Choosing an Inflatable Kayak – What Should You Consider
Gone are the days when inflatable kayaks were simply pool toys. With recent dramatic increases in technology, today’s inflatables have evolved into everything from family recreational fun to high-tech specialized watercraft – some even rival the performance of hard shell kayaks. AirKayaks note: we have recently updated this posting to include advances in the technology.
Benefits of Inflatable Kayaks
So why choose an inflatable? The biggest reasons are portability and storage.
The ability to travel with an inflatable – either tossed into the back of your car or RV, taking mass transit, backpacking into remote areas or flying around the world – is appealing to many.
Inflatables also solve storage problems – the bags and backpacks can easily fit in a closet or trunk of a car, and there is no need for cumbersome and expensive roof racks.
Many of the inflatables are lightweight – making it easier to manage – and can hold one, two, sometimes three paddlers, making it great for family fun.
Most are rugged and incredibly stable, appealing to those nervous about the water and leary of “tippy” hardshells. Many have hulls which can take scrapes, bumps and submerged sticks and logs without a blip. And in the remote chance that you do puncture your kayak, most can be easily repaired with the included maintenance kits. Simply cut a patch, put on glue, apply pressure and let sit overnight.
Inflatable Kayak Styles and Definitions
With the number of new inflatables hitting the market, there are now many styles to choose from for a wide range of water activities – from oceans to ponds, slow moving rivers to white water or wave running.