Advanced Elements FireFly Inflatable Kayak – Best AE Option?

The Advanced Elements FireFly inflatable kayak is designed for recreational family use catering for all shapes and sizes who want to spend some fun hours on the water. It arrives in a backpack, inflates easily with the help of a pump, is lightweight to handle and is ready to hit the water in no time.

advanced elements firefly kayak

Of durable materials, the FireFly inflatable kayak is well designed and produced by the renowned company Advanced Elements, made of durable materials. Whether you want to paddle around lakes or drift down calm rivers this little kayak will give you hours of pleasure performing well in its class. Essentially it is an easily transportable compact lightweight recreational kayak and it has a number of features that make it perfect for the job.

Portable Plus

As the name suggests, the Advanced Elements FireFly Inflatable Kayak is extremely portable. You won’t have to think about fitting a roof rack to your car as it stows easily in any car boot and there are no storage complications as the FireFly will store away in a garage or even a closet at home. As a traveler myself, I love anything that comes in a bag, in this case a nifty breathable fabric duffle bag to ensure your Firefly kayak dries out properly after use. Also included are a repair kit and owner’s manual. It goes without saying – read it.

Does The Advanced Elements FireFly Inflate Easily

It is easy to inflate although but you do need to use a pump if to make the job practical. Fitted with twistlok valves as well as high flow spring valves, the Advanced Elements FireFly inflatable kayak is super swift to blow up. Getting the inflation pressure correct is important as, if the Firefly is overinflated, the cockpit space will be significantly reduced and the kayak performance will be greatly affected. This is also the case if underinflated. It is possible to set the correct psi levels without a gauge because of visual markers however use of a gauge is recommended. Deflation is also easy, which can be important at the end of a long enjoyable day when you don’t want to be struggling to deflate your kayak.

At 16 lbs weight it is light so almost anyone can handle it at any stage, especially for those petite independent women or small teenagers. Also attached are molded rubber grip handles that facilitate moving the FireFly inflatable kayak around with ease.

As for durability despite it being an inflatable, the Advanced Elements FireFly, offers a high level of durability with its PVC tarpaulin hull, welded perimeter seam, 600 D polyester cover, as well as heavy-duty PVC main chamber. It has good water clearance too so those who do find themselves over rocks can navigate with some confidence and it is durable enough to survive a few bounces against all but the roughest rocks.

Is The Advanced Elements FireFly Inflatable Kayak Stable and Able?

firefly inflatable kayakOnce on the water the Advanced Elements FireFly inflatable kayak has a few features that are important as an entry level or recreational kayak. It is relatively wide so that gives it extra stability for inexperienced or nervous paddlers who only have to concentrate on staying centered. Despite the fact inflatables usually do not track well in the water, Advanced Elements have dealt with this problem by utilizing fixed rigid forms that help the FireFly kayak to cut through waves and stay on course. In built into the cover are rigid bow and stern forms, plus a landing plate and tracking fin also to aid the kayak’s performance. Speed is limited compared to rigid models however the FireFly is designed for relaxing recreation.

Paddling and maneuvering the FireFly is easy because of the features added by Advanced Elements that ensure FireFly is responsive and sensitive as any inflatable in the water. The lightweight cover material means it is very maneuverable compared to heavier inflatables. Note though, because of the extra width it is probably best to purchase a longer paddle than one would normally use to make sure you have enough to reach over the sides, possibly 4-5” longer than normally recommended for your height. The FireFly is specified for paddlers up to 250 lbs so it can take a fair pounding for its size.

Planning on the side of safety, Advanced Elements have made the FireFly from bright yellow material to ensure you are seen on the water by passing craft. On the same note, because the FireFly is so stable in the water, if you do fall out for any reason, it is easy enough to clamber back in regardless of how inelegant your efforts.

Advanced Elements take their products very seriously and offer great customer service on top of warranties for all their products. If, for some reason you did have a problem with an Advanced Elements Inflatable FireFly, you can be assured they are interested in it.

Missing Features of the Advanced Elements FireFly Inflatable Kayak?

Worthy of note, there are a few features that the FireFly Inflatable Kayak does have. The FireFly does not have a designated seat fitted with back support so may make paddling for longer periods more tiresome. Having said that, being an inflatable kayak, it is relatively soft and comfortable. It also does not have much storage space anywhere so other than a packed lunch, you will not fit much in. You might consider also purchasing a sealing dry bag or box to keep valuables safe and dry. For best pricing options (& customer reviews!), click here.


  • Super compact and easy to transport or store
  • Durable lightweight materials
  • Simple and easy to inflate and deflate
  • Stable in the water for inexperienced paddlers
  • Has sufficient maneuverability for its purpose
  • Good value for money


  • No specified seat
  • Limited storage space
  • Suitable only for calm conditions, mostly Class 1, some Class 2

Advanced Elements FireFly Inflatable Kayak Summary!

The Advanced Elements FireFly is a great small inflatable kayak for either entry level paddlers as well as those more experienced relaxed paddlers who value convenience. It is extremely portable, whether inflated or deflated so can be handled by people of all ages and sizes. It promotes a carefree relaxed feeling so is perfect for its job. I believe it perfectly fits the job it was designed for.

Oru Bay Kayak: A Novelty Or Something More?

Chances are that since you are researching the Oru Bay kayak, you are familiar with its “coolness” factor. Just in case you don’t know what’s so special about this kayak, let me break it down for you in the various synonyms that I can. This product is actually a folding kayak, origami kayak, or a “collapsible boat”.

Before you read any more about it, did you know that the Oru Bay Kayak started as a Kickstarter project years ago and the founders even made it on Shark Tank? Here, check out the video:

How cool is that? (PS. Shark Tank is one of my most favourite shows!) But enough! More about it…

Yes! This is one of the coolest kayaks of its kind: you can fold it up and pack it like origami (remember what that is? The cool swan people build using a piece of paper? Yes, just like that). Let’s take a look at how the Oru Bay + works conceptually:

Oru Bay Kayak: The Coolest, Tech Oriented, Transformable

Now that you’ve officially met the Oru Bay Plus, you should know that it does costs a pretty penny. I don’t want to explain nitty gritty details over the next 1000 words when you can easily view it here in a few minutes and be excited about this phenomenally cool “gadget”:

Digging The Oru Bay Kayak Apart: Worth Your $$?

While not an inflatable kayak, this thing is nifty as they come: first, you can fold it and unfold it like an origami. And guess what? There’s no carrying case, per se, other than the neat fact that the when you fold the Oru Bay+ up, it itself becomes a carrying case.

It stretches at around 12 feet. Keep in mind that it will probably take you, on average, 15-30 minutes to assemble it. The first time it will probably take you around 25 minutes and after doing it a few times, around 15 minutes. This is pretty average, as most of the inflatable kayak reviews we have done, on this site, indicate around 15 minutes of assembly (inflation / deflation) time.

While this one is more of an “expensive” buy for a novice kayaker.

Before we can answer, let’s analyse…

Does The Oru Bay Kayak Feel Good To Get In?

Despite the kayak being a feather weight, the kayak makes really sweet, sharp, tight turns and when accelerating, is super responsive–which came to us as a surprise, just because it’s that light! In fact, a lot of reviews around the web, collectively, compare the performance of the Oru to a traditional, hard kayak. While you can’t ignore that the cockpit is a very tight fit and takes a bit of getting used to, neither can one ignore how well it performs.

Even though the cockpit can be deemed as as tight fit, it is very important to also know that in no way does it feel uncomfortable thanks to its high back seat.

Looks like this original Kickstarter project is a win win for everyone! Check out more details here!

For fun, check out Big Sur in an Oru Bay Kayak, and get one for yourself:

Oru Bay Kayak Extra Videos…

When I set out to check out this specialty kayak, I didn’t know that I would find so many fun videos. I will be adding them to the bottom here, just in case wants to view some fun ones before making up their minds. If you’re interested, you can check them out here at Amazon.

Anyway, this is a video of someone enjoying their Oru Bay+ in a creek with a good water rift and at some point, he’s got his friend on a spare tire, riding alongside him, holding him:

39 Gorgeous Water Pictures That Will Make You Fall In Love With San Diego

…& if you don’t, frankly, your vision must be going 😛

There is a reason San Diego is known as America’s Finest City. While we take flack for our waters not being as warm as Florida, San Diego is amazing in every aspect imaginable. But, why take our word for it? If one picture is worth a thousand words, then thirty-nine pictures should be worth, oh say, a gazillion words, hm?

Have a look. Enjoy! Fall in love with America’s Finest City 😉
[Note: Click on interested picture to view it in better quality.]

#1. Mission Bay

The Perfect Sunset At Mission Bay By Justin Brown

The Perfect Sunset at Mission Bay

#2. Mission Bay With Happy Sheltie

Happy Sheltie Paddle Boarding At Mission Bay By Sheena H. sheltie paddle boarding

#3. Mission Beach Mural

Wall Mural On Ace Liquor

#4. La Jolla Cove

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#5. La Jolla

Coast Wedding By Kevin Baird
Coast Wedding

#6. La Jolla Shores

Seal Cove By moonjazz
Seal Cove, La Jolla Shores, San Diego, California

#7. Torrey Pines Reserve

Torrey Pines Reserve In Early Morning Light By Bill Gracey
Torrey Pines Reserve In Early Morning Light - Explored

#8. Torrey Pines Beach

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#9. Torrey Pines Glider Port

Torrey Pines Glider Port 028 By SD Dirk Torrey Pines Glider Port 028

#10. Torrey Pines Trail Sunset

Torrey Pines Hiking Sunset View by Moon
view from top of hill

#11. USS Midway

Unconditional Surrender By Matt Pasant
San Diego - “Unconditional Surrender”

#12. Full View Of USS Midway

DSC_0630 By Steven Lenoir DSC_0630

#13. Seaport

San Diego Jet Ski Tours

#14. Seaport Village

Passport To San Diego

#15. Seaport Village Pond With Ducks

It’s All About The Pretty

#16. Seaport Village From Distance

Terramar Retail Centers

#17. Ocean Beach

Tus Wallpapers Gratis

#18. Ocean Beach Pier

Ocean Beach Pier by Joe Ewing

#19. Sunset Cliffs

Sunset Cliffs, Ocean Beach, San Diego By Tim Jankowiak

#20. Sunset Cliffs Overview

Alluring Sunset By Mark Whitt
Alluring Sunset

#21. Point Loma Overview

The campus at Point Loma Nazarene Over Look By Bryce Johnson

#22. Sunset Cliffs

#23. Yes, More Of The Sunset Cliffs

Sunset Cliffs by Tours Departing Daily Sunset Cliffs

#24. Cliff Divers On Sunset Cliffs

Sunset Cliffs Divers by Jim Grant

#25. Aerial View Of Pacific Beach

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#26. Happy Doggy At Pacific Beach

Randi Having a Thoughtful Moment At PB By Sheena H.
Randi Having a Thoughtful Moment By Sheena

#27. Dog Beach at OB

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#28. Coronado

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#29. Coronado Bridge

All Ducks In A Row… By Anna Gaylord
All ducks in a row... #coronado #SanDiego #sd#california #kayaking #coronadobridge #beach#nature #marine#summer #funtimes #watersports #coronadoisland #landscape #seascape #коронадо#сандиего #калифорния #море #пляж #лето

#30. Point Loma

New Point Loma Lighthouse By Phillip Colla

#31. Solana Beach

Unstable Cliffs By Keith unstable cliffs

#32. Fletcher Cove – Solana Beach

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#33. Aerial View of Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach

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#34. Cardiff-By-The-Sea

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#35. Imperial Beach

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#36. Imperial Beach – Pier

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#37. Encinitas

Photos By Randal Lynne

#38. Moonlight Beach

Moonlight Beach Sunset By Phillip Colla

#39. Silver Strand Beach

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The Ins & Outs Of Torrey Pines Reserve Trails [With Pictures!]

In all of my time in Southern California, hiking the trails of Torrey Pines Reserve has become one of my most favourite activities.  While this space is all about kayaking, I have been wanting to write a few in-depth articles about my hiking activities.

Let me start this with sharing this.  About 3 years ago, I decided I was tired of my own excuses.  I became angry with myself.  I had gained 40+ lbs during my university years and 10 years after that, my weight still haunted me.  Don’t get me wrong: if you’re happy with how you look, more power to you.  But if you’re not, by all means, take the steps to do whatever it takes to achieve your happiness.

In my anger, I decided that I would no longer stand for my own excuses.  That no matter what it took, I’d keep going until I achieve my weight goal.  So, I decided to hike.

At the time, I wasn’t big into hiking but I knew of Torrey Pines Reserve.  I decided I would start there and hike 3-5x a week, for 2 hours every time…

Scenic  View Of Torrey Pines State Park

… and 3 years later, I have lost 44 lbs.

It’s funny how things come back around.  So, today, I bring to you my own personal knowledge that I’ve gained on these trails I now call home.

The first thing you should know about Torrey Pines State Reserve is that if you park outside by the beach (not once past the fee booth), you can park for free.  If you park out there, it’s a mere 10 minute walk to the base of the hill.  Plus, if your purpose is to sweat a bit, parking by the beach towers isn’t a big deal.

If you’re going on a holiday or at peak rush times, expect to wait anywhere from 5-15 minutes on average for a parking spot to open up.  90% of the time, you’ll find something within 2-10 minutes.  Last time I checked, parking costs were $10 so if you want to do this a few times a week, it’s better to try that free parking 🙂

Two Tips So Far:  Avoid rush hour and opt for free parking.

While we’re at it, let’s get you up-to-date on what I consider…


  • No dogs allowed anywhere
  • NO food on the trails, the beach is okay. Water is permitted on the trails
  • No smoking is allowed
  • Whatever you pack, you take it with you. There are no trash/recycling bins in Upper Reserve
  • Unless you park in the beach lot, parking is around $10
  • Bring a few waters!
  • If you want to walk the beach, make sure to check out when high tide is. A couple of times, I’ve had to walk through the water 🙂
  • This is just a caution: remember to stay away from edges
  • The cliffs ARE unstable. Do NOT walk under them. In the last few years, I have seen parts collapse. Read the signs and follow the rules and you’ll be fine

Why Torrey Pines State Reserve?

Before you judge me, just know that these pictures were taken over two years ago when I didn’t own an iPhone.  I owned an ancient Verizon phone which I thought took stellar pictures.  I will be updating these pictures in the next few weeks…

Torrey Pines must be where heaven and earth meet…

The first thing to note about Torrey Pines is that… it’s like a moving painting.  The views are ridiculously picturesque, like a moving painting, so freakin’ scenic!  I mean, have a look for yourself:

beautiful clouds at torrey pines reserve beach


That’s the view from the parking lot.

Another thing that I adore about this hiking spot in San Diego is that there are many hiking trails to choose from. In fact, if you find the Beach Trail too easy, you can combine it with other trails such as the short and sweet Guy Fleming trial or the Broken Hill trails.

Basic Torrey Pines Trails Information

There are several trails to choose from. Once you park, you will see that little hill. Now, you can choose to go up that hill and then select one of these following trails or come down the Beach trail and walk the beach back to your car (that’s my favourite route). From the beach, you can also walk to Black’s Beach, which is a clothing optional/nude beach.

Anyways, here is some basic information regarding the trails… quick notes, with details following (hey, I don’t want to bore you to tears!):

  • Guy Fleming Trail – 0.7 miles; easy and flat. You can do this within 15 minutes or some amazing views.
  • Parry Grove Trail – 0.5 miles; looks intimidating due to the steep steps, but that’s the most difficult part 😉
  • Razor Point Trail – 0.7 miles; easy to moderate with amazing views.
  • Broken Hill Trail North Fork – 1.2 miles; one of the longer trails. A bit secluded but a great workout.
  • Broken Hill South Fork – 1.3 miles; similar to the North Fork. Great workout but can be challenging.
  • Beach Trail – 0.75 miles to the Beach; most popular trail and one of my favourites. I’m never bored and I get to walk the beach.
  • WildLife To Expect At Torrey

    In the times that I have been on these trails, a few of the things I’ve seen have been a whale I sighted while on the Beach Trail, dolphins, rabbits, cacti and seals. Other wildlife that I have not spotted but does exist:

    • Bobcats
    • Foxes
    • Skunks
    • Raccoons
    • Coyotes
    • Coastal Chaparral
    • Torrey pine (What the reserve is named after… extremely rare!)

    Coming Up…

    This week, I will be navigating every trail and taking details pictures and notes so I can share them with you here.

Sexy Celebs Killing It With Water Sports Including Kayaking! Plus Obama!

Why delay the sexy? Following are 30 celebrities who were caught participating in water sports like surfing, canoeing, jet skiing, and kayaking (including the President, Barack Obama!!!):


#1. Maria Shriver & Son, Patrick

No one can deny what a looker Maria Shriver is, especially for an older woman!  Here, we see her kayaking with her son, Patrick.  As easy as it is to be distracted by their good looks, it’s obvious that a family that kayaks together, builds abs together.


#2. Kim & Kanye

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West make romantic and healthy time kayaking!


#3. Barack Obama!

Behold!  The President of the United States, Barack Obama, enjoying some leisurely time on the water.


#4. The BiebzZz

Justin Bieber and his 6 pack, surfing away.  No wonder the girls are chasing him…


#5. Britney Spears

Oops! She did it again…  Body boarding, that is!


#6. Jake Gyllenhaal, *Swoon Swooooon*


Has This Ever Happened To You While Kayaking?

I thought I would take a minute and mix in some humor here. Also, expect a lot more detailed reviews coming soon….. thanks and enjoy!

duckies while kayaking