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The best inflatable canoe kayak: comparative shopping guide

Written by Agathe Rosse

With an increasing number of enthusiasts, canoeing and kayaking is an outdoor sports activity that allows you to combine relaxation and physical activity, and where you can enjoy the landscape that surrounds you. If you want to be able to enjoy water sports when you feel like it and when the weather is ideal, there is nothing better than an inflatable canoe kayak, to get on the water in 2 or 3 movements.

Discover our comparison of the best inflatable kayaks, to choose the one that will accompany you in all your water rides.

 

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What is an inflatable canoe and kayak?

An inflatable canoe or kayak consists of reproducing an inflatable version of a canoe or kayak for more practicality. It deflates completely and folds up to take up very little space. Then just re-inflate it when you want to use it, mount it and you can go sailing in complete peace of mind.

This is the solution for kayakers: it costs less than a hardtop kayak, you don’t have to hang it on the roof of the car to be able to navigate, and you don’t need more room at home to store your inflatable canoe!

 

How to choose an inflatable canoe or kayak?

There are many models of these inflatable boats. More or less big, more or less practical or resistant, you will have to choose your canoe kayak according to your use. To make the right choice, here are the purchasing criteria to consider before you take to the water.

  • Stability

The stability of the inflatable kayak is perceived by the shape of the hull: the wider and flatter it is, the more stable it will be. Be careful, the wider the canoe is, the harder it is to steer, especially if you are alone. When making your choice, it is up to you to find the shape of the hull that suits you according to your level, your practice and your desires.

  • Single-seater or two-seater

Depending on your wishes, and whether you want to practice this activity alone, in pairs or with your family, you will have the choice of single-seater, two-seater or even three-seater kayaks on certain models.

  • Confort

Whatever your use, it is important that you are seated properly, that the paddles are adjustable to the right size, and that the foot chocks are suitable for you, both in terms of support and distance from your pelvis.

  • Type of inflatable canoe kayak

Comment choisir son canoë-kayak gonflable ?The shape of the kayak is very important to help you choose the type of kayak that will suit you best. It depends essentially on your practice and your desires. You will have to choose different models of canoes if you want to go sea kayaking, river kayaking, quiet rides or speed. The narrower and longer the shape of the inflatable boat, the faster the kayak gains speed and is designed for fast currents, allowing for more agility. On the contrary, if you are looking for an inflatable canoe for quiet walks on the water, you can take a wider boat. The rigidity of the boat is also a factor in your choice, as some practices require more flexible kayaks.

  • Weight

The weight of an inflatable kayak can vary depending on the model, ranging from 25 to 45kg. The heaviest canoes are those designed for longer, fairly quiet distances, while a lighter boat allows you to gain more speed and play with the rapids.

  • Strength

Of course, when you buy an inflatable boat, it is important to make sure that it is solid. The aim is to keep it as long as possible, it would be a shame if it gets pierced or damaged on its first sailing trip.

  • Practicality

The advantage of an inflatable canoe kayak is its practicality. However, some models are more bulky than others once deflated. Also, make sure that the inflatable boat is supplied with a carrying bag, so that you can take it along more easily. The inflation and deflation time may vary from one model to another, a criterion to be taken into account to avoid excessively long waiting times. Caution, the material necessary for inflation is not always supplied! Your boat must also be easy to assemble, so that you don’t lose time and get into the water as simply and quickly as possible!

 

Comparison of the best inflatable canoes and kayaks

Sevylor Adventure Inflatable Canoe - Blue/Grey
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Intex Explorer K2 Two-Person Kayak with Oars + Pump
Intex Challenger K1 Kayak 1 Man Inflatable Canoe with Aluminum Oars and Hand Pump
Bestway Hydro-Force Rapid X2 Kayak with Oars, 2 Person Capacity, Blue
Sevylor Adventure Inflatable Canoe - Blue/Grey
Intex Explorer K2 Two-Person Kayak with Oars + Pump
Intex Challenger K1 Kayak 1 Man Inflatable Canoe with Aluminum Oars and Hand Pump
Bestway Hydro-Force Rapid X2 Kayak with Oars, 2 Person Capacity, Blue
Use of the canoe kayak
Lake, fishing and seaside
Freshwater
Freshwater
Freshwater and seaside
Type of kayak
Single or two-seater convertible
Two-seater
Single-seater
Two-seater
Maximum load capacity
165kg
180kg
100kg
160kg
Materials
PVC
Reinforced vinyl
Reinforced vinyl
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Inflated kayak dimensions
314 x 88cm
312 x 91 x 51cm
274x76x33cm
321 x 88 x 42cm
Dimensions deflated kayak
61 x 20,3 x 48cm
68,5 x 45,7 x 28cm
63,5x40,6x23cm
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Weight of the kayak
12kg
16,7kg
11,8kg
13,7kg
Carrying bag
Repair kit
Additional equipment
A pressure gauge, a pump and a user manual
2 oars, a perimeter rope, a pump, a repair kit
One paddle, one pump
2 oars
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Price not available
£332.00
£265.00
Price not available
Sevylor Adventure Inflatable Canoe - Blue/Grey
Sevylor Adventure Inflatable Canoe - Blue/Grey
Use of the canoe kayak
Lake, fishing and seaside
Type of kayak
Single or two-seater convertible
Maximum load capacity
165kg
Materials
PVC
Inflated kayak dimensions
314 x 88cm
Dimensions deflated kayak
61 x 20,3 x 48cm
Weight of the kayak
12kg
Carrying bag
Repair kit
Additional equipment
A pressure gauge, a pump and a user manual
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Price not available
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Intex Explorer K2 Two-Person Kayak with Oars + Pump
Intex Explorer K2 Two-Person Kayak with Oars + Pump
Use of the canoe kayak
Freshwater
Type of kayak
Two-seater
Maximum load capacity
180kg
Materials
Reinforced vinyl
Inflated kayak dimensions
312 x 91 x 51cm
Dimensions deflated kayak
68,5 x 45,7 x 28cm
Weight of the kayak
16,7kg
Carrying bag
Repair kit
Additional equipment
2 oars, a perimeter rope, a pump, a repair kit
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£332.00
Intex Challenger K1 Kayak 1 Man Inflatable Canoe with Aluminum Oars and Hand Pump
Intex Challenger K1 Kayak 1 Man Inflatable Canoe with Aluminum Oars and Hand Pump
Use of the canoe kayak
Freshwater
Type of kayak
Single-seater
Maximum load capacity
100kg
Materials
Reinforced vinyl
Inflated kayak dimensions
274x76x33cm
Dimensions deflated kayak
63,5x40,6x23cm
Weight of the kayak
11,8kg
Carrying bag
Repair kit
Additional equipment
One paddle, one pump
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£265.00
Bestway Hydro-Force Rapid X2 Kayak with Oars, 2 Person Capacity, Blue
Bestway Hydro-Force Rapid X2 Kayak with Oars, 2 Person Capacity, Blue
Use of the canoe kayak
Freshwater and seaside
Type of kayak
Two-seater
Maximum load capacity
160kg
Materials
-
Inflated kayak dimensions
321 x 88 x 42cm
Dimensions deflated kayak
-
Weight of the kayak
13,7kg
Carrying bag
Repair kit
Additional equipment
2 oars
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Price not available

 

Inflatable Kayak Adventure – Sevylor

Very maneuverable and streamlined, this inflatable canoe kayak will take you on excursions in fresh water on rivers or lakes, as well as on the seaside if the waves are not too big. This model is very easy to inflate/deflate and store, and has the advantage of having removable seats that can be placed wherever you want, to transform your canoe into a single or two-seater. It is very strong and robust, however the seat inflation valves are often defective, causing the cushions to deflate quite quickly. This Sevylor inflatable kayak is very good for a few outings a year, if you have a more regular practice, you will have to look for a model from the above range.

Additional equipment for a trip on the water

Sevylor Convertible Paddle - Aluminium/Black
Set of 2 paddles; Aluminium shaft with plastic blades; Linkable to a canoe paddle; Including handle for use as a pole paddle
Sevylor Dual Action Hand Pump - Blue
Double action: inflates on the up and down strokes; Dual function: inflates and deflates; Long, flexible hose

The Adventure in pictures

How to inflate and assemble the Adventure inflatable kayak?

 

Inflatable canoe Explorer K2 – Intex

With this canoe, you’ll get unbeatable value for money! Rather provided in fresh water and on lake, you will be able to fully enjoy your water rides in complete safety in this sturdy and very stable model. The seats are adjustable to suit your leg length, and comfortable enough for rides of a few hours. Inflation is fast, with a launch in less than 10 minutes. The little downside is the carrying bag’s a little fragile. A lower investment compared to other products for an inflatable canoe kayak sufficient for your excursions.

Additional equipment for a trip on the water

MagiDeal Dry Bag Waterproof Lightweight Heavy Duty Dry Sack Waterproof Bags for Camping, Kayaking, Rafting, Boating, Swimming, Hiking, Beach, Fishing - White, 15L
Soft and flexible ripstop fabric with watertight roll-top closure for maximum compression; It can be compressed, convenient to carry
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MagiDeal Dry Bag Waterproof Lightweight Heavy Duty Dry Sack Waterproof Bags for Camping, Kayaking, Rafting, Boating, Swimming, Hiking, Beach, Fishing - White, 5L
It comes with buckle clasp hook, easy to hang to backpack etc; It can be compressed, convenient to carry
£12.78 −£4.79

The Explorer K2 in pictures

How do I inflate and mount the Explorer K2 inflatable kayak?

 

 

Inflatable Kayak Challenger K1 – Intex

This model is very similar to the previous one, with the difference that it is designed for one person only. It inflates and deflates very quickly, and is designed to prevent too much water entering the cockpit. Quite light, you will easily carry it, to sail at sea or in calm fresh water. Very manoeuvrable, this inflatable boat is very efficient for a ridiculously low price compared to the competition. It will accompany you for a long time for all your outings!

Additional equipment for a trip on the water

MagiDeal Dry Bag Waterproof Lightweight Heavy Duty Dry Sack Waterproof Bags for Camping, Kayaking, Rafting, Boating, Swimming, Hiking, Beach, Fishing - White, 15L
Soft and flexible ripstop fabric with watertight roll-top closure for maximum compression; It can be compressed, convenient to carry
Orange Marine Sport Nautical Life Jacket 50N-3 Buckles - Blue, Large/X-Large
Accrediting to the EC; 3-Strap Fastening System: provide a better support; Wide Armholes: Maximum Comfort

The Challenger K1 in pictures

How do I inflate and mount the Challenger K1 inflatable kayak?

 

Kayak Lite Rapidiameter – Bestway

This model is ideal for small outings, and will suit you if you like to sail quietly in fresh water. If you’re looking for more adventure, more power, with a fairly intensive use, this model won’t be enough. Rather solid and quite stable, it is perfect for outings with friends or family! The only negative points are the absence of a pump and carrying bag, which requires to have or buy one in order to enjoy it.

Additional equipment for a trip on the water

Orange Marine Sport Nautical Life Jacket 50N-3 Buckles - Blue, Large/X-Large
Accrediting to the EC; 3-Strap Fastening System: provide a better support; Wide Armholes: Maximum Comfort

The Lite Rapidiameter in pictures

 

 

Best inflatable canoes and kayaks: why trust us?

Thank you for reading this article! Because we know that it is not always easy to make the best choice without trying, each of our recommendations is the result of a long work of analysis of consumer opinions on flagship and little-known products on the market, of comparison of prices and technical characteristics, but also and above all of tests by a team of men and women constantly renewed in order to keep a real objectivity to help you in your purchasing process.

All the purchasing criteria are scrutinized for the realization of our comparative guides: budget, level of range, functional and practical aspects, design, pack and accessories, safety… All this in order to help you choose the products best suited to your needs, desires and constraints on a daily basis, at the best price!

 

About the author

Agathe Rosse

I have been a kindergarten assistant for 4 years now, I enjoy my free time for my passions. I love cooking (gourmet food is my biggest flaw!), adventure and sports. Writing is one of my hobbies, to let the pen express my thoughts. I never leave without my little notebook!