When it comes to kayaks, you have several options. You can choose single or tandem, you can choose wooden or inflatable, you can choose a kayak that will work for white waters or you can choose one that is better in other ways. Most wooden kayaks are straightforward. There are not many options when it comes to them. With inflatables, you have a lot more variety. Beyond single or tandem, you have adjustable seating, storage areas, different inflatable pockets to keep you afloat, and more. Which one is best for you? Here are a few ideas to help you choose the right type of kayak for your outdoor lifestyle.
Most inflatable kayaks have multiple layers of protection. They are typically made with PVC plastic and they are very durable. However, if you hope to venture into rivers that are shallow and you have an increased risk of puncturing the bottom of your boat, you may want even more air pockets to keep you above the water.
There are also inflatable kayaks that have a support system built into them. Most of the time it is a bendable metal frame so that you can roll it up and put it away when you are out of the water. Many people like having this extra framework inside of the kayak because it does help it maintain its shape, even during rough water situations.
An inflatable kayak is also easier to carry if you plan to venture out into that hidden river or lake. You can load the kayak into your car and then hike to the river. You do not need a hiking buddy along. A single person can carry an inflatable kayak. Wooden kayaks are heavier and bulkier. This means that you often will need two sets of hands to control it while you hike through the woods. Wooden kayaks are also harder to carry with your vehicle. On a car, you will most likely damage the car or the kayak, which means you will most likely need to carry it with a trailer attached to your vehicle.
With a wooden kayak, you are able to have a very durable kayak to sit in. They can handle most types of water with ease. However, they are more likely to turn over than an inflatable kayak. The inflatables tend to be a little wider and this feature often makes people more comfortable.