Best Time to Buy a Kayak

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Written by David Myers

November 3, 2019
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There are usually major discounts on kayaks in springtime, when the kayaking season begins, since this is when kayak specialist retailers want to get rid of their current kayaks to make way for the new models.

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There are also boating shows at this time of year where, if there is unsold merchandise left over, it will be greatly discounted towards the end of the show since everyone just wants to leave without having to pack up only a few boats.

However, at this time of year, you will not find a great variety of kayaks and kayaking accessories available, just the less popular or returned kayaks, which may have certain design flaws.

When do kayaks go on sale?

Of course, though, large retailers have many deals on everything in late winter after Christmas, including kayaks. There will be a wider variety available since many new models of the kayak will now have been manufactured.

Retailers will also be trying to get rid of Christmas-themed and winter-oriented accessories – thermal drysuits, paddling gloves and winter kayaking socks, for example.

The even cheaper winter kayaks are the ones with elaborate designs and logos on the sides that have been mildly misprinted. They are often up to 50{f58552f1b452d1b85ac9d8facb6cf148c6ab2440ae06435485202b0d82e1ccf5} off.

As well, in places where the weather in winter is more extreme, people will often begin to weed out their personal kayaking collections in their garages each autumn so as to make room for their cars. But also, a kayaking retailer that is unable to receive new stock deliveries by road in the winter will have its own autumn stock clearout.

All year round, people will be selling their unwanted second-hand kayaks, but this often spikes after Christmas. Such kayaks will usually be much cheaper than even discounted ones from retailers. However, you may buy an unsuitable or even a stolen kayak in this way.

But, before you buy a kayak, you ought to think about what you want from one. Will you use it for long journeys? Do you want it to be comfortable?

Are you going to store provisions in it? Are you going to use it at night? Will you get a paddling kayak or a whitewater one?

You should find the model of kayak and accessories you want, then keep an eye on the items you are interested in until you see them in a local kayak specialist’s shop or an online retailer’s website on sale at a lower, more acceptable price.

In general, most experienced kayakers will say that autumn and winter are the best seasons to avail of discounts on a wider variety of high-quality kayaking merchandise.

However, if you are thinking of buying a kayak at the beginning of the season, there are some retailers who will allow you to safely take it for a “test drive” in the optimum paddling conditions. You can get a much better feel for which kayak is right for you.

Therefore, if the price is acceptable, spring could be the best time to invest in a kayak after all.

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