AdvancedFrame Convertible Inflatable Kayak
- FREE Carrying Duffel Bag
- 2 Folding Seats
- Repair Kit
- Owner’s Manual
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Advanced Frame Convertible Inflatable Kayak -The Advanced Frame Convertible kayak is uniquely designed to be paddled solo or tandem. It combines the best features of a folding frame kayak with those of an inflatable kayak. Built-in aluminum ribs help define the bow and stern, greatly improving maneuverability. The bow slices through water like a knife and tracks just as well as any hard shell kayak. The stern also acts as a skeg, further increasing the Convertible's tracking performance. The low center of gravity provides great stability and effortless paddling. Nine air chambers provide additional buoyancy and the three layers of rugged material increase the puncture resistance of the kayak. The heavy-duty 30-gauge PVC main chamber is protected by a high density polyurethane-coated polyester inner cover and a tough PVC Tarpaulin with 1000 denier polyester outer layer. A double layer of material on the bow and stern, and welded-on landing plates increase protection when beaching the kayak. The breathable foam mesh back support and padded seat set you up for all day paddling comfort. You can the Convertible with you anywhere in the world, and no roof rack is needed! Keep it in the trunk of your car, and paddle whenever you want. Or pack it into a remote wilderness area and paddle where no one has paddled before. Simply inflate with a pump and hit the water in minutes. The included carry duffel bag makes storing and transporting easy.
We recommend an Advanced Elements Backbone and a Double Conversion Skirt with this inflatable kayak! A Backbone will help with the kayak's tracking and a Conversion Skirt will help keep splash and paddle drips out of your kayak. When you buy them with the kayak you receive a 15% discount!
It's a great value because it's versatile. For the money, you get a 1 or 2 man kayak. Not bad for a recreational kayaker. It's also versatile as to where you can store it. Since it's an inflatable, it's great for apartment dwellers like me. I don't have much room so compressing the kayak into a bag is great. I also like the fact that it does not look like a cheap inflatable toy boat in the pool. It's pretty stable. Since it's an inflatable, it is also not rigid. I rode through where there are wakes created by motorboats and the kayak would absorb the forces of the waves without the fear of tipping over. The rigid aluminum frame for the stern and the bow really does work cutting through the water. I would not say that it would glide through the water as well as a rigid kayak but for what it is, it's perfect. It's quick to set up, too! I don't have to mount the kayak on top of the car to take it from my home to the water. I just throw it into the trunk and go. Since it's in the car, I'm not concerned about the security of the kayak and it does not create more drag on top. Pumping air into the kayak does not take long either. I think I clocked myself 20 minutes to get it all set up. Although it stores well, you'll need to have room to let it air dry to make sure it's clean and dry to prevent it from getting moldy (like you would your tent). Overall, I recommend this kayak. If you see yourself not having a lot of storage space and not serious enough about spending the money on a rigid kayak than this is the kayak for you.
My wife and I bought this boat in July to take on our bi-annual trips to Belize, since it was compact and light enough to use as checked luggage. We were amazed with the ease of set up and inflation the very first time we used it on a local river and have only been more impressed each time we use it. So far it has been used both solo & tandem on lakes and rivers up to class 2. We have toured, fly fished and used it as a swim platform. Because of its low profile in the water, wind does not bother this boat any more than my rigid kayak and less so than our canoe. Set up time is no more than 20 minutes from the trunk to the water. While it does take a little longer to deflate and dry, it fits easily back into the duffel bag.
Ordered the Advanced Elements AirFrame Convertible. Ordered several other accessories and such. Lots of money invested. Were we nervous? Yes. We ordered all that based on others reviews. A little risky. Were also interested in the Sea Eagle 385 but no reviews whatsoever from consumers?!? Who needs that? Let me tell you we shopped this to DEATH. This is the best there is considering wt., capacity, width (do you really think you'll be comfortable paddling a 38" kayak), and price. Although don't be misled. If you get all the goodies not included with the boat (like pump and paddles for starters, $250.00 right there), you'll go by $1000.00 at a dead run. Took it out on a lake. Had a lovely time. Came back nice and dry. Tracks well, doesn't blow around. Nice. Got a compliment on it. So we're one for one. Here in Central Florida it is next to impossible to find an air gauge for an inflatable kayak. Order it on the pump from Advanced Elements. During inflation make sure you are reading the gauge right. The black lines are usually Bars and it is the pink inner lines which are PSI. There are two tubes they call the main chambers that go all the way around the kayak. These are the biggest to pump up and are no problem at all. About thirty-five pumps in each with a double action hand pump. You have to be careful because the two tubes share the same pocket and have to be pumped up equally. The valves are a breeze. Don't worry about that. After the main chambers you have the floor which is much easier and then all the little stuff to pump up which is just a few pumps each. The whole process is very quick. The spray decks zip on from the rear. Know that the Aluminum "Ribs" are one rib in front and one rib in back. That's all it needs it's just that is a little misleading. It is a little heavy, but like someone else said in a review, that's a good thing. You don't want a light weight. After you take it out of the water, just prop it up a little, wipe down the outside with a towel, remove the spray deck and seats, deflate (use your pump to aid in deflation), fold and stow. When folding make sure you keep the straight line straight. Folds real nice that way.
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