Which Kayak?

Choosing the kayak that is right for you can be a daunting, yet exciting, process.

The majority of Q-Kayaks' range of kayaks is classified as 'general purpose'. Gone are the days when one kayak can be used for all facets of kayaking, but we still need some flexibility.

All of our kayaks offer great stability. That's right, even our elite 'Maximus' sea kayak. When fatigue sets in, what use is a boat without stability?

Our designer, Max Grant, has a background in both a flat-water racing and white-water slalom, having competed internationally in both disciplines. As a result, Q-Kayaks' range of kayaks incorporates a smooth tracking hull with fine lines and curved gunnels (edges) to provide good response/performance in a kayak.

Generally, the shorter a kayak, the more responsive the kayak is to turning, and the longer the kayak, the faster it goes. Provided it has a good hull and/or rudder, the straighter it will track, enabling easier paddling over distance. A rudder on a sea kayak assists in changing waters and enables you to hold a good line while surfing a wave. If you can steer with your feet, this frees up your arms for forward paddling.

This chart is designed to help you decide which kayak is right for you. We have rated all of our kayaks on a scale of 0 to 5 (5 being best) for performance in various places - from white-water and open sea to rivers and pools - and for beginners and experienced users. Simply click on the name of the kayak to view a profile.

 

 

Kayak Lake/Estuary River - Easy White Water Surf Open Sea Pool Beginner Experienced
Firefly ***** ***** ** **** - - ***** **
Whizz ***** **** * **** - ***** ***** **
Escapee ***** **** *** ***** *** **** ***** ****
Escapade ***** **** ** **** **** **** ***** ****
Swift ***** ***** *** *** **** ** ***** ****
Delta ***** **** ** ***** **** *** ***** ****
Escapade II ***** **** ** **** **** **** ***** ****
Sprite ***** ***** *** *** ** ***** ***** *
Strike ***** ***** *** *** ** ***** ***** ***
Kiwi ***** ***** **** ***** *** ***** ***** ****
Tui ***** ***** *** **** **** * ***** *****
Sprite II ***** ***** * * ** *** ***** ***
Wanderer ***** ***** *** *** **** ** ***** ****
Penguin ***** ***** ** ***** ***** * ***** *****
Shearwater ***** ***** ** ***** ***** * ***** *****
Skua ***** ***** ** ***** ***** * ***** *****
Tasman Express ***** ***** ** ***** ***** * ***** *****
Foveaux Express ***** ** - **** ***** - ***** *****
Southern Skua ***** ** - ***** ***** - *** *****
                 
Sea Hawk ***** ** - ***** ***** - *** *****
Torres ***** ** - ***** ***** - *** *****
Maximus ***** ***** ** ***** ***** - *** *****
Dusky Bay Classic ***** **** - **** ***** - ***** *****
Southern Endeavour ***** **** - **** ***** - ***** *****
                 
Stealth * **** ***** ***** - ***** *** *****
Bandit ** ***** ***** ***** *** ***** **** *****
Cyclone - Polo ** **** **** ***** - *****  ***** *****
Hurricane ***** ***** ** * * - **** *****

 

KEY
- Not Suitable
* Not Designed For This
** Suitable
*** Good
**** Excellent
***** Designed Specifically For This