The advance elements advancedframe Kayak is one of the best inflatable kayaks you can get on the market it has been featured on our best inflatable kayaks for the ocean and it is just that.
The AdvancedFrame is a hybrid of a folding frame kayak and an inflatable kayak. The kayak contains a cleverly designed internal folding aluminum frame that gives it the shape needed to slice through the water with incredible tracking and speed, it even rivals the trackability of hard-shell kayaks.
The robust water-resistant outer fabric adds to the all round durability and performance of the kayak. There is plenty of on-board storage room for extended trips. It sets up in just a few minutes and is compact enough to take along on a weekend adventure.
-Weight 36 Lbs. (16 Kg)
-Max. Weight 300 Lbs. (136 Kg)
-Folded Size 30″ X 17″ X 10″
-Carrying Duffel Bag.
Multiple Air Chambers
However setting up the kayak wasn’t exactly isn’t the easiest task. To fill the kayak it Seven air chambers to fill, this is due to keeping the kayak fully pumped to ensure your safety on the water. The instructions with the kayak encourage you to use a pump to fill all seven chambers and you will need to make sure you bring the right adapter with you as pumping this with your lunges is not really feasible.
Advanced Elements sells several styles of pumps with many included adapters, so make sure to purchase one if you plan on getting this kayak s. Also Advanced Elements also sells pumps with built-in pressure gauges or PSI meters that can be added to another pump so if you you already have one you can get one with out to save you some cash.
One of the reasons why it is considered as one of the best inflatable kayaks, is the design is comprised of a folding aluminum frame and PVC-coated polyester inflatable kayak all covered by a thick, waterproof fabric layer, making it an exceptionally sturdy yak.
Not only that it provides you with step by step instructions on how you can take it apart completely for cleaning, repair or any other important maintenance. The AdvancedFrame also includes FREE repair kit with detailed directions on how to use it properly (most kayaks don’t have this for free).
The exterior layer of the AdvancedFrame does not only feels much thicker and robust than many other brands of inflatable kayaks but also has thickly reinforced seams and is waterproof rather than becoming waterlogged during the use of the kayak.
As this is an inflatable kayak, this boat is already fairly portable and easy to take along with you. So no need for roof racks to take it with you and you save on space in garage or whever you want to store it.
However, the kayak weighs a heavy 33 lbs, this kayak is heavier than a few of the tandem models we have reviewed! The extra weight of the AdvancedFrame is caused by the aluminum frame and durable construction (a plus in my opinion). Not only is the AdvancedFrame extremely heavy, but it’s also quite large for a single kayak, competing with the weight of some of the tandems we reviewed.
As you can see the aluminum frame we love so much on the water kind of works against, when moving the boat around on land. A way around this is you can inflate the AdvancedFrame at your car, as the kayak does have two handy bows and stern handles to carry with ease to the water.
This assumes you’re paddling with a partner though, as you can’t grab the bow and stern handles by yourself, you defiantly shouldn’t drag it across the ground for that distance as you can ruin the kayak if you do this all the time. This also comes with a FREE convenient duffel bag another plus point of the AdvancedFrame.
While you may be thinking that buying a inflatable kayak will automatically lower what you can do on the water (I used to think that), it most certainly does not and and the Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame proves that.
With superb handling (enough to rival hard shell kayaks), surprising comfort, and high-caliber 3 layered construction, this combination kayak merges the best of both worlds.
The speed and tracking of a hard shell model from the AdvancedFrame’s foldable aluminum interior with the portability of its inflatable exterior. This is not the most wallet friendly kayaks out on the market but, the AdvancedFrame also isn’t the most expensive. You can spend far more on either an inflatable or a hardshell kayak.
But it terms of the;
- Quality puncture resistant construction
Though we think you’d enjoy it a lot, if you’re still unsure about which inflatable kayaks we have reviews on alot of different designs just click HERE