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Big Kayaks: Kayaks for People over 250 Pounds

Updated on August 7, 2013

Kayaking is for Everyone: Find the Right Kayak for You

There are lots of choices for big kayaks that will accommodate larger paddlers. Many sit on top kayaks have a maximum weight capacity of 250 plus pounds with some kayaks even allowing for paddlers over 300 pounds.

The Sport of Kayaking is one of the fastest growing market segments in the United States, and as our friends and neighbors take to the waterways to explore the natural beauty that our oceans, lakes, rivers, bays, and estuaries provide, some of us feel like we are left standing on the shoreline. We look at the nifty, nimble, sleek, slender, little kayaks paddled by our friends and believe that they will not hold us. We wonder: Do they make kayaks for people like me? Can a kayak hold someone over 250 plus or 300 plus pounds? Are XL sized kayaks more expensive? The short answer is that there are kayaks for people like us, and they can be purchased for affordable prices online.

Popular Kayak Brands like Emotion Kayaks and Ocean Kayak have released fantastic big kayaks like the Renegade XT Kayak, Spitfire 9 Kayak, the Big Yak, or the Peekaboo Kayak that accommodate larger paddlers and still provide an enjoyable experience with the kayak on and off the water. We will take a look at some things to consider when purchasing a big kayak and explore some affordable XL sized kayaks for heavier paddlers.

Top 2 Choices for Big Paddlers - Perception Sport Pescador Kayaks

Perception Sport Pescador 10 Kayak (Red)
Perception Sport Pescador 10 Kayak (Red)

The Perception Sport Pescador 10 is feature loaded boat with max weight capacity of 325 pounds. The Pescador is a recreational kayak with some added extras that make it useful for light fishing just as it comes and is easy to add more accessories for more serious fishing trips.Read Customer Reviews

 
Perception Sport Pescador 12 Kayak (Red)
Perception Sport Pescador 12 Kayak (Red)

What can I say; the Pescador 12 may be the best value kayak available. This full size SOT kayak has a max weight capacity of 350 lbs and has awesome adjustable foot braces along with other great standard features.Read Customer Reviews

 

Other Big Kayaks to Consider - Some Popular Big Kayaks

If you're looking Kayaks for People over 250 Pounds, consider these three popular kayaks that can accommodate maximum capacities of 250+ Pounds.

Emotion Mojo Kayak, Granite
Emotion Mojo Kayak, Granite

The Emotion Mojo is a 12'5" SOT Kayak that comes loaded with bells and whistles that make this kayak a fantastic ovarall value. The Mojo has adjustable foot braces, a padded adjustable seat back, and a solace hatch for under deck storage. This kayak weighs 52 pounds and has a max weight capacity of 375 pounds.

 
Ocean Kayak 11-Feet 11-Inch Peekaboo Classic Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak with Window (Yellow)
Ocean Kayak 11-Feet 11-Inch Peekaboo Classic Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak with Window (Yellow)

The Peekaboo SOT Kayak is probably one of the greatest recreational kayaks on the market for one simple reason. It has the coolest feature that I have ever seen on a kayak: The Underwater Viewing Window placed right in the center of the cockpit allows the paddler (and a small passenger) to get a good look at what's happening under them while they are out on the water.

 
Ocean Kayak Big Yak Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak (9-Feet 8-Inch / Sunrise)
Ocean Kayak Big Yak Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak (9-Feet 8-Inch / Sunrise)

The Big Yak is appropriately name and this large kayak is 9'8" Long, 34" wide, and weighs 47 Pounds. This XL sized kayak supports paddlers which weigh between 250-300 Pounds depending on water conditions. Like all Ocean Kayak brand kayaks, the Big Yak can be easily accessorized with padded seats, leg straps, and other items. The Big Yak has an MSRP of $529.99

 

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Consider More than Just the Max Capacity

When you start researching kayaks, you will see that the longer a kayak is, the more weight it can bear. However, you may also find that long kayaks are often cumbersome and make it hard to get your kayak from your home to the waterway. So, there are some great options for heavier paddlers that come in under 12 feet long, and even under 10 feet long. For example, the Big Yak from Ocean Kayak is a 9'8" Kayak that accommodates paddlers between 250-300 pounds depending on water conditions. In 2012 Emotion Kayaks released two kayaks for heaver paddlers that come in at 10 feet or shorter. The Emotion Renegade XT is a 10 foot kayak that can hold kayakers who are up to 325 pounds in weight. The Emotion Spitfire 9 is a 9' kayak that supports paddlers and gear weights up to 350 pounds.

There are lots of kayaks available for heavier paddlers, and you will see many of them throughout this page.

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Understand the Max Capacity of Your Kayak

Every Kayak will have a "Max Capacity" or similar line item that describes the maximum amount of weight the kayak can hold in optimum water conditions. Remember to consider that this maximum weight also includes any gear or equipment that you might bring with you on the kayak for a day trip or weekend getaway. To be safe, it is recommended that paddlers allow for 50-75 pounds of additional load before that max capacity of the boat is reached.

Old Town Vapor 10 Angler - Sit Inside Fishing Kayak with 300+ Pound Capacity

Old Town Vapor 10 Angler Kayak
Old Town Vapor 10 Angler Kayak

The Old Town Vapor 10 Angler is one of the best value options for sit inside kayaks. Standard features that include double fishing rod mounts behind the large cockpit, and included anchor system, padded seat, and adjustable foot braces make the Old Town Vapor 10 Angler edition kayak an awesome buy at any price. However, the fact that this bundle comes in at less than $500 make it very, very hard to resist. Unlike sit on top kayaks, sit inside kayaks provide protection from the sun and cold water which make them a more practical option for some paddlers. With that said, the Vapor 10 can be used pretty much anywhere.

Kayak Specs

Length: 10' / 3 m

Width: 28.5"

Cockpit: 19.5" x 48"

Deck Height: 16.75"

Weight: 44 lbs

Max Capacity: 275-325 lbs

Image Credit: Old Town Press Room

9 to 10 Foot Kayaks for Paddlers 250+ Pounds

There are several 9 to 10 foot kayaks available for paddlers over 250+ pounds. Here are a few to consider.

Ocean Kayak Big Yak Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak (9-Feet 8-Inch / Sunrise)
Ocean Kayak Big Yak Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak (9-Feet 8-Inch / Sunrise)

With a name like "Big Yak" this kayak is definitely going to make the Big Kayaks list we are discussing. This kayaks has an MSRP of $529.99. This kayak is 9'8" long, 34" Wide, and weighs 47 pounds. This kayak has a max weight capacity of 250-300 pounds.

 
Ocean Kayak Frenzy Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak (9-Feet / Sunrise)
Ocean Kayak Frenzy Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak (9-Feet / Sunrise)

The Frenzy Kayak is a 9 foot kayak from the Ocean Kayak company. This kayak has an MSRP of $439.99. This kayak is 9' long, 31" Wide, and weighs 43 pounds. This relatively small kayak still makes the list of big kayaks because of its great weight capacity of between 275-325 pounds.

 

10 to 11 Foot Kayaks for People Over 300+ Pounds

Emotion Renegade XT Kayaks
Emotion Renegade XT Kayaks

Hopefully, you had a chance to view the Emotion Kayaks Renegade video above with Emotion Kayaks designer Jim Snyder. The Renegade XT is one of my favorite kayaks and it delivers in a big way. This kayak has an MSRP of $499.00 and it is worth every single penny. This kayaks is 10' long, 36" wide, and weighs 49 pounds. This kayak has a maximum weight capacity of up to 325 pounds.

 

11 to 12 Foot Kayaks for Large Paddlers

Ocean Kayak 11-Feet 11-Inch Peekaboo Classic Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak with Window (Yellow)
Ocean Kayak 11-Feet 11-Inch Peekaboo Classic Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak with Window (Yellow)

The Peekaboo kayak is great. This kayak can be paddled by a single adult, but it also has a jump seat toward the bow of the boat for small child to ride along and look through the amazing window at the bottom of the boat. Peekaboo is 11'11" long, 34" wide, and weighs 61 pounds. This boat has a maximum weight capacity of 400-450 pounds.

 

Big Kayaks over 12 Feet Long - Max Weight Capacity 350+ Pounds

Emotion Mojo Kayaks,Tangerine
Emotion Mojo Kayaks,Tangerine

Weight Capacity of 375 Pounds: The Emotion Mojo Sit On Top Recreational kayak is 12'5" long, 32" wide, and weighs 52 pounds. This Mojo has some great standard features including a rear storage tankwell at the stern, a forward underdeck storage with hatch door at the bow, adjustable foot braces, and a padded adjustable seat back. The Recreational Mojo is great for leisurely paddles and weekend getaways.

 
Ocean Kayak  Prowler Big Game Angler Classic Sit-On-Top Fishing Kayak (12-Feet 9-Inch, Yellow)
Ocean Kayak Prowler Big Game Angler Classic Sit-On-Top Fishing Kayak (12-Feet 9-Inch, Yellow)

Weight capacity of 550-600 pounds: The Prowler Big Game Kayak is a 12'9" kayak that has a huge weight capacity. This kayak is loaded with features for fishing and can accommodate larger paddlers and loads of gear. The Prowler Big Game can be easily accessorized with a padded seat, a rudder system and even more storage space. The Prowler Big Game Kayak has an MSRP of $979.99

 
Emotion Mojo Angler Kayaks (Olive Green)
Emotion Mojo Angler Kayaks (Olive Green)

Weight Capacity of 350 Pounds: The Emotion Mojo Angler SOT Fishing kayak is 12'5" long, 32" wide, and weighs 61 pounds. This Mojo Angler has some great standard features including two flush deck mounted rod holders behind the cockpit, a center console with an additional rod holder in the cockpit, a rear storage tankwell at the stern, a forward underdeck storage with hatch door at the bow, adjustable foot braces, and a padded adjustable seat back. The Fishing Mojo is outfitted for fishing but can also be used for leisurely paddles and weekend getaways.

 

Are Big Kayaks only for Big People?

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    • livetech profile image

      livetech 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Excellent advice in this hub, I used to be a frequent kayaker - these days I prefer boats, yachts etc and take my time to advise those interested in water vehicles

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      jenny 2 years ago

      Any advice on a kayak that is sit in for 280lbs weight but a short one with backrest sold in uk? Thank you

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      topclimb lm 3 years ago

      I like a bigger kayak. They feel more stable in the water to me. Great lens!

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      longlakelifestyle 4 years ago

      I confess. I'm nervous when I ride kayaks with big people.

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      blestman lm 4 years ago

      I am wary about weight limits but my wife and I bought two kayaks as an anniversary gift for ourselves. We love them

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You did not mention the Wilderness Ride 115 and 135. Both are rated at over 500 lbs. I own a 135 and it does well with my 300+ weight.

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Nice lens. I used to be over 250 lbs and worried about weight limits. Now approaching 180 lbs....

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      I love Kayaks that have room for a large dog. ; )

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      wilderness systems tsunami 145 - sit in kayak. great for xl paddlers. excellent choice for day trips and multi day trips. poly makes it a bit heavy to lift but it handles great and is an excellent craft.

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      galant 5 years ago

      @galant: A little shorter option is the Emotion AdvantEdge Kayak here. This kayak is 12'9" with a max weight capacity of 29". The cockpit on this kayak is 22.5" wide and 50.75" long.

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      galant 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Look at the Old Town Cayuga 146 here. This is a 14'6" Sit Inside Kayak that has a weight capacity of 275-320 pounds. Keep in minde that the cockpit is 15" Wide and 32" long.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What about sit in kayaks for big people? I don't like sit on tops. I have a 12' perception prodigy and now want one suitable for touring, big water or longer distance. Over 14-15 feet, but for a person over 250 lbs?