Best Sit-On-Top Kayaks

Review & Comparison, Last Update January 24, 2020
Sit-on-top kayaks are, more often than not, more comfortable and accessible than most kayak types. The best sit-on-top kayaks also provide ample storage space and excellent tracking. ...Read more ...Read less
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Materials
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PROS

The two tackle holders enable quick tackle changes. You can adjust the foot braces. The construction is rugged and durable. You can use the waterproof cargo bags for hiding/storing/protecting smartphones, wallets, keys, and so on. 

CONS

Some find the paddles somewhat fiddly. 

OUR VERDICT

Vibe Kayaks Yellowfin 100 excels in the stability and maneuverability departments. It is able to track across all waters with poise and finesse, providing effortless slip-resistant performance that makes this kayak attractive to both weekend warriors and avid anglers.

detailed parameters
Type

1-person fishing/recreational kayak 

Dimensions

10 x 2.67 feet 

Max Load

375 lbs 

Materials

Rotomolded single-piece high-density polyethylene 

Extras

2 x sealed V-wave deck plates with waterproof cargo bags, 2 x tackle tray holders, rear cargo storage area, mount for fish finders, 4 x fishing rod holders, adjustable foot braces, built-in cup holder, carrying handles and paddle holders 

Accessories

Vibe Hero seat, Vibe Journey paddle 

Weight

57 lbs 

Warranty

Limited lifetime (accessories: 1 year) 

PROS

The Fortiflex™ high-density polyethylene build allows this kayak to support <500 pounds. The finish is UV-stabilized and won't start fading anytime soon. The five fishing rod holders will let you comfortably use five fishing rods at the same time. 

CONS

The kayak is relatively heavy. 

OUR VERDICT

Sun Dolphin Boss SS will be able to attract professional anglers first and foremost. The anti-slip decking will ensure the necessary stability, while the stand-assist strap will let you comfortably move without worrying about falling down. 

detailed parameters
Type

1-person fishing kayak 

Dimensions

12.3 x 2.77 feet

Max Load

500 lbs 

Materials

Fortiflex™ high-density polyethylene

Extras

Below deck storage area, rear and front cargo storage areas, 5 x fishing rod holders, adjustable foot braces, built-in cup holder, carrying handles and paddle holders 

Accessories

Seat 

Weight

78 lbs 

Warranty

Limited lifetime 

PROS

The stable flat bottom with stability chine rails and surprisingly deep tracking channels will make sure that rail-to-rail transitions remain smooth and effortless no matter what. The paddle keeper is comfortable yet reliable, so you won't have to worry about losing the paddle. 

CONS

The max load is not that impressive. 

OUR VERDICT

Lifetime Tamarack Angler Sit-On-Top Kayak is an excellent fishing kayak. Its sharp bow and tracking skegs make the kayak easy to manage. The water bottle holders will let you quickly and comfortably access drinks. The molded-in foot braces are adjustable.  

detailed parameters
Type

1-person fishing kayak 

Dimensions

10 x 2.58 feet 

Max Load

275 lbs 

Materials

High-density polyethylene

Extras

2 x deck plates with waterproof cargo bags, front and rear cargo storage area, 3 x fishing rod holders, molded-in foot braces, 2 x water bottle holders, carrying handles and paddle holders 

Accessories

Padded seat back and seat pad

Weight

52 lbs 

Warranty

5 years 

PROS

The open cockpit enables quick and easy entry. The seating area is large and spacious. The streamlined hull will let you easily track and paddle, all while making sure the kayak remains stable enough.

CONS

The seat is not especially comfortable. 

OUR VERDICT

Sun Dolphin Bali SS will be able to accommodate adults and teenagers. The kayak is lightweight and maneuvrable. Its bright paintwork will let you avoid crushes and make sure you're visible even during nighttime. 

detailed parameters
Type

1-person recreational kayak 

Dimensions

9.54 x 2.46 feet 

Max Load

250 lbs 

Materials

Fortiflex™ high-density polyethylene

Extras

Below deck storage area, rear and front cargo storage areas, adjustable foot braces, built-in cup holder, carrying handles and paddle holders 

Accessories

Padded seat back

Weight

44 lbs 

Warranty

Limited lifetime 

PROS

The hull is sleek, enabling quick and nimble tracking, letting you transition with efficiency and speed. The ergonomic backrests and cushioned seats will make sure you remain comfy and confident throughout the ride.

CONS

The V-wave deck plates are too small. 

OUR VERDICT

Vibe Kayaks Skipjack 90 comes supplied with the Vibe Journey paddle, so you'll be able to immediately go fishing without having to purchase any accessories separately. Plus, despite measuring 9 x 2.67 feet, the kayak is able to support 300 pounds. 

detailed parameters
Type

1-person fishing kayak 

Dimensions

9 x 2.67 feet 

Max Load

300 lbs 

Materials

Rotomolded single-piece high-density polyethylene 

Extras

2 x sealed V-wave deck plates with waterproof cargo bags, front and rear cargo storage areas, mount for fish finders, 4 x fishing rod holders, molded-in foot braces, built-in cup holder, carrying handles and paddle holders 

Accessories

Padded seat back and seat pad, Vibe Journey paddle

Weight

46 lbs 

Warranty

Limited lifetime (accessories: 1 year) 

Vibe Kayaks Yellowfin 100

Stability and Maneuverability

Vibe Kayaks Yellowfin 100 is as unapologetic as the company's kayaks get. There's so much here contributing to its comfort and performance that we'll try our best to briefly cover everything but make no promises.

First, the kayak smoothly tracks across all waters and through all conditions, delivering that perfect slip-resistant, open-deck platform that will be able to satisfy avid anglers and weekend warriors alike.

There are two tackle tray holders that fishing enthusiasts will find irreplaceable.

The foot braces are adjustable, so you can make them as comfortable and able to track as much track support as you want.

The supplied Vibe Hero seat contributes to the comfort cause too, along with the cup holders and comfy carry handles. The four top-loading gear tracks provide ultimate customization.

At the same time, the kayak's rotomolded single-piece high-density polyethylene makes the entire thing pretty much immune to cuts and punctures, so you can go as hard as you want without worrying about damaging the kayak.

Add to everything that we've mentioned above the two sealed V-wave deck plates with waterproof cargo bags and massive rear cargo storage area and you can easily say that the Yellowfin 100 is among the best sit-on-top kayaks out there.

Review of Vibe Kayaks Yellowfin 100 Sit-On-Top Kayak

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Sun Dolphin Boss SS

Who's the Boss?

Sun Dolphin Boss SS is pretty tremendous. Before anything else, this kayak is able to support 500 pounds, which is insane considering that the entire thing weighs less than 80 pounds.

Sure, somewhere around 78 pounds is no joke compared to most sit-on-top kayaks, making the product relatively heavy and somewhat inconvenient transportation-wise but, again, pretty lightweight considering its maximum load.

Partially, its strength is there thanks to the Fortiflex™ high-density polyethylene construction, making the kayak not only strong but also tough and durable. Also, the UV-stabilized finish will make sure you don't have to worry about the paintwork fading with time.

From the storage standpoint, the kayak comes fitted with wide below-deck storage area and rear and front cargo storage areas. These areas are spacious enough to hold everything you'd possibly need when you go fishing. There are five fishing rod holders, so you'll be able to multitask and stretch as thin as you want.

Apart from that, the Boss SS adopts adjustable foot braces, comfortable carry handles, and paddle holders, so you should have no issues with transportation, except for the aforementioned weight.

Last but not least, the built-in cup holder will enable quick and comfortable access to drinks.

Review of Sun Dolphin Boss SS Sit-On-Top Kayak

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Lifetime Tamarack Angler

Effortless Rail-to-Rail Transitions

Lifetime Tamarack Angler Sit-On-Top Kayak is among the most well-balanced SOT kayaks we've looked at.

First things first, its high-density polyethylene frame is durable and UV- and impact-resistant.

Besides that, the kayak comes housing two deck plates with waterproof cargo bags where you can store valuable items (smartphones, keys, cards, wallets, etc), keeping them safe and secure yet quickly accessible when necessary.

In addition to these bags, you'll also have access to front and rear cargo storage areas. You can put whatever you want there, from tackle to various fishing accessories.

Performance-wise, the kayak adopts this stable flat bottom with deep tracking channels and stability chine rails, so you'll be able to easily and effortlessly transition from rail to rail.

Sure, there are trade-offs here. The 275-pound maximum load is not that impressive considering the kayak's 52-pound weight and relatively standard 10- x 2.58-feet size.

Somewhat offsetting this issue from the versatility/flexibility standpoint are the molded-in foot braces that enable multiple footrest positions to accommodate different riders.

Also, there are two water bottle holders, making the kayak not only maneuverable and the most stable model within this lineup but also pretty comfortable too.

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Sun Dolphin Bali SS

The Dolphin Will Do

Sun Dolphin Bali SS is bright, not necessarily its biggest selling point, but we like it when recreational kayaks are sporting bright paintworks since you won't have to worry about being seen and recognized in low-light conditions.

What is this touring kayak's biggest selling point then? Well, its open cockpit is probably up there, enabling quick and easy entry. The SOT kayak's hull is probably up there too, allowing you to track and paddle with effortless ease, all while offering excellent stability.

What's not up there though is the seat. Since there are no seat pads, the available seat is not that comfortable, probably the product's biggest flaw.

On the bright side, the kayak weighs 44 pounds, meaning that this thing is extremely lightweight. Add to that the padded carry handles and this is easily the best sit-on-top kayak on this list from the transportation standpoint. You can even go camping and bring this kayak with you.

Apart from that, the adjustable foot braces will make this kayak comfortable for all fishing enthusiasts, without having to take these people's height into account.

Finally, the kayak comes housing ample below-deck storage area as well as rear and front cargo storage areas, so you'll be able to bring with you as many accessories as you want, making sure that the entire trip is enjoyable and comfortable.

Review of Sun Dolphin Bali SS Sit-On-Top Kayak

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Vibe Kayaks Skipjack 90

Fishing and Vibing

Vibe Kayaks Skipjack 90 looks slick and stylish, which is not something we can say about most SOT kayaks. Before anything else, its sleek hull enables fast and nimble tracking, so you'll be able to ride with speed and efficiency.

The backrests are ergonomic and the seats are cushioned, meaning you can seat inside this kayak all day long without experiencing any discomfort in these areas.

At the same time, the carry handles are padded and molded, enabling easy and comfortable relocation. Add to that the kayak's 46-pound weight and you can purchase this thing without worrying about transportation.

You should probably worry about the V-wave deck plates though. Measuring six inches diagonally, these plates are relatively small, so you won't be able to stuff the supplied waterproof cargo bags with as many items as you'd probably want.

On the upside, the front and rear storage areas come fitted with bungee tie-downs, so you'll be able to hide stuff there too without worrying about its safety.

All things considered, Vibe Kayaks Skipjack 90 will be able to tussle with the most expensive sit-on-top kayaks. In addition to everything else, the quick-reach fishing rod holders will let you easily access the fishing rods.

Review of Vibe Kayaks Skipjack 90 Sit-On-Top Kayak

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What Is a Sit-On-Top Kayak?

Sit-on-top kayaks, also known to as SOT kayaks, are these kayaks that let you comfortably sit basically atop them rather than sliding the feet inside the deck. Seems pretty straightforward, right?

More often than not, these kayaks incorporate much larger cockpits compared to standard tandem kayaks, so you can quickly and easily get inside and get out.

Apart from that, these kayaks are as adaptable and diverse as most. Sometimes, they come equipped with sleek hulls and bows, which is great since these do not make them uncomfortable (which is not something you can say about standard kayaks since you're sitting inside them and experience that size/design difference) and make sure the kayaks are maneuverable and easy to manage through various lakes and rivers (even as far as beginners are concerned).

Besides that, you have the same solutions/constructions that all kayaks are sometimes fitted with, from cup holders to fishing rod holders. More often than not, SOT kayaks come equipped with adjustable foot braces, so that you're able to select the model without taking your height into account.

These fishing reels will work wonders together with SOT kayaks since these kayaks are, more often than not, awesome for angle fishing.

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Publish Date: 2020-01-24 13:43:31