Best Kayaks 2017 – Comprehensive Buyer’s Guide With Videos

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Welcome to the Killer Kayak’s Best Kayaks 2017 Buyer’s Guide!  We are super excited to present you with a comprehensive yet versatile report to help you navigate these rough waters with a kayak that will get you to shore (HA! GET IT?! Pun definitely intended).

Below, you will find the Best Kayaks 2017 Buyer’s Guide short & simple guide.  Want more detailed information?  No problem!  Click on the kayak name and you will jump to a more detailed write-up for that kayak.

Simple, right?  Let’s get started with our collection of best kayaks 2017!

Best Kayaks 2017

Kayak Make & ModelTypeNumber of SeatsCarrying CapacityHull MaterialLengthWeight
Sea Eagle SE370 Inflatable KayakInflatable2650 lbsInflatable PVC 10 x 19 x 34 inches 32 lbs
Sevylor Quikpak K5 Inflatable KayakInflatable 1250 lbs24-gauge PVC polyethylene construction20 x 8.5 x 33.5 inches 25.5 lbs
Chinook XP Tandem XL Inflatable KayakInflatable3550 lbsProprietary X-beam Technology PVC floor (XP Floor)12.5'38.1 lbs
Advanced Elements Advancedframe Convertible Inflatable KayakInflatable2550 lbs3 layer polyester with double PVC coating and aluminum frame15'56 lbs
BIC Yakkair Fishing 2HP Inflatable KayakInflatable2550 lbsSolid PVC skin form with a highly-efficient V shape hull13.5'33 lbs
Aquaglide Blackfoot HB Inflatable KayakInflatable2600 lbsUV-resistant 600D polyester, Duratex heavy duty polyester reinforced hull fabric11'38 lbs
Innova Helios II EX Inflatable KayakInflatable2396 lbs1,200-denier Nitrylon & LitePack, or all-Nitrylon construction without PVC12' & 6"36 lbs
Driftsun Transparent Crystal Clear Bottom KayakHard Shelled1-2425 lbsAdvanced Polycarbonate Hull 11'65 lbs
Vibe Sea Ghost 130 Angler KayakHard Shelled1550 lbsExtra wide hull13'74 lbs
Sun Dolphin Bali SS Sit-on-Top KayakHard Shelled1250 lbsPolyethylene construction10'40 lbs
Point 65 N Tequila! GTX Angler Modular KayakHard Shelled, Modular2530 lbsUltra durable 1-layer UV-resistant recyclable PE 14'77 lbs
Oru Bay KayakOrigami / Folding1300 lbs12'32 lbs

 

Comprehensive List of Best Kayaks 2017!

1. Sea Eagle SE370 Inflatable Kayak

Type: Inflatable Kayak
# of Seats: 2
Weight Capacity: 650 Pounds

The Sea Eagle SE370 Inflatable Kayak is an affordable inflatable Kayak that is almost identical to the Sea Eagle 330. The only difference between these two kayaks is that the SE 370 is larger and weighs 6 pounds more than the SE330 model. Designed to be an entry level for beginners and novice paddlers, the SE 370 is fitted with a self-bailing valve that makes it easy to drain excess water, when the need arises.

Despite its entry level status, this Sea Eagle kayak is sturdy and does not get punctured easily thanks to its hull material, which is sun and salt water resistant. Additionally, this kayak can accommodate loads of up to 650 pounds.

One of the kayak’s main selling features is its price. This kayak is relatively cheaper than other kayaks in the Sea Eagle sport line of kayaks. However, the SE370 included in the SE370 kayak package are two paddles, inflatable seats, a pump and a carry bag. The carry bag is made from a heavy duty material and features shoulder straps for easy carriage of the kayak. Being an inflatable kayak, the SE370 is foldable for ease of carriage.

Furthermore, this kayak weighs 32 pounds, making it easy to carry around. The removable inflatable seats add to its versatility as it can be used as a one person kayak as well as a two person and a three person kayak.

The SE370 kayak is crafted from K80 PVC, which is a tough material that is capable of withstanding wear and tear. Thus, apart from being lightweight and versatile, this kayak is also tough and durable. Also, the heavy duty PVC construction of this kayak gives it exceptional stability and solidity on water.

For added convenience, the kayak inflates within 8 minutes. Moreover, the kayak is equipped with a one-way valve that prevents escape of air.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Lack of sufficient storage space
  • Does not have an inflation gauge for the floor

 

2. Sevylor Quikpak K5 Kayak

Type: Inflatable
Number of seats: 1
Weight capacity: 250 pounds

The Sevylor Quickpack K5 1-person kayak  is a lightweight one person kayak. Considered to be one of the best single person kayak on the market, this Coleman kayak’s seat folds into a backpack for easy carrying. This unique backpack has padded shoulder making it easy to carry the kayak from one point to another. It takes approximately five to ten minutes for the kayak to set up the kayak from the backpack.

For storage, this kayak boasts of a rear zippered storage compartment that is large enough to accommodate a wide assortment of items. Additionally, the front of the kayak offers additional space for the storage of essential kayaking equipment. D-rings make it easy to mount additional equipment to the front of the kayak:

 

Measuring 10 feet in length and 3 feet in width, the Coleman K5 offers plenty sufficient leg room for kayakers of all heights. Constructed from 900D polyester this kayak has a tough and durable top. As for the bottom, the manufacturer opted for a 24 gauge PVC. Electronically welded seams add to the kayak’s durability and performance. The 24 gauge PVC used to make the kayak’s bottom is extremely tough and is, therefore, hard to puncture.

Included in the K5 package are an aluminum paddle and a pump. This kayak is airtight, courtesy of two double lock valves. The latter valves are backed by a three chamber system that guarantees safety in case the kayak is punctured. The kayak’s lift handles make it an ideal kayaking option for hiking and navigating through remote waterways.

When folded, the kayak measures 20 by 8.5 by 33.5 inches. Thus, it is compact enough to be stored in the boot of a car. Overall, the Sevylo Quickpack k5 1-person kayak is a well-constructed kayak capable of withstanding wear and tear.

Pros:

  • Is lightweight and portable
  • Features a unique seat that folds into a backpack
  • Features carrying handles
  • Does not puncture easily
  • Is NMMA certified
  • Large enough to accommodate persons of varying heights

Cons:

  • The aluminum paddle isn’t the best of quality

3. Chinook XP Tandem XL Inflatable Kayak

Type: Inflatable
Number of seats: 3
Weight capacity: 550 pounds

As its name suggests, the Chinook XP Tandem XL Inflatable Kayak is a large and spacious kayak designed for families. Weighing 38 pounds and measuring 391 cm long and 91.54 cm wide, this large kayak can accommodate two adults and a child. This premium kayak is constructed from 600 D polyester and offers exceptional value and stability on water. The floor of the kayak is constructed using a proprietary x-beam PVC technology. The 600 D polyester used in the making of the kayak’s hull is blended with a unique duratex material that increases durability and protection from UV rays.

For easy access to the kayak, it is fitted with molded handles. Apart from the molded handles, the kayak also features accessory straps that allow for easy storage of gear on the kayak. Additional storage space is provided by a mesh storage compartment.

While it offers plenty of storage room, this Chinook Kayak’s best-selling feature is its integrated fishing rod holders. The latter holders make it a versatile kayak that can be used for kayaking as well as recreational fishing. Thus, this kayak is an all-around recreational kayak.

The kayak’s seats are also very well made and boast of a comfortable backrest. These seats are comfy and are equipped with storage compartments.

Overall, with a capacity of 550 pounds, the Chinook XP Tandem XL Inflatable kayak is the best option for families looking for a recreational kayak.

Pros:

  • Is large enough to accommodate two adults and a child
  • Offers plenty of space to store kayaking equipment and other items
  • Is made from a tough and durable material
  • Is easy to set-up
  • Features comfortable seats with backrests
  • Is a versatile kayak and can be used for fishing

Cons:

  • Pump is sold separately

 

4. Advanced Elements Advancedframe Convertible Kayak

Type: Inflatable
Number of seats: 2
Weight capacity: 550 pounds

The AdvancedFrame Kayak measures 15 feet long and 32 inches wide. Weighing 56 pounds, it is a little heavier than the three aforementioned kayaks. It has a Tracking Fin system. The seats are removable with adjustable back supports. Its durable polyester material offers incredible resistance to abrasions or punctures, whilst the aluminium frame reinforced stern adds to the tracking performance.

Its rigid bow helps you glide through the waters; the superb experience will keep you in the best of spirits and can be fairly matched to regular hard-shelled kayaks. There is plenty of storage space: bungee deck lacing and D-ring tie downs allow you to stash your gear away. Moulded rubber handles make carrying the AdvancedFrame a lot easier.

You can quickly put the paddles away using the paddle holders, and the canoe also comes with its own repair kit and a backpack.  Easily one of our best kayaks 2017 picks!

Pros:

Cons:

  • Asymmetrical tube

5. BIC Yakkair Fishing 2Hp Inflatable Kayak

Type: Inflatable
Number of seats: 2
Weight capacity: 550 pounds

At a record 42 pounds when most inflatable kayaks weigh around 100 pounds each, the BIC Yakkair Kayak is a lot more than just a lightweight, easily portable boat. It’s incredibly durable as well – special care was put into its high pressure floor.

At a length of 13’5’’, and a width of 37’8’’, it also possesses an integrated keel system, which means it can be maneuvered with ease. Tracking capacity is also augmented. The kayak has room for two adults. Features include two fishing backrests with rod holders, paddle attachment, a carry bag with a pump and repair kit, safety grab lines, bow protector, and a mesh storage in the rear and the front. It comes with a complete system that encompasses the hull and pump, as well as a backrest.

The Yakkair is transported in a backpack with wheels – truly convenient and comfortable! What’s more, it takes minutes to set up so you can carry it to the most tortuous fishing locations without a lot of trouble. The lightweight coupled with the keel system integrates the benefits of a traditional hard-shelled canoe with the modern inflatable boat. The sturdy material of the Yakkair will prevent it from getting damaged by fishing hooks or other snagging objects.

If you’re still worried about destroying your precious BIC, you can use a protective cover made of canvas. It’s better to be safe than sorry. The lone kayaker will be happy to note that the Yakkair can be used for solo kayaking by putting in one seat and filling the rest of the canoe with other equipment.

Powerful and sturdy, lightweight and comfortable.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Complete, integrated system
  • Room for one or two, as preferred

Cons:

  • More on the higher end

 

6. Aquaglide Blackfoot HB Inflatable Kayak

Type: Inflatable
Number of seats: 2
Weight capacity: 600 pounds

Also quite lightweight, the Aquaglide Blackfoot Kayak weighs a measly 38 pounds only. It comes with a backpack travel bag, repair kit, integrated fishing rod holders, an inflatable seat booster, and a 1-year warranty. The tapered bow and long waterline allow it to glide through the water, giving the kayaker a delightful experience. It is 12’11’’ by 9 inches, and is made of Duratex polyester (heavy duty, and UV-resistant).

The seats are padded and foamed, with one of the seats at a higher elevation on a removable platform. They’re pretty comfortable too, with high backrests, mesh storage pockets, and an infinite adjustment system. Keeping the paddlers dry is the job of the forward splashguard, which is yet another feature of this wonder-boat. The integrated cockpit has drains that can be closed.

The drop stitch floor of the boat is hard as rock to promote stability and durability. Stowing away your bags and other gear couldn’t be any easier: the bow deck rigging and abundant tie-downs bolster storage efforts. It also has seven mount plates to add your Scotty fishing accessories (unfortunately, these don’t come with the kayak). But you do get a kayak cooler. The moulded carry handles assist in helping you get on or off the canoe, and help with carrying it around too.

Aquaglide is popular for more daring kayakers who enjoy choppy waters. It takes very little time to inflate (though you have to purchase the pump separately), and if the user happens to be a daredevil, can support stand-up paddling. It’s also a great choice for fishing, according to a customer who used the boat for fly fishing.

The biggest problem seems to be the relatively large size of the Blackfoot; it can be difficult for one person to carry around. There have been complaints about the seat as well, which some claim is not very supportive.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Large size

7. Innova Helios II EX Inflatable Kayak

Type: Inflatable
Number of seats: 2
Weight capacity: 396 pounds

The Innova Helios II kayak is made of nitrylon rubber and measures 12’6’’ by 30 inches. With a weight of only 33 pounds, it breaks the records of both the BIC Yakkair and the Aquaglider Blackfoot. It is most suited for flatwater kayaking.

Being foldable, the Innova Helios II is an easily portable canoe, which is great news for those without a lot of storage space. If you happen to have extra gear, the elastic net rigging on the bow and centre decks and the bungee rigging on the stern deck should hold all the equipment.

The seats are very supportive with backrests, so if you have a long trip planned, you don’t need to fret about back-aches from sitting too long. The carry handles help in carrying the kayak. Inflation time is quite commendable as well: it can be fully inflated within 6 minutes.

The 3 main air chambers keep the kayak afloat and the rigid floor encourages appropriate tracking. Also included in the kayak are deck netting and gear bungees. The footrests are adjustable.

The Helios can be easily adjusted for a single kayaker. You can set it up quickly. The material is resistant to possible abrasions or punctures: that’s a lot of stress off the mind concerning damage to your precious canoe. The hull of the Helios balances stability and speed, and doesn’t let you down on traction either. Worried about where the canoe ranks? It has a Class 1 river rating – that is quite an achievement.

Of course, there are cheaper boats out there, but if you’re willing to splurge a bit for guaranteed quality, do so for the Helios. It’s a well-rounded, reliable boat that cannot disappoint the most critical of kayakers.

Pros:

  • Highly resistant material
  • Speed, stability and traction
  • Class 1 river rating
  • Easily portable

Cons:

  • Expensive

 

8. Driftsun Transparent Crystal Clear Bottom Kayak

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 1-2
Weight capacity: 425 lbs

driftsun clear bottom kayak - best kayaks 2017 list

The Driftsun Transparent Crystal Clear kayak by The Driftsun Crystal Kayak Company is a crystal clear kayak that gives you the chance to observe the seawater below since it is transparent. It includes seats and paddles for two people. However, one seat can be easily removed for solo paddling.

The Driftsun Transparent Kayak is the favorite kayak for the people who would like to snorkel without getting wet. It has clear transparent shells allowing one to observe the water beneath them from a unique point of view.

The Driftsun Kayak Company has created this kayak to be durable and lightweight. It features an anodized aluminum frame, inflatable chambers, and comfortable EVA adjustable seats. However, all these seats are easily removable for easy stacking and storage. Additionally, the polymer hull is corrosion and UV resistant. This prevents the hull from yellowing.

Driftsun Transparent Crystal Clear kayak has two seats that can be used by either children or adults. One seat can be removed easily for solo navigation. Additionally, all purchases made directly from the Driftsun Company have one year Warranty.

This baby needs to be highlighted as one of our coolest best kayaks 2017 pick!

Pros:

  • It offers an option for one or two people so can use it as needed
  • Allows you to see sea creatures such as jellyfish clearly without fear of getting stung or bitten
  • Has a lot of storage space allowing you to store your camera, phone, bottle of water, flask of coffee or even something heavier
  • It is relatively affordable compared to its competitors in the market

Cons:

    • Although the kayak is made of strong materials, you have to limit its use to avoid getting scratches that reduces transparency

Here is the Driftsun kayak in action:

 

9. Vibe Sea Ghost 130 Angler Kayak

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 1
Weight capacity: 550 lbs

Fishing enthusiasts and outdoorsmen are adventurers at heart. A little bit of rough weather and wind will do little to deter them from hauling in that big catch. Their equipment, however, has to pass muster and keep up – it just won’t do to have your boat or other fishing gear fail on you in that crucial moment.

There is a kayak that meets these demanding performance requirements. A boat that is tough and versatile enough to handle all waters, and all conditions. The Vibe Sea Ghost 130 Angler Kayak is a rotomolded single piece polyethylene single-seater kayak that boasts a wide hull able to tackle every water condition from raging rivers to choppy surf. Its construction and design offers an extremely stable ride, perfect for fishing or recreation.

Let us examine this kayak in greater detail. It weighs in at 74 pounds, and features the Vibe Hero seat for comfort, built-in cupholder, as well as a toe-controlled rudder system that provides that aforementioned stability in the water. There is a variety of attachments that allow you to stow cargo and gear, including a sealed centre console and integrated tracks for paddles and fishing rods. After all, a boat is no good if you cannot fit all the necessary gear into it.

For those anglers and outdoorsmen who are looking for a stable, versatile kayak that can withstand tough water conditions, the Vibe Sea Ghost 130 Angler Kayak is indeed worth a closer look.

Pros:

  • Stability features such as rudders and frame seats
  • Great storage options
  • Value for money

Cons:

  • Rudders have a bit of slack
  • Side walls flex a little

 

10. Sun Dolphin Bali SS 10-Foot Sit-on-Top Kayak

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 1
Weight capacity: 250 lbs

Sometimes, boating enthusiasts want a middle ground between the ease-of-use of an inflatable kayak and the stability of a hard-shelled kayak. Something that is easy to transport and move in and out of the water, but also something that does not sacrifice too much of the durability and feel on the water that only a hard-shelled boat can provide. The Sun Dolphin Bali SS kayak may be just the thing meet that middle ground.

Weighing in at 44 pounds, this single-seater kayak constructed with UV-stabilized Fortiflex high density polyethylene is tough yet light in weight. What does this mean? It means that the material used to build this kayak will never break down even if it is stored wet, and will never fade with sun exposure. This material also allows a greater degree of tracking and paddling, giving you stability whether you are boating down a river or in a lake.

Sun Dolphin Bali SS 10-Foot kayak - best kayaks of 2017

Comfort and storage are also important considerations, and the Sun Dolphin Bali SS provides ample options. The open seating makes ingress and egress a breeze, while the paddle holder and adjustable foot rests make extended boat rides a joy. A dry storage compartment keeps all your essential boating gear safe, and for more storage, a Portable Accessory Carrier (P.A.C) is also available. Many additional accessories are available, but all the essentials, including a paddle, are included.

At this price point, few other kayaks can compare with the Sun Dolphin Bali SS’ design, construction, and versatility. It is meant for paddlers of all skill levels, and perfect for family outings. Its design emphasizes stability and ease of paddling, allowing even children to paddle with confidence. However, the absence of rigging means that those who want to use if for fishing have to rig it themselves.

Those looking for a recreational boat that is stable and provides great tracking would do well to take a closer look at the Sun Dolphin Bali SS. For a leisurely day out paddling on the lake – this lightweight, sturdy, and comfortable kayak is the perfect companion.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Seat is not cushioned
  • Extremely slow

 

11. Point 65 N Tequila! GTX Tandem Angler Modular Kayak

Type: Hard-shelled & Modular
# of Seats: 1-2
Weight Capacity: 530 lbs

Tequila! GTX Tandem kayak is a highly stable, fun, versatile, and high-performance kayak from Point 65. Tequila! was designed and made in Sweden by the award winning engineer Magnus de Brito using the new Point 65 Snap-TAP technology under Europe and US patents. The Tequila! GTX tandem is among the fasted sit-on-top kayaks that can be easily changed from solo to tandem.

Tequila! Point 65 Tandem Modular Kayak

The GTX Tandem is perfect for use in rivers, ponds, and lakes for both beginners and expert kayakers. Apart from leisure surfing, the Tequila! GTX kayak is suitable for fishing. It has small, normal and large paddlers making it suitable for use by both children and adults.

The Tequila! GTX tandem kayak is fitted with a new tracking keel that helps in keeping it straight while in water. Additionally, its modular structure makes it easy to carry, store, and haul. Tequila! GTX has a snap-tap modular system making it easily convertible from tandem to solo and vise versa by easily removing or adding the extra mid-section seat. It has super comfortable AIR seats with pneumatically adjustable backrest.

Tequila! GTX as a modeled in bottle and cup holders as well as a built in paddlepak slot. These features makes the Tequila! more comfortable since you don’t need to worry about where to keep your water bottles and cups if you carry some drinks with you. This feature makes the Tequila! to be one of the most comfortable kayaks.

Pros:

  • Easy to transport, store and carry
  • Stable, strong, and safe sit-on-top kayak
  • The AIR seats have adjustable seating position
  • Has built-in bottle and cup holders

Cons:

  • Tequila! Is not recommended for a weekend touring expedition

 

12. Oru Kayak Bay Kayak

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 1
Weight capacity: 300 lbs

 

The Oru bay kayak has an innovative folding hull mad using the Origami-inspired design, deep research, and high-quality materials. It is made of double-layered polypropylene material that is resistant to damages that may result from constant folding and unfolding. The 12’ kayak has smooth contours making it sporty for beginners while it is stable enough for beginners.

The Oru kayak is 26 lbs. in weight and is easy to unfold and make the fixed, rigid form as it takes a few minutes, thus ensuring you don’t take too much of your leisure time fixing it.

It has a comfortable foam seat with a fully adjustable backrest to provide even more comfort.  Not just our best kayaks 2017 picks but also a very unique and cool origami kayak!

Pros:

Cons:

  • Tabs and buckles wear out after a while

 

13. Hobie Pro Angler 14

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 1
Weight capacity: 600 lbs

An updated version to the Hobie Pro Angler 12 (which also made our best kayaks of 2017 list below!), this fishing kayak is a thing of beauty! From the Hobie H-Rail mountain system to the tackle management system to the cup holders (yep!), everything seems to have been designed with your comfort and fishing needs in mind.

With the MirageDrive system, paddling is easy as pie.  Also, there is ample storage compartments without anything ever getting in the way.  There is a huge bow hatch for storing bulky items and an 8 inch round hatch located in the stern tank well; it’s perfect for carrying a cooler or a live bait.

As if these features aren’t pretty solid, the Hobie Pro Angler 14 comes with a vantage seat with lumbar support… which can be adjusted.  Chuck your office chair and replace it with this.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Large size; make sure it will fit in your carriage space

14. Seaward Passat G3 Kevlar

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 2
Weight capacity: 500+ lbs

If you have been frustrated with options for a sleek tandem kayak, then we are pretty sure that you will love what you see here: the Seawrd Passat G3 Kevlar is a sleek beauty designed with tandem kayakers in mind.  This kayak can be used in somewhat rough waters and should be used in long distance kayaking.  It has also gained reputation as a “light” and high-performing kayak.

With its Kevlar construction, it is based on the original Passat hull which has been acclaimed by adventure racers worldwide.  As far as seating goes, you can use the screwknob behind the seats to adjust them high and low.  Using the straps, you can even adjust the angles of the seat.  It edges smoothly and tours at 5+ knots.

If you want to read about its build, check out our Seward Passat G3 Kevlar review.  Being such a great kayak, no wonder this kayak made it on our best kayaks 2017 list.

Pros:

  • Tracks amazingly
  • 348 liters of dry storage in total
  • Excellent storage space

Cons:

  • The only problem is with the cabling for the rudder placement in and out of the water, requiring manual work

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15. Old Town Vapor 10 Angler

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 1
Weight capacity: 250 lbs

While officially an angler kayak, the Old Town Vapor 10 Angler is a recreational kayak with versatility.  It contains solid storage space with a large cockpit and offers a stable ride.  Whether you’re a novice or a skilled kayaker, thanks to the shape of the hull, you will find that the Vapor 10 Angler responds and tracks rather smoothly to your paddling.

The Vapor 10 provides more than ample room for your gear, including a dry hatch with a lockable top, a cooler, dufflebag, and nice room for more stuff. Also, there is nice room behind the seat for a sleeping bag and of course, more gear, between your feet.

If you want a recreational angler that is made of good, quality materials for a good price, then the Old Town Vapor 10 Angler is a rather good choice.

Pros:

Cons:

  • The drain plug location isn’t at a good spot for actually finding the perfect position to get the water out

 

16.  Hobie Pro Angler 12

Type: Hard-shelled
Number of seats: 1
Weight capacity: 500 lbs

The Hobie Pro Angler is one of the best fishing kayaks produced by the Hobie Cat Company.  This is a hard shelled kayak with the capacity to hold upto 500 pounds. The really cool thing about the Hobie 12 fishing kayak is that it navigates really well whether you use it in choppy waters or a nice, calm lake!

The most unique thing about this fishing kayak is that it is powered by the MirageDrive 180 technology.  Instead of tiring out your arms, the Angler 12 has a leg paddling system that is easy and efficient to use and perfect for those hard fishing days.  Not only that, but it also comes with a seat with lumbar support and can be raised upto 5 inches.

There are plenty more awesome features to be admired about the Hobie Angler 12 kayak: for instance, it has a dual steering system which is awesome, allowing for primary and secondary steering.  Also, you can store up to six fishing rods horizontally, leaving you with more than ample storage space.  Another common sense choice to add as a best kayaks 2017 contender.

The LiveWell live-bait tank is another thing of beauty with a nice 8 gallon tank!

Pros:

  • Comfort was a main feature when Hobie Cat Company created the Hobie Pro Angler 12!
  • Rust resistancy proved with testing in salt waters
  • 6 horizontal fishing rod holders!

Cons:

  • If $$ isn’t an issue, then none

Best Kayaks 2017 Buyer’s Guide Conclusion

These are the best of the best kayaks 2017 has to offer!  However, we understand that this site is mostly (99%) dedicated to inflatable kayaks.  This list is a mix of inflatable, hard-shelled, and everything in between.  We understand that you may be looking for only inflatable kayak reviews.

With that in mind, please feel free to check out any of our in-depth reviews or, heck, the Killer Kayaks Guide: Best Inflatable Kayaks 2016!

Happy kayaking, everyone!

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Kayaking is what we are all about here, just take a look at all the inflatable kayak reviews we have here for you! However, it dawned on us that there are plenty of people for whom selecting one might be difficult, or simply, that they are new to buying an inflatable kayak.

So, we compiled a list of factors for you to consider before putting your $$ down on any and created this inflatable kayak guide!

Following are some important factors to consider when buying an inflatable kayak:

1. Types of Inflatable Kayaks

For starters, consumers should understand the different types of inflatable kayaks that are available in the market. Choosing a particular kayak model depends on the intended usage. Typically, each kayak is designed for a definite cause.

Touring Kayaks

Inflatable Touring kayaks are characterized by a long and thin shape. This design eases the act of traveling through flat water. Touring kayaks offer versatility as they can be used in both fresh and ocean waters. Also, most touring kayaks are rudder-compatible to boost steering.

White Water Kayaks

Unlike the touring kayaks, the whitewater inflatable kayaks come with a short and wide design. With this structure, minimal effort is required in steering as the moving water tends to propel the vessel. Moreover, the large design ensures that the kayak is stable, while the reduced length enhances navigation around obstacles like rocks. A key selling point for white water kayaks is the presence of scupper holes, which drain water from the cockpit and d-rings.

Sea Kayaks

Inflatable sea kayaks resemble touring kayaks as they are long and thin. However, they are specially designed for use in sea waters. They also have added features such as scupper holes.

Fishing Kayaks

Inflatable fishing kayaks come in different lengths, ranging from short to long. The distinct characteristic of this vessel is its round shape at the front and back, which gives them stability. They also come equipped with unique features geared towards fishing activities such as rod holders, anchor cleat, and bait bucket.

Sit-On-Top Kayaks

An inflatable sit-on-top kayak comes with an elevated seat, which positions the kayaker on top of the vessel. This design makes the kayak more stable compared to the conventional design, where one has to sit in the cockpit. Sit on top kayaks also feature scupper holes that make them efficiently self-draining.

2. Storage and Portability

The two main advantages that inflatable kayaks offer over the hard-shell types are easy portability and little storage space. In fact, a deflated kayak can be fit into a large backpack. Nonetheless, buyers should keep in mind that some inflatable kayaks are constructed using heavy duty material, which makes them less compact. As such, a kayak buyer has to strike a balance between the ease of storage and the quality of construction material.

3. Material of the Kayak

Inflatable kayaks are made using one of three materials namely; Hypalon, Nitrylon, and PVC.

Hypalon

Hypalon is a type of synthetic rubber, which is mainly used in constructing the high-end kayaks. The benefit of hypalon is that it is durable and, thus, offers resistance against extreme weather, chemicals, the intense UV rays of the sun and impact.

PVC

This material originates from vinyl polymer plastic. As such, it is not as durable compared to its Hypalon counterpart. However, it is cheap, and the mode of construction makes it a cost-effective option for kayakers with a limited budget.

Nitrylon

Nitrylon inflatable kayaks are relatively new in the market. They came about after the controversy associated with PVC. Nitrylon is considered an eco-friendly material for kayak construction. Moreover, it is resistant to punctures and abrasion and performs well in cold environments.

4. Weight

The weight of an inflatable kayak is also an important specification, especially for hikers who have to carry the vessel around. Heavy duty kayaks are made using a thick material, and, are thus more resistant to punctures. However, taking a heavy inflatable kayak might be wearisome; hence, the need to purchase a lightweight kayak.

5. Seating in the Kayak

When it comes to structure, an inflatable kayak may have single, double, or triple seating. Usually, the seats run along the length of the kayak. Most white water kayaks come with room for just one kayaker. Conversely, touring kayaks can accommodate up to three passengers. Therefore, if you intend to go kayaking with a friend, you should opt for kayaks that offer double or triple seating.

6. Inflatable Kayak Accessories

Some accessories are essential for kayaking activity, and they include paddles, air pumps, repair kits, and PFD’s. Depending on the model of kayak that you purchase, these extras may or may not be included in the package. Preferably, you should opt for high-quality paddles and dual action air pumps.

That’s A Wrap On T Folks!

And, well, there you have it, Folks!  Considering the aforementioned factors will help you save money in the long run.  Once you’ve jotted down what type of kayak you want, head on over to Killer Kayaks Presents: Best Inflatable Kayaks of 2016 and join in on the fun.

Killer Kayaks Presents: Best Inflatable Kayaks 2016!

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Oh my! Welcome to the first Killer Kayaks Presents: Best Inflatable Kayaks 2016! As I begin typing this delicious guide, I’m realizing how fast this year has gone by. Now is the time to create those long gift lists and hand them to your family 😉

Since you stayed nice this year, the Killer Kayak Santa has decided to gift you with this Killer Kayaks Presents: Best Inflatable Kayaks 2016.  Quickly scan through the list, see what suits your needs, and follow the links for the cheapest prices on the web.

I’m sure you didn’t come here to chit chat so let me get this baby going. I will be organizing inflatable kayaks by several categories, cutting your research time by HALF. Let’s get started:

Best Bang For the Buck Inflatable Kayaks!

Bruh! You want the best bang for your buck?! Tight on your budget or you simply don’t want to go broke spending on one of these babies? Well, this section is just for you! Have a look through, compare and contrast. Let’s start.

#1. Intex Explorer K2 Kayak

You can’t beat this best selling inflatable kayak: coming in under $100, this is as solid as they come if you want to purchase one and have never owned one. Some things to keep in mind are that that it comes with inflatable seats with a backrest and removable skeg (sometimes people prefer using it for additional anchoring and stability when steering). Here it is, with its sporty, fun look:

Learn & read more reviews about the Intex Exploer K2 here.

#2. Coleman QuikpakTM K1 1-Person Kayak

Technically, the Coleman QuickpakTM K1 is a one person seating kayak and is considered a sit-on-top kayak. Let’s take a look at the picture quickly so you know what that means:

A few quick pointers for you outdoor adventurers! The QuickpakTm K1 inflatable kayak has one of the fastest setups around and not is only on the eyes (you can see for yourself), but also, easy to assemble. This sturdy little baby can be used in a lake due to its 21 gauge PVC construction and its tarpaulin bottom. If this all sounds like French, that’s okay: just know you can use it safe and sound. Easily one of the best options we had to include in our Best Inflatable Kayaks 2016 list.

InflatableYes
Inflation Time10 mins
NMMA Certified?
# Of Seats1
Maximum Weight Capacity400 lbs
Inflated Size103 inches

There’s a lot more to check out here and more in-depth reviews!

#3. Coleman Clear CreekTM 2-Person Kayak

If you want an extra roomy inflatable kayak or a two person option and you’re on a budget, you should take a look at the Coleman Clear CreekTM inflatable kayak option. It will cost you well under $200 and, well, you can’t beat a deal like this! With a durable construction and technology, you should feel safe taking this into a lake. It comes with the standard adjustable seats and is NMMA certified.

More details and reviews can be found here.

Most Expensive Inflatable Kayaks

#1. AIRE Super Lynx Inflatable Kayak

Length x Width x Height: 14′ x 37″
Weight: 46 lbs.
Load Capacity: 600 lbs.

Lightweight, sleek, comfortable, compact and stable AIRE Super Lynx Inflatable Kayak offers many options for the adventurous paddler. It is designed as a versatile inflatable kayak that can be best used on flat water, moderate whitewater, or ocean bays. Repair kit and removable aluminum skeg are included as well as a 10-year warranty. Seats can be moved around for solo or tandem paddling, which makes it ideal for families who want to take a child or a pet with them on board.

#2. Sea Eagle Razorlite 393rl Inflatable Kayak

Exterior: 12’10” x 28” Interior: 11’7″ x 1’6″
Hull Weight: 33.5 lbs.
Load Capacity: 1 Person (300 lbs.) + Gear (200 lbs.) = 500 max total lbs.

Sea Eagle Razorlite 393rl is a strong, fast, comfortable, lightweight high-performance inflatable solo kayak for the adventurer. It is designed to be used best on ocean bays, lakes, and rivers. High pressure pump with pressure gauge, repair kit, and backpack carry bag are all included in the package. The RazorLite™ Series is NMMA Certified, built with drop stitch technology and best recommended for intermediate and above paddlers.

#3. Sea Eagle Fast Track Inflatable 2 Person Kayak

Length: 12’6″
Interior: 11’7″ x 1’6″
Max. capacity : 2 adults or 635 lbs

Sea Eagle Fast Track Inflatable 2 Person Kayak features a sleek, lightweight design with a sharp, tapered bow which enables paddlers to go faster. It is ideal for long-distance paddling. Two AB40 paddles, two Tall Back kayak seats, two stow bags, carry bag, foot pump, slide-in skeg for improved tracking and a repair kit are included in the pro package. It is best used on large lakes, meandering rivers, bays and ocean coves.

#4. BIC Yakkair Fishing-2Hp

Length: 13’5″
Max Load: 550 lbs.

The Yakkair HP2 Fishing can easily be carried in a wheeled backpack. It is designed to reach difficult fishing spots. The material Yakkair is made of is durable enough to prevent any potential damage from fishing hooks. Additionally, kayakers can use the YAKKAir HP2 solo by mounting one seat in the center. Two backrests and footrests, safety grab lines, abrasion protector, bow protector, carry handles, paddle attachment, carry bag, pump, and repair kit are included.

Best 2-Person Tandem Kayaks

If you want to enjoy a day out with your friend or partner but you only have one kayak, you might consider buying a tandem kayak. If you are ready to take on the cooperation and patience tandem kayak paddling requires, here are some of the best kayaks for you to glance through:

#1. AIRHEAD AHTK-2 Montana Performance 2 Person Kayak

Length: 12”
Max Load: 500 lbs.

The AIRHEAD AHTK2 Montana Performance 2 Person Kayak is a lightweight, compact, and portable tandem inflatable kayak specifically designed for 2 paddlers, used best on lakes and moderate white water. Another strong contender to add to the Best Inflatable Kayaks 2016 guide!

#2. Lagoon 2 Inflatable Kayak

Length: 12”
Max Load: 350 lbs.

Lagoon 2 is a tandem kayak has a stylish design, comfortable high-quality seats, and extra padded support, with high durability. The built-in rigid panel and the stern gives better tracking. Inflating, deflating and the transportation of Lagoon 2 is easy. It ensures maneuvers for natural movement.

#3. Sea Eagle SE370K_P Inflatable Kayak with Pro Package

Exterior: 12′ 6″ x 34″ Interior: 10′ 8″ x 15″
Max Load: 650 lbs.

Sea Eagle 370’s form, function, and affordability make it one of the most popular tandem kayaks. This inflatable sports kayak is lightweight yet stable. Due to its thick material, it is very durable. It can be easily transported. What is more, the seats are detachable, inflatable and replaceable. Repair kit and pressure gauge are included in the package.

Sexiest Inflatable Kayaks

The sexiest inflatable kayaks are the ones with the slimmest proportions combined in an excellent design. They’re not just functional – they’re also built to capture the attention and make you and your pics pop!

#1. Hobie Mirage Revolution 11 Kayak

Length: 11 feet and 6 inches
Weight Capacity: 275 pounds

This single capacity kayak comes with a dry bag for easy transportation. Built with mesh covered storage pockets, its slim and stylish olive-color makes it perfect for fishing solo in shallow waters as you maneuver its sexy body along the waters. One of the best features of this kayak however is the leg room provided. It comes with a paddling system that offers more propulsion and thus more speed with greater accuracy in direction. They’re built with fishing in mind – which is why it come with rod holders and carrying handles.

 

#2. Aquaglide Rogue XP Two Inflatable Kayak-Blue/White

Length: 10 Feet
Weight Capacity: 400 pounds

This two person inflatable kayak doesn’t come with a pump or paddle but perfect in every other way. It includes a core seat and foot rest with a repair kit conveniently stored for emergency purposes. Built with a durable PVC Beam floor, the kayak material repels UV rays to protect the lower body of the user. With supportive core seats, it offers an adjustable and high backrest with a mesh storage pocket to keep all your essentials. This item is made with fishing and leisure kayaking in mind for a sleek and seamless maneuver on the water.

 

#3. Columbia XP Two Inflatable Kayak

Length: 13.5 Feet
Weight Capacity: 400 pounds

Built for two persons, this beautiful blue kayak is both slim and sleek with enough space and weight capacity for lots of extra stuff. Made for fishing or just leisure exploration of the water, the item is built with 600D polyester and Duratex. Proprietary floor technology lines the bottom of the kayak topped by comfortable Core Seats. Accessories can be kept in the large mesh pockets, leaving your hands free while cruising. Other features you can enjoy with this model include transport handles, Splash Guards and backpack straps. Ideal for travel buddies or anyone who loves the water – this Columbia XP Two Inflatable Kayak should be an excellent choice.

Whitewater Rafting Kayaks

Whitewater rafting kayaks are built for durability enough to withstand the rapid force of the water. Capable of housing 2 or more people, the rafting kayaks in this list have proven their excellence when it comes to taking the bumps and bounces of water rapids.

 

#1. Ocean Kayak Malibu 2XL Tandem Kayak 2016

Length: 12 feet

Built for two people, this Ocean Kayak makes use of materials guaranteed to withstand the unique saltiness of the ocean. Providing stability and ease of maneuverability, it can be paddled solo or with a friend – depending on your experience. The unit is actually made with family excursions in mind as it can take the weight of two people plus a small child or the favorite family pet. It doesn’t come with a paddle though so you’ll have to buy your own!

 

#2. Perception Kayak Prodigy Sunset

Length: 15.25 feet

This beautiful piece of kayak boasts of the color of sunset and performs beautifully when it comes to maneuverability. Made from polyethylene with seat material made from plastic, the unit can be used from practically all types of water from rivers, lakes, and oceans. Thanks to its weight of just 42 pounds, it can be quickly tossed on top of the car for long trips. The body is protected by additional materials to prevent scratching, tearing, or scraping the interior surface. The cockpit is large enough for ease of getting in and out while keeping the lower body protected from the sun. It also comes with foot braces for additional control.

 

#3. Emotion Spitfire Sit-On-Top Kayak, Glacier Blue, 9′

Length: 14 inches

Stunning in its orange color, this Emotion Spitfire Kayak has molded-in paddle keepers and padded seats. Weighing just 47.2 pounds, the kayak has side carry handles allowing for quick transportation from your home to the car to the beach. The foot wells are molded in for comfort and security for hours of kayak enjoyment. It also comes with an extra large storage hatch located beneath the deck. This should hold enough food and drinks to last you through the day as you go exploring the waters. For safety and security, the kayak also comes with self-bailing holes for water drainage, just in case some of them enter the cockpit. The shape is specially created for stability even during rougher water and to top it off – the orange is capped with UV protected materials.

The Neatest Kayaks On The Market

There are 3 of these babies WORTH YOUR TIME AND MONEY AND FRANKLY, THAT SCARE THE LIVING POO OUT OF US! These kayaks are cool and edgy – affording users with something more than just convenient navigation through the waters. Made especially for those who want to really enjoy nature – these �neat’ kayaks have a crystal clear build.

 

#1. Crystal Explorer – Transparent Kayak/Canoe by the Crystal Kayak Company

Length: 11.1 feet
Weight Capacity: 425 pounds

Including seats, paddles, and 1 year warranty – this Crystal Explorer kayak lets you explore the bottom of the ocean with very little effort on your part. Enjoy the colorful fish directly beneath you with the crystal clear build that doesn’t decrease the quality and durability of the model. Designed for flat and choppy waters, it has a removable frame and seats so that moving it from one place to another is quick and easy. One of the cooler inflatable kayaks today, it is built with a polymer hull and hardware that resist corrosion.

 

#2. 2016 Caribe Clear Bottom Fishing Kayak

Length: 12 inches
Weight Capacity: 600 pounds

Having by far the largest weight capacity in this list, the Caribe Clear Bottom Fishing Kayak is built with large fishing hauls in mind. Although only seats one – the kayak is capable of holding in numerous accessories for your fishing including baits, coolers, hooks, and biggest possible fish you can find in the waters. The cockpit is adjustable which helps you achieve that maximum comfort for fishing. The paddles however are not included with the kayak.

 

#3. Driftsun Crystal Clear Transparent 2 Person Kayak – Clear Bottom Kayak

Length: 111
Weight Capacity: 425 pounds

This ocean kayak has a completely transparent hull for an excellent viewing experience of the underwater. Lightweight but with a construction that’s built for choppy waters, this inflatable kayak has removable seats and frames so that you can fold it for easier storage. Polymer-made, it has enough colors for an aesthetic appeal but with a functionality that’s superior than most. Paddles and various other parts are corrosion-resistant and should last its users a long time of water enjoyment.

 

#4. See Through Canoe

Our last but never the least on our Best Inflatable Kayaks 2016 compilation: a market favorite, the “See Through Canoe” is a little different from the other items in the list today. For one thing, it’s navigated using a machine power which can generate a bit of sound. On the plus side however, this canoe lets you simply enjoy the waters without having to worry about paddling. Completely transparent, it has a 1 person capacity and a puncture proof surface to keep your mind at rest. The frame is made of aluminum and boasts of a roof cover to keep the sun and UV rays away from your eyes and skin.

AIRHEAD AHTK-2 Montana Performance 2 Person Kayak In-Depth Review

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ahtk-2 2 person montanaMy Gosh! If you live somewhere perfect like Southern California or any where the weather is sunny and beautiful even in the “winter months”, then you may be looking for something as fun as a two person inflatable kayak. And, since you’re here, let’s dive into a review of the Airhead AHTK-2 Montana Performance Kayak.

Wow, that’s a mouthful and a handful to type!

Since one of the first things I do is shop by price (hey, no shame in admitting we have a budget!), this two person kayak comes in around $370-$390 on Amazon (which I believe is the best place price-wise and customer service wise to shop for something like this). Now, $390 isn’t very “cheap” and is considered a decent investment so let’s break this baby down bit by and see if it’s worth every penny of your hard earned dollars 😉

The Basics

Yes, the Airhead AHTK-2 Montana is a two seater inflatable kayak and comes in around 12 feet long. It is constructed of durable material making it ideal for kayaking in the lakes and moderate white river rafting. The floor is designed as tubular I-beam floor (typical) and weighs around 36.3 lbs. Some of you may love the orange colour and some may hate it but it’s a smart choice for safety enthusiasts as it makes the product high visibility. The tubular I-beam flooring does make it very comfortable to sit in. It contains two Boston valves for quick inflation and deflation.

And look: it can support upto 500 pounds! If size is an issue, this baby can definitely handle that. Have a look at this beaut:

ahtk-2 demonstration pic

The Meat of the Airhead AHTK-2 Montana Kayak

Patience, please 😉

In case you haven’t caught yet, if pricing isn’t an issue and you are looking for an inflatable boat that can fit tall people comfortable or upto 500 pounds, then this one is your lady. If that isn’t impressive, a reviewer on Amazon touts that AIRHEAD AHTK-2 Montana Performance 2 Person Kayakhe bought the AHTK-2 in 2006 for the purpose of roughing it (in 2006) and that it still hasn’t developed any leaks (review written in 2004!) This is due to the build of this superior kayak which is constructed from the nylon denier fabric shell. When it comes to leaks, this kayak is extremely durable.

Another cool thing about the Montana Two Person Kayak is that it looks very nice and doesn’t look “cheap” as some of these can. Of course, priced around $375, you’d think this would be standard but sadly, it’s not the case with all inflatable boats and kayaks.

Even with two people, there is plenty of space for you to store additional items (trust me, this comes in handy). It’s extremely easy and quick to inflate and deflate. Also, thanks to its build and the four fins it comes with, you’ll find the tracking to be consistent and the maneuverability to be better than most kayaks in its class.

The Cons…

I expect you to read this section before you read any additional reviews. That’s what I do 😉

The only two cons are that the Airhead two persona inflatable boat comes with straps which is fine for carrying but a tad bit cumbersome. It does NOT come with a bag to put it away which would’ve been ACE.

Because of that, the weight comes into factor. This two person kayak weighs 36 pounds and sometimes, you can feel it.

The Verdict

In all honesty, if you are looking for safety, room, durability, stability, and good tracking, this is the perfect buy. It has plenty of 4 and 5 star reviews on Amazon (undoubtedly, my favourite way to check out sports gear).

AIRHEAD AHTK-2 Montana Performance 2 Person Kayak Features

InflatableYes
Inflation Time15-20 minutes
NMMA Certified?
# of Seats2
Maximum Weight Capacity500 lbs
Inflated Size12 feet

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Kayak – Expensive Or Well Worth It?

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Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Kayak FullIn case you haven’t noticed, the Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible kayak is one of the more expensive inflatable kayaks we’ve taken the time out to review. After all, coming in around $550, why should one invest in one of these inflatable kayaks rather than shell out money for a hard-shelled kayak?

That’s one of the bigger questions we will be answering in this review but first, let’s start with the basics and move our way through this sexy option (I’m not biased, I promise!)

The Basics

Now, if you don’t know what to look for in an inflatable kayak, then check out our inflatable kayak guide.  The AdvancedFrame Convertible kayak is a two seater kayak and comes in around 15 feet long (much longer than the standard inflatable kayaks that I’ve checked out). Its frame is built with aluminum ribs that shape the bow and stern. Due to the ‘weightiness’, this kayak also treks straight and well (which can be a little bit of a problem with light inflatable kayaks). While the trekking is not as well as a hardshell kayak but it comes very close to it. That says a lot about an inflatable kayak!

The Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible inflatable kayak is also constructed of three layers for safety reasons: if one layer gets punctured, you’re still safe due to the other two layers being puncture resistant.

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible inflatable kayak Seating

Even though this baby is designed for tandem (or two people) kayaking, you can take the extra seat out (or use it as added back comfort) and take it out solo.

Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or an expert kayaker, setup is a breeze. The first time, it may take you a good 20 minutes to accomplish this but it gets easier each time. You simple take it out of the package, unfold it, pump it with air and set it up. Viola!

Just in case, here’s a demonstration video:

Storage Compartment

Unlike other kayaks, this one has a nice storage department for some serious gear. Here, take a look at the image: There is surprisingly a fair amount of storage and the deck lacing is just… super sexy. Go ahead and sprinkle your jelly beans everywhere! (Joking… keep it clean!)

Bonus Points for Puncture Resistant Build

When you’re out and about in one of these inflatable kayaks, the last thing you want to do is be worried if it can take a little bit of a hit (let’s face it: sometimes I don’t plan on rough surfaces but that doesn’t mean my kayaks don’t end up getting scratched!) As mentioned earlier, the Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible inflatable kayak kayak is built of three layers of puncture resistant material.

The kayak is so well-built that even through rough surfaces, it will, on average, last you 5-10 years (please keep in mind this depends on the usage). If you are using the Advanced Elements inflatable kayak in pretty rough waters, you should know that while it does well in heavier conditions, still, this isn’t a hard kayak! (Always remain cautious and go with a buddy to test how well a new kayak responds in an environment). If roughing it is a huge issue for you, then you will find the Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible inflatable kayak one tough inflatable sob!

Is The Advanced Elements Inflatable Kayak Heavy As Heck!?

One of the main complains on Amazon is regarding the weight of this kayak. If you examine this a bit, this is a good thing! The kayak comes in around 55 pounds which means it’s a bit heavy to carry. However, this kind of weight is good especially if you want to trek well and straight in the water. And that, my friends, the Advanced Elements inflatable kayak does really well. If you’ve shopped around for lighter inflatable kayaks, you’ll see that getting them to move straight can take a bit of getting used to.

Now, if you’re not very strong, then carrying this a fair distance could become a problem. If you know you’ll be in good company or are a strong person and don’t mind carry it, then you know this kayak is right for you. Additionally, you could purchase a dolly to help you carry this. I don’t want to blow this out of proportion; just know that the size could be an issue if you’re a very light person and need to carry this thing a mile to the lake or a river.

Is Cleaning Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Inflatable Kayak A Drag?

Okay, so inflating this baby takes around a good 5-10 minutes (for first timers, it can be longer). That’s not a problem. However, after you’ve used it, you’ll notice water collect at the bottom. Well, if you’ve invested in a $500 kayak, you also have to take good care of it which includes drying it off and folding it properly.

This means you have to empty out the kayak, let it dry off then unfold it. Frankly, this is the nature of most kayaks so if this bothers you, perhaps you should invest in a hardshell kayak.

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible inflatable kayak Overview

Why is The Advanced Elements Advanced Frame Convertible Kayak a Great Investment?

If you’re like me and live in a cramped apartment, own a small car or hate carrying a hardshell kayak, then this is a solid investment. It’s not like a super lightweight inflatable kayak. It doesn’t come with the problem of a superlight inflatable kayak either. It has a bit of weight to it (55-60 lbs) but this also helps it move straight and speedier than most inflatable kayaks. If you have believe in quality products and want something more reliable than a $150 inflatable kayak (those have their own advantages), then you will definitely love investing in the AdvancedFrame inflatable kayak.

Still Torn About The Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Inflatable Kayak …?

Still torn? Welp, seein’ IS believin’, they say. And if this doesn’t help, then check out our other reviews on the site 🙂

Verdict

The Advanced Elements Advanced Frame Convertible kayak is one of the more expensive inflatable kayaks on the market but is one of the best and sturdiest options available as well. Its pricing fluctuates around $500 so it’s a serious investment. For anyone looking for a sturdy inflatable kayak, this is a must buy.

For another Advanced Elements option, check out the Advanced Elements FireFly inflatable kayak.

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Kayak Features

InflatableYes
Inflation Time10-15 minutes
NMMA Certified?
# of Seats1
Maximum Weight Capacity300 lbs
Inflated Size10" x 5'

Dangerous Kayak Fishing In Hawaii Video

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Wow! Great job by Discovery as they show us a suspenseful snippet of how dangerous kayak fishing can be in Hawaii.  The guy had to cut off a shark off the line!

Kayaking In A Sewage Drain?!

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Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiggggggggght!  Watch these crazy kayakers do something fun & crazy: kayak all the way down a sewage drain…:

How To Properly Prepare For A Kayaking Competition

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There’s a special thrill that is felt when we come into contact with nature. Paddling against the waves while kayaking will definitely get your adrenaline running and leave you yearning for more. If you are looking for a fun way to enjoy the great outdoors, then kayaking is a great place to start. If you are aiming to become a pro, you need to play your part towards getting there.

A kayaking competition is an opportunity to compete against the big sharks and perfect your skills and confidence. These are the top 10 tips that will make you a better kayaker:

1. Be Cautious

 

ready to compete

 

Although kayaking can be fun and breathtaking, you should do your best to keep the excitement under control. Colliding with the waves is definitely thrilling, but not as much as approaching and overtaking your opponents. Although the goal is to reach the finish line first, always consider the other competitors. Before you surpass your opponents, study them and employ the best tactics when approaching them. Making the wrong move in the wrong place will bring it all to an end before you can prove yourself to the judges.

2. Be Prepared

 

packing kayak

 

Before the big day, ensure that you have everything you need. Have a list with you, checking off the items as you pack them. You don’t want to get to there and realize that you’re missing your life jacket or the main component, your paddle. If you are a pro kayaking champion, you have to be keener than most people. There have been cases of opponents damaging other competitors’ kits in the hopes of sabotaging their chances. If possible, you should store your gear in a secure place where only you have access to it, since you’d rather be safe than sorry.

3. Keep It Healthy

 

upset tummy

You can have all your gear and other essentials in check, yet have the day ruined by an upset tummy. If this happens, you’d probably never forgive yourself, so take precautions. Bathroom troubles are your worst nightmare when participating in a kayaking competition. Every kayaking competitor should keep away from foods that don’t agree with them a day before the event. It’s understandable that the anticipation, excitement, and anxiety may be nerve-wracking, especially the night before the event, but you should also keep away from beer or any alcoholic drinks. A hangover doesn’t sit well with the rocking motions of the kayak on the water.

4. Adequate Rest

 

good sleep

 

It is necessary to rest your body adequately before the big event. After all, you depend on it to keep you going and hopefully emerge the winner. Eye bags under the eyes is your body’s way of telling you that it hasn’t had enough sleep. Only you understand your body, so you know how much time you need for it to be completely rested. However, the experts advise that you sleep for no less than 8 hours per night.

5. Observe Time

 

eating breakfast

 

Imagine how frustrating it would be to wake up and realize that the competition started an hour ago. These things happen, especially if you haven’t planned for it very well. Set your alarm an hour or two before you have to walk out the door. Eat your breakfast early enough to give it ample time to digest. Take a shower to freshen up and awaken you fully, pack up your gear and give yourself enough time to get to the site on time.

6. Stick To Your Routine

 

nervous

 

Panic can be your worst enemy when it comes to kayaking competitions, or ANY competition. It is advisable that you maintain the same routine as the other training days. Keep calm, review all that you’ve learned, and focus on the fun part of the event and how easy it’s going to be now that you’ve had a lot of practice. Focusing on the negatives will only set you up for failure. Remember, sticking to the routine will enable your body to stay calm during the competition.

7. Incorporate Some Music Into It

 

music

 

Music is soothing, hence advisable to compile a relaxing, yet motivating playlist. Listen to it on the way to the competition. This is a vital step so be tactful when compiling the list. Music that dampens your spirit will interfere with your self-esteem so steer clear of that. On the other hand, the music shouldn’t over-energize you into thinking that this is the time to try something new or drastic, as it may spell doom not only for you, but other competitors as well.

8. Warm Up

 

stretching on the beach

 

Before the competition begins, it is advisable to perform a little bit of a warm up. This prepares your body and mind for the task ahead. Take care not to exhaust yourself though. Paddle slowly after doing some nice stretches and drink enough water to stay hydrated if it’s hot outside. Also put on some sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.

9. Channel Your Mental Focus

 

before a race

 

Everyone has that one thing that boosts their confidence. Some socialize with other competitors, others spend time with their fans, while others scroll through their previous competition photos to remind them of how amazing they are. Find an activity, memory or view something that gets you in the mood to win.

10. Keep Cool

There is no guarantee that things will run smooth during the competition. Kayaks overturn, paddles break, competitors surpass you, your arm gets a cramp that interferes with your ability to paddle, etc. You should never throw a fit in full view of your fans, judges, and sponsors, as it will taint your image. Keep it cool and work towards overcoming the obstacle. The smile doesn’t have to be genuine, it just has to convince your sponsors that you’ve got this!

 

pre-race

 

Kayaking competitions are fun, so stay focused on that and everything else will flow naturally. Fear and panic will magnify even the smallest challenges, hence interfere with your mental focus and your chance of winning. Get some moral support from your family and friends for some hype and motivation. Remember, you’re only as good as you think you are!

Would You Go Kayaking In The Florida Everglades?

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If that question sounds insane to you, then you are of the normal mindset!  Check out as this Youtuber goes kayak fishing with one of the best bass fisherman in the world… IN THE EVERGLADES. YEP! Have a lookie lookie here:

Seaward Passat G3 Kevlar Kayak – Comfortable & High Performing?

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Overview of the Seaward Kevlar Kayak

InflatableNo / Hard Shelled
Inflation TimeN/A
NMMA CertifiedN/A
# of Seats2
Maximum Weight Capacity
Inflated SizeN/A

Seaward Kayaks’ Passat G3 Kevlar has set an industry standard for a sleek, fast touring tandem kayak. It is a touring kayak with a V-shape hull, padded seating, and a 2 person seating capacity. As a touring kayak, it is designed to travel long distances in open (and potentially rough) water. It offers an excellent compromise for paddlers seeking a light and high-performing kayak.

A “Greenland” style bow, 26-inch beam, and over 348 liters of interior storage add up to a combination of speed, comfort and load capacity that is unmatched in a touring tandem.

 

Seaward Passat G3 Kevlar Kayak

 

 

What is Unique About Seaward Passat G3 Kevlar’s Construction?

The design and function of the Seaward Passat G3 kayak was remarkably well envisioned and executed. The Seaward Kevlar Kayak is a beauty, and its Kevlar construction gives you the perfect middle ground between performance and low weight. It is based on the original Passat hull, which is widely acclaimed by adventure racers the world over (dual-first place in the Yukon River Quest). A slightly increased overall depth and custom curved bulkheads create a true 3-hatch (3 cockpits with optional seating) racing and expedition tandem.

 

Seaward Kevlar Kayak

The Seaward Passat G3 Kevlar is lighter than fiberglass, but stronger than carbon. Kevlar offers a very good compromise for paddlers in quest of lightness and function. Even though it is costlier than fiberglass, the advantages are apparent, making it well worth the investment.

This kayak measures 22 feet long, 26 inches wide, is 15.5 inches deep, and weighs 81 pounds. The Seaward Kevlar Kayak cockpit dimensions are 32.25″L x 16″W x 13.5″D and the total storage is 348 liters.

 

What Makes The Seaward Kevlar Kayak Special?

Comfort

Seaward Passat G3 Kevlar anatomically molded and padded seat has an adjustable backrest. A large screw knob on the rear end of the backrest will raise and lower the seat back. There are webbing straps which can be tightened or loosened to adjust the forward and backward angle of your seat.

UHMW Keel Guard

The UHMW keel guard comes in handy for lifting a loaded or partially loaded boat at the bow and then pivoting or dragging it (gently!) on the stern on smooth, soft surfaces (for example, to wiggle it off a sandy beach and into the water). On top of that, the UHMW Keel Guard offers these advantages:

  • Sliding over obstacles (gravel) with ease
  • High tensile strength disperses sudden impact
  • Reduces wear of your keel and protects your investment
  • Won’t create pitting of your expensive keel like a steel QT plate will. NO RUST!
  • UHMW is lightweight and abrasion resistant, far outlasting steel in commercial applications
  • Can be replaced and repaired with greater ease than other keel protection methods

 

Seaward Passat G3 on a trip!

Seaward Passat G3 Kevlar’s Exclusive SafeHATCH System

Seaward G3’s safeHATCH system incorporates many features to guarantee your safety. First is the tethered hard fiber glass outer hatch, and right under this is a tethered neoprene hatch. They are both locked in place by means of 2 separate shock cords that have easy release tabs. And in the unlikely occasion that you lose or damage these hatch covers, a shock cord used to hold these hatches down can be rerouted around the fibre glass coaming. This way it securely holds down any water proof material like the cockpit cover that comes standard on Seaward kayaks.

 

An Innovative Rudder System

The introduction of rudder systems brought in a whole new level of maneuvarability and safety to padding. Up until now, these advances brought about issues with solid knee bracing, but not any longer. The smartRUDDER system in the G3 allows all paddlers, no matter the skill level, to brace firmly while keeping complete rudder control.

 

Tough Kayak For Rough Waters

The kayak tracks amazingly well with or without the rudder. It edges easily and effortlessly and tours at 5+ knots. It is safe, strong and seaworthy in challenging waters. The Seaward experienced kayakers will find this kayak easier to track in a straight line, more maneuverable and faster.

 

Is there Ample Storage in the Seaward Passat G3 Kayak?

Seaward tricked out the Passat G3 with a bit more volume and a center hatch/cockpit, providing room for dogs, children, or easily accessible waterproof storage. The extra large opening is perfect for packing awkward items and seals like any ordinary storage hatch, completely waterproof with a neoprene inner and fiberglass cover. With the center hatch, the Passat G3 has 348 liters of dry storage in total, offering more storage space than the average kayak, even enough for overnight outings.

 

passat kevlar kayak in use

Pros

  • Impeccable detail in boat form and function, without being overdone
  • Master craftsmanship
  • Rudder works great and stores well
  • The specially engineered hull features a unique “lifting chine” that aids buoyancy and provides for a dryer ride
  • Lots of room for big adventures
  • Secure nylon straps steadily hold the paddle during paddle-float self rescues, and quick-release tabs free the paddle rapidly after re-entry
  • All the hatches are neoprene covered with a hard shell fiberglass top, so water will never get in, and hatches are easy to use
  • Cockpit covers will keep rain out
  • Center compartment is completely bulk headed from the bow and stern cockpit, and can accomodate a child in the optional center seat

Cons

  • The only problem is with the cabling for the rudder placement in and out of the water, requiring manual work and to be checked before putting the kayak in the water

 

storage space for the Seaward Passat G3 Kevlar

 

About the Seaward Kevlar Kayak

Whether you’re a new paddler, enthusiast or experienced guide, Seaward has a kayak to suit your needs. By constantly researching the most effective and highest quality materials available, Seaward remains committed to being an industry leader. They have earned their reputation for innovation and quality. Many industry standards were initiated by Seaward, including the self-rescue system SRS, safeHatch and smart rudder system.

seward kayaks logo

 

Seaward Passat G3 Kevlar Kayak Conclusion

To sum it up, the Seward G3 Passat is one of the best tandem kayaks on the market. The stability, quality accessories like rudder pedals, seat and adjustment options, cowling covers and rigging features allow this kayak to offer an incredible paddling experience. Additionally, the staff is readily available to provide assistance for parts and suggestions to repair any damage that occasionally occurs on trips.

Once you get over the initial price, the craftsmanship, quality materials and overall finish are worth it. It is the best blend of comfort and performance you can buy.

14 Health And Social Benefits Of Kayaking

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Look, y’all, so being a kayaking enthusiast, I know that kayaking is plain fun for me, but have you stopped to think about how beneficial this activity is for your body and mind, both?  In this article, we broke down 14 health and social benefits of kayaking so if you weren’t aware of how great it can be for you, now you know:

 

1. Cardio Workout For Weight Loss

One of the most direct and predictable benefits of kayaking is the burning of calories for weight loss. Kayaking might look nice and peaceful in pictures, but rest assured it is a lot more demanding than it appears with the constant paddling, whether it is with or against the current. The constant isotonic movements as you paddle acts as a form of cardio that burns calories and helps you to lose weight.

cardio

2. Improves Muscle Tone

In addition to burning calories, paddling during kayaking offers you the benefit of improved muscle tone. The same principle of isotonic movement applies here and the resistance from the water more or less acts in the same way as weights and resistance machines at the gym would. The best part about kayaking for improved muscle tone is the fact that pretty much all of your muscles are engaged. However, it is the arms, legs and the core that benefit most from the toning.

 

3. Improves Endurance

If you are one of those people who cannot go up a flight of stairs without stopping about a hundred times to catch your breath, then kayaking is probably something that you should try. The slow and steady pace on still waters gives your body time to adapt to the increased metabolism and oxygen demand. This is in contrast with other workouts that do not allow slow and steady buildup of endurance. With kayaking, the slow approach ensures more long lasting endurance and exercise tolerance which is good not only for your muscles, but for the overall health of your heart.

 

fast paddling

4. Improves Joint Flexibility

It seems that paddling in your kayak is responsible for all the benefits and improvement of joint flexibility. The constant forward and back movement of the shoulders, wrists and elbows helps to improve joint flexibility gets rid of stiffness. This also applies to a few other joints not involved in the paddling, including the hip joints and the knees. The result is the elimination of stiffness and rigidity which can not only be painful, but also debilitating in severe cases.

 

5. Exposure To Fresh Air

Whether you live in a leafy suburb or a pollution ridden metropolis, there is no denying the fact that nothing on earth compares to the benefits of clean fresh air. Kayaking is one of the best ways to experience this beautiful gift of nature. The fresh air helps to clear the lungs and detoxify your body by increasing the concentration of oxygen in your blood. Kayaking helps you enjoy this not only by exposing you to nature, but also by forcing you to breath deep through constant physical exertion.

 

fresh air

6. Sun Exposure For Vitamin D

Kayaking is an outdoor activity and being outdoors means that you are exposed to the sun directly. This is a major health benefit, as it ensures that your body absorbs one of the most important ingredients in synthesis, vitamin D. This vitamin has several functions in the body, but the promotion of calcium absorption in the gut and bone formation are without a doubt the two most important.

7. Improves Mental Health

Kayaking offers the perfect combination of exertion and relaxation. It’s almost like someone joined yoga and aerobic workouts, threw in a bit of outdoor love and voila! Here, the slow and steady motion is again to thank as it promotes relaxation and contributes a lot to stress relief. Exposure to the beautiful and quiet outdoors also contributes to improved mental health. The release of endorphins during physical exertion is the icing on the cake, making this one of the very best ways to relax and free your mind from all stress.

relaxing

8. Improves Aerobic Capacity

In simple terms, kayaking improves your body’s ability to adapt to low oxygen conditions without having to turn to anaerobic metabolism. This means that you have less to worry about in terms of muscle cramps and fatigue as a result of lactic acid build-up in the muscles.

9. Adrenaline Boost

Kayaking is usually done on slow moving water. However, it can be done on fast moving streams and rivers, in which case it is referred to as whitewater kayaking. This is every adrenaline junkie’s dream as it is one of the best ways to get an adrenaline boost. It has several health benefits including improved mental clarity, improved heart function and burning calories as a result of increased adrenaline in the system.

whitewater

10. Improves Reflexes And Hand-Eye Coordination

These benefits also apply with kayaking done on fast moving water. In this case, you have to make fast decisions and act on them with just as much haste and agility. This is how kayaking contributes to improved reflexes, ensuring that you recognize threats and act on them quickly, even in ordinary day to day activities.

11. Team Building And Bonding

Kayaking is never fun when done alone and is therefore one of the best ways to enjoy the company of friends, family or even colleagues. Whether you are paddling lazily through a still stream or pretty much paddling for your life in whitewater kayaking, it is bound to be a team building activity that everyone will enjoy.

12. Oneness With The Outdoors

A good number of people these days spend very little time interacting with nature. In fact, for most people, the routine is home, car, work, repeat. Kayaking helps eliminate the monotony of this routine by giving you a chance to enjoy the outdoors and get in touch with nature.

kayaking with friends

13. Productive Pastime Activity

It is said that idle hands are the devil’s playthings. Therefore, instead of wasting your free time with pointless activities, you should give kayaking a try. It is more or less the ideal pastime activity with the perfect combination of health benefits and outdoor exposure that anyone can enjoy.

14. Improves Self-Esteem

Finally, kayaking indirectly contributes to your social life by improving your self-esteem. This is made possible through many different means including weight loss and toning, adrenaline boosts among thrill seekers, and the joy of overcoming different fears as with whitewater kayaking.

Hobie Pro Angler 14 – Better Than Hobie’s Angler 12 Option?

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InflatableNo / Hard Shell Kayak
Inflation TimeN/A
NMMA Certified?
# of Seats1
Maximum Weight Capacity600 lbs
Size168 x 456 x 168 inches

Hobie Pro Angler 14

 

It’s easy to see why kayak fishing is a fast growing sport. It’s the perfect way to unwind and spend a lazy Sunday on the water with friends and family. It’s also exciting because you get to cruise around in your own little boat and there’s always the chance you’ll get to wrestle with a monster catch. If you are having a hard time selecting a fishing kayak, we have great news for you.

In this article, we review Hobie Pro Angler 14 Kayak, which is undoubtedly the best fishing kayak on the market and for all the reasons we discuss below!

 

Hobie Pro Angler 14 Overview

The new Hobie Pro Angler 14 is the lightest, most efficient, feature-filled boat on the market today. It’s a revolutionary design breakthrough with extraordinary stability. It has everything you need to maximize your angling experience without sacrificing comfort, functionality or storage capabilities.

Whether you are drift casting, dry flying, or just exploring new salt water haunts, the boat’s super stable, standing-friendly, rotomolded polyethylene hull encourages all styles of fishing. The new Vantage seating system with Boa Lumbar support is the most comfortable seating platform on any kayak. And with fully adjustable back, bottom, height and lumbar support, you’ll find the perfect position.

 

The seats on a Hobie Pro Angler 14 kayak

 

Its huge bow and stern lockers and on deck storage provide an impressive 272 kg payload. The Hobie Pro Angler 14 fishing kayak comes with the H-Rail cup holder and a horizontal rod rack. Other features include a tracing keel, a retractable skeg that improves tracking over long distances, XL padeyes, and the Lowrance-ready transducer mount.

 

Construction Of The Hobie Pro Angler 14 Fishing Kayak

Clearly the design and implementation came from people actually using fishing kayaks and adjusting the Hobie Pro Angler 14 kayak accordingly. Everything is where it should be: every option makes sense, from the multiple lash points for tools, to the side soft pockets, and the tackle tray storage in the center hatch.

Measuring 14 feet in length, this beefy sit-on-top kayak will be ready to haul big fish. Given its huge size, you will confidently drag big fish to the deck without sacrificing stability.

 

Hobie 14 fishing kayak

 

You should not have to drill any holes in the boat. But just in case you need to, there are “boards” on each side where you can drill to insert any piece of gear. If the day comes when you don’t like your setup, just order new boards. It even is set up for a sail kit and livewell tank. There are waterproof connectors for your fish finder and a drop down transducer mount too.

 

What Makes The Hobie Pro Angler 14 Special & Better?

Stability

For most fishermen, stability over speed is a sacrifice they’re willing to make. Considering that much of the time spent in a fishing kayak is spent fishing rather than racing around, stability is often one of the most important features to consider. Hobie Pro Angler 14 offers a level of stability and utility that surpasses everything else on the market, featuring a seat design closer to what one would expect to see on a boat. The wide hull of the Pro Angler 14 provides a stable platform for standing, which allows for great sight fishing.

Designed For The Fisherman

The Pro Angler 14 is designed with the fisherman in mind. It’s already equipped with numerous features to help fishermen out, such as the rod holder and storage spot for their paddle and other things.

 

Hobie Pro Angler 14 storage

Perfect For All Fishing Environments

This is the perfect fishing boat for all environments. From lakes to rivers to the open ocean, this boat knows no boundaries. You can stand and fish with incredible stability, securely store six rods horizontally and two vertically, and access your tackle with ease.

Rudder Tension Adjustment System

This allows for simple fine tuning of the rudder lines with the twist of a knob. There is a larger rudder available as an extra option, which provides tighter turning and improved tracking.

Comfort

As if the MirageDrive and H-Rail didn’t already make this kayak a top winner, the seating really takes it to the next level. The Vantage seat has a fully adjustable seat back with lumbar support, and the whole thing collapses, making more room to do stand-up kayaking. This seat is more comfortable and more adjustable than your office and beach chairs. Maybe it’s time to move the office onto the lake!

Hand Free Propulsion

This model features the MirageDrive, a hands-free propulsion system that enables the use of your legs when propelling so that your hands are free to complete other tasks. Pedaling, rather than paddling, makes sense because leg muscles are naturally larger than arm muscles, so they won’t be as tired when you’re boating over long distances. If you are normally happy using a paddle for propelling, then feel free to do that, but this system will make it a whole lot easier.

 

pedaling the Hobie Pro Angler 14 kayak

 

The pedals are connected to turbo fins, which means you can move fairly quickly and easily, even over choppy water. Primary and secondary steering handles allow the boat to be steered from either the port or starboard sides of the boat.

Utilities

The deck area incorporates every feature you will ever need on your fishing trip, like retractable rudder controls, storage spaces, a work area and drink holders, which are all at your fingertips.

Well Organized Cockpit

There is plenty of standing room in front of the seat with no annoying protrusions to get in the way. The rectangular hatch, tackle management system, H-Rail mounting system, replaceable mounting boards, and horizontal rod holder all serve to keep your cockpit well organized.

 

Hobie H-Rail

The Hobie H-Rail system has an all new aluminium dodecagon rail that offers a strong, corrosion resistant mounting platform to mount more gear in more places.

Storage

You do not need to carry anything like a crate or cooler with you, because there is ample storage space for everything that you need while fishing or simply kayaking. For dry storage, there is a huge bow hatch for storing bulky items and an 8 inch round hatch located in the stern tank well. It’s perfect for carrying a cooler or a live bait well.

 

livewell tank

 

Pros

  • Extremely stable and almost hands free
  • Many built in features
  • The MirageDrive is fast, compared to paddling
  • It has 2 hidden flip-up Plano tackle boxes built in
  • The rudder steering can be done with your left or right hand

Cons

  • Its sheer size can be problematic for people trying to move around in small, cluttered bodies of water. Make sure that this massive kayak will fit in your fishing spot before purchasing it.

 

Hobie Pro Angler 14 Final Verdict

The Hobie Pro Angler 14 is the ultimate fishing kayak in the Hobie range of boats. Many of their kayaks have features for fishing, but the Mirage Pro Angler 14 is the only one designed with the angler exclusively in mind. Looking for an affordable, durable, lightweight, ultra-stable, built-for-anglers personal watercraft? The Hobie Pro Angler 14 is top of the line. Enjoy the ride!

 

Old Town Vapor 10 Angler Kayak – Practical For Fishing?

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Old Town Vapor 10 Angler Kayak Quick Summary

InflatableNo / Hard Shell
Inflation TimeN/A
NMMA Certified?
# of Seats1
Maximum Weight Capacity
Size16.75 x 28.5 x 122 inches

Recreational kayaks are designed to be used specifically in slow moving waters. While they are not the perfect fishing kayaks, they’re just what you would need, a perfect balance of comfort and performance. Even though recreational kayaks are all created with a similar purpose in mind, some are obviously better than others. Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Vapor 10 Fishing Kayak is undoubtedly the best kayak in its class, and after reading this review, you might find it perfectly suitable for not just recreation but also as a fishing kayak (aka angler).

beautiful Old Town Vapor 10 Angler

Overview of the Old Town Vapor 10 Angler

A compact kayak with great versatility and lots of volume would be the best description of the Old Town Vapor 10 Angler. This kayak offers an efficient and stable ride with a large cockpit opening that was intended for comfort and storage. The stern day well is great for holding on to extra gear or filling up with some cold brews for a day of fun in the sun.

is the Old Town Vapor 10 Angler roomy?

 

This lightweight 10 foot kayak weighs just 47 pounds, and has carrying handles molded right to the front and back of the linear polyethylene body. The weight of this boat and the built-in carry handles make it super easy to transport, even if you have to do it all by yourself. With superb control and tracking for its size, this one-person recreational kayak will allow you to maneuver easily across mellow ponds and flat lakes, whether you are a novice or expert.

Its other special features include flush-mounted rod holders at the seat, an anchor with a trolley system, and deck storage. Additional features are the adjustable padded ComfortFlex seat, adjustable foot braces, thigh pads and molded paddle holder.

Construction of the Old Town Vapor 10 Angler

The Vapor 10 is made of single-layer polyethylene and is non-foldable. It has a carrying handle at either end and the hull is thick enough to withstand almost anything. The shape of the hull is fantastic and cuts through the water like a hot knife through butter. It also sits nicely on the water, retaining its balance quite well and its short length makes it very maneuverable. It comes in different colors including blue, red, orange and lime green. It does not come with a hatch cover.

What Makes This Old Town Canoe & Kayak Special?

Comfortable Seat

With this kayak, you just have to sit back and relax as you catch your targeted fish or even just some rays of sun. The Old Town Vapor 10 Angler has a very comfortable seat so you will find long distance paddling very easy. This seat has materials that mold themselves to your body shape to provide maximum comfort.

Tracks Nicely

Its most impressive feature is that it tracks incredibly well. If a decent amount of speed is applied, it moves at an amazing pace as if it has a motor. The kayak is easily maneuverable and is perfect for slow moving rivers, ponds and lakes. Its effortless paddling also makes this kayak extremely efficient.

top view of the Old Town canoes & kayaks vapor 12

Stability

The Vapor 10’s stable platform and large volume offer tons of stability and load-bearing capability without making it handle like a steamship. The extra large cockpit offers room to move about and makes getting in or out a breeze. It’s a good all-purpose boat for lake and river day trips. The bull design of the kayak handles smaller waves and chops well. Larger close waves, however, will break over its bow and get into the cockpit. The construction is strong, so even if you had a few rough landings on rocky shores, the hull would have almost no scratches.

Thermoformed Polyethylene

The Old Town Vapor 10 Angler kayak is made from one plastic sheet of high density polyethylene. The thermoformed plastic material in the hull is durable and provides better abrasion and impact resistance than more expensive fiberglass hulls.

Old Town Vapor 10 Angler Storage Space

The Vapor 10 provides a lot of room for your gear, including a dry hatch with a lockable top, a flexible cooler, duffle bag, and room for more stuff on the side. There’s room behind the seat for a sleeping bag, and more gear between your feet.

yellow kayak

Pros

  • With a maximum load range of between 275 to 325 pounds, it suits heavier kayakers
  • It has a paddle rest molded onto the kayak so that you can rest the paddle when chowing down, fishing or taking some photos
  • Made with durable polyethylene
  • Adjustable ComfortFlex padded seat offers all day paddling comfort
  • Comfortable knee/thigh pads for great fit and control
  • Skid plate on the bottom protects the kayak from wear and tear
  • Relatively short hull eases transport to the water, turns readily and takes up minimal storage space
  • Very stable, great for beginners
  • Good tracking

Cons

  • The drain plug location is terrible for actually finding the perfect position to get the water out. You strain like crazy trying to find the right spot, tilting the kayak from side to side to get the water to run out of that hole.

About Old Town Canoes & Kayaks

Old Town Canoes & Kayaks is a well respected company that makes the best in recreational kayaks by focusing on comfort, storage space and ease of use. They also keep to traditional hull shapes and designs, so if you have been kayaking for a while, you will feel right at home in an Old Town kayak.

carrying a vapor 10

Old Town Vapor 10 Angler Conclusion

Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Vapor 10 Recreational Kayak is a superb choice for fun lovers, beginners, photographers, and anglers. You can rig and mount fishing gear to use it for fishing purposes. You get excellent stability, good tracking, and a handful of features at a decent price.

While its drain plug is in a relatively poor place in regards to where the kayak sits in the water, the overall design makes the Old Town Vapor 10 Angler a silent, comfortable ride. This model allows you to save money by foregoing the far more expensive brands in favor of something more affordable and of better quality.

Hobie Pro Angler 12 – Worth It Or Another Disappointment?

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InflatableNo / Hard Shell Kayak
Inflation TimeN/A
NMMA Certified?
# of Seats1
Maximum Weight Capacity500 lbs
Size120 x 432 x 144 inches

 

Hobie Pro Angler 12 Overview

When you are looking into versatility, comfort and easier kayaking, and explicitly for a fishing kayak, then you will not go wrong with the Hobie Pro Angler 12 kayak. The improvements that have been made have sought to boost efficiency, comfort and durability. The storage areas have also become more spacious and accessible to allow you to have all that you need within reach at all times.

The portability is also impressive, bearing in mind that it boasts all the features of a big boat. This fishing kayak is a must-have for that passionate fisherman because it has no boundaries when it comes to conquering the waters. It delivers exceptionally, whether it’s used in calm water such as a lake, or choppy waters like the ocean.

The Hobie Pro Angler 12 kayak is pioneering a new look in the kayaking world. It has a great capacity of 500lb which allows you not only to carry a lot around, but also allowing for free movement, including standing, when fishing. The hull construction is made of rotomolded Polyethylene which allows you to strongly dominate any kind of waters.

Construction of the Hobie Pro Angler 12

The Hobie Angler 12 kayak is basically structured for one crew member whose comfort is assured by the vantage seating system. Its build is centered on the Mirage Drive with Glide Technology pedal drive system. Its size allows for ocean fishing and to adequately counter waves at 12 inches long by 36 inches wide.

There is also emphasis on providing a basic range of colors that fits different tastes, including yellow, dune, and the more adventurous camo. The rotomolded Polyethylene which completes the hull design increases the kayak’s versatility and efficiency.

 

Hobie Pro Angler 12 - yellowSPECIAL FEATURES of the Hobie Pro Angler 12

What makes the Hobie Pro Angler 12 kayak a state-of-the-art kayak are the outstanding features that have been improved on for the best results. The uniqueness of this majestic kayak comes with the following new features:

1. Powered By MirageDrive 180

This is basically the new pedal kayak drive which replaces the cumbersome paddle, bringing about efficiency and ease of use when kayaking and fishing. It’s powered by your legs, giving your legs a workout instead of your arms, and it’s also easier to use your legs.

enjoy the hobie angler 12 fishing kayak

2. Vantage Seating

When seating was being considered in the improvement process, the main focus was to ensure the highest level of comfort for long periods on the water. The seat comes with lumbar support, as well as adjustable height on both the back and bottom. It also creates that extra space to allow you to fish while standing comfortably. To make the experience more visionary, the seat can also be jacked up five inches higher to better your vision.

3. Horizontal Rod Storage

Six rods can be stored (!!!) and secured on the Hobie Pro Angler 12 with the horizontal holder positions creating more space and protecting your rod tips. Security is key if the wind gets stronger while fishing.

catching fish in the angler 12

4. Dual-Steering

Kayaking is made more convenient by this feature which allows for primary and secondary steering. It’s therefore possible to cycle from both the port and the starboard sides of the kayak.

5. Tracking Skeg

This is an exemplary feature that comes to your your aid and covers you for long stretches out there on the water. You can adjust the skeg depending on the weather conditions to help stabilize the boat. If you put the skeg up, the kayak will turn into the wind. When it’s down, it will turn downwind. If you put it down halfway, the kayak will turn crosswind. The current is the same as the wind in this situation.

Hobie skegs on the Angler Pro 12 kayak - cameo

6. LiveWell Compatibility

The live-bait tank is not only a massive eight gallon tank, but is also designed with the angler in mind. The Livewell is basically the heartbeat of a successful fishing experience, recirculating fresh water throughout to keep your bait alive.

7. Lowrance Ready System

The Hobie Pro Angler 12 comes customary with an incorporated transducer support and pre-installed through-hull cable plugs.

Does the Hobie Pro Angler 12 Kayak Contain Enough STORAGE?

Storage is very important especially so that you don’t have to leave anything behind or rather lack certain things while in deep waters. Just in front of the adjustable seat, there is a rectangular flap that allows you to access the mesh compartment and pivoting storage. The pivoting storage further holds two tackle boxes of standard size. Just below this storage, there is another storage area that is easily accessible.

hobie Pro Angler 12 storage compartments

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PROS & CONS of Owning the Hobie Angler 12 Kayak

Pros

  • Comfort: The vantage seating is the center of comfort on the Hobie Pro Angler 12. The lumbar support and adjustability makes it very comfortable, so the experience is that much more enjoyable.
  • Color Variety And Choice: This is a specification that goes a long way in satisfying different preferences for different customers in varying age groups. The boat is available in yellow, camo and dune.
  • Durability: This kayak is known to weather all tough conditions out there on the water with minimum damage. The rotomolded polyethylene which completes the hull design is a great material that ensures the durability of the boat.
  • Rust-Resistant: It’s a major worry for many when going kayaking in salty waters that the boat will corrode. The Hobie H-rail, for example, comes with a rust-resistant mounting system that ensures the kayak can go into salty waters without worries of corrosion. Tests have been done in these waters that prove this to be true.
  • Extra Features: There are two outstanding features, the H-Rail Horizontal Rod Rack and the H-Rail Cup Holder. These are very simple features which makes the kayak stand out. It’s convenient to have your rods out of your way and safely mounted. The cup holder ensures your drink is within reach at all times giving you that extra comfort.
  • Portability: This kayak can easily fit on the back of many pick-up trucks. It does weigh over 100 pounds, so you may or may not need help lifting it and putting it in the water.

overview of hobie fishing kayak

 

Cons

  • Expensive: Costly, so be prepared to fork over a few thousand dollars. However, the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12 will serve you for years as well as give you more than your desired results. The comfort, durability and sleekness will leave you forgetting about the price over time because it is so well made and reliable.

 

Hobie Pro Angler 12 Review Conclusion

If you are searching for a fishing kayak, then be assured that the Hobie Cat Company is one of the best around and is a leading manufacturer of such kayaks.  The Hobie Pro Angler 12 kayak is no exception to this and as the videos and images show, this is a highly functioning and long lasting investment.  In the end, it is your call, but this is a very, very solid fishing kayak.  For tons of other options, check out our best of articles right here:

PS. The following is another look at the Hobie Anger 12!

Innova Helios II Kayak Review – Sinker Or Pleaser?

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Innova Helios II Kayak Quick Facts

Type: Inflatable
# of Seats: 2
Weight Capacity: 396 lbs

Innova Helios II Kayak Quick Facts Juicy Details

The Helios II EX tandem inflatable kayak is a 12’ 6” kayak that is has a carrying capacity of 2 people (396 lbs). It has a total weight of 36 lbs. and folds easily to fit into the included drybag/backpack. The Helios II EX is made of rubber coated 1200 denier nitrylon fabric thus making it rugged, easy to clean, fast drying and resistant to puncture and abrasion. Helios EX also has a deck netting and gear bungees together with an adjustable footrest.

Key Features of the Helios Inflatable Kayak

The Helios Inflatable Kayak has small uninflated dimensions and a weight of 36 lbs. thus easy to carry in the included backpack. Also, Helios EX is easy to set up and inflate since each Helios tandem kayak comes with the necessary attachments and a pump to ensure you attach it and get it into water easily. It uses push button air valves for inflation to make sure that no air is lost during this process. This feature makes inflation faster. In fact setup and inflating takes 10 minutes on average.

Has a high stability. The Helios II EX kayak has a well-balanced hull allowing good tracking and stability. Even at high speed, the hull is still well balanced thus giving you full traction. In fact, it remains stable even if you paddle standing.

innova helios II ex inflatable kayak

Helios Inflatable Kayak Quick Considerations

Pros

  • Highly stable; has river rating of class
  • Comfortable
  • Has a spacious storage space
  • Light in weight
  • Durable; it is resistant to puncture and abrasion

Cons

  • Has no seats and sitting on the kayak’s floor can make you wet

Should You Buy the Innova Helio II Inflatable Kayak?

The Helio Ex II inflatable is a good buy and an extremely stable kayak with plenty of storage room, and not to mention, maneuvers well.

BIC YAKKAir HP2 Fishing Inflatable Kayak – What’s the Deal?

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BIC YAKKAir HP2 Fishing Overview

Type: Inflatable
# of Seats: 2
Weight Capacity: 550 lbs

About BIC YAKKAir HP2 Fishing Inflatable Kayak

Good fishing holes are hard to find – often, you find yourself having to travel to several to find the haul you want. Fishing kayaks that are light, mobile, and easy to inflate/deflate are crucial to making sure you do not come home empty handed.

The BIC YAKKAir HP2 fishing inflatable kayak is made for this purpose – an ultra-light, easy to transport vessel that does not sacrifice functionality, durability, and strength. Developed in France, the entire boat kit (boat, footrests, backrest, pump, and bag) weighs in at just 44 pounds, and fits neatly in the included wheeled backpack. Transporting it no longer requires a roof rack or unwieldy trailer – the car trunk will do just fine.

BIC YAKKAir Fishing Kayak

How Does the BIC YAKKAir HP2 Fishing Perform?

But how does it perform? Just as reliably as a hard-shelled kayak, in fact – its PVC skin, high pressure keel, and solid PVC floor form a V-shaped hull that provides enough room for 2 adults, as well as a variety of accessories such as rod holders, safety grab lines, paddle attachments, and footrests. Paddles, however, are not included in the boat kit.

Kayak fishing is a sport that is growing in popularity, due to its convenience and ease, particularly attractive to beginner and novice fishing enthusiasts. The BIC YAKKAir HP2 Fishing Kayak makes it easy to not only transport and set up for a day of fishing, but also cleanup and maintenance.

From its sturdy material to its light weight, all it requires is a quick rinse and dry to make it ready for the next fishing trip. This is also an incredibly versatile boat that allows it to not only be perfect for fishing, but also perfect to travel with as well. Road trips to national parks will never be the same again – you can now actually boat in that pristine lake or river, instead of just admire it from the banks.

Should You Buy the BIC YAKKAir Fishing Kayak?!

Have a look at our quick points and make up your mind if you would like to be a proud owner of the BIC YAKKAir Fishing Kayak. 🙂

Pros:

Cons:

  • Not self-bailing
  • Best only for flatwater or recreational use

 

Looking for other inflatable kayak options?  Check out our best inflatable kayaks guide!

Is this your first inflatable kayak purchase and you feel intimidated?  Well, we constructed a nice guide to help you understand what you should be looking out for: Inflatable Kayak Guide.

Advanced Elements StraitEdge2 Inflatable Kayak Review

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Advanced Elements StraitEdge2 Inflatable Kayak Features

InflatableYes
Inflation Time15 Mins
NMMA Certified?
# of Seats2
Maximum Weight Capacity500 lbs
Size15 x 15 x 20 inches

 

Advanced Elements StraitEdge Two-Person Inflatable Kayak Overview

The Advanced Elements StraitEdge2 is an inflatable tandem addition to the Advanced Elements line of kayaks. This versatile kayak takes less than 10 minutes to be fully inflated and lasts an entire day. It holds 3 people at most but is designed for solo rides with simple adjustments. It hold a maximum of 227 kilograms which is relatively heavy.

When inflated the StraitEdge is 35 inches by 13 feet and is available in two colours; yellow or green.

AE StraitEdge 2 inflatable 2 person kayak

 

Features of the Advanced Elements StraitEdge2 Tandem Inflatable Kayak

Is the Advanced Elements StraitEdge2 Kayak Designed Well?

The AE StraitEdge Two-Person Inflatable Kayak has been built with an aluminum bow and stern frame which serves to improve tracking in open water. It has an inbuilt valve which allows it to shed water in high seas and open waves. The valve can also be closed in calm water for a more quiet sail.

The kayak can either be used as a tandem or a solo sit-on convertible kayak.

This is made possible by the adjustable seats which can be moved to the center for more solo comfort.

The Advanced Element StraitEdge Kayak is made of two layers heavy duty PVC tarpaulin which is strong and puncture resistant. The advantage of this is that it allows you to drag your kayak along the beach without the fear of damage. Its strength also means that even if you bump on rocks during kayaking, there is no risk of water flooding the kayak.

The PVC build makes the kayak very durable. You can be assured of service that will be no less than 4 years. Check out this video:

Is the AE StraitEdge2 Kayak Comfortable?

The kayak is made of breathable foam mesh which is very comfortable. The seats are made with padded mesh to allow for a full day kayaking activity without spinal strain.

What’s Any Kayak Without Stability & Maneuverability?!

This kayak is fairly stable and may be used on level 3 whitewaters. This makes it an attractive kayak for professional kayaks and for individuals engaging in kayaking as a social sport.

The kayak also has thigh straps to ensure you are able to sail in a straight line.

It is stable enough to allow a wine glass to settle on it without toppling over. This stability feature is especially attractive for amateurs who might be afraid of the experience. It helps to build confidence.

How Would You Store the StraitEdge2 Person Kayak?

The kayak comes with a waterproof duffel bag addition. This allows you to deflate it and comfortably store it in your trunk or garage. This also allows you to be able to carry it along for camping trips in the wild. It can also be checked in as luggage when flying.

Summary of Unique Features!

  • The kayak has rod holders on the side. This means you can double up your outdoor water experience with fishing.it also reduces the weight that would come with adding an additional rod crate.
  • It comes with a one year manufacturer’s warranty.

The additional items that come with this kayak include:

  • Folding seats
  • A repair kit
  • Manufacturers own manual

Pros

Cons

  • When first used, it tends to steer off in the opposite direction. This will need a while to get used to.
  • Relatively slower compared to other kayaks of the same weight and length.

 

How Much Does the Advanced Edge StraitEdge2 Inflatable Kayak Cost?

There are many different offers for this kayak and it depends on where you buy it. For a very sturdy two person kayak (also known as a tandem kayak), it falls in the typical range.  However, Advanced Elements is not new to the game and makes some of the best inflatable kayaks available on the market!

Do People Like the StraitEdge2?

Most customers that have bought the StraitEdge tandem kayak have voiced their appreciation of its stability and versatile nature. The durability of the kayak makes it a once in a lifetime decision that you will definitely not regret.

Is the Advanced Elements StraitEdge2 Worth It?

With all, that’s been said above it’s quite clear that the Advanced Elements StraitEdge2 is a versatile and handy kayak for anyone who loves kayaking and canoeing. Its convertible nature coupled with the stability are a pull factor for family kayaking and group adventures.

Advanced Elements is a sturdy name in the inflatable kayak industry, making the AE StraitEdge 2 another hit.

Need More Information?

Well, buying a kayak can be challenging if it’s your first time. Sometimes pictures and videos help, so check out the following video to see how easy it is to set up the Advanced Elements StraitEdge2:

Even better, the next video goes into details about the parts of the Advanced Elements StraightEdge 2 and its build, plus more:

Sea Eagle Fast Track Inflatable 2 Person Kayak – Best Package So Far?

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Sea Eagle Fast Track Inflatable Kayak Overview

Inflatable: Yes
Inflation Time: 7 minutes
NMMA Certified: Yes
# of Seats: 2
Maximum Weight Capacity: 635 lbs.
Inflated Size: 12’6” L x 36” W x 8” H

The Sea Eagle Fast Track Inflatable 2 Person kayak Pro Package is among the top rated tandem inflatable Kayaks from Sea Eagle. It is quite an advancement from the previous cheaper models such as the Sea Eagle 330 and Sea Eagle 370 tandem kayaks. It is sleeker, faster and lighter than its predecessors. The sleek curved shape makes it a truly high-performance kayak.

Above all, the most important features of the sea eagle fast track inflatable 2 person kayak is its safe and more stable design that makes it much more sophisticated than the previous models.

Sea Eagle Fast Track Tandem inflatable kayak

Specific Features of the Sea Eagle Fast Track Inflatable Kayak

Does Fast Track’s Build Hold Up?

It is made of a reinforced 1000 denier material which is resistant to UV rays and salty sea water. This makes it durable even if left outside for long periods of time. Additionally, this kayak has wide overlapping seams and 4 air chambers for extra safety.

How Is This Inflatable Tandem With Maneuverability and Stability?

The Sea Eagle Fast Track Inflatable 2 Person Kayak Pro Package can comfortably maneuver through ponds, lakes and ocean bay areas. Alternatively, this kayak is guaranteed to paddle safely in up to class 2 rating rivers. Rivers above this rating are dangerous to paddle with this kayak.

The exciting combination of the innovative keel, the rear skeg, and the high-pressure drop stitch floor provides good tracking. This kayak, therefore, paddles straight in almost all conditions due to the improved stability. It is safe to paddle in slow streams, bay areas and windy lakes.

Storage

Since this kayak has small deflated dimensions and weight of 31” x 19” x 8” and 32 pounds respectively, it is easy to store and carry around. Additionally, it is made from a strong fabric that cannot be damaged easily by weather conditions even if stored outside.

Specifically, the 1000 Denier Reinforced Fabric is resistant to UV light and acid rain.

Sea Eagle Fast Track Inflatable 2 Person Kayak’s High-Pressure Drop Stitch Floor

One of the sleekest features of the Sea Eagle Fast Track Inflatable 2 Person kayak is its drop stitch floor. This is a separate air chamber that can be inflated to very high pressure making it as rigid as a solid floor since it is designed using the drop stitching technique. One can stand on this floor and still be stable although it has seats for enhanced comfort of the riders.

It is easy to set up!

Setting up the Sea Eagle Fast Track Inflatable Tandem Kayak is so simple and can be done by anyone without experiencing problems. Using the designated foot pump, inflation takes approximately 7 minutes. Although the set-up is so simple, Sea Eagle has created a video showing how to do it correctly here:

 

The Fast Track NeedleKnife’ Keel

This is the feature that gives this kayak the name Fast Track. The presence of an inflatable keel at the bow keeps the kayak straight regardless of the prevailing conditions. The keel is streamlined making it easy for the kayak to cut through the water with enormous force thus preventing resistance. This helps the kayak to move at high speed even in stormy conditions.

The 1000 Denier Reinforced Fabric

To most people, this may not say a lot about this material. However, this means that the material making the kayak is so strong that running a Jeep over it or hitting it with a hammer would not harm it. This helps the Sea Eagle Fast Track Inflatable Tandem kayak resist all sorts of scratches that may result from paddling in shallow rivers or sharp objects present in water bodies.

Sea Eagle Fast Track Quick Decision PROS Vs. Cons

Pros

Cons

  • It is fairly expensive but if you’re looking for durability, this is a great option.

Sea Eagle Fast Track Inflatable Kayak Conclusion

The Sea Eagle Fast Track Inflatable Kayak is a high-quality kayak. It is very stable, durable, and rigid. Although it is a little bit expensive than other kayaks, its quality surpasses the extra bucks it is worth.

Try it, and you will get value for your money.  You can check out more details through Amazon.