Top Kayak Carts Guide for 2019

We are pleased to bring you another guide article, this year we have put together a list of some of the best kayak carts on the market to bring you a overview of kayak carts, including and informative guide. We have tested these carts and found some subtle differences and some drastic differences in quality. Read on to see our top list and helpful cart tips.

kayak on top of kayak cart

Best Kayak Cart this year

Our Top Pick

1. EasyHaul Foldable Cart

The Easyhaul Forldable cart is perfect for most kayaks. The only little learning curve was determining how you are suppose to utilize the included strap. Straps were very helpful compared to the scupper hole styles. It rolls well and it is a lifesaver because my kayak is thick for me and it is difficult to take it more than 20 feet. I only wish it could fit in my kayak stern bulkhead. The opening is just small enough to the cart to not make it completely through.

Suggestion: When placing on the tires, make sure the valve is facing the inside. The valve will hit the pin and make an annoying clicking sound and can damage the valve too.

strapped kayak cart

Yep, the tires smell bad, but thats pretty much the only con and you know when the smell of rubber is the only con this is a good product. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a cart its very rugged and easy to use and clocks in at half the price of some of the competition. A great tool for any kayaker!

Runner Up (Twice the Price)

2. Ctug Kayak or Canoe Trolley Cart

That much money for a plastic cart is a tad off-putting, BUT make no mistake this is a great cart. It compares to an aluminum frame, pneumatic tire, folding-type cart which you attach to the kayak with two straps. The problem with the other cart is that it is difficult to specify a loaded kayak on it with no cart gearing up and collapsing. The tires could go flat without notice. If one of the straps loosened, the kayak could rotate off itself the cart and then dump everything. 

This C-Tug simplifies everything. The cart can easily be placed so that you can lift and place a fully loaded kayak directly on the cart. And also the kayak stays put. The only strap system works very well. The wheels are tall and manage rough ground nicely. Assembly and disassembly is fast and simple. Potential negatives- There are no wheel bearings, so that it squeaks today and then if in motion.  Also the price tag is fairly hefty for most buyers. The orientation of this buckles well, as does the routing of the straps. This is a wonderful product: does what it does very well.

Also Good

3. Chicago Sports Plug In Cart

We used this ​Chicago Sports Plug In Cartto carry our thicker kayak through soft sand, grass and over things like gravel and roots. It functions really well, this is a real improvement over the smaller original hard wheel variant. The cart is inexpensive and the quality is excellent. Best solution for distributing the bigger kayaks over sand. My only criticism, and I’m being nit picky, is there is not a very clean looking choice for stowing the brakes on the deck if u have a livewell set up over the scuppers. 

I just strapped down with a bungies. This cart is a very great option for those that are looking for a well priced scupper cart, its got some of the best materials for a scupper and performed very well in our tests.

If you are opting to purchase this model we recommend you consider your kayaks size, since some larger tandem versions wont be a perfect fit for this one.

kayak on top of kayak cart

Do I Really Need A Kayak Cart?

As a kayaker, you need all your strength before you get to the water. You absolutely do not need to be dragging your kayak manually with your hands to the river.

Hence your need for a Kayak Cart. It will mobilize your Kayak for transportation to wherever you need to go kayaking. A Kayak Cart is a small wheeled device, where a kayak is attached, and can be hooked to a car/truck and hauled to a desired point of destination.

Before you buy your kayak cart, please read this guide. It will simplify your search for a kayak cart. Following are some points to consider before buying your kayak cart.

Kayak price

Factor number one that most people consider before purchasing a kayak cart is the price. Even though the price is important, pay attention to other features that might jeopardize your kayak transportation experience. For instance, a S Cart costs $110, and M Cart costs about $98. Even though the latter is cheaper than the former, it is more stable, long-lasting and less complicated.

The thing to keep in mind is that sometimes, cheap is expensive in the long term. But that is not always true. You could save up some money on purchasing a cheaper cart but with great features that just suit your kayak.

plug in vs end cart

Kayak type

Different Kayak types require different kayak carts. You ought to make sure that your kayak type fits the trolley or cart that you intend to use. otherwise, you might end up with a kayak that can’t sit on the cart.

For instance, for kayaks that are supposed to

plug into the kayak carts, you need a plug-in cart.

For kayaks that sit on the kayak carts, you might need an Strapped cart.

Some other kayak types are simply designed for strapping on the cart.

Kayak weight

For a long-lasting kayak, you will need to consider the kayak weight. The last thing you want is to find out that the cart cannot withstand your kayak. A heavy kayak will eventually mess up the ball bearings on your kayak cart. Be careful because once the bearings are messed up the cart will develop a bend. It is difficult to remove a bend from a cart.

Kayak wheel structure

Depending on the terrain of your path to the river, or lake, the wheel type is important to consider. For rough and rocky terrain, you will need wider wheels and tires to protect your kayak from the bumpy ride. For sandy or muddy terrain, you will need thinner wheels and tires. That way it doesn’t get stuck while riding.
For any terrain, you need tougher wheels to avoid puncture or tear while riding, ending up ruining your kayaking experience.

kayak cart wheelsDesign

Consider also the design of the kayak cart. The best designs to look out for are stable, solid and strong. This will improve the reliability of your cart. Carts are supposed to transport your kayak to and fro without any problems.
Some poor designs are made of rusting materials. After a short period of time, they develop a screeching noise that ends up locking up your wheels. Therefore, a good quality design will assure you of reliable drives or rides and care for your kayak.

Storage

For good care of your kayak, storage matters. Some kayak carts are large and cumbersome, hence difficult to store. That means they might end up being stored outdoors. Therefore, you need a foldable kayak cart for ease of storage.

Frame

The frame of your kayak cart should be built in such a way that it protects the body of your kayak from flying loose rocks and other substances. That means you need the frame to be elevated above the ground. Also, a well built cart frame protects the kayak from mud splashing on it and dirt getting into the kayak. Lastly, ensure that the cart is equipped with good springs to protect from the banging of the kayak against the cart.

Is it a DIY attach-friendly?

Whenever you are getting a kayak cart, be sure you are a DIY kind of a person. Therefore, what you need is to realize is that while most carts are DIY, some a difficult to assemble than others. Therefore, all other factors withstanding, be careful to go for user easy DIY friendly Kayak cart. It doesn’t need to be complex in the manner of attachment. It should be easy to assemble.

Compatibility with kayak

More than size and shape of the kayak, you need to ensure that your kayak carrier is compatible with the kayak. Compatibility is key because it determines the number of other things. It determines the security of the kayak while on the road, and it does also affect the usefulness of the cart.
If the cart is not compatible with the kayak, for one it will not fit properly. Secondly, it will not be useful to the owner in the long run. Lastly, it is a waste of money, as these carts are not cheap.

Conclusion

Kayak carts are designed to help make your work easier in terms of getting your kayak to the water. You don’t want to get tired before you can start your kayaking or canoeing. What makes all the difference? It’s the decision you make before purchasing. Therefore, this is an experience you want to enjoy.
There are various kinds of carts on the market to choose from. You need to ensure that you make the right choice. Your choice is not only informed by price, which is important, but also a number of others.

The size of your kayak, wheel size, and type, the frame of the kayak, compatibility with your kayak, among ought to be considered. All factors matter and this shopping guideline should help you.

Our Top Pick Again

1. EasyHaul Foldable Cart

The Easyhaul Forldable cart is perfect for most kayaks. The only little learning curve was determining how you are suppose to utilize the included strap. Straps were very helpful compared to the scupper hole styles. It rolls well and it is a lifesaver because my kayak is thick for me and it is difficult to take it more than 20 feet. I only wish it could fit in my kayak stern bulkhead. The opening is just small enough to the cart to not make it completely through.

strapped kayak cart

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