Store Inventory Alert

We will be performing annual inventory counts. Delays in the processing of orders, shipments, and returns can be expected.

All expidited shipping methods have been disabled until inventory is complete.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please contact customer support at 1-866-786-3869.

Click Here for Live Chat
Free Shipping — Orders $75 or More*
Home > Gear Guides > What should I use for a long kayak trip?

What should I use for a long kayak trip?

A Touring kayak is among the most common types of kayaks. Touring kayaks can be used as recreational kayaks, but they are designed to be used for one-day or multi-day kayaking trips and for ocean kayaking in open water.

Some features of touring kayaks include:

  • Size: Most touring kayaks are 12 to 16 feet long, for better navigation of waves.
  • Shape: A touring kayak (also known as a saltwater kayak) has a shaped hull, a rudder (or skeg), and covered hatches to provide dry storage space and serve as safety features.
  • Seat: The seating area on a touring kayak might feel too close or constrained for some people, but it is designed for maximum paddling efficiency.
  • Cost: The enhanced features of touring kayaks make them more expensive than recreational kayaks.

If you are planning a multi-day kayaking trip, consider a multi-day touring kayak, which provides additional storage space that you won’t find on a standard touring kayak. But a multi-day touring kayak is heavier and less maneuverable, so be sure to keep that in mind.

Visit your local Sun & Ski Sports shop for expert advice on choosing a touring kayak.

Ask A Question