If you’re looking for a fun workout on the water that can be done by people of all ages and abilities, we’ve got your new favorite warm-weather activity. Inflatable kayaks are an inexpensive and user-friendly e boating device that help users to enjoy long stretches on time on the water, whether they’re near a river, lake, or ocean. Paddling solo or need room for two? We’ve got you covered.
Inflatable kayaks were frequently thought of as upgraded floating alligators. You know, those floaties that every pool had in the 1990’s that immediately sunk in the middle when you sat on them, sending the alligators head and tail straight up and out of the water. Inflatable kayaks have come a long way since they were first introduced and now provide an even and stable boating experience.
While inflatable kayaks may not have the same durability, ruggedness, load capacity, and tracking abilities as hard body kayaks, they have other benefits that make them a worthwhile investment. Often less expensive than hard body kayaks, inflatable kayaks are much easier to transport and store thanks to their easy inflate and deflate features. Inflatable kayaks are lighter than hard body kayaks, which make them easier to carry, which is especially beneficial if you plan on kayaking alone or need a boat that doesn’t require much of upper body strength.
We’ve included five very different kayaks in our list to show the versatility of the sport. Our two-seater kayak is a great option for anyone who wants to go boating with a friend. The second seat can also be removed, giving one rider more legroom and a larger boat. We’ve also included an inflatable standup paddleboard that comes with a seat, making it a kayak as well. This is a great option for anyone who is deciding between the two boating options, giving users an added level of versatility.
Check out our five favorite picks below to find out more about the options.
1. Intex Explorer 2-Person K2 Inflatable Kayak
This inflatable kayak from Intex is perfectly comfortable and spacious enough for two people. Each seat has a backrest and a cockpit designed to provide plenty of space efficiently. There’s a removable SKEG for directional stability, and the bright yellow color improves your visibility to other boats in an emergency and in everyday use. This kayak is made for smaller, more temperate bodies of water including lakes and mild rivers.
Pros: Spacious and comfortable for two people, bright yellow color increases visibility, comes with two oars and a pump for easy setup.
Cons: The seats don’t provide a ton of lower back support.
2. Sea Eagle 370 Pro 3-Person Inflatable Kayak
This inflatable kayak from Sea Eagle can hold its own in up to Class III rapids and has enough room for three people in it. It has two movable, super comfortable kayak seats inside with improved back support as well as two paddles and a foot pump for easy inflation. Each paddle has four parts including an asymmetrical blade and aluminum shaft for optimal use. The kayak has two skegs on the bottom for improved speed and tracking, and it has five different deluxe 1-way inflation/deflation valves.
Pros: Plenty of space, equipped to handle intense whitewater rapids, comfortable seats with back support.
Cons: Rides lower in the water compared to a stiff back kayak.
3. Sevylor Quikpak K1 1-Person Kayak
This inflatable kayak from Sevylor takes only a few minutes to set up and comes with an easy-carry backpack system that turns into the seat. It has a 21-gauge PVC construction that’s built for lake use, and the tarpaulin bottom provides the durable, long-lasting protection from punctures you want as you paddle the day away. It has multiple air chambers that allow one to stay inflated if one becomes punctured, and the Airtight System is guaranteed not to leak. It also has two double lock valves for easy inflation and deflation.
Pros: Quick setup, backup air compartments, Airtight System, reinforced durable bottom.
Cons: Skegs are smaller on this model.
4. Driftsun Rover 120/220 Inflatable Tandem Kayak
This Driftsun Rover kayak is easy to set up, takes about ten minutes to fully inflate and weighs a decent 28 pounds total. It comes equipped with 1000D reinforced layered PVC side tubes and a heavy-duty tarpaulin bottom that protects against rips, punctures and holes. The kayak is super stable, maneuverable with a rigid drip stitch floor that’s high pressure and can help you maintain control even in rough waters. It has a removable flat water tracking fin and has eight different self-bailing ports for when you need them. It also has tie down points for gear and a front action camera mount for capturing those gnarly moments. Each package includes the kayak, a double action hand pump, a rear tracking fin and a travel bag.
Pros: Heavy-duty construction, quick setup time, built to handle rough waters, front action camera mount.
Cons: The reinforced heavy-duty floor can make it difficult to fold back up into its carrying case.
5. Sevylor Coleman Colorado 2-Person Fishing Kayak
This kayak from Sevylor Coleman has 18-gauge PVC construction and is NMMA certified. It’s built for lake use with a 1000D tarpaulin bottom and an 840D nylon cover that provides excellent protection against punctures and holes. It has multiple backup air chambers in case one gets deflated somehow, and an Airtight System that minimizes the chances of leaking. This particular kayak is also equipped with Berkley fishing rod holders on the sides that are adjustable and perfect for hands-free fishing. It also has paddle holders to keep them out of the way when you don’t need them.
Pros: Heavy-duty 1000D construction, nylon cover for minimal puncturing, backup air chambers, fishing rod holders.
Cons: The motor mount can become loose and require handling.