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How to Choose a Kayak Based on Your Physical Attributes

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Want to know how to choose a kayak based on the length of your physicality? This article explains what to look for based on your age, your strength, your flexibility, your back health, your height, your weight and your level of paddling experience.


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In this article, you will learn how to choose a kayak based on your physical attributes.

Your physical attributes are critical when it comes to choosing a kayak.

The most important physical features I look at when recommending a kayak are:

  • Age
  • Strength
  • Weight
  • Height
  • Health
  • Back strength
  • Flexibility
  • Your experience

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6385″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1546514973268{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][special_heading woss_text_align=”text-center” title=”Weight “][vc_column_text]When I recommend a kayak, I always ask how much you weigh. It’s a bit awkward, but I really need to know!

The kayak on the right (below), the AirFusion Evo, is a narrow kayak. The image below shows my two-year-old sitting in the front with me  – she’s tiny and she looks kinda big in this kayak! If you were a very wide person, you wouldn’t fit in this kayak.

It’s got a maximum weight of 106kg, which is enough for most people, but is nowhere near the capacity of the StraitEdge Angler Pro, for example, a fishing kayak, which can take 181kg.

If you’re a heavy person, especially wide in the bottom, shall we say, I wouldn’t be selling you the AirFusion Evo. It doesn’t have the weight capacity and it doesn’t have the width for you.

Whereas the one on the right, the StraitEdge Angler Pro, honestly you could be 120kg, take your dog, take an Esky full of tinnies, and you’d be totally fine!

Obviously, as part of recommending a kayak, I have to check that the kayak is going to be suitable for your weight.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6386″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1546515164296{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][special_heading woss_text_align=”text-center” title=”Height”][vc_column_text]Similarly, though slightly more complicated, is your height and the length of the kayak.

At 3.66 meters for a tandem, the Lagoon 2 (on the left below) is reasonably short. If you came to me and said ‘I’m 6 foot 5 and my wife is 6 foot’ I would not be selling you this kayak. It’s just too short for you guys.

We do have a really long tandem kayak, the AdvancedFrame Convertible that would be suitable.

If you were looking for a solo kayak this one on the right, the 4m AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite, is longer than the tandem Lagoon 2  (image on the left) – so that gives you an idea of how much leg room it’s got, and I will often sell this to people who are above 6’2″.

There’s no defined height at which some kayaks no longer ‘fit’, because obviously it depends how much of your height is in your legs, but if customers are above 6 foot 2, alarm bells start going off for me and we start to talk about the AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6387″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1546515573854{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

“At 6’1 I need some leg room and the Expedition has it” – Karl

It was really important to Karl that he be comfortable in the kayak, so we ended up placing him with the Expedition. That’s the old yellow one, the new ones are blue.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6388″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1546515996429{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][special_heading woss_text_align=”text-center” title=”Back Strength “][vc_column_text]You definitely need to consider the weight of the kayak.

I put this picture in because these two kayaks below look the same but they’re not.

The two kayaks look the same, but on the left is the old AdvancedFrame Expedition, and on the right is the new AdvancedFrame Ultralite.

19 kilograms versus 8 kilograms – the Expedition is more than double the weight of the Ultralite.

But I thought this picture was interesting because they kinda look the same, right? You wouldn’t know just from this picture that there’s such a big weight difference between the two kayaks.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6389″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1546516364431{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][vc_column_text]The reason the kayak weight matters so much is because you have to lift it.

The Expedition is 19 kilograms. I’m what you would call petite, and I struggle to lift this kayak.

I can lift it in the bag (it’s not comfortable but I can do it), but when it’s inflated I can’t really handle it. It’s just a bit too heavy, a bit too wobbly for me to get down to the beach. I need my husband to help.

Whereas my husband, Jacob, loves it, because he loves the performance – it is amazing to paddle.

He’s much bigger than me, nearly 6 foot, so he can pick this up no problem.

If a 73 year old petite lady was to contact me, I’m not going to sell her the AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite kayak at 19kg!

Whereas the Ultralite, the 8 kilogram one on the right, is so easy to carry, it’s an absolute delight.

Similarly, the AdvancedFrame Sport which is 11.5kg, is really easy to pick up and get down to the water.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1548049984212{padding-top: 20px !important;}”]The image below is me, just after I’d had a baby.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6390″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1546517160291{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][vc_column_text]I wasn’t very strong at that point. I’d literally just had a baby, and yet I was able to lift that AdvancedFrame Ultralite easily – really easily. If you want something easy to carry out of the water, you need to check the kayak’s weight.[/vc_column_text][special_heading woss_text_align=”text-center” title=”Experience”][vc_column_text]If you come to me and you’re an absolute newbie, I’m going to sell you a stable kayak.

Same deal if you’re a bit older, and you don’t want to be constantly concentrating on staying upright.

The image below is the AdvancedFrame Convertible – it is so stable you could take a nap in it. Now, if you’re at that stage in life, the AdvancedFrame line is perfect for you.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6391″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1546517780470{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][vc_column_text]This is Darren from Advance Fishing, Cruising and Kayaking, Norfolk Island:

They’re really safe and stable, and easy to use. Not to mention fun.”

This is really important to him, because he’s running a kayaking tour.

He’s going to have people who have no experience, people that are very weak and unfit, some that are a bit older. He’s going to have people with a whole range of physical attributes, so he needs a kayak that can cater to all his customers.

The AdvancedFrame Convertible Kayak has been ideal for him.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6392″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1546517988214{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][vc_column_text]Whereas the image below on the right is the AirFusion Evo that I took out. You can see just how narrow it is next to my hips.

Now if you had any level of paddling experience you wouldn’t find this difficult, but I wouldn’t take it out with small kids which is what I did. I tried to take my daughter out, she did a bit of a lean over to have a splash and we almost went in. I basically had to paddle straight back to the beach and drop her off. It’s no good for kids or dogs.

If you had a little big of paddling experience, you would be able to take this one out no problem. However, if you were a total newbie and you weren’t really interested in having to concentrate I wouldn’t be selling you this one.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6393″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1546518250842{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][special_heading woss_text_align=”text-center” title=”Flexibility “][vc_column_text]A lot of people don’t think about this but you need to be able to get in and out of your kayak. Flexibility comes into it a bit here and these two kayaks are a good example.

The top image is the AdvancedFrame, while the bottom one is the AdvancedFrame Sport.

The AdvancedFrame is one of our most popular kayaks.  It’s just absolutely beautiful to paddle. Easy to set up, comfortable, supportive – ticks a whole lot of boxes really.

The AdvancedFrame Sport, is almost as popular but the big difference between these two is the weight.

The AdvancedFrame kayak is 16kg which is manageable for most people, while the AdvancedFrame Sport kayak on the bottom is 11.5kg, which just makes that bit easier to carry.

One of the ways they got the weight down, was by removing a chunk of the cockpit.

These kayaks are in real life the same length and the same width, but the AdvancedFrame Sport, the on the bottom, obviously has a much wider cockpit.  You can understand how that would be easier to get in and out of. That’s something to think about.

For me it’s not a super critical thing because you only have to do it at the start and the end, but if you’re going kayaking by yourself, you do need to be able to get in and out.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6394″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1546577872295{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][special_heading woss_text_align=”text-center” title=”Back Support”][vc_column_text]We also have to look at back support, and this is really high up there for me in priorities.

As soon as you say to me ‘Oh, my back’s not so great,’ or as soon as you are a bit older, I would not be selling you something that does not have excellent back support.

The image on top-left here is a pack raft.  I have nothing against pack rafts, but they’re designed to be very, very lightweight, so to be that lightweight you have to compromise on things and they’ve compromised on back support. You can put your bum up against that rear part of the tube but you’re not gonna get support from that.

As opposed to our deluxe AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite (bottom-right), which has this beautiful high back, contoured seat.  It’s actually got an inflatable cushion in there with a tube that you can blow up so you can get extra support. 

It clips in at the top of the inner tubes and that’s something you want to look out for. Don’t buy something that clips in low.  That high, clip-in support allows you to actually put your weight onto this seat so you can rest in this seat. Seriously rest, I’m not just saying that. You’ve got to get it angled forward when you sit into it to take up the slack but then once you do that right you get it, it’s beautiful. There’s also a cushion under your bum. The whole floor basically is a cushion.

Some people say to me ‘No, to do correct paddling technique you should actually be sitting forwards on your sit-bone and you don’t need the back support, you don’t use back support,’ but the truth is when I go paddling I’m mostly looking at fish and pelicans, you know? There’s a small amount of paddling that goes on, but I’m there to relax. If you were getting some exercise you might paddle for a bit and then you want to rest. It’s really nice to have a supportive seat with good lumbar support and a cushion under your bum, it just makes the whole thing much more enjoyable.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6395″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1546579347808{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][vc_column_text]This is Margaret.

“I find it far more comfortable to sit in than a hard shell kayak.”

Absolutely, hard shells just make you numb. Margaret needs a bit more pressure, actually, in her tube there. See how her bow’s out of the water? She hasn’t quite got that inflated enough.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6396″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1546579811033{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][vc_column_text]The image below is our StraitEdge Angler Pro which is our deluxe fishing kayak and this one takes it to a whole other level. It’s got a folding aluminum frame seat in it.

There’s a couple things that are great about this. First of all the support is excellent and it’s got these adjustable straps here so if she wanted to angle that seat in she would just tighten straps, and same in reverse – you’d loosen them to angle it back.

Also you’re lifted, so your bum is higher than your heels, which is really important to a lot of people. A lot of people have tight hamstrings and they don’t like to have their legs out flat in front of them. This comfort factor really is dependent on your physicality, so I’m paying a lot of attention to what you say about your flexibility and your back and your strength when I look at the back support of the kayak I am recommending to you.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6397″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1546580330119{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][special_heading woss_text_align=”text-center” title=”Foot Brace”][vc_column_text]Similarly you want to look for something with a foot brace if you need that back support. The StraitEdge2 in the image below has a thwart at the front and he’s using it as a foot brace, which is what it’s designed for.

A lot of our kayaks either come with a foot brace or you can add a foot brace to them. We sell, as an accessory a foot brace.

Now, this is a very individual thing – so for me personally I have loose hips so I tend to sit cross-legged in a kayak. But, for some people, to have that foot support makes it much more comfortable experience. If their legs are loose, then it pulls on their back, so that’s something really important to consider.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6398″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1546580637145{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][special_heading woss_text_align=”text-center” title=”Age”][vc_column_text]Now, the last thing that I consider when I look at your physicality is the setup time.

The last thing I’m gonna do is sell you a kayak that takes a long time to set up and requires you to bend over a lot if you have told me that you’re 81 and you’re not very strong and your back is bad, right?

I have to consider this.

Now if you’re even reasonably young and/or you’re fit and strong then the setup time doesn’t matter that much.

The kayak shown in the video below is our AdvancedFrame Sport which is, I would say, the quickest and easiest to set up.

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Now here’s something important to consider – if your back is not great don’t get a hand pump. We’ve got bellows foot pumps which are great, you just stand upright and pump.  We also sell a really awesome range of electric pumps from Bravo.

There’s a couple of little deck lifts you can inflate, they’re actually optional.

He’s then going to put in the plastic inserts at each end, clip in the seat and that’s it.

Seriously 4 minutes and 10 seconds from in the bag to on the water.

So if you are of the age and/or physical strength and/or back issue status that you don’t want to spend a lot of time messing around, you need to look at the setup time, it’s really important factor.[/vc_column_text][/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 Your Physicality?”][vc_column_text]So to sum up, I’m going to ask you your age, your strength, your weight, your height, how’s your back, your flexibility, your level of paddling experience, and kind of associated with that is your balance.

That basically allows me to determine the weight capacity we need to look for, the length of the kayak, the weight of the kayak, the stability of the kayak, how easy it is to get in and out of, how much seat support you need, whether you need a foot rest, and how easy it is to set up and based on all of that, I’m going to recommend a kayak for you.

Now you know how to choose a kayak based on your physicality, you can go and start researching. Or you can save yourself the hassle and ask me to do it for you!

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.

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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!

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