These Inflatable Models Make It Easy To Get Your Kayaking On

Inflatable Kayak
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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 three 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 leg room 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 three favorite picks below to find out more about the options.


1. Intex Challenger 2-Person Inflatable Kayak Set

The Intex Challenger 2-Person Inflatable Kayak Set comes with everything two people need for a day of kayaking, including two 86-inch aluminum paddles and a high output pump that makes inflation and deflation easy and fast.

Pros: The Intex is made from durable vinyl that is puncture and UV-resistant. When inflated, the two-person kayak measures 30” x 15” x 138” and has a maximum load capacity of 400 pounds. The Intex comes with two 86” aluminum paddles, a high-capacity pump, and a repair patch kit. The boat has two separate air chambers, a removable skeg for better tracking, a cargo net for added storage, and removeable and adjustable seats that can make the two-person kayak into a one person boat. The Intex also has grab lines on both ends of the boat for easy carry and comes with a carry bag for storage.

Cons: Some customers reported that their skeg easily fell off and recommend securing it with tape. Others mentioned that the boat is a good size for two small people, but wouldn’t comfortably fit two larger people.

Intex Challenger 2-Person Inflatable Kayak Set

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2. HydroForce White Cap Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard and Kayak

The HydroForce White Cap Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard and Kayak is a versatile boat that comes with everything you’ll need to get onto the water, including an oar, travel bag, pump and more.

Pros: The HydroForce is our most versatile option, giving users a choice between using the inflatable boat like a kayak or a stand-up paddleboard, which they can also kneel on thanks to the comfortable non-slip pad. The durable three-ply reinforced polyester mesh-core is encased in two layers of laminated PVC for added durability. The lightweight boat comes with an aluminum oar, travel bag, pump, three modeled fins for easy tracking, a gauge and kayak seat with backrest.

Cons: The HyrdoForce isn’t a traditional style kayak like the two Intex options and therefore doesn’t provide coverage from the water like the two Intex kayaks. It’s also only appropriate for one user at a time and has a weight limit of 209 lbs, the lowest on our list.

HydroForce White Cap Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard and Kayak

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3. Intex Challenger 1-Person Inflatable Kayak Set

The Intex Challenger 1-Person Inflatable Kayak Set has a cockpit design for added safety and comfort with inflatable I-beam floors providing additional stability when on the water.

Pros: The Intex Challenger has all the same features as the 2-Person version but on a smaller scale. The boat comes with one aluminum oar, which measures 84”, and has a 220 lb weight capacity.

Cons: The Intex 1-Person kayak is less expensive than the 2-Person version but forgoes the versatility of being able to fit two people into the boat at once. Like the 2-Person Intex, customers noted this version is also lacking in back support.

Intex Challenger 1-Person Inflatable Kayak Set

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