I’m looking to buy my first kayak and I’ve narrowed it down to these two boats (due to availability, size, features, etc). I’m 29, 5’10" and weigh 140 lbs. I have been kayaking on and off for years but have never owned my own. I was fortunate enough to be able to spend some time in a larger size version of the Epsilon and i did like it. It’s a little longer than i was originally looking for (16.5’) and putting it on my small sedan might be a challenge that i have not attempted yet. I was thinking that the Riot Edge might be easier to transport and store but I don’t have the option of trying it first. The shop i went to said they can can order any Riot or Boreal Design Kayak from their catalog. They are available at around the same price range, so that isn’t so much a factor.
Has anyone owned either of these boats and could make any recommendations? If suggesting other kayaks, I’m looking for around this size, and I would prefer if it came with a rudder.
Surprising to me for living so close to the ocean, lakes, reservoirs, I’m having trouble finding shops that sell kayaks, especially ones that let you try them out first. I would have prefered buying used so I tried craigslist, but have not had much luck finding something that suits me. I found a shop that offered a lot of advice and would let me try any kayak in their shop but they only sell sit-on-top fishing kayaks. If anyone is in Southern California and knows a good place to get ocean kayaks that would be helpful as well.