How to choose a kayak

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sit-in versus sit-on

A sit on kayak is generally the safest style of kayak, paddle too far from shore, fall off, climb back on. If you can put your hands on the side of a pool and push up and out ,to climb out of a pool, you should be able to get back on a sit-on kayak. You can still paddle rivers, but remember length is speed, 9ft is for fun and playing in waves like the Perception Scooter, maybe up to 8 miles on a river over a day, 12ft plus is normally a touring model for actually going somewhere, also lot better for fishing, look at Perception Triumph. Possibly paddling 16 miles in a day. Sit-ons are wet boats, you must assume you will get wet and dress accordingly, for most people that would be a wetsuit and in winter a drysuit with buoyancy aid over the top. This is where for some people switch to a sit in, a kayak like the Perception Sundance gives you the width and stability, doesn't feel closed in thanks to oversize cockpit, but allows you to wear normal clothes with a buoyancy aid in good weather and in safe surroundings. Bad weather go fora nylon top like a cagoule as it is the wind chill that will get you cold. Again as you go longer the kayaks get faster, but also stability goes down in comparison. It is often worth asking who was this kayak designed for, a kayak that is designed to be rolled like the Essence, must therefore be easier to roll over in the first place. Prodigy 10 is not for rolling therefore is really hard to turn over in first place.
If you want to be more active and want to try a bit of surf and whitewater andlearn to roll, you can consider a crossover like the Wavesport Ethos. This allows you to slide down weirs, launch off the river bank , learn to paddle with a club, and go for an easy Sunday afternoon paddle by dropping the skeg.
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