Best Kayaks of the Year

Discover the perfect vessel for floating away the days with our Pro Tips list of the year’s best kayaks.

July 17, 2023
Male and female on the water in their kayaks

There are few things as enjoyable as hitting the water on a beautiful day. Enjoy your time in the great outdoors with one of the best kayaks from DICK'S. There's a kayak for every skill level and budget. We’re here to help you find the best fit.

 

Just starting out and not sure what to look for in a kayak? Use these water-ready Pro Tips and learn how to choose the right kayak for you.

7 Best Kayaks of the Year

Best Sit-In KayakPelican Trailblazer 100 NXT

Best Sit On Top Kayaks: Pelican Bandit NXT 100 & Perception Rambler 13.5 Tandem

Best Sit-In Fishing Kayak: Pelican Premium Pioneer 100XR Angler Kayak

Best Sit On Top Fishing Kayak: Lifetime Teton 100 Angler Kayak

Best Motorized Fishing Kayak: Old Town Sportsman 106 Minn Kota Motorized Kayak

Best Inflatable Kayak: Quest Patoka Inflatable Tandem Kayak

Best Folding Kayak: Oru Single Inlet Folding Kayak

 

*Disclaimer: Inventory may fluctuate due to product availability.

Best SIT-IN KAYAK

Pelican Trailblazer 100 NXT Kayak
Pelican Trailblazer 100 NXT Kayak

Looking for a great beginner kayak to get your outdoor interests afloat? The Pelican Trailblazer 100 Kayak may be the perfect fit for you. This stable boat is easy to paddle, making it great for calm to light surf waters. An ErgoBase seat pad and molded footrests combine for a comfortable paddling position for those long days offshore. It’s also built for the long haul thanks to its RAM-X impact-resistant construction. And packing for a day on the water is a breeze with ample storage in the stern storage tank well.

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  • Sit-Inside
  • Carry Weight: 36 lbs.
  • Max Capacity: 275 lbs.
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BEST SIT-ON-TOP KAYAKS

Pelican Bandit NXT 100 Kayak
Pelican Bandit NXT 100 Kayak

Hit the water with the Pelican Bandit NXT 100 Kayak. Great for paddlers of all skill levels, this sit-on-top kayak offers exceptional stability and tracking. A large storage tank well and added storage platform offer plenty of space to pack your necessities. Plus, the adjustable padded ErgoForm backrest and molded footrests create a comfortable ride. And transporting your Pelican Bandit NXT 100 from car to launch site is simple thanks to its convenient carry handles.

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  • Sit-On-Top
  • Carry Weight: 40 lbs.
  • Max Capacity: 300 lbs.
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Perception Rambler 13.5 Tandem Kayak
Perception Rambler 13.5 Tandem Kayak

Paddle into fun with the Perception Rambler 13 Dapper. With a carry weight of 78 pounds, this two-person kayak is great for calm coastal waters and your favorite nearby pond or lake. It’s equipped with cushioned ergonomic seats and molded footwells for comfort. We like the handles on the bow, side and stern for easy transport, too. Plus, there’s a bonus seat for a child or a dog that loves to swim. It’s a great pick for laidback recreation. Many reviewers like it for its durability and stability, plus easy in-and-out design.

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  • Sit-On-Top
  • Carry Weight: 78 lbs.
  • Max Capacity: 550 lbs.
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BEST SIT-IN FISHING KAYAK

Pelican Premium Pioneer 100XR Angler Kayak
Pelican Premium Pioneer 100XR Angler Kayak

One of the lighter-weight fishing kayaks on our list, the Pelican Premium Pioneer 100XR Angler Kayak is a great go-to for beginners and pros alike who love to fish. It’s equipped with ample leg room, footrests, knee pads, cargo space and a dedicated space for your water bottle. Two rigging tracks are ready for your fishing accessories. Not to mention it has style — the Pro Tips team and many reviewers love it for the bright color choices as well!

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  • Sit-Inside
  • Carry Weight: 43 lbs.
  • Max Capacity: 300 lbs.
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Best Sit-On-Top Fishing Kayak

Lifetime Teton 100 Angler Kayak
Lifetime Teton 100 Angler Kayak

This 10-foot craft is ready for your next cast. It’s equipped with the essentials an angler needs for a successful day, including convenient built-in rod holders, universal mounting tracks for electronics and more, a beverage holder and self-bailing scupper holes to help drain unwanted water from the cockpit and tankwell. It has a framed seat with a comfortable, adjustable back and breathable, quick-dry material — all wins when you’re out on the water for long stretches of time. There’s plenty of secure storage space for your tacklebox, bait and more. It’s a great pick for laidback days on calm bodies of water.

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  • Sit-On-Top 1-Person Angler Kayak
  • Carry Weight: 53.5 lbs.
  • Max Capacity: 275 lbs.
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Best Motorized Fishing Kayak

Best Inflatable Kayak

Quest Patoka Inflatable Tandem Kayak Package
Quest Patoka Inflatable Tandem Kayak Package

If you’re looking a more easily transportable kayak, check out the Quest Patoka Inflatable Tandem Kayak. After assembly, you’ll be ready to get out there with two inflatable seats, footrests, tracking fins and paddles. It’s great for recreational paddling in calm freshwater or saltwater. At 12.8 feet in length, you’ll enjoy the spacious seating area, and steady, stable feel on the water. Customize the removable seats for single or tandem paddling, then kick back, relax and float on.

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  • 12'8" Inflatable Recreational Sit Inside Kayak
  • Carry Weight: 42.5 lbs.
  • Weight Limit: 330 Lb.
  • 2 Kayak Paddles, Double Action Hand Pump, Repair Kit, and Back Pack Carry Bag included
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Best Inflatable Kayak

Oru Single Inlet Folding Kayak
Oru Single Inlet Folding Kayak

Comfortable. Convenient. Portable. Get on the water in minutes with this easy-to-use kayak. The Oru Single Inlet Folding Kayak is “ridiculously fast” to assemble and at 20 pounds, it’s incredibly lightweight, yet strong and durable. When folded, it can be stashed just about anywhere in your home, no special storage space needed. Great for recreation on flat, calm water, this sit-inside craft’s 9”8’ length and open cockpit is the perfect size for you and a small child or dog.

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  • Folding Kayak
  • Sit-Inside
  • Carry Weight: 20 lbs.
  • Max Capacity: 275 lbs.
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Kayaking can be the perfect way to explore new frontiers and map out new memories. Take on the water with one of our top picks and paddle confidently this season. You’ve found the ideal kayak, but do you know how to get your adventure afloat? Discover how to launch a kayak and get your next excursion started on the right foot.

 

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