Best Inflatable Kayak

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.


Inflatable Kayak Reviews

Intex Explorer K2 Kayak

Main Features

  • Max Weight Capacity – 350 pounds
  • Inflated size 312cm x 91cm x 51cm
  • Max People – 2
  • 86inch aluminium oars included
  • Repair patch
  • High output pump for inflating
  • Grab lines at both ends
  • Adjustable seats
  • Carry bag

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.

Our best budget buy inflatable kayak for 2 people.


Intex Challenger K2 Kayak

Main Features

  • Max Weight Capacity – 350lbs
  • Inflated Size – 351cm x 76cm x 38cm
  • Max People – 2
  • 84″ aluminium oars
  • High output pump for inflating
  • Cargo net for extra storage
  • Removable skeg
  • Inflatable foot rest
  • Carry bag


What To Look For Before Buying An Inflatable Kayak

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!

 Why Buy An Inflatable Kayak?

  • If you enjoy kayaking but don’t have the space to store a harder plastic version, an inflatable kayak is ideal. If car boot space allows you could even keep it rolled up in a bag in there. Available at all times to use, just in case you stumble upon that perfect lake or canal to kayak down. Failing that they don’t take up much space in a garage or loft.
  • They are generally much cheaper to buy than a plastic version.
  • They are really quick to inflate and deflate.
  • They are easier to handle than more rigid versions and so perfect for beginners and occasional kayakers.

Taking Care Of An Inflatable Kayak

To prolong the life of your kayak you will need to follow some basic care and maintenance tips.

  • Hose it down with fresh water after each use.
  • Always allow it to completely dry before storing it.
  • Check it regularly for any splits or punctures so you can repair it before it gets too bad. Always check it before you head out on a kayak trip.
  • Practise inflating, deflating and folding it away before you go out on your first trip. You don’t want to find out you can’t get it down and packed away on the side of a river or canal.



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