The Ookpik is a very agile recreational kayak. It is ideally suited to exploring winding rivers, lakes, and coastlines. With a larger coaming, the Ookpik will appeal to mid to karge-sized paddlers. Check out the Kasko if you are looking for a tighter fitting kayak. Both Ookpik and Kasko are equipped with thigh braces and a smaller rudder system to maximize ease of control.
Primary stability is a reflection of how stable the kayak feels while sitting still on a calm body of water. A high primary stability is perfect for beginners, photographers and fisherman alike.
Secondary stability is the stability felt while edging the boat (leaning the kayak on one side using your hips). A kayak with a poor secondary will require a stronger bracing technique to edge with confidence.
Handling vs Tracking
There is no right or wrong answer here. A kayak that tracks more (more grey) will be easy to keep on a straight course. A loose kayak (more blue) will be easy to turn on a dime and change direction quickly.
This is the general speed of the kayak, combining acceleration, cruising speed, top speed and how easy it is to keep.
This represents the total inside storage volume the kayak offers. Rudder equipped kayaks tend to have more storage compared to skegs that take up some space in the rear hatch. A high rating for storage is perfect for a touring paddler.
Mid to large sized paddlers
||Kayak weight (Rudder)
||Recommended weight of paddler
|13’ (3.96 m)
||24” (61 cm)
||18” x 32” (46 x 81 cm)
||60 lb (29 kg)
||120 to 286 lb (55 to 130 kg)
|Recommended load limit
||Type of Chine
||Béluga skirt size
|285lb (130 kg)
||106 gal us (400 l)
||Reverse hard chine