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Best Sit On Top Kayaks of 2021

Here are the 10 best Sit on Top Kayaks for 2021 as paddled, tested, and reviewed by the largest paddlesports community out there!

SOTs and their wide, open cockpits make for the most stable and comfortable kayaks you'll find. Not only is there plenty of room for you to sit and move around, they also come with great storage options with hatches and bungees.

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Best Sit On Top Kayaks of 2021

  1. Sea Ghost 130 by Vibe Kayaks, LLC
  2. Caribbean 12 by Eddyline Kayaks
  3. Wahoo 12.5 by Kaku Kayak
  4. Caribbean 14 by Eddyline Kayaks
  5. Scupper 14 by Swell Watercraft
  6. Tarpon 100 by Wilderness Systems
  7. Coupe XP by Liquidlogic Kayaks
  8. Mako 10 by Riot Kayaks
  9. Mirage® Outback by Hobie
  10. Tribe 9.5 by Perception

1. Sea Ghost 130

13'
Length
33"
Width (in)
75
Weight (lb)
$999.99
MSRP

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.

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • 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

4.8 out of 5 stars
(46 Consumer Reviews)

I bought a Sea Ghost 130 in…

I bought a Sea Ghost 130 in 2016. Great yak!!! Back then it was only $799.

Outstanding fishing kayak.…

Outstanding fishing kayak. Very stable. Lots of extras for the price. Customer service is great as I lost a screw and plastic spacer from the seat and they got me the replace… read full review

The first Kayak I have been…

The first Kayak I have been on the water in for at least 45 years. To say I was a little nervous is an understatement. This kayak has been amazing for the past 6 months. Stab… read full review

2. Caribbean 12

12'
Length
30"
Width (in)
45
Weight (lb)
$1,499
MSRP

Highly stable and lightweight, the Caribbean 12 has an efficient hull design that provides exceptional tracking. The comfortable Cloud 10 seat sits high for comfort and visibility. You might also check out the Caribbean 12FS which features a removable frame seat –equally comfortable while paddling and as your camp chair. The Caribbean 12 includes a large front hatch, the center day hatch and rear hatch give easy access to most of the interior space. The cockpit features adjustable foot braces, handy gear bucket, and and an abundance of mounting surfaces.

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • Optional installed rudder
  • Footwell pads
  • Front hatch liner
  • Stern tankwell cover

Caribbean 12 Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
(25 Consumer Reviews)

This is a great kayak! Very…

This is a great kayak! Very stable, tracks well, easy to manage at 45 pounds. The quality of these is unsurpassed.

I LOVE my Carribean 12 kayak.…

I LOVE my Carribean 12 kayak. I got mine this summer. I traded my sea kayak for this one and I am extremely please. Not only it looks great, it is light, very comfortable, ro… read full review

These are awesome kayaks!! I…

These are awesome kayaks!! I was fortunate to get my Caribbean 12 when it still included the turtle top cover for the stern. Chris at The Kayak Fishing Store, then in N. Wild… read full review

3. Wahoo 12.5

12' 5"
Length
33"
Width (in)
74
Weight (lb)
$1,099
MSRP

The new Wahoo boasts a 12.5' long by 33" wide incredibly stable design. With a roomy open cockpit design, including adjustable foot pegs and aluminum top load gear tracks, you’ll have full control guide this highly versatile yak to your local fishing hole. The lightweight aluminum frame seat will keep you comfortable while you fish and the the rear tie down system will keep your gear secure for that "Big One!" The new Wahoo is rudder and micro power pole ready (not included), so feel free to customize after purchase.

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Wahoo 12.5 Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
(17 Consumer Reviews)

The Kaku Wahoo 12.5 is as…

The Kaku Wahoo 12.5 is as good as all the reviews I have read on it. My Wahoo 12.5 is as stable as any SOT I have had and test paddled. I tested many of the more hyped bran… read full review

Kayak is as advertised. …

Kayak is as advertised. Incredibly stable. Widest point of the kayak is below the waterline (side to side gunnels are narrower than the bottom of the hull). I believe … read full review

I have paddled 3 of the 4…

I have paddled 3 of the 4 Kaku boats, all except the wahoo 10.5. They are all great boats and very stable and well made. I rented them several times before buying both the … read full review

4. Caribbean 14

14'
Length
29"
Width (in)
50
Weight (lb)
$1,699
MSRP

Highly stable and lightweight, the Caribbean 14 has an efficient hull design that provides exceptional tracking. The comfortable Cloud 10 seat sits high for comfort and visibility. The large front hatch, the center day hatch and rear hatch give easy access to most of the interior space. The cockpit features adjustable foot braces, handy gear bucket, and and an abundance of mounting surfaces.

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Advanced
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Advanced

Additional Attributes

  • Optional installed rudder
  • Footwell pads
  • Front hatch liner

Caribbean 14 Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
(12 Consumer Reviews)

I picked this kayak up at REI…

I picked this kayak up at REI in Troy, MI, August 8, and have paddled it 30 days since then, over 130 miles in local lakes. I’ve been very happy with my purchase. I’m nearly … read full review

I absolutely love this kayak.…

I absolutely love this kayak. I specifically bought this boat because it is light enough to portage in the BWCA with out any problems and it is easily set up to fish out of. … read full review

Fantastic Kayak. So much…

Fantastic Kayak. So much capability. Easy to paddle, tracks straight and true. Light and easy to lift on and off the truck. Two of these Kayaks are so light I still have capa… read full review

5. Scupper 14

14' 1"
Length
25.5"
Width (in)
64
Weight (lb)
$1,149
MSRP

The world’s first sit-on-top with foot wells below waterline delivers an amazing combination of speed, comfort, safety and stability that makes long paddling trips easy. You get a smooth stroke that never hits your knees. Glide like you’ve never felt before. You get more miles, and longer days on the water. Featuring our patented “Scupper Valve” that drains the cockpit if you take water on. Got waves? The Scupper shreds them. No matter what your adventure-fishing, diving, touring, surfing, sailing or camping-the Scupper abides.

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Scupper 14 Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(22 Consumer Reviews)

I am happy with my…

I am happy with my purchase. The kayak responds is very good, stable and quite fast. For me is the new technology in kayak 2021.

It is a lot of fun and very…

It is a lot of fun and very fast. It is heavy and akward for me to carry, but I am 50 years old. Sandtrax cartwheels handle it nicely. I am 6'4", and have plenty of leg room … read full review

These are great boats! I…

These are great boats! I purchased 2 Scupper 14s for paddling around Puget sound and area lakes. I previously had the ocean kayak sit in tops but wanted something that travel… read full review

6. Tarpon 100

10'
Length
30.5"
Width (in)
55
Weight (lb)
$747
MSRP

Versatile sit-on-top offers stunning performance for surf play, ponds, lakes, and bays. Larger tankwell boasts even more capacity than previous 14-foot models.

  • Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Tarpon 100 Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
(94 Consumer Reviews)

I LOVE this kayak. It cuts…

I LOVE this kayak. It cuts thru the water like a breeze, has plenty of so far waterproof storage, is really stable and has a comfortable seat. I love having adjustable footpe… read full review

Has the most comfortable seat…

Has the most comfortable seat and storage lids are great at sealing out water and easy to open and close. Love this kayak

had a go sea kayak from new…

had a go sea kayak from new and sold it within two days. then bought tarpon 100 and its like mini to rolls royce

7. Coupe XP

10'
Length
30"
Width (in)
50
Weight (lb)
$789
MSRP

Versatility is the name of the game these days when it comes to getting your money's worth and the Coupe offers it up in large doses. This one-of-a-kind hybrid design is fun, stable, easy to paddle and is as comfortable on rivers and lakes as it is riding your favorite ocean break. The Coupe is the choice when looking for one sit on top that can and will do it all. The Coupe's hull is whitewater ready with soft edges for easy control and the bow is upswept allowing the Coupe to ride up and over river features as well as staying high and dry when taken in the surf zone. On quiet waters such as lakes and bays the Coupe transforms to a touring sit-on-top with a flick of the lever deploying its spring loaded skeg; a feature not found on any other sit-on-top kayak. With the Deluxe Wedge seat and the Tag Along Wheel now standard on every boat plus the additional available accessories like the padded Thigh Straps, the Coupe offers up unparalleled comfort and control.

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Coupe XP Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
(24 Consumer Reviews)

It's everything they say!…

It's everything they say! Truly fits the hybrid niche, white water, lakes or ocean.

Coupe

Finally found the perfect kayak! This review was originally posted on liquidlogickayaks.com and was re-posted with permission.

Coupe 2018 - Water in the seat

We love the overall stability and action of the kayak, however, we didn't realize water would get into the seat cushion area. We went camping at a mountain lake this past wee… read full review

8. Mako 10

10' 4.4"
Length
35"
Width (in)
65.5
Weight (lb)
$1,199.99
MSRP

Updated for 2020, the Mako 10 SOTs all come with the new Impulse Drive pedal system, as well as in an angler version with Impulse Drive.

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Mako 10 Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
(18 Consumer Reviews)

We purchased this for my…

We purchased this for my mother when she was diagnosed with Cancer for therapy. She loves it on the open water. It has been magnificent in how it's handled both in the lake a… read full review

Got to try my buddies Mako…

Got to try my buddies Mako 10. At 6'2" and 205 lbs. I was a bit concerned about stability. Stability was great, handling excellent. A very nice kayak!

What i love about the Mako…

What i love about the Mako 10 is its ease of use. It's easy to get into and out of. The seat is comfortable and there is ample leg room even for taller people. I really lo… read full review

9. Mirage® Outback

by Hobie
12' 9"
Length
34"
Width (in)
85
Weight (lb)
$2,949
MSRP

Hobie accomplished the impossible – they improved the world’s #1 pedal fishing kayak to make it truly legendary. With the first major redesign of the best-selling Mirage Outback in over a decade, Hobie has single-handedly advanced the sport of kayak fishing. This fully-loaded fishing machine is built for every conceivable fishing expedition, whether you’re prowling the ocean for monster gamefish or stalking bass in your favorite freshwater fishing hole. The extra-wide standing deck offers an improved casting platform and convenient vantage point for sight fishing, allowing for superior vision from above while the revolutionary Guardian Transducer Shield gives you multidimensional vision below. The new Vantage CTW seat provides extra width for unmatched room and comfort. Four molded-in rod holders, multiple deluxe H-Track mounts, and numerous high-capacity storage compartments ensure that all of your gear is at your fingertips. Powered by the MirageDrive 180 with ARC Cranks + Kick-Up Turbo Fins – now standard on all Outbacks – this fine-tuned angling vessel is highly versatile, fast, quiet, and exceedingly nimble. Now featuring the Kick-Up Rudder system with dual steering capabilities, combating drift and navigating tight water has never been easier. While the classic Outback was a legend, the all-new Outback is truly legendary.

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Mirage® Outback Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
(45 Consumer Reviews)

Outstanding design and…

Outstanding design and attention to deal. Well appointed with tie-on rails and hatches for a full day of fishing. Improved propeller fin design sold me on this kayak.

Sturdy hull. Will float if…

Sturdy hull. Will float if flipped. Several hatches. Outback is 34" wide, stable but slow. 16' Adventure is 29" wide & fast; 13'11" Revolution is 30" wide & medium-fast. Husb… read full review

I found it to be a stable…

I found it to be a stable performer - well suited for my requirements.

10. Tribe 9.5

9' 5"
Length
31.25"
Width (in)
46
Weight (lb)
$509
MSRP

The perfect sit-on-top for price-conscious paddlers who love the active lifestyle.

The Tribe 9.5 is an affordable, easy-going, great looking sit-on-top that performs terrifically in light surf, but is also speedy and maneuverable on flat water and lazy rivers. With side handles built-in, plus additional bow and stern handles, carrying and car topping is a breeze.

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner

Additional Attributes

  • Comfort Seating System (CSS)
  • High Back Sit-on-top Seat
  • Molded-In Foot Wells
  • 6" Deck Plate w/Catbag
  • Tankwell with Bungee
  • Molded-In Side Handles
  • Soft Touch Handles
  • Skid Plate
  • Hatch Centerpoint Marked
  • Stackable
  • Self-Bailing Scupper Holes

Tribe 9.5 Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
(23 Consumer Reviews)

Love this boat! Really. I'm…

Love this boat! Really. I'm 6ft - 195lbs, the Tribe 9.5 fits me like a glove. I have the Deja Vu, not an illusion just a cool blue - the Tribe colors are stunning. I do mo… read full review

I love this kayak! Tracks…

I love this kayak! Tracks well, very easy to maneuver. Room enough for a big guy like myself but not at all bulky. Very comfortable seat, good storage areas and a handy water… read full review

Quite sturdy...Quite…

Quite sturdy...Quite fast...Quite affordable...And all while looking quite cool!

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