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The Best Inflatable Kayaks Reviewed

Updated on May 7, 2013

One of the most popular and most enjoyable things to do in the outdoors is kayaking. Whether you’re looking for a quiet, serene experience over the water or an adrenaline-pumping sensation over the rapids, all you will need is a kayak and a set of kayak paddles. Today, we already have inflatable kayaks that can afford us the experiences we’re looking for with less the bulk and weight. If you want to save vehicle space and save yourself the added weight on your outdoor backpack, an inflatable kayak is just the right choice for you. Now here are some things you should keep in mind when deciding on what kind to pick.

We know two kinds of kayaking which is solo kayaking and tandem kayaking. Inflatable kayaks either come with the capacity to support one person or the capacity to carry two or more people. That’s a no-brainer so just take whatever suits the type of kayaking you want to do. When it comes to performance-related features, kayaks come also in two types, namely sit-on-top kayaks and sit-in kayaks. If you and your companion or companions are novices to the sport, I suggest you should choose sit-on-top kayaks because these will provide you with the comfort and balance you need.

However, if you and your partner or partners already have experience with kayaking and you’re planning to hit strong currents, then you’ll be glad to have sit-in kayaks that provide excellent stability. Here are some of the best inflatable kayaks you can get to make your recreational activities a lot more fun.

Advanced Elements StraitEdge Inflatable Kayak - 1 Person 2010
Advanced Elements StraitEdge Inflatable Kayak - 1 Person 2010

Advanced Elements StraitEdge Inflatable Kayak - 1 Person 2010

If you’re in for some solo kayaking, this one’s for you. This inflatable kayak measures 9 feet and 8 inches from bow to stern, measures about three feet wide and has the capacity to support up to 300 pounds. That means it can handle even people on the heavy side. This inflatable kayak is made of high quality materials that will give you enough confidence to take it with you wherever you want. In fact, this one is rated for class III whitewater rafting and is guaranteed not to leak or scratch. This one features an aluminum frame and bow too in order to provide you with greater control and easier maneuvering. And imagine that you can take such a heavy duty thing with you anywhere you want without bulk and weight hassles, this inflatable kayak inflates and deflates easily and even comes with its own duffel bag for your convenience.

Sevylor Tahiti Fishing/Hunting Inflatable Kayak
Sevylor Tahiti Fishing/Hunting Inflatable Kayak

Sevylor Tahiti Fishing/Hunting Inflatable Kayak

This inflatable kayak measures nearly 11 feet long and just a couple of inches short of 2 feet in width. It features a couple of soft and comfortable inflatable seats for tandem kayaking. To give you the most out of your kayaking adventures, this inflatable kayak is made of nothing but heavy-duty 26-guage PVC that’s scratch and puncture resistant so you stay afloat. It also features the Sevylor Airtight System that prevents any leaking. It’s designed for heavy kayaking and features two air chambers and a tubular beam floor to give you the stability you need for the rapids. It also features double-lock valves that make sure the air chambers don’t run out of air. You can also take this for hunting because of its design and olive green color that makes for a good camouflage.

Sevylor Inflatable Tahiti Classic Kayak
Sevylor Inflatable Tahiti Classic Kayak

Sevylor Inflatable Tahiti Classic Kayak

Here’s another inflatable kayak designed to carry two people for fishing and hunting activities. It features a bright yellow color if you want something that can be easily spotted in case you and your partner get into trouble. It gives you a couple of soft inflatable seats with back support to give you additional comfort. It is made of tough PVC material and measures 10 feet and 7 inches from the bow to the stern and measures 2 feet and 7 inches wide. It also features a tubular l-beam floor that gives you the stability you need on different currents, although it’s got a design that’s more suited for recreational purposes. This inflatable kayak sets up in no time and deflates easily too so it’s okay if you get really excited.

ea Eagle 330 Inflatable Kayak with Deluxe Package
ea Eagle 330 Inflatable Kayak with Deluxe Package

Sea Eagle 330 Inflatable Kayak with Deluxe Package

When inflated, this inflatable kayak measures 11 feet and two inches long and just a couple of inches short of three feet wide. It has the capacity to carry two people at the same time or a weight of up to 500 pounds. It’s made with high quality material that prevents leaks and also features a 33 millimeter polykrylar hull and high-frequency welded seams. It has l-beam floor too to provide you with the stability you need so you can take this with you for rough outdoor water sports like whitewater rafting or recreational activities like fishing. For you and your partner’s comfort, this kayak also gives you a couple of inflatable front and rear seats that provide you support and comfort.

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Inflatable Kayak
Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Inflatable Kayak

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Inflatable Kayak

If you’re looking for an inflatable kayak for heavy kayaking with two more companions, this one from Advanced Elements is a good choice. It features three inflatable and detachable seats with adjustable back supports that provide maximum comfort for long hours on the water. It also features three layers of double-coated fabric for maximum protection against leaks and measures 15 feet long and 2 feet and 8 inches wide. It has strong seams reinforced on the bow and stern for heavy and longer use and it also includes rubber paddles. Aside from that, it features built-in aluminum ribs for shape definition and for more ease in navigation. This inflatable kayak also features paddle holders and even includes a waterproof compartment for your convenience. It can be set up and deflated easily and comes with its own carrying case.

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