Hello! I am purchasing two kayaks as a Christmas gift for my husband and I. We enjoy camping but have limited time off together. So, the main purpose of these kayaks would be for some lake trips on the weekend and maybe one or two multi day camping trips. I do not want the very beginner kayak as we have been in kayaks and canoes before and I think it will be a waste of money just to upgrade in a year or two. We are in the Kansas City area and hope to take it to area lakes, parts of the Colorado river in Utah, and maybe some lakes in Colorado, so we will need somewhat of a dynamic kayak, but no rapids yet.
Right now, I am looking at the 12’ Perception Carolina that weighs 53 for my husband, who is 200 pounds and 6’1" tall. For myself, I am considering the 12’ Tribute that weighs 42, and I am 5’2" weighing 135 pounds. My main question is: since he weighs 70 pounds more than I, would it be a bad decision to get him a heavier kayak? I do not want to be way ahead of him. Will these models be able to do lakes and swiftly moving currents?
I would appreciate any other opinions or info regarding this purchase that anyone may be willing to offer. Would I be better off just getting the same model kayaks?
Thank you for all of your help!