Inflatable Kayaking Tips

Inflatable Kayaking tips

Inflatable Kayaking Simplified: 11 Tips for Beginners

Your brand new inflatable kayak was delivered a day ago. Perfect timing. The weather is great and you can’t wait to head out to the water.

Kayaking is fun. It is a great exercise. It is chicken soup for your soul. Okay, we can keep harping about the perks of kayaking for hours.

But if you are reading this, then chances are that you are looking for some help that can make your newfound passion a little easier.

You will be thrilled to know that kayaking is as easy as cycling. With some help and some time on the water, you will be ready to row your way through thick, thin, eddies, rapids, wave trains, strainers, sweepers and whatnot.

Here are ten essential inflatable kayaking tips to make life easier for you.

#1 – Take Kayaking lessons

Yeah. That’s not the first tip that most beginners want to hear. Most people like to think they can inflate a kayak and hit the water with zero preparation.

Now that might work in extremely calm waters, especially if you have some prior experience with paddle boats.

But, taking kayaking lessons will prepare you for some of the unexpected scenarios that you might run into. For example, rowing head first into winds. Paddling the boat in such a situation can be challenging and even overwhelming for the newbie kayaker.

Kayaking lessons will help immensely. They are reasonably inexpensive and there’s probably a kayaking club close to your home. Check Facebook groups.

#2 – YouTube Tutorials

YouTube tutorials on Kayaking are the next best thing to one-on-one lessons. They will at least give you some insight into the basics of paddling and controlling your kayak.

In the water, this will translate into you spending more time on the boat than in the water. It will also help you from getting soaking wet, which is how inexperienced kayakers always finish their first trip.

#3 – Do the drills

Learn the various warm ups and drills that will help develop your stroke technique and give you better edge control. They are not too difficult and will greatly improve your paddling skills.

The most important ones are core rotation drills, like paddle in the mud drill, sweep stroke and Frankenstein which allow you to engage the torso when you paddle. Drawing power from the torso allows for more efficient and fewer strokes to move the kayak. It will be less tiring as compared to paddling with the arms and you will also reduce the risk of injury.

Learning edge control is crucial, especially if you intend to expand your kayaking repertoire to less than calm waters. It will allow you to steer, surf waves and catch eddies. The side crunch drill is the gold standard for edge control. So is the power circle drill.

Google to learn about these drills or use YouTube videos to learn them. Practice, practice and spend some more time practicing these drills. These are your fundamental, strength and muscle building exercises that will improve your balance, flexibility and paddling skills.

#4 – Read the manual

Now that we have the kayaking skills out of the way, time to learn about your kayak. Your inflatable kayak will ship with a set of instructions, a pressure gauge and a patching kit that can be a lifesaver when your boat springs a leak.

Spend some time reading the manual. The last thing you need is to discover that you don’t know how to patch the kayak midway through a fishing trip.

Do you know how many chambers the kayak has? Is it a self-bailing one? Familiarize yourself with the paddles and the rowing technique. Do you intend to use a trolling motor? Which one fits?

Know the kayak like the back of your hand. Create a checklist of the things that you need to carry and check everything before you get on the boat.

#5 – Take your partner with you

Kayaking solo is blissful. It is peaceful. But Kayaking with a partner is practical. Especially when you are new to it.

Despite all the preparation, you will make mistakes. That’s unavoidable and that’s how you learn and hone your skills.

But it’s always better to make mistakes when you have an extra pair of hands to help.

Go paddling with an experienced partner. It will soothe frayed nerves and give you some tested advice that can make a boatload of difference in your first trip.

And if you don’t know anybody with prior paddling experience, look for paddling clubs or local groups that focus on kayaking. There’s always a yak fanatic somewhere close to you.

Leave the escapism for a later time when you are skilled and experienced enough.

#6 – Dress for the water

A warm and sunny day on the lake is an invitation to wear your beachwear and go kayaking. But that’s a rookie mistake because the water might be freezing cold.

When you go inflatable kayaking, you are likely to splash around a lot. So, ensure that you dress for the water. A wetsuit will keep you from freezing to death in case you capsize, which is very likely in the first few trips.

Add a cagoule, a pair of waterproof gloves and large waterproof boots to the list. The boots are necessary when you shore the boat.

#7 – Never go kayaking without floatation devices

This one is obvious, isn’t it?

Yet, time and again, we find newbie kayakers without a buoyancy aid or a flotation device on them in the middle of nowhere.

You might be Michael Phelps but why risk it?

The water often appears to be calm until you fall into it. That’s when you realize that there are strong recirculating currents and forces that make it impossible to swim through. Low Head dams, for example, have accounted for thousands of deaths all over the United States.

Point is, invest in a good personal flotation device. There are specialized ones for kayaking. These usually fit snugly while allowing ample room to move your arms without chaffing.

#8 -The Dry sack

Many beginners head to the water with a towel. We mean, with only a towel!

That’s kayaking hara-kiri. Get yourself a dry sack. Pack it with things that you’d rather have and not need than the other way round. Duct tape, super glue, a multi-tool, first aid, some energy bars, drinking water, whistles, emergency blankets, your car keys, some cash, towels, your camera and any fire starting device. Whew!

That’s what we can think of at the moment.

#9 – Plan your route

If you are planning to navigate through a waterway, plan the route in advance. Know about the time it takes to cover the route for an inexperienced kayaker. Add some leeway time to it that you will spend taking breaks or soaking in the surroundings. Just be prepared.

Also, if you are going river paddling, ensure that you know about any potential hazards. Educate yourself about downstream Vs, strainers and rip tides. We highly recommend that you stick to calm waters until you gain some expertise.

#10 – Learn about hand signals

Paddling on the lake is serene. But paddling on a river is quite the opposite. It can get painstakingly loud and in case of an emergency, you might find that it is impossible to communicate even if you holler at the top of your voice.

Be aware of basic river signals. There are hand signals as well as paddle signals that most experienced kayakers understand.

If you find yourself stranded, freezing or debilitated, knowing these might save your life.

Oh, almost forgot. Take a whistle with you.

  1. Tell someone your plans

You only have high hopes from your first kayaking trip. But plenty of things can go wrong on the water. Not to demotivate you. But it always helps if someone else is aware of your kayaking trip, especially if you plan to go solo. Tell them about your planned route and the time that you intend to spend on the water. Once you are back, call them and inform them about it. It will take less than a minute anyway.


These 11 tips are invaluable and we learnt most of it on the water.

How we wish someone had collated this into a brief, juicy blog post and fed it to us on a platter.

Nevertheless, if you are starting off with your inflatable kayaking journey, consider these as foundational tips that will help you immensely.

Inflatable Kayak Pros and Cons

Inflatable Kayak Pros and Cons

Inflatable Kayak Pros and Cons

Kayakers tend to have polarized opinions about inflatable kayaks. They either love them or they hate them. There’s no middle ground.

Having started off with kayaking exclusively in hard shell kayaks, we know where a lot of the negativity emanates from.

That’s plain, old misinformation folks.

Most people who dislike inflatable kayaks have never used one themselves.

We have. And we are not going back to hard shells. Ever.

What most people feel that they know is just based on hearsay or something that they read somewhere.

Like inflatable kayaks are not durable enough or inflatable kayaks cannot track well.

None of these are true.

Having said that, your choice of a kayak is a very personal decision that must take into account both pros and cons of inflatable kayaks.

The Pros

Deflates for storage: Inflatable kayaks be deflated after use and tucked away into a tote, in your car or even under the bed. They are perfect for apartments or urban dwellers where space is a premium.

Portable: Ever hauled a hard shell kayak on to a roof rack? Or on to a trailer? That’s back breaking work. Now think about repeating the whole exercise after you have rowed or paddled for four to five hours. That’s a hard shell kayak for you. An inflatable kayak on the other hand can be stored in your car and inflated in less than 10 minutes near the lake itself. If you are headed to international waters, inflatables are part of your luggage allowance. You don’t need to pay anything additional.

Durable: The inflatable kayaks of today rival their hard shell siblings in terms of durability. Materials like Hypalon coated Neoprene have changed the way these recreational boats withstand wear and tear. Even if you cannot afford a Hypalon kayak, modern PVC kayaks are pretty durable as well. They are usually coated with multiple UV protectants that prevent premature aging. With regular maintenance, there is no reason why an inflatable kayak can last as long as a hard shell one would.

Cheap: Inflatable kayaks have always been cheaper than hard shell ones. However, it is only recently that the gap in performance was bridged by the introduction of newer materials like Hypalon and Nitrylon. Today, it is quite possible to get a great inflatable kayak for almost 50% of the cost of a hard shell one. Please be aware that the quality of the kayak itself depends greatly on the price.

Reliable: Inflatable kayaks are easy to maneuver, track perfectly and offer you great control in all types of waters. Contrary to what’s often said about them, they don’t rupture or puncture that easily. The quality of the kayak is what maters the most. If you are looking to use the kayak in waters with plenty of underwater obstacles, then you cannot be looking at cheap kayaks in the sub-$200 price bracket. Spend at least $1000 and you can get an inflatable that performs as well as a hard shell.

Lightweight: Even when inflated, one person can easily carry an inflatable kayak to the water and back to the car. Deflate it and it weighs as much as a folded blanket. And they have maximum load bearing capacities as high as 650 pounds, which is amazing.

Versatile: There’s an inflatable kayak for everyone. They are available in different sizes, shapes and specifications. There are sit-on models, sit-in models, open-styled ones, solo kayaks, canoes, family kayaks, stand up paddle boards and self-bailing ones. These are versatile and can be used for everything from paddling, rowing, white waters and fishing.

Potential disadvantages

It wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t list out some of the potential problems that you might encounter in the water with inflatable kayaks. We have used them around the world and these are the niggles that we feel limit their ability somewhat.

Speed: This might be partially true. In some scenarios, some inflatable kayaks cannot match a hard shell one in terms of speed. That’s partially due to the slightly wider base that these kayaks have. The wider base makes them more stable. The tradeoff is the speed.

But speed is not the most important variable that determines performance.

The conditions, the water, the wind and your skills, everything matters when it comes to how much distance you can cover in a specific time frame.

In great conditions, you can cover almost 10-15 miles a day in an inflatable, unless you have tons of gear on board which can slow you down. Otherwise, on an average, you can cover 6-8 miles a day and work your way upwards as you gain upper body strength and some kayaking expertise. Also, there are some hard shell kayaks as well which are overly bulky and sluggish.

If you are looking for an inflatable kayak purely for speed, you might want to check out the Sea Eagle Razorlite with its tough hull and sleek design.

They might pop: The chance of your kayak popping after hitting a sharp object is rare. Especially with good quality kayaks made of Hypalon, nylon or even PVC. They have a tough outer shell that bounces off sharp surfaces. But at times, you might encounter sharp rocks which can rupture even hard shell kayak hulls. If your inflatable pops after hitting one of these, use the patching kit that allows you to patch the tear easily on-the-fly. To reduce the risk of this happening, be aware of the route you plan to take and always maneuver around underground obstacles.

You can’t do the eskimo roll: True. You can’t do the eskimo roll with an inflatable kayak in normal circumstances. But with some additions, it’s achievable. You will need thigh straps, a narrower kayak and days of practice. We don’t recommend that you try this on the water though. Just practice in your pool to get an idea of how easy or how difficult this is. If you are taking your kayak in white water rapids, then you don’t really need to do the eskimo roll. If your kayak topples or you are thrown into the water, you can very easily get right back in.

Final thoughts

We feel that none of the cons mentioned here are deal breakers. In fact, the pros far outweigh the cons.

What is your experience with inflatable kayaks? We would love to hear about them. And if you are still on the fence about buying one, go ahead and give it a try. We are sure that you won’t be disappointed with it.


A Complete Inflatable Kayak Guide

Inflatable Kayak Guide

All inclusive inflatable kayak guide: Tired of having to rent hard-shell kayaks every time you travel for water sport vacations? Inflatable kayaks are the way to go. They offer light compact backpack storage and work as well as hard-shells with guaranteed better safety chances.

Famously known as duckies or IKs these inflatable kayaks have their appeal in their portability. Mostly common among kayakers who don’t have enough storage space for hard-shells, their durability and efficiency also serve as a bonus. With the right care, inflatable kayaks can be one of the best investments that you make.

People who are not familiar with water sports tend to confuse a kayak and a canoe. Though they might look similar in some aspects, a canoe has an open deck (which basically means the inside of the canoe is exposed to the sun) whereas a kayak has a closed deck (the top and inside the boat are covered). That is the most obvious difference. Of course if you want more detail then look it up. Be sure to understand the difference before a purchase to be able to get the right product.

How to Choose an Inflatable Kayak

Now that you’ve decided that an inflatable kayak sounds like a grand idea, what next? Similar in workings as a hard-shell, the same rules of purchase apply to inflatables. Therefore you consider a number of factors before you get one.

  1. Consider the type of kayaking you’re into

Available in a range of designs, inflatable kayaks are oriented to do better in one particular type of water. They are also geared according to the level of skill one has, ranging from beginner to advanced paddlers. Having a general idea of the type of kayaking you’ll be determines the type of experience you’ll have. Choosing the right one (this might require some consultation if you’re a beginner) will enable you to have a better experience.  Quality of the inflatable kayak also rides on where you’ll be kayaking. We have found that paddling in flat waters like a local lake works with any type of inflatable kayak. However, if what you have in mind is a bit on the windy side, best get a performance oriented sit-in kayak.

  1. Passenger Capacity

Inflatable kayaks come in single passenger or double passenger. You might decide to make it a one person activity or think it’s a good idea to have someone come along. A single passenger kayak has more maneuvering ability than a double where coordination might be required. A double effort however, makes the paddling easier and faster. Ask yourself whether you’d rather go alone or have someone come along. If its family you might want to take the double passenger, it’s more fun. I’d suggest you get a convertible kayak though (yes, there is that option…at a slight extra cost) it converts to a solo when you want to be alone and can be made into a double when you invite someone along.

  1. Consider the weight and portability of the kayak

The main reason people choose inflatable kayaks over hard-shells is their portability and easy storage. As much as inflatables are intended to be lighter than hard-shells, that is not always the case. Inflatables can differ considerably in weight and size. You might want to consider how much you’re actually willing to carry around. Sometimes taking your flight baggage allowance is also important if you’re planning to fly around. Lugging it in and out of your car might also be an issue if it’s too heavy for your weight. I’d recommend you take into account what other equipment you’ll be lugging around in addition to that of your kayak backpack.

  1. Cost

With the varied designs and sizes of inflatable kayaks, their costs also vary greatly. Just like the weight, you might find yourself looking at inflatable kayaks that are more expensive than hard-shells. So working with a budget might be a good idea. You have the option of starting with a less expensive IK if the one you want is on the pricey side. Just make sure you stick to calmer waters till you get the high quality you need.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Inflatable Kayaks

Out of all the advantages that come with using an inflatable kayak, storage capacity and transportation has to be the largest advantage. These reasons alone make the inflatable boat worth your hard-earned money. In most cases, kayak owners will attempt to tie their vessel to the roof of their car and hope that it does not fall off as you travel down the road.

For many, it is a very hard job to accomplish alone, and you need to be careful on it unless you want to see the costly kayak falling off the roof. If you own a regular kayak, taking fishing trips is a planned effort.

Easy portability: For a majority of inflatable kayaks, you can fit them easily to your backpack, into the back of your car, during your hiking journeys, and even in airplanes. You can even bring them along during mass movements.

Their size allows you to store and carry them, even in places and situations that you cannot carry a regular kayak. With inflatable ones, it is so easy to obtain flexibility and freedom as you go and enjoy the water.

Durability: If you look at it critically, inflatable kayaks may not impress you much, as they do not have a “durable look”. They seem to be fragile, as if the first brush with a rock will leave you with a deflated rubber pile. However, dedicated users will tell you that is not the case.

The truth is that inflatable kayaks have the capability of taking rough conditions in stride. In fact, many are made from the same material as high-end water rafts.

In the event that the kayak has a puncture, repairs are very easy to make. An advantage of purchasing inflatable kayaks presently is that they come with repair kits. Your only job? Cut out a patch of cloth, fasten the patch on the puncture using glue, and then let it rest throughout the night.

They offer you stability: Most extreme sports documentaries on kayaking show that the kayak sometimes tip over, and the participants in the boat need to correct the situation quickly. Do not be scared off however – these incidences are not very common, though they sometimes happen, and riders know the handling of the situation. We know that tipping over is a possible occurrence on any kayak, but the truth is it is less probable in inflatables.

You may wonder why this is so. The inflatable kayaks actually have wider surface areas, as opposed to regular kayaks. Due to this factor, they tend to have greater stability in water. This will reduce the speeds you can move through the water, but keep in mind that stability trumps speed every time.

Inflatable kayaks have another advantage from their surface area – they have more bounce than regular kayaks, resulting from the air pockets in the boat. V-shaped vessels have lower centers of gravity, and this makes them slide through water quickly and smoothly. However, inflatable kayaks are high and tend to resist sinking down in water.

All these factors increase their stability, regardless of the condition. In fact, when you go out in rough water, it is better to utilize inflatable kayaks compared to regular ones.

Affordability: Let us admit it – taking up fishing as a hobby is an intimidating experience, and you may not know where to start. The good news is that you can start easily through inflatable kayaks. They tend to be more affordable compared to regular kayaks. This means that you have no regrets purchasing something that was so expensive and did not work out for you.

Keep in mind that you can spend more on high-end kayaks compared to low-end regular vessels. However, purchasing beginner-level kayaks is the best way you can start out on your hobby. Here is a great buying guide that you can follow for purchasing an inflatable kayak. 

What are the Drawbacks of Inflatable Kayaks?

Despite all their advantages, they do have some disadvantages. Some of these are:

Loss in speed: When you decide on an inflatable boat, you will definitely sacrifice your speed. This is due to their design, which sits on top of the water, and does not move through the water as quickly.

However, keep in mind that when you lose speed, you increase stability. This is important especially for beginners, who will want a vessel that makes them feel comfortable.

Width changes: The kayaks that are inflatable tend to have issues with squeezing into tight spaces when fully inflated, thanks to their wide surface area. However, when you lose sleek movements, you make up for that in stability rating. You only need to remember the size of your vessel, and make sure you know the spaces you are attempting to slip into.

Issues in shelf life: Like all things inflatable, you may encounter risky situations that can damage the kayak. However, do not assume the kayak will suddenly deflate and leave you in the water. If leaks occur, they will occur at slow rates, and this allows you to exit the water safely. When damage occurs, it is easy to fix – just makes sure you examine the boat after every use, repair any leaks, and you will be fine.

For regular kayaks, it is possible for them to undergo some damage, though they are more difficult to repair in addition to expensive costs.

Inflatable Kayaks Vs Hard-Shell Kayaks

Old school kayakers might feel affronted at the thought of tucking away their hard-shells in favor of an inflatable kayak. However we can’t deny the obvious benefits an inflatable kayak provides. But how do they measure up against each other?

  • Performance

When it comes to performance both inflatable kayaks and hard-shell have areas where they perform better than the other. Since inflatable kayaks weigh much less than rigid kayaks, they can be difficult to control in inclement weather, hard-shell kayaks are more stable because they sit heavier in the water. However, inflatable kayaks are quite stable and harder to capsize due to their buoyancy.

  • Storage

Anyone who has ever owned a hard-shell kayak knows that storing it takes up a lot of room. The ability to be stored in small compact spaces is one ace inflatable kayaks have up their sleeve. Deflated, inflatable kayaks fold down to the size of a backpack and easily transferred to the water in the back of your car or in your trunk. Unlike hard-shells that might cause damage (and get damaged) during transportation, IKs have no such problem and can even be taken on flights.

  • Comfort

Where hard-shells have a very short rigid back rest, inflatable kayaks come with a clip in seat that is very supportive to your back. These inflatable seats can also be swapped in with another inflatable seat that suits your back rest specification. Seating in an inflatable kayak means you can go for hours in the water without feeling numb. You need solid support from a backrest, not anti-butt-numbing comfort. However you are more likely to get wet in an inflatable kayak than a hard-shell kayak.

  • Maintenance

Inflatable kayaks only need to be inflated or deflated each time you need to use them. Even with the presence of IKs made out of tough material, there is always a chance of puncturing. However hard-shells don’t need much maintenance unless they’re wooden. The process of drying an inflatable kayak can also be tricky.

  • Reliable

The safety of an inflatable kayak has come into question a number of times. With most people looking at inflatable kayaks as ‘water toys’ it’s really hard to determine if they’re safe in rough waters. Inflatable kayaks have several air chambers that ensure you’re always afloat and don’t get trapped in a hydraulic lock.  If you fall out of an open inflatable kayak in deep water it’s easy to flip the boat back upright and crawl back on, all without help, paddle floats and in as little as 30 seconds. That can mean less risk of hypothermia. Doing the same in a hard shell takes several minutes and can be difficult alone in rough water; and once in, the flooded hull will require pumping out.

  • Performance

Inflatable kayaks sit higher in the water due to their several air chambers that make them buoyant, therefore are more exposed to the wind. This might cause them to be a bit harder to paddle than hard-shells. Some inflatables might be made wider for more stability, however this reduces their speed due to a large surface area compared to hard-shells. Here are some great lightweight oars from Amazon.

When deciding whether an inflatable kayak is good enough for you, mostly it’s a personal choice. Are you willing to overlook some cons in favor of pros? Both makes have pros and cons, now it’s up to you to see what suits you best.

Types of Inflatable Kayaks

Sea kayaks: These kayaks are oriented to have speed and stability. They have a flat hull to increase stability due to ocean waves that might knock you off balance. There kayaks are also long to give you more distance per stroke making you cover greater distance. These kayaks will also allow for below-deck storage of cargo with multiple hatches to maximize storage space.

Surf kayaks: Though they are also used at sea, the have a few additional features that are uniquely made. They typically have flat bottoms, and hard edges, similar to surf boards. They come in two main varieties High performance and International class. High Performance sets are designed for high speed dynamic movement, to allow easy cutting in on waves, and come equipped with a cluster of four fins. International class are long and have a slightly convex or concave hull with no fins. Their surfs tend to be smoother and more flowing.

Sit-on-top kayaks: They come in one to four paddler configuration. They are very stable and easy to paddle even for beginners. Ordinarily the seats will sit on top of a sit-on-top is slightly above water level, so the center of gravity for the paddler is higher than in a traditional kayak. To compensate for the higher center of gravity, sit-on-tops are often wider and slower than a traditional kayak of the same length. They’re popular for fishing and other activities that need easy exit and access to the water.

Whitewater kayaks: In white waters maneuverability is key. They are carefully crafted to ensure that they hold up well in rough waters. They have round hulls and minimal chines that makes rolling easier in the water by reducing surface area contact. This also makes it easier to maneuver and adjust to the fast flowing and rough white waters.

Recreational kayaks: Designed for casual paddlers who are interested in peaceful paddles in lakes or flat water streams. Compared to other kayaks these are the most sought after type. They have a large cockpit for easy entrance and exit and a wider beam for more stability. With a limited cargo capacity they do not do well at sea or rough waters.

How to get Into an Inflatable Kayak

Getting in and out of an inflatable kayak can be quite a task, especially for beginners. It might sound easy, but knowing what to do will save you a lot of trouble that is likely to come up. Whether it’s a sand or gravel beach or a shoreline there are easy ways to safely get in and out of your kayak.

Getting into your inflatable kayak from the shore.

You need some kind of support to hold on to for an easier entrance into the kayak. Having it well into the water will prevent the kayak from sticking to the bed of the waterfront. From there straddle the kayak while still in the water with its seat right underneath you. You can use the paddle to steady you, but don’t use too much force or it might break. Sit carefully into your kayak shifting from one foot to the other while still using the paddle for support and balance. Getting into the inflatable one leg first, find a balanced footing then go in with the other and sit in carefully. Having someone around will help a great deal in them holding steady the kayak while you get in.

Getting out is basically the reverse of the same process. Find something solid to hold on to or still use your paddle for steadying you while you lift yourself out of the kayak.

Getting into your inflatable from the pier.

Place the paddle on the pier where you can easily reach it once you are in your kayak. Then lift yourself into your kayak seat while keeping the majority of your weight on your hands. The trick is to keep your weight even over the center line to avoid tipping the kayak. Move slowly into the kayak seat and paddle away.

Getting out is in the reverse order, though you still start with placing your paddle on the pier. Lift yourself out of the kayak by using the pier as support and keep majority of your weight on your hands.

Inflatable Kayaking Tips for Beginners

For beginners, these are a few basics you can start with:

  • It’s always smart to start off with getting yourself a kayaking lesson. Sure it might look easy to paddle, but without proper guidance you might find yourself paddling in circles for over an hour. So to save time and effort on your part, invest in a kayaking lesson (which don’t tend to be expensive).
  • Dress for the appropriate water not weather. You might go out dressed for a sunny day but find that the water is icy. It’s usually recommended that you know the ins and outs of the water you’ll be on beforehand. Dealing with a water activity requires you to wear some sort of wetsuit to ensure you’re comfortable even when wet.
  • We’ve looked at the various types of kayaks available. Make sure you pick the right type of kayak for your expedition. This is dependent on what type of water you’re dealing with and the activities involved. To be on the safe side, pick a sit-on-top or a recreational kayak for any activity done in still waters.
  • Always wear safety gear. In the water buoyancy aid is essential for any kayaker. These are like the life jackets of kayaking but allow more movement in the arms and neck. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, they are always required. A helmet is absolutely crucial if you will be kayaking rocky waters. Here is a great life jacket that I would recommend from Amazon.
  • To keeping your things and yourself dry you might consider using spray skirts, which is used to cover the opening of the cockpit. It protect your lower body and belongings from getting wet. However you need to know how to detach yourself from a spray skirt quickly while underwater. You can also store your things in dry bags.
  • Learning to sit properly in a kayak is also an important factor. Most kayaks come with a comfortable back rest, use it. However the best position you can be is with your back straight and at a 90° angle with your buttocks. Use the foot pegs to rest your feet with your toes pointing outwards.
  • Holding the paddle might also seem easy, but is better done with a technique. Hold the paddle with both hands, just over the shoulders. Making sure the concave part of the blade is facing you. Grip onto the paddle with hands over and thumbs under. In general, you should have a relaxed grip on the paddle. The torso is your source of power, so you should be winding it to help you stroke, preventing strain of your arms, back, and shoulders.
  • Your strokes on either side should be even – this will help to keep you in a straight line. At the start you will find it tricky to go in a straight line. Focus on a point on the land and practice paddling straight towards it. Making a turn will require more of a sweep stroke on one end of the paddle. An instructor can give you more directions on how to do it.
  • Do not push yourself too hard. Beginning kayaking is just like any other skill, you need to be honest with yourself. As a first timer you’re bound to have a bit of snags getting along. Go easy on yourself and focus on learning the techniques. After that everything else will come easily enough. Try to stick to still waters for a while before you get your footing.
  • Know how to rescue yourself and others. Being a beginner you’ll likely stick to calmer waters therefore will hardly run into any emergency. However it’s important to always know how to save yourself and other people. Make sure you go through a capsize drill with your instructor. They’ll teach you how to right the boat and get back in.
  • This might be obvious, but people usually tend to forget it. Always carry an extra set of clothes. In a water activity you’re bound to get wet at one point or another. Ensure you always have a bag with extra clothes to avoid the uncomfortable situation of walking around in wet clothes.

Are Inflatable Kayaks Safe?

This is among the common questions people are still unsure about on inflatable kayaks. Especially in rough water activities where you’re bound to run into rocks and other obstacles. However, the question of safety is highly dependent on what you spend on the kayak. Cheap inflatables aren’t made for any prolonged used. In fact the cheaper variety works best in local shallow waters once in a while.

If you’re thinking of a long term use on the far shores, with the assured safety, then expensive inflatables are for you. They offer a combination of double and triple layer fabric, separate inflation chambers, and airtight valves among other things. The 2 or 3 layers of fabric provide extra protection against a tear or puncture. Even if one layer is punctured the kayak will still go on functioning with no problems as other layers will hold it up. Because the whole kayak is filled with air, it is not very likely to sink unless you have punctured all or most of the air chambers. The air tight valves ensure that once the air goes in, it doesn’t come out.

The material used to make proper inflatable kayaks are nylon or polyester woven fabric base onto which PVC, PU or a type of rubber is bonded to coat both sides with a waterproof and durable layer. Basically inflatable kayaks are made using the same materials and construction processes as those used to make military equipment. Therefore are durable and rather safe.

The fact that they float during a capsize and don’t get caught in a hydraulic lock is also a plus. You will be able to flip and get back on with little struggle…hoping this never happens.

When it comes to children and water sport, a lot of caution is placed because of the imminent possibility of drowning. When it comes to children and inflatable kayaks, you can provide the best quality kayaks and paddle boards so that they can enjoy the water. Inflatable Kayaks provide a special selection to cover a child’s needs. Before you get one for you child, make sure it’s suited for children as not all inflatables work for them. Inflatable Kayaks come with thigh strap on them that will ensure your child stays in the kayak even in windy conditions. Both you and your child can enjoy paddling in your respective inflatables with no problems.

Can you Take an Inflatable Kayak White Water Rafting?

There is a specially designed kayak used for white water rafting (see the section on types of kayaks). It’s very possible to go white water rafting on an inflatable kayak. The kayak is specially designed to smoothly transition and maneuver in the rough water. Adjusting and safe movement during white water rafting is also taken care of in the construction of the inflatable kayak.

Can you Fish from an Inflatable Kayak?

If you are passionate about boats that allow you to store your fishing equipment as well as your trip catches, while retaining comfort and reliability, then inflatable kayaks are your best friend.

Kayak fishing is becoming increasingly popular as a recreational activity. They are characterized by their wide beams that are over a meter in length. These beams increase lateral stability and decreased the chance of capsizing. In a bid to add yet more stability, a lot of fishing kayaks give you the option of adding outriggers. These outriggers that increase their stability, and others feature twin hulls enabling stand up paddling and fishing. Compared with motorboats, fishing kayaks are inexpensive and have few maintenance costs. Some people even use the outriggers to hold up more fishing poles.

So yes, fishing from an inflatable kayak is very possible. Here is a great buyers guide that I have written on inflatable fishing kayaks.

How to Repair an Inflatable Kayak

Inflatable Kayaks come with a user’s manual and a repair kit. Ensure you always carry your repair kit with you whenever you go out on your kayak. It makes you be prepared for any eventuality.

  • For small leak, deflate your boat, clean and dry the area to be repaired thoroughly. Apply a small drop of glue. Let dry 12 hours. If you need to get on the water sooner, let it dry 30 minutes then inflate the boat, inflating the area with the repair only ¾ full. Then make a permanent repair later.

If you are having a hard time locating the leak – apply soapy water, as it will bubble out from the source of the leak. From there, follow the instructions above. You can also listen with your ear very close to the kayak with the sensitive part of your face feeling for air movements. Most leaks are usually at the bottom where it’s likely to scrape something.

  • For a leak larger than a pin whole, you’ll require a patch.

-Deflate the kayak and remove the punctured section to locate the leak;

– Clean the area around the hole;

– Apply the patch, pressing strongly for 1 minute;

– Wait 4 hours before inflating your kayak again, and getting back on the water.

This bit is more about building your kayak knowledge than something you’ll have to put into practice often. Knowing how to handle one though will help you to be prepared for the worst. I would recommend that everyone keeps this repair kit from Amazon with their inflatable so you are always prepared.

How to Maintain and Store an Inflatable Kayak

With good maintenance and storage you can reduce the chances of wearing out your kayak.

  • Store it in a cool, dry spot – make sure the kayak is clean and dry before you pack it up so that no mold can accumulate. Keep it in a clean and dry place that is not affected from major variations in temperature and other damaging environmental factors.
  • If there is a little moisture left over (possibly in the tubes) after you have dried it, leave it partially inflated for a few days in a dry area to completely dry it out before packing away. Some airflow circulation is nice as your kayak will likely still be a bit “moist” after cleaning and drying.
  • Rodents can ruin a kayak completely by chewing on it. If you have a rodent problem find a rodent proof place to place the kayak.
  • Use a protectant to help with UV damage protection. A 303 Protectant spray will greatly prolong the strength and the life of your inflatable kayak material by protecting it from the harmful UV rays. It is really cheap to buy and easy to use. This is your inflatable boat “sunscreen” and should be applied every 1 – 2 months for ultimate protection.
  • Clean it every month: (if used extensively) but recommended seasonally before storing for the winter. However never use high pressure cleaning equipment that may damage the kayak. Open the self-bailer and wash the kayak with a hose to remove sand and other particles.
  • Use an inflatable boat cleaner to remove dirt, oil and tough stains on the kayak. If you don’t have a specific inflatable cleaning agent then you can also use an all-natural cleaner as well… just don’t use any harsh chemical cleaners that could do harm to the material. I would recommend this cleaner from Amazon.
  • If you leave your inflatable kayak outside, raise it off the ground and cover with a tarp. Don’t allow it to be exposed to direct sunlight, leaves, berries or rain.
  • When deflating your inflatable kayak check that the valves and gaskets are clean and not damaged. Inflate the buoyancy tube.
  • Remove the floor or floorboards where applicable.
  • If you have been on salt water you will want to rinse the kayak with fresh water. Clean off any scum, sunscreen, algae and such with a rag and maybe some mild dish soap if needed. Look into the crevices along the side tubes and the floor for sand and muck.
  • You may store the kayak deflated and rolled up or lightly inflated. If you own an inflatable with a removable tube set, take it off for easier, more thorough cleaning. You may store the tube set on or off the kayak. Dry thoroughly. Sun dry if possible.
  • When at the take out after a long days paddle you can feel free to roll up your boat and stow it in its case. Storing your kayak wet and dirty will not necessarily kill it, but it will shorten its life.
  • You should probably fold and roll up your kayak differently each time to ensure you do not develop a crease or a wear spot.

Wrap Up.

Ultimately, even with its pros and cons (which aren’t that many) an inflatable kayak is definitely worth the price. It’s fun and efficient requiring very minimal care and storage space. Now you can go backpacking with your kayak with no problem. They perform as well as hard-shells, so why not?


Advanced Elements Tandem Kayak Review

Advanced Elements Tandem Kayak Review

Do you have crazy ideas of something going wrong while paddling across a lake? Overcome your fear of water by going on a tour on advanced frame convertible inflatable kayak and enjoy a safe sail on your next camping tour. For thrill lovers who enjoy adventure, you can paddle down a beautiful waterfall without the fear of falling out of your kayak.

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Tandem Inflatable Kayak Features

Advanced Elements Tandem Kayak

Below are among the key features of advanced frame convertible inflatable kayak and where you can get it from. The table also shows how this kayak has been rated by the Editor based on customers’ reviews.




Feature 1

(Make and Design)


Feature 2



Feature 3



Editor Rating

Advanced Frame Convertible Inflatable Kayak


Cutting edge deign

Open end design

Three outer layers that are puncture resistant namely:

High grade aluminum

Heavy duty PVC

Nylon -w/tarpaulin fabric

Rip stop fabric

Polyurethane –coated polyester inner cover.


Rigid bow and stern

High end components

Single and double decks

D –rings

Pressure release valves.

Velcro paddle holders

Bungee Deck lacing

Spring valve and twist lock valves

Welded seam


Duffle bag

Repair kit

User manual

Carrying case

Adjustable mesh seats





4.6 out of 5 stars

Advanced Frame Convertible Inflatable Kayak

Whether you are going for a day trip or camping on an ocean or a camp river, an inflatable kayak will make your trip worthwhile. You should pick this model of advanced elements tandem kayak due to its durability, ease of inflation and comfortability. High ratings should clearly tell you that this kayak will give you excellent performance.

Advanced frame convertible inflatable kayak combines both a folding frame and an inflatable kayak. This model belongs to advanced elements brand which is best known for producing high quality products that suit the needs of every kayaker. You can always purchase extra accessories from advanced elements in case you need more tracking to make paddling more fun.

Features of an inflated kayak


This kayak comes in improved designs such as the cutting edge and hull designs that makes it efficient to use by improving tracking. It also comes in either orange or grey designs. You may assume that these colors are just to add aesthetic value to your kayak but there is much more to this than meets the eye.

Let’s say for instance, you experience a major challenge while paddling on a deep area and you are looking for urgent help. These bright colors would make a coastguard sport you easily and come to your rescue. Other than that, when other people are enjoying their sweet time like you, the bright color designs help you avoid colliding with other kayaks that may be nearby. Therefore the colors not only appeal to your sense of beauty but also keep you safe during emergencies.

Conversion decks

Your advanced frame inflatable kayak is convertible in that it allows you either to use an open deck design to enter the boat or convert your boat to a closed deck kayak according to your preference. You can either choose a single, double or standard convertible deck. Such Interchangeable decks in this kayak increases flexibility. What does each deck contain?

  • Double deck conversion

You can bring a friend along to enjoy paddling in an option double deck conversion. This provides room for two passengers. Making a closed deck tandem is an easy process that does not waste your time. Gear stowage is enhanced by d-rings and mesh pockets that are provided in a double deck conversion.

  • Single deck conversion

Do you enjoy unwinding by cool waters just solo, enjoying God’s creation? Connect a single deck conversion to make your closed deck solo kayak. This option features d-rings that come with bungee deck lacing, a rear cargo hatch and arched deck riser aluminum stays.

  • Standard open deck

You can also go for an open deck by removing both optional deck to sail in either solo or tandem mode.

Not enough for you?

If you are a professional boat rider, looking for more options, you can always go for patented back bone accessories that make use of advanced technological systems such as the Drop stitch technology to make you explore more in the ocean.


Spring valves go hand in hand with the pumps to help you set up your kayak easily. You only need to unfold the kayak, inflate and attach the seats in place in order to get going. Some people however complain that the tubes are inaccurately designed which causes one side to be inflated more than the other. Advanced Elements manufacturers should look into this and try to fix the problem by accurately fitting such kayaks with same sized tubes.

Aluminum frame

Your kayak is fitted with three layers of different materials to make it resistant to puncture. For instance, high grade aluminum makes your kayak able to withstand any hard rocks that you may encounter while paddling along a shallow river. It also makes it more durable so you can enjoy sailing for long without worrying about it getting punctured.

You will notice that your kayak has sharp ends coated with aluminum for your boat to cut through water faster as it increases speed. It also makes your kayak more flexible to paddle. Welded seams that guarantee a long life are also featured in an inflatable kayak.

Rigid bow and stern

These two act as a skeg thus enhancing tracking performance. It enables your kayak to have the ability to take in more current allowing you to increase speed as power goes up. It challenges competing hard body kayaks making it stand out among the rest.

Adjustable seats

Set up one or two seats in this kayak according to your preference winch may be solo or tandem. This kayak comes in 3 different seating positions making it versatile. Unlike using other element tandem kayaks, these seats give you maximum support so that you don’t experience back problems even after paddling for long hours. This is because, your seat comes halfway on your back when you lean backwards so you don’t get tired easily.

You can also adjust your seats to give you maximum support so that you are comfortable as you paddle. Adjusting them in a higher position prevents you from getting wet in case water accidentally splashes into your boat.

Rubber handles and holders

Molded rubber handles makes it convenient for you to have a strong grip as you enter and exit your boat. You do not want to slip as you try to get off your boat right?

Paddle holders

Feel comfortable to fish while on this kayak as you make use of the paddle holders that allow stowage of paddles. They also make it convenient for you to take pictures if you are on an adventure tour.

Duffel bag and repair kits

Accessories such as repair kits helps you fix a problem that may occur as you paddle. You can use your duffel bag to move your kayak to a desired spot. These bag is made from strong nylon material to withstand the heavy weight of your kayak. It may not be very fancy but it provides enough room to fit your kayak when deflated so that you can conveniently carry it around. It also makes it easier for your kayak to fit at the back of your track in case you have to travel to a different destination for your vacation.

D-rings and bungee deck lacing

A single deck contains d-rings with bungee deck lacing.  Use the d-rings and a mesh pocket to boost gear stowage.

Storage space

If you are headed for a long trip that might take you days, this kayak provides you with enough storage space to bring along your favorite drinks and snacks. The mesh pockets are provided to hold your drink in place as you paddle with ease.

Cargo hatch

Cargo hatch at the rear end of this kayak makes it more rigid.

Pros and cons table





·         Comfortable padded seats that you can easily adjust

·         Looks good and modern

·         Stability against wind and white caps is achieved on this kayak

·         It is portable and easy to carry around

·         Easy set up where you only inflate the chambers and start paddling.

·         Good tracking

·         Can be converted for both solo and tandem purposes








·         Heavy weight about 56Ibs may be difficult for one person to carry it to the shore of a lake.

·         The price is a bit exaggerated

·         Challenging to control on ocean swells. It performs better on calm water.

·         Takes time to dry up in case water finds it way inside your boat.

Final Thoughts

No matter how much experience you may have with boats, this kayak is just what you need to achieve high performance sailing across the sea. With all the great features that it comes with, you are assured of unforgettable sailing moments. Your advanced convertible inflatable kayak definitely awaits. Buy one today and get a chance to visit that dream island. If you need to learn anything about inflatable kayaks I have put together this comprehensive guide.


Best Inflatable Fishing Kayak

Best Inflatable Fishing Kayak

Best Inflatable Fishing Kayak: If you are someone who likes fishing but finds it inconvenient to get a large boat, then these inflatable Kayaks are ideal for that trip to the lake. The kayaks are easy to carry, and you can set them up in a matter of minutes. Most have better features than in a hard shell kayak.

There has been a rise in the use of inflatable kayaks. They have moved from being a backyard form of recreation to an important part of everyday fishing. Inflatables are easy to carry and assemble. Most are made from tough materials that can withstand tear; making them ideal for use in rapid rivers.

Kayaks are convenient for fishing trips, camping or river running voyages. It can be difficult finding the right inflatable fishing kayak, especially if you have never used one. That is why we have taken the liberty to review some of the best inflatable fishing kayaks.

Summary Table of the Best Inflatable Fishing Kayaks

Name of Kayak Editor review Size No of persons weight
Sevylor Rio 1-Person Fishing kayak 4.5 9 ft X 9 in. X 3 ft One 350 lbs
Sevylor Tahiti 3 Person Fishing kayak 3.8 10 ft X 4 in. X 1 in Three 360 lbs
Elton Outdoors 10’ Foot Inflatable Tear Resistant Fishing Kayak with Double Sided Oars 4.0 118 in X 25 in X 16 in two 450 pounds
AIRHEAD AHTK – 2 Montana Performance 2 Person Kayak 4.0 12 ft Two 500 pounds
Advanced Elements Strait Edge Inflatable Kayak 4.0 20 in X 15 in X 15 in One 300 lbs
Sevylor Coleman Colorado 2-person Fishing Kayak 4.3 10 ft  X 9 in X 3 ft Two 470 lbs
Sea Eagle SE370 Inflatable Sport kayak Fishing package 2.5 12 in X 10.8 in X 2.1 in Three 650 lbs

Sevylor Rio 1-Person Fishing kayak

Sevylor Rio 1-Person Fishing Canoe

This one person kayak offers both comfort and stability when paddling. It is suitable for fishing and paddling. When it comes to paddling, you need something that can handle punctures. The Sevylor comes in an 18-gauge PVC construction that is ideal for use in rugged lakes.

Also, it comes with a 1000D tarpaulin bottom that ensures you do not cut your trip short through punctures. In case you do get a puncture then the kayak has multiple air chambers that ensure that you can go on if one is deflated.

The Sevylor has trolling motor fittings which enable you to add a motor for better fishing experience. Paddle holders help you to safely secure your paddles. You also get an adjustable seat for that maximizes your comfort through the trip.

The Sevylor is very long which gives you lots of space for cargo. The Sevylor offers great maneuverability which gives you great tracking capabilities. You can paddle the Kayak or add a motor to it. The Sevloy is good value for money. The patented Sevylor airtight system ensures that you do not experience any leaks.

This is a kayak that is very suitable for use in calm waters like lakes. You can use it for fishing. But, the kayak is not suitable for faster river currents. The Sevylor is very long at 10 feet which offers you great tracking capabilities and has excellent maneuverability. When you purchase the kayak you will need paddles for easy gliding. The Sevylor has additional accessories like the Berkley Quick Set rod holder. When it comes to fishing you will have you hands free due to the adjustable holder.


  • PVC construction for rugged lake use
  • 1000 tarpaulin bottom and 840D nylon provide protection from punctures
  • Multiple air chambers that ensure you go on when one is punctured
  • Patented airtight system prevents leaks
  • Berkley Quick Set rod adjustable holder
  • Extended motor fittings
  • Paddle holders to secure paddles in place


Can only carry one person

Customer review

“This is comfortable, easy to paddle kayak. It is easy to assemble, and I enjoyed fishing with it. The kayak has great maneuverability and the PVC flooring offers great protection against tears. The paddle holders secure the paddles firmly in place when you are fishing. However, you can only use it for solo trips”

Sevylor Tahiti 2 Person Fishing kayak

Sevylor Tahiti Hunt and Fish Kayak

This durable kayak is ideal for fishing and paddling. It comes in a unique green color that blends well with the environment. The Tahiti Sevylor is ideal for one or two paddlers and can be used in small lakes or rushing rivers.

This lightweight kayak is made from 21-gauge PVC that can handle rugged lakes. It has multiple air chambers that ensure you continue fishing even one of them is punctured. The adjustable seats with backrest are quite comfortable through the whole trip. The Seyvlor inflates and deflates easily which ensures you will be enjoying your fishing trip in minutes.

It is very easy to set up courtesy of the double lock valves that use two locking points. You are also able to carry up to 400lbs of loads. You will not have to worry about tipping over due to the tubular I beam flooring; additional spray covers protect you from water and ensure you are dry.

When you buy this kayak, you get a carry bag for free. The Sevylor Tahiti has excellent maneuverability capabilities that ensure that your fishing trip will remain memorable.

The sevylor has good stability and glides easily without tipping over. You can load up your kids and the dog for those camping trips in this kayak. It is lightweight and is easy to carry when you go fishing, camping or hidden spots. The kayak is limited when it comes to storage this may be due to the additional seats.

This is an ideal kayak for beginners and with its design and coloring it easily blends into the environment. It is very affordable and suitable for many families.


  • 21 gauge PVC for rugged lake use
  • Multiple chambers ensure you go on with your trip even after puncture
  • Comfortable, adjustable seats with backrest
  • Spray covers keep you dry
  • NMMA certified to carry 360lbs
  • Double lock valves for easy deflation/inflation


No pump set up

Customer review

It tried this kayak when I was going fishing in low water currents. The kayak handled well, and I was able to paddle my way against the wind. When it comes to family trips this kayak is what we needed. We were able to carry our son and dog in it. I never liked fishing but with this kayak I may be changing my mind.”

Elkton Outdoors 10’ Foot Inflatable Tear Resistant Fishing Kayak with Double Sided Oars

Elkton Outdoors 10' Foot Inflatable Tear Resistant Fishing Kayak

If you are looking for a kayak that gives you excellent maneuverability with additional features, then the Elton Outdoors is the right choice. You can load up this kayak on your next fishing trip. It inflates quickly, and you will be able to set up in minutes.

The Elkton Outdoors is made from durable 18-gauge rip resistant 1000 PVC which relieves you any worries of tear and leakages. But, really captivates us with this kayak is the accessories you get when you purchase it; comes with adjustable seats, two vertical and four trolling rod holders, double-sided oars, foot pump, repair kit and a carry bag. With all this, you are ready for that fishing trip.

The Elkton Outdoors comes with three separate removable air chambers. This ensures that your trip is not interrupted when you experience a puncture. You are also able to diagnose and make repairs easily. It takes less than one minute to fully inflate this kayak. The kayak dimensions are 118” X 35” X 16” which makes this kayak suitable for family fishing trips. You have enough space for your camping gear.

The kayak is very easy to carry and you can fold it up and put it into your vehicle. It has a weight limit of 450 pounds. You get additional rod holders for easy fishing. The kayak however is not suitable for taking on serious rapids or rugged terrains with sharp rocks.


  • Inflates easily
  • Detachable air chambers
  • Comes with several accessories like rod holders, double-sided oars, foot pump and carry bag
  • Durable due to 1000D PVC


May not be suitable for rapids due to tear

Customer review

“The extra accessories come in handy because I was able to save some bucks. The kayak offered great maneuverability even when going against strong river currents. The Elton outdoors comes with a lot of extras that we found to be very suitable when out fishing. The detachable air chambers make it easier to find tears and repair them. We were also able to continue with our trip after one air chamber become deflated.”

AIRHEAD AHTK – 2 Montana Performance 2 Person Kayak

AIRHEAD AHTK – 2 Montana Performance 2 Person Kayak

When it comes to a good kayak; the quality of materials used determines a lot. The Airhead is made from durable semi-rigid heavy gauge PVC material that ensure little tear. The airhead has three air chambers enclosed in a durable 840 nylon that is UV resistant. You also get spray covers that keep you dry.

This 12-foot inflatable kayak has a weight capacity of 500 pounds and carries two people. It is designed for lakes and can handle fishing, camping or for exploring in remote areas.  The two Boston valves ensures fast and easy inflation and deflation.

The kayak is very comfortable because of its removable inflatable seats that also provide you with excellent back support. You also will experience low drags and superior tracking courtesy of its four bottom fins. The neoprene guards offer comfort for your elbows.

The airhead leads in quality with 6 D rings at the bow and stern that helps to secure gear and stretch net in bow. In addition, metal instruments are made from stainless steel that does not rust. The Airhead is portable and lightweight which makes ideal for traveling. The orange color is quite visible when emergency situations arise.

The airhead is ideal for many beginners by providing easy entry and exit. The grab handle makes for easy puts ins and take outs. The cockpit offers lot flexibility even under stressful circumstances. The kayak stands at around 12 feet and performs well in lakes and white water. The light weight design offers great navigation especially for beginners. But, this compromises on tracking. With 4 bottom fins you are assured of the kayak doing great on a straight line.


  • Spacious 12 foot kayak that can handle 500 pounds
  • Easy to carry
  • Threaded drain hole with plug
  • Inflates and deflates easily
  • Neoprene handles for elbow comfort
  • Stainless steel hardware that does not corrode easily
  • Durable semi-rigid heavy gauge PVC
  • Orange color for safety


Can take time to dry

Customer reviews

“I liked the airhead because I could carry lot of stuff in it. The PVC fabric is very durable. Airhead is known for making quality items and this kayak did not disappoint us. I have never used a kayak before but I found the airhead ideal for any beginner. It gave me easy entry and exits.”

Advanced Elements Strait Edge Inflatable Kayak

Advanced Elements Strait Edge Inflatable Kayak

Unlike other kayaks where the shape is defined by the tubing in the outer rims the advanced element uses in built aluminum ribs which help to define the bow and the stern. This goes a long way in improving tracking especially in extreme weather conditions.

The kayak is easy to use because it has been assembled in the factory; all you will need is to inflate it. Comfortable, adjustable padded seats make this kayak stand out. The heavy duty PVC tarpaulin material is durable enough to withstand any punctures and tear.

The advanced element is stable and provides easy entry and exits. It also offers great maneuverability and dries very quickly. It is suited for one paddler and comes with the following accessories; folding seats and a repair kit. The kayak was developed for self-bailing and whitewater paddling.

This one person kayak is suitable for one person. With a weight limit of 300 pounds it is very roomy and comfortable when paddling. The kayak handles well in rugged waters without tear.


  • Aluminum ribs that define bow and stern
  • Heavy duty PVC tarpaulin reduces tear and punctures
  • Offer great maneuverability
  • Padded, adjustable seats for maximum comfort
  • Yellow color for safety
  • Easy to assemble


May not handle very strong river currents

Customer reviews

“This is a very comfortable white paddling kayak. I enjoyed using it when I was going for camping trips. It is very easy to assemble and light enough to carry. As a one man kayak I found this kayak to be very comfortable. The kayak inflates very easily and you are soon enjoying yourself”

Sevylor Coleman Colorado 2-person Fishing Kayak

Sevylor Coleman Colorado 2-person Fishing Kayak

This two person kayak is made to last. It comes with a 1000D tarpaulin bottom with an added 840D nylon cover which keeps the kayak from punctures. The Sevylor has an added 18-gauge PVC suitable for rugged lake use. This is an ideal kayak for both fishing and paddling.

The Airtight system is guaranteed to prevent leaks and with multiple air chambers you can continue with your fishing trip when one of the chambers is deflated. You can expand your kayak capabilities with the added motor fittings or just quickly fasten paddles to the paddle holders.

The kayak is NMMA certified to hold 470 lbs which you can attach to the D-rings. This is an ideal kayak for couples; it’s comfortable enough with adjustable seats. The Sevylor 2 person kayak is easy to carry and store and the Boston valves offer faster inflations and deflation. The Beckley Quick Rod holders offer adjustable pole angles for the ultimate fishing experience. The kayak is made specifically for lake use; this is due to its resistance to sharp rocks and tree branches. Inflatable kayaks produce little noise which makes them ideal for fishing. The coleman was disappointing though because it comes with a pressure gauge instead of a pressure pump; which would have made more sense. Customers have been impressed by the paddle holders and the carry bag that comes with it.


  • Durable PVC thick bottom
  • Adjustable comfortable seats
  • Easy inflation and deflation courtesy of the boston valves
  • D-rings for easy storage
  • Motor fittings and paddle holders
  • Extra carry bag and pressure gauge


The kayak cane easily be blown off during strong winds

Customer reviews

“We really enjoyed the fishing trip with my wife courtesy of the Sevylor 2 person kayak. The kayak was spacious enough to accommodate our gear. We were able to easily inflate and deflate it. This is the perfect kayak for couples. ”

Sea Eagle SE370 Inflatable Sport kayak Fishing package

Sea Eagle SE370 Inflatable Sport kayak Fishing package

The sea eagle carries 3 persons and can handle weights of up to 650 lbs. This ensures that you load up all your gear for that camping or fishing trip. The sea eagle has become a favorite with its lightweight design and durable 38 mil PolyKrylar K80 Pvc. It inflates in 8 minutes, which means you don’t waste a lot of time.

You get two molded kegs which reduces paddling effort and increases your speed. The skegs are made from durable material that is able to withstand rocks. Included with the kayak is a multipurpose storage box with two rod holders. The deluxe inflatable sea eagle seats are comfortable enough for long trips. You also get a foot pump, repair kit and a carry bag when you purchase the sea eagle.

The sea eagle really stands out with its customizable abilities. You can even add a sail to it. The dual skegs enable you to glide over surfaces with minimal effort.


  • Comes with multipurpose storage box with two rod holders
  • Molded skegs enable fast gliding
  • It has a lightweight design that is easy to carry
  • The kayak is very durable and stable
  • Comes with foot pump and carry bag


Lack footrests which make it a bit difficult for paddling

Customer reviews

“The sea eagle is very portable and easy to paddle. We were able to go fishing on the lake with ease. The skegs glide easily on water and provide the sea eagle with extra propulsion.”

How to Choose the Best Inflatable Fishing Kayak

There are various types of inflatable kayaks and your purpose will determine which one you choose.

  1. Types of Kaykas

Touring Kayaks

These are kayaks that are suitable for flat water due to their long and thin shape. To boost steering the kayaks come with a rudder. They have the added benefit of higher cruising and load capacity with easy straight line paddling. You can have all your supplies of food, water and camping gear. They are also very comfortable when doing very long journeys. Similar to touring kayaks are sea kayaks which operate well in the open seas and come with scupper holes.

White water Kayaks

These are usually wide and short and are suitable for navigating big rocks. They are also easy to steer and have scupper holes that drain water. You can use them in white waters because the water will propel the kayak downstream.

Fishing Kayaks

The distinctive feature in most of this is a round shape in the front and back. They also come with fishing rods and bait buckets.

  1. Portability

When it comes to inflatable kayaks one of the key considerations the flexibility to fold the kayak and put it in your motor vehicle. Unlike hard shell kayaks that need car configurations the inflatable kayaks fold easily. Most can be set up in minutes. There are those that come in heavy duty materials; they are bulky but durable. You will need to weigh all options when you are buying one. The best inflatable kayaks are the ones you can easily carry around during camping trips.

  1. Materials used

Inflatable kayaks are usually made form three distinct materials. The most durable of them is the hypalon. This is material is made from synthetic rubber and offers resistance from UV, tear from rocks and corrosion by water elements. Most of the kayaks tend to use PVC it is not only durable but it is affordable. You will find a combination of PVC and nylon. The last material used for inflatable kayaks is nitrylon; the material offers resistance from corrosion as well as punctures.

  1. Comfort

New inflatable kayak models come with padded adjustable seats for maximum comfort. These kayaks are ideal for long distance trips. You should decide how many people you intend to carry with the kayak; models come in one, two or three person seats.

Longer kayaks offer more legroom and are suitable for those long trips. Comfortable seats enhance your fishing experience.

  1. Accessories

Some kayaks will come with additional accessories like foot pumps, carry bags, and paddles. Look for one that is most affordable with extras. You can also get kayaks with motor fittings for added power.

  1. Maneuverability

You will need to select the right kayak that ensures great maneuverability. This is a kayak that enables you to handle rapids well. The rule is that the shorter a kayak is the quicker it responds. However, longer kayaks are usually faster and paddle easily. When you are looking for a fishing kayak then stability should be your priority.

  1. Air chambers

New kayak models come with separate air chambers. These chambers ensure that you can continue with your trip even when one of them is punctured. You are also able to diagnose problems easily and make repairs. Kayaks are susceptible to tear and may not handle very well in areas with strong rapids.

  1. Inflation/deflation

A good kayak is the one that you can inflate in minutes. There is no need to waste your fishing time inflating it. Most of the newer models will come with their own foot pumps and some will have a pressure gauge. Make sure to maintain the recommended pressure. After you are done fishing you should be able to deflate it in minutes and pack it.

  1. Color

The color of a kayak plays an important role when it comes to rescue operations. Orange is a preferred color as it is easily visible. However, if you are thinking of fishing you can choose a kayak in a jungle green color that camouflages easily with the surroundings.

Our Verdict

When selecting the right kayak you should first consider what purpose you are going to use the kayak in. A kayak should enable smooth paddling while offering maneuverability. The winner for the best inflatable fishing kayak is the Sevylor Rio 1-Person Fishing kayak. This is a one person kayak that is comfortable enough with adjustable, padded seats. It has is made from a durable PVC material that is able to handle tears easily. You can add on a motor for faster kayaking. With lots of cargo space, this is the ideal kayak for fishing expeditions. Another great option for fishing are one man inflatable fishing floats. 


Best Inflatable Kayak for the Money

Sea Eagle Inflatable Kayak

Sea Eagle SE370K_P Inflatable Kayak

Product Description

Although it does not fit the standards of a high price, good quality kayak, the Sea Eagle Kayak gives you all you need including strength, management and the ability to withstand pressure or obstacles. This is what makes them visible and attractive enough to be placed in the market amongst the best.

This Inflatable model is rather resourceful and has the power to handle any and every hindrance or barrier that comes in its way. With its affordable price and easy-to-manage attitude, this kayak is all every beginner or professional kayaker needs to begin their fun adventures


The Sea Eagle Kayak provides its buyers with relaxing seats which can be adjusted at your ease. This may be the most useful whenever you wish to set out on a journey all alone since the seats can be removed to make enough space for one right in the middle of the kayak. By moving the rear seat entirely at the back, seating is no more an issue.


With its strength to undergo excessive pressure of the river or ocean in rapid motion, it has proven to be an all-rounded model. With its quick yet effortless moves, the Sea Eagle Inflatable Kayak is labeled as the first and foremost option in the world of Kayaking. When it comes to sailing on long trips within a short passage of time, this is the kayak you could be looking for.


  • Beam Construction to increase lateral adjustment and allow the ease required while on an expedition
  • Can easily hold onto 500lbs of weight
  • Two skegs present at the bottom proving that it tracks in a smooth line with impressive comfort in comparison to most of the models
  • Paddling is not a requirement which makes it the ideal choice for those who are not so strong physically or old people with a strong passion for kayaking

Customer Reviews:

Customers who have had this boat for over a month have loved the trips on this Kayak with friends and family. It has been considered an excellent kayak. Being provided with enough space for two, this model is quite easy to set up as well as managed after you are done with your expedition.  As one of the customers mentioned, it is right to consider it a genuine item in comparison to the “hard-shell” Kayaks.


This model is the most suitable choice for any person willing to purchase and put this to try. It works for any purpose for setting out on a trip whether it is a fishing trip or perhaps camping trip with the kids.

Intex Challenger K1 Kayak

Intex Challenger K1 Kayak, 1 Person Inflatable Kayak

Product Description

All the beginners interested in Kayaking need an easy-to-manage and a cheap model that will allow them to learn and explore at the early levels of this adventure. For this purpose, the Intex Challenger K1 has been designed to allow you to make the decision of fulfilling your desire to make a trip out on the water, surrounded by nature.

A support system:

With an I-Beam support, this kayak can allow a stable trip of both the model and the mind. This would mean maintaining any position during your ride, without the risk of having to take a swim towards safety without your kayak.

Convenience at your service:

What customers look for in a ride which involves long hours of peace and ease is a comfortable Kayak so that their entire journey remains undisturbed. That is when the Intex Challenger K1 comes to the rescue with its elaborate cockpit constructed to provide ultimate space. Moreover, a portable seat allows for additional backing in case the expeditions last longer than expected.


  • Convenient cargo net available to store your baggage making sure the cockpit stays breezy
  • An 84″ aluminum oar, a good quality hand pump as well as a repair kit
  • Built with a strong, sturdy vinyl which is considered UV damage proof making this kayak both dependable and easy to handle.
  • Ability to keep up to 220lbs of resilience at a point which declares it to be not weak
  • Black bag made of an impressive material allowing it to be managed easily

Customer Reviews:

The Intex Challenger K1 has been regarded as a kayak that is both “fun” and easy to work with. The process of inflation is guaranteed to be quick as well as handling the bag which is rather easy for buyers. The recorded time to organize is 6 minutes according to one of the customers. Price is also one of the factors that attracted customers to buy this Kayak further maximizing their expectations with its flawless performance.


If you think hard about all the above mentioned key features of the Intex Challenger K1, this is finest model in the market. For all the beginners out there excited to seek this opportunity of exploring on water yet scared of damaging or losing control, a Kayak like this has been designed for people like you. You will have a hard time making things go wrong on this with its striking features made to make life easier.

Intex Explorer K2 Kayak

Intex Explorer K2 Kayak, 2, Person Inflatable Kayak

Product Description

The Intex Explorer K2 Kayak, although, it has been declared in the market as a Kayak built for people to put it to use lakes and mild rivers, has actually been guaranteed thrilling action on stronger rivers due to its great quality design. Displayed as fascinating yellow with streamline construction in the market, the Intex Explorer is determined to present its buyers with a secure, clear and a classy ride, anywhere and everywhere.

Safety comes first:

The luminous color combined with the contrasting shades of the water makes you easy to spot from other boats on the water. Kayakers are usually easy to miss due to how low you are to the water’s surface, so this hand design addition makes sure you remain safe during your outing. It’s because of this that the Explorer K2 comes US Coast Guard approved, offering a little peace of mind for the worried parents out there.

Worth the splurge?

The question raised about how much it costs is actually one of the best features of this model making it the first choice of every customer who has come across the Intex Explorer K2. Being able to offer so much with the price mentioned on Amazon, this model is surely what makes it worthy of being purchased and put to use to achieve positive results.

For someone who is looking out for their daily or monthly budget, this kayak is a superb purchase for those who can further spend on buying the required or preferred accessories if desired. It is not an easy job to come across such an impressive model under $100.


  • Has an adjustable alterable seat with backrest to provide comfort
  • Model extends to 20 x 36 x 123 inches.
  • Portable skeg included for directional support
  • Bright color of the Kayak allows a clear vision to avoid any casualties.

Customer Reviews:

Customers are in love with this kayak! Planning to use it in the middle of the lake is an easy job. Making your way in any direction is performed well by the Kayak. With the help of the availability of detachable seats, more than 1 passenger can adjust themselves in the Explorer K2 Kayak to appreciate a polished ride on the water. With the price it offers, customers are more than happy with what they are provided with.


Explorer K2 Kayak comes with a promise of an inexpensive yet worth every penny you spend on this model. For all the people interested in kayaking but with a solid price range in mind when it comes to purchasing a Kayak, the Explorer K2 Kayak should be your first choice keeping in mind that it provides security, dependability and durability.

 Sevylor Quickpak K1 1-Person Kayak

Sevylor Quikpak K1 1-Person Kayak


Product Description

Easy-to-inflate, portable and user-friendly, the Sevylor Quickpak K1 Kayak comes across as the most efficient and reliable one that could be used safely for paddling around the lake or having fun in a stream, while your friends join you in their own kayaks. The reason for this product to stand out and achieve a unique selling point is due to its portable nature and its ability to be inflated within minutes, from a backpack to a full kayak. Roaming around in college with a simple backpack, no one will ever be able to realize how this tiny looking thing can turn into a proper, well-built kayak that can serve your entertainment purposes or leisure activities.

Convertible and Portable

What makes travelling or entertainment more fun and exciting? Well, even though we all have different perceptions or ideas of fun, let us all reach a middle-ground and agree how our level of excitement is doubled when carrying stuff becomes easier and less hectic. Sevylor Quickpak K1 brings to you the ideal kayak that could be carried around at all times as it fits in a single backpack conveniently. Portable and convertible in nature, the Kayak comes with an air pump to inflate it on the spot and create a bright colored kayak. You do not need external help or other instruments to pump air in to it as the portable air pump itself is convenient enough to be carried around.

Safety Ensured

The airtight system guarantees no leaks providing a great inflatable kayak with durable protection. The Double Lock feature that is intricately designed for easy inflation and deflation of the kayak comes with two valves that makes it convenient and provides a separate option for both. The best part about the product is its dual nature. It is not only secure when converted into a kayak but also when it is in a form of backpack. It is usual among kayaks to be easily punctured or ruptured, especially while it is in use. However, the Sevylor Quickpak proves to be your perfect companion to a family outing or a casual picnic.


  • Convertible backpack system turns into a Kayak
  • PVC construction with a range of 21-gauge provides protection for rugged lakes
  • A number of air chambers provided to ensure protection if one of the chambers is punctured
  • Carry handles and Cup holders are additional features
  • Holds up to 400lbs as certified by NMMA
  • Dimensions after being inflated: 8ft. 7 in. x 3 ft.
  • The pack includes a paddle and hand pump
  • Durable tarpaulin bottom ensures protection from punctures

Customer Reviews and Conclusion

Gaining a 4 star rating, this product gained immense popularity amongst customers within no time. From teenagers till senior citizens, everyone was in awe of the flexible nature of the Kayak. Majority of the customers praised the lightweight and convertible feature of the item as it made their experience a hundred times better. While others added how their dogs accompanied them on the fulfilled activity and it was handled very decently by the kayak.

However, some customers complained of not having enough wait to the front that made it slightly difficult to move at times and it might not be the most advisable option to take out on a ‘choppy lake’.

 Sea Eagle 330 Inflatable Kayak

Sea Eagle 330 Inflatable Kayak, 2 Person Inflatable Kayak


Product Description

The sea eagle 330 is not an ordinary kayak, instead it caters the needs of more than one person at a time while being easy to carry, convenient to paddle and highly cooperative when it comes to deflating. Cherry on the top, this product comes across as one of the most affordable one in its category! It may be hard to believe but the 33 mm polykrylar hull acts as a shield in the most efficient ways, protecting the kayak from rupturing even if your dog grabs it with its claws. The package includes a tall foot pump with two 8-foot paddles that add life to the overall experience. Unlike other products, the Sea eagle has the tolerance of holding up to 500 pounds while weighing only 26 pounds itself. You do not need to restrict yourself to a calm lake now, instead you may go around experiencing different places along with a partner!

Versatile in Nature

From fishing to rowing to skin diving, this easy-to-inflate kayak is your perfect companion for all times. Your destination choice will not be restricted anymore only because of the weight or size of your kayak. Instead you can rely on this product due to the presence of well-built strong components and ability to withstand harsh weather conditions. As mentioned earlier the 33 mil K-80 Polykrylar hull provides a strong yet smooth protection that acts as the biggest safety valve. The extra thick built of the kayak also allows you to cater your four-legged best friend on your trip to a lake.


  • 33 mil K-80 Polykrylar Hull
  • Weighs 26 pounds
  • Three Chambers (port, starboard & floor)
  • Welded with high frequency
  • Floor: Inflatable I-beam construction
  • Three Air valves
  • Inflation Time is 6 minutes

Customers Reviews and Conclusions

Extremely comfortable and convenient to use, the Sea Eagle 330 is your perfect companion for long picnics or trips to lake. Customers who have made use of this product have been highly fond of the thick material and resistance to harsh weather conditions. Some users added how they admired the ‘portable’ nature of the item, which made it easy for them to conveniently carry the package around along with the air pump that inflates the kayak within 6 minutes and a set of paddles.

However, a few of them complained that the balance of the kayak was uneasy to manage as it ‘kept leaning to the left’ and some felt that the bag of the container should be slightly larger as the paddles tore the bag and created a hole inside. But the product received high ratings and positive reviews on a large scale, with comments that appreciated the exterior and interior, at the same time.

Sevylor Coleman Colorado 2-Person Fishing Kayak

Sevylor Coleman Colorado 2-Person Fishing Kayak


Product Description

Weighing 43 pounds, this kayak acts a perfect companion for you and your buddy as it holds up to 470 pounds and tolerates enough weight for a fun-day out. The bottom of the kayak is made of thick tarpaulin and a tough nylon cover. This adds to the durability and resistant nature of the product. The Sevylor Coleman Colorado guarantees protection and safety due to the Airtight® system and Quick Rod Holders by Berkley® for a better experience with hands-free fishing.

Adjust According to Your Wish

Be it the seats or the adjustment of paddles, this kayak allows you to choose the range or measurements that make the settings convenient for you. For those who find the seats not comfortable enough have the option of adjusting them according to their liking. Similarly, the option of Sevylor trolling motor provides you the ability to store the paddles in the holders so you can move freely while paddling around along a companion.


  • Measurements after inflation: 10 ft. 9 in. x 3 ft. 3 in.
  • 18 gauge PVC construction for harsh conditions
  • Sevylor trolling motor provides additional storage space for the paddles
  • Berkley quick rod handles
  • 1 year warranty
  • 1000D tarpaulin bottom and 840D nylon cover provide durable protection from punctures

Customer Reviews and Conclusions

Customers who used the inflatable kayak a couple of times were highly pleased with the results, praising the durable quality of the product and admiring its ability to work efficiently in all kinds of lakes or conditions. It caters the needs of users as tall as 6 ft. very conveniently and gave them a professional ride.

While some users did complain of the battery being exhausted earlier than expected, the majority was pleased and content with the quality of the inflatable Kayak.

Here is a guide on how to pick an inflatable kayak and exactly what to look for! Furthermore, it will teach you have to do everything from A to Z.