Best Tandem Kayaks

Review & Comparison, Last Update January 24, 2020
Tandem kayaks will let you go fishing, cruising, paddling, and touring various demanding waters. The best tandem kayaks will keep you comfortable yet maximize speed and performance. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
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Load Capacity
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Hull Weight
Warranty
 
PROS

The airtight storage compartments will be able to keep keys, wallets, phones, cards, and other items like that safe and secure. The cup holders will make drinks comfortably accessible. The rod holders are adjustable, able to accommodate most fishing rods. 

CONS

The kayak is quite heavy.

OUR VERDICT

Elkton Outdoors Tandem Fishing Kayak is pretty much indestructible. Its rotomolded body is as resistant against cracking or puncturing as these kayaks get. The 650-pound loud capacity will be able to support two burly men and many different accessories/gear pieces. 

detailed parameters
Type

Solid

Dimensions

12.2 x 3 ft 

Load Capacity

650 lbs 

Extras

Dry storage compartment, Two gear storage areas, Two adjustable rod holders, Center platform, Cup holders 

Supply Package

2 adjustable EVA padded high-back seats, 2 double-sided paddles, Bungee cords

Hull Weight

72 lbs 

Warranty

1 year 

PROS

The 34-inch beam will make sure the kayak is balanced even when you go into swift currents and choppy waters. The paddle barks ensure you don't lose the paddles. The paintwork makes the kayak visible even in low-light conditions. 

CONS

The back support is underwhelming. 

OUR VERDICT

BKC TK219 will be able to match professional anglers' demands and make complete newbies comfortable enough too. In this kayak, you can go fishing without worrying about anything. The construction is rugged enough to survive most waters. 

detailed parameters
Type

Solid

Dimensions

12.2 x 2.8 ft 

Load Capacity

440 lbs 

Extras

UV protection, 4 flush-mount and 2 adjustable kayak fishing rod holders, Elastic bungee cords, 20-liter rear cargo compartment, Front waterproof storage 

Supply Package

2 double-sided paddles, 2 soft padded seats

Hull Weight

68 lbs 

Warranty

5 years against defects in workmanship and/or materials, 1 year on parts and accessories 

PROS

The high-volume side tubes promote uncompromising stability and excellent buoyancy. The kayak's rocker profile and pointed nose entry make choppy waters as acceptable as calm waters. The fins are deep and removable, producing responsive tracking. 

CONS

The kayak is pretty short. 

OUR VERDICT

Driftsun Voyager is the best tandem kayak for those people who're looking to cruise, paddle, and explore rivers, lakes, and streams but are unable to store/transport those massive, expensive, hard-shell kayaks. 

detailed parameters
Type

Inflatable

Dimensions

10 x 2.9 ft 

Load Capacity

450 lbs 

Extras

Removable tracking skeg, Rear drain plug, Bungee storage, Splash guard, Reinforced carry handles

Supply Package

2 adjustable EVA padded seats, 2 aluminum kayak paddles with ergonomic grip handles, Deluxe double-action hand pump, Travel bag, Repair kit

Hull Weight

27 lbs 

Warranty

1 year 

PROS

The tri-hull construction will make sure the kayak remains stable enough tackling moderate waves and cruising through calm rivers. The overlapping foot wells will enable comfortable foot bracing for center-seated paddlers. 

CONS

The paddles are not included. 

OUR VERDICT

Ocean Kayak Malibu Tandem Recreational Kayak will make sure you're comfortable before anything else. You'll have no issues maneuvering and managing this kayak. You'll be able to quickly and easily get inside and get off. 

detailed parameters
Type

Solid

Dimensions

12 x 2.8 ft 

Load Capacity

425 lbs 

Extras

Molded-in seat wells, Gear straps, Patented overlapping foot wells, Dry storage, Side carry handles, Skid plate, Bow/stern toggle handles, Screw-in drain plug

Supply Package

2 Comfort Plus seat backs

Hull Weight

57 lbs 

Warranty

Lifetime warranty on the hull 

PROS

The high-pressure inflation system ensures exceeding rigidity and awesome stability. The mounting bracket is removable and adjustable. It will be able to hold anything from GPS systems to fish finders. 

CONS

The load capacity is not that great. 

OUR VERDICT

Intex Excursion Pro K2 will allow you to fishing/kayaking pretty much anywhere you want. The removable skegs enable you to traverse the deepest, most shallow waters. Incorporating high-strength laminate PVC and polyester core, this kayak is lightweight yet basically immune to abrasions, impacts, and sunlight.

detailed parameters
Type

Inflatable

Dimensions

12.6 x 3.08 ft

Load Capacity

400 lbs 

Extras

2 specially designed removable skegs, 2 floor-mounted footrests, 2 recessed fishing rod holders, Removable and adjustable mounting bracket for accessories (GPS systems, fish finders, swivel fishing rod holders, etc.), Grab handles, Storage space in bow and stern with D-rings

Supply Package

2 adjustable bucket seats, Inflatable booster pad for elevated seating, 2 double-sided 86" aluminum oars, High-output pump, Carry bag, Repair patch

Hull Weight

43.57 lbs 

Warranty

90-day limited warranty 

Elkton Outdoors Tandem

Virtually Indestructible

Elkton Outdoors Tandem Fishing Kayak is as mean and unapologetic as these kayaks get.

Fitted with this rotomold-injected body, you won't have to worry about this thing cracking or puncturing. The "fishing" part in the name there is represented by these two adjustable rod holders that will accommodate and hold most fishing rods.

Generally speaking, this kayak is as well-thought-out as complete as fishing kayaks get. There's a designated platform for ice chests, so you won't have to leave anything at the shore while using this kayak. There are also two airtight dry storage compartments where you can put various items without worrying about them getting wet.

The sizable cup holders will be able to accept most cups, keeping them secure and accessible. At the same time, the adjustable EVA-padded high-back seats will make sure you remain as comfortable as humanly possible while fishing.

Last but not least, the kayak comes fitted with two carry handles that enable convenient transportation, which is important since this thing weighs 72 pounds, pretty heavy compared to most tandem kayaks.

That being said, considering how tough and rugged this kayak is, the weight makes sense, meaning that this product doesn't really have any major drawbacks.

Review of Elkton Outdoors Tandem Fishing Kayak

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BKC TK219

Professional Angling

BKC TK219 will make both experienced anglers and complete beginners comfortable and pretty much satisfied. First and foremost, this kayak comes equipped with paddle barks, so you won't have to worry about losing the provided paddles. These elastic bungee cords make sure to keep the paddles firm and secure, letting you focus on paddling and fishing rather than worrying about paddles.

The kayak remains balanced even when tackling choppy waters and swift currents courtesy of the 34-inch beam. The beam promotes the stability that's necessary when you want to go fishing without taking the conditions into account.

The soft, padded seats are pretty comfortable. The back support is limited and underwhelming though, so you won't be able to rest the entire back against the seats.

The kayak looks pretty awesome, stylish and streamlined. The paintwork is great and it will remain this way thanks to the fade-resistant finish.

There's waterproof storage to the kayak's front side. You can (and probably should) put keys, phones, and wallets there.

Add to everything we've described above the four flush-mounted rod holders and two adjustable holders and you can see why this tandem kayak is so popular among professional anglers.

Review of BKC TK219 Tandem Fishing Kayak

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Driftsun Voyager

Voyage Into Choppy Waters

Considering the affordable price tag, Driftsun Voyager makes very little compromises. Some might find this 10-feet kayak somewhat short but there are very few people who'll find its length uncomfortable. You should be able to inflate this thing within ~five minutes using the supplied high-flow, double-action hand pump.

When deflated the kayak measures 26 x 16 x 8 inches, so you'll have no issues stuffing this thing inside the provided bag. Plus, the kayak weighs 27 pounds, meaning one person will be able to easily carry this model.

Generally speaking, inflatable kayaks are not that dependable but that's not the case here. Incorporating this rugged, heavy-duty PVC Tarpaulin bottom, the kayak is surprisingly resistant to punctures. while the double-threaded Boston valves won't leak and the 840D coated nylon Oxford fabric top cover will remain rip- and tear-resistant.

Pivoting towards the kayak's performance, first, there's its rocker profile and pointed nose entry (bow) that ensures you can go into choppy waters. The removable deep fin secures responsive tracking. The adjustable EVA-padded seats make sure you remain comfortable. Last but not least, the splash guards will keep the goods/accessories nice and dry, making this kayak as complete as inflatable kayaks come.

Review of Driftsun Voyager Tandem Inflatable Kayak

 

Ocean Kayak Malibu

Inviting and Non-Confining

Ocean Kayak Malibu Tandem Recreational Kayak will be able to support freshwater ambitions and ocean adventures alike. Its tri-hull construction will be able to provide the necessary stability to tackle moderate waves and cruise through calm rivers. At the same time, the company's trademark overlapping foot wells make sure that center-seated paddlers are able to settle in and brace their feet as comfortably as possible.

Generally speaking, there's not much here that we haven't seen from this company before. The screw-in drain plugs are there, which is great since they can be important during emergency leakage situations. The skid plates are present too.

Before anything else, what separates this product from most tandem kayaks is the inviting, non-confining open cockpit. As you'd imagine, this design solution is awesome for people who love kayaking but don't necessarily care for standard closed hulls.

Besides that, the gear straps will make sure you don't lose anything important to the trip. Meanwhile, the dry storage compartments will let you hide fragile items.

All things considered, though this product might attract experienced kayaking enthusiasts, we'd probably recommend this tandem kayak to novices first and foremost.

Review of Ocean Kayak Malibu Tandem Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak

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Intex Excursion Pro K2

Conquer Deep and Shallow Waters

Intex Excursion Pro K2 is affordable first and foremost. Generally speaking, these budget inflatable kayaks are not that great but that's not necessarily the case here.

Sure, the product has its weak points. Before anything else, its 400-pound maximum load capacity won't be able to support two heavy paddlers. On the bright side, this thing is more tough and durable than you'd expect.

The laminate PVC and polyester core make this kayak lightweight yet very much resistant against abrasions, impacts, and sunlight. Its high-pressure inflation facilities ensure excellent rigidity and reliable stability, while the high-pressure spring-loaded valves enable quick and easy inflation and deflation.

The two removable skegs that come supplied with this kayak will let you conquer deep and shallow waters. At the same time, the two floor-mounted footrests will keep you comfortable and productive.

Finally, there's this nice removable and adjustable mounting bracket that lets you attach different accessories like GPS systems, fish finders, rod holders, and more to the kayak.

Bottom line, though pretty affordable, Intex Excursion Pro K2 packs enough to make this kayak versatile and adaptable to various scenarios.

Review of Intex Excursion Pro K2 Tandem Inflatable Fishing Kayak

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What Is a Tandem Kayak?

Tandem kayaks are kayaks designed to accommodate two paddlers. Makes sense, right?

That being said, what we have here is an ambiguous term. Tandem kayaks can support anywhere between ~400 and ~650 pounds, meaning that there are kayaks that might not even be able to hold two big men but also there are kayaks that will easily support them and countless accessories.

Tandem models include both inflatable and solid/rigid/hard-shell kayaks, so you should probably read up on the differences between them and these kayaks' respective advantages and disadvantages.

More often than not, modern, half-decent tandem models come fitted with dry storage compartments where you can hide items like keys, wallets, smartphones, etc. Sometimes, these kayaks are equipped with cup holders to make drinks always accessible.

Other than that, there are various differences between different models, including the platform, paddles, seats, holders, and so on, so we would definitely recommend carefully reading the reviews to figure out the right kayak.

Oftentimes, tandem kayaks are excellent family-time fishing kayaks, so you can also look into these fishing lines and fishing rods.

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Publish Date: 2020-01-24 08:36:40