Comparison Chart

Comparison chart of Sea Touring and Multisport Kayak Range can be seen in the below chart.

There are many kayak brands available on the market. Choosing the right kayak brand depends largely on your intended use and your experience as well as the price you are willing to pay. While kayak brands share many common features, distinct differences exist and understanding these differences helps in choosing the right kayak for you.

Types
Kayaks are categorized based on purpose such as recreation, whitewater, sea or folding. Within these categories there are many types of kayaks. Recreation kayaks, intended for a casual paddler not interested in performance, include inflatable, fishing, sit-on-top and boats with a larger cockpit and shorter length. Whitewater kayaks are used in fast-moving water and made from rigid plastic. Sea, or touring kayaks, are designed for open water and have below-deck storage for multiday trips. Durable, versatile and multipurpose folding kayaks are used for travel.

Design Features
The two basic design features for a kayak include stability and maneuverability, or performance. Kayak stability describes the back and forth rocking of a boat or potential to tip. Length, hull structure and width of a kayak determine maneuverability. Depending on the type and category, a kayak that is more stable offers less performance and vice versa.

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Kayak ModelSpecifications SeaBear Waitoa Euro X PolarBear BreakSea Slingshot Adventurer
Weight: Kevlar (kg) 24.5 22 30 20 24  
Weight: Carbon/Kevlar 23   29.5 19.5 23  
Weight : Fibreglass 26.5 24 32 22.5   21 (plastic)
Passenger Weight 70-120 50-80 80-120 45-85 50-100 50-90
Length (m) 5.5 5.3 6 5.2 5.65 4.35
Width (m) 0.6 0.57 0.6 0.54 0.52 0.6
Depth (m) 0.36 0.34 0.36 0.34 0.33  
Waterline Length (m) 5.1 5.1 5.6 4.85 5.45 4.3
Bow Compartment 100 95 120 59 135 65
Day Hatch 2     9    
Day Compartment       61    
Centre Compartment     100      
Stern Compartment 127 120 100 105 130 110
Total Storage (L) 227 215 320 196 265 175
Total Load (kg) 145 110 210 110 145 100
Max Leg Length Front            
Max Leg Length Rear 1.2m 1.1m 1.3m 1.05m 1.1m  
Cockpit LxW (cm) 79.5×44 79.5×44 79.5×44 76×47 79.5×44 76×47
Cruising Speed 6.5 8 8 10 9 6
Top Speed 10 11 10.5 12.6 12.5 9
Stability Very good Very good Excellent Good Good Very Good
Purpose Sea Sea Sea Sea Sea

Sea

Beginner Beginner Intermediate River Advanced Beginner
Intermediate Intermediate Advanced Intermediate   Intermediate
Advanced Advanced   Advanced    
Kayak ModelFitness/Multi Sport Saracen Saracen X   PP Sport    
Weight: Kevlar (kg) 13 15        
Weight: Carbon/Kevlar 12.5 14.5        
Weight : Fibreglass 14.5 17   20 (plastic)    
Passenger Weight 40-80 75-120   50-90    
Length (m) 5.2 6   4.35    
Width (m) 0.52 0.52   0.6    
Depth (m)            
Waterline Length (m) 5.15 5.9   4.3    
Bow Compartment       65    
Day Hatch            
Day Compartment            
Centre Compartment            
Stern Compartment       110    
Total Storage (L)       175    
Total Load (kg) 110 110   100    
Max Leg Length Front            
Max Leg Length Rear       1.2m    
Cockpit LxW (cm)       79.5×44    
Cruising Speed 10.5 12   6    
Top Speed 15 18   9    
Stability Excellent Very good   Very good    
Purpose Sea Sea   Sea    
Beginner Beginner River
Intermediate Intermediate Beginner
    Intermediate
Kayak Model SeaBear Packhorse SeaBear Explorer        
 
Doubles
Weight: Kevlar (kg) 38 38        
Weight: Carbon/Kevlar            
Weight : Fibreglass 40 40        
Passenger Weight 50-120 50-120        
Length (m) 5.9 5.9        
Width (m) 0.85 0.85        
Depth (m) 0.34 0.34        
Waterline Length (m) 5.62 5.5        
Bow Compartment 95 139        
Day Hatch            
Day Compartment            
Centre Compartment 195          
Stern Compartment 106 135        
Total Storage (L) 396 274        
Total Load (kg) 290 290        
Max Leg Length Front 1.2m 1.2m        
Max Leg Length Rear 1.2m 1.2m        
Cockpit LxW (cm) 84.5×52.5 84.5×52.5        
Cruising Speed 8 8        
Top Speed 11 11        
Stability Excellent Excellent        
Purpose Sea Sea        
Beginner Beginner
Intermediate Intermediate
Advanced Advanced