The 5 Best Pedal Kayaks In 2021: Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

If upper body strength isn’t your forte or you want to be able to travel a long way without wearing your arms out then a pedal kayak could be the answer. The built in pedal propulsion system allows you to use your legs to move through the water leaving your hands free for eating, taking photos or just a well earned rest.

In this post we’re going to cover what we think are the five best pedal kayaks in 2020.

Best Kayaks With Pedals

ImageNameCheck Price
#1. Hobie Mirage Passport 10.5 CURRENT PRICE
#2. Perception Pescador Pilot 12CURRENT PRICE
#3. Perception Crank 10CURRENT PRICE
#4. Brooklyn Kayak Company TK122 12.9'CURRENT PRICE
#5. Old Town Topwater 106 PDLCURRENT PRICE

Best Rated Pedal Kayak Reviews

Here are our pedal kayak reviews to help you narrow down some of the options on the market and make the right choice.

#1. Hobie Mirage Passport 10.5 Sit-On-Top Pedal Kayak

Our number one choice is the wonderful Hobie Mirage Passport 10.5 which is a brilliant sit on top pedal kayak with a 325 lb weight capacity. It’s made with a stable and solid hull to help you glide through the water and it tracks well due to it’s streamlined bow design helping you cut through the water smoothly and efficiently.

As it’s a sit on top kayak there’s plenty of room so it can easily accommodate larger paddlers plus the seat is super comfortable with a strong aluminum frame that won’t rust. You can also take the seat off the kayak when you arrive at your destination as it’s removable.

It’s an ideal kayak for a longer trip where you need to take supplies as it has cargo storage areas at the bow and stern to keep all your gear safely stowed. It even has a sealed hatch in the middle to keep your valuables dry and out of the reach of the water. It’s also available as a slightly longer model, the Hobie Mirage Passport 12 which has additional weight capacity and storage space.

We also love the accessory mounts on either side that allow you to cusomize what you take with you and add a sail or any fishing gear, plus, it has two fishing rod holders if you did want to use it as a fishing kayak. Over all, we think it’s one of the best kayaks with pedals and a very easy recommendation from us.

#2. Perception Pescador Pilot 12

Perception Kayaks Pescador Pilot 12 | Sit on Top Fishing Kayak with Pedal Drive...
173 Reviews
Perception Kayaks Pescador Pilot 12 | Sit on Top Fishing Kayak with Pedal Drive...
  • Pedal-driven performance at an unbelievable price - Made in USA
  • Lawn chair style mesh seat with 2-level seat adjustment and breathable mesh for ultimate all-day comfort and no pain
  • Pilot drive pedal system can be fully recessed into hull for zero draft

Up next we have the USA made Perception Pescador Pilot 12 which is another sit on top pedal kayak with a weight capacity of a huge 525 lbs. It features a removable pedal drive that is very easy to lift up in shallow water or when launching and docking. The convenient to use rudder allows you to steer with ease and makes tight turns easy.

It’s an ideal kayak for fishing and long kayaking trips as it has a lot of storage space. It has a front, rear and center dry storage hatches to keep your valuables dry and away from splashes. The storage pods even can be used with a transducer making it an ideal kayak if you want to use electronics out on the water. It also has bungee storage areas at the bow and stern for storing coolers all the gear you plan on taking.

For the anglers, it has a number of features that make it a good choice. The four molded in rod holders, lots of storage for tackle and your catch at the end of the day plus it has gear tracks either side for attaching any accessories you might want to use.

#3. Perception Crank 10

Perception Kayaks Crank 10 | Sit on Top Pedal Kayak | Adjustable Lawn Chair Seat...
42 Reviews
Perception Kayaks Crank 10 | Sit on Top Pedal Kayak | Adjustable Lawn Chair Seat...
  • Incredible pedal performance in a punchy 10 ft. package - Made in USA
  • Perfect for lakes, ponds and calm coastal waters
  • Efficient and easy-to-use pedal drive system; ability to go forward and reverse without removing the drive from the boat

In at number three we have another kayak from USA brand, the Perception Crank 10, a 10 foot long, sit on top kayak with pedal propulsion drive system and a 350 lb weight capacity. It’s got an easy to use, retractable pedals that make moving through the water easy.

Although not quite as much as the Pescador Pro, it’s got lots of storage space too, with both front and rear storage areas that you can secure your belongings with the bungee ropes to ensure they don’t go overboard.

It features a large and comfortable captain’s chair that you can adjust to any height you want, plus, it’s removable so you can take it with you and fold it up for each portability.

Although it’s not made for fishing (it doesn’t have rod holders,) the Perception Crank 10 has gear mounts either side of the cockpit to attach any fishing accessories you want to use. It also has a transducer scupper built into the hull to be used safely with electronics like fish finders.

The one downside with this kayak is the lack of dry storage hatches. Make sure you get a waterproof dry bag to keep any valuables that you don’t want getting wet. Other than that it’s a fantastic pedal kayak that gets a thumbs up from us and gets great reviews from other customers too.

#4. BKC TK122 12.9′

BKC TK122U 12' 6' Tandem 2 or 3 Person SIt On Top Fishing Kayak w/Upright...
24 Reviews
BKC TK122U 12' 6" Tandem 2 or 3 Person SIt On Top Fishing Kayak w/Upright...
  • THE PERFECT KAYAK FOR OUTDOOR FUN: Our Brooklyn Kayak Company BKC TK122U tandem kayak has extra space to fit 3 - making it ideal...
  • FULLY LOADED ACCESSORIES: Our kayak comes equipped with 2 ergonomic aluminum frame seats, 2 adjustable aluminum paddles, 2...
  • CRAFTED FOR STABILITY: Our Roto Molded single Piece High density polyethylene material is superior to inflatable kayaks and a...

Next we have the Brooklyn Kayak Company TK122 which is a 12.9 foot, sit on top, tandem pedal kayak. It’s built with stability in mind with a wide, flat bottom hull and with a wapping 770 lbs weight capacity it can easily hold you and your tallest friend, plus all the gear you want to take for a days paddling.

Despite it’s high weight capacity it’s surprisingly portable weighing in at 77 lbs and built with handles at either end to allow two people to carry it. Plus it also has a rotomolded handle to allow you to tow it over more difficult terrain.

When it comes to the seating it has very comfortable ergonomic chairs that provide great back support and allow you to spend the whole day out on the water. They’re padded with memory foam and can be adjusted to suit various different paddler’s heights.

As you’d expect from a kayak with such a large weight capacity it has a lot of storage space aboard and under each seat is a watertight hatch for keeping your valuables as well as front and rear cargo area that can be secured with the bungee cords. This allows you to take up to a 20l cooler, camping supplies or any other fishing gear you might want to bring with you.

Speaking of fishing, the BKC TK122 is designed with four fishing rod holders to allow you to keep your hands free and leave the lines in the water. It also has four accessory rails to put any other gear that you might out on the water. All in all, a very good option for those looking for a tandem fishing kayak with pedals.

#5. Old Town Topwater 106 PDL

Old Town Topwater PDL Angler Fishing Kayak (Photic, 10 Feet 6 Inches)
19 Reviews
Old Town Topwater PDL Angler Fishing Kayak (Photic, 10 Feet 6 Inches)
  • Old Town's Topwater PDL Angler fishing Kayak provides a stable, comfortable, easy-to-maneuver, hands-free fishing platform in a...
  • The Topwater PDL Angler uses the low maintenance forward/reverse pedal drive and a patent-pending easy-docking system for...
  • Packed with features, the Topwater PDL Angler includes an adjustable element Air seat, an oversized stern tank well for storing...

And last, but by no means least we have the Old Town Topwater 106 PDL, a sit on top solo pedal kayak built with the fisherman in mind. It’s also designed with a flat hull which results in a very stable kayak, even for stand up casting.

US kayak and canoe brand Old Town, are the oldest maker of kayaks in the world being founded in 1898. Since then they’ve been producing quality products that have stood the test of time. The Topwater is no exception and is

Weighing in at only 70 lbs, the Topwater 106 PDL is relatively lightweight and easy to carry for a pedal kayak. But despite this, it has a high weight capacity and can carry up to 450 lbs of paddler and gear combined.

When it comes to storage, the Old Town Topwater PDL has plenty of room for you and all your gear. It has storage areas at the bow and stern plus it has built in rod holders so you can fish hands free.