WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
Vagabond is a kayak company whose partners have a collective 140 years of paddling experience between them. But this doesn’t make us any different to many other companies created and run by kayakers. It is how and why we do things that sets us apart.
Easy-to-use, high-performance kayaks
Our focus is on making high-performance kayaks that are easy-to-use. We want recreational paddlers to enjoy paddling well-designed and crafted kayaks that are suited to their activities. This means that our boats have speed and stability. Indeed, our boats are not just blobs of plastic dished up to the inexperienced as a ‘recreational kayak’. No, no, no! We believe that for social, casual and infrequent paddlers to really enjoy the experience of paddling, that their kayaks must be good. Very good.
Our kayaks are so good that experienced paddlers (and their children) will love taking our kayaks on dams, rivers and the sea. Fast, easy-to-use and a pleasure to paddle, Vagabond is your first choice when it comes to choosing a kayak.
Launching a new kayak company with 15 kayaks
We’ve launched with 11 unique designs plus four angler versions – that’s unprecedented! Instead of launching with a boat or two and adding new models each year, we’ve had the pleasure (and pressure!) of being able to design and develop a full range in one go. Our range has a consistent appearance and key features – like the Paddle Cutaways – are common to all designs. Our designs are all new and as such there are no old versions.
The best fittings on every Vagabond kayak
Our fittings are the best that Celliers Kruger has designed – and he has designed many drain plugs, hatches, thigh straps and attachment fittings during his career. In addition to those fittings commonly found on kayaks, our Vagabond kayaks also feature Celliers’ innovative Multifit, Scupper Venturi and Footrest fittings.
We do not have different grades of fittings for different boats. We have only one type of each fitting; the very best design of the highest quality. Every boat gets the same treatment; from the Kwando (children’s sit-on-top) to the double-seater Mazowe and the Vubu whitewater creekboat. Nothing but the best for every model.
Our kayaks suit a specific purpose or fill a gap in the market
Worldwide, there are dozens of kayak companies. We’re not looking to just put more kayaks into stores. With more than two decades in the kayaking industry, we’ve identified gaps in the market and have created our kayaks for specific purposes.
With this in mind, you won’t see us launching a ‘new’ model every year where the only change has been to the colour of the boat. Instead, new models will be carefully considered and created to respond to a need in the market.