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My Reviews of the Best Kayaks


In recent years, kayaking has become a popular sport. If you’re unfamiliar with kayaking, it is the activity of using a small boat, known as a kayak, and paddling your way across a body of water. While people can participate in extreme activities such as racing kayaks and kayaking through rapid white waters, people typically use kayaks for calmer activities like fishing. Whether you want to use your kayak for extreme sports or recreationally, it is important to have a durable and reliable kayak. To save you from searching through thousands of kayaks, here is my review of the best kayaks available.

1.) Sun Dolphin Bali SS

Sun Dolphin Bali SS

One of the most renowned Kayak companies is Sun Dolphin. Sun Dolphin is known for their reliable and durable kayaks that are perfect for every type of water. The Sun Dolphin Bali SS is priced at $269 and is available in six different colors. This Sun Dolphin kayak is crafted with UV-stabilized Fortiflex polyethylene that makes this sit-on top kayak extremely stable and easy to maneuver. Achieving comfortability is easy in this kayak because there is an open cockpit with a large comfortable seating area, thigh pads, and adjustable foot braces. There is also a portable accessory carrier and a dry storage compartment, which makes it easy to store extra supplies in your kayak.

2.) Emotion Spitfire 8

If you’re looking for a high performance kayak at a moderate price, the Emotion Spitfire 8 kayak is the perfect option for you. Known as one of the highest quality kayak manufacturers in the United States, Emotion Kayaks prize themselves on creating user friendly kayaks that mirror professional kayaks. Priced at $269, the Emotion Spitfire 8 is a sit-on kayak with a ST performance hull craft. In other words, although this kayak has a shorter length than the typical kayak, you will be able to obtain maximum speed and stability. Features like the padded back, plug holes, and molded foot ensure that the kayak will remain dry and comfortable, even during rough waters.

3.) Malibu Stealth 14

Sun Dolphin Bali SS

If you’re a dedicated fisherman, or someone with a lot of kayaking experience, then investing in the pricey Malibu Stealth 14 is worth it. Between the intricate design and vast storage system, it’s easy to understand why the Malibu Stealth 14 costs $1,137. This sit-on top kayak offers 14 inches of length with an immense storage compartments and an overall impeccable level of stability. The Malibu Stealth 14 is crafted with a 3-hatch system, which makes it easy to store your bait tank. The plumbing design includes a flip switch that will turn on a self-draining and circulating system. Other features include; a cup holder, nylon hooks, an adjustable foot track system, and 2 rod holders on the front and rear. Thus, you’ll never have to worry about not having enough room for your fishing equipment ever again.

4.) Perception R15

The Perception R15 kayak is the perfect beginner kayak that offers advanced features. Retailing at $605, the Perception R15 is the perfect investment for beginner kayakers who are passionate about the sport. This sit-on kayak features a comfortable and plush seating system with a structured backing, which will make cruising along a lake even a more enjoyable experience than before. The foot braces are also structured with plush padding, which stimulates the same experience as placing your feet on a luxurious foot rest. But, if you have longer legs, the foot braces are removable. The Perception R15 kayak also features bow, stern, and center day hatches, as well as a bungee tank well and ample storage space.

5.) Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 Sit-in Kayak

 Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 Sit-in Kayak

The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 Sit-in Kayak is crafted with an advanced design, for a low price ($320), that is perfect for water enthusiasts. This sit-in style kayak features a large open cockpit with plush and adjustable padded seating, as well as highly structured back support. Between the adjustable seat and the adjustable foot braces, you will be able to create the perfect position for maximum comfortability. Other features include; convenient gear storage, carrying handles, and even a water bottle holder. is a must visit website if you need gear and equipment for sports best done on a body of water e.g. kayaking, whitewater rafting, etc.

Connor Zuercher

Why Should You Hire a Tour Guide?


One of the biggest allures of traveling is being able to explore locations and cultures by yourself or with a group of close friends or family. But, traveling can be overwhelming for a variety of reasons. Although people typically snicker at the idea of using a tour guide, a tour guide can be extremely beneficial to the value and experience of your trip. If you aren’t keen on the idea of hiring a tour guide, here is a list of reasons why you should hire a tour guide.

1.) You don’t have a lot of time


Visiting a location for a short period of time doesn’t have to be disappointing. People who are only in a location for a short time typically leave feeling unfilled and disappointed that they didn’t get to have the full traveling experience they wanted to. If you are visiting an interesting location for a short amount of time, hire a tour guide. A tour guide will be able to make sure you get to see and experience everything you wanted to, as well as things you wouldn’t have thought of doing.

2.) You’re traveling on a cruise

One of the best parts of taking a cruise is getting to visit various ports. While visiting ports can be exciting, it typically turns into a hectic situation where you aren’t sure how to efficiently occupy your time. Instead of spending your time wandering around aimlessly, or stuck within the hoard of people who just left the same cruise you’re on, hire a tour guide in advanced. Often, tour guides who cater to cruise customers will pick you up from the port, and provide you with adequate transportation. This makes it extremely easy to have a fun and comfortable experience, and you won’t have to worry about making it back on the cruise in time!

3.) You’re revisiting a place

Travellers on tour

Even if you’ve been to a place numerous times, there are most likely places and experiences you haven’t tried. This is when a tour guide, who specializes in showing people the location’s hidden gems, comes in handy.

4.) You’re traveling in an unpredictable location

While traveling abroad can be an educational and exhilarating experience, it does pose its threats. Some locations are known for being dangerous, chaotic, and even unpredictable. If you are traveling in a location with a bad reputation, but you want to explore, hiring a tour guide will keep you occupied and out of harm’s way.

5.) You’re visiting a popular location

While hiring a tour guide in a popular location may seem useless because all of the popular attractions and sights are typically well known, a tour guide can come in handy for other reasons. Since tour guides know the location the best, they will know the best times to go to certain attractions and do certain activities. They will also have little tips and tricks that could make your experience more fun and efficient.

6.) You’re visiting a historic destination

Tourist listening to tour guide

Hiring a tour guide in a historic destination is beneficial because you will get the chance to learn and understand the true significance of the historic attractions. Reading history books, websites, and plaques at historic sights doesn’t come close to the cultural value of hearing an educated tour guide discuss the historical and cultural significance.

7.) You’re on an adventure trip

People who take adventure trips typically enjoy adrenaline rushes. While activities like scuba diving, white water rafting, and mountain climbing can be extremely exhilarating, they can also be extremely dangerous, especially in a place you’re unfamiliar with. Thus, hiring a guide is a perfect safety measure.

8.) There are language barriers

When traveling abroad, it’s important to remember that most people will most likely not speak your native language. If you haven’t learned the primary language of the country you’re visiting, or you’re scared of the anticipated language barrier, hire a guide to help you interact and communicate with the people you encounter while you’re traveling.

9.) You don’t want to handle the logistics of traveling

Face it, between making reservations, purchasing tickets, making transportation arrangements, and navigating, traveling can be overwhelming. So, leave the hassle behind, and enjoy your trip by hiring a guide to do all of that work for you.

About Sports Tours with Connor:

Hey, I’m Connor. I moved to China two years ago with my wife who teaches English here, and I decided to start making a living doing what I love best: sports! I provide sports tours to English-speaking tourists here in Beijing. Whether you just need a personal trainer for the day or you want someone to take you on a river rafting trip or on a walking tour of the Great Wall of China, I’m here for you! Let me know what you’re interested in doing!


“I for sure would not tackle touring China without the help of a tour guide, and I’m so glad we hired Connor. If you’re interested in doing athletic activities while you’re on your trip, Connor will be perfect for you!”