Lightweight Kayaks for Women

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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.


So we are going to take a look at light-weight kayaks for women. While they are not really gender specific, they are easier for us gals to handle on our own.

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 light-weight 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 light-weight 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 to 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.

Sun Dolphin Aruba 10

This 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 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.

Vibe Skipjack 90

This is the next one I found to be exceptable 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.

Specs for the Vibe Skipjack 90

Length: 9′-0″

Width: 32″

Weight: 45lbs

Weight Capacity: 300lbs

Sun Dolphin Phoenix 10.4

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. 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

Malibu 9.5 Ocean Kayak Sit-on

The Malibu 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.

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.

It just looked like a fun kayak, so I included it.

Specs for the Malibu 9.5

Length: 9′-6″

Width: 33″

Weight: 50lbs

Weight Capacity: 325lbs

Fishing Kayaks

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.

Lifetime Tamarack Angler 120 Fishing Kayak

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

Emotion Guster Sit-in Angler

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.

Inflatable Kayaks

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 dig 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!

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12 thoughts on “Lightweight Kayaks for Women”

  1. Many thanks to you for sharing such an excellent article with us .I would like to collect a lightweight kayak for my wife.And in my opinion kayaks are an interesting thing to drive.And I decided to buy a kayak for my wife from your registration and I hope to get it within my sufficient budget.Specs for the Phoenix 10.4 This is for my wife I want to purchase because it is within my reach.I will be purchasing it very soon and sharing with you new experiences later.

  2. Great post Annette, it is amazing that you came so late to paddling! Well I suppose you are really enjoying it now given the evidence of your niche website?

    I always wonder what is the best kind of kayak to start kids in; a sit on top or a sit in model and is there a particular set up that you would reccomend, for getting kids around the 7 to 8 mark started and confident on the water?

    You may have come late to it but it is our good fortune that you have become so passionate about it, thanks for posting


    • Hamish58, there are several youth style kayaks on the market. I actually watched a YouTube video produced by a young man who had just received his very own Sun Dolphin Aruba 10. Sun Dolphin also has an 8ft version. If the child is comfortable around water and they are primarily on flat calm water I think either sit-in or sit-on would work. If ou are trying to get them comfortable, I would go with the sit-in till their confidence is better. Hope that helps. Thank you for reading my articlae and leaving a comment. I would love to know if you actually get a kayak for the kids or not and how it went.

  3. Many thanks to you for sharing such an excellent article with us .My mom is 52 and she enjoyed kayaking solo a lot . Kayaks don’t have the good weight capacity I was looking for alternatives for my mom and they’ll be packed with great features everywhere, including prices  . It has quite a reputation and I found it very easy .The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 is an entertaining kayak and my mom loves fishing so bought it .And it has been very helpful to my mom and I think your article was really useful and informative. 

    Lastly, I hope your article will help women discover their Lightweight Kayaks and share their new experiences with you.

    • I am so glad that your mom loves kayaking. Do you kayak with her? I have really enjoyed my kayak so far, and after the research I did, I may look into a lighter one myself. LOL Thank you for taking the time to read my article and commenting. 

  4. I have only been kayaking one time and it was on a lake. I have been looking for a way to get my mom outside while doing something adventurous with me. I am into any outdoor activity, hiking, snowboarding, swimming, kayaking, but I have been looking for a way to connect with my mom, who is in her late 60s. If I could get her into a lightweight kayak like The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10, I think I might have an awesome kayaking partner!

    Would you have any advice or some words of wisdom to tell my mom to help convince her to get out on the water with me? Could you give me some ways to sway her into checking out a kayak like The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 or the Vibe Skipjack 90?

    • I love my kayak. Does your mom like to be outside and around water? If so, it shouldn’t be too hard to convince her to go with you. I know for me and my mom we just love to spend time together and if you convince her that you really want to spend time it should be a breeze. Let her know that there are others her age out there doing it and that there is nothing like it. Please let me know if you get her into a kayak and I really want to hear about your adventures. I know my mom plans on going out with me once the weather here is better and she is in her 70’s.

  5. Thanks for this wonderful article.

    I’ve been trying for a few days to buy a kayak for my sister to give it as a gift. Because she loves to do fishing by Kayaks. but I couldn’t buy it. Because I don’t have an idea about kayaks. But after reading your article I learned a lot about kayaks. now I can buy a kayak for my sister. Many many thanks to you. You have made a very good description of These kayaks. It really helps me a lot. You really wrote a very informative article for us.

    Once again Thank you so much.

  6. I love being on the water and I’ve been kayaking a few times in my younger days, which was immensely enjoyable.Your article is very informative and I enjoyed reading about the different kayaks.
    Being a woman a light weight inflatable kayak would be ideal.
    Many thanks for writing this interesting post.

    • Hey Lisa,
      Thanks for stopping in! I have thought about getting a light-weight inflatable to play around with. Maybe in the future. So glad you enjoyed reading the post and I hope to see you back soon.


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