Best Kayaks 2017 – Comprehensive Buyer’s Guide With Videos

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
Hobie Pro Angler 14 KayakHard Shelled1600 lbs
Seaward Passat Kevlar KayakHard Shelled2500+ lbs
Old Town Vapor 10 Angler
Hobie Pro Angler 12

 

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 our first best kayaks 2017 choice! Why? Because the SE370 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.  Is it any wonder that this made our best kayaks 2017 selection at #3? Go ahead and read our pros and cons for the Chinook XP tandem 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

Best Kayaks 2017 – #4: 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.  A good reason why it’s a little bit further down our list of best kayaks 2017 🙂

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

Best kayaks of 2017 Seletion #9 is an amazing fishing kayak: the Vibe Sea Ghost! 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. Additionally, you can find this best kayaks 2017 option reviewed right here on Killer Kayaks: Sun Dolphin Bali 10 SS.

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

kevlar G3

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

Alright, so where are we on the Best Kayaks 2017 List? #16!  Let’s keep chugging along…

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!

PS. Did we somehow miss a great kayak on our Best Kayaks 2017 list?  Contact us and let us know asap!

Inflatable Kayak Guide: Learn What to Look For When Buying One!

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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! If you are looking for overall best kayaks in 2017, check out that link!

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!

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 Best Inflatable Kayaks

The sexiest, best 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, Best 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

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?

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'

Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite – Disappointing Performance?

 

Just one decade ago, the Advanced Elements kayak company pioneered the world’s first hybrid inflatable kayak. It utilized a blended design with the performance of a hard shell kayak, but offering water adventurers the portability and light weight of an inflatable kayak. The Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite is a sleek, lightweight kayak that delivers excellent tracking for the adventure-seeking athlete or outdoorsman:

 

Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite

If you are looking for an vessel that can get you around, with speed that is almost, if not on par with skin-on-frame kayaks, then you will want to delve deeper with us in this AirFusion Elite review to learn more.

Check out the Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite on Amazon!

[Note: Check out our best list of kayaks here].

 

Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite Frame

The Advanced Elements AirFusion Elite was made to rival the speed and performance of skin-on-frame kayaks, all while simplifying the setup. It has a unique design that combines aluminium alloy poles on the frame with pressurized air tubes for a high-performance frame system.

 

At 13 feet long, with a very narrow beam, this Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite kayak maintains the status of Advanced Elements as a manufacturer of quick and fast turning kayaks that track like rigid hard-shells. In use, this kayak is surprisingly quick, perhaps due to its V-shaped hull. It tracks very well, is simple to turn, and has good primary and secondary stability.

 

Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite review

The Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite kayak frame features 2 aluminum ribs. A vertically positioned, foot-long U/V-shaped flat bar comes inserted in the stern and bow of this kayak. The aluminum ribs are tubular, allowing the pole frame to be inserted/attached. There are two molded rubber handles, also located at the stern and bow, that would be useful if you were paddling with someone else.

Check out the Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite on Amazon!

The regular Advanced Elements AirFusion kayak is the most narrow in width, at 25 inches, of all of Advanced Element’s watercrafts (the rest of the fleet measures 32″ to 35″ at the beam). However, it has been upgraded on the Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite to 28 inches.

This streamline design, along with the lightweight, semi-free-floating aluminum frame and high pressure chambers, allows you to paddle it like other hard-shell kayaks.

 

The kayak is constructed with very tough materials. The hull material of the Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite is heavy-duty PVC tarpaulin, which is extremely puncture proof. This makes the hull very durable, showing little signs of use after years on the water.

The inflation tubes, located on the inside, are covered in a tough material and still hold their shape after years of inflating, using, deflating, and putting away.

 

Special Features of the Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite

High pressure chambers located along the gunwales and chines of the Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite add stability, while the aluminum poles in the front deck and keel improve tracking, hull speed and water shedding. The optional skeg addition increases performance even more.

The end result is a kayak that is surprisingly rigid in water, yet doesn’t require the complicated assembly of a folding kayak. A top kayak in its class!

 

yellow Elite in action

The Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite is extremely lightweight for a high-performance kayak, at only 32 pounds, allowing you to carry the kayak easily. Its design utilizes high pressure chambers that provide rigidity, lowering the total number of parts used in the frame for a dramatically faster set-up time. It packs up into a bag, about the size of a suitcase, for easier storage and transport.

Check out the Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite on Amazon!

Other features of the Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite include a zippered access on the bow and stern (which aids in setup and offers access to items stored below the deck), and a rear roll-top hatch for additional storage. Molded, low-profile rubber handles ease transport to the water while the inflatable cockpit coaming offers the easy attachment of an optional spray skirt.

Also, you can add a skeg to the Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite for greater control on your next trip. The skeg makes it easier to keep a straight course, even when there are waves and winds. You can deploy the skeg using the pull cord, once you add it to the kayak.

 

Enough Storage Space?

There is enough onboard storage on the Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite for extended trips. With a capacity of about 230 pounds, you can load up the deck with gear if you are going for a multi-day expedition. The wide 28″ beam allows for an integrated rear storage hatch for easier access to gear while on the water.

 

Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite

In terms of setup, the AirFusion Elite is not 100% straight-forward. You will need to be a bit careful not to mix up pieces of the frame or inflate sections in the wrong order, or you could end up with bent pieces of frame. However, after a bit of training, you will be able to get in the water in less than 15 minutes.

Check out the Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite on Amazon!

Pros

  • The inflatable Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite is very suitable for long distance paddling and sea trips
  • The kayak offers a streamlined set up procedure with fewer poles, allowing one to get out on the water quickly
  • Rear hatch with a roll-top dry bag provides easy access to stowed items
  • Deck features bungee lacing and D-ring tie-downs for more options
  • Welded seams ensure long life
  • Its narrow beam and 13′ frame cuts easily through the water
  • The Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite is built with excellent materials and constructed almost perfectly
  • Portable and packable
  • A good recreational kayak on flat water or up to Class 2 whitewater
  • Excellent customer service and warranty

Check out the Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite on Amazon!

Cons

  • Because of low weight and no rudder, the Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite’s nose tends to get blown around in winds over 10 mph
  • The internal storage space on the Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite is quite tiny
  • It should be mentioned in this AirFusion Elite review that this model is best for people who are over 5′ tall, but not over 6’5″
  • It will take a bit longer to set-up than a regular inflatable kayak, but many may consider the performance to be worth it

 

AirFusion Elite Review Conclusion

If you’ve ever wanted to experience the feeling of floating on a cloud beneath the clouds, then the Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite is what you’ve been looking for all this time. This great kayak pairs style and performance that will see you zipping through the water as if you were in a hard shell kayak, only without the added bulk and inconvenience.

 

It’s quite light weight for a hybrid model and is easily carried by one person. Better still, the price of the Advanced Elements Air Fusion Elite is reasonable when compared to other kayaks in its class.

Fissot Kayak – Is the Fissot Fishing Kayak All Fluff & Plastic?

The Fissot MFK003 Modular Fishing Kayak (or the Fissot kayak for short!) is a motorized kayak that’s been on the market for a number of years now. This kayak is one of a kind and it has drawn both praise and criticism from many customers.

 

Fissot Kayak

Being the outcast in the fishing kayak domain, the kind of attention the Fissot kayak has received over time is not unexpected. The Fissot kayak is a delicate balance between experimentation and a technological triumph on the verge of revolutionizing the fishing kayak market. Most people used to traditional kayak fishing might be surprised, excited or even appalled by the features this kayak comes with.

 

Fissot kayak in action

The MFK003 is, without a doubt, a testament of the bold steps Fissot has taken to shake up the fishing kayak market that is already dominated by kayaks of a certain accepted standard. Just like any other unconventional product, the success or failure of the Fissot fishing kayak will be determined by the consumers. There is no doubt that the Fissot MFK003 has brought on board some features that might be attractive to people.

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Will this kayak be the product that you have been hoping to see hit the markets? We will take a look at the features of the modular Fissot fishing kayak below:

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Frame of the MFK003 Fissot Kayak

The Fissot MFK003 features a frame made with the widely-used polypropylene, which supports two wings and the body. As a whole, the body measures almost 11′ x 33.5″ x 16.6″. This size puts it right in the middle of the short kayak class. Since it is a modular model, all the parts are attached to the central frame.

 

There are multiple plugs and controls for adjusting the various movable parts of the Fissot kayak. It also features a hull design for increased stability and performance. Stability is also improved upon by the wings on the side that open up to allow for weight distribution. There is an adjustable bar in the middle of the Fissot fishing kayak that provides support for when the paddler/angler is in an upright position.

 

Fissot fishing kayak[Note: Learn about origami folding kayaks here!]

In terms of shape, the MFK003 Fissot kayak looks like any other sit-on-top kayak when its wings are closed. When they open, however, it looks like a sea lion in reverse because of its elongated thin rear and protruding sides. In terms of weight, the Fissot MFK003 weighs about 105 pounds.

Much of the weight can be attributed to the motor, which adds an additional 20% to the body weight, as compared to non-motorized kayaks. Overall, the Fissot kayak is still generally light despite featuring multiple additions to its design.

 

Fissot Kayak Features

One of the most dominant features of the Fissot MFK003 Fishing Kayak is its side wings that open up and provide increased stability. When these adjustable wings open, you are able to stand on the kayak and reel in fish more efficiently.

In addition to that, the Fissot fishing kayak also has a 12V battery in the system that provides power to the motor. The battery runs for 2 to 3 hours before running out, after it’s charged for the same amount of time. In total, the electric power in the system is 480W. There is a single paddle included in case the power runs out, or you would rather paddle for fun.

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The MFK003 modular fishing kayak is a single-person sit-on-top machine that has three rod holders, two of them located at the front and the other in the back. The Fissot fishing kayak is said to provide forward propulsion at a speed of about 6 miles per hour. It also features a fairly large cockpit with ample space for keeping a few important items within reach.

The Fissot fishing kayak is also large enough to support users of different sizes, and also has foot pedals at the front and a rudder at the rear for controlling the direction of the machine. There is a seat included, even though it does not offer much support for the back.

 

Storage

 

Fissot MFK003 Kayak

The Fissot MFK003 has a number of storage options. There are hatches at the front and rear that are great for storing dry items and caught fish. These hatches have a rubber covering.

However, the storage compartments are not particularly waterproof, so it might be necessary to keep water out of the kayak if you have sensitive items in the storage. There is a big water bottle holder in the middle of the cockpit. There are also two additional storage hatches on the two arms that spread out.

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Overall, this Fissot kayak has ample storage for its size and can hold a weight of up to 500 pounds, so it is definitely a decent machine for carrying loads of fish.

Pros

  • The motor, included with this Fissot kayak, simplifies the operation process
  • Adjustable side arms to improve stability
  • Fissot Kayak can cruise at a decent speed
  • Provides an efficient way to fish and kayak at the same time
  • The motor allows for reverse and forward motions
  • Great performance overall

Cons

  • Multiple, adjustable parts can cause problems
  • Not versatile enough to be used with dynamic flow conditions
  • The Fissot fishing kayak is quite pricey when compared to other kayaks on the market
  • The inclusion of a motor makes the kayak less of a kayak, and more like a small boat

Fissot Kayak Review Conclusion

 

The Fissot MFK003 Fishing Kayak is a different kind of sit-on-top kayak, which has a number of definitive features and characteristics. It is a divergent product with minimal accessories and various enhancements.

This Fissot kayak comes with a sufficient motor that can push it at a considerable speed. It also comes with a paddle, which is not really needed with the kayak since it is motorized. However, for those days where you might want to paddle around a lake and enjoy nature, it will be available.

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Altogether, the MFK003 Fissot kayak is designed for small-time fishermen. It’s definitely not built for those who might want to spend long hours on the water, as it does not provide sufficient comfort. Because of its modular construction, the kayak is also not suitable for rapids and other potentially turbulent flow conditions.

Because of this, rivers and streams are places that you don’t want to take this Fissot kayak. Still water and small water bodies are, however, perfect places to take the MFK003.

Point 65 Whisky 16 – Best Performing & Comfortable Touring Option?

 

 

The Point 65 Whisky 16 is a new 16-foot kayak, designed by the famed sea kayaker, Nigel Foster. It offers a great learning experience for any novice on gentle waters because it is easy to maneuver, and is comfortable and stable.

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On the other hand, the Whisky 16 is ideal for experienced paddlers surfing on turbulent waters and maneuvering through rocky outcrops, given its narrow design. If you are looking for a new kayak, the Point 65 Whisky 16 is worth considering and our Point 65 Whisky review goes in-depth into the why:

 

Point 65 whisky 16

Is the Point 65 Whisky 16 Frame Super Durable?

The Whisky 16 displays a three-layer polyethylene design that gives ultimate stiffness while reducing the weight of the kayak, making it easier to carry and maneuver. Weighing 55 pounds, the Point 65 Whisky 16 touring kayak is ideal for all types of water sports paddling. The fiberglass composite is void trapped to reduce excessive resin and the design also incorporates a honeycomb mat, which is sandwiched between the layers to increase stiffness.

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To ensure the comfort of the paddler, the cockpit, which measures 30.7″x 16.1″ and just aft of center, is padded and has an adjustable and inflatable backrest. The narrow keyhole offers a close-fitting design that is easy to control.

Additionally, the foot pegs are also adjustable, making the Point 65 Whisky 16 kayak suitable for all people interested in an exciting paddling experience. You can easily adjust the pedals by turning a rod, which is below the kayaker’s knee, to free the pedal with your toe.

 

blue Whisky 16 touring kayak by nigel foster

Additionally, the Whisky 16 has recessed fitting throughout its design and a spare paddle can easily fit on the stern and bow. The grab lines occur in short segments and are well spaced. Although the Whisky does not come with a rudder, the manufacturers have included ports for an optional rudder. The width of the Point 65 Whisky 16 is 22″ and it has a weight capacity of 341 pounds.

 

The skeg is placed far behind, which is ideal when packing for a trip and is easy to control with a knob near the cockpit, even with gloves on. The skeg is easily retractable and ideal for tracking and prevents weathercocking (a kayak’s tendency to turn into the wind while you’re paddling forward) in the case of strong winds. With a fat hull and hard chine, the Whisky 16 offers a great surfing experience. The flat hull easily stays on the surface.

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Features of the Point 65 Whisky 16

Paddlers can also feel secure with the Point 65 Whisky because it has incorporated reflective deck lines, which make water rescue easier and improves visibility in poor lighting conditions. A compass that is just forward of the bow hatch aids in navigation when kayaking. However, the Silva 70P compass is not incorporated into the Whisky 16, but it can be purchased separately.

 

blue Whisky point 65 kayak
Nigel Foster

 

More importantly, the Point 65 Whisky kayak offers moderate stability and is easy to track. The excellent maneuverability makes it easy for the kayak to go wherever it is directed. It is easy to do a full 180 degree turn with two strokes, as the kayak effortlessly responds to arching and mild leaning.

In terms of speed, the Whisky 16 is quick and fast, probably due to its light weight. It quickly accelerates, making it easy to catch waves. It cruises around speeds of 3 1/2 knots and can accelerate to 6 knots during sprinting. The shape of the deck and the position of the knee and thigh braces enables full application of power.

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Paddlers also get to enjoy a 2-year limited warranty. The Whisky comes in different colors, including red, yellow, orange, lime, blue and light blue.

 

Storage

 

Point 65 n kayaks stacked

The Point 65 Whisky offers large storage compartments for paddlers, making it ideal for both daytime and overnight paddling. The round hatch behind the cockpit, measuring 6″x 6″, offers quick storage of items, while the hatch at the front, measuring 17.6″x 10.4″, opens up to compartments under the deck.

 

The Point 65 Whisky 16 kayak’s aft hatch is the same size as the front hatch, and the day hatch measures 7.9″x 7.9″. There are contoured bulkheads under the deck for storage of bulky items and the stretchy deck rigging offers storage for items that are too large.

Pros

  • Constructed of polyethylene, making the Point 65 Whisky 16 generally lighter to carry and maneuver
  • The light weight of the Point 65 Whisky 16 is an advantage, because even after additional items are stored in the kayak, it is generally lighter than most kayaks
  • Large, comfortable and fitting hand grips make the kayak easier to carry, and they can be retracted when not in use
  • Unique thigh bracing where paddlers can control the kayak with their knees, either together or separate
  • Point 65 AIR-Backrest™, which offers maximum support and comfort for your back
  • A stiff back band for maximum support while paddling
  • Reflective deck lines make water rescue easy in dim light
  • The compass recess allows for easy replacement of the compass, allowing you to insert whichever one you choose
  • The foot pedals are stiff, but also easy to adjust
  • The Point 65 Whisky 16 kayak offers the option to install a rudder
  • Rolling and flipping is easy with the Whisky 16
  • The fuller bow and stern shape reduce plunging
  • Smooth exterior and interior finish

 

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Cons

  • The Point 65 Whisky is nose heavy, making it difficult to balance in a solo carry
  • The keyhole opening is only wide enough for a single knee entry, increasing the risk of scraping the skin, if not done carefully
  • The seat is unpadded, making it uncomfortable for a whole day of kayaking
  • There is a bit of leaking into the compartments that could be improved upon
  • Due to the narrow keyhole, sliding out of the kayak is difficult
  • The Point 65 Whisky is slightly unstable, making it difficult for beginners to paddle

Point 65 Whisky 16 Review Conclusion

 

touring kayak

The Point 65 Whisky 16 is well designed and offers a great kayaking experience for all paddlers. Its excellent maneuverability will give you a chance to undertake the roughest waves and have fun.

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With its great speed, the Point 65 Whisky users can easily keep up with other paddlers and participate in competitions easily. However, the design needs a few upgrades with regards to stability, comfort and water tightness. However, the Whisky 16 is recommendable and offers value for the money.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced kayaker, try the Point 65 Whisky today for a better paddling and surfing experience.

The History & Innovation Behind Origami Kayaks

Human beings have a deep need to connect with nature, and it is even strong in those who live in cities and away from the great outdoors. As a result of this need, we have invented various types of crafts to help us experience mother nature. One of these is the kayak. It is a narrow, light, easily maneuverable boat that can carry one, two or even more people. With a paddle, you can navigate along rivers, on lakes and through rapids.

For centuries, people have used kayaks to get around the water bodies of our world. While many types exist, the most versatile is the folding kayak also knows as the origami kayak. You can easily carry it around with you anywhere you desire, and not just because you can fold it, but because it’s super lightweight. Here is a history of the folding kayak and what it looks like today.

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folding kayak on the water

Early History Of The Origami Folding Kayak…

The idea of a folding kayak goes back many centuries to the dark ages. In 500 BC, Middle Eastern merchants used collapsible kayaks to float their goods down the Euphrates river in Babylon. A donkey was also included onboard the early kayaks, and once they arrived, the donkey was used to haul the collapsible kayak upstream once again.

In the early 20th century, a more efficient, effective and safer folding origami kayak was invented. Alfred Heurich, an architecture student, invented the world’s first safe and working folding kayak in 1905. He took to the waters of the Isar River near Munich, Germany to test and prove his creation.

After success, he registered a patent for it under the name “Delphin”. His folding kayak consisted of a bamboo frame with sailcloth stretched over it. After folding, Alfred’s kayak could fit in three bags, each weighing less than 10 pounds.

early collapsible kayaks

While Heurich invented the folding kayak, another man made them a commercial success. His name was Johannes Klepper and he was a Bavarian tailor.

In his factory at Rosenheim, Germany, Klepper took Alfred’s design and began to manufacture the folding kayaks on a massive scale. He made the frame from wood and the hull from canvas. He marketed them as being compact and easy to transport. In 1906, Klepper released a folding kayak brand known as Faltboot and it preceded many other kayak technologies available today.

early type of kayak

Some notable adventurous milestones were performed in early folding kayaks. For example, in the 1930s, explorer Oskar Speck traveled from Germany to Australia in a folding kayak. The journey took him 7 years from 1932 to 1939 and covered a total of 31,068 miles.

Service In The World Wars

A decade later, folding kayaks were once again at the front lines, literally. During the second World War, the navies of all participating nations saw the importance of the origami kayak. The crafts were light, easy to maneuver and highly seaworthy.

However, the most important reason why the armies were enthusiastic about folding kayaks is because of the materials used in their construction. Due to the wooden frame and canvas skin, they could not be detected on radar. Hence, they provided a much-valued tactical ability.

military using kayaks

The British, Australian and French navies all manufactured their own folding origami kayaks. The Germans used them to fight the Russians on Finnish lakes. Moreover, the British and Australians used folding kayaks in an ingenious way to destroy enemy ships. Navy special forces would use them to sneak up on enemy ships, plant magnetic bombs and detonate them after the soldiers were safely back at shore.

Interestingly, the Americans were not as enthusiastic as the either nations in adopting the folding kayak for military purposes. However, they joined in after seeing how these crafts were effectively used by the British for reconnaissance in the Falklands War of 1982.

Civilians also used folding kayaks extensively. Between the two World Wars, people would carry these handy crafts with them on railroads and buses. After alighting, they would use the folding kayaks to navigate the lakes and canals in and around cities. Unfortunately, the wide acceptance of the automobile reduced the popularity of the folding kayak. It was only to emerge once again in the 1980s when sea-kayaking became a popular sport in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Some Interesting Facts About Origami Kayaks

In 1928, the longest folding kayak ever was made. Measuring 16 meters in length, it could seat 8 paddlers. In the same year, Captain Romer made the first Atlantic crossing in a folding kayak. The journey started at Lisbon and ended at St.Thomas in the Caribbean. Lasting 90 days, his voyage covered 4,473 miles.

Due to technological advancement, frames made of aluminum have since replaced the original wooden ones. Moreover, hulls are no longer made of canvas or skin. They are constructed from a material known as ballistic nylon. Today, one of the foremost manufacturers of folding kayaks is Oru Kayak. Below is more information about the company.

 

Discover Oru Kayak

oru folding kayak

Oru Kayak is an American company that manufactures folding kayaks whose structure is inspired by Japanese origami. The Oru folding kayaks are inspired by Greenland kayaks and constructed using the techniques of origami. The craft was designed by Chief Design Officer Anton Willis, who co-founded the company with Ardy Sobhani.

Oru folding kayaks are so versatile that they can be folded into a box the size of a briefcase, which makes them very easy to transport and store. They are designed in San Francisco and constructed in Los Angeles. The company began with a bid on the famous crowd funding website known as Kickstarter.

After a successful bid, Oru Kayak has since grown to mass produce its own crafts. They are available for purchase and shipping all over the world. In addition to folding kayaks, Oru also sells kayaking gear to make navigation easier, as well as safety equipment that is custom made for the Oru folding kayak.

 

Conclusion

folding kayak by Oru Kayak

Few experiences are as peaceful yet exhilarating as kayaking. Today, you can easily carry a kayak with you on your expeditions. Thanks to decades of development and eventual perfection by Oru Kayaks, you can get one that folds up and stores conveniently. This empowers you to easily explore the waters of the world. Modern folding kayaks are safe, effective and designed for various types of water bodies. Therefore, they are an ideal way to explore the great outdoors.

Top 5 Sun Dolphin Kayaks To Consider!

Sun Dolphin is a line of kayaks, paddleboards, and other boats created by KL Outdoor. They will merge with Future Beach to bring you even more boating possibilities, and they also have other sites that sell various outdoor products.

Here, we will take a quick look into 5 of their best kayaks (which is most of them) to see their main attributes, for those who don’t have time to read whole Sun Dolphin kayak reviews:

 

1. Sun Dolphin Excursion 12 SS Kayak

Sun Dolphin Excursion 12 SS

The Sun Dolphin Excursion 12 SS kayak is an excellent choice for serious anglers looking forward to having fun in the water. This kayak tracks and paddles with great ease while offering maximum stability. It’s perfectly suited for calm waters such as slow moving rivers and lakes, and its maneuverability is exceptional.

 

 

This Sun Dolphin Excursion 12 SS model is lightweight, with only 47 lbs and a capacity of 395 pounds. This makes it an ideal one-person kayak that’s easy to carry to your favorite fishing spot. Because of its low weight, you can easily place it on the roof racks of your car for easy transportation.

For superior comfort, the Sun Dolphin Excursion sit on top kayak is outfitted with large seating parts with a covered console. Also included for comfort and safety are high-quality, protective thigh pads. The Excursion is fitted with a portable accessory carrier for use as extra storage, backpack, or tow behind. The open cockpit allows for quick, hassle-free entry.

Other high-performance key features in this kayak include retractable carrying handles, adjustable foot braces, shock cord deck rigging, 1 swivel rod holder, 2 flush mount rod holders, rugged UV-stabilized Fortiflex, high-density polyethylene, and a water bottle holder.

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The Sun Dolphin Excursion 12 SS kayak is the perfect choice for fishing fanatics who are also looking to work out their bodies. Wherever you want to go fishing, even in secluded spots that your boat cannot reach, this kayak has your back!  Does this Sun Dolphin kayak review have you sold on the Sun Dolphin 12 yet?  If not, keep reading!

 

2. Sun Dolphin Bali 10 SS Kayak

Sun Dolphin Bali 10 SS Kayak

There is absolutely everything to love about this 10 foot sit-on-top kayak! The Sun Dolphin Bali 10 SS kayak is the perfect one-person kayak suited for recreational use on the lake and rivers. Weighing a mere 44 lbs, this kayak is lightweight yet stable enough to accommodate a maximum weight capacity of 250 pounds. Carrying it to your favorite spot is easy, thanks to its light weight.

 

For lasting durability, the Sun Dolphin Bali 10 SS kayak is constructed with rugged UV-stabilized Fortiflex high-density polyethylene. You will get to enjoy many years of paddling without the need to purchase a new kayak. The Bali is great for calm water padding, which makes it perfect for beginners especially. It tracks and paddles with great ease while offering maximum stability.

The adjustable foot braces provide a customized fit, ensuring great comfort and versatility throughout the trip. Added to that is the large, comfortable seating area with protective thigh pads. You will definitely enjoy your ride on the lake or river with complete relaxation.

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The Sun Dolphin Bali 10 SS is also equipped with a Portable Accessory Carrier (P.A.C) that you can use as an extra storage compartment or tow behind. The open cockpit allows for easy entry to the kayak. Also included is a shock cord deck rigging, a paddle leash/holder, and a water bottle holder. Overall, this Sun Dolphin Bali kayak is a great option for both the novice and professional. You can read a more in-depth discussion here.

 

3. Sun Dolphin Aruba 12 SS Sit-In Kayak

Sun Dolphin Aruba 12 SS

The Sun Dolphin Aruba 12 SS kayak is a 12 foot one-person kayak that tracks and paddles extremely well, while at the same time offering maximum stability. It’s one incredible kayak that is designed to allow you to have plenty of fun and an unforgettable experience on your fishing adventure.

 

 

The state-of-the-art Sun Dolphin Aruba 12 SS kayak has a large seating area with protective thigh pads, and a covered console for maximum comfort all through the trip. It’s equipped with adjustable foot braces that allow a customized fit, maximizing comfort and versatility while paddling.

With its rugged UV-stabilized Fortiflex high-density polyethylene construction, the Aruba is designed to withstand wear and tear from prolonged use and exposure to weather elements. The flush mount fishing rod holders provide compact storage for your fishing rods, while the portable accessory carrier can be used as an extra storage compartment, a tow-behind, or a backpack.

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Also included are retractable carrying handles and a paddle holder. This kayak is lightweight yet sturdy enough to hold a maximum weight capacity of 395 pounds. The Sun Dolphin Aruba 12 SS kayak is spacious and roomy, so you won’t ever regret making the purchase.

 

4. Sun Dolphin Bali 13.5 SS Tandem Kayak

Sun Dolphin Bali 13.5 SS

The Sun Dolphin Bali 13.5 SS Tandem Kayak lets you enjoy the summer waters with your friends, as it’s large enough to accommodate one to three people all at once. The middle seat is designed for a single-person operation. This sit-on-top model provides maximum comfort, stability, and maneuverability in slow moving waters.

 

The Sun Dolphin Bali 13.5 SS kayak features two padded seats with high, padded backrests for maximum comfort throughout the trip. It’s also equipped with three covered storage compartments for extra storage space for your fishing gear and personal essentials.

The kayak is equipped with adjustable foot braces that provide a customized fit for superior comfort while paddling. For lasting durability, it’s constructed with a high-density, impact-resistant polyethylene material.

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The Sun Dolphin Bali 13.5 SS features an incredible self-bailing design that helps drain water much more effectively. Also included in the kayak are carrying handles and paddle holders. Have plenty of fun throughout the summer season with friends/family with the Sun Dolphin Bali 13.5 SS Kayak.

 

5. Sun Dolphin Journey 12 Sit-on-Top Kayak

Sun Dolphin Journey 12 kayak

Navigating secluded fishing spots on the lakes and rivers with the Sun Dolphin Journey 12 foot sit-on-top kayak is a breeze! This lightweight and sturdy kayak is a great option for relaxed fishing in the summer as it tracks and paddles very well. It’s designed for maneuverability and easy tracking on calm waters.

 

The Sun Dolphin Journey 12 kayak has a large, comfortable seating area with padded seat backrests, and protective thigh pads for maximum comfort throughout your fishing trip. It comes with adjustable foot braces that provide a customized fit for comfortable padding. The open cockpit allows for quick, hassle-free entry.

This kayak is equipped with two flush mount rod holders and one swivel rod holder for keeping your fishing rods in place while paddling. It features a Portable Accessory Carrier for use as an extra storage compartment, tow-behind, or as a backpack. Also included is a shock cord deck rigging, paddle holders, and retractable carrying handles.

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The Sun Dolphin Journey 12 kayak is available in different finish options, so you can choose the one that suits you best. This kayak is a one of a kind kayak that will make your fishing adventures incredibly fun and unforgettable.

Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 Kayak – Fast Performing Angler?

The Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 kayak is a fishing kayak by Native Watercraft that has adapted the successful features of the original Slayer line. As the smallest, highest and newest member of the Slayer Propel family, this kayak is more stylish and maneuverable than all of its predecessors.

 

Ranked as the highest kayak in the Outdoor Life Magazine’s May article 2017, the Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 hands-free game changer boasts of an unmatched ability to maintain casting distance and stop on a dime.

 

Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13

Designed to easily customize or personalize, the Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 kayak is perfect for a local day of fishing at the lake. You can alternatively choose to leave its drive system at home and paddle it through a local rocky river instead. When it comes to enjoying what it has to offer, the kayaker has total control.

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Designed with the fisherman in mind, the Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 kayak’s features have enabled it to skyrocket to the top of the charts. It is a brilliant invention that has once again instilled the spirit of adventure among those who love spending time in the water.

 

Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 Frame & Body

 

Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 for fishers

This amazing paddling companion is set apart by its superior stability and track coverage. The Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 also has a high-end frame and construction that make it unlike any other Slayer invention that has existed before. The kayak is constructed using a thermoformed ABS plastic frame, which makes it distinct as well as diverse in comparison to other similar kayaks. The Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13’s frame gives it that incredible edge, making it both lightweight and durable.

 

 

Despite the fact that the outer frame is made of a plastic molding, the Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 kayak is still tough and resilient. The wide nature of its frame makes the Slayer Propel 13 kayak is one of the best looking and performing kayaks on the market.

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Any Special Features In The Slayer Propel 13 Kayak?

Focused on a hull design that allows the paddlers to propel through the water with ease, the Slayer Propel 13 fishing kayak has proven to be a unique fishing kayak in its own right. The design generally balances the traits of efficiency and stability.

The size of the Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 boat is particularly important because it ensures that the kayak does not lose its buoyancy on either side of the paddles. It is stable enough to come to a halt easily, but still move through the water as smoothly and quietly as possible. The ability of the Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 to move quietly is one of its best feature and one that fisherman can really appreciate!

 

Slayer Propel 13 kayak

At 33″ wide, this Native Watercraft kayak is by no means a sea kayak. Its overall design makes it more stealthy than other fishing boats but even so, it can only work efficiently in river waters that are not very deep (designed for 12”-18” minimum depth). However, this does not take away from the adventure that it offers. Ergonomics also provide a key focus when it comes to the design.

That’s not all of it; the Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 contains first-class seat that make the paddler more comfortable and allows them to paddle for longer durations without experiencing any level of discomfort. When it comes to additional features, the Slayer Propel 13 kayak has a solar screen HiFlow 3D mesh that is suspended over the seats in order to ensure that you remain well-ventilated throughout the day, especially when fishing under the scorching sun.

 

The seat is also elevated, allowing the paddler to sit more upright and to offer a better view for sight casting, and also to make it easier to stand. The Slayer Propel 13 kayak’s height and length allows for different padding styles.

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The Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 also has a sliding rail system which can be easily adjusted by loosening two thumbscrews, equally allowing the paddler to sit at their desired position or practice different peddling postures. With an impressive speed that can cover 4.2 miles per hour all day or 5.2 miles when the thunderstorm rolls in, paddlers can choose to go as fast or as slow as they want. Needless to say, this is the most versatile pedal-driven fishing kayak on the market.

The Slayer Propel 13 kayak model has an open deck and an extra large rudder that gives it the quick maneuverability that many paddlers prefer. The kayak’s pedal-drive system can be pedaled forward or in reverse, making it possible for the paddler to stalk and battle his catch without exerting too much effort. This way, the paddler can also make a catch against the wind and changing currents.

 

Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 fishing kayak in action with rods!

The Slayer Propel 13 kayak ‘s extra compartments or accessory attachment system slide on-and-off at your pleasure. As such, you can be able to lock down any valuables along the rail system, loosen them or move them easily from one place to another. If you are looking for a kayak that is filled with the best features, this is it! Everything from its spacious storage area and comfortable seats make it a unique invention of sorts.

 

Storage Space For the Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13…

This Native Watercraft kayak has a large and dry storage area that is easy to access. Properly designed to carry all your valuable tools and other extras, your equipment can easily be added here or removed. The storage area is located behind the seat, and although this is an open compartment, it is well-padded and built to ensure that your gear and equipment do not get unpleasantly wet.

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Pros

  • Casting distance control that allows the paddler to effectively control their casting distance without moving away from the target
  • Stand-up sight fishing option that sets a new standard for sightseeing from a pedal craft
  • The Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 contains a removable drive system that allows you to pedal when you need to and paddle when you don’t
  • Rock solid stability when paddling
  • Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 can easily maintain high speed for a longer duration
  • The Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 contains a large, open cockpit that makes it a leader in the market of pedal powered kayaks
  • Comfortable and easily adjustable seats
  • The Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 allows for paddling in various positions

Cons

  • The Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13’s Outback rudder can get easily stuck on seaweeds when peddling through a river, but despite this, it is easy to get rid of the weed
  • The rudder of the Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 may also scrape, but with its plastic nature, it would be easily replaceable

Native Watercraft Slayer Review Conclusion

In our Native Watercraft Slayer review, we’ve made a point to go over everything a fisherman would be eager to know about before making a purchase. The Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 is a kayak not meant for beginners. Hands down, the Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 is better suited for experts who will know how to work its different components and maneuver it brilliantly in the water.

 

 

As a brand that is known to extensively test its products, you can count on Slayer to give you the kayaking experience that you need. Everyone who takes this Slayer Propel 13 kayak out to the water will fall in love with its speed and ease of paddling.

There are only so many fishing kayaks out there but like we mentioned earlier, just having an angler as quiet and easy to maneuver as the Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 is a sacrifice serious fishermen can’t make.

Point 65 Mercury GTX Kayak – Performs Better Than A Regular Kayak?

The Point 65 Mercury GTX Kayak (by Point 65N) is a modular kayak that has dominated the paddle-sphere space. The transitional touring kayak breaks apart into three manageable pieces that make it easy to transport and store.

 

This yet again proves that Point 65N modular kayaks are the best on the market. Its high level of performance and stability makes Point 65 Mercury GTX Kayak the perfect exploration companion that you can also take home in the trunk of your car.

 

point 65 mercury gtx

The Point 65 Mercury GTX Kayak offers a convenience that cannot be overemphasized. When taken apart, each of its sections can be carried to the water’s edge for easy assembling, which opens up the possibility of kayaking for people who would not ordinarily be able to handle a heavy kayak.

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This Point 65N kayak is a classic that soars above the rest. Needless to say, it is every kayaker’s dream come true. The Point 65 Mercury GTX Kayak is perfect for use in open waters, rivers, and lakes.

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Point 65 Mercury GTX Kayak Frame

Point 65 Mercury GTX Kayak - in modular pieces

The Point 65 Mercury GTX has an enviable design and sturdy frame that is made of rotomolded polyethylene. This gives it the durability and edge that it needs in comparison to more fragile kayaks.

Based on its overall appearance, it seems like the manufacturer’s put a lot of thought into the overall frame and construction of this modular kayak. The rotomolded polyethylene equally makes the frame strong and impact resistant. Even if it’s used on a consistent basis, its outer frame will ensure that it does not succumb to any wear and tear.

 

Features of the Point 65 Mercury GTX

When it comes to features, the Point 65 Mercury GTX Kayak will surprise you in incredible ways. In addition to its high performance, the kayak also has a large cockpit that will accommodate all types of paddlers. As previously noted, the kayak breaks apart into three manageable parts, each weighing slightly more than 24 pounds.

This allows for the movement of one section at a time. The Mercury GTX boasts of a top-snap technology that enables it to be put together in only a matter of minutes. This is certainly a huge advantage over traditional kayaks that usually take half an hour or more to assemble.

When it comes apart, the 39” nose section fits into the cockpit, making for easy stowage. Its additional midpiece transforms the 65N Mercury solo into a tandem kayak. The combination of different parts gives you the end result that you need, from solo to tandem to triple. The Point 65 Mercury GTX Kayak eliminates any need to purchase two kayaks.

Never before has a kayak been so brilliantly designed!

 

The Mercury GTX Kayak is a tandem!

The ideal length of 17’ 10” (bow 42”, front cockpit 64”, stem 62”, rear cockpit 62”) makes it possible for the kayak to hold a weight capacity of 530 pounds. In regards to the seating comfort, the Point 65N Mercury Tandem is fully equipped with comfortable AIR seats. It has a pneumatically adjustable backrest that will give the paddler extreme comfort. In case you want to change positions during your exploration, you can do this with the adjustable seats!

The seats of the Point 65 Mercury GTX are also perfect for longer paddling hours. They also come with seat covers that are made of highly durable and comfortable honey-comb patterned material. This is also combined with a mesh hike fabric that allows for the right amount of ventilation. The fabric of the Point 65 Mercury GTX Kayak is also laminated with molded over EVA foam. They go hand in hand with the padded foot braces that equally offer the right leg support and allows for a comfortable paddling position.

 

GTX padded seats

All great kayakers know that the true test of a kayak lies in its cockpit. Fortunately, the Point 65 Mercury GTX Tandem Kayak does not disappoint. With a large and comfortably padded cockpit, the kayak allows for the easy entry and exit of any paddler. In addition to this is an efficient keel rudder system that allows for dropping of the rudder with easy maneuverability. This is not common on many kayaks. The system also has a brilliant direction and control capability, ensuring that you are well guided no matter where you paddle to!

 

The Point 65 Mercury GTX Kayak’s hull speed matches that of comparable light touring kayaks. This ensures that the Point 65 Mercury GTX Tandem does not slouch in rough waters. The edge turn feels sporty and responsive, making the kayak one of a kind. The combination of strength and impact resistance makes it possible for the kayak to easily integrate with its features. Because of its features, the Point 65N Mercury Tandem offers a kayaking experience that other similar kayaks cannot match.

 

But How Does the Point 65 Mercury GTX Kayak Fare When It Comes To Storage?

 

storage of a mercury gtx modular kayak
A Modular Kayak In Storage

 

The Point 65 Mercury GTX tandem modular kayak has a large aft oval and a round forward hatch that gives it the ultimate storage compartment. You do not have to worry about how you will get your equipment and important gear from one point to another because the kayak guarantees you will have sufficient storage space.

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Now, the compartments of the Point 65 Mercury GTX Kayak are watertight, fore and aft. If you wish to take the kayak out onto the water for a day or two, the sufficient storage space will ensure that there are no limitations as to what you may carry.

 

Pros

  • Safe, stable, well-padded seat for ultimate comfort
  • AIR seats with pneumatically adjustable backrests for a better ride
  • Easy to transport, but also easy to assemble and take apart
  • Snap-tap technology that allows the kayak to go from solo to tandem just by adding an extra midsection
  • The Point 65 Mercury GTX Kayak is easy to handle in and out of the water
  • Extra-large cockpit area for easy maneuverability
  • Great tracking and performance

 

Cons

  • When out of the water, it’s clear that there is a 1” gap between the parts. However, this is not visible when the kayak is in water and does not affect its overall functioning
  • Some of the Point 65 Mercury GTX Kayak’s parts seem fragile and easily breakable when mishandled. Worry not! Better replacement parts can always be gotten for any faulty or broken parts.

 

Point 65 Mercury GTX Review Summary

The higher-end construction and capability of the Point 65N Mercury GTX Tandem makes it easy to split into manageable sections and reassemble in seconds. Whether you want to try out the solo or tandem version is entirely up to you.

Equipped with the best variety of features, the Point 65 Mercury GTX Kayak sits at the top of the charts with the best modular kayaks. It is by far the fastest option for those who want the ease of a well-constructed boat and the storage parts of a portable kayak.

If you’re thinking about purchasing a kayak that delivers on all fronts and lasts a long time (plus can be easily stored!), the Point 65 Mercury GTX is a great option!

Old Town Predator PDL Kayak – Most Comfortable Fishing Kayak?

With the right equipment, such as the Old Town Predator PDL, kayaking becomes the most thrilling fun activity in the world of water sports. Designed with perfectly engineered ergonomics and aesthetics, this kayak is the ultimate choice for anyone seeking the best experience when traversing waterways. The Old Town Predator PDL kayak is specifically designed to cater to the needs of avid sportsmen, and with this comes durability, strength and optimal stability.

 

The Old Town Predator PDL Kayak’s features ensure that you will never be disappointed when kayaking, water rafting, fishing or taking part in other related water sports. As a matter of fact, its ability to seamlessly traverse both calm and choppy waters is incredible, a property that makes it a valuable asset for water sport lovers.

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old town predator pdl kayak

 

Frame of the Old Town Predator PDL Kayak

The Old Town Predator PDL Kayak is designed by sportsmen for sportsmen, which translates to its tough exterior. Its chassis is composed of LT900 polyethylene for maximum strength, sturdiness and durability. For the sake of maximum stability, this kayak’s frame features a Tri-hull design. It also makes use of its slip-resistant exo-ridge deck to ensure perfect traction, thus preventing slippage, as well as better water resistance.

 

body of old town predator pdl kayak - red

The Predator offers easier customizability as it comes with 6 mounting plates that are removable, thus removing the need to drill through the boat’s hull and damaging it.

With these rods, you can easily customize your kayak using fish finders and rod holders, among others, depending on your specific needs. With dimensions of 13 ft x 3 ft x 1.25 ft x 4 ft in length, width, seat height and leg length respectively, the Old Town Predator PDL Kayak offers more than enough space for accommodation of its user, as well as storage of the user’s equipment and supplies.

 

Features of the Old Town Predator PDL Kayak

#1. Forward and Reverse Pedal-Powered

 

pedals

The Predator PDL kayak is equipped with the most advanced features meant to ensure the best kayaking and fishing experience. First, it features the most reliable pedal-powered design for superb hands-free operation. Without having to struggle with paddling, the Old Town Predator PDL kayak gets you to your desired location faster and more safely.

Even better is the fact that its pedal-powered design offers both forward and reverse maneuverability, which ensures ease of control. The Old Town Predator PDL Kayak’s pedals are also padded for a better grip and comfort even when the user is barefoot.

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#2. Lightweight Design

 

sideway view of Predator PDL Kayak

The Old Town Predator PDL Kayak has a weight of only 117 pounds, which is light enough for easier portability. Its light weight is just a disguise for its great strength, as its frame has a weight capacity of up to 550 pounds. Its angler paddle is also lightweight for easier portability and operation, and it also comes with a carry handle that is really handy during transportation.

 

#3. 8 Scupper Holes

Safety is a matter of great importance when kayaking. For this reason, the Old Town Predator PDL kayak has 8 scupper holes that drain any water that will enter it. The scupper holes have a one-way valve that only allows water to flow out of the kayak, and never into it. This ensures that you stay dry throughout your kayaking or fishing experience, and that you do not face the risk of capsizing.

On its side, the Old Town Predator PDL Kayak has an especially molded-in transducer scupper hole, which is a perfect fit for deployment of Hummingbird transducers.

 

#4. Element Angler Seat

 

fishing in a Predator PDL

Measuring 21 inches in width and 15 inches in height, this element seat is designed specifically for the angler, as its inclination can be adjusted over a wide range with ease. Given its size, it can accommodate users weighing up to 550 pounds. Old Town Predator PDL Kayak features a side-lock system that easily adjusts the leg length to the most comfortable pedal stroke. This seat is padded for comfort and cushioning, even as you sail through rough waters.

 

#5. Quick Access Rudder Control Knob

Strategically positioned on its side is this kayak’s rudder control knob that allows for easier and faster access. This accounts for the greatly impressive steering control that is achieved by this Predator PDL kayak. When combined with its PDL drive, you can achieve up to 5.5 MPH speeds with the Old Town Predator PDL Kayak.

 

#6. Predator PDL Kayak Comes With 4 Color Options

 

different colors for the Predator PDL kayak

The Old Town PDL Predator kayak offers 4 color options for buyers to choose from. These include the Urban Camo, Black Cherry, Camo and Lime Camo. Not only are these color schemes modern, but they are also attractive to the eye.

 

 

Old Town Predator PDL Kayak Storage!!!

The Old Predator pedal kayak offers optimum storage options, with the most secure being its Exo-Ridge tank. This tank well is large enough to securely and safely store your gear and equipment, while offering easier accessibility.

If you are into kayak fishing, then the Old Town Predator PDL Kayak is the perfect place to keep your cooler or storage boxes.

 

PDL fishing kayak in action!

On both of the Old Town Predator PDL Kayak sides, there are holders that offer convenient recessed storage that keeps all your gear dry while keeping them accessible. In addition to these side holders, this PDL kayak’s drive console also offers dry storage for your gear.

For quick storage and placement of the paddle, the Old Town Predator PDL Kayak has a molded paddle rest that helps to free up the user’s hands, especially if they want to enjoy the pedaling experience.

 

Pros

  • Ease of customization without drilling of the hull
  • Forward and reverse maneuverability, which ensures ease of control
  • Better and optimal storage options
  • Old Town Predator PDL Kayak is compact and lightweight design for easier storage and portability
  • Best hands-free pedaling experience
  • Easier maneuverability, thanks to its quick access rudder control system

 

Cons

  • Old Town Predator PDL Kayak is a bit costly
  • Doesn’t come with a motor, but can be purchased separately

 

Old Town Predator PDL Review Conclusion

The Old Town Predator PDL Kayak is equipped with each and every essential equipment and technology you need to get to the next level of kayaking or fishing. It has a stand bar designed to offer additional steadiness and support when you get out of the seat. It also features Scotty triggers for optimum stability and buoyancy.

This pedaling Old Town Predator PDL Kayak not only brings the thrill to kayaking and fishing, but also gives users a personal connection to nature. Reliability, convenience, safety and durability are just a few of the benefits you will enjoy from investing in the Old Town Predator PDL kayak.

The Basics Of How To Do A Seal Launch!

With some bodies of water, you might find that there are no good spots to launch your kayak, and paddling into waves can be exhausting before you even start! Sometimes you must do a ‘seal launch‘, which is sitting in your kayak and sliding off of a rock, cliff, or embankment into the water.

If it’s from a higher height, you can have a friend push you in, or you can just edge yourself off and take a nosedive to the water:

 

seal launching into rapids

If you don’t know the area very well, or it’s not known as a seal launching spot, you have to make sure the landing area is clear of anything that might hurt you. The biggest dangers would be rocks that are just under the water or the water not being deep enough. It’s best to be safe and find a popular launching spot or ask who knows of one.

There are a few ways to gain entry into the water if all you see are cliffs or rocks. The first is the hardest one, which is to climb down to get as close to the water as you can and jump on top of your kayak as you throw it into the water. If it’s on the ocean and there are a lot of waves, you could be without a kayak mighty quick or take much longer to get in. That should only be an option if the rocks are too jagged or high.

The next choice is to slide off of a huge rock formation, one that is preferably smooth so as not to scratch the bottom of your kayak. If there’s an area of algae covering the rocks, that’s even better. Sit in the kayak and try to push yourself off of the rock, slightly leaning toward the back of the kayak.

When you perform your seal launch, don’t lean forward too much , as this may result in the kayak flipping upside down and you will land on your head in the water. In that case, you will have to do a rollover and put yourself upright. Also be careful where you put your paddle as you’re falling to avoid any unnecessary injury. Over your head is the safest place to hold it.

seal launch

The final way to enter the water (this is for the ocean) is to take your kayak close to the water, lay it down on a rock and get in. The wave that washes over the rock will lift you up and you can paddle off the rock. If it doesn’t fully sweep you off the rock, just steady yourself and wait for the next wave.

You may want to have your spray skirt on in either situation, especially where there’s waves. The same tactic can be done to get back onto the rock after you’re done kayaking.

 

kayak launch on rock

Some people will just throw in their kayaks and jump into the water right beside them, if they can enter the cockpit from the water. This would more easily work on a lake or river, rather than the ocean, which is constantly moving and possibly turbulent.

Perform a seal launch however and wherever is easiest and safest for you so you can avoid injuries that will prevent you from doing more kayaking!

Oru Kayak Announces Its Bay ST Model Back At Kickstarter For Good?

Yep! You read that right!  Yesterday, through Oru Kayak’s Facebook Page, we learned that Oru Kayak has brought its Bay ST model back and will be joining 1% For The Planet.  Officially, this campaign is being called Bay ST Is Back For Good.

Check out our Oru Kayak review here!

For this campaign, Oru Kayak is offering an updated, sleeker version of their Bay ST model with… get this… a really cool print of a tree on the hull along:

 

oru kayak bay st with tree print

 

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Levels of Contribution

Let’s get to the various levels of contribution here.

Level 1: Pledge Less Than $15

By doing so, you contribute towards the new Bay ST model with the tree print.  No bonus, but hey, how awesome is it to be able to do this?!

 

Level 2: Pledge Less Than $15 Or More

Pledge $15 towards this origami kayak version and you will receive an Oru Dry Bag: 10L Dry Bag. This dry bag is versatile, durable, and will protect your goods from getting wet. Expect top notch Oru quality here.

These are going fast. As of today, 34 out of 50 are left.

Consider, it’s been maybe a full day since this Kickstarter launched!

Level 3: Pledge Less Than $40 Or More

Remember how we mentioned the really pretty tree print on this new Bay ST model? Well, pledge $40 at least and you can get your hands on an Oru Shirt with the tree print!

Get to it! Only 46 out of 50 left!

Level 4: Pledge Less Than $75 Or More

Pledge at least $75 and receive a set of four lights! But hold on a minute, these aren’t just any lights. These solar powered lanterns by Luci will make your Oru Bay ST kayak glow especially if you’re a fan of night time kayaking! These lights are easily inflatable and deflatable.

48/50 left.

Level 5: Pledge Less Than $400 Or More

You will receive a custom designed Oru pack along with a four piece paddle, float bags, and a custom spray skirt.

How neat is that? 30/30 left.

Level 6: Pledge Less Than $1500 Or More

Bay ST Back For Good >> You will receive this custom printed Bay ST kayak that we are talking about right now. Sweet!

46/50 left.

Level 7: Pledge Less Than $1900 Or More

So, at this level, you will receive the Bay ST Back For Good Model (the custom printed Bay ST we showed you the image of above) PLUS Package.

10/20 left. Ruuunnnn!

Sold Out – Pledge Less Than $1300 Or More

Sorry, Kids! This is done for already. The Early Bird reward is sold out a day after this Kickstarter campaign was started.

All we have to say is wow…

Click here to check out our MyCanoe Origami review, another origami kayak!

 

Bay ST Is Back For Good KickStarter Campaign Summary

If you love what the Oru Kayak company is offering, pledge away.  You may as well contribute to something as cool as a technologically advanced origami kayak and this company is an innovator.

We will be updating the Pledge numbers on the daily!

The Kickstarter campaign can be found here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1975288517/oru-kayak-is-back-for-good

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