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Inflatable Kayak: Buying Guide

by valwix support 03 Jul 2023 0 Comments

What do you need to start kayaking?

Just like SUP boarding, kayaking is an accessible sport and it doesn't take much to get started. Of course, the most important thing is a good and robust inflatable kayak.

Which inflatable kayak suits you best? Many people ask this question, especially people who have never kayaked before.

After being asked this question several times, we decided to write this buyer's guide.

Advantages of an inflatable kayak

Before you even think about a kayak, it's important to ask yourself whether you're looking for an inflatable kayak or a "hard" model. That is why we have listed the pros and cons of an inflatable product for you below.

transport

A big advantage, perhaps the greatest, is the ease with which you can transport an inflatable kayak. A rolled-up kayak is the size of a large backpack. This makes it easy to take the kayak in any car, on your back when you go for a walk or even on a plane.

Are you going to spend a week in the Ardennes or your holiday in one of the popular southern European destinations? You no longer have to leave your kayak at home or attach it to the roof. Roll it up, put it in the trunk of your car and you can even enjoy your vacation or weekend on the water.

storage

You can kayak on the water year-round. Nevertheless, we see that the product is mainly used in the summer months, which is logical. Would you rather stay at the stove in winter than brave the water? Then it is convenient that you can empty the kayak and store it in your shed or in the attic.

Durable

The technology for inflatable products such as a SUP board or a kayak has developed enormously in recent years. The materials are tested against all weather conditions for over three years before they are used in a product. An inflatable SUP is now so strong that you can easily run over it with an SUV.

So a kayak can take some pounding. Paddling against a super sharp rock can cause a kayak to spill. However, a kayak is designed not to leave you in the water.

The technology inside a kayak ensures that it empties as slowly as possible. You also get a repair kit with every kayak, so you'll soon be back in the water!

Cheaper

Last but not least the purchase price. An inflatable product is much cheaper to purchase than a "hard" kayak. The production costs are several times lower and so are the transport costs.

This is a significant cost advantage and you can tell! For around $200 you already have a good inflatable product. See if you can do that with a hard kayak.

Disadvantages of an inflatable kayak

There are also a number of disadvantages for an inflatable product. We also explain them here so that you can make a good decision as to which product suits you best.

 

Speed

If you brave the water with an inflatable kayak, you will find that you can reach less speed than with a "hard" product. The fast design of a hard kayak allows you to maneuver faster, turn faster and also use the current more. Especially advanced users will notice this.

Size

Would you like to take that narrow piece of river or paddle in that super narrow cave? Then it will be easier with a hard kayak.

An inflatable kayak is slightly larger than a hard kayak and this is especially noticeable in the narrow parts.

inflation

The advantage of easy transport in the back of the car also has its disadvantage. When you arrive at your destination, you must pump first.

It takes about 8-10 minutes for a kayak to inflate and get in the water. The advantage is that you have already done the warm-up!

Types of Kayaks

What you should consider when starting out kayaking is primarily what you intend to do with your inflatable kayak.

Looking to relax on your kayak, search for wilder water and brave the waves, or even kayak fishing?

This will determine to a large extent what type of kayaks you should be looking at for your new kayak. we distinguish between the following kayaks:

Relaxation

These are the kayaks for people who want to paddle when the weather is nice. You don't need the best model, but you do want to relax on the water every now and then.

The kayak is suitable for all ages and is easy to paddle.

tours

These kayaks are a bit more comfortable and are suitable for people who want to kayak a bit. These kayaks are wonderful in the water and provide sufficient stability.

Racing

These kayaks are for the real sports enthusiast who wants to get the most out of their day paddling. The kayak must be of the highest quality because you expect a combination of performance, speed and agility from the product.

You buy this product if you are a fan of the sport and do so regularly. However, you want the benefits of an inflatable product over a hard kayak.

Kayak together or alone?

Would you like to get on the water and experience wild adventures in wild waters? Or just relax and paddle through a lake or river? Are you someone who prefers to cruise alone and looking for peace and quiet, or do you prefer to experience action as a couple? There is a suitable kayak for all possibilities and combinations. Because the choice of inflatable kayaks is a bit smaller than the options you have with inflatable SUP boards, you certainly have fewer options to choose from. However, it is difficult to know exactly what is the right kayak for you, especially if you are a beginner.

single kayaks

Do you like kayaking without being disturbed by anyone else? Do you enjoy nature and the movement of the water all alone? Then a one-person inflatable kayak is for you. These kayaks are of course slightly smaller than the two-person kayaks and therefore inflate faster. Depending on the type of inflatable kayak you choose, it will weigh little or a little more. The heaviest single kayak weighs 16.5 kg, luckily you always get a handy carry bag when you buy an inflatable kayak!

double kayaks

As a couple or friends, do you particularly enjoy going out on the water together and experiencing adventures? Would you like to talk quietly in a beautiful natural setting without being disturbed during your conversation? With a two-person kayak you can go out together to discover new areas, relax and be sporty at the same time.

Servicing inflatable kayaks

Whatever kayak you choose, it is not only important to choose the right inflatable kayak that suits you best. You also want the kayak to stay in good shape for a long time and get the most out of your investment.

Security

The most important thing to always put first when kayaking is the safety of you and your kayaking partner. Especially if you take children with you, you should pay special attention to them and observe all safety regulations.

Always wear a life jacket when kayaking so you don't get any unexpected surprises. A restroom for your kayak is also a must to ensure you can get out of the water in any situation.

Don't forget your sunscreen when kayaking in warm weather! If you go kayaking in cold weather, you should consider more factors.

Finally, it is good to have a dry bag with important things like a mobile phone or dry clothes. If something happens, you can reach someone at any time. You can also bring a camera (and keep it dry) for the best shots.

kayak paddling technique

As with most other sports, it is very important to learn good technique right away when you first sit in your kayak.

kayak paddle

When it comes to kayak paddles, there really isn't much choice; the paddle that comes with each inflatable kayak in the package is a good paddle to start with.

Of course, unlike a SUP board paddle, a kayak paddle has a blade on both sides, allowing you to gain even more speed. Especially if you do this together in a good rhythm, you reach a high speed.

Kayak Accessories

What other accessories do you need besides the inflatable kayak? In addition to a kayak, you need a paddle to move forward on the water. A hand pump or electric pump is also essential to inflate the kayak to access the water.

In order to make it easier to take the inflatable kayak with you, it is best to use a spacious backpack. Keep an eye out for our inflatable kayak deals as many of the popular models include paddles, hand pump and backpack for free!

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