10 Best & Most Lightweight Kayaks for Your Next Adventure (in 2021)

Summer is finally around and it’s about time to pull out your dusty ol’ wallet and invest in a high-quality lightweight kayak.

It’s finally summertime, otherwise known as the time of the year where you get brutally sunburnt, lost on hiking trails, and fall into freezing water while attempting to steer your uncle’s old “lightweight kayak”.

Still, it’s the most excellent time of the year!

The last year has been challenging, and lockdowns have meant our biggest adventure was choosing the next awful budget Netflix horror movie (let’s hope we never go back there.)

Nonetheless, as we go further into 2021, it’s essential to get into the outdoors and explore nature. Is there a better way to explore the world than kayaking?

It doesn’t matter whether you’re on a tropical beach, a secluded river, or your murky backyard pond – kayaking is fun, adventurous, and perfect for getting in shape.

With that said, you don’t want a kayak that breaks on your first attempt. As much as we love the water, can you think of anything worse than the feeling of freezing cold water in your underwear as your kayak begins to sink?

You don’t need to worry because I’ve found the best kayaks for you in 2021!

Table of contents

01. Intex Challenger K1

Self-inflates in minutes and is very lightweight while remaining durable.

02. Intex Explorer K2

Weight capacity of 400 lb. makes it ideal for pizza lovers.

03. Intex Excursion Pro K2

Very comfortable and screams for longer journeys.

04. Pelican Performance Sprint XR

Stable, durable, and ideal for people on a budget.

05. Intex Tacoma K2

Not very durable but unbelievably cheap.

06. Driftsun Rover 220

Most expensive but truly an easy-to-use durable kayak.

07. Sevylor Quikpak K1

Almost impossible to puncture and with great ergonomics.

08. Hydro-Force Cove Champion

Lumbar support and weighs only 20 lb.

09. Driftsun Almanor

High-quality materials and extremely versatile.

10. Driftsun Rover 120

Same as #6 on the list but for solo kayakers.

1. Intex Challenger K1

Credits: Terradrift
Price: $91.39Weight: 27 lb.Size: 108″ x 30″ x 15″

The Intex Challenger K1 is a fantastic choice for anyone looking for an easy-to-use, lightweight, and beautifully designed kayak.

If you’re looking for an easy ride – a ride where you have a few drinks on the river – this 11.15-kilogram kayak is the ultimate choice.

Furthermore, the kayak doesn’t look like something stuck in the 1960s. Instead, it has a colorful, sporty design that looks perfect on any river setting.

You don’t need to wait around for hours as you expend all your lung stamina inflating the kayak because the designers built it to inflate in minutes.

The kayak also includes a removable skeg for tremendous directional movement, a convenient grab line at each end, and high-buoyancy side chambers for increased stability (which you might need after a few beers).

2. Intex Explorer K2

Credits: Intex
Price: $145.33Weight: 30.6 lb.Size: 123″ x 36″ x 20″

Are you looking for a lightweight kayak for yourself and your partner? If so, the Intex Explorer K2 is a decent lightweight kayak that fits 2.

I know it’s tempting to buy a small kayak and cram two people inside it, but I wouldn’t recommend it unless you want to have a romantic date with the local fish.

The designers built the kayak with a sporty design, an inflatable I-beam floor for additional comfort, and a highly visible design for extra safety in the water.

Should you be awful at kayaking, the Intex Explorer K2 includes a handy repair patch in case you hit a rock and fall in the water.

The kayak also features a superb Boston valve on each side, making it easy to inflate and ready to go in minutes.

And if you still can’t fit in your old cheerleader uniform, it comes with a weight capacity of 400 lb., so you and your partner should be fine 🙂

3. Intex Excursion Pro K2

Credits: Intex
Price: $314.19Weight: 43.64 lb.Size: 151″ x 37″ x 18″

The Intex Excursion Pro K2 is a terrific option for anyone looking for extra durability – especially with a weight capacity of 400 lb.

It comes with super durable laminate PVC, perfect for adventurous souls who tend to lose control of their kayak and fall head-first into the marine world.

With that said, the kayak is also fantastic for beginners needing extra stability because of the high-pressure inflation.

Furthermore, the kayak includes a removable mounting bracket for GPS systems, fish finders, and additional accessories.

You’ll also love the extra comfort provided by the two adjustable seats; why not sit back and enjoy the sun?

The spacious design is ideal for like a thousand cans of sunscreen and prevents you from looking like a raw salmon!

4. Pelican Performance Sprint XR

Credits: Pelican
Price: $603.19Weight: 41 lb.Size: 120″ x 28″ x 14″

The Pelican Recreational Performance Sit-In Kayak Sprint XR is ideal for beginners and those looking for extra stability.

The kayak comes with a deep v chine hull, which offers secondary stability for choppy conditions. It also includes a sprint 100xr for extra flotation.

Furthermore, the kayak includes a simple storage area for accessories where you can keep essential things like a map, sunscreen, or first-aid equipment. Alternatively, you could fill the kayak with your favorite beers, but I’ll leave that up to you!

If you’re looking for an affordable budget kayak that doesn’t become the Titanic of kayaks the second you hit the water, this lightweight kayak is a fantastic option for you.

5. Intex Tacoma K2

Credits: Reddit
Price: $172.00Weight: 35 lb.Size: 123″ x 36″ x 20″

If you’re looking for an excellent budget option after spending your lockdown budget on takeaway dominoes, you’ll love the Intex Tacoma K2 Inflatable Kayak.

The kayak holds two people, so you can take someone out on a kayaking date (just don’t fall in, that’s a bad impression). Furthermore, the kayak has two paddles, an output pump, and a travel bag for your essentials.

The kayak even includes an inflatable I-beam floor for complete rigidity. You’ll probably need this on the rough waters. Then again, if you’re taking a kayak on the rough waters, you should probably take your swimming trunks anyway.

The kayak also includes heavy-duty puncture resistance vinyl, so if your dog decides to take a bite (give it extra dog food,) your kayak should be fine!

6. Driftsun Rover 220

Credits: Driftsun
Price: $1.009Weight: 26.4 lb.Size: 150″ x 38″ x 13″

The Driftsun Rover 220 is perfect if you’re looking for a genuinely easy-to-use lightweight kayak.

It only takes ten minutes to inflate into a full-size kayak, which is ideal for us lazy folk who want to sit down, eat, and drink instead of blowing up a kayak for hours.

If you want to save your muscles for kayaking, you’ll be over the moon to hear that the kayak only weighs 26.4 lb.

If you’re a beginner, you’ll want a kayak with advanced stability. Therefore, you’ll love the high-pressure drop stitch floor and removable water tracking fin, both helping the kayak to stay stable as you go whitewater rafting.

In addition, you’ll also have a travel bag for your food, drink, and safety equipment.

7. Sevylor Quikpak K1

Credits: Derek’s Reality Show
Price: $149.99Weight: 18 lb.Size: 103″ x 36″ x 30″

The Sevylor Quikpak K1 is a fantastic kayak option for those who love to adventure.

The designers have built this kayak for raw Bear Grylls style adventure, with double lock valves, 21-gauge PVC construction, and multiple air chambers to ensure the kayak stays inflated even with a puncture.

Furthermore, if you’re looking to sunbathe while relaxing on the lake, you’ll love the multi-position footrest allowing you to find a comfortable place to relax.

Also, it’s fair to say you probably don’t want a leak? So you’ll be glad to hear this lightweight kayak features an airtight system to prevent your kayak from becoming the next submarine.

8. Hydro-Force Cove Champion

Credits: MM Action
Price: $104.97Weight: 19 lb.Size: 108″ x 32″ x 18″

The Hydro-Force Cove Champion Inflatable Kayak is the perfect compact and lightweight kayak to match your needs.

In addition, you’ll enjoy a durable kayak with a double sided-paddle, an air hammer pump, and a heavy-duty repair patch to ensure the smoothest of kayaking.

In addition, if you’re looking to entertain the children for a day (good luck with that), you’ll love the tie-up rope allowing you to keep hold of the kayak while it’s in the water if your children want to try kayaking.

The kayak also has lots of storage compartments to stop your iPhone from plopping in the water, which is most people’s worst nightmare in 2021.

9. Driftsun Almanor

Credits: Marketfleet
Price: $699.99Weight: 23 lb.Size: 132″ x 34″ x 12.5″

The Driftsun Almanor Inflatable Touring Kayak is one of the most premium kayaks on the list. You’ll enjoy an excellent hull with rugged 600d polyester for durability and UV protection to keep you cool.

In addition, the kayak comes with an adjustable EVA padded seat, a dual blade kayak support, a quick-release fin, and a travel bag.

The kayak’s main benefit has to be the comfortable layout and materials. Heck, if you spend too much time in your kayak, you might even fall asleep in it 🙂

Just make sure you wear your sunscreen to prevent you from turning into a tomato.

10. Driftsun Rover 120

Credits: Driftsun
Price: $799.99Weight: 22 lb.Size: 102″ x 36″ x 13″

The Driftsun Rover 120 Inflatable is the perfect option for those looking for a durable, lightweight, and stylish kayak. It’ll surely help you avoid those unintentional snorkeling sessions with the fishes.

It features a rigid high-pressure drop stitch floor and a removable flatwater tracking fin for extra security and stability.

Furthermore, the kayak includes an adjustable 2-piece aluminum kayak paddle, a rear tracking fin, and a deluxe double action hand pump.

This lightweight kayak is adventure-ready and perfect for whitewater rafting.

Why should you choose a lightweight kayak?

Lightweight kayaks are very popular because they are easy to carry. However, lifting a kayak shouldn’t be a weight-training session. In fact, it shouldn’t be a workout at all (you’ll get enough of that from kayaking.)

So you’ll love the ease of carrying lightweight kayaks.

Furthermore, what if your kids are playing tricks on you and trying to push you in the water (kids, eh)?

You’ll be happy to know a lightweight kayak is faster and quicker to get up to speed.

You’ll soon be able to speed away from anyone or anything (just don’t go kayaking with the crocs.)

Besides, do you really want a kayak that takes up all your car’s space? In that case, lightweight kayaks are better for you because they are compact and fit better.

All in all, they just make your life easier, and who doesn’t love that?

Final thoughts on lightweight kayaks

In this blog post, you hopefully got a clear insight into a wide variety of excellent kayaks for people of all ages. You’ll enjoy kayaks that keep you dry, above water, and don’t fail on the first attempt.

As the summer hits, the pandemic ends, and adventure returns – a high-quality lightweight kayak could become your best friend! So now it’s time to switch off those budget lockdown movies and shocking daytime TV and hit the waters.

If you’re thinking of getting a kayak for your kids too, I’ve written a blog post named 8 Best & Most Durable Kids Kayaks (in 2021). It might be worth a look!

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