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If you’ve been searching for ways to get outside and have fun this summer, you likely already know where I’m going with this. Kayaking is a great way to stay in shape, get on the water, see things from a new perspective, and socially distance from others—plus, if anyone gets a little too close, you can always splash them with water. According to maritime law, that’s the kayak version of firing over the bow. (Probably.)
But hauling a kayak around and/or storing it isn’t exactly a viable option for those of us who live in urban areas…until, well, relatively recently. Enter portable kayaks: water vessels that either inflate or fold down into something you can haul in the trunk of your car and later store in a closet (or just leave in the trunk of your car like this editor). So we took it upon ourselves to compare some of the most popular portable kayaks available right now, covering every budget and adventure level.