Kayak Brands to Avoid

You’ve probably seen enough lists touting the best kayak brands in the world. So many exist, it can get a little exhausting. What about brands you should avoid?

Let’s take a look at some brands that aren’t so desirable by experts. Doing this helps whittle down your buying list to a smaller few if you’re still having trouble on a final buying decision.

Tuktec Kayaks

Reports are Tuktec doesn’t live up to the quality they claim in their marketing. The worst of this is that many small parts of the boat literally fall apart far too often.

One reason behind this is it’s a disassembling kayak, which caused more problems for the company than they obviously planned. While the notion is to make it lighter and easier to transport, Tuktec made assembly a little too complicated.

Putting it together is reportedly harder than the manual says. As a result, some inexperienced kayakers might not assemble it properly, causing things to happen at the worst times. 

The weight limit of their kayaks also isn’t as well supported as they claim. 

Wavesport Kayaks

With Wavesport, there seems to be a major divide on those who love the designs of their kayaks, and others who despise. This chasm of opinion is sometimes perplexing, yet those who don’t like them are overly passionate in their dislikes. 

Perhaps the supporters are mostly amateur kayakers, since their brands might be ok for those boating on shallow waters. For professionals, the gripes are major performance issues in not gaining enough speed on rapids.

Also, reports are the boat isn’t stable enough on rougher water, making it a bit dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. The last thing you want is to capsize in a kayak after buying it and thinking it was well-designed.

L.L. Bean Kayaks

Sure, you might think of L.L. Bean as a reliable outdoor equipment company. The problem with them making kayaks in recent years is they didn’t focus enough on just that alone.

All of the best kayak brands in the world are usually devoted to designing quality boats and nothing much more. L.L. Bean might have spread itself too thin putting their own kayaks on the market since many have complained about their performance capabilities.

Bean stopped producing kayaks in the interim, but some are still out in the market. It’s a heads-up to avoid these because of how slow they are.

If you’re still a beginner kayaker looking for a slower boat, so many other brands are more reliable and sturdier. 

Field and Stream Kayaks

Yet another example exists of a company known for other things delving into the kayak market. We all know Field and Stream as a major outdoor sports magazine going back decades.

They apparently thought going head-first into the kayak industry would be a major investment for their company. It didn’t turn out so well, mainly for the same reasons L.L. Bean did so poorly with their boats.

Parts have reportedly fallen off on F&S kayaks while out on the water, proof that the manufacturing was not the best quality. Reaching out to customer service there also isn’t always helpful. 

Take heed on this warning since these are still out on the market, including likely used ones.


Place Sundolphin in the “You Get What You Pay For” file. These are known for being very cheap, hence those on a budget often buying them over other options.

They often get points for being a basic backup if you have nothing else. On a professional level, though, these are as bare bones as you can get.

Being cheaper, it’s also not equipped with very many comfort amenities. Users have reported a lack of interior cushioning creates soreness on their behinds and backs when out on the water for long periods.




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