With the increased interest in kayaking growing so does the popularity of the inflatable kayak.
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More people are living in apartments and condominiums, many of these people love to be out on the water, so rather than rent a kayak or canoe, which can become quite expensive, they are buying an inflatable kayak, which gives them the ability to go whenever or where ever they want. The perception that that these kayaks are just a toy for the backyard pool is a misunderstanding of the ability and capability of this type of kayak. These kayaks are both strong and durable, they can handle any type of water or condition as well as the hard shell kayak.
In fact one manufacturer advertises the strength of the material by beating it with a claw hammer. Designs for a kayak vary with the class of river you’ll be running, type of water you are using it on; ocean, lake or bays and it does not stop there. Do you want to use it for fishing, diving, want a one person, two person, self-bailing and more.
These kayaks are tough enough to withstand the obstacles you may run into on your journey. Unlike hard shell kayaks the inflatable kayak will bounce off the rocks or other obstacles. Some kayaks have a double floor feature that makes it nearly impossible to puncture, which gives you more confidence in the most vulnerable part of the kayak. Even when it’s full of water, these kayaks still stay afloat. This is an important consideration especially for the novice kayaker.
Here are key reasons for buying these kayaks:
Light weight – easy to carry
Can be carried in a back pack – great for getting to isolated areas
Easy to store – Condo’s, apartments and on boats
Easy to transport – no roof rack needed
Made from strong, durable material
Available with skegs for better control in flat water
Easier to enter – both from land and water
Won’t sink if swamped – very buoyant
Safer than traditional kayaks for the inexperienced
Do not underestimate the inflatable kayak, they have the performance benefits of hard-shell ones without the bulk. They are used by many organizations that provide rescue operations, which should tell you that they are safe and durable.
Do your research when buying a kayak, there are many good books on kayaks, it is worth the time in order to make the right choice.
Dave Zeller owner of Everything Inflatable, started this site to give the real water enthusiast a site where they not only can get an inflatable kayak at a great price but also accessories, life jackets, superior service and complete customer satisfaction.