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Kayaks – Smooth Operators over Rough Waters

The FastTrack came on the market in April 2010 and quickly became extremely popular. It is similar in size to the Sea Eagle 380X except just slightly slimmer. However, it has the added advantages of only weighing 31 lbs. and has a unique design that offers much more speed.

The FastTrack was my personal inflatable kayak of choice for several years until Sea Eagle came out with their Razor Lite kayak.   Even though I now mainly paddle my Razor Lite there are still many times when my FastTrack gets put to good use.

The FastTrack is great on flat water but can also handle some mild whitewater. It has several packages to choose from including a solo model, a 2-seater, a sailing package, an electric motor package, and a great fishing package. There is also a larger family sized 3-person model now available too (the 465 FastTrack) which is great for families and long expeditions. Both the tandem and 3 person models have the ability to adjust the seats to be paddled solo if desired. It also comes with a great three-year warranty.

If you are looking for an all-day river adventure inflatable kayak, the Lynx is a phenomenal option. Weighing only thirty-two pounds and backed by a ten-year warranty, it is quality through and through. It can handle up to class IV rapids beautifully and comes with the option of a closed-cell floor for higher performance or an air-cell floor for lighter weight.

The Lynx has gained huge popularity for good reason, it not only performs but is solid and rugged. It comes in a solo version as well as a tandem version.

One of the great joys of recreational kayaking is being able to take along some of the comforts of home to enjoy during your outing. These might include your favorite beverages, lunch and snacks, some comfortable chairs for those breaks on shore, and of course your dog. If you plan to take your dog kayaking, you’ll either want to get a sit-on-top kayak or a sit-in kayak with an extra-large cockpit to accommodate both of you.

Also, please make sure you get a life jacket for your canine family member. Similarly, if you plan to haul around a full-size cooler to share cold beverages with all of your kayaking friends, a sit-on-top will be your best bet. However, keep in mind that large amounts of heavy cargo will slow you down considerably. Generally, I think it’s bet to distribute cargo relatively evenly throughout your group of paddlers. Regardless, think about what you want to carry with you when deciding what type of kayak to buy.

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