Best Kayaks of 2020

When shopping for the best kayak of 2020, it's astounding how many options there are. The best kayak for you is dependent on your level of experience and performance needs. Below are 10 of this year's best kayaks that cover everything from kayak fishing kayaks to touring kayaks to folding kayaks!

This year's best kayaks:

Check out details, reviews, and specs on each of these 2020 kayaks below. But these are just a handful, so if you want to do a full deep dive, be sure to check out the kayak gear guide.

Best Kayaks of 2020

Sea Ghost 130

by: Vibe Kayaks

Venture farther in the Vibe Sea Ghost 130 angler kayak. From unmatched hull stability, and superior tracking, the Sea Ghost 130 angler kayak can handle waters from rivers to surf. Along with rigging and storage options that anglers demand, the Sea Ghost 130 includes a rudder, that saves energy on long paddles, windy days or in strong currents.

Sea Ghost 130 Features:

  • Dual position Vibe Hero seat
  • 4 Vibe Phantom Grip carrying handles
  • Built-in cup holder
  • Comfortable, adjustable foot braces
  • Pre-installed toe controlled rudder system
  • 2 flush mount fishing rod holders
  • 4 Integrated, top-loading gear tracks
  • Fishfinder transducer port with mounting points and protective lid
  • Fast access bow paddle park
  • 2 side bungee paddle parks
  • 8" sealed V-Wave deck plate with waterproof cargo bag insert
  • Large sealed V-Wave bow hatch with waterproof cargo bag insert]
  • Rear cargo storage area with bungee tie down
  • 2 tackle tray holders: Fits PLANO™ 3600 tackle tray
  • Vibe Versa Console
  • 10 scupper holes (plugs included)
  • Replaceable skid plate

Sea Ghost 130 Reviews

Wahoo 10.5

by: Kaku Kayak

New 10.5 Wahoo. Designed for Kayak Fisherman wanting a compact yak without giving up performance, comfort or versatility. Top Load Gear Track, Aluminum Chair, Micro Powerpole integrated mounting.

Wahoo 10.5 Reviews

Sentinel 100XR Angler

by: Pelican International

The SENTINEL Recreational Sit-on-top Collection is ideal for the paddler looking to enjoy a stable and relaxing kayaking experience during the warm season on calm or slow moving waters. The SENTINEL 100X ANGLER is specifically designed for the experienced fisherman looking to try kayak fishing. Measuring 9'6"" and weighing only 44 lb, the SENTINEL 100X ANGLER is incredibly easy to transport and store. Read More >

Sentinel 100XR Angler Features:

  • 2 accessory eyelets
  • 2 paddle tie-downs
  • Adjustable ERGOFORM™ backrest with seat cushion
  • Adjustable footrests
  • Carrying handles
  • Drain plug
  • Flush mount rod holders
  • Molded carrying handles
  • Smart phone holder
  • Storage platform with mesh deck cover
  • Console with injected cover
  • Storage platform with ExoPak

Sentinel 100X Angler Reviews

Mirage Compass

by: Hobie

Simplicity defined, its time-tested MirageDrive pedal system with Glide Technology and new Kick-Up Fins moves you easily through the water. Patented Kick-Up Fin Technology takes the worry out of kayaking in shallow, structure-filled waters by automatically retracting upon impact. Outfitted with a breathable mesh seat, the Compass offers maximum stability and an oversized cockpit and flat deck for standing. Read More >

Mirage Compass Reviews

Bay ST

by: Oru Kayak

The original Oru Kayak that's withstood the test of time. Launched on Kickstarter, sold by retailers around the world, and in the permanent collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Stable enough for beginners, while fast and sporty for expert kayakers. Plenty of room to stash gear for day trips and short camping excursions. Transforming it from box to boat takes just a few minutes.

Bay ST Features:

  • Comfortable foam seat and fully-adjustable backrest
  • Easy-to-close watertight seams
  • 2 rubber deck straps for extra gear
  • Easy-to-adjust footrest
  • Reinforced cockpit for easy entry
  • Pair of bulkheads for extra rigidity
  • Simple and intuitive strap and buckle closure system
  • Fits standard spray skirts (size medium)

Bay ST Reviews

TRAK 2.0

by: TRAK Kayak

Meet the TRAK 2.0; the extremely durable, seaworthy, 16 ft portable kayak. After working with paddlers worldwide, we engineered the Ultimate Touring Kayak. The 2.0 is a tough, light, and versatile kayak that can be paddled in any water conditions. Its 10 min set-up and travel bag system allows you to get it around with ease. As a portable craft built for kayakers, it is now the world's most crowdfunded.

TRAK 2.0 Features:

  • TRAK 2.0 Sea Sock (Box-end for more room + frame clips)
  • Flexhaul Backpack Harness
  • Adjustable Hip Pads
  • Rough Water Thigh Braces
  • Expedition Grade Gear Floatation Bags

TRAK 2.0 Reviews

Delta 14

by: Delta Kayaks

Designed to paddle in any conditions, the Delta 14 is a versatile touring kayak ideal for multi-day adventures and day trips alike. Its long waterline and moderate V-shaped hull provide an impressive combination of speed and stability that will inspire confidence in both new and experienced paddlers. Easy to handle on or off the water, this lightweight thermoformed kayak is packed with features, including the proprietary multi-position Contour II Seat System, a solid rudder, and loads of storage accessed via three Press-Lock hatches.

Delta 14 Reviews

Titan Propel 10.5

by: Native Watercraft

The Titan model has proven itself to be a bass fishing kayak extraordinaire. With the 10.5’ model, the Titan can more easily be transported in a truck bed while offering many of the same features as the 13.5’ model. All Titan models feature Plastifoam technology which adds flotation for safety and increased stiffness for performance. Read More >

Manta Ray Features:

  • 7 carry handles
  • Power-pole/Micro anchor mounting area
  • 2 paddle holders
  • Dry hatch stern storage
  • 2 horizontal rod holders
  • Sliding seat system
  • 2 molded cup holders
  • Flush-mounted rod holder
  • Rudder System
  • Under seat storage tray
  • 2 anti-slip pads
  • 2 groove tracks
  • Bow hatch for storage
  • Propel pedal drive system

Titan Propel 10.5 Reviews

Eddyline's best selling Skylark doesn't stray far from the company's touring kayak roots. The 12 foot Skylark has abundant stability and a roomy fit, yet retains the efficiency to keep up with longer boats. Hatches and bulkheads bow and stern for safety and storage convenience. This versatile boat fits many paddlers and is easy to move both in and out of the water.

Poseidon Features:

  • Optional installed rudder
  • Optional thigh braces

Skylark Reviews


by: Advanced Elements

The AdvancedFrame® is a hybrid of a folding frame kayak and an inflatable kayak. Utilizing built-in aluminum ribs in the bow and stern, it slices through water like a knife and rivals the trackability of hard-shell kayaks. The stern acts as a skeg, increasing the tracking performance. It uses extremely durable materials in a 3-layer construction and features many high-end components. There is plenty of on-board storage room for extended trips. It sets up in just a few minutes and is compact enough to take along on a weekend adventure.

AdvancedFrame Reviews

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