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Old 09-11-06, 01:49 PM
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We are thinking about buying a two person kyak w/o spending too much. Does anyone have experience with the blow-up kind that Wal-Mart sells for about $80? Thanks for your advice!

Sam
 
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Old 09-13-06, 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by sambo251
We are thinking about buying a two person kyak w/o spending too much. Does anyone have experience with the blow-up kind that Wal-Mart sells for about $80? Thanks for your advice!

Sam
Let's just say "You get what you pay for". Blow up kayaks tend to be "toys" - intended to be played with and thrown away when they blow a seam or such. They're great for folks who want to "decide if kayaking is for them" - before investing real money. If you know already that you want to kayak on a regular basis - on anything more than a calm pond - check out used "sit on tops" at your local rental place - and this time of year is perfect for that as the season is over. Quite often you can get a rigid plastic kayak for less than $100 - that might have a bunch of scratches on it.. but will probably last 10 times longer than that blow up from Wal-Mart - and will actually feel like a boat instead of a bathtub toy.
 
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Old 09-13-06, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by thezster
Let's just say "You get what you pay for". Blow up kayaks tend to be "toys" - intended to be played with and thrown away when they blow a seam or such. They're great for folks who want to "decide if kayaking is for them" - before investing real money. If you know already that you want to kayak on a regular basis - on anything more than a calm pond - check out used "sit on tops" at your local rental place - and this time of year is perfect for that as the season is over. Quite often you can get a rigid plastic kayak for less than $100 - that might have a bunch of scratches on it.. but will probably last 10 times longer than that blow up from Wal-Mart - and will actually feel like a boat instead of a bathtub toy.
Thanks...we'll give it a shot at the rental places! Sam
 
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Old 09-13-06, 04:05 PM
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I don't even think the cheap blow up kayaks are good to find out if you like kayaking. The boats are sooooo crappy that you are bound to be disappointed. A decent, real sea kayak glides through the water like a rocket, knifes through waves and are easily controlled on windy days. Cheap inflatable ones are difficult to get into, they are slow, can't cut through waves at all (they mush around the wave...) and they get blown around by the wind.
 
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