The great thing about camping is it inspires you to be more active when you’re on holiday. Quite often you can camp in the most amazing locations, providing the opportunity for lots of outdoor fun. And better still, if you are able to pick a site close to water, you can take advantage and get involved in some water sports too.
At first you will likely want to hire any equipment, just to make sure it’s the activity for you. However, once you get hooked you might find it is more economical and practical to buy your own. With that in mind we have created our own guide to the best inflatable kayaks available to buy.
The Intex Explorer K2 represents excellent value for money if you are looking for an economical inflatable kayak which can carry up to 2 adults. The maximum weight is 350 pounds, which works out at about 12 stone max per person. It is very quick to inflate, taking only around 5 minutes.
It comes with a drawstring canvas bag to transport it, with the deflated kayak weighing in at around 16kgs.
The inflated kayak is very lightweight and therefore really easy to navigate and move through the water.
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Material – It’s really important to make sure your kayak is made out of durable material that is going to withstand a few knocks and scrapes. Avoid any makes that use cheap material as these will easily rip and puncture. Go for ones that have some kind of coating over a stretched material.
Max Weight/Capacity – You can purchase inflatable kayaks for one or two passengers. Check the weight capacity to make sure 2 of you won’t go over this limit. If you are opting for a 2 person kayak make sure that the kayak can handle any potential uneven weight distribution – for example if you are out boating with a child.
What It Comes With – Many kayaks aimed at beginners come with oars included. These may or may not be that great – but they are likely a good starting point until you want to invest in some higher quality models. Hopefully you won’t need it, but a patch repair kit is a useful addition to have, should you have an unfortunate meeting with a sharp rock.
How Easy It Inflates/Deflates – If you are regularly using your kayak, how quickly it inflates or deflates will soon become important. The better ones will only take 5 to 10 minutes and you will be thankful for this as you impatiently wait to get out on that inviting water!
To prolong the life of your kayak you will need to follow some basic care and maintenance tips.