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More and more people are looking for lightweight in a kayak. Historically it was only possible to obtain a lightweight kayak made of carbon or kevlar, but with the development of thermoformed technology it is now possible to paddle a kayak that is both lightweight and super durable, and to a lesser extent some high grade linear polyethylene kayaks are now also made considerably lighter than the average polyethylene kayak.

Due to the increasing popularity of lightweight kayaks we have decided to create a category incorporating all the light weight kayaks in one area. We have categorised these lightweight kayaks into three sections, Thermoformed Kayaks, Composite Kayaks and Lightweight Polyethylene Kayaks



Thermoformed kayaks

Hurricane Kayaks are currently the fastest growing kayak manufacturer in USA, and the reason is not difficult to see. Hurricane have developed a full range of lightweight but super durable thermoformed kayaks across every sector of the market. The quality finish of the Hurricane kayaks surpasses even the best hand crafted composite kayaks. Below are some of Hurricane's most impressive lightweights:

Hurricane - Santee 100 Lightweight Recreational Kayak

The Santee 100 Light is a lightweight thermoformed kayak offering surperb tracking for a small recreational kayak.

The immaculate exterior and padded adjustable seat are standard features of the Hurricane range.

Also available with hatches and front and rear bulkhead (pictured) for plenty of storage and additional buoyancy (extra costs apply for bulkhead version).

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Hurricane Kayaks premium kayak range
Material Thermoformed Trylon Plastic
Length 3 metres
Width 76 cm
Weight 14 kg

Hurricane - Santee 116 Recreational Kayak

BEST SELLER

The Santee 116 is a lightweight thermoformed kayak offering surperb tracking for a medium recreational kayak.

Slightly leaner and longer and therefore faster than the Santee 100 the Santee 116 also offers front and rear bulkheads providing plenty of storage and additional buoyancy. The immaculate exterior and padded adjustable seat are standard features of the Hurricane range.

Also available with a larger cockpit, the Santee 116 Sport .

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Hurricane Kayaks premium kayak range
Material Thermoformed Trylon Plastic
Length 3.5 metres
Width 71 cm
Weight 16 kg

Hurricane Expedition 128 Touring Kayak

The Expedition 128 is the next size up from the Santee 116. It is a lightweight, fast, thermoformed touring kayak offering a spacious cockpit, excellent tracking, front and rear bulkhead with plenty of storage and additional buoyancy.

Using the latest manufacturing technology Hurricane kayaks are in a class of their own.

The immaculate exterior and padded adjustable seats are standard features of the Hurricane range.

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Hurricane Kayaks premium kayak range
Material Thermoformed Trylon Plastic
Length 3.8 m
Width 64 cm
Weight 20 kg

Hurricane - Santee 140 Tandem Kayak

Many people are looking for a lightweight tandem but are weary of fibreglass because of its fragility. The Santee Tandem addresses this need for lightweight and durability.

The Santee 140 T is a lightweight thermoformed double recreational kayak offering surperb tracking, rear bulkhead with dry storage and additional buoyancy. The immaculate exterior and padded adjustable seats are standard features of the Hurricane range.

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Hurricane Kayaks premium kayak range
Material Thermoformed Trylon Plastic
Length 4.3 metres
Width 79 cm
Weight See below

Many manufacturers publish the "shell" weight of the kayak rather than the total weight including seats, rudder etc. The Santee 140T weight can most accurately be described as being on average 6 - 8kg lighter than most polyethylene kayaks of similar dimensions.

Hurricane - Tampico 140 Touring Kayak

The Tampico 140 is a lightweight thermoformed touring kayak offering a spacious cockpit, excellent tracking, front and rear bulkhead with plenty of storage and additional buoyancy. The immaculate exterior and padded adjustable seats are standard features of the Hurricane range.

The Tampico 140 comes with a rudder and available with a high back luxury seat and large cockpit (Tampico 140L) for casual touring paddlers or a smaller cockpit, performance seat and thigh braces (Tampico 140S) for the more serious paddlers..

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Hurricane Kayaks premium kayak range
Material Thermoformed Trylon Plastic
Length 4.3 metres
Width 59 cm
Weight 20 kg

Hurricane - Expedition Sport 140 Touring Kayak

The Expedition Sport is in many respects very similar to the Hurricane Tampico 140, with the exception that it is wider for added stability and has an extended cockpit for carrying fishing gear or a small passenger (child or dog).

The immaculate exterior and padded adjustable seats are standard features of the Hurricane range.

The Expedition Sport comes standard with a rudder.

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Hurricane Kayaks premium kayak range
Material Thermoformed Trylon Plastic
Length 4.3 m
Width 66 cm
Weight 22 kg

Hurricane - Tracer 165 Sea Kayak

The Tracer 165 is a lightweight thermoformed sea kayak offering one of the most seaworthy designs in the industry. It is sleek, fast and highly menouverable. The immaculate exterior and padded adjustable seats are standard features of the Hurricane range.

The Tracer 165 comes with a retractable skeg.

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Hurricane Kayaks premium kayak range
Material Thermoformed Trylon Plastic
Length 5 metres
Width 58 cm
Weight 20 kg

Barracuda Beachcomber - Sea Kayak

Made of thermoformed ABS plastic the Barracuda Beachcomber is lighter than polyethylene kayaks and lighter than most composites. At just 17kg the Beachcomber is a pleasure to handle in and out of the water

Just under 4.9m the Barracuda boasts a stable hull with plenty of rocker, resulting in a reasonably quick yet manoeuvrable kayak suitable for most conditions. Ideal for playing in the surf and short to medium day trips.

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Click for larger image premium kayak range
Material ABS Plastic
Length 4.88m
Beam 60 cm
Weight 17kg

Prijon Prilite Marlin - Sea Kayak

NEW Successor to the Prilite 470 and Prilite 505, the Prijon Prilite Marlin is a beautiful, high volume thermoformed sea kayak, which fits nicely between the Hurricane Tracer and the Whelo Bigfoot

The Hurricane Tracer, also made of lightweight thermoformed plastic, has always been one of our best selling sea kayaks, but does not suite larger paddlers. Up until now larger paddlers have had the option of going for the Whelo Bigfoot (below) but the Bigfoot is sometimes too big or too voluminous for some people, and so the Prilite Marlin fills this gap beautifully.

Originally the Marlin came out in HTP and Composite too but the huge success of the Prilite Marlin has rendered these other versions no longer applicable.

prijon Kayaks premium kayak range
Material Thermoformed Plastic
Length 5.3 m
Width 58 cm
Weight 20 kg

Welhonpesa - Bigfoot Performance Sea Kayak

NEW The Barracuda Beachcomber just got a big brother! Durability coupled with lightweight in a larger kayak. BigFoot is for paddlers seeking a spacious cockpit but still well performing in the most demanding conditions. BigFoot has a low back deck which gives the paddler great position for eskimo rolls and for lower wind effect. The slightly V-shaped hull has been designed to be very stable.

The hull design has almost zero weathercocking and excellent cruising speed. Bigfoot has two oval hatches, back and front dayhatch, deckfittings, deck ropes, footrest and comfy backrest as standard. Capacity up to 140kg.

Bigfoot is made from special ABS-plastic that gives light weight, looks and feels like a glassfibre kayak, but with much better durability.

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Bigfoot Kayak premium kayak range
Material Thermoformed ABS Plastic
Length 5.34m
Width 57 cm
Weight 25 kg

Barracuda Beachcomber Duo - Double Sea Kayak

Made of thermoformed ABS plastic the Barracuda Duo is lighter than polyethylene kayaks and lighter than most composites. At 28kg the Duo is a pleasure to handle in and out of the water

Just under 5.8m the Barracuda Duo boasts a stable hull with plenty of rocker, resulting in a reasonably quick yet manoeuvrable kayak suitable for most conditions.

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Click for larger image premium kayak range
Material Ultralight ABS Plastic
Length 5.8m
Width 70 cm
Weight 28 kg

Hurricane - Phoenix Series Sit-on-top Kayaks

The Hurricane Phoenix is a lightweight thermoformed sit on top kayak offering thermorormed technology in a sit-on-top design. It is stable, comfortable and agile. The immaculate exterior is a standard feature of the Hurricane range.

Just as tough but lighter than Polyethylene
and cheaper and tougher than Fibreglass the Phoenix series are among the lightest touring sit on top kayaks available in the world today and addresses the strong need for a lightweight yet durable sit on top kayak.

The Phoenix is stable enough that it can be fitted out as an ideal fishing kayak and is available in three sizes, the Phoenix 120 (3.6m / 17kg), the Phoenix 130 (4m / 20.5kg) and the Phoenix 140 (4.3m / 23.5kg). The Phoenix 140 comes with a rudder.

Hurricane Kayaks premium kayak range

Barracuda SOT Kayak

Made of thermoformed ABS plastic the Barracuda SOT is lighter than polyethylene kayaks and lighter than most composites.
At just 18kg the SOT is a pleasure to handle in and out of the water

The Barracuda SOT boasts the following features:
- Heavy Duty retractable rudder
- One large round hatch on the bow, two medium hatches (one in the middle and one on the front of the rear well) and a small pot hole at the rear - plenty of storage
- Large rear well for extra gear
- Unique hull shape flanked with rails for better tracking and stability
- Sweeping bow for a dry ride even in choppy conditions
- Four rod holders for the keen fisherman

Also available with a centre consol, the SOT FX PRO.
Backrest pictured is an optional extra.

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barracuda sot kayak premium kayak range
Specifications
Material ABS Plastic
Length 4.1m
Width 70 cm
Weight 18 kg<


Lightweight Composite Kayaks

While composites (fibreglass, carbon, kevlar) are older technology, there is still demand for these beautifully finished, hand crafted lightweight kayaks. At C-Kayak we have over the past decade, tried and tested a wide range of composites and narrowed it down to just one brand, Prijon. The Prijon composites are undeniably in a class of their own in terms of quality finish and super light weight. Upon closer inspection even the most inexperienced eye can see the difference.

Prijon Millenium - Sea Kayak

There are not many kayaks in the world that match the grace and beauty of the Prijon Millenium.

The Millenium is lightweight, immaculately finished and naturally boasts all the German made quality features found in any Prijon Kayak.

Very stable with plenty of storage the Millenium is ideal for day trips and overnighters.

prijon Kayaks premium kayak range
Material Composite
Length 5.05 m
Width 59 cm
Weight 20 kg

Prijon Proteus - Sea Kayak

Take the Prijon Millenium, stretch it, tweak it a bit, and you've got the Prijon Proteus, a leaner, faster, longer distance touring sea kayak of immaculate quality.

Boasting all the German quality features and extra comfort offered by any Prijon kayak the Proteus is ideal for the more competitive paddler, or paddlers looking for a craft to travel longer distances with less effort.

prijon Kayaks premium kayak range
Material Composite
Length 5.2 m
Width 57 cm
Weight 21 kg

Prijon Piave - Double Touring Kayak

Our lightest tandem kayak!

The Piave is a compact, lightweight, stable touring kayak suitable for shorter distances. While not as fast as some of its longer counterparts and without as much storage options, the Piave offers ease of lifting and carrying on land, and highly manoeuvrable in the water.

The undisputable German quality clearly sets this craft aside from cheaper composites originating from elsewhere in the world.

If you are after a lightweight double with uncompromised quality and don't mind spending a bit more for these attributes, then this is the ideal choice of kayak for you.

prijon Kayaks premium kayak range
Material Composite
Length 4.66 m
Width 69 cm
Weight 24 kg

Prijon - Yukon KII Double Touring Kayak

The Yukon KII is perhaps the classiest double touring kayak on the market.
Lightweight, immaculately finished and with all the German comfort features and characteristics of any Prijon Kayak, the Yukon KII is hard to beat.

The extra length and fine finish make the Yukon KII on of the fastest and most efficient touring doubles around, combine that with the comfortable seating and padded thigh braces and you're talking about long-distance touring capability in style.

prijon Kayaks premium kayak range
Material Composite
Length 5.46 m
Width 68 cm
Weight 29 kg


Lightweight Polyethylene Kayaks

While Polyethylene is by nature heavier than composites or modern thermoformed plastics, some brands using high grade linear polyethylene have managed to obtain relatively lightweight results. Nobody has perfected lightweight polyethylene construction quite like Cobra Kayaks. Below are some of their most outstanding lightweight achievements:

Cobra - Play

Cobra is our premium polyethylene sit-on-top kayak brand, with a wide range of kayaks to suit every paddlers needs. Made of linear polyethylene and boasting the unique sharp edges and distinct keel, the Cobra kayaks are lighter, more stable and track better than any of the competitive brands on the market today.

The Cobra Play is true to its namesake. It is fun and easy to use for small to medium size paddlers and kids. Ideally suited for paddlers up to 90kg.

It is lightweight and compact, is simple to transport, load and unload and can be quickly launched and easily manoeuvred.
Stability is provided by a shallow V-shaped hull that also enhances tracking.

The sharp features, clean deck design, comfortable cockpit area and distinct keel line make the play a fantastic choice for the small to medium paddler looking for a sit-on kayak that is as suitable for flat water as it is in the surf.

Cobra Play quality kayak range
Specifications
Length 3.09m
Width 71 cm
Weight 17 kg

Cobra - Explorer Sit-on-top Kayak

The Cobra Explorer is a perfect all-purpose kayak and one of our best selling sit-on-tops. Stable and fast with superb tracking, it is versatile for all sizes, shapes and varying expertise of the majority of paddlers.

... An oversized external rear tank well holds all types of sports gear or picnic supplies. For fishing and camping there is a flush foredeck with plenty of space for a large storage hatch. The Cobra Explorer is a totally self-bailing kayak, providing for a dry ride. Its stable 78 cm beam makes it a good ride for anybody. Pictured with optional hatch.

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Backrest pictured is an optional extra

Cobra Explorer quality kayak range
Specifications
Material Polyethylene
Length 3.44m
Width 78 cm
Weight 18 - 20 kg

NOTE Also available in a slightly smaller, lighter version, the Cobra Escape. At only 17kg and 3.2m in length this is Cobra's answer to the smaller paddler looking for the stealth and stability offered by the popular Cobra Explorer.

Cobra - Tourer Sit-on-top Kayak

Designed as a performance sit-on-top touring kayak, the Cobra Tourer is longer, leaner and faster than the CObra Explorer. This boat is designed for the athletically inclined paddler who wants to go from Point A to Point B with maximum efficiency and speed. Its versatility makes it an ideal choice for training, long distance sight-seeing or touring on moderate ocean swells, lakes and rivers.

This kayak has it all, even an adjustable leg length rudder system. The low profile hull of the Cobra Tourer cuts down on windage, enabling paddlers to maintain high speed and straight tracking with easy handling in all conditions. The integrated keel provides stability and efficiency, holding a straight course even in choppy water.

It incorporates a large dive tank well for easy accessibility and extra storage
Australian version now comes standard with "A" hatch up front, round hatch in the middle and rudder.

Compare the weight of the Cobra Tourer with other 4.5m polyethylene kayaks.

Cobra Tourer quality kayak range
Specifications
Material Polyethylene
Length 4.55m
Width 71 cm
Weight 22 kg

Cobra - Tandem Sit-on-top Kayak

The Cobra Tandem is lighter weight than other polyethylene tandems on the market (only 25kg). It offers users the opportunity to socialize while paddling but is very manageable for paddling solo. The Tandem is competitively priced and thus offers exceptional value. ...The top deck design allows for both a forward and rear seat.

With deck space for up to five storage hatches, there is plenty of room to stow cargo. Since it is lightweight, it is more manageable than other Tandems and can easily be loaded on the top of the car. Pictured with optional backrests, hatches, and bungie tie-downs.

Compare the weight of the Cobra Tandem with other double polyethylene kayaks.

Cobra Tandem quality kayak range
Specifications
Material Polyethylene
Length 3.84m
Width 91 cm
Weight 25 kg
Also available in a Fishing Version

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