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At Field & Stream, you'll find the perfect kayak for your next adventure on the water. Choose from a huge selection of recreational and angler kayaks from the best brands, including Wilderness Systems', Perception', Old Town', Advanced Elements' and more. Look for a two-person tandem kayak if you like to paddle with a partner.

Field & Stream also carries a great selection of inflatable kayaks and boats for hassle-free transport and storage.

Remember to pick up essential kayak accessories. Zip through the water with the latest paddles and oars, and easily transport your boat with a dependable kayak roof rack. Plus, make sure to get a life jacket to stay safe.


At Field & Stream, you'll find three primary types of kayaks:

  • Recreational Kayaks: If you're new to paddling or want a more casual experience, check out recreational kayaks. They are best suited for calm water and offer added stability.

  • Angler Kayaks: Anglers will appreciate the amenities on fishing kayaks, such as rod holders and built-in tackle storage. Most fishing kayaks are built for stability to provide sure-footing when casting and landing your catch.

  • Inflatable Kayaks: Today's inflatable kayaks are surprisingly sturdy and durable. The biggest advantage of inflatables is packability and ease of transport'most fit into a backpack when deflated. However, they are still best for recreational paddling, not anything extreme.


Sit-on-top kayaks are the better choice for beginners and kids. They are easy to get in and out of, and their wider design provides added stability. However, be aware that SOT kayaks provide little protection from the elements, which can be uncomfortable in chilly conditions.

Sit-in kayaks provide protection for your lower body, shielding you from splashes and wind. Sit-in kayaks are harder to get in and out of compared to their sit-on-top counterparts, and it can be more difficult to recover after flipping a sit-in as it will likely fill with water.

If you're an experienced paddler or you're serious about learning, a sit-in kayak is a great choice. But for new paddlers, kids and those just looking for a relaxing ride on the water, sit-on-top kayaks are the way to go.


If you want a kayak that's easy to turn and maneuver, go with a shorter kayak between 10 ' 12 feet. Kayaks over 12 feet, often called touring kayaks, tend to travel faster and straighter.