Are you thinking about investing in a brand-new kayak for some summer adventures this year? If so, you might want to re-think getting a traditional kayak and opt for an inflatable kayak.
Product Dimensions :
31 x 18.9 x 7.9 inches
Item Weight :
Inflated Size :
10.7 x 2.8 lw
Persons Capactiy :
Weight Capacity :
carry bag, inflatable spray skirts
Hand Pump inclusive?:
Repair Kit inclusive?:
- removable seats
- foot pump
- carry bag
- saltwater resistant
- class iii whitewater rafting
- poor packaging
- no instruction manuals
While they might not seem like the obvious choice, inflatable kayaks are made of surprisingly thick hull material and are durable regardless of what type of rapid you take them down.
Without any further adieu, let’s jump right into this product review and give you the details on four of the top inflatable kayak brands on the market right now.
Sea Eagle has been manufacturing inflatable kayaks since way back in 1968. These kayaks were designed to be very similar in nature to the sport kayaks that Sea Eagle had already been manufacturing for quite a few years. These crafts can be used in any type of water you can imagine. They work well in lakes, bays, flatwater rivers, whitewater rapids, and in the ocean. Additionally, some of their inflatable models can be used for fishing. Regardless of which one you choose, you will be getting a high-quality product that is built for either a one-day trip or an exciting camping expedition.
Sea Eagle’s inflatable kayak models range in price from $199 to $1,299, and there are a total of 12 different models that you can choose from. The first of these models (and also the most affordable) is the SE 330. As one of the inflatable sport models, the SE 330 is incredibly easy to set up, taking less than ten minutes total.
It only weighs 26 pounds and can hold up to 500 pounds, making it capable of holding two small adults, an adult and a child, or an adult and a fun-loving canine companion. When you’re done using the SE 330, it can easily be packed down into an easy-to-carry size that can fit into your vehicle.
The next inflatable kayak model up, the SE 370, is a slightly more spacious two-seater for adults, although it can technically fit up to three people. The craft itself weighs just 32 pounds and is also easy to tote around, set up, and take back down. It is suitable for up to Class III whitewater rafting and features five deluxe one way valves. There are also open and close drain valves, an I-beam floor construction, and grab lines at both the bow and stern of the kayak.
The Explorer models are even tougher and are suitable for Class IV whitewater rafting. These models also have a removable slide skeg that allows for better tracking when you take your kayak out on the open water. The 350fx Fishing Explorer is, as its name indicates, built specifically to fit your fishing needs. With its 2000 Denier layers that offer the utmost in protection and six built-in rod holders, this kayak makes fishing a lot easier. This inflatable kayak also comes equipped with a 40-inch FishRuler that allows you to measure the length of your catch right there inside the boat.
The 350fx is a one-person boat, but it is capable of holding up to 575 pounds. In other words, you can load it up with plenty of fishing gear without a problem. If you want to take it whitewater rafting, the 350fx is suitable up to Class IV.
If you’re looking for a three-seater inflatable kayak, the 420x Explorer is plenty spacious and is capable of holding up to 855 pounds. There are 16 high capacity self-bailing drain valves and one-way air valves equipped on the 420x. Additionally, if you’re looking for extra rigidity, there is a separate drop stitch floor available.
The three FastTrack models are curvier than the other models, which allows them to go faster through the water and display even more agility while maneuvering. There is an Angler Series model that is built for fishing, and the other two models (the 385ft and the 465ft Fast Track) are capable of seating two and three people, respectively. However, these kayaks are only suitable for up to Class II whitewater rafting due to the nature of their construction. These kayaks take about seven to eight minutes to inflate and quickly deflate and fold as well. The biggest bonus is that these kayaks are much lighter in weight than their competitors. The 385ft weighs just 35 pounds, and the 465ft weighs a respectable 44 pounds. These kayaks fold down so compactly that they can even fit into the trunks of small sedans.
Sea Eagle’s two RazorLite
Sea Eagle’s two RazorLites (the 393rl and the 473rl) are the first-ever all drop stitch inflatable kayak models on the market. They are considered to be some of the more high-performance models out there with their swift paddling speeds of up to 6 miles per hour. Their drop stitch technology allows the RazorLites to slice through waves more cleanly and accurately than other kayaks. The 393rl seats one while the 473rl seats two passengers. Since these kayaks are high-performance, they are best suited for those with intermediate to advanced kayaking skills.
435 ps Paddleski Inflatable Catamaran Kayak
Finally, Sea Eagle has the 435 ps Paddleski Inflatable Catamaran Kayak. This catamaran inflatable kayak is durable, stable, and speedy, giving little resistance when you cut through choppy waves. Whether you want to row, sail, paddle, or use the motor, this kayak gives you that ability. The hull is wide, and the kayak gets about 300 strokes per side with the foot pump. Again, the hull is a light 41 pounds, and the catamaran kayak can be easily and quickly packed down to a mere fraction of its full size for storage. This makes it ideal for camping and traveling, and it can comfortably seat two adults.
Overall, Sea Eagle has a lot of solid options to choose from. There are models for beginners and more advanced users, both adults and children alike, and fishermen will likely appreciate the utility and spaciousness of the angler crafts that Sea Eagle has available.