I have repeatedly said that the line between a recreational kayak and a touring kayak was somewhat arbitrary and that there were kayaks that blended features of both.
A lot of companies call such boats day touring kayaks. They may not have them in a separate category, in the menu, but, that’s how they describe them in the text.
They often have larger cockpit openings than their touring kayaks, but smaller than their recreational kayaks.
They are, generally speaking, in the 13 to 15 foot range. Longer than their rec boats, but shorter than their touring kayaks.
They are typically wider than their touring kayaks, but narrower than their recreational kayaks.
Typically they have two bulkheads, whereas most recreational kayaks have only one or none (a few have two)
Some have true thigh braces, whereas most recreational kayaks just have some padding on the cockpit rim.
They may also have perimeter rigging line, which some seem to think is a big deal. I’m not one.
I’m still a canoe guy, but I’ve been gradually warming up to kayaks. I think, as far as kayaks are concerned, day touring kayaks will become my sweet spot. Touring kayaks are overkill and recreational kayaks don’t have enough speed or capacity.
And speaking of capacity, a companies day touring kayaks may have more capacity than their touring kayaks. Making a boat wider increases capacity more than increasing it’s length. An inch in width makes a big difference in capacity.
This is a very popular market segment and I think for good reason.