While I'm a fan of British-style boats -- I own two -- I don't think that they are the only kayaks that you should try before you buy. I think that you should try as many different styles of boats as possible before making a buying choice. Chance are that if you've been paddling for awhile, you already know what you like, but if you haven't, you need to try a bunch of different styles. In that theme, here are my top 10 sea kayak picks to try.
I've always been conflicted when it comes to companies like Wilderness Systems. I don't think of them as "sea kayak" companies. They seem to put more weight into their recreational and fishing boats and come to sea kayaking as an afterthought. It's hard to imagine the company that makes the infamous Pungo could produce a decent sea kayak. Still there have been a lot of good things said about the Tempest since it came out. Given that, and that I had Cindy Scherrer (partner of co-designer Steve Scherrer) paddling right beside me while I was out test paddling boats in Grand Marais, it seems like as good a time as any to take one for a spin. :)