• Extra Large Kayaks For Big Guys & Gals

    The Best Large Kayaks For Big Guys

    When your a tad bit overweight or simply a heavy person and love the idea of Kayaking but have always been somewhat hesitant due to weight capacities. It’s time to leave those fears on the shore and jump into a suitable Kayak for big guys and girls. Kayaking is too much fun to be missing out on and us large people should not be limited by our size.

    Further down this page you can find all our best recommended plus size Kayaks suitable to buy if you need a Kayak with the ‘Heavy Duty’ rating. So just scroll on down to get started.

    Buying Tips – Kayaks For Heavy People

    • First time Kayaking?. It’s advisable to start off your Kayak adventure in calm still waters before you tackle and harsher conditions. Wider kayaks are great for the flat waters as they don’t tip so easy. I prefer to take on the calm waters anyway as it’s less stressful, peaceful and it’s a great way to have a chat with your mates on the water.
    • I think the hardest part for a big guy when kayaking is getting out of the darn thing. Truth is there is no easy way. But I do recommend that us bigger people should go out kayaking with other people we know. Other people can help you out by offering an arm to pull on to get up. Also, I also tell people to practice getting out of your kayak at home on the floor. Become familiar with the kayak and know you limitations.
    • What happens if you capsize? Like I said, always go out with another person. Although you shouldn’t have too many dramas on a long flat kayak on flat water. Try and avoid the smaller and more narrow kayaks as they can tip much easier. Attaching a safety strap to the cockpits cowling is another good idea, as you can pull yourself back in from the strap. have your friend counter balance the weight of the kayak.
    • Look for big open cockpit areas and extra wide kayaks. We will state the width and Kayak’s weight capacity ratings below.
    • ALWAYS wear a plus size life jacket

    So Let’s Take A Look At The High Weight Capacity Kayaks

    250 – 350 Lbs Top Rated Kayaks For Overweight People

    Old Town Recreational Kayak 275-325 Lbsbest kayak for overweight people

    A step up from the common 250 pound weight capacity kayaks is the 10 foot Old Town Recreational kayak with a weight rating of 275-325 pounds. The overall width measures in at 28.5″ with a cockpit size of 19.5 x 48 inches.

    Old Town know what they are doing when it comes to Kayaks, and this 10 footer is my personal favorite entry level Kayak to calm rivers, lakes and swimming holes. The perfect beginners kayak for a bigger person. The cockpit is spacious enough to fit a bigger guy and his child in, which is superb for Father Daughter adventures. Plus I don’t like the idea of having a dual cockpit Kayak with a young child in separate cockpits. Especially as I’m oversized.

    A very stable ride, like I said great for people learning to paddle. The hull is very durable, a lot more so then then the majority of recreational kayaks. Other things worth noting are the adjustable seat/back rest, cup holders, extra storage cockpit for lunch, goodies etc and not too heavy considering. Myonly negative is that the drainage plug is in a not so easy position, However a great Kayak, and one you will often see in Kayak hire shops because of how reliable and sturdy this thing is.


    Old Town Kayak. I Recommend 275-325 Lbs


    250 Lbs Capacity Kayak For Plus Size People

    Sun Dolphin Aruba 10best kayaks for plus size people

    As you may be aware, Kayaking can be a pretty expensive sport. So when starting out it’s a good idea to begin on a low end entry level Kayak. Which this Aruba 10 foot recreational kayak by Sun Dolphin is. It has a sit in cockpit width of 30 inches and is officially rated to hold a weight capacity of 250 pounds.

    For a beginner overweight person looking to get started kayaking then I do recommend you check out this Kayak further. Its well made, boasts a strong hull and has sufficient storage space for moderate river trips. However you can add more storage, lots more by modifiyng behind the seat area. After warranty has expired of course and your much more experienced at kayaking. The seat itself is rather good and has a high back for the taller people. I find this 250 pound capacity kayak is very easy to handle, especially for the beginner. The Aruba 10 kayak in my opinion is perfect for the casual and beginner kayaking adventurer.


    250 Lb Kayak Good For Beginners


    My Number 1 All Rounder Big Mans Kayak 300 Lbs

    River, lakes & Ocean KayakOversized Kayaks For Heavy People

    If you looking for a plus size kayak that’s not only good for taking on the flat water but also to tackle the ocean, then you may consider the Ocean kayak Scrambler. It’s 11 foot, rated to hold a weight capacity of 300 pounds and has a width of 29.5 inches. Which means plenty of leg room and big enough for many of us heavier people.

    Not only is this kayak ideal for the big and tall, but it’s simply a great Kayak for everyone, even beginners. It’s one of those Kayaks you can take out complete beginners on there first attempt at kayaking and they should have less problems learning to control the scrambler.

    The scrambler is not a new Kayak, it’s been in production for about 20 years and over the years has been modified to be the the awesome Kayak that it is today. While some kayaks cant handle flat water and surf/ocean conditions, the I think scrambler thrives on it. I find the unique 3 point hull makes it super easy to kayak through the oceans waves, while still a very stable and reliable kayak for calmer lakes and rivers. Check out all it’s features and see if it suits your needs.



    The Famous Scambler By Ocean Kayak



    Coleman Inflatable 350 Lb Kayakbest inflatable kayak for big people

    While this Coleman Sevylor kayak is technically classified as a fishing and hunting kayak, this 350 pound capacity kayak is just great for the relaxing paddle down the stream. While the fishing part is a bonus too, as the fish swim right below you as if nothing was above them. Plus the canvas cover makes a great protection against against unwanted hooks, compared to many other vinyl kayaks.

    Plus size kayaks may seem a little frightening at first because your paranoid it’s just going to sink. Being inflatable and a heavy person right. But you may be blown away when you learn how durable and stable these kayaks can be. Plus the fact they are inflatable and portable is just pure genius in my opinion. That way if you decide to only use the kayak a few times, you can easily store it away with out taking up too much valuable space.

    When you are brave enough to enter the white waters, and above 300 pounds, you may find it difficult to hind hard shell kayaks in your weight capacity. That’s where this heavy duty Coleman kayak steps in. As I rate this kayak as one tough big mans kayak which I find can handle the rough waters as well within reason.


    350 Lb Inflatable Kayak


    500 Lbs Capacity Kayak

    I found it’s slim pickings for a one man hard shell kayak with a weight capacity of 500 pounds. However they may exist!. You just gotta look far and wide. However we have managed to find a pretty darn nice kayak which fits into the 500 pound weight capacity rating. It’s a beauty but it’s not cheap. Again like many things for us big and tall people, we have to pay extra for the things in life we need due to our large sizes.

    The kayak in question is the Hobie Mirage i12s. It’s a real heavy duty kayak which is built to increase speed and stability. Good choice for the bigger guys looking for that adrenalin rush without sacrificing much stability. One heck of a comfortable kayak for long weekend trips on the water with plenty of storage options. No need to starve and dehydrate here.


    500 Pound Hobie Mirage Kayak


    Recommended High Weight Capacity Kayaks From The Readers

    Below you can find Kayaks that are recommended or alternative options to the above kayaks available for the plus size community. These have been recommendations by the readers of this blog. If you have another Kayak suitable to the big person that is not on this list. Please feel free to add your recommendation in the comments section below. Please be aware the minimum weight capacity should be 250 lbs.

    • Moken 10 By FeelFree – 350 Lbs weight capacity
    • Sport Fisher by LifeTime – 500 Pound weight capacity
    • Frenzy by Ocean Kayak – 275-325 lbs rating
    • Malibu Two XL – 450-500 pound weight rating.


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14 Responsesso far.

  1. James says:

    Need a kayak for someone with size 15 feet. Any ideas? Thanks

    • bigman says:

      Hi James, Thanks for stopping by. Size 15, that’s a tough one. But I did some research and came across a Kayak recommended by another large person with size 15 feet. The Wilderness Systems RIDE 115 is the Kayak in question, which has a 500 lbs weight capacity and width of 33″.

      You can Buy It On Amazon

      and I think you may have to pay for shipping. Or you can find the closest dealer to you on their official website: http://www.wildernesssystems.com/us/products/ride-115. Hope this helps.

      • Brian says:

        The Ride 115 is an amazing yak. I love mine! I do advise getting the AirPro3 seat. Its like being in a lawn chair on the river !! 🙂

  2. maggie says:

    Thanks for the resaearch. I’m quite large, moved to LA with this beautiful ocean its a shame to let my size hold me back. I just didnt know where to find something to suit my width 😉 thx again.

  3. Todd says:

    two other “kayak-like” kayaks are the Hobie Pro Angler 12 and 14 with 500lb and 600lb capacities respectively. They both have the same seat, which is rated for 350lb.
    Top-notch stability and, like the inflatable Hobie listed, it uses the pedal-driven Mirage drive. Expensive, yes. but with Hobie, you get what you pay for.

  4. Me and my dog says:

    I’m hoping you can help.
    I’m trying to find a new kayak that will fit me, and my dog.
    I would need a weight rating of 300lbs or more, which is not too difficult to find. But my problem is the width and length of the cockpit. I am wide.. most kayaks about about 19-20″ at the widest part of the seat. I really need more than that to be comfortable. And the length needs to be about 42″ or so inches for my dog to fit in front of me.
    I thought I found a great kayak in the Pelican Maverick 100x. The measurements claimed a 25″ width and 47″ length.. weight rating 300lbs. I went right out and got one.. got it home and sat in it (not sure why I didn’t in the store, well hey, it had the measurements).. and not only would my dog not fit, but if I chose to have the pegs up a bit for a slight knee bend (which I find a comfortable position while kayaking sometimes).. my knees were almost against the front of the cockpit. I am only 5’4″. And the width had me uncomfortable.
    Of course after measuring myself I found the cockpit only 19″ wide and 35″ long. A big disappointment.
    I returned it to Dicks Sporting Goods and tried out all the kayaks in my price range and couldnt find anything suitable. The closest was the Pelican Trailblazer, which I fit comfortably, and my dog would fit too.. but the weight rating was only 275… and the LEAST I would risk is 300lbs.
    A deeper kayak may do better, and there were a couple that might have worked, but way over my price range of about $400.
    I’m now very doubtful of accurate information listed. I’d like to try to kayak out first.
    Oh… and a sit in kayak. I am not a fan of sit on top.. and my dog is not crazy about the water and is more secure sitting in, and close to me.
    Anyway… any suggestions?
    Your help would be greatly appreciated.

  5. Jamie Miles says:

    I love this website!!! I have lost 100lbs but still in the 270 range. I need/want a Kayak but am having trouble finding something that fits my budget and weight capacity.

    I love the Sun Dolphin Aruba’s (the look) but am still a good 20lbs away from the weight capacity. If I could find something in the $200-$250 range that has a weight capcity of up to 300lbs I’d be set. My guess is if I weigh 275 I shouldn’t get a kayak with a 275lb capacity in case I want to bring a drink or something with me, LOL.

    Keep up the great job on this site. It’s very helpful.

    Jamie Miles

  6. Tyler says:


    Take a look at the Weber 132 made by Lifetime. Just a thought

  7. FL Dude says:

    I currently use an Ocean Kayak Aegean (discontinued) which is tandem, and sit in the middle seat. I weigh 350 and I like to take my kids out. Malibu XL is essentially same boat but tracks better.

  8. XLkayakpro says:

    How about the Malibu 2XL or the Frenzy by OK,the Lifetime Sport Fisher, the Yellowfin by Vibe, or the Moken 10 by Feelfree? They all have a 350+ capacity. Why bother with any of this inflatable nonsense when there are PLENTY of good hardshell kayaks out there for big folks?

    • bigman says:

      Thanks kindly for your suggestions, they will greatly help the community. They are now added into the recommended kayaks above for people to do further research. Have a nice day.

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