What’s the Best Kayak?: It depends on the paddling adventure

April 4, 2013

Imagine yourself on a beautiful beach. The deep blue sea extends before you, its surface rippled by waves and a growing breeze. A small enchanting island breaks the horizon a few miles offshore, crowned by a lighthouse and an idyllic camping area. Behind you a protected lagoon lies calm and still, connected to the sea by a broad channel. And everywhere paddlers are out enjoying the aqueous bounty. Take a closer look at the diverse array of kayak styles on the water, and you’ll soon discover the right boat for your paddling adventures…

This column originally appeared in the March/April edition of AMC Outdoors. You can read the full story here. 

“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

(Photograph by Bill Thomas)

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Matt Heid

Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.