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Sit-in vs Sit-on-top Kayaks

Which is Better?

The truth is that there is no winner in the sit-in vs sit-on-top kayaks debate, and no loser either. Both have their advantages and disadvantages and hopefully this article will help you figure out which is right for you.

Sit-on Top Kayaks

Sit-on-top kayaks are self bailing – they are designed to allow water to come over the sides and drain out.

This means… you get wet!

They are usually very stable and easy to get in and out of.

Great for:

  • Fishing – the Straitedge kayaks have either rod holders or accessory rails
  • Whitewater
  • Snorkeling

Sit-in Kayaks

Sit-in kayaks do not bail – they are designed to keep water out, so you can stay dry and warm.

This means they are more versatile over different climates, seasons and conditions.

Generally speaking, sit-in kayaks go faster and straighter on flat water – they are better over long distances.

They can be stable or unstable, depending on the design.

Our stable sit-in kayaks can be used for fishing, snorkeling, dogs, kids, etc.

All our sit-in kayaks can do whitewater up to class II, but they really excel on flat water.

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