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How Do We Pick The Best Inflatable Kayak?
Picking the best inflatable kayak is not complicated despite the availability of different types of kayaks which packed with so many features. You need to look for three important factors first to select the best products. Then there are a few minor criteria. These three important features are durability, storing and portability and way of kayaking that is either solo or in tandem.
Our first important criterion is durability or longevity. While you may happily buy an inflatable kayak even not spending $100, but this kayak become useless with a minor puncture and may be unrepairable. So whatever you spent $70 or $80, will simply drain out. Instead buy an inflatable kayak with $300-$400 that is made with a durable PVC, Hypalon or Nitrylon outer shell. This will ensure that you will be able to use your kayak for many more years though the price of it is little costly.
The second deciding factor is ease of storing and transporting. The kayak should be lightweight and easily foldable. So, it can pack small enough to fit in a car, duffel bag or even an overhead carry-on. Instead, if you end of buying a heavier product, how would you carry it to your favorite lake or pond?
The third and our final important point is what kind of kayaking will you be doing. Kayaking can be done in solo or in tandem. Solo kayaks are great for a whole host of activities and are generally better to maneuver with and handle well on whitewater rapids. On the other hand, tandem kayaks are better for fishing or whitewater rafting and provide a more comfortable and social experience. So, your best inflatable kayak should be compatible with your way of kayaking.
Other two not so important factors are inflation time and type of water you will be kayaking in. Inflation time is not a big deal because most kayaks can be inflated in 10 minutes. But the type of water has more importance. Some kayaks paddle best in whitewater while others are only suitable for slow river water.