Inflatable kayaks have come a very long way over the years as far as construction and performance are concerned. They are no longer considered rubber dinghies. In fact they are actually considered to be some of the safest boats in the world. Using an inflatable kayak is exhilarating. Transport them in the trunk of your car to any destination, inflate it within minutes and enjoy a fun-filled day of paddling on the water. If you have considered using one of these great watercrafts then you are probably wondering which are the best inflatable kayaks to use.
There is a lot of choice of different makes and models of inflatable kayaks. They will differ by size, weight, load capacity, performance and of course by price. I have compiled a list of what I believe to be five of the top inflatable kayaks on the market at this time.
Top 5 Inflatable Kayaks
Sea Eagle 380x – This Sea Eagle explorer kayak is a great deal. It is extremely versatile and can be paddled in any type of water, including flatwater, whitewater rapids, and ocean swells. It is super rugged and getting a puncture is very unlikely. It can be paddled by any person of any age as well as of any skill level. Light enough to still bring traveling yet large enough to comfortably fit two people and possibly a dog. It can also be converted into a solo kayak as well. The 380x is not especially speedy but it is extremely comfortable and stable. The value for the money is phenomenal and it is backed by a three year warranty.
Aire Lynx – Aire kayaks are very well known in the inflatable kayak world. They have a reputation for excellence and the Aire Lynx is no exception. Backed by a phenomenal ten year warranty, you can be sure that you are getting a quality inflatable boat. The Lynx is an all day river adventure kayak. Built for whitewater kayaking it can handle water with rapids up to class IV with ease and grace. This is an extremely popular kayak and the price range is middle of the road.
Innova Sunny – What I love about the Sunny is that it is a great inflatable kayak for everyone. This boat weighs only twenty-nine pounds and can easily be carried onto an airplane. It is perfect for traveling and also perfect for families, dogs, camping and any calm water paddling. It comes with a removable tracking fin that really helps in open water and two comfy seats. The Sunny is an all around great deal and will likely satisfy any recreational kayaker.
Airis Angler – The Angler as the name suggests is an inflatable fishing kayak. Many fishermen may not consider using a kayak for their fishing expeditions but the Angler is sure to change their mind. This boat has every feasible option and accessory for a long and enjoyable day out fishing. Also it is light enough to pack on an airplane to get to that remote yet perfect fishing spot. A little higher priced than the others listed here, the Angler does not disappoint.
Advanced Elements Advanced Frame Convertible – This kayak is a tandem kayak that can be converted into a solo. A beautiful looking boat, it comes with an optional spray deck as well as an optional rudder for better tracking. A little heavier than most, it is not as ideal for traveling (though still possible). It is however a very affordable inflatable kayak that gives great performance and lots of accessory options. This inflatable looks more like a hard-shelled kayak in design and paddles very well.
These five inflatable kayaks are my favorite at this time. There are however so many options and it is a wise idea to read as many reviews as you can to get a better idea of how other people have felt about the kayak you are interested in. By comparing the different features and specs of the different kayaks available it will not be hard to find one that will suit your needs and lifestyle.
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