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Lightweight Folding Kayaks

Updated on February 3, 2016

The Foldlite 10 ft Folding Kayak - A Small Kayak You Can Disassemble

FoldLite 10 Ft Folding Kayak
FoldLite 10 Ft Folding Kayak

Quick and easy setup with this kayak that weighs less than 20 lbs. Small enough to fit in a bag and snaps together in minutes.


A Collapsible Kayak - The Foldlite

Folding kayaks perform much the same as hardshell kayaks. Some people even prefer the stability and design of folding kayaks over hardshells. A kayak that can be collapsed is easier to handle than a hardshell kayak. They take up much less space than a hard shell kayak and can be tucked away conveniently out of sight. When the kayak is disassembled they can fit into carrying bags that can be checked as your regular luggage.

There's no need to ask for help loading up as these easy kayaks are lightweight and can be handled by one person. Assembling the kayak is quick and easy and when you are finished, taking it apart is just as simple as putting it together, there's no inflating or complicated tools involved. They are the smallest kayak ever! Before you know it, you'll be off paddling into the sunset.

The Foldlite Kayak

Great Fishing Kayak

The Foldlite kayak is one of the most inexpensive folding kayaks available. It's a great starter kayak for those just venturing into folding kayaks and wanting to try them out. This was the first kayak I'd ever bought, so I wasn't looking to make a big investment because I wasn't sure I'd take to the sport. I didn't want to be stuck with an expensive kayak that I wasn't going to use if it turned out I hated kayaking.

This is an easy kayak to handle because I can manage it myself and I don't have to ask for help hoisting it up on the roof of the van, which I would have to do with a conventional kayak. It folds up so small I just put it in the back of our van. I can put it together and be in the water in less than ten minutes. I'm a person who likes to be able to manage things herself, so having a kayak that was easy to assemble was a priority.

I'd recommend this kayak for anyone who is looking for an inexpensive kayak to zip around in. It wouldn't stand up to hard core kayaking and long excursions but it is great fun for those who enjoy an early morning paddle around the lake.

How Folding Kayaks Came to Be

An Old Invention Made New Again

Folding kayaks are based on the design of the original Aleut and Inuit kayaks. Aluminum tubing and specialized fabrics have replaced the seal skins and driftwood, but the feeling of the new folders is very similar. Unlike hard shell kayaks, folding kayaks are flexible and move with the current of the water. Folding kayak enthusiasts claim their kayaks have greater stability, flexibility, and ease in the water.

There is nothing like the sound of paddles dipping into the water in the early morning silence of a lake. Early morning the wind is usually calm and the water looks like glass as there is no breeze blowing.

Why Buy a Folding Kayak? - Because Collapsible Kayaks Are the Best

  1. Versatility
  2. Craftsmanship
  3. Seaworthiness
  4. Beauty
  5. Compactness
  6. Greater stability

Do you like kayaking? - Or just leave a note to say you stopped by

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      5 years ago

      I love kayaking, and try to get out every chance I get! It is so peaceful and relaxing.

    • ikehook lm profile image

      ikehook lm 

      6 years ago

      I love to fish, a folding kayak may be what i need, didn't even think about them till I read this

    • Sara Krentz profile image

      Sara Krentz 

      6 years ago from USA

      I miss kayaking! (Unfortunately, I moved to a place where there's no body of water nearby). Great lens.

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      6 years ago

      Well.....I'm a bit flabbergasted. I'm an avid kayaker and I live on a boat and I've never heard of fold up kayaks before. You, young lady, might just have solved one of my biggest problems so THANK YOU. When I buy a fold up kayak, I will definitely buy it from here I promise you. Great stuff.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      6 years ago from Albany New York

      Both my children have kayaks. The grandkids have fun in them, too. Very well done lens.

    • Loganor profile image


      6 years ago

      I love kayaking and I need one of these.

    • Brandi Bush profile image


      6 years ago from Maryland

      My parents are kayakers...I wonder if they know about these folding kayaks? Great product! :)

    • flicker lm profile image

      flicker lm 

      6 years ago

      I didn't know about folding kayaks, either. What a great idea! Nice review.

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      6 years ago

      I nhave done it a few times and loved it

    • ItayaLightbourne profile image

      Itaya Lightbourne 

      6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Wow! What a wonderful invention. I had no idea there was such a thing. Fantastic article as always. :)

    • MarilynImanse profile image


      6 years ago

      Great article. I have an inflatable kayak that I really like because it also is small & lightweight.

    • TreasuresBrenda profile image

      Treasures By Brenda 

      6 years ago from Canada

      No, kayaking is not for me though the three male members of my family love it.

    • SophiaStar LM profile image

      SophiaStar LM 

      6 years ago

      Yes I do enjoy kayaking. I never knew of the fold up ones, that is far more convenient.

    • Country-Sunshine profile image

      Country Sunshine 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I didn't know they made folding kayaks! I like to kayak, but have never owned one as I had no way to transport. Great idea, and one I'll check out. Thanks for the recommendation.


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