Many factors influence the amount of gear and the actual weight capacity of your kayak. These include: weight distribution, water and wind conditions, paddler’s weight and size, and skill level. That's why it is difficult to give an absolute answer, because there are so many combinations of factors. We rate our kayaks with a maximum amount of gear you might expect to carry on a trip and maintain a maneuverable, seaworthy vessel.
The performance of your kayak, and your comfort in paddling it, will also be affected by the amount of weight and how it’s packed. When packing a kayak, try to distribute the weight evenly, both side to side and front to back and keep the heavy objects low and towards the center of the kayak. It is wise to prevent heavy loads from shifting, which may upset the balance.