We have reviewed the best inflatable kayaks but before we get to the list we thought you should know the FLAWS that you need to know before you buy one.

  • They require thorough drying most especially the small areas and if left for long time it can easily pile up and cause mold to grow
  • It takes quite a bit of time to inflate, you have to do this either manually with a foot pump or by connecting  it up directly to your car’s battery with an electric pump
  • They are more easily affected by harsh winds, the current flow, and other natural elements.
  • Not as durable as hard shell kayaks but all the ones we reviewed comes with free quick repair patches 

Most guides do not talk about the drawbacks but it is important to know so you can avoid them, apart form the negatives there are many advantages of owning an inflatable kayaks.

  • Requires little to know storage space. (For those who rent an apartment or have a small storage area an inflatable kayak is  easily best option for you)
  • For the most part,  they are just as sturdy as a regular hard shell kayaks designed with heavy PVC materials which go through rigorous testing  (you don’t have to worry about punctures).
  • Customizable seats, they can be inflated to your preference
  • Most of them come with free puncture repair kits, all the ones we reviewed come with this 🙂

 

Best Inflatable Kayak Reviews 2019

 

Advanced Elements Expedition Kayak Review

If you’re looking for the best inflatable kayak  out on the market then its simply put as the Advanced Elements Advanced Frame is the one. The fifteen foot kayak that can be paddled solo or tandem and features an open deck design.

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. The  robust water-resistant outer fabric adds to the all round durability and performance of the kayak.

It feels almost as fast on the water as a hardshell kayak! and is quite comfortable with its 2 adjustable padded back supports so no back pain on long journeys.

With this kayak you need not fear of punctures as  it is made of strong materials and 3 reinforced layers to ensure of no punctures.

Setting the kayak up is very straightforward. It takes about 10 minutes to fully setup, since the kayak comes PreAssembled at the factory you Simply  need to unfold, inflate and attach the seats.  

Pros

Very Durable 3 Layers of material for extreme puncture resistance.

Comfortable high support, 2 adjustable padded seats

Simple to set up comes Pre-assembled at the factory

Extremly versatile 3 Seat locations allow for paddling by your self or with your pet or another person.

 

Cons

No port for drainage so can be difficult to drain water from the kayak 

Kayak is quite heavy at 56lbs

 

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ADVANCED ELEMENTS Lagoon 1 Kayak

The Advanced Elements Lagoon 1 kayak is one of the best budget/value options you can find on the market which is why it made our list. It is one of the few models with a built in rigid bow and stern, it has an inner tube cover for increased rigidity and robustness.

With features like as an inflatable seat rest, foam floor, paddle loops, and a tracking fin; this kayak is ideal for anyone who simply enjoys the water.

For 350 bucks you can get an inflatable kayak that’s lightweight, durable and resistant. What else can you ask for?

Pros

Very cost effect under $400

Built-in rigid panels on the bow and stern to improve tracking

light weight  and easy to carry only 23lbs

 

Cons

Getting in the kayak can be difficult as it is very light 

not suitable for serious paddling 

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Sea Eagle SE370 Inflatable Sport Kayak

The Sea Eagle SE370 is the best tandem inflatable kayak for touring that is immensely durable. With a 650 lbs weight capacity! you can fit a maximum of three people with huge amounts of space left for storage.

This kayak is ideal for still water and with the way the spray skirt has been designed it  will allow the kayak to glide over the water without getting you soaked.

This Sea Eagle SE370 inflatable kayak is the one kayak to take for long trips, giving you peace of mind that your cargo stays dry.

This kayak has been built with sun resistant materials which means that it can take on long periods of sun exposure and still look as good as when you bought it. 

It is also suitable for up to class 3 saltwater resistant which is fantastic. Now, you no longer have to limit where you take your kayak.

This inflatable ocean kayak even comes with a handy carrying bag which makes transporting it  that much more easier.

Pros

Can take up to three people and have plenty of room left for storage

Cleverly deigned spray skirt to keep all your items dry

Designed with sun  and saltwater resistant material keeping your kayak look new and fresh 

Cons

Kayak is quite heavy at 65lbs

Does not come with a inflation gauge for the floor even though one come for the side tubes

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Intex Excursion Pro Kayak Fishing Kayak

This is the best inflatable fishing kayak under $500 we have another post which talks solely on fishing kayaks which you can check out by CLICKING HERE

This kayak is built with a 3 ply PVC  puncture resistant material to ensure it can withstand the wear tear of the rivers.

The Intex Excursion Pro also features two air chambers give you a good sense of safety that even if the worst worse to happen you simply pop a hole in your kayak you can still stay afloat and get back to shore safely 🙂

3-Ply super tough construction employs a high molecular PVC that is unaffected by gasoline, oil and Salt water

The entire front of this sporty looking kayak is a mesh cargo area to bring lots of gear along with you. Pack a couple of dry bags and set sail into the open water with peace of mind that you have a sturdy and reliable kayak.

Pros

3-Ply material employs a high molecular PVC that is unaffected by gasoline, oil and salt water

I-beam floor design for increased rigidity

Adjustable foot rests and elevated seat cushion

Cons

Lack of legroom when both seats are installed

Does not come with a inflation gauge for the floor even though one come for the side tubes

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BONUS: Tips for prolonging the life of your inflatable kayak

  • Let it dry directly in the sun for as long as possible after a kayaking
  • Use an absorbent towel that soaks up all the water that  gets into your kayak.  Ensure that you wipe underneath the sides, top, and bottom of each compartment.
  • Turn the kayak upside down to wipe off the bottom and let any excess water fall out of the top.
  • If you go  kayaking in a place with lots of mud or seaweed, bring paper towels to clean up the mess BEFORE using the absorbent towel.

 

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FAQ about inflatable kayaks

Q1. Are inflatable kayaks Durable?

Yes most kayaks are made with 2 or 3 layers of heavy duty PVC  to ensure the do not get punctures (all kayaks on our list are puncture resistant)  and most are resistant to saltwater gasoline an oil.

As long as you buy from trusted place and read the description of the kayak to make sure they are made of good quality materials then you are most certainly okay.

Q2. Are inflatable kayaks worth it?

Definitely they are in most cases a cheap alternative and take little to no space at all for storage. If you need a kayak for a quick trip and want to save money and space they are worth it.

Q3. Are inflatable kayaks slower then hard shell kayaks?

Inflatable kayaks are slower then hard shell kayaks and are not really known for speed there are a few models that are designed for speed but if it speed you are after then a hard shell kayak will always be much faster

Q4. How much do inflatable kayaks Weigh?

Most inflatable kayaks weight between 20 and 80 lbs. An average weight for a solo kayak is 35lbs and the average weight for a tandem kayak is 60lbs

Q5. Are inflatable kayaks safe?

Yes inflatable kayaks are extremely durable manufactures would not risk the lives many kayaks buy designing poor inflatable kayaks. Just make sure you buy from a trusted source.