The shorter your kayak, the smoother your ride. Dagger's new UFO, at slightly less than 6 feet long, is the shortest you can buy. Its hourglass deck scoops up and unloads water, lifting the boat and putting big-air moves like end-over-end flips into the repertoire of rookies. Plus, at an unheard-of 25 pounds, it's easy to transport. Available in August for $1,175.
Rapid Shrinkage Through the Years (left, bottom)
1. 1973: The River Chaser
Length: 13 ft 2 in
Width: 23.6 in
Weight: 30 pounds