Sit-on-Top VS Sit-In Kayaks: Question of the Ages!

Good day ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the main event, the battle of the ages: Sit-on-Top VS Sit-In Kayaks!


Introducing first in the one corner, Sit-on-Top kayaks! User friendly and outgoing Sit-on-Tops offer a knockout good time out on the water!

And introducing in the other corner, Sit-In kayaks! Close to the water and fun, Sit-Ins offer a one-two hit sensation with every paddle stroke!


We are in for a phenomenal bout, worthy of the Las Vegas, Chicago or New York rings! We hope we can settle this age-old question today and we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else, but the Fox River Valley to enjoy this contest! So, without further ado, let’s see these two float like a butterfly, sting like a bee and dance!





The most user-friendly kayak style! Sit-on-Tops are versatile for everyone from beginner to expert!

They are reliable, stable and phenomenally easy to get in and out of! This makes them great for day trips because you can easily pull aside to shore and take a break for a delicious picnic!

These vessels have a wide and open deck which offers comfort on the water for all kayakers!
Tipped out of your kayak? No worries – simply flip the kayak back right side up and pull yourself back in to continue your adventure! No need to worry about sinking your kayak either – if you flip your kayak, the useful holes allow the water to drain out!


The coziest kayak style. Sit-Ins are designed for the long tours. The Vessel has a cockpit which you will climb into. This provides protection from the wind and elements!

Want to show off your skills doing an Eskimo roll or take on some technical rapids? With a Sit-In kayak you can use a spray skirt to successfully Eskimo roll and conquer those level 5 rapids without getting water inside.

Sit-In kayaks are widely available at most stores! This means there is a wide price range and many different style or size options! Don’t forget to do some research into different Sit-In kayaks, as the wide variety could cause you to get a kayak that doesn’t suit your needs or is not the quality that you require!

And the Winner Is…

Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.-

After a highly contested and memorable fight, the results are in! Due to both contenders showing great qualities to support adventures out on the water the match ends in a technical draw!


As you can see, these kayaks serve distinct purposes.  Each kayaker has different needs, and it really comes down to which style you prefer personally!

Fox River Kayaking Company’s fleet is comprised of Sit-on-Tops due to their ease of use, safety, and comfort! We love the multi-purpose nature of our kayaks, and they are perfect for our calm and beautiful local waterways!


We are always happy to chat about Kayaks or Stand Up Paddle Boards! Feel free to contact us with any questions!