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How to Choose a Kayak Based on Activity

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Want to know how to choose a kayak based on activity? This article will go through the features you need to look for if you want to take your dog paddling, go kayak fishing, travel with your kayak, paddle with small children, go kayaking from your boat, or just paddle!


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In this article, you will learn how to choose a kayak based on activity.

Hey, this is Emily at Oz Inflatable Kayaks. I want to help you with how to choose a kayak based on the kind of activity you’re doing when you go kayaking.

Are you taking a dog?

Are you going fishing?

Maybe you’re going kayaking from your boat.

Maybe you’re taking your small kids.

Maybe you’re doing traveling.

Maybe you just want to go for a paddle.

All of these different kinds of activities or the ways you go kayaking will result in you getting a different type of kayak.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6461″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1547730151013{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][special_heading woss_text_align=”text-center” title=”Kayaking With Your Dog”][vc_column_text]A really good example to start with is dogs. I sell a heap of kayaks to people who want to take their dogs. Apparently the dogs all love it 😉

There are a few things we look for when we’re selling a kayak for dogs. The first one obviously is stability. Dogs don’t necessarily sit perfectly still, so we need a stable kayak.

Second thing we look for is space. Dogs take up space. We don’t want to jam them into a small cockpit area.

The third thing we look for is durability. Now, all of our kayaks are very, very durable so it’s not an issue. But some kayaks like this one below, the AdvancedFrame Convertible, we put a special floor in. The image below on the right you can see a little bit of it there, the Dura-Floor, just to protect against claws. You can’t expect your dog not to get excited.

We also look for walls so they feel fairly contained, and a nice wide-open cockpit so they can see out.

It’s quite different to what I would sell if you didn’t need to fit a dog in. Then we can look for a narrower cockpit, we can look for a tippier kayak.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6449″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1547730535257{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][vc_column_text]If you look at the image below, this is an example of the single version, the AdvancedFrame Sport. You can see how wide-open that cockpit is.

“I managed to get my girl Blue to settle on the kayak and she eventually learned to stay still and loved it” – Holly

Holly is able to go out with her dog because this has a nice wide-open cockpit.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6450″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1547731110689{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][special_heading woss_text_align=”text-center” title=”Fishing”][vc_column_text]Another example is fishing. Now, there’s a big difference between “occasionally” you might do a little bit of fishing, to, “Hey Emily, I’m gonna be fishing every time I go out.”

The image below is our custom fishing kayak, the StraitEdge Angler Pro. I would sell this if you said, “Yeah, I’m gonna be fishing all the time” or “most of the time”.

It’s really wide open, there’s heaps of space. His feet are nowhere near the footrest. He could bring that seat forwards and have heaps of room behind.

It’s got a hard floor, a Drop-Stitch Floor that you can stand up on.

It’s got two rails, one on each end, so you can attach rod holders, fish finders or GoPros.

It’s a really durable kayak – totally reinforced. Excellent for fishing![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6451″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1547731170663{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][vc_column_text]However, if you said you were just going out “occasionally” for a fish or usually going for a paddle you can always get the Convertible and put in that Dura-Floor (shown below) that I mentioned for the dogs.


[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6452″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1547731954950{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][vc_column_text]The Dura-Floor or the Drop-Stitch Floor – it’s one or the other, not both.

The Dura-Floor goes over the normal floor and gives you that really, really durable cover for the floor.

The Drop-Stitch you use instead of the normal floor. And it is very, very durable already.

Both give you protection against knives, hooks, fish, fins, that kind of thing.

There’s actually deep pockets behind each seat that you can use for your rods if they fit.

You can also use the velcro straps on the side to secure a rod when you are paddling and your paddle when you are fishing.

The thing you’re gonna be doing more is the thing we optimize for.

If you’re paddling more and fishing occasionally, the AdvancedFrame Convertible is a great kayak. If you’re fishing most of the time, the StraitEdge Angler Pro is a great kayak.[/vc_column_text][special_heading woss_text_align=”text-center” title=”Travel”][vc_column_text]I get lots of calls from customers who say, “Hey Emily, we’ve got a caravan / camper van / RV” or “We’re going overseas.”

This was Anneshka.

“Hi Emily. Earlier this year I bought an AdvancedFrame Convertible kayak from you. As planned, we are now in South America in a 4×4 camper (Earth Cruiser) built in Queensland.”

In the image below you can see their vehicle.

I’m not going to sell them a massive amount of gear, because;

  1. They’re getting on a plane, and
  2. They’ve gotta fit it into a camper van, this Earth Cruiser

Realistically, we need to consider weight and we need to consider size if you are going traveling.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6453″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1547732340291{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][vc_column_text]The image below is a good example that I used in a previous presentation.

The top left image shows two of the AdvancedFrame Sports. They come to about 23.5 kilograms in total, 0.131 cubic meters.

The tandem AdvancedFrame convertible on the right side of the image below is 23.5 kilograms, 0.135 cubic meters.

Regarding solo vs tandem – you don’t need to compromise on weight and space to get two solos rather than one tandem, if that’s what you prefer.

It’s just really important to check – if you have to fit a kayak into a locker on your boat or on your caravan or in your camper van, we need to look at size and weight and choose something appropriate for you.

Whereas the StraitEdge Angler Pro, that’s quite a large kayak. It’s got a folding seat, and when it’s folded and put in the bag, it takes up a fair bit of space. So it’s not going to be suitable for everyone when traveling.

Also, 23.5 is over the weight limit for most airline carriers. So, what we might want to do is get two of the solo kayaks and then you can put them individually into suitcases.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6454″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1547732617726{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][vc_column_text]We’ve been selling a lot of the AdvancedFrame Ultralite Kayak, because it’s actually only 8kg.

It packs down fairly small.

So you can imagine if you had a suitcase and you’re going overseas, you could fit your kayak in there and your paddle and your pump. Then all of your gear to go traveling, all into one suitcase. Which makes it really easy because it’s so light. Also, the kind of material it is, it packs down really, really well, and it’s not bulky when it’s packed down.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6455″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1547732927354{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][special_heading woss_text_align=”text-center” title=”Small Children”][vc_column_text]The key thing with small children is stability.

I made the mistake of trying to take my two-year-old out in the AirFusion EVO. Which as you can see on the image below, is very narrow across the beam, and that was a mistake. This was as far as we got from the beach, and she leaned over the edge and nearly tipped us out.

If you’re going to take out small children, it’s a little bit like the dogs in the sense that you;

A. You need something that’s got the space and a nice wide open cockpit, and
B. You need stability.

Children are very unpredictable. You cannot have them reaching out and you all going in the water.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6456″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1547733407572{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][vc_column_text]Something we tend to sell a lot more of is the AdvancedFrame convertible. The image below is the AdvancedFrame Convertible – so stable you can have a sleep in it.

So you’ve got no issues with this kayak in terms of stability. The kids can do whatever they like pretty much and you’ll still keep cruising along. So that’s the main thing to consider.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6457″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1547733638505{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][special_heading woss_text_align=”text-center” title=”Boating”][vc_column_text]This is the awkward bit of a boat is stepping off the boat onto or into your kayak.

The image below shows an AdvancedFrame. The AdvancedFrame’s are a very, very stable kayak. The lady in the below image will be able to step into this cockpit.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6458″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1547734019866{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][vc_column_text]What I tend to sell to boat owners is the StraitEdge because it doesn’t have a cockpit, it’s a sit on top. And it just makes it that little bit easier to get onto.

You don’t have to be as careful because you don’t have to get into a cockpit, you can step anywhere on a sit on top. In fact, you can kind of just fall onto the sit on top and you’d still be okay. It’s quite wide and quite stable.

It’s really important to consider with boats:

  • First of all, will the kayak fit into your storage locker on the boat?
  • Second of all, having something that you can easily step onto is a big deal.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]That is why we tend to sell this Land Ahoy package, because as you can see, it’s wide open, and you can just step or fall onto it, it’s nice and easy.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6459″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1547734448100{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][special_heading woss_text_align=”text-center” title=”Paddling”][vc_column_text]Last of all of course is just going for a paddle. So this is Penny, and she’s got an AirFusion Elite.

“I managed to get my kayak out on the water today, it was great. – Penny”

If you don’t need to do any of those activities, if you’re not taking small children, you’re not fitting it in a camper, you’re not taking a dog with you, you don’t need to go fishing, and you’re not stepping off on a boat – then you can just focus on what is the best kayak for paddling.

That’s where we get into the really fast kayaks like the AirFusion Elite, and the AirFusion EVO.

They’re not as stable, but if you’re not taking a dog, you’re not going fishing and you’re not taking small children, that matters less and you can start to get really, really good performance.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6460″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1547735813579{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][special_heading woss_text_align=”text-center” title=”Figured Out How to Choose a Kayak Based on Activity?”][vc_column_text]Okay, so now you know how to choose a kayak based on activity!


If you’re still unsure, please get in touch.

I help people all the time with choosing a kayak from the excellent Advanced Elements range.

The first step is to give me your details so I can do a personalised kayak recommendation for you.

Click HERE to get a personalised kayak recommendation

Or you can give me a call or send me an email – whatever suits you![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][special_heading woss_text_align=”text-center” title=”Here are Our Best-Selling Dog-Friendly Kayaks”]

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[special_heading woss_text_align=”text-center” title=”About Oz Inflatable Kayaks”][vc_column_text] Inflatable Kayak Seaworld Lagoon Emily

Hi, my name is Emily and over a decade ago I thought to myself “gee, I would really love to go kayaking … if only I had a big strong butler to help me get a kayak on and off roof racks. Oh, and several thousand dollars for the kayak and the roof racks (not to mention the cost of the butler)”.

To find a way to go paddling without a heavy hard-shell kayak, I started looking into inflatable kayaks. But I did NOT want a pool toy.

The Advanced Elements range of inflatable kayaks really blew me away (excuse the terrible pun).

I realised that the quality was not just about durability, it also meant that the kayaks were comfortable and easy to paddle straight and fast.

It just so happens that I was also looking for a business opportunity at the same time…

Nowadays I specialise (and delight) in selling Advanced Elements inflatables to all kinds of people in Australia.

I know the range so well that I do personalised recommendation videos to help people choose the right kayak.

It’s a no-obligation service that I enjoy doing AND it helps me in the long run because my customers that get a recommendation get the right kayak, first time. They are HAPPY customers!

So if you are even vaguely thinking about kayaking, get in touch or get your FREE personalised kayak recommendation now.

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