Pro’s and Con’s of Inflatable Kayaks
When considering the actual construction of an inflatable kayak, you should just picture it as another method of designing a boat. As with other construction types, there are good designs as well as poor ones, exactly as we find with hard hulled kayaks.
The better quality inflatable kayaks will use a rubber over coating on top of low stretch fabrics. I can actually be pretty tough, some even consider it tougher than a rigid construction for tough situations such as bouncing off rocks and the bank of a river.
The cheaper made inflatables are actually pretty flimsy and will tear and puncture given moderate to hard use, so when it comes to inflatable kayaks you certainly get what you pay for.
Just like their rigid cousins, inflatable kayaks come in a huge array of designs, specifically for the type of kayaking you’re looking to do. A well designed touring kayak will be more streamlined for less drag and will sit lower in the water so it doesn’t get caught by side winds.