Inflatable kayak

You may also want to check out the SOAR inflatable canoes. The company is in Healdsburg, CA. These boats have been used all over the planet. They sell heavy duty ones to outfitters in Alaska for hunters flying in on float planes. They produce 12, 14 & 16' versions. I had a 14 ft model for 10 years. Paddled it both solo and tandem in whitewater and once flew it to Baja and snorkled out of it. Very stable and can hold a cooler. Can be set up to self bail or be closed up. What I like most about these is that it is a canoe, meaning you are not sitting down inside of it getting wet if it gets rough. You can sit for flat water or kneel from the canoe seat when it gets rough. When my wife and I paddled tandem, we used canoe paddles. When I used for solo whitewater, I used a kayak paddle as shown in photo. Also, check out The Boat People inflatable boat specialists in California. They have an extensive lineup of inflatables from the USA and Europe.

http://soar1.com
theboatpeople.com

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Photo taken on Owyhee River in SE Oregon
 
I have a hard shell kayak for about 5 years already but I get to use it more seldom because it's getting complicated to transport. So I now want to get rid of it and get myself an inflatable version just because of the ease of transportation. I already have a compressor so it wouldn't be a problem to pump it up.
 
crumbs said:
have any of you folks spoken with owners of Oru folding kayak? Seems like these would suit the TC people well.
http://www.orukayak.com
at one point i know they had a rental program.
takesiteasy said:
Oops, I just saw this was posted earlier...
Bump to see if anyone has used either of these?
Also, interested in invasive species testing/treatment/fees when crossing state lines with packable boats.

Paul
 
A couple of weeks ago Sioux and I stopped in at the local whitewater store to pick up some new rigging straps for our cataraft. We walked out $3,000.00 poorer with this unique concept from Hobie.

Pricey but we recently rented a 2 person kayak down in Florida for a day of flat water birding and my tendonitus would barely let me sleep that night. Hopefully my legs will be stronger than my arms!
 
Wow, I loved my Hobie mirage tandom, but that sucker weighed a ton and we couldn't lift it to the top of the car much less the camper so we got rid of it. This is an amazing idea, and I would love an actual review after you get it out on the water. I am starting the piggy bank right now!


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I have been researching inflatable kayaks and this thread is very helpful. I would have missed the Sea Eagle linked to in one of the posts. The 12' solo model, 393rl, has a complete package price of $849 and free shipping thru end of this month. I am impressed the entire boat, hull and floor, is drop stitch construction so my guess is it should have decent tracking and speed for an inflatable. Was considering the AdvancedElements but after pay extra for the drop stitch floor price is about the same.

The tough part about choosing is no local dealers that stock any inflatables. Even my local REI store no longer has any type of boats in the store.
 
I have one of the aire inflatables, love it for lakes and rivers. Bought a used folbot last year, its great as well, more for ocean and big lakes. Have carried on or the other for a while, great for baja.
 
I’m a new member to this forum, so a bit late to the original post, but I have an Aquaglide Blackfoot HB 2 person inflatable that I've been very impressed with. It’s light and compact enough to be fairly easy to move around, and has been rugged enough for Class 2 rapids. It has threaded plugs so the scupper holes can be open or closed, and a drop stitch floor for a rigid base. With both me and my wife, there’s not a lot of spare room for gear but it’s perfect for day trips. It cost about $1000 3 years ago.

Greg
 
I bought the AdvancedElements Advanced Frame Sport last summer. I ordered the optional drop stitch floor but they sent the wrong size. I called and they suggested trying it as is and I was impressed with how fast it is on a small lake and also how well it tracked, I did not request the optional floor. Their support person said the floor would take up more space and might cramp the foot area which is just barely large enough even with bare feet. I used it about 20+ days last, mostly lakes but also some flat water streams with little current. My only complaint is it has a slight list to the left and I have been unable to position the inflatable tube to eliminate that.
 
gregobr said:
I’m a new member to this forum, so a bit late to the original post, but I have an Aquaglide Blackfoot HB 2 person inflatable that I've been very impressed with. It’s light and compact enough to be fairly easy to move around, and has been rugged enough for Class 2 rapids. It has threaded plugs so the scupper holes can be open or closed, and a drop stitch floor for a rigid base. With both me and my wife, there’s not a lot of spare room for gear but it’s perfect for day trips. It cost about $1000 3 years ago.

Greg
Welcome to the "Cult". You will find friendly/knowledgeable members here.
I have a Advanced Elements Convertible DS and only use it once in a while,but have enjoyed it.
Easier to carry in the Bobcat then the 12' canoe on the top.
Frank
 
Is there a place or options to rent for kayaks in an area that you will go ... sorry just noob, I'm not active in outdoors :)
 
Sheryl3 said:
Is there a place or options to rent for kayaks in an area that you will go ... sorry just noob, I'm not active in outdoors :)
My guess is yes, but (imo) there are a few negatives associated with rentals. One beng time. If you are not staying put for any length of time it may very well become inconvenient to rent.

The best positive for rental is likely for someone who has a passing interest at being on the water.
As for me, I have had several, and I love getting out before all the powered machines set out. It's a poor person's closest thing to being in outer space.
 

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