For the outdoor lover with limited space, funds, and no way to transport a large boat, inflatable kayaks may be the best way to get out on the water. If you’ve been longing to get a bait underneath that submerged tree that you just can’t cast to from the bank, an inflatable kayak is a great way to expand your fishing opportunities. Inflatable kayaks are safer than you think, and come in a wide array of colors and with an abundance of different features to choose from. They range in price from the absurdly cheap to expensive, high-end kayaks that carry recognizable brand names. Most people question the safety of being miles out on the water in something filled with air, but most kayaks are built with coast-guard approved, highly puncture resistant, durable material. People even take them out on the ocean, or among sharp rocks in strong rapids! If you’ve been staring from the shore long enough, take a look at our compilation of 2017’s top ten best inflatable kayaks!
10. HydroForce White Cap Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard and Kayak
This product is unique in its’ ability to be functional as both a kayak and a stand up paddleboard. It’s composed of an extremely durable, rigid 3 ply reinforced polyester mesh-core which is encased in two layers of laminated PVC. It’s drop-stitch construction makes it highly resistant to punctures and damage. This unique product comes with an aluminum oar, a travel bag, an air pump and gauge and a comfortable kayak seat complete with a back rest. It is ten feet long and 32 inches wide, and a weight limit of 209 pounds on the water. It has three built in skegs to ensure stability and a cross-section of shock cording to attach gear to the deck.
9. Sevylor Quikpak K1 1-Person Kayak
The Sevylor Quickpak K1 is a model that comes with a ton of features. The coolest thing about it has got to be the fact that the seat is also the backpack you carry it in! This is super convenient, especially when you are trying to launch in a remote area. Also essential for easy launching are the built in handles and the fact that this 8 ½ foot kayak weighs just 18 pounds! The 21-gauge PVC material makes it perfect for lake use and its’ tarpaulin bottom will keep this kayak from being punctured by stumps, rocks and other objects hiding below the surface. The design consists of multiple air chambers, which is essential for taking your inflatable out into waters where it might take some damage. If one chamber is punctured, the others will keep you afloat until you can use your repair kit. It uses a guaranteed leak proof technology called the Airtightt® System, reinforced by a Double Lock™ air valve that makes both inflation and deflation a hassle free experience, usually taking less than five minutes. The backrest, cup holder, and multi-position footrest are features that provide maximum comfort and easy access to hydration. The bungee storage system and this kayak’s certified ability to hold 400 pounds, make this an excellent kayak for multi-day trips. The product comes with its’ own easy to use hand pump and a paddle that breaks down for easy storage and transportation.
8. Intex Challenger K2 Kayak, 2-Person Inflatable
The Intex Challenger K2 has some excellent features. It is roomy, comfortable and comes with two 86 inch paddles that break down into easily storable pieces. It weighs about 34 pounds and comes with a carrying bag, so it’s easily transported by most people. It has great tracking due to its’ removable skeg and streamline design. Its 400 pound weight limit combined with generous net and bungee storage as well as some storage space behind the rear seat makes it great for long trips and overnight expeditions. This kayak has grab lines on both ends for easy launching and an inflatable I-beam floor for ensured stability on the water. It comes with a high output pump for easy inflation of its’ two air chambers and an all-important repair patch kit. It is Coast Guard approved and made of Super-Tough vinyl that is resistant to both punctures and UV damage for ultimate durability. It is 11 ½ feet long, fully inflated and 30 inches wide. It’s bright green coloration makes it easily visible by other vessels on the water, keeping the users safe from being run over and making it easily noticeable in emergency situations.
7. Intex Excursion 4, 4-Person Inflatable Boat Set
While not exactly a kayak, the Intex Excursion is worth mentioning on this list. This inflatable boat has a capacity of four people and is great for fishing. It comes with two built in fishing rod holders, a gear pouch, two inflatable bench seat cushions with back rests and has pre-installed trolling motor fittings. It’s vinyl construction and inflatable I-beam floor make it both durable and stable. There is a grab line threaded around the whole of the boat, which is great for transportation as well as providing a place to clip gar to. It is 10 feet long and weighs 49 pounds, so it is easy for one or two fit people to transport and launch. It comes with two oars to fit into its’ built in oar holders, and an easy to use hand pump for inflation. It is Coast Guard approved and comes with a repair patch kit.
6. Strait Edge by Advanced Elements
This heavy duty, top of the line kayak is made to handle big waves and fast rapids. It has built-in aluminum ribs to define the bow and stern. These ribs serve the dual function of ensuring maximum tracking. The high support, adjustable padded seat that is included provides high levels of comfort on long paddling trips. This kayak is made of heavy-duty PVC Tarpaulin, so it can take lots of damage and is very resistant to punctures. Its’ bright color is an essential safety feature. It weighs 48 pounds and comes with an easy to carry duffel bag. It has a weight limit of 300 pounds, which is high for a one-person vessel. The Strait Edge has plenty of places to clip your gear. All in all, a great kayak for getting out and exploring remote, fast water locations.
5. Sea Eagle 330 Inflatable Kayak with Deluxe Package
The Sea Eagle 330 Inflatable Kayak with Deluxe Package weighs just 26 pounds but can carry up to 500! It is perfect for people who have trouble carrying heavy loads and is constructed of puncture-resistant, super thick K-80 polykrylar hull material, making it super durable. It is safety rated up to Class III whitewater, which is spectacular for an affordable inflatable kayak. It has two molded skegs, which make tracking on point. It comes with inflatable spray skirts to keep you as dry as possible while kayaking. Its value is increased by its two included oars, its included foot pump and easy to maneuver carrying bag. It is also an outstanding value as it comes with a limited three-year manufacturer’s warranty!
4. Intex Challenger K1 Kayak, 1-Person Inflatable
The Intex Challenger K1 is a younger sibling to the above-mentioned Challenger K2. It has many of the same features as the Chalenger K2, such as storage behind the seat and under the bungee-net up front, quick to use hand pump, and the bright safety-ensuring colors. It has one super-comfortable removable, inflatable seat and comes with one paddle where the Challenger K2 comes with two. It holds up to 220 pounds and weighs less than 23. It has added storage under the cargo net area if you are not a tall individual and do not need all that room for your legs. It is made of heavy-duty puncture-resistant vinyl, has two separate air chambers, boston valves for quick inflation and deflation, an inflatable I-beam floor for rigid stability and a removable skeg for optimum tracking. It comes with an easy to use patch repair kit and has plenty of storage space for fishing and camping gear.
3. Intex Explorer K2 Kayak, 2-Person Inflatable
The Intex Explorer K2 Kayak is extremely comfortable, comes with two removable, inflatable seats with backrests, and ample room for feet and legs. It is a little over 10 feet long, fully inflated and has more than enough room for two people. It can carry loads up to 400 pounds, so there is plenty of weight capacity for two people and some gear (or a dog). It weighs about 30 pounds, so is easy to carry to launch points. This kayak’s bright yellow design is important for safety and makes you more than visible to other boats and in emergency situations. It comes with two aluminum oars, a high output air pump, a carrying bag and a repair kit. It is made of highly durable, puncture-resistant vinyl, has boston valves for quick inflation and deflation, a removable skeg for on point tracking and grab lines on both ends that serve the dual function of being excellent places to clip gear. There is ample storage behind the rear seat and one person can easily maneuver the vessel. This makes it perfect for outings with children and dogs or even solo outings that require more space for gear.
2. Sea Eagle SE370K_P Inflatable Kayak with Pro Package
The Sea Eagle 370K P Inflatable Kayak with Pro Package differs from the Sea Eagle model above in a few ways. It comes with different inflatable seats than the Deluxe package, but comes with the same foot pump, repair kit and carrying bag. It comes with lashed down inflatable spray skirts, has two carry handles, a self-bailing drain valve and 5-Deluxe One-Way Valves. It has two skegs for better speed and tracking and is made of UV, puncture and salt-water resistant 38 Mil K-80 PolyKrylar. It can carry up to 650 pounds and weighs just 32 pounds for easy transportation. Its’ PVC construction keeps you afloat and allows for foldability for storage.
1. Advanced Elements AE1007-R Convertible Inflatable Kayak
The Advanced Elements AE1007-R AdvancedFrame Convertible Inflatable Kayak has a lot of fantastic features. It has built-in aluminum ribs that define the bow and stern while serving the dual function of improving tracking. It is constructed of three layers of material for extreme puncture resistance and is easy to unpack, unfold and inflate. The removable seats are easily attached and can be placed in any of three locations, allowing this kayak to be converted from a dual person vessel to a solo kayak. It weighs about 52 pounds, so it is a little harder to transport than some of the other kayaks on our list. However, it has lots of handholds throughout its’ design, so maneuvering it isn’t as hard as you might think. Also, keep in mind that most hard-shell kayaks weigh more than this, and people still manage to move them around! Its’ bright red color allows for maximum safety and visibility and its’ rubber construction and ability to hold up to 550 pounds makes it one of the safest kayaks around. It comes with a duffel bag to carry it in, a repair kit, an owner’s manual and two folding seats.