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Paddle Proper: 5 Great Kayaks

There’s no easier way to cool down on a hot summer day than an adventure at the local lake or river, and no better way to enjoy said body of water than a kayak. A good one will help you ditch the crowds and find the perfect hidden spot for some summer fun –- all while traveling the water less paddled. Don’t know the difference between a whitewater creek boat and an ocean kayak? We’ve got you covered with some great kayaks for summer adventure.

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Hobie Mirage Oasis Kayak

The Hobie Mirage Oasis Kayak ($2,700) has been re-tooled for 2011 to help improve handling and speed while still maintaining great hauling capacity in the form of three enclosed stowage bins and a large on-deck cargo area. Speaking of hauling, the dual seater also ships with two of Hobie’s unique Mirage drive pedal systems, which…