Kayaking | How to Choose a Kayak || REI

There’s no shortage of choices when it comes to recreational kayaks. Luckily, we can help you narrow it down. Our video will help you decide if you might want a sit-inside kayak or a sit-on-top, and whether an inflatable or folding kayak might be right for you. Check it out, then gear up and head to the water.

Come into your local REI to talk to the experts, browse kayaks and pick up accessories.

For more info on choosing a kayak, visit: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/kayak.html


  1. JW Rhyne Jr. on October 19, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    Good video! Great info! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Taco gamer on October 19, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Awsome video

  3. Smack Dab on October 19, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Really great video

  4. Salty Dog on October 19, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    A bit over-simplified. You can get long narrow fast fibreglass sit on top kayaks. Examples of brands, Stealth or Epic, (best known for ocean racing skis).

  5. julie grandbouche on October 19, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Fun fact. First time kayak owners probably wont be buying a kayak made out of either of the two materials listed. Basic info here is helpful though,

  6. Ahmad on October 19, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Great video , and very useful tips .

  7. Alsin on October 19, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    wow, why so few views and likes? Great quality, essential information. Appreciate!

  8. Christian Boechler on October 19, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    Thank you

  9. Tranquility on October 19, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    It is a great vid, informative

  10. Charleston Reiki & Well Be-ing Center on October 19, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Great information! I’ve only ever been kayaking once. I was on vacation with a friend, and we rented one that we both could sit in. It was the more open kind.

    I’ve been wanting to do this ever since again, and now I am about to move to a new home where I will have a small Salt water creek in my backyard! There is a dip in the yard leading into the salt Creek and I have been told that it is they are to be able to put a kayak in. So I have been looking at inexpensive used ones to find something that will work for me. I found one that is close by and $145. But then I started thinking, I really don’t know anything about these, and I don’t know if this one is a good choice or not.

  11. Mothball mouth on October 19, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    San Juans?

  12. Loren Rademacher on October 19, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Happy to see so many eddyline examples.

  13. James Urzykowski on October 19, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    This video explains the different types of kayak’s in less than 5 minutes. You can then review others that go into a little more depth about the advantages of one over another.

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