In looking at river kayaks I was wondering if certain colors had advantages/disadvantages - for instances do certain colors of the rotomolded plastic show the scratches or scraps more? Do the white and blue kayaks end of looking dirty sooner because of the white plastic. Or do the two tone red/black or green/black get softer sitting on the car top because of the dark colors. I have read post that say the two tone kayaks are weaker - but I don't really see why this would be the case.
Blue/White - Pretty easy to spot in the muddy darker river water. Should stay pretty cool due to the light colors. Just wonder if after a year or so if the white is going to look kind of brown from the dirt in the water and sand/mud on the banks.
Red/Black or Green/Black - Look really neat but I would think they would be harder to spot in the darker water and lower light. They may also be warmer in the sun and get hotter on top of the car. Probably hides the dirt better.
Yellow/Orange - Visible on the water and pretty light so I would think it would be less likely to get hot on the car top or on the river during the summer.
Or the old standby red. I really like the blue/white but I don't want a dirty looking kayak after a few uses. I almost seems like the yellow/orange may be the best compromise.
What has your experiences been with kayak colors? Softening due to the sun on the car top, visibility in the water, ability to stand up to and hid scratches, etc.
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You have to look at it.|
Posted by: Jaybabina on Apr-25-13 7:32 AM (EST)
Posted by: FordTrax on Apr-25-13 7:45 AM (EST)
I remember those!!!
Forget about the scratches|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-25-13 7:36 AM (EST)
Stay upright |
Posted by: FordTrax on Apr-25-13 7:46 AM (EST)
Always good advice!
Posted by: angstrom on Apr-25-13 7:47 AM (EST)
Speaking as a safety geek, I prefer bright, light colors. Pinned/swamped boats in moving water are a lot easier to recover if you can see them clearly.
Contrary to what you might think|
Posted by: 123Abuelo on Apr-25-13 7:49 AM (EST)
dark colors will show the dirt more. Ever own a black car? Also even though I love the look of my kayak with the red top and white hull red is notorious for fading.
contrary to the above post|
Posted by: desertdave on Apr-25-13 11:12 AM (EST)
My black river boat looks new when wet, as does my black Werner paddle. Dry they show that they are experienced.
drawback to yellow|
Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-25-13 12:01 PM (EST)
Though I like bright high visibility colors I have learned from experience to avoid yellow in ANY outdoor gear. Reason being that it attracts bugs like crazy. Makes sense, since that is the prevailing color of pollen. After being pursued several times by bees and hornets in my yellow rain jacket I retired it.
That is a pretty funny story!|
Posted by: FordTrax on Apr-25-13 8:09 PM (EST)
Might have made the whole post worthwhile.
Dragonfly Love Nest|
Posted by: ShadyClip on Apr-26-13 3:03 AM (EST)
Most of my ww kayaks|
Posted by: wilsoj2 on Apr-25-13 12:07 PM (EST)
have been yellow, red or orange. The yellow and orange ones seem to be the most visible. My orange Diesel shows up well in most conditions both water and light.
Red as animal attractant|
Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-26-13 10:26 AM (EST)
I would have expected that too (red attracting insects) but I've owned at least one red kayak for all the years I've been paddling (both my first and present Feathercraft folders being cherry red) and never noticed a lot of insect attraction with them for whatever reason. Maybe the dullness of the fabric makes them less appealing than a gelcoat or plastic finish.
The color that I would put last....|
Posted by: jackl on Apr-25-13 12:14 PM (EST)
on my list would be black.
Posted by: QCHiker on Apr-25-13 6:38 PM (EST)
Speaking from experience in trying to find kayakers in need of rescue on the Mississippi River. I can tell you the darker colors are hard to pickout from the river water. So stay away from blue, black and dark green as I've had problems spotting them in rough water. As for the lighter colors the yellows and neon green ones are a lot easier to see.
None of that makes a real difference. |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-25-13 6:54 PM (EST)
Just pick the color you like, and quit obsessing. I've been on the rivers since 1960, and apart from a mild visibility preference for certain colors (which seems not to make any actual difference) color just doesn't matter.
Yellow is out|
Posted by: FordTrax on Apr-25-13 8:16 PM (EST)
based on the fact it is the least popular color and the bee issue. I am not a huge fan of yellow anyway ... however it looks really good on some small cars. Like the sweet little turbo Subaru Baja they stop making a few years ago. I wish I would have bought one of those!
It seems to me...|
Posted by: tjalmy on Apr-25-13 10:22 PM (EST)
you are asking which colors are easiest to keep clean, and show scratches least.
Yellow boats show up well in |
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-25-13 10:36 PM (EST)
pictures. I haven't had any bee trouble with mine.
No bee trouble here, either|
Posted by: somalley on Apr-26-13 9:42 AM (EST)
Most of my gear is yellow - bright yellow helmet, yellow dry suit, yellow dry top, mango canoe with yellow air bags. No bee issues for me, other than perhaps looking a bit like one.
Posted by: harry0244 on Apr-26-13 11:37 AM (EST)
I have yellow boats, and no insect problems. It may be genetic, as I am bit less than others in a mosquito rich environment. I like the visibility without the glaring of day glow colors.
Thanks for the cleaning tip.|
Posted by: FordTrax on Apr-25-13 11:17 PM (EST)
Leaning toward the ice or sky color - blue and white.
Someone mentioned 303 and other|
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-26-13 12:50 AM (EST)
UV screening products.