Advanced Elements (Inflatable) Kayaks? 4 replies

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LaughingCheese

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#1 10 years ago

Anyone here kayak?

I don't have enough room for a hard skinned kayak so inflatables are the way to go for me.

If anyone has an Advanced Elements Kayak or knows something about kayaking, which would you recommend: AE Firefly, Dragonfly, or AdvancedFrame?

I will mainly be using it on bays and lakes, no whitewater stuff. I'm not brave enough for that. Can a bay/lake (the sit on top kind?) kayak also be used for minimal sea kayaking? I.e. close to shore, a few hundred yards at most?

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LC




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#2 10 years ago

I'd go with the AE1012-R. It has the best combination of features for versatility and durable construction, as well as storage space for extended outings (you'd have to pack ultra light gear to camp though).

I wouldn't underestimate the durability features or even spray skirt option. You never know when weather and waves might carry you near rugged rocks (which ocean shores have lots of), which could involve abrasion and lapping of water.

Besides that you may grow to like kayaking so much you'll want to take on more advanced activities with it. You could quickly outgrow both the Firefly and Dragonfly.




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#3 10 years ago

>Omen<;4572059I'd go with the AE1012-R. It has the best combination of features for versatility and durable construction, as well as storage space for extended outings (you'd have to pack ultra light gear to camp though).

I wouldn't underestimate the durability features or even spray skirt option. You never know when weather and waves might carry you near rugged rocks (which ocean shores have lots of), which could involve abrasion and lapping of water.

Besides that you may grow to like kayaking so much you'll want to take on more advanced activities with it. You could quickly outgrow both the Firefly and Dragonfly.

Cool.

Also do you know anything about the Amazon.com: Sevylor Inflatable Pointer K1 Kayak: Sports & Outdoors ?

Would you happen to know if its comparable in quality to that Advanced Elements one?

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LC




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#4 10 years ago

Steer clear of anything Sevylor, it's a poser brand that won't hold up to the abuse others can take.

I was looking at an inflatable brand made locally here in the NW a few years ago but can't remember the name of it. I actually like the Advanced Elements design better though because it has rigid bow/stern inserts.

The AE1012-R will handle up to class 2 rivers as well. The main things it won't handle are quick turns and eskimo rolls, but that is advanced kayaking on class 3 and up whitewater.

I'm pretty impressed that the AE1012-R comes in at only 34 lbs. I also noticed AE has a forum listed on their site. You could probably get some good testimonials there on the AE1012-R.




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>Omen<;4572688Steer clear of anything Sevylor, it's a poser brand that won't hold up to the abuse others can take.

I was looking at an inflatable brand made locally here in the NW a few years ago but can't remember the name of it. I actually like the Advanced Elements design better though because it has rigid bow/stern inserts.

The AE1012-R will handle up to class 2 rivers as well. The main things it won't handle are quick turns and eskimo rolls, but that is advanced kayaking on class 3 and up whitewater.

I'm pretty impressed that the AE1012-R comes in at only 34 lbs. I also noticed AE has a forum listed on their site. You could probably get some good testimonials there on the AE1012-R.

Well, like I said, I won't be doing anything advanced, I will mainly be using it on bays and lakes. Calm water.

Thanks

LC