Kayaks, Canoes & Rafts

Whether you use kayaks, canoes, & rafts for recreational, touring, or fishing activities, you will need a trusty equipment with you. We at Sumoshop.com understand how crucial it is to have a sturdy boating equipment, regardless if you ride the rapids or simply drift down a river on a lazy afternoon. This is why you can find boating equipment and accessories on our selection, including kayak rod holders, canoe carrier kits, stand up paddleboards, and more.

The question is, how do you choose a reliable equipment?

Product Types

To choose the right boating equipment, let’s first understand the distinction between a kayak, canoe, and raft. 

  • Kayak – kayaks have a smaller body than canoes, not to mention they are covered with a deck. There’s a hole in the center where you have to position yourself and maneuver the kayak using a double-bladed paddle. Due to this, you can maintain a fairly stable balance than you would in a canoe.
  • Canoe – a canoe is light, small, and often narrow. It is propelled with the use of single-bladed paddles. To maneuver a canoe, you will need to sit on the supports or kneel in its hull. Unlike a kayak, canoes are known for being unstable (but I think that makes them more fun, albeit rather dangerous in the rapids).
  • Raft – compared to kayaks and canoes, a raft doesn’t have a hull. It floats because it’s buoyant, not due to water displacement which is the case with the other two. It’s typically used for recreational purposes and is maneuvered using a single-bladed paddle.

Now that you’ve learned the distinction between the three of them, you should decide which type of construction you want: natural or man-made.

Kayaks are mostly made of plastic, making them light and extremely affordable. Also, kayaks that are intended for whitewater rafting are made using an extremely durable type of plastic.

Canoes are made often of wood, but modern versions now use aluminum and fiberglass, thereby making them lightweight and more appropriate for river travel. Rafts, on the other hand, is made from any buoyant material that helps keep it afloat. Most inflatable rafts nowadays are made of flexible PVC plastic.

Buying Guide

At this point, you’ve already learned about the differences between the three. More likely, you already have decided on which one to purchase. But before anything else, considering these factors will help you make an informed decision.

1. Length

The length plays a role in your equipment’s stability and speed. For example, a longer kayak will perform better while offshore but may require some features like rudders for easy control. Meanwhile, shorter versions are fairly easy to maneuver, thus making them the most popular option for paddlers, especially newbies.

2. Width

Another factor that can affect stability and maneuverability is width. A wider equipment might be ideal for fishing or when bringing additional stuff with you, but it will be a lot harder to maneuver. Narrower versions tend to be a lot faster, easier to maneuver, and more stable.

3. Color

Color doesn’t really affect performance. But if you think a more vivid hue travels a lot faster, then why not? Instead, it will affect how much you love your new equipment. It’s not really a priority, but it can have an effect on how long your equipment will last (if you love the color, you’ll definitely take more care of it).

4. Weight

Obviously, the heavier the equipment, the slower and harder it will be to maneuver, not to mention hauling it out of the water. Also, each equipment has its own carrying capacity, so go for a product that can carry your precious gears, especially when you go touring.

With the right choice of kayaks, canoes, & rafts, going for an adventure in a nearby river is a lot more exciting. Here at Sumoshop.com, we don’t just offer boating equipment, we also have a number of accessories in our selection. Shop now!

Kayaks, Canoes & Rafts

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