Best Lightweight Kayak

Best Lightweight Kayak. To make an informed decision about which lightweight kayak to purchase, you must consider the material’s quality, the weight and seating capacities, the length, and accessory availability.

Given that you will spend 99 percent of your time on the water, you must ensure that the material used to construct your lightweight kayak is solid and lasting.

Read on, and find out which are the best of all.

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Our list of the Best Lightweight Kayak

Intex Challenger K1 Kayak, 1-Person Inflatable Kayak Set with Aluminum Oars and High Output Air Pump

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  • Nimble, durable kayak is made of durable welded material with eye catching graphics for added safety on the lake or slow moving river
  • Cockpit is designed for comfort and maximized space, and inflatable I beam floors add stability. Removable skeg provides exceptional directional movement
  • Cargo net to store extra gear, and grab line on both ends of kayak; Inflatable seat with backrest
  • Comes with 84 inch aluminum oar, repair patch and Hi output manual hand pump; Rugged vinyl construction
  • Measures 30 by 15 by 108 inches (W x H x D), with 27.2 pound weight and 220 pound maximum capacity

Intex Explorer K2 Kayak, 2-Person Inflatable Kayak Set with Aluminum Oars and High Output Air Pump

$153.29  in stock
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  • Comfortable for anyone: Kayak includes an adjustable inflatable seat with backrest; Cockpit designed for comfort and space
  • Dimensions: Inflated size 10 feet 3 x 3 feet x 1 feet 8 inch; Maximum weight capacity: 400 pounds
  • Directional stability: Removable SKEG for directional stability
  • Increased visibility: In case of emergency, bright yellow color helps visibility
  • Made for smaller bodies of water: Explorer k2 is made for smaller bodies of water including lakes and mild rivers

Lifetime Muskie Angler Sit-On-Top Kayak with Paddle, Tan, 120""" (90508)

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  • Constructed of uv-protected high-density Polyethylene. Multiple footrest positions for different size riders. Stable flat bottom
  • Adjustable padded seat back and seat pad for comfort. Two flush mounted fishing rod holders. One top mount fishing rod Holder
  • Front and rear shock cord straps. Two 6" storage compartments in rear and center. One paddlekeeper, one adult black paddle
  • Front and rear t-handles for easy transport. Deep hull tracking channels
  • Stability chine rails. Durable high-density Polyethylene (HDPE) construction

ABN Universal Kayak Carrier – Trolley for Carrying Kayaks, Canoes, Paddleboards, Float Mats, and Jon Boats

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  • Practical: Use the ABN Universal Boat Carrier to cart your kayak, canoe, paddleboard, float mat, or jon boat
  • Durable: Has a 200-pound weight limit; Constructed from high-strength anodized steel to ensure longevity while also keeping the carrying weight at a minimum (8lbs)
  • Tire Design: 9.5” knobby tires that are easy to inflate; Allows for smooth movement across rough surfaces such as sand, gravel, and through wooded areas
  • Features: Oversized foam bumper pads protect your vessel from scratches or dents; Designed with a 12-foot tie down strap to secure your vessel; Includes a spring-loaded kickstand for quick and easy loading
  • Compact: Folds for easy storage and transport; Tires can be easily removed with the lynch pin; Entire carrier can be stored in a large backpack or in your vessel while on the water

Intex Excursion Pro Kayak, Professional Series Inflatable Fishing Kayak, K2: 2-Person, Red

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  • Super tough laminate PVC with polyester core: Light weight and highly resistant to damage from abrasion, impact and sunlight
  • High pressure inflation provides extra rigidity and stability, with high pressure spring loaded valves for easy inflation and fast deflation
  • Includes 2 removable skegs for deep and shallow water, 2 floor mounted footrests, 2 integrated recessed fishing rod holders, 2 adjustable bucket seats
  • Removable and adjustable mounting bracket for additional accessories, such as GPS systems, fish finders, swivel fishing rod holders etc. Includes a carry bag and repair patch
  • Storage space in bow and Stern with stainless steel d rings for tying down Dry bags and gear; Kayak total weight capacity: 400 pounds

OCEANBROAD Kayak Paddle 230cm/90.5in Alloy Shaft Kayaking Boating Oar with Paddle Leash 1 Paddle

$35.95  in stock
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  • DURABLE AND AFFORDABLE: This kayak paddle is with high-quality aluminum alloy shaft (1.1mm shell thickness) and fiberglass reinforced PP blade. The material combination ensures a stiff and durable kayak paddle at a better price. It’s a perfect choice for starters and intermediate kayakers.
  • USERES FRIENDLY: The oar shaft is designed with a shrinking PE tube cover. It provides better grip for your hands to prevent blistering. Especially, your hands won’t suffer from the cold feeling from the alloy when you kayak in winter weather.
  • POPULAR LENGTH AT 230CM: Not too short, not too long, the oar is 230cm (90.5 inches) at length. It’s an ideal kayak paddle with moderate length for you and your family. It’s also detachable at 2 sections, so you might carry it around and put it away easily.
  • FREE LEASH/3 ANGLES/ DRIP RINGS: All OCEANBROAD kayak paddles come with a free bungee paddle leash. It helps secure your paddle to your kayak, especially when you want to lay down the oars, stop by a little bit to enjoy great views around. The paddle is with 3 locking positions for different kayaking angle preference. The drip rings at two ends help stop water flowing from the blades. So, the shaft and your hands won’t get wet easily.
  • WORRY FREE PURCHASE: OCEANBROAD offers complete customer satisfaction of replacement or refund for any quality issues.

Intex 68303EP Excursion Pro Single Person Inflatable Vinyl Fishing Kayak Set

$214.99  in stock
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  • SUPER TOUGH: laminate PVC with polyester core: light weight and highly resistant to damage from abrasion, impact and sunlight
  • RIGID AND STABLE: High pressure inflation provides extra rigidity and stability, with high pressure spring loaded valves for easy inflation and fast deflation
  • ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: 2 removable skegs for deep and shallow water, 1 floor mounted footrest, 2 conveniently detachable fishing rod holders, detachable and adjustable GoPro & phone mount, removable & adjustable mounting bracket for additional accessories
  • EVERYTHING YOU NEED: includes paddle, hi-output air pump, carry bag, inflatable seat booster for elevated seating, adjustable seat, grab handle on both ends
  • ADDITIONAL STORAGE SPACE: Storage space in bow and Stern with stainless steel d rings for tying down Dry bags and gear

Kayak Hoist – Overhead Pulley System with 125 lb Capacity for Kayak, Canoe, Bike, or Ladder Storage by Rad Sportz

$23.85  in stock
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  • Hooks Are Designed With A Rubber Coating To Protect From Scratches
  • Easy To Install And Easy To Use
  • Robust Engineering - New Improved Straps Eliminate The Fragile Hooks That Plague Cheaper Hoists, And Allow You To Lift Heavy Products, Up To 125Lb. Capacity. This Is The Kayak Hoist That All The Other Are Trying To Copy
  • For Ceilings Up To 12Ft

Travelon Floating Waterproof Smart Phone/Digital Camera Pouch, Purple

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  • Air and water-tight pouch protects smart phone or camera from water, dirt, dust or sand
  • Foam insert allows pouch to float on waters surface
  • Touch screen is accessible through pouch
  • Includes 17 inch carry strap
  • 0.5x4.25x7

NKTM Kayak Boat Padded Seat with Backrest Portable Adjustable Strap Detachable Storage Bag for Fishing/Kayaking/Canoeing/Rafting - Black Gray

$39.99  in stock
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  • 【Premium Material】The kayak seat is made of high-quality oxford cloth and foam, which could better support your back and buttocks, making you feel very comfortable during your use. And the kayak seat is durable enough to withstand the sun for a long time. Marine grade solid brass connection clips. Smooth, durable, non-rusting, no corrosion in sea water
  • 【Easy to Install】With fixing D-rings and screws, the upholstered seat is easy to install and remove, it only takes a minute to attach the strap's attachment clip to the kayak or boat attachment point, and then make a proper Adjustment
  • 【Comfortable Design】Adjustable webbing. 2 straps at the front and 2 at the rear provide extensive adjustability to fit most kayaks. Foam padded seat provides unparalleled comfort, contoured padded backrest in high back design, non-slip design makes seat less prone to misalignment
  • 【Package Accessories】This kayak seat also comes with 4pcs hook and a removable zippered storage bag, which is very easy to install. You could place your personal items at any time, it is not easy to fall, and the whole process of sliding will feel very smooth
  • 【Best Gift】When your friends who like to play on the water receive this kayak cushion, they will be very happy. Get more pleasure in water sports because getting this non-slip padded seat and high back design adds extra comfort and safety

Kayak Storage Hooks – Wall Mount Garage Hangers with 125 lb Capacity for Kayaks or Paddleboards by Rad Sportz

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  • KAYAK WALL MOUNT – The hangers provide an easy way to mount your kayak or paddleboard neatly on the wall of your garage or shed
  • SECURE STORAGE – Constructed from sturdy powder coated steel, and equipped with nylon holding straps and clips, the hooks can be mounted right into your wall studs to safely store equipment up to 125-pounds
  • FOAM PADDED HOOKS – The hooks are designed with a foam padding to protect your kayak or sporting equipment from scratches
  • EASY INSTALLATION – The hooks can be easily mounted right onto the wall with minimal assembly or tools needed
  • PRODUCT DETAILS – Materials: Powder Coated Steel and Foam; 125-pound weight capacity

Lifetime Warranty TMS® 2 Pairs J-Bar Rack HD Kayak Carrier Canoe Boat Surf Ski Roof Top Mount Car SUV Crossbar

$69.95  in stock
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  • KAYAK CAR TOP CARRIER A simple, low-cost solution to carrying your kayak ITEM#: KAYAK-RK-J(2SET) CONDITION: BRAND NEW QUANTITY: 2 PAIRS
  • This Kayak Carrier designed mounts to virtually all crossbars and load bars on the market. The carrier secures the kayak on its side, consuming minimal space on the load bar. As shown in the pictures we put the Kayak Rack on the Ladder Rack Bar.(sold separatly). A maximum of 4 sets of kayak racks can be mounted on a full size truck. Save your space.
  • Features: Steel design with adjustable padding for carrying strength and kayak protection Wide mouth J bar offers easier loading and unloading Quick on/off hardware ensures fast installation and removal Optimally sized J style carrier leaves roof space All surface rust-resistant coating and hardware for longer product life Includes all mounting hardware and 2 straps Accommodates kayaks up to 36" wide and 75lbs. Compatible with most crossbars and load bars. Powder-coated finish for rust resistance

Vahodegn Garage Storage Heavy Duty Hooks, 15Inch Jumbo Arm Kayak Rack, 6 Pack Wall Mount Canoe Hangers

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  • VARIOUS FUNCTIONS: Garage storage hooks great for organization ladders, folded chairs, bicycles, garden tools, garden hoses, lumber, sport equipment and other bulky items.
  • HEAVY DUTY MATERIALS: Uitility hanger made of selected top-quality tubular low-carbon steel, which is very sturdy and durable. It’s powder coated and rust resistant, max load copacity 50LBS.
  • SPACE SAVE: Wall mount rack for indoor or outdoor storage in your garage, shop, house. They fit on drywall, wall stud and other wall types neatly, frees up space on the ground.
  • PACKAGE INCLUDES: 6 pack ladders hooks has EVA arm protector, with 12 pcs screws and 12 pcs anchors, you can use two hooks as a match to hang heavy objects.
  • JUMBO ARM: Kayak rack length 15 inches, It holds a large item with a 13 inches or less width, can hanging kayak, canoe, SUP, snowboard, wakeboard, surfing board.

Overmont Kayak Paddle 230cm/90.5in Heavy Duty Aluminum Alloy Lightweight Boating Oar for Inflatable Kayaks with Paddle Leash

$36.99  in stock
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  • Two Piece Heavy-duty Construction for Easy Storage
  • Feather-shaped Blades and Double Serrated Teeth Edge Design
  • Three Locking Positions
  • Hollow Aluminum Shaft Tube can Well Keep the Paddle Float on the Water
  • Package includes a Paddle Leash

RAILBLAZA Ctug Kayak or Canoe Trolley Cart

$139.99  in stock
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  • Puncture Free Wheels: High grip rubber tread wheels are puncture free. Never worry about getting a flat tire on your kayak and canoe cart. Includes adjustable kick stand. This cart is designed for all terrains to get you paddling anywhere.
  • Strap your canoe or kayak to the cart and roll to your next destination. Keeps you from having to lift and carry your heavy boat too and from the water. Adjustable rubberized pads fit most hull shapes.
  • Tool Free Assembly: Dismantles in under 20 seconds and fits inside kayak hatch to take to your next destination. Allows for easy transportation and quick assembly at home, on the beach, or on the water.
  • Durable Construction: Reinforced composite material, thermos-bonded elastomeric hull pads and stainless steel reinforced axles. Will not rust. The C-TUG is made of non-corroding engineering polymers, with stainless steel reinforced axles.
  • New Zealand Made. 300 lbs (120kg) loading limit. The Railblaza C-Tug is the most versatile and durable kayak cart on the market.

Leader Accessories Folding Kayak Rack 4 PCS/Set J Bar Car Roof Rack for Canoe Surf Board SUP On Roof Top Mount on SUV, Car and Truck Crossbar with 4 pcs Tie Down Straps

$142.99  in stock
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  • [ HEAVY DUTY CONSTRUCTION ] – The racks are made of 22mm diameter and 1.5mm thick steel tube, 8.5 "widening design, stronger than else. Black Powder-Coated Steel for Durability & Rust Prevention Plus Long-Lasting, can resist all weather condition and use for a long life.150 Lbs Tested, easy and safe for your transport.
  • [ FOLDING AND ERGONOMIC DESIGN] – Ergonomic quick release design, more easily to fold and raise the racks than others. Racks can be folded flat when not in use, get better clearance to drive your car into garage and not have to remove.
  • [ REDUCE SCRATCH DESIGN] – Foam Padding and Rubber Pedal design to reduce scratch of your kayak and prevent the canoe or kayak from rubbing.
  • [ UNIVERSAL MOUNTING DESIGN ] – Compatible with most crossbars,such as square, factory and aerodynamic crossbars,Except the round bar.
  • [ MULTI PURPOSE USE ] – Easy to Install, use this car roof rack to carry Kayak, Canoe, Surf board, Ski board, Snow Board and SUP. Extra 4 pcs tie down straps including.

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How to choose the best lightweight kayak

What is kayak

Kayaks are a type of boat that is narrow and compact, and it is used by a small number of people, often just one at a time. Kayak is also known as a canoe in several other contexts.

Many people believe it to be a piece of sporting equipment because it is primarily used in sports and aquatic races. There are various types of kayaks on the market, and their designs vary depending on their intended use.

The three major types of kayaks are surf play kayaks, fishing kayaks, and leisure and tour kayaks, which are often referred to as ocean kayaks.

Benefits of lightweight kayak

All Areas Are Accessible

Lightweight kayaks can effortlessly float through even the most slender of seas. The compact shape of a fishing kayak helps you to fit through even the smallest passages.

This allows you to fish pr kayaking in areas that no boat can reach. Because you’re so close to the river, you can also duck under hanging tree branches and roots. If you prefer traveling and uncovering hidden gems, a fishing kayak is the way to go.


Kayaks are incredibly adjustable and may be customized to meet your unique requirements. With a range of attachments, you can turn your kayak into the ideal fishing command center. Most fishing kayaks are ready to fish right out of the box.

However, practically every component may be customized to suit your personal kayaking style, kayaking conditions, and comfort preferences.


If you grow bored of standing on the beach or on a boat for lengthy periods of time, kayaks are ideal. The comfortable position of sitting fishing from a fishing kayak will appeal to you.

The majority of fishing kayak seats are highly adjustable and built for all-day comfort. When you’ve hit your limit, you might just want to sit back and soak in your surroundings.

No need for fuel

There is no requirement for any type of fuel in your kayak. Humans are solely responsible for the operation of kayaks. You are the powerhouse. You are completely responsible for your fishing kayak’s movement.

This means that the only fuel required to run your fishing kayak is the food you eat.

Types of kayak

Surf kayak

Surf kayaking is a water sport in which participants use a kayak to surf waves in the ocean. Similar to traditional surfing, kayakers paddle into breaking waves and ride the wave’s face. The advantage is that waves are simpler to catch with a kayak (because to the increased paddle power), and you can easily ride through white water.

A surf kayak is any sort of kayak designed for surfing. These are primarily single-person kayaks that are tiny in size. The kayak should be easy to control and capable of handling swift currents.

Kayak surfers can choose between two types of kayaks: sit-on-top kayaks, which are frequently utilized in warmer waters, or sit-in kayaks. Both models require the kayaker to be secured to the boat.

The paddler in the sit-in type is secured to the boat by the spray skirt (a waterproof material worn around the waist to create a seal at the boat’s opening), whereas the paddler in the sit-on-top style must strap himself or herself with high braces that allow the paddler to manage the boat.

Generally, you should avoid using recreational kayaks to kayak surf for safety reasons. Rather than that, you should only utilize sit-on-top kayaks built for ocean use or select whitewater kayaks equipped with special spray skirts.

Additionally, you’ll need double-sided kayak paddles to help you navigate the waves.

While kayak surfing is not as popular as other outdoor activities such as kayaking or surfing, it is a rapidly expanding water sport.

One reason it is not as popular as other water sports is that surfers may be rather protective of their turf, and kayakers can often be viewed as invading their domain [sources: Nieves]. Additionally, many people consider the sport to be unsafe. While you may quickly bail from a surfboard, dumping a kayak while tethered to it can be more challenging.

Fishing kayak

That is an excellent question. Not everyone wants to paddle across various bodies of water in a small, narrow boat. Occasionally scratchy and choppy, and occasionally crystal clear.

You must search within and determine whether you possess a spark of adventure. Canoeing or kayaking downstream or across a lake. Both are scenic and interesting.

Navigate through wild coastal seas and the fun truly begins. There is something for everyone, but you must understand why. If you are unable to locate a suitable route, you may as well stick to a pier, the shore, or a larger watercraft alternative.

However, having a passion for roller coasters is not the same as kayaking in the Gulf of Mexico. You are drawn to inland and shoreline saltwater fishing.

You need to experiment with a few different locations until you discover your personal sweet spot.

Tour kayak

A touring kayak is a type of kayak designed for paddling on open waters such as lakes, bays, and the ocean. Sea kayaks are tiny, seaworthy boats with a covered deck and the option of adding a spray deck.

These adaptable boats are more aerodynamic and efficient to maneuver than recreational boats—and are frequently more expensive. Additionally, day touring kayaks track more straight and have greater control in turbulent water than recreational boats.

For their intended function, the majority of modern kayaks are extremely stable. Fishing kayaks are extremely sturdy fishing platforms.

Recreational kayaks are also stable enough for casual paddling enjoyment. And ocean and touring kayaks are surprisingly stable on the ocean and when cutting through the water.

What to consider before buying a lightweight kayak

Solid vs. Inflatable

Lightweight kayaks are available in two configurations: inflatable or solid. Both have their own distinct set of pros and downsides.

Solid lightweight kayaks, which are composed of some type of plastic, are significantly more stiff and stable. Then they can often cope better with fast-moving water and perform better in currents and waves. Additionally, solid lightweight kayaks are far more durable and may be used safely across rocks and reefs.

Inflatable kayaks are significantly lighter, making them easier to transport and paddle. This does not mean, however, that they will perform poorly when exposed to waves and fast-moving seas.

The primary advantage of an inflatable kayak is its ability to collapse into a small package that is easy to carry and transport. The disadvantage is that they take longer to inflate and are prone to puncture or tear.

Seated or Seated-in

The second significant decision to make when purchasing a lightweight kayak is whether to choose a sit-on or sit-in type. This is fairly self-explanatory: sit-on kayaks are flatter with the paddler seated on top, whereas sit-in kayaks feature a cockpit.

Again, each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Sit-on kayaks are more convenient to enter and exit, which is critical when paddling in the surf. They’re often more stable and easier to paddle. They are, however, more exposed, and their flatter bottoms may lack performance.

Sit-in kayaks feature more rounded hulls, which enhances their performance. Additionally, the paddler can be more dry and sheltered. These kayaks are frequently more comfortable and better suited to rapids and larger waves.

Sit-on kayaks are generally preferred by novices, whereas sit-in kayaks are preferred by more skilled paddlers. Of course, this is not always the case, as some wave skis and high-performance sit-on surf kayaks are designed for more experienced paddlers.

Seat and Components

You must feel at ease while paddling. Adjustable seats with a padded backrest are standard on the top lightweight kayaks. Additionally, adjustable footrests should be included to accommodate paddlers of varying heights.

In terms of accessories, numerous lightweight kayaks come with a variety of additional features. Some contain fishing rod holders, while others include dry storage compartments, while some include paddles.

The majority also include bungee cords and storage places. Consider all of these additional characteristics, since they have the potential to make a significant difference.

Dimensions and Performance

Lightweight kayaks are available in a variety of designs and sizes. For serious wave riders, you’ll want something that combines mobility and speed with great performance. For beginners, anything a little more flat and stable will suffice.

The shape of the hull, the length and width of the lightweight kayak, the skegs, and how streamlined the lightweight kayak is in the water all contribute to the kayak’s performance.

Shape of the Hull

Surf kayak hulls are frequently flattened with little displacement due to their requirement to plane across the wave’s surface. Sea or touring kayaks, which have a longer waterline and a larger displacement, are meant to cut through the wave rather than ride it.

When choosing a lightweight kayak, look for one with a low displacement planning hull, preferably with integrated fins or a skeg for increased agility.


Volume is slightly more critical in surf kayaks than in other types of lightweight kayaks. It helps determine the amount of gear that can be stored and the maximum weight that the craft can carry, but it also has more technical applications.

Lightweight kayaks, like all whitewater kayaks, are affected by the volume and distribution of their contents.

For example, playboats have extremely low volumes, with the center of gravity centered in the ‘yak’s center of gravity to maintain balance when performing feats.

In comparison, the volume of surf kayaks is typically concentrated in the bow, which gives them an advantage when riding a wave. Watch the video below to see how it’s done!

Rocker – Low

While some whitewater craft are suitable for use as lightweight kayaks, not all models are. If you are unable to locate a lightweight kayak intended specifically for surfing, playboats with a modest rocker make an excellent substitute.

How construction affects the weight of Kayak

There are four fundamental ways to construct a modern kayak. They have the following effect on kayak weight:

Weight of rotomolded kayak

Rotomolded kayaks are one-piece molded plastic kayaks. They are constructed by melting and shaping plastic pellets into the shape of a kayak. They are the least expensive to manufacture, but they are also the heaviest to carry and paddle.

Weight of a thermoform kayak

These kayaks are made in two distinct parts and then fused top and bottom together. They are nearly as light as fiberglass composite kayaks, nearly as durable as one-piece rotomolded kayaks, and are quite affordable. As a result, they are a popular choice for beginners looking for a versatile, reasonably priced, and medium-weighted kayak.

Weight of a fiberglass/composite kayak

Fiberglass, kevlar, and graphite composite kayaks are lighter than rotomolded kayaks and paddle extremely smoothly and quickly. However, lighter weight and improved performance come at a cost. They are more costly.

Weight of a wooden kayak

Wood kayaks can be quite heavy, depending on the type of wood and the fiberglass resin used to waterproof them. While wood is a purist’s material, it is expensive to produce and readily damaged.

Weight of lightweight kayak

The average lightweight kayak weighs about 30 pounds. A lightweight kayak can weigh as little as 20 pounds for a low-cost model to well over 50 pounds for a more sturdy and reliable one.

It is entirely dependent on the quality of construction, the materials used, and the inflated size of the kayak.

As you might assume, the lightweight kayak, the more likely it is to fail—materials ripping, ungluing, or stitching coming loose. To be clear, there are some fantastic lightweight kayaks available.

A high-quality lightweight kayaks is an inflatable kayak that will save you that much weight. In general, inflatable kayaks weigh between 25 and 30 pounds. It is the lightweight champion of kayaks.

If two kayaks of comparable size, one hard-shell and one inflatable, were compared, the inflatable would weigh at least 10 to 20 pounds less.

Therefore, if you’re searching for a lightweight kayak, inflatables are a wonderful option to explore. Even more so if your budget does not allow for a composite material such as Carbon Fiber. Alternatively, if you require a lightweight tandem kayak.

Why should you choose a lightweight kayak?

Here are several scenarios in which you should absolutely opt for a lightweight kayak.

Just to have fun

Choosing a lightweight kayak or in this case inflatable kayak allows you to spend more time doing what you want to do: paddling. The truth is that not everyone who purchases an inflatable kayak needs to be a die-hard fan of high-end performance on the water.

Perhaps you’re out in a kayak bopping about a tiny lake and don’t want a really sophisticated 12-foot inflatable kayak with modern aluminum ridging that reinforces the hull. Every one of us has been there. At times, while at the lake, all you want to do is have some uncomplicated fun.

In this case, opt for a lightweight kayak. You’ll have more fun on the water and save time and effort pulling a heavier kayak than necessary.

You are on a backcountry trips

This one is purely pragmatic. If you’re going to be dragging a lightweight kayak about for backcountry outings, you’ll want it to be as light as possible. While certain lightweight kayaks, offer excellent performance for their weight of 17.5 pounds.

There are other ultra-light or lightweight kayak choices on the market. There are a few alternatives that weigh only a few pounds, which may be advantageous if your bag already weighs a lot and adding nearly twenty pounds sounds like a bad idea.

Lugging a heavy Kayak impairs your ability to Kayak

Consider the following: how much heavier an lightweight kayak would make me less likely to want to go kayaking? After all, the purpose of purchasing an lightweight kayak is to increase your time on the water, not decrease it.

It’s critical to know how much weight you feel comfortable moving around each time you wish to go kayaking. Bear in mind that lightweight kayaks are not the same as hard-shell kayaks that can be left on the beach at your lake cottage.

You’re almost certainly going to store them indoors, and you’re also going to be driving to lakes or rivers.

Therefore, choose a lightweight kayak if you believe it would be inconvenient to do the following with a 40-pound kayak:

  • Place it in the automobile.
  • Remove it from the vehicle
  • After drying, reload it into the car.
  • Restoring it to its original storage location at home

Do you have to purchase a heavier kayak?

On the other hand, there are a few instances in which you will gladly accept the added weight. Here are a few examples:

Fishing from your Kayak

If you’re purchasing an lightweight kayak primarily for fishing, I strongly advise you to select a lightweight kayak developed specifically for fishing. Typically, this means that the lightweight kayak will contain features such as several rod holders and trolling motor mounts. While these will increase the weight of your lightweight kayak, the increased performance will more than compensate.

The performance

It’s very difficult to avoid this: if you want the best performance from a lightweight kayak, you’ll need to purchase one that is heavier than usual. This is especially true when it comes to lightweight kayaks that have a robust construction (such as aluminum ridging) or drop stitching to increase the rigidity of the kayak’s body.

As expected, the additional materials required to boost stiffness and performance would result in a weight increase. However, if you’re seeking for the best performance possible from your lightweight kayak, this may be well worth it.

Lightweight Kayak features

Holders for rods

Numerous lightweight kayaks feature mounted rod holders, molded-in rod holders, or grooves on the sides to accommodate horizontally placed rods. Additionally, you may easily add rod holders to your kayak.


Finding a comfy seat is similar to finding an appropriate shoe. It’s time well spent.

Examine the chairs for comfort, back support, seat cushion thickness, and where the seat cushion meets the back of your leg. On some lightweight kayaks, you can remove or relocate the seat to allow you to stand inside the boat, or you can alter the seat’s height or recline.

Options for storage

Are you a minimalist angler or one who must always have a cooler, tackle box, live bait, and other fishing needs on hand? On fishing kayaks, storage options include hard, enclosed hatches in the bow, stern, and midship for dry storage; mesh pockets; big tank wells large enough to fit a milk crate; or any other storage container or bungee cords to fasten dry bags.

Consider whether you require inside storage for your rods, dry bags, or other wet-weather gear. One advantage of sit-on-top kayaks is that you have easier access to the majority of your gear, which is stored on top and inside the hatches. While fishing in sit-in kayaks, it may be more difficult to reach rear hatches.

Tracks for gear

Without drilling holes, slide tracks let you to attach equipment such as phones and fish finders to your lightweight kayak. You can install gear tracks if yours does not come with them.

Decks that are freestanding

If standing fishing is a priority for you, seek for footwells made for standing. Certain models may allow for the addition of support bars or help straps.


Lightweight Kayaks equipped with rudders aid in tracking in the wind. The rudder angle may be altered continuously through foot pedals, making it more sensitive to changing conditions while traveling. On some lightweight kayaks, you may be able to add a rudder afterwards.

Motorized propulsion

For those looking for an easier way to travel to fishing places without exhausting their legs and arms, numerous brands sell kayaks that can be motorized. Certain motor drive systems enable effortless switching between pedal and motor operation. Other lightweight kayaks may be equipped with a trolling motor.

Is it safe to use an inflatable kayak?

Inflatable kayaks’ primary competitive advantage is their superior buoyancy. Due to their air-filled nature and general light weight, the likelihood of them sinking is extremely low.

Additionally, these kayaks are constructed with high-quality materials that are impervious to punctures. The outside of these boats, according to modern technical breakthroughs, may even be stronger than the hull of hard-shell kayaks.

While the danger of an inflatable kayak bursting remains, you can minimize the risk by storing it away from sharp things and taking proper care of it. If you do sustain a puncture, there are patch kits available to quickly fix your inflatable kayak.

Can you Kayak on an inflatable?

When a fast hard-shell kayak is compared to a fast inflatable kayak, the hard-shell kayak will win. However, not all inflatable kayaks are slow.

Affordable models can be sluggish, but like with any other piece of equipment, you get what you pay for. Numerous kayak enthusiasts assert that certain inflatable kayaks exceed hard-shell kayaks in terms of speed. It’s a matter of prioritizing and investing in gear that meets your wants and expectations completely.

How to determine whether an inflatable kayak has a leak?

The first indicator of a leak is a deflated lightweight kayak. To locate the weak place, look for bubbles that will form at the leak location. To avoid accidents, avoid floating too far from the shore while inspecting your gear for possible leaking.

Bear in mind that deflation does not always equate to leaking. If you do not discover any indications of tearing, it is possible that your kayak deflated over the day. All you need to do is inflate it little more with air to keep it afloat.

What is the proper way to clean an inflatable kayak?

One of the most important ways to maintain the quality of your water equipment is to keep it clean. This includes checking for punctures, carefully cleaning your kayak after each usage, and storing it in a dark location.

Always clean your inflatable or lightweight kayak after usage to avoid mold growth over time. Cleaning your lightweight kayak is simple.

Hose the lightweight kayak down with fresh water to remove any residue that has formed on the exterior of the equipment. Once washed, set it aside to dry in the shade and store it in a cool, dry location.