How does the kayak recommendation work?
Here’s an example video:
Here’s the process:
Firstly I look at your height and weight. If you are very tall and/or very heavy, some of our kayaks will not be suitable for you.
Secondly, I look at what kind of water you are paddling on.
For example, if you are going to be kayaking in open ocean, your kayak recommendation would need to include kayaks with inflatable coaming so you can use a spray skirt, or sit-on-top kayaks.
Next, I need to consider how long your trips will be. If you are only going paddling for an hour or so, I am more likely to recommend a kayak that is very quick to set up. If you are going on a multi-day expedition, I am going to recommend a kayak that is comfortable, stable, fast and has a huge weight capacity for gear.
Combined with these factors is your physical ability. Some of our kayaks are quite heavy and would be difficult for a very small person to lift. Also, some of our kayaks are more supportive in the back than others, and some are easier to get in and out of.
Next, I look at your experience. If you are a beginner, your kayak recommendation is not going to include tippy kayaks – I would be sticking with the stable ones that are easy to paddle. Conversely, if you have had quite a bit of paddling experience, I am going to recommend our fastest kayaks and not worry so much about stability.
Obviously, I need to consider if you want a solo or tandem. But sometimes, people are okay with letting me recommend, OR giving advice as to which is more suitable.
Lastly, I need your name and email address to be able to send you the kayak recommendation. If you could add your phone number, that would be great, because sometimes the email address bounce (this means the email address is wrong) and I have no way of letting you know if there is not a phone number. It’s also handy because sometimes people forget to answer a critical question and I can follow up before doing the kayak recommendation.