Transitional kayaks bridge the gap between the recreational and touring categories, combining the best elements from both. Like recreational designs, they are short and somewhat wide. They favor stability on calm waters and easy turning over speed. And while their cockpits are a bit smaller than recreational cockpits, they are still quite roomy for easy access. Like our touring models, they have an upturned bow to help cut through and deflect waves should rough conditions arise. They also include thigh braces for more efficient paddling and control.