definitely be on your list of options.
Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 Sit-in Kayak
The Sun Dolphin Aruba is a sit-in hard shell kayak that optimizes tracking and turns. This is quite a rare combination when it comes to lightweight, smaller kayaks. The Aruba may not be an inflatable kayak, but it is still extremely lightweight at around 40 pounds.
This means that you will be able to carry it from your vehicle to that water with ease. Even though it is extremely light, this entry level kayak can accommodate up to 250 pounds, meaning that a lot of extra gear can be carried along in its stern-side compartment.
The high-density polyethylene material is relatively resistant to damage and will survive most obstacles it may run into. Luckily, dents are also easy to repair on this kayak.
A nice extra feature of this Sun Dolphin kayak is the paddle leash, which means that you won’t lose your oar while you are out on the open water. If you are in the market for a stable and solid kayak that is very easy to transport and launch the Aruba is a good ultra lightweight fishing kayak to keep in mind when making your purchase.
Lifetime 10 Foot Sport Fisher Tandem Kayak
The Lifetime Sport Fisher is a ultra light tandem kayak that is great to go fishing with. This is made possible by the tunnel hull that enables you to cast while either sitting side-saddle or standing up without the kayak tipping over.
This kayak may be a bit heavier than the other two reviewed kayaks at 60 pounds, but it is able to carry up to 500 pounds, meaning that it can accommodate up to 3 people and all of your fishing gear.
This is quite a big kayak, though, and carrying it may become slightly difficult for smaller people. This fishing kayak comes with a lot of additional features and accessories, including 4 fishing pole holders, a rear storage hatch, ditty trays, scupper holes for drainage and shock-cord straps that will enable you to tie down all your belongings.
Furthermore, the accessory mount can be used for an electric power motor. If you are looking for an angler kayak that offers comfort, convenience and loads of space, then the Lifetime 10 should definitely be worth considering.
Buying the Right Lightweight Kayak
Deciding what the perfect ultra lightweight kayak for yourself is can be quite tricky. You will have to keep in mind what is most important to you when buying your kayak. If you are looking for a portable, inflatable kayak you should think about investing in the Intex Explorer K2, whereas the Sun Dolphin Aruba is a durable hard shell kayak.
If you are rather on the market for a fishing kayak, then the sturdy Lifetime Sport Fisher will be better suited for your needs. Any one of these reviewed kayaks will be a great buy, though, and will offer you hours of enjoyment out on the water.