Well, hello ladies. I thought this would be an interesting topic to dive into. As I am over 50 and not a weight lifter and I enjoy kayaking solo. You want to be able to transport and manage your kayak on your own. My kayak is 10ft. long and weighs about 65 lbs. It is a lot to manage on my own. So, here I am going to bring my research to you and help you make a decision based on what I share about different kayaks and their manageability.
What Did I Uncover
So, as we know from my previous post about kayak styles, there are several types of kayaks. As it turns out, there are also many weights of kayaks. Here I am going to focus on lightweight kayaks for women and here are a few that I think would be great options for those of us that are of average build and strength. We want to be able to get our kayak to the water effectively and without killing ourselves.
While doing my research, I used many avenues. Before I get started I should say that I am going to mention a few different places where I searched for information. Everything you read will be my unbiased opinion and nothing more. I started on Amazon to begin my search for the most popular lightweight kayaks. After coming up with a decent list of the ones I thought would work really well, I then checked reviews on several levels. I looked at Walmart, Cabelas, Some product manufacturers’ and YouTube. Just to name a few.
So, for my search criteria I looked into a few things. Weight being my number one factor, I also wanted kayaks that had good weight capacity, price point and good reviews. It’s all fine to have a really light kayak, but it has to hold you up above the water, and we want it to last longer than one season.
So, let us dive into my crazy opinions and see what I came up with.
Hard Body Kayaks
So, let’s start with my first choice. The reason I chose this one first is due of the ease at which you can get it and that it had pretty good reviews. No matter where I searched, for the price, it was one of the best.
The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 is a basic sit-in recreational kayak. Many folks on YouTube have even modified them for fishing. They can be found at two very common places, Walmart and Amazon. I am sure that you can find them in other places as well. The price points I found ranged from $245 up to $325. The average rating I found from reviews was 4.4 Stars out of 5.
Specs for the Aruba
Length: 10′-0″ Width: 30″ Weight: 40lbs. Weight Capacity: 250lbs
So, combine the facts and this made it to number one on my list. Besides, you can get it in a few colors which makes it even more fun.
The Vibe Skipjack 90 was the next one I found to be except able for the criteria I was looking for. This just has a fun name don’t you think? Beyond that it looked pretty cool too. After doing some research, I found that the average rating on this one based on reviews was about 4.8 stars out of 5. They said that it was good for Lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. Again, these have also been used for fishing, This one is a sit-on style kayak with a general price point of $400 to $500.
Specs for the Vibe Skipjack 90
Length: 9′-0″ Width: 32″ Weight: 45lbs Weight Capacity: 300lbs
The Sun Dolphin Phoenix 10.4 is next in line. Again, this is a basic low price point kayak that is relatively easy to find. Like it’s smaller brother the Aruba, it is a sit-in style of kayak. The price starts generally at $220 up to around $350. Based on reviews it rates about 4.6 stars out of 5.
Specs for the Phoenix 10.4
Length: 10′-4″ Width: 32″ Weight: 45lbs Weight Capacity: 250lbs
The Malibu 9.5 Ocean Kayak Sit-on also made my list. It popped up in my first search and it intrigued me enough to warrant a closer look. It was the only one that I searched that came up with 5 out 5 stars according to the reviews I found. I looked not only on Amazon, but on the West Marine website and the manufacturers’ website. It is a little higher on the price point scale ranging from $550 to $600.
Some interesting details I came across on this kayak included, a stackable design, compact, straight tracking, great for waves and surf but also good on lakes and mild rivers. The hull was designed for stability and has a molded seat that is slightly elevated from the floor for comfort.
Length: 9′-6″ Width: 33″ Weight: 50lbs Weight Capacity: 325lbs
I also wanted to include a few fishing kayaks in my list. It was actually amazing to me that there were actually a few that fit my weight criteria. Now, the more stuff you mount on your kayak is ultimately going to increase that weight. So, be careful with your add ons.
First is the Lifetime Tamarack Angler 120 Fishing Kayak. Again, reasonable price point ranging from $240 to $500. This kayak I found to be very popular online. The biggest complaint was the not so comfortable seat pad that comes with the kayak. General ratings per the reviews were 4.8 stars out of 5. It is a sit-on style, which makes it ideal for fishing. The general consensus of this kayak is that it tracks well, is pretty stable and has enough storage for gear.
Specs for the Lifetime Tamarack
Length: 10′-0″ Width: 31″ Weight: 52lbs Weight Capacity: 275lbs
Finally, the Emotion Guster Sit-in Angler made the list. Again a reasonable price point of $450 to $500. These can be found at Tractor Supply, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Amazon, of course. According to the research I found, people rated it well for tracking, stability and ease of handling. I found that it ranged from 4.5 to 5 stars.
Specs for the Emotion Guster
Length: 10′-0″ Width: 30″ Weight: 49lbs Weight Capacity: 275lbs
As I mentioned before, my kayak is a 70lb kayak and I was surprised to find such great kayaks that weighed so much less than mine.
Okay, we cannot talk about lightweight kayaks and not touch on some inflatable kayaks on the market. I won’t lie, I have thought about them myself, so I was kind of excited to deep a little deeper into what is out there.
The Intex Challenger K1 is the first one on the list. This one made it to first primarily due to weight and reviews. The price point on this kayak started at about $70. It is a one man kayak but it had a crazy amount of reviews and ended up with an average of 4.4 starts out of 5.
Specs for the Intex Challenger K1
Length: 9′-0″ Width: 30″ Weight: 24lbs Weight Capacity: 220lbs
The Intex Challenger K2 made number two on the list. Like it’s smaller version the K1, it had a ton of reviews and ended with a rating of about 4.2 stars out of 5. Again great price point starting at the $90 range. Now due to this being a 2 man kayak the weight capacity is higher, but if you are a solo you can take one of the seats out and have plenty of storage for gear.
Specs for the Intex Challenger K2
Length: 11′-6″ Width: 30″ Weight: 34lbs Weight Capacity: 400lbs
The last one I decided to put on this list is the Sea Eagle SE330 Pro Solo. This kayak is in a class above the previous two due to the fact that it is built to be tough. It falls in a much higher price point starting at $260. This kayak has a general rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. It is a rugged inflatable made of 33 mil. Polykrylar. It has inflatable I-beam construction and has been used for whitewater kayaking up to class III rapids. Based on reviews that I read, this kayak only takes about 6min. to inflate and is great for fishing, paddling or river running.
Specs on the Sea Eagle SE330
Length: 11′-2″ Width: 34″ Weight: 26lbs Weight Capacity: 500lb
So, while I really like the hard body kayaks myself, I am really tempted to try one of these really fun looking inflatables. I’m going to share this really cool lady, Carol Derer, I found on YouTube with you all, because, she is an example of why I did this post. Single lady, kayak and wanting something easy to manage.
It just goes to show that you can enjoy something like kayaking, even if you are not a body builder or have someone to help you pack your gear. I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found it useful. If you have any questions or comments leave them below. If I do not know the answers I certainly will do my best to find them for you.
Until Next Time!