15 Best Inflatable Kayaks in 2022 | + 2 Person Inflatables

There are hundreds of inflatable kayaks on the market right now. Supermarkets as well as clothing companies are branding their own models, and they come from the same factories in China with varying degrees of quality.

That’s why we’ve looked at 15 of the most popular inflatable kayaks to steer you toward the best kayaks and away from buyer’s remorse.

The best inflatable kayak is easy to find as long as you know what to look for. Read these reviews and you’ll easily figure out how to choose the best for your needs.

Check out our buyer’s guide at the end of this article for more information on inflatable kayaking.

 

The Top 5 Inflatable Kayaks in 2022

All the Inflatable Kayaks We've tested

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The Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame tandem inflatable kayak is a popular choice for kayakers who are looking for an innovative and portable touring kayak for day trips or expeditions with a friend or alone. This kayak is made of high quality PVC tarpaulin and is compatible with the BackBone flooring accessory and Drop-stitched flooring upgrade for rigid high pressure floors.

The Advanced Element tandem inflatable kayak is portable, comfortable and provides kayakers with a reliable level of stability and maneuverability when out kayaking.

Overall, the Advanced Elements tandem inflatable kayak is an excellent choice for kayakers of any level looking for a portable touring kayak that offers a passable–but enjoyable–kayaking experience.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Beginners/Day touring/Expedition touring
  • Material: PVC tarpaulin
  • Type: Sit Inside
  • Capacity: 550 lbs (249 kg)
  • Dimensions: 15’ x 32”

Our Overall Review

4.8

Reasons to buy:

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    Converts from single to tandem
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    Great for flatwater and lakes
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    Can deal well with formidable weather conditions
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    Very durable and tracks very well in the water
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    Has paddle holders at the sides

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Advance Elements AdvancedFrame

Most Versatile

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You can enjoy paddling in this inflatable kayak by Driftsun both solo and with another person. Choppy waters are no longer an obstacle to a pleasant time in the water – the boat’s pointed nose, removable tracking fin, and a rocker profile are the reason behind it.

The rugged PVC Tarpaulin bottom, along with the coated 840D Nylon Oxford material provides protection from tears and prolongs the life of the gear. You are able to see the return on your investment in a year’s time with continuous use.

The back seats are padded, the skegs are removable, and the bungee storage is spacious – there is hardly anything else you would need from a kayak. Make use of the paddles that are adjustable between 0 and 60 degrees and sail from one shore to another with confidence in your skills.

You don’t need to be a professional kayaker to do so – beginner’s skills and a high-quality kayak like this is more than enough.

Specs & Features

  • Material: PVC Tarpaulin, 840D Nylon, EVA
  • Weight: 27 pounds
  • Weight Capacity: 450 pounds
  • Dimensions: 10 ft. x 35 x 16 inches
  • Use: Recreational

Our Overall Review

4.8

Reasons to buy:

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    The heavy-duty construction allows you to continue using it for many years
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    Aluminum paddles, hand pump, rear tracking fin, and carry bag are all included in the packaging

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Driftsun 2-Person

Best Hybrid Kayak and SUP

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When we got Isle’s new paddle board for testing we thought it was just another 2-in-1 Hybrid. We were wrong. In fact, whereas most hybrids are SUPs that you can sit on, the Switch is conceived as an inflatable kayak that’s also a pretty good SUP touring board.

Its design is very versatile, including a tandem kayak customization as well as link loops that connect to other boards. This will be a modular system for accessories that Isle is still developing.

It’s refreshing to see innovation in the paddle board market, to see companies doing something different. When those tweaks also end up being really good too, it’s doubly pleasing.

To put it bluntly, the Switch is the best 2-in-1 inflatable paddle board. While the kayak experience is unique, that doesn’t come at the expense of the stand up paddle boarding profile (even with an extra 35 inches width). The same argument can be made in reverse.

Of the innovations found on the Switch, it’s better to read the in depth article to get a sense for a trend we’ll likely see in the coming years. But in brief, this inflatable is a worthy candidate for both recreational kayaking and SUP boarding.

Specs & Features

  • Material: AirTech Fusion Lite Drop Stitch Construction
  • Board Height: 11’6”
  • Board Width: 35”
  • Thickness: 6.35”
  • Weight: 19 lbs.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.9

Reasons to buy:

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    Doing yoga, fishing, tandem kayaking, tandem SUPping
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    Most comfortable 2-in-1 seat
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    One of the most lightweight models out there
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    The seat can also be used as a trekker chair
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    Looking forward to future accessories with the 40 loop Link System

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  • check-markAs a trade-off, the more comfortable deck pad takes longer to dry=longer packing time
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Isle Switch SUP & Kayak

Ideal for Recreation

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This inflatable tandem kayak that looks like a banana doesn’t cost much. Nor is it as efficient as a high-end kayak. But there are certainly many redeeming qualities to be found in the experience with the Intex Explorer K2.

Made from rugged vinyl, this model is proven to be sturdy and durable. Unlike non-inflatable kayaks, the Explorer K2 by Intex is lightweight, compact, and easy to blow up in a matter of minutes.

The l-beam floor provides you with enough rigidity to have the kayak feel to it; while the removable skeg gives the kayak a little better tracking. The 2 built-in seats are inflatable, which means they can be easily aligned with your body shape for ultimate comfort.

To be honest, this is for getting out on the water and having a kayak experience without the hassle of storage and transport that hard-body kayaks have.

It comes with 2 paddles, a high-output pump, and a carry bag, eliminating the need for making separate purchases.

Specs & Features

  • Material: Rugged Vinyl
  • Air Chambers: 3
  • Skegs: Standard Directional
  • Weight Capacity: 400 pounds
  • Dimensions: 123 x 36 x 20 inches

Our Overall Review

4.5

Reasons to buy:

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    The repair kit that comes with the kayak is handy should unexpected damage-related events occur
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    The seats are adjustable and removable, which makes it easy for you to paddle in complete comfort
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    The bright yellow color helps in emergency situations

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markIt is not suitable for large bodies
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Intex Explorer K2

Best for Beginners

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Whether you go camping, exploring new places, or practicing for races, inflatable kayak by Airhead Montana will be a great option for you. It fits in the back of your car, in a suitcase, and in a duffel bag with no problems.

The 12-foot beast is built from 840D Nylon and is coated with the UV water-resistant layer that ensures the ultimate long-lastingness. The 6 d-rings at the stern and the bow of the kayak help in securing the gear, while the tracking grab handles allow you to quickly get in and out of the boat.

The seats are movable and are comfortable to use, which comes in handy when paddling for long hours at a time. You even get Neoprene elbow guards – this is a nice bonus to have.

The bright orange exterior helps to make you visible in case of an emergency and differentiate you from other kayakers.

Specs & Features

  • Material: 840D Nylon, Stainless Steel
  • Length: 12 ft.
  • Weight: 36.3 pounds
  • Weight Capacity: 500 pounds
  • Dimensions: 28.5 x 19.8 x 11.9 inches

Our Overall Review

4.2

Reasons to buy:

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    The air chambers are protected by the Nylon fabric for the highest level of durability
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    The elbow guards provide additional comfort for those long paddling expeditions

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Airhead Montana

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Beginners and recreational kayakers alike will come to appreciate this low-maintenance FireFly inflatable kayak designed by Advanced Elements.

It has built-in rigid panels for smooth tracking that put it on the same level with some of the toughest hard-shell kayaks.

The easy inflation is backed by the Twistlock and Spring valves, whereas the rugged exterior is the result of the 600-Denier Polyester material.

For your convenience, it features molded rubber-grip handles, a tracking skeg, and a bungee cord that work together for delivering the best kayaking trip of your life. Bring your family on board with you, pack your kayaking essentials, and you are set for a weekend of adventures.

Specs & Features

  • Material: 600-Denier Polyester
  • Length: 7ft. 10 inches
  • Weight: 16 pounds
  • Weight Capacity: 250 pounds
  • Dimensions: 94.5 x 34.6 x 9.8 inches

Our Overall Review

4.1

Reasons to buy:

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    The rigid panels ensure the ultimate stability when in the water
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    The bungee deck lacing allows you to bring a jacket or other essentials with you

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Advanced Elements FireFly

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When it’s just you kayaking on the weekends, an inflatable kayak like the one from Rave Sports seems like a good idea. With 200 pounds of weight capacity and a 423-Denier Nylon cover combined with the 500-Denier Tarpaulin bottom, it can be used in any type of water regardless of the currents.

Don’t let the relatively small size of the boat scare you from using it – instead, make the most out of it. The miniature size means you can throw a deflated version of it in your car or on your back (packed in the backpack) and carry it to your destination without any issues. It also means you will likely spend less time assembling your kayak and more time actually kayaking.

The 4 carry handles make it easy to transport your kayak on long distances, while the 1-year warranty gives you a sense of security in case something happens to your boat.

Specs & Features

  • Material: 423-Denier Nylon, 500-Denier Tarpaulin, 24 gauge PVC
  • Length: 8ft. 6 inches
  • Weight: 22 pounds
  • Weight Capacity: 200 pounds
  • Dimensions: 103 x 35 x 8 inches

Our Overall Review

4

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    The hand pump shortens the inflation time to 6 minutes or less
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    The sling seat has an adjustable backrest

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Rave Sports

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Originally built for fishing, the Elton Outdoors kayak has since become a ‘go-to’ of many outdoor enthusiasts. It is an excellent choice for both shallow and deep waters, salty and brackish waters.

The 5 hard modular mounts enable you to stuff your gear with rod holders, downriggers, and bait trays. It is crafted from the durable 1000-Denier reinforced PVC with multiple layers that ensure the longevity of the boat.

The Hi-Rise EVA seats are adjustable, the cargo and bungee storage is spacious, and the tracking segs are removable. You can easily change your positions while in the kayak, from sitting to standing, thanks to the solid drop stitch floor.

The watercraft is just as simple to set up as it is to pack it in the backpack that comes with it, and head out the door. The 1-year warranty from the manufacturer gives you additional peace of mind, which is always a nice bonus to have.

Specs & Features

  • Material: 1000-Denier layered PVC
  • Length: 10ft. 10 inches
  • Weight: 40 pounds
  • Weight Capacity: 400 pounds

Our Overall Review

3.9

Reasons to buy:

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    The footrest is adjustable, and the back is padded for your comfort
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    The dual-action hand pump allows you to inflate the equipment in a matter of minutes

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Elkton Outdoors

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When looking for the 3-person kayak, Sevylor has got you covered. Its Big Basin model is built from the rugged PVC with a Tarpaulin bottom that is as tough as it can get.

You can rest assured no punctures will pose a problem for you because of the strong and sturdy construction of the equipment.

It comes with air chambers that help avoid sinking in the middle of the ride. To our regret, we know first-hand how frustrating it is to experience any mishaps when in the middle of the lake.

The Boston valves built into the kayak are responsible for quick and easy inflation and deflation. The three seats are not only adjustable but also comfortable for all-day kayaking with no breaks.

Whether you prefer to sit down the entire time or stand up every few hours to stretch your legs, this gear will help you maintain your stability. Use the spray covers that come with the kayak to keep yourself dry and you are bound to have a trip of your lifetime.

Specs & Features

  • Material: PVC, Tarpaulin
  • Capacity: 3 people
  • Weight: 34.8 pounds
  • Weight Capacity: 490 pounds
  • Dimensions: 24 x 18 x 10 inches

Our Overall Review

3.9

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    The construction of the gear is made to be resilient
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    It can easily fit 3 people

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Sevylor Big Basin

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Built with a traditional outline of a river runner, Driftsun Rover inflatable tandem kayak is a speedy boat. It has the ability to handle rough waters and bad weather conditions while keeping you afloat.

The high-pressure drop-stitch floor makes it rigid yet lightweight, which means more fun kayaking.

The layered PVC construction protects your watercraft from getting damaged – it will bounce off the rocks and similar “obstacles” with no punctures. The carry handles make it easy for you to transport the equipment from A to B.

They are built from high-quality material that won’t rip apart halfway through the ride. The EVA seats are adjustable, the footrests can be modified too – basically, you are given the all-inclusive boat that will do its job well.

There is no need to make any separate purchases before venturing out for a ride as the Rover comes with aluminum paddles, a rear tracking fin, a hand pump, and a travel bag.

Specs & Features

  • Material: PVC, Tarpaulin
  • Length: 12 ft. 6 inches
  • Capacity: 2 people
  • Weight: 28 pounds
  • Weight Capacity: 600 pounds

Our Overall Review

3.7

Reasons to buy:

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    It takes less than 10 minutes to fully inflate the kayak
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    The high capacity allows you to bring plenty of essentials on board

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Driftsun Rover

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Designed for calm waters, Advanced Elements Island Voyage kayak is a recreational piece of equipment with sturdy multi-layered construction.

The air chambers are built with separators consisting of durable material in order to ensure the ultimate leakage protection. Additionally, the 600-Denier ripstop deck material backs up the already rugged kayak and makes it a long-lasting watercraft.

Long paddling trips are a real possibility with this kayak – the padded foam seats along with the retractable skeg tracking system allow you to sit back and relax for hours. You can adjust the seat so that you are not employing too much energy when kayaking for a whole day.

It is super easy to install – all you need to do is to unfold and inflate the gear and then attach the seats. Regardless of what turn the weather takes on a particular day, the high-volume side tubes allow you to stay afloat at all times.

Specs & Features

  • Material: PVC, Tarpaulin
  • Length: 11 ft. 2 inches
  • Capacity: 2 people
  • Weight: 31.5 pounds
  • Weight Capacity: 400 pounds

Our Overall Review

3.6

Reasons to buy:

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    The supportive backrest allows you to sit comfortably and focus on the path ahead of you
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    The back drain plug enables you to efficiently drain the water before storing the kayak away

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Advanced Elements Island

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If you are not willing to spend a lot of time assembling your water gear and would rather spend more time kayaking, Sevylor Quikpak K1 1-Person kayak model is your best bet. All it takes to inflate it is 5 minutes – the high-pressure hand pump is there to help you.

When you are finished with your trip, you can fold your kayak into its own integrated backpack that has padded shoulder straps for convenient transportation.

Built from 21 gauge PVC fabric with Taurplain bottom, it is bound to last you several years without developing any points of leakage.

Multiple air chambers further ensure the puncture-free construction of the kayak – if one is punctured, the other ones will come to the rescue to keep the equipment afloat.

The backrest and the multi-positioned footrest allows you to sit back and relax while you are drifting in the waters of a river or lake.

Multiple air chambers further ensure the puncture-free construction of the kayak – if one is punctured, the other ones will come to the rescue to keep the equipment afloat. The backrest and the multi-positioned footrest allows you to sit back and relax while you are drifting in the waters of a river or lake.

Specs & Features

  • Material: PVC, Tarpaulin
  • Length: 8ft. 7 inches
  • Weight: 18 pounds
  • Weight Capacity: 400 pounds
  • Dimensions: 103 x 36 x 30 inches

Our Overall Review

3.5

Reasons to buy:

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    The airtight technology guarantees leakage-free kayaking sessions
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    The backpack can be used as a seat

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Sevylor Quikpak K1

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The Advanced Elements 10’5” Inflatable Kayak is a hybrid of an inflatable kayak and a folding frame that sports a 3-layer construction. The kayak also boasts high-end features for an affordable price. It can be set up in a matter of minutes and taken on a weekend adventure without occupying too much space. 

The Advanced Element inflatable kayak’s hull is built from PVC Tarpaulin – a strong and durable material that is robust and made to last. The mix of inflation chambers, rigid panels, and an aluminum frame reinforces the already heavy-duty construction, meaning that this kayak will last you a long time with proper maintenance. 

The manufacturer incorporated a skeg for improved tracking performance and plenty of storage space. You won’t have any issues stuffing your kayak with inflatable gear, snacks, and on-board entertainment should you decide to take a lengthy trip. 

Overall, the Advanced Element Inflatable Kayak is the perfect solution for kayakers who want excellent tracking, portability, and an extremely reliable hull construction for their inflatable kayak. 

Specs & Features

  • Type: Sit Inside
  • Person Capacity: 1
  • Material: PVC Tarpaulin, Polyester, Aluminum
  • Weight Capacity: 300 lbs.
  • Weight: 36 lbs.

Our Overall Review

3.4

Reasons to buy:

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    The built-in aluminum ribs add to the tracking of the kayak.
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    The adjustable seats are padded.

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Advanced Elements 10’5”

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Distinguished by its portability and comfort, the Sea Eagle RazorLite is a high-quality, reliable inflatable kayak that has acquired a loyal fan base over the years

The construction of the kayak is superb. It features a drop-stitch PVC material, a removable skeg, and an adjustable seat and foot braces. The bow and stern storage areas are designed for keeping your belongings dry and are compatible with spray skirts. 

Besides the kayak itself, an air pump, a double-paddle oar, a patch kit, and a carry bag are all included in the Sea Eagle RazorLite package, eliminating the need for any additional purchases. Measuring at 22 by 22 inches when deflated, this kayak appeals to kayakers who also happen to travel a lot.

The Sea Eagle RazorLite Inflatable Kayak is the perfect kayak for travelers who want a well constructed, comfortable, and convenient inflatable kayak with a high capacity. 

Specs & Features

  • Type: Sit on Top
  • Person Capacity: 1
  • Material: 1100 Decitex Reinforced
  • Weight Capacity: 500 lbs.
  • Weight: 33 ½ lbs.

Our Overall Review

3.4

Reasons to buy:

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    The stern molds and the stiff bow enable quick and easy entry and exit.
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    The inflatable construction makes it one of the most portable kayaks in this guide.

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Sea Eagle RazorLite

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The Aquaglide Navarro Inflatable Kayak is an easy-to-transport, 2-person boat intended for getting out on the water and enjoying yourself.

This kayak is a favorite of many paddlers who want a portable and robust kayak.

Built from durable HexShell 600-Denier Polyester material, the Aquaglide Navarro features non-removable bow and stern decks that are further equipped with zippers for quick access. 

The seats attached to the kayak are also made of heavy-duty materials. They are installed via D-ring straps with velcro that runs along the kayak floor and the bottom of the seats. For versatility and good value for money, you can’t go wrong with Aqualide’s Navarro inflatable kayak. 

The Aquaglide Navarro inflatable kayak is a brilliant choice for kayakers looking for a durable and portable kayak. Always be aware of the time required to dry the yak when done paddling.

Specs & Features

  • Type: Sit Inside
  • Person Capacity: 1-3
  • Material: HexShell covered pontoons w/ drop stitched floors
  • Weight Capacity: 500 lbs.
  • Weight: 40 lbs.

Our Overall Review

3.4

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    There’s a 1-year limited warranty on the kayak.

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Aquaglide Navarro 14’6”

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How to Find the Best Inflatable Kayak:

It can be overwhelming choosing the right inflatable kayak so we’ve listed the main things to consider.

Just in case inflatable isn’t your style we’ve created guides for selecting tandem kayaks, kayaks for fishing, sea touring and more.

Inflatable Kayak Material

To make a well-thought-out decision regarding what inflatable to choose, you have to evaluate the quality of its material, the weight and seating capacities, the length, and the availability of accessories.

Since you will be spending 99% of your time in the water, you need to make sure the construction of your kayak’s material is sturdy and durable.

There are generally 3 types of material used: vinyl, vinyl covered in a nylon or polyester fabric, and PVC. 

The most common fabric you will see inflatable kayaks made with is vinyl.

Vinyl

Vinyl is cheapest and lighter than PVC and packs down smaller. But it is less rigid than PVC and therefor misses out on performance factor. But if you’re not touring long distances, this difference is moot.

Vinyl with Fabric

Be aware that vinyl inflatables with fabric offer protection against the sun and the constant stress from paddle strokes, but have the drawback of taking longer to dry and risk moulding if they are not.

PVC

With PVC no gluing is involved – instead, the manufacturers weld the seams, making the material reliable and lightweight. Besides that, it is easily foldable, which comes in handy when transporting the kayak.

Weight

The typical weight capacity of an inflatable ranges between 350 and 700 pounds, while the seating capacity varies from accommodating one person to accommodating three people.

The more people occupying an inflatable kayak and the more equipment you will be bringing on board, the bigger capacity your boat should have. Take into account that if you will be taking your furry friends with you, you will need more room so they feel comfortable.

Length

You will find most inflatable kayaks to be 12 feet long, which is a great length for maintaining buoyancy even in the windiest weather conditions. That said, there are kayaks as short as 10 feet and as long as 16 feet. The shorter ones are generally easier to maneuver, while the longer ones are more stable on the water.

Other features such as removable skegs, a hand pump, paddles, and rod holders can help differentiate kayaks. Removable skegs are generally used to help with navigation, the rod holders are a required accessory for fishing, and an included hand pump and paddle eliminates the need for additional purchases.

Is An Inflatable Kayak Safe?

The best competitive advantage of an inflatable is their superb buoyancy. Since they are filled with air and are generally lightweight, the risk of them sinking is very low.

In addition, these kayaks are built from the highest quality materials that are not prone to punctures. Thanks to current-day technological advancements, the exterior of these boats might even be sturdier than the hull of hard-shell kayaks.

The possibility of an inflatable popping is still there, but you can remove it by storing it away from sharp objects and taking good care of it. In case you do happen to get a puncture, there are patch kits that can help you efficiently repair it.

Learn more about Kayak Safety.

Kayaking An Inflatable?

If we compare the fastest hard-shell kayak with the fastest inflatable, the hard-shell will be faster. However, you can’t assume that every inflatable is slow.

Models that are in the affordable price range can indeed be sluggish, but as it is with any other piece of equipment, you get what you pay for. Many avid kayakers claim that they found some inflatables to outperform the hard-shell kayaks in terms of speed. It’s a matter of setting your priorities straight and investing in the gear that will entirely meet your needs and expectations.

How to find a leak in an inflatable kayak?

The first sign of the leakage is the deflation of your kayak. To determine where the weak spot is, search for bubbles that will appear at the leak spot. Make sure you don’t float far from the shore while you are investigating your gear for potential leakage, to prevent accidents.

You should keep in mind that deflation doesn’t always mean leakage. If you don’t happen to find any signs of tearing, it might just be that your kayak has deflated throughout the day. All you need to do is to pump it up with a bit more air to keep it afloat.

How to clean an inflatable kayak?

One of the main ways to preserve the quality of your water equipment is to take good care of it. This means inspecting your kayak for punctures, thoroughly cleaning it after every use, and storing it in a dark place.

You should always clean your kayak after use, as it prevents it from developing mold overtime. The cleaning process is very straightforward – hose your kayak with fresh water to get rid of the residue that has accumulated on the exterior of the equipment. Once it is clean, allow it to dry in the shade, and store it in a cool and dry place.

If you already have an inflatable kayak or you just bought one, leave a comment in the comment section below and share your experience with it.

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

What are the best inflatable kayaks?

For an inflatable kayak to be considered in the top 10, it needs to be portable, lightweight, and sturdy. These are only some of the categories that are important. To know which inflatable kayaks are the best depends on your experience and the type of water you’ll by yakking in as well. Our guide to iYaks offers more insight and advice.

Otherwise, check out the list of our favorite inflatable kayaks:

    1. Driftsun 2-Person Inflatable Kayak
    2. Intex Explorer K2 Inflatable Kayak
    3. Airhead Montana Inflatable Kayak
    4. Sea Eagle 370 Deluxe Inflatable Kayak
    5. Sevylor Quikpak K1 1-Person Kayak
    6. Advanced Elements FireFly Inflatable Kayak
    7. Rave Sports Inflatable Kayak
    8. AIRE Tributary Tomcat Solo Inflatable Kayak
    9. Elkton Outdoors Fishing Kayak
    10. Sevylor Big Basin 3-Person Kayak
How good are inflatable kayaks?

Although not as fast as traditional kayaks that have hard hulls, inflatable kayaks are a lot more portable and lightweight, making them ideal for holidays and travel. Most inflatable kayaks also perform exceptionally well in the water and are great for recreational kayaking. The better ones can also be used for touring.

How safe are inflatable kayaks?

Inflatable kayaks are just as safe as traditional kayaks. You must take the proper precautions to stay safe while kayaking, such as wearing a life vest and avoiding whitewater. Ultimately, the material that inflatable kayaks are made of is robust, durable, and strong enough to take you on most aquatic adventures.

What are inflatable kayaks made of?

There are three main types of material used in the construction depending on the category of inflatable kayak. The first category is light recreation that is made of single-layer vinyl. The second category is also vinyl but covered in a type of nylon fabric to protect from the elements. The last type of material is thick PVC, sometimes with drop-stitching, that is more rigid, durable and more expensive. A majority of inflatable boats are made of PVC.

Where to buy inflatable kayaks?

Depending on what inflatable kayak you want, you can probably find it on Amazon, rei.com or evo.com. We have provided links under the where to buy section of each inflatable kayak review so that you can easily access the products.

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