Inflatable Kayaks

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  1. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    I love the design and hard floor on the Powerdrifter. I wish they would produce it again.
     
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    well if you win the lottery and can afford 2 of these, 1 for each person, they pack extremely small and are the size of a regular single inflatable kayak, and since they are actually shaped like a kayak, should paddle a lot better on flat water than a more traditional packraft.

    The new expedition sized aire bakraft (the 2 green boats) that Dirty Santa hooked us up with this year, they only weight 10 pounds and are made of pretty burly dyneema/spectra material with urethane inner aire cells.

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    That is cool I wish that Santa had gotten lost and dropped those at my house.
     
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    Anyone try the Aquaglide Blackfoot angler hb xl inflatable kayaks?

    Not sure if they are as stout in whitewater as the Aires but saw them at boat show and they piqued my interest as a reasonably light and packable-ish option with a rigid bottom that I could stand in at least in slow/flat water. Not too pricey either. I see it as my "when that guy Billy on WFF is willing to take me bass fishing I could use this" my "screw my friends I just want to float the X River today and can drop anchor or pull out if I get into some good fish" boat, or my "daughter and I can go for a mellow paddle and I could sneak some fishing in during our paddle without having to drag out my big sit on top wilderness systems beast of a kayak" option.

    https://www.aquaglide.com/aquaglide-products/blackfoot-hb-angler-xl
     
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    Ahoy, can you give me some advice too? I need an inflatable kayak for 2 persons. I have a rather small trunk, and there is no trailer. I have an external trunk on the roof, but I use it for tents and gear. I need a kayak for fishing on the lake and the river. The main requirement is that it would be compactly composed. My car is a Mercedes w210. Fishing equipment - 4 spinnings, one large tent, several blankets, a portable gas stove and a small bowler. It all takes quite a lot of space and therefore neither the boat nor the usual kayak suits me. Are there any options for me?
     
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    I still hope for your answer, because in the middle of next week I have to buy. I did a little research on the Internet. Unfortunately, I was not used to trusting in everything, but I gathered some information. According to the recommendation from Google now are popular sea eagle, Advanced Elements, Sevylor, Intex and Coleman. According to the site of kayakcritic.net - the same manufacturers, only the models differ. According to the bestadvisor version, Intex and Sevylor also prevail.
    SO, I narrowed the search to these manufacturers. Tell me please whether anyone of you used kayaks from these brands, which one should be chosen considering my situation?
    Resources from which I took information-
    - Google recommendations on the keywords "best inflatable kayaks"
    - Kayakcritic - http://kayakcritic.net/inflatable-kayak ... ble-kayak/
    - Bestadviser - https://www.bestadvisers.co.uk/inflatable-kayak
     
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    I think if you ead tissue whole post you will get some great advise. I have decided on an Aire inflatable.
     
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    How compact is it in the folded state?
     
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    Alakey, what country are you in? If you are outside the US, there are a lot of options available that we don't really have in the US and of which I only know a little bit about.

    All the brands you listed are lower end boats, which may work for you.

    I can speak directly to Aire brand boats. A 2 person Tomcat, Aire lynx, Aire outfitter or Aire Strike will treat you right, are burly boats that will last many many years, if not a couple decades or more and roll up pretty small. If you can't get one of these in your car with camping gear, you are taking too much crap. Specifications for Aire brand boats can be reviewed on their website. Or you can give them a call directly, Aire staff are super helpful.

    If you really are looking for a 2 person kayak that packs the very very smallest, look at the available 2 person "packrafts" made by several companies such as these:

    http://www.kokopellipackraft.com/packrafts/twain
    https://www.alpackaraft.com/rafting/product/forager/
    https://pristineventures.com/products/pr-49-standard-package/

    If you are in Europe, check these out too:
    http://www.packrafting-store.de/Packrafts/Universal/MRS-Adventure-X2::615.html
    http://www.packrafting-store.de/Packrafts/Universal/Kokopelli-Twain-olive::747.html

    Good luck, last post from me on this topic.
     
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    Now I'm in the USA, Arizona, and I want to buy a kayak here before departure to Ukraine that's why I have such a hurry. Thank you very much for the answer, I'm at a great price for kokopelli, I'll still consider Aire options and I then make a decision.
     
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    Don't buy one in the US! Buy a Gumotex kayak that is made in the Czech Republic. They are distributed in most European countries so you will more easily be able to gets parts and service if needed.

    But most importantly, they are awesome kayaks (I have 2) and paddle more like a real kayak than any other inflatable kayak I have tried (lots). They are well designed and constructed with expensive materials, not cheap vinyl like Intex and Sevylor type kayaks.

    http://www.gumotexboats.com/
     
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    Do what Freestone says, you will be glad you took her advice.
     
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    Those are Innova, right?
    I have two Innova Safari

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    yes, Innova is Gumotex USA
     
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