Kayaking is rapidly becoming one of the most popular water sports there is. And while renting a kayak can be fun for a day, owning one is even better. But quality kayaks do not always come cheaply.
When considering how much to splurge on a kayak you will want to consider what its intended use will be - family, touring, speed etc. From there, you can gage how much you ought to be spending. Remember, paddles are often sold separately, and you will also want to invest in a decent life jacket. Therefore, the average cost of kayaking can range anywhere from $600-$2000 easily. However, it is money well spent, especially if you take proper care of it, as kayaks can last for years on end.
Type of Kayaks
- Touring Kayaks (aka Sea Kayaks) – Touring Kayaks are designed for long distance paddling. The sleek long design allows for a smooth and quick glide in most conditions. For reference, check out our ITIWIT Strenfit X500 Inflatable 1-Person Kayak. Touring Kayaks are for the more experienced paddler and will most likely hit the higher end of your budget. But you will probably forget all about that once you’re in them and speeding through the ocean like a jet.
- Recreational Kayaks – Designed for the casual paddler, these family friendly kayaks are suited for calm waters. They come available in different seating options such as single, double, or even triple. So basically, there is no excuse to leave your dog at home. What’s that, Digger? You like our ITIWIT 2-3 Person inflatable Cruising Kayak?
- Sit On and Sit In Kayaks – Sit on Kayaks are designed to be used mostly in warmer weather because it is often going to be a wet ride and are meant to take on some water, so do not panic when you start seeing your deck filling up a little. But hey, given our beautiful waterways this doesn’t tend to bother many folk. Sit in kayaks are more traditional when you try to imagine what a kayak looks like. These kayaks are your year-round kayak. The only downside to these kayaks is that if you do happen to flip over, it is more difficult to get back in.
Once you have decided on the type of kayak you want, you then need to shift your focus to the essential additional items you will need.
- Paddle– Because you don’t want to be up the creek without one ($60 - $300)
- Life Jacket – In most states in Australia, Life Jackets are mandatory because they save lives. ($50 - $200).
- Spray Skirt – Ideal for colder water ($50 - $100)
- Dry Bag- To keep your mobile, torch and whatever else you deem as a necessary item to bring, nice and dry. ($20 - $100)