Touring Kayaks

At Anaconda, we stock a number of touring kayaks for paddlers looking to venture short or long. Shop our touring kayak range online or in-store today!

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At Anaconda you can find comfortable and easily manoeuvrable touring kayaks that offer versatile options for exploring your favourite stretches of open water. Whether you prefer to venture short or long, our sturdy touring kayaks are sure to set you up for safe and secure adventures. Discover great features like adjustable padded seats, generous storage areas and stable designs in touring kayaks from Anaconda. We stock kayaks from leading brands, so whether you're looking for a Seak kayak or a Seabird kayak you're sure to find the right fit in our range!

How To Choose The Best Touring Kayak For Your Adventure

When choosing the right touring kayak, there are many factors to take into consideration. These include length, width, stability, storage, manoeuvrability, comfort and ease of storage. Size is important in a touring kayak, as you are likely to be spending quite a bit of time in it, but buying the biggest kayak you can find is not necessarily the right answer, as it can be heavier to paddle and manoeuvre. Once you've decided on a kayak that fits your needs, looking at the features and outfitting can help in making your decision.

  • Cockpit: Cockpit outfitting is important when you are looking for the best fit for comfort, safety, and control. Look for inclusion of a backrest, and adjustability or padding if you will be doing longer trips or may be kayaking in rough conditions. Pay attention to cockpit size to ensure it fits your body type.
  • Hatches and Bulkhead: Located at either end of the boat, the hatch is the opening to store gear and the bulkhead is the vertical wall that seals the compartment. Will they give you enough space for all your gear? They also provide buoyancy to the boat.
  • Deck Rigging: Deck lines, bungy fastenings and toggles should be easy to fasten to your kayak, so check if suitable spaces are provided to do so. A spare paddle, compass, navigational charts, and other items should be easily to hand during your trip without the worry of them disappearing overboard.
  • Anchor: Some kayaks can be fitted with an anchor system, which will stop you drifting away for instance when fishing or taking pictures. Other considerations are rudders, skegs, or keels.
  • Hull material: Touring kayaks are generally made of either some kind of plastic (usually polyethylene) or fibreglass or a similar composite material. Composite boats are usually much more expensive than their plastic counterparts. However, the composite boats can weigh quite a bit less, which can be a big benefit if you have to lift your kayak onto the roof of your car by yourself.

Touring Kayaks FAQs

What is a touring kayak?

Touring kayaks are used by people who like the freedom to go kayaking on estuaries, calm rivers, lakes and canals. As a rule, touring kayaks are shorter and flatter than sea kayaks, but they provide more storage area than recreational kayaks, allowing you to take supplies such as camping or cooking gear. Kayakers appreciate quality fibreglass and carbon fibre manufacture, along with performance touring innovations that can include a rudder system, footrest and comfortable sit-in-kayak seat.

What are the advantages of a touring kayak?

Touring kayaks are sought after for their versatile designs, and are suitable for exploring a variety of environments. Geared towards paddlers, touring kayaks are an excellent choice across many different water conditions. Their shape and build make them easily manoeuvrable, allowing for effortless turning and easy navigation in tight spaces.


Whether you're looking for touring kayaks, sit on top kayaks, fishing kayaks, recreational kayaks or kids' kayaks, you can find the right fit for your adventure at Anaconda. Shop the complete range of water sports essentials, where you can find paddles, essential life jackets & PFDs and much more! Check out our handy kayaks buying guide and kayak accessories buying guide to inform your purchases. Shop online where you can click & collect from your nearest Anaconda store. Anaconda Adventure Club members have access to exclusive discounts and advance sales notifications, so make sure you sign up today for these benefits and more!



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