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DICK'S Sporting Goods carries an array of sit-in, sit-on-top, inflatable and fishing kayaks from manufacturers like Future Beach, Ocean Kayak, Old Town Canoe, Pelican and Perception Sport. These lightweight, one- and two-person kayaks are available in a range of colors from bright neon to camouflage - they also vary in length from 10- to 15-foot models.
Most kayaks come with a list of handy features like adjustable foot braces, cup holders, cushioned seats, deck bungees, removable click-seal hatches, removable child/pet seats, retractable carry handles, rod holders and thigh pads. DICK'S also has kayaks that are available in U- and V-shaped hull styles.
Depending on the model, the seating area of your kayak may be either large and open or narrow. Fishing kayaks have multiple rod and paddle holders to keep your hands free and are generally wider. Recreational sit-ins are similar to fishing kayaks, but without the rod holders. Recreation deluxe kayaks are kayaks with a few additional features for ultimate comfort, such as padded seats and additional storage.
A sit-on-top kayak and above the water kayak is a good choice for beginners and fishermen who are looking for stability on the water. Inflatable kayaks offer all the fun versatility of other kayaks along with the added benefit of increased portability and ease of storage. These PVC kayaks deflate quickly after use and fit easily in the trunk of a car.
Tips and Expert Advice
Kayaking is a fun water sport and a great workout, and choosing the right kayak will help you enjoy the sport to its full potential. As a general rule, shorter, wider kayaks are more stable and less likely to tip over than longer, narrower kayaks and are better for those new to the sport. What longer kayaks lack in stability, they more than make up for in speed and maneuverability. If you are just beginning, start with a 10- or 11-footer and move up once you're more comfortable and looking for increased performance.
Ease of entry is the biggest difference between sit-on-top and sit-in kayaks. Getting on and off a sit-on-top kayak is far easier than climbing in and out of a sit-in kayak, especially one with a narrower opening. Fishing kayaks are available in both sit-in and sit-on-top versions.
Storage space is another key consideration if you plan on carrying food or personal items. DICK'S carries many models that have waterproof storage compartments as well as nylon netting.