When we want to choose inflatable kayaks for whitewater rafting, we must think raging rapids and rivers twirling in turbulent waters peppered with large boulders and A top of the line inflatable kayak for whitewater can be used in extreme conditions of raging rivers and rapids characterized by their turbulent waters, rocks and drops. We will maneuver and paddling around rocks, down rapids and pull off moves we never dreamed possible. We need a kayak that has control, maneuverability and stability that looks at the churning rapids as a piece of cake rather than a challenge.
Sea Eagle 330 Inflatable Kayak
One of the best available is the Sea Eagle 330 Inflatable Kayak. Not only does it perform superbly in rapids, but it's used for paddling, fishing and skin diving in calmer waters. It holds a Class III in whitewater rafting and is without a doubt right at the top of the line in inflatable kayaks. Its polykrylar hull is highly resistance to tears and punctures and the I-beam construction is built for durability and the welded seams are designed to withstand the impelling force of whitewater. It can hold 500 pounds yet easily fits in a storage bag or in a backpack to hike to a destination. It has a foot pump that is high pressure and inflates in 10 minutes or less. Separate air chambers prevent sinking and it includes a repair kit, self bailing drain valve, spray skirts, rope handles and two fins on the underside of the kayak. It gets a five-star rating from Amazon reviews and sells for $1,300.
Solstice Rogue Kayak
The Solstice Rogue Kayak is also a contender when it comes to top-notch inflatable kayaks for whitewater. It sports puncture resistant heavy-duty material from bow to stern and can withstand many a whitewater trip. It welded radio frequency seams withstand the punishing forces of water, and the I-beam construction gives it stability with additional rigidity in its frame. It's a convertible kayak meaning we can travel alone or bring a friend with plenty of room for both plus gear. Weight limit is 360 pounds for stability, maneuverability and control. Zody's sells this kayak for $209.00.
Advanced Elements Attack Whitewater Kayak
Advanced Elements Attack Whitewater Kayak is made for those who are looking for durability and affordability at the same time. Class III whitewater can be challenged with great enthusiasm with this kayak, yet it's a gentle giant on calm waters as well. It’s stability comes from it’s 35-inch width as well as it’s 12-inch rocker. It’s durability is enhanced with a combination of PVC tarpaulin hull and independent PBC bladders that form a material which is double layered to improve resistance against punctures. Three air chambers keep the boat afloat even if one has punctured. It has adjustable thigh straps, molded grab handles, adjustable seat and hull abrasion rails. Gear can easily be stowed in the rear cargo bay. Amazon sells this inflatable kayak for $609.00.
Solstice Flare 1 Person Kayak
Another favorite is the Solstice Flare 1 Person Kayak. It comes with a pressure gauge, high-pressure pump, manual and carrier bag. It’s thick hull is made of 1000 Denier nylon because of its puncture resistant attributes. The floor is drop stitched and it’s rigid feel gives it maneuverability and stability in rough water. It has a detachable fin for finer control in conditions that are rough and offers better tracking in calmer waters. This one-person inflatable kayak holds a maximum weight of 320 pounds. Added features include screw type drain valves, elastic cords and soft handles on the stern and bow covers. It sells for $380 at Walmart.
Sea Eagle SE330 Inflatable Sports Kayak Pro Solo Package
Sea Eagle SE330 Inflatable Sports Kayak Pro Solo Package light and small but carries up to 500 pounds holding two people plus cargo. It 26 pounds has plenty of room for average size adults because of the spacious dimensions. It stores in a carry bag and is easily stored in a car's trunk. It has passed manufacturer tests for rough Class III rapids and durability.
NRS Outlaw II Inflatable Kayak
Cabela has the NRS Outlaw II Inflatable Kayak that is constructed using abrasion resistant PVC as well as PVC coated drop stitch floor inserts that are removable. It has tie downs secure gear and stainless-steel D rings with C7 Leafield valves for fast deflating and inflating. Also offers bow and stern built-in carrying handles. It holds two riders and is super stable with drain holes on the floor of the kayak. It can take on aggressive white-water conditions without a problem and has tubes and a self-bailing floor for flotation capabilities. The C7 valves make inflating and deflating a snap. A repair kit is included along with a three-year warranty. Cabela sells this inflatable kayak for $800.
380x Explorer Inflatable Kayak
The 380x Explorer Inflatable Kayak is an adventure in motion made to hold one or two people and designed to challenge whitewater torrents as well as the open water. Specifications include a hull weight of 40 pounds, 12 feet 6-inch length, 3 feet 3-inch width, and an interior of 11 feet 9 inches by 15 inches. It has a weight capacity of 759 pounds. When deflated it’s dimensions are 31 inches by 20 inches by 9 inches. There are 3 chambers at port, floor and starboard. Tube diameter is 11.5 inches and there are 3 one-way recessed air valves. Seams are quadruple overlapped, and the material is 1000 Denier reinforced. It is Class IV whitewater rated. Package accessories are available and include repair kits, carry bags, seats and foot pumps. Basic cost for the kayak is $999 at Seaeagle.com.