Best Kayak Carts

It’s sunny outside; you dust out your kayak and set all your gear. You put everything in the car and drive to the local beach, lake, or river. You know what is left, right? Yes, the tedious duty of transporting everything to the shore. 

Unless you are the hulk, it will take you several trips to unload everything. However, if you have a kayak cart, it will considerably reduce the hassle, and, of course, the time it takes to transport everything to the sore. This way, you will spend more time where it matters: Inside the water. 

So, let’s cut to the chase. Here, we bring you a review of the best kayak trolleys in the market. In this guide, you will find kayaks for the beach, woods, and rivers! It is up to you to decide which is the one that best suits your needs. 

Capacity (Pounds)TypeWeight (Pounds)ConstructionTires 
Suspenz Smart Airless DLX150Strap 10Stainless steel and aluminumAirless rubber
TMS kayak cart150Strap7.7Aluminum and anodized steelAirless rubber
Onefeng Sports Universal215Plug-in7.2Galvanized steelPlastic with rubber coating
Railblaza C-Tug300Strap9.2High-density polymer with stainless steel reinforcementsPlastic with rubber coating
BonnLo Kayak Cart With Beach Tires165Strap14AluminumBalloon 
Malone Clipper Deluxe200Strap8.2Anodized aluminumAirless rubber 
Bonnlo Kayak Cart165Strap8.8AluminumAirless rubber 
Redneck Convent 300End cart9Anodized SteelInflatable rubber
Malone Xpress 200Plug-in7.4Aluminum Airless rubber 
Wilderness System heavy-duty cart330 and 450 with all-terrain tiresStrap15AluminumBalloon  or all-terrain (sold separately)

Best Kayak Carts: Reviews 

Suspenz Smart Airless DLX Cart

Suspenz Smart Airless DLX Cart
  • Airless 10” tires, they will never go flat!
  • Powder-coated aluminum frame with stainless steel...
  • Boat rests on durable rubber pads

Let’s start this review with a mighty contender: The Suspenz Smart Airless DLX cart. It is an impressive trolley that has a stainless steel and aluminum composite construction. Thus, it is rust and corrosion resistance. Therefore, you can use it both in salt and freshwater without any problem.  

The cart features two 10” airless rubber tires. They are durable and have an astounding performance on uneven, muddy, and rocky terrain. Plus, there is no possibility of getting a flat! However, they aren’t as good in sand. So, click here if you like this trolley, but you need sand-proof wheels. 

Thanks to the dual-arm kickstand, the Suspenz Smart stays in place while you are loading or unloading your kayak. Additionally, it features rubber pads instead of foam. Therefore, they are more durable and offer more protection against scratches. 

The four strap system keeps the kayak secure in place until you reach your destination. And, once you do, you can fold the cart and put it inside the convenient mesh bag that comes with it! You can also take the wheels off if you wish to save some extra space. 

Key Features 

  • Capacity: 150 pounds
  • Weight: 10 pounds
  • Tires: 10” airless
  • Type: Strap 
  • Construction: Stainless steel and aluminum
  • Platform: 13 x 18.1’’
  • Foldable
  • Demountable wheels 
  • Rubber padding
  • Mesh bag
  • Dual-arm kickstand

Pros:

  • It comes with a bag.
  • It packs small.
  • Corrosion and rust-resistant. 
  • Durable. 
  • Flat-free tires. 

Cons

  • Not suitable for long kayaks. 
  • It struggles in the sand and softer terrains. 
  • Pricey. 

TMS CART-CANOE/KAYAK

TMS CART-CANOE/KAYAK-KY001 Boat Kayak Canoe Carrier Tote Trolley
  • Capacity : 150-Pound 12 Ft long tie-down strap....
  • Large(9-1/2"D) flat-free tires (3-1/2" wide) roll...
  • Material : Aluminum pipe (20 x2mm) anodized...

Are you looking for a more budget-friendly option? Well, here you have a suitable cart. The TMS kayak cart has a similar structure than that of the Suspenz we reviewed before. This time, the trolley has an aluminum frame with anodized aluminum reinforcements. The construction is so stable that it can handle up to 150 pounds. 

The kayak sits on a 13 x 15.5” platform that has foam pads to prevent scratches. The problem is that foam tends to peel over time. Thus, you might need to replace it to avoid damaging the hull. You have a 12-feet strap to secure the kayak to the cart. We recommend fixing the band to the trolley to avoid losing it. 

Additionally, the TMS cart features a set of 9.5” inflatable flat rubber tires. Their 3” footprint makes this cart capable of running smoothly through hard and soft terrain alike. 

Key Features 

  • Capacity: 150 pounds
  • Weight: 7.7 pounds
  • Tires: 9.5 x 3” airless wheels 
  • Type: Strap 
  • Construction: Aluminum and anodized steel 
  • Platform: 13 x 15.5’’
  • Foldable
  • Foam padding
  • Dual-arm kickstand

Pros: 

  • Good overall performance. 
  • Quick assembly. 
  • Affordable.

Cons:

  • No puncture free. 
  • It can’t accommodate large kayaks.
  • Foam pads are not as durable as rubber.  

Onefeng Sports Universal Kayak Cart

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Onefeng Sports Universal Kayak Cart Boat Carrier with Adjustable Width Axle for...
  • ADJUSTABLE:The distance between 2 poles is...
  • NEW TIRES:Tyres are environment-friendly,odourless...
  • SPRING BUTTON & New Strap Design:The spring button...

The Onefeng Sports Universal is a plug-in cart that has a galvanized steel frame. Thus, it is resistant to both rust and corrosion. And the best thing is that it can hold up to 215 pounds of weight; more than any of the other kayak carts we’ve reviewed thus far.

The main disadvantage of this trolley is that it only works with sit-on-top kayaks since these are the only models that have scupper holes. 

The 1.2” poles have a soft rubber construction to avoid scratching the holes in your kayak. You can choose between a 13” or a 20.4” separation depending on your needs. Plus, the cart comes with a 10 feet strap to tightly secure the craft to the poles.

This cart has two 9.8” plastic wheels with rubber sheaths. Because they are so thin, only 2.7” wide, they have poor performance on sand or similar terrains, especially if you load the car to its limit. However, you will never have a flat tire. So, it makes more sense to use this kayak cart on treacherous terrains. 

The wheels have a spring button for quick assembly. And, since it is a plug-in cart, it takes less space and is very portable. 

Key Features 

  • Capacity: 215 pounds
  • Weight: 7.2 pounds
  • Tires: 9.8 x 2.7” plastic wheels 
  • Type: Plug-in with straps
  • Construction: Galvanized steel
  • Demountable wheels 

Pros:

  • Lightweight.
  • It packs small. 
  • Decent carrying capacity. 
  • Adjustable width. 

Cons

  • The wheel spring mechanism is quite fragile. 
  • Pricey.
  • It only works on sit-on-top kayaks. 

RAILBLAZA C Tug Kayak Cart

RAILBLAZA Ctug Kayak or Canoe Trolley Cart
  • Puncture Free Wheels: High grip rubber tread...
  • Strap your canoe or kayak to the cart and roll to...
  • Tool Free Assembly: Dismantles in under 20 seconds...

At first glance, you will think that this is a fragile cart. But looks are deceiving. Although the frame has a polymer construction, it is quite resistant to shock, abrasion, and, of course, rust and corrosion. Plus, the structure has stainless steel reinforcements. The result is a sturdy cart capable of handling up to 300 pounds. 

So, this kayak cart is more suitable for those who have a tandem kayak or anglers that like to bring a lot of gear for their fishing trips. 

The kayak sits on two large rubber pads, and you can fasten it using two straps that come with the cart. The best thing is that it can accommodate crafts of different sizes thanks to its ‘V’ design.

The cart has a set or airless wheels with a rubber grip that has an outstanding performance on most terrains. But we don’t recommend using it on soft grounds.

You can assemble this cart without using any tools, and it packs so small that you can fit it inside one of the hatches on your kayak. And, with its 9.6 pounds of weight, it is the most portable cart so far. 

Key Features 

  • Capacity: 300 pounds
  • Weight: 9.6 pounds
  • Tires: 10 x 3.5” plastic
  • Type: Strap-on
  • Construction: Sturdy polymer with stainless steel reinforcements 
  • Fully dismantlable 
  • Rubber pads

Pros:

  • Packs small and is amazingly light for its capacity. 
  • Huge carrying capacity.
  • Durable and strong. 
  • Suitable for many kayak models.
  • Puncture-free

Cons

  • The straps are quite short. 
  • Expensive. 
  • It doesn’t work on the sand as well as in the hard ground. 

Bonnlo Kayak Cart With Big Beach Balloon Tires 

Bonnlo Kayak Canoe Boat Cart Carrier Dolly Trolley with 12" Big Beach Balloon...
  • 12" BIG BEACH BALLOON TIRES: Detachable large low...
  • CAPACITY: Generous 165lb carrying capacity allows...
  • EASY ASSEMBLY AND DISASSEMBLY: Trolley is easy to...

Now, it is time to review a kayak cart specially designed for sand. This Bonnlo trolley has two soft 12 x 7” balloon tires. Due to the superb weight distribution, the cart can roll smoothly through sand and other soft terrains. However, make sure that there are no sharp objects or the tires will go flat. 

As this is a cart for beach use, it doesn’t have an incredible carrying capacity. So, you must carefully plan what you are taking to make the most of its 165 pounds. 

This kayak cart has an aluminum frame. You can completely dismantle it without any tools. However, the process is not as simple as the Railblaza C-tug we reviewed before. Therefore, we suggest only to fold it to avoid losing any valuable piece. 

To prevent the frame from scratching the hull of your kayak, it has two foam pads on either pole. They do their job. But you will have to replace them from time to time as the protection will peel off.

You can accommodate kayaks up to 31.5 inches wide in this kayak cart, making it a suitable option for a wide range of crafts. 

Key Features 

  • Capacity: 160 pounds
  • Weight: 14 pounds
  • Tires: 12 x 7” balloon tires 
  • Type: Strap 
  • Construction: Aluminum  
  • Platform: 13 x 16’’
  • Foldable
  • Foam padding
  • Dual-arm kickstand

Pros: 

  • Fully dismantlable. 
  • Corrosion-resistant structure.
  • It works swimmingly on the sand. 

Cons:

  • Not suitable for rocky roads. 
  • Difficult to assemble. 
  • A little bit expensive.

Malone Clipper Deluxe Universal Kayak Cart

Malone Clipper Deluxe Universal Kayak Cart
  • Universal frame supports canoe or kayak
  • Includes airless "Never-Go-Flat" removable 10”...
  • Oversized padded frame protects boat and includes...

Malone is a reference in the construction of all types of carts. They have plug-in and strap models with inflatable, airless, and balloon tires. This time, we are reviewing the Malone Clipper Deluxe. 

With it, you can take either your kayak or canoe. Its anodized aluminum frame can handle up to 200 pounds, which is more than enough to bring all your gear and craft at the same time. And once you are on the water, you can fold your cart and take the wheels off to save space on your deck. 

The 10 x 3” airless wheels make this an ideal option to transport your kayak through rocky grounds without the fear of getting a flat tire. And, the textured rubber outlet grants superb grip on wet and slippery surfaces. 

Like many other kayak carts, this one has a foam padded to prevent scratching the hull of your craft. You can secure the kayak or canoe with the tie-down straps that come with your purchase. 

Key Features 

  • Capacity: 200 pounds
  • Weight: 8.2 pounds
  • Tires: 10 x 3” airless tires 
  • Type: Strap 
  • Construction: Aluminum  
  • Foldable
  • Demountable wheels 
  • Foam padding
  • Dual-arm kickstand

Pros: 

  • Affordable.
  • It has excellent traction. 
  • Tough construction. 
  • It can handle kayaks with different structures and widths. 
  • Decent carrying capacity. 

Cons:

  • Not as portable as other carts. 
  • The foam protection peels off after some time.
  • It doesn’t perform as well on softer grounds. 

Bonnlo Kayak Cart

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Bonnlo Universal Kayak Carrier - Trolley for Carrying Kayaks, Canoes,...
  • CAPACITY: Generous 165lb carrying capacity allows...
  • SOLID TIRES: No chemical smell,large full solid PU...
  • EASY ASSEMBLY AND DISASSEMBLY: Trolley is easy to...

Another option from Bonnlo. Although it has the same structure and design, the wheels are different. This model has flat, airless rubber tires instead of the balloon tires we’ve reviewed before. So, this kayak cart is more suitable for hard terrains. However, as long as you don’t haul to much weight, you can comfortably use it on the sand.

The best thing is that you don’t have to worry about getting a flat since the tires have no air. And they are quite durable. 

The cart has an aluminum frame with foam bumpers to protect the hull of your kayak. Additionally, you can choose between a regular or inverted ‘U’ kickstand. No matter which you choose, you will have the same stability thanks to the rubber padding.

The trolley folds down to save space. But if you want to save even more, you can detach both wheels. Make sure not to lose the springs! 

To secure the kayak in place, you can use the two 7.75 feet straps that come with the cart. 

Key Features 

  • Capacity: 165 pounds
  • Weight: 8.8 pounds
  • Tires: 10 x 3” airless tires 
  • Type: Strap 
  • Construction: Aluminum  
  • Foldable
  • Demountable wheels 
  • Foam padding
  • Dual-arm kickstand

Pros: 

  • Affordable.
  • It comes with two straps. 
  • Suitable for kayaks, canoes, and paddleboard. 
  • Flat-proof. 

Cons:

  • It could unexpectedly fold while using it in the sand. 
  • Even though it performs well on hard grounds, you might notice that you need to apply more force to move the cart. 

Redneck Convent Universal Cart

Redneck Convent Universal Paddle Board SUP Dolly – Boat Carrier Cart Trolley...
  • SAVE YOUR BACK: Use the Redneck Convent Boat Tote...
  • BUILT TO LAST: Has a 300-pound (136kg) total...
  • TAKE ON ANY TERRIAN: 9.5-inch (24.1cm) knobby...

Time to mix this review up with an uncommon, yet handy cart. The Redneck Convent Universal cart is what we know as an end trolley. You only need to strap one of the ends of the kayak to the frame. Then, grab the other extreme, and you are ready to roll. 

The trolley has an anodized steel structure that supports up to 300 pounds. Thick foam covers almost all the poles that come in contact with the craft. Thus, no worries about scratches or dents to either side of the kayak. 

Although it has a decent carrying capacity, likely, you won’t be able to take full advantage of it. Why? Well, you need to fit the kayak sideways. Thus, you can’t take too much gear with it, especially if you have a sit-on-top kayak. So, in conclusion, we recommend buying this cart if you are an occasional paddler, and you don’t bring too much equipment with you. 

You should also take into account that the opening where you fit the kayak is only 5.1” wide. Make sure you measure your craft before your purchase. 

The Redneck Convent Universal comes with a strap to secure the kayak in place. It is a little short. But remember that you only fit the end on the vessel. So, it should be more than enough. 

The trolley features two 9.5” inflatable rubber tires that you can take apart if you want. The tires are Ok. It will offer decent performance on most grounds. But hey! This is one of the most affordable trolleys in this list. Therefore, you can’t complain. 

Key Features 

  • Capacity: 300 pounds
  • Weight: 9 pounds
  • Tires: 9.5 inflatable tires. 
  • Type: End cart
  • Construction: Anodized steel  
  • Demountable wheels 
  • Foam padding

Pros: 

  • Cheap.
  • Portable. 
  • Decent carrying capacity. 

Cons:

  • It is difficult to transport your kayak and gear at the same time. 
  • The tires can’t handle sharp rock, especially if you are moving too much weight. 
  • It is not suitable for wide kayaks.

Malone Xpress Scupper-Style Kayak Cart

Malone Xpress Scupper-Style Kayak Cart For Sit-On-Top Kayaks
  • Fits all standard kayaks equipped with scupper...
  • Variable width locking control adjusts from 6.5"...
  • Non-corrosion aluminum frame

Do you have many sit-on-top kayaks of different widths? If so, you will be happy with this cart. You can adjust the width between 6.5” to 16.5”. So, as long as your craft has scupper holes, this trolley should work. 

The Malone Xpress has a corrosion-resistant aluminum frame. And it can carry up to 200 pounds. Additionally, the cart features two 10” airless rubber tires. So, you don’t have to worry about getting a flat. 

The poles have a rubber coating to protect your kayak from any damage. Additionally, it comes with an oversized 6” x 4” removable foam pad in the middle to support the hull. 

The cart doesn’t come with ropes or straps to fix the kayak. Therefore, if you wish an extra layer of security, you must purchase some separately. 

Key Features 

  • Capacity: 200 pounds
  • Weight: 7.4 pounds
  • Tires: 10” airless rubber tires. 
  • Type: Plug-in 
  • Construction: Aluminum 
  • Oversized foam pad
  • Lifetime warranty

Pros: 

  • It is suitable for a wide variety of widths. 
  • Flat-proof.
  • Oversized foam pad supports and protects the hull. 
  • Lightweight.

Cons:

  • It doesn’t come with straps to secure the kayak in place. 
  • It only works with sit-on-top kayaks.

Wilderness Systems Heavy Duty Kayak Cart

Wilderness Systems Heavy Duty Kayak Cart | Inflatable Beach Wheels | 330 Lb...
  • Paddling magazine's 2018 winner in the "best...
  • Engineered to transport the heaviest kayaks - up...
  • Easy to load and unload the kayak – no...

To wrap up this review, we bring you the Wilderness Systems heavy-duty kayak cart. It comes with two massive 13” x 7.5” beach tires. We must say that the weight distribution is astounding. Even with a fully loaded cart, the tires roll effortlessly on the sand. 

But if you want a set of all-terrain wheels, you can purchase them separately. You can carry up to 450 pounds if you do so. See? They weren’t lying when they said that this is a heavy-duty kayak cart. 

Moreover, the aluminum frame is resistant to corrosion, and the entire cart can move up to 330 pounds. You can adjust the height of the cart depending on the kayak and weight. The 16” position works best when you are carrying considerable weight. 

The kayak sits on two long poles with rubber protection. Additionally, the cart comes with two straps to secure everything in place.

Even though it is considerably heavier than other carts in this list, it takes little space when you disable it, making it one of the most portable trolleys in the market. 

Key Features 

  • Capacity: 330 pounds and 450 pounds with all-terrain wheels
  • Weight: 15 pounds
  • Tires: 13 x 7.5” beach tires. 
  • Type: Strap on
  • Construction: Aluminum 
  • Adjustable height
  • Fully dismantlable 

Pros: 

  • It has an incredible carrying capacity.
  • You can transform it from a beach cart to an all-purpose trolley. 
  • It packs very small.

Cons:

  • Expensive.
  • Heavy.
  • It might be a little difficult to assemble the cart. 

Our Winners

If you wish to know our opinion on the matter, here you can find which were the kayak carts that we like the most. 

Best Overall: Bonnlo Kayak Cart

Our first reason for this selection is the price. The Bonnlo kayak cart is one of the cheapest trolleys in this list. But this doesn’t mean that they sacrifice quality in the process of making an affordable cart. 

The second reason is that it has a decent carrying capacity. It might be lower than Onefeng cart, Railblaza C-Tug, Malone Clipper, Redneck Convent, Malone Xpress, and Wilderness Systems carts. But the Bonnlo kayak cart has something that outweighs this.

First, it is suitable for a wide range of kayaks and cones, while the Onefeng and the Malone clipper are only useful if you have a sit-on-top kayak. Similarly, it comes at almost 100 bucks less than the Railblaza. Plus, the Bonnlo has better tires. 

Similarly, the Redneck Convent, which has a higher capacity, is quite likely that you won’t ever use due to its odd system. 

Lastly, the Wilderness System, which is our favorite beach trolley, it comes with the highest price tag of this list. And it is only suitable for sand, unless you 

Best Kayak Cart For Sand: Wilderness System Heavy Duty Kayak Cart

Between the Bonnlo kayak cart with beach tires and the Wilderness System Heavy Duty kayak cart, we choose the latter. Yes, there is a huge gap between price tags.

However, it has almost double carrying capacity. Plus, it can accommodate a wide variety of crafts. Additionally, you can fully dismantle the cart, taking less space on your deck or garage. 

Plus, the huge wheels make the cart roll effortlessly in the sand. 

Additionally, if you put on the all-terrain tires, which come separately, you can increase the carrying capacity to 450 pounds! Making this the best kayak cart for heavy kayaks.

What to Look For When Buying a Kayak Cart

Typing kayak carts in the browser is simple. However, we can assure you that it is not an easy task to choose the right one for you. There are a handful of options in the market. And, while all get the job done, each one does it differently, and distinctive features. So, it is vital to sort out the different models before making any rush purchase. 

Setting up your budget is the very first thing that you should do. This way, you will exclude those expensive options out of your possible list of candidates.

The next logical step is to ask yourself some relevant questions: 

  • Where are you taking your kayak? It might look like a dumb question. But it is notably important. For instance, if you are fishing in lakes or rivers, you are likely to encounter muddy or rocky terrain. Here, soft tires are not reliable. 

Similarly, there is no need to purchase a kayak cart with a corrosion-resistant frame if you are fishing in a lake or river. So, as you can see, the ‘Where’ influences the cart materials. 

  • How much weight are you hauling? It is an easy way to rule out all options with lesser carrying capacity. The cart has to handle the kayak and, of course, the gear. 
  • Are you taking the cart with you on the kayak?  Some people live near a lake, river, or beach. For those people, a small, light, and portable kayak cart is the best choice. It will take less space and cargo capacity once inside the kayak.

In contrast, portability is not much of a problem for people that drive to the local lake and leave the kayak trolley inside the car. 

Now that the list is a little shorter, it is time to review some relevant features that you should take into consideration when buying a kayak cart. Let’s start with the different kinds of kayak carts available. 

Kayak Cart Types 

There are three known kayak models in the market. They all do the same job, but the means are different; let’s see how. 

Strap Cart

It is the most common cart type you can find in the market. The cart has two horizontal poles with cushioning where the kayak sits. As the name suggests, the kayak strap to the cart with cords. 

Strap carts are suitable for a wide range of kayaks, and even canoes. However, they work better with long crafts. Keep in mind that you should strap the kayak by its midsection. It is the only way to guarantee an even weight distribution. 

You can fold or dismantle some strap carts models, making them more portable. It is an ideal option for those looking to take the cart with them.

Plug-in Cart

Plug-in carts are odd-looking. They have two spikes that fit inside the scupper holes. Therefore, it only works on sit-on-top kayaks, which is a disadvantage in comparison with the previous type. However, plug-in carts are sturdy, easy to use, and durable. 

If you decide to purchase a plug-in kayak cart, you should measure the distance between the scupper holes and their diameter. It is the only way to make sure that the cart will fit. 

Here, the kayak rests by the midsection again. 

End Cart

It is another common type of cart found in the market. With end carts, you can drag the kayak by one end, while the other sits in the cart. 

The problem with this type of cart is that the kayak design is not standard. Some have sharper ends, while others are broader. Thus, you must measure the kayak end to make sure that the cart is compatible. 

The best thing about this type of cart is its maneuverability. Be careful not to drop the kayak, though. 

Cart Tires

Another relevant feature of your new kayak cart is its tires. After all, they will be the ones carrying all the weight and handling the terrain! Therefore, you must take all the time you might need to choose the right pair of wheels. 

Ideally, you should purchase a cart with all-terrain wheels. However, sometimes, either the budget doesn’t allow it, or there are no carts with such wheels available. Hence, the logical thing to do is to purchase a cart with a set of tires compatible with the terrain where you will be using it the most. There are three different types of tires: Plastic, airless, and air-filled. Let’s review each one and under which circumstances you should use them. 

Plastic Tires

These are the most basic tires you can find in the market. They are thin, narrow, and commonly cheaper than any other wheel type. 

Plastic tires have decent performance over a wide variety of terrains, as long as it is hard, of course. Otherwise, since the wheel is thin, it will sink. As a result, the cart will transform from a useful tool to an extra dead weight. 

The downside is that plastic wheels tend to wear down after some time. 

Inflatable Tires 

The good-old inflatable tires are the most common all-purpose wheels. You can control the air pressure depending on the terrain. For example, fully inflated for hard surfaces such as rocks, or almost deflated for sand.

The possibility of getting a flat tire is the major drawback of this type of wheel. Thus, you need to keep an air pump and some patches at hand just in case this happens. 

Airless Tires 

As the name suggests, these tires need no air. They have a rubber exterior with foam inserts. Airless tires are sturdy and puncture-free. Thus, they are suitable for a wide range of terrains, including sand. 

Additionally, they last longer than most other wheels. The downside is that kayak carts with airless tires are commonly more expensive. 

The Tire Dimensions

Apart from the tire construction, another relevant feature is the tire dimensions. 

Wider wheels are better for uneven terrain. Plus, since they enhance weight distribution, the cart is less likely to sink on softer grounds. However, it is harder to pull and maneuver a kayak cart with wide wheels because of the larger contact area. Although, we think that this is not a deal-breaker; since we fancy wide wheels. Additionally, large-diameter wheels turn with ease. 

Kayak Cart Construction

Most kayak carts either have a plastic, aluminum, or steel frame. Each one has its pros and cons.

For instance, plastic carts are typically inexpensive compared with others. Additionally, it is resistant to corrosion and is lighter than the other options. Still, plastic is brittle and erodes over time. 

Now, aluminum frames are lighter and cheaper than steel. They can withstand more weight and abuse than plastic. But the frame will corrode if it doesn’t have a protective coating.  Furthermore, aluminum kayak carts can handle more weight than plastic models.

Lastly, we have steel kayak carts. These are suitable for heavy-duty operations. They can carry a lot of weight, can handle salt and freshwater alike, and can endure abuse. Still, steel carts are expensive and more massive than other options. 

The Cart’s Capacity

The carrying capacity of the car is among the most significant features that you must take into account. Of course, it depends on the amount of weight that you want to haul.

For instance, for the occasional trip to the lake, you might only need a kayak cart capable of handling the craft, snacks, and drinks. So, there is no point in searching for a cart with enormous capacity.  

Things are different if you are, for example, an angler. You will bring several rods and reels, bait, tackle box, cooler, snacks, drinks, GPS, fishfinder, among other things. Thus, you will need a cart that can comfortably handle the total weight. 

In conclusion, you need to think about how much weight you want to move with the cart. We recommend buying a cart with more capacity than you initially need. For example, if your kayak and gear weigh 100 pounds, you should purchase a cart with 120+ pounds of capacity. This way, you won’t be pushing the cart to its limits. 

Adjustable Kayak Carts

Not all kayaks have the same design. The chances are that you won’t be able to find two kayaks from two different companies that have the same construction. But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that you have to purchase a cart for each kayak. You just need to find a cart that fits the smallest craft, if it is a strapping cart. Or a fully adjustable plug-in trolley if you have several sit-on-top kayaks. 

Portability 

There is no point in buying a massive kayak cart that takes a lot of space once on board. Thus, try to buy a compact or foldable cart. 

However, portability is not that important if you are leaving the cart inside the car or on the shore. Still, we don’t recommend the latter; the cart might not be there once you come back!

Protection

The area that comes in contact with the kayak is commonly covered by either rubber or foam. The latter is more frequently found. But the first offer more protection. However, if you purchase a cart with foam protection, make sure that it is as thick as it can be. 

FAQ

What is a kayak cart?

Also known as kayak trolleys, they are devices that you can use to transport the kayak. And, since they have wheels, you don’t need to deadlift the craft! 

Why should I buy a kayak cart? 

They make things a lot easier. You don’t need to make several trips to the cart to gather everything. 

You might be thinking, what happens if I have an extra pair of hands? It will be the same as before. It is easier to place the kayak in the cart, and put all the gear inside it and pull. 

Which is the best kayak cart for sand? 

As we previously explained, the best kayak cart for sand is the one with wide balloon tires that distributes the weight over a broader area. 

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