The inflatable kayaking industry has come so far. Gone are the days where the only inflatable kayaks you could find featured sub-par materials that were easy to puncture, had poor stability, and delivered an overall unsatisfactory experience.

Today, if you’re in the market looking for a reliable inflatable kayak that will send you on your way to enjoy the waters and backpacking expeditions, you won’t be disappointed.

The best kayaks feature improved portability, puncture-resistant materials, more air chambers, comfy inflatable seats, cargo space, quick inflation and deflation, easy setups, and good stability.

These features allow for memorable kayaking experiences as people can paddle in calm waters, go fishing or enjoy the thrills of whitewater.

To help you find your kayak of choice, we have compiled a detailed review of 7 inflatable kayaks.

Here’s a list of the best inflatable kayaks covered in this post, scroll down for the detailed reviews:

Intex Explorer K2 Inflatable Kayak

For its price point, this kayak offers a lot for newbies who want to get into kayaking but don’t want to splash money on an expensive kayak. It’s made with rugged vinyl to improve durability and features an inflatable I-beam floor and two inflatable seats with backrests for maximum comfort.

The kayak comes with a removable skeg which helps it to track well with great speed. Setting it up and inflating takes about 10 to 12 minutes, and deflating is much quicker.

A maximum weight of 400 pounds is not bad for this price point, but it definitely won’t be enough for 2 people plus gear. I recommend using it as a solo or as a 2-person kayak with a pet or a child.

The included grab line and grab handle at each end allow for convenient exits and re-entering when swimming.

The included accessories, features, and price makes this kayak one of the best as you can go kayaking as soon as you receive it. Intex recommends mild rivers and lakes, so it’s a good kayak for an outing with kids or with your dog on calm waters.

Specifications

Maximum Weight: 400 Pounds

Inflated dimensions: 123 x 36 x 20 inches

Material: Rugged vinyl

Seating: 2 Inflatable seats

Capacity: 2 People

Included Accessories

  • Hand Pump
  • Two 86 inch paddles
  • Repair patch kit
  • Removable skeg
  • Carrying Bag

Favorite Features

  • For the included features & accessories, I think this kayak is worth the price.
  • The removable keg improves the kayaking experience by keeping the kayak straight when paddling.
  • It has a comfy and spacious cockpit.
  • The bright yellow color improves visibility, which is important in reducing accidents.
  • Re-entering is easy when you decide to go swimming.

Least Favourite features

  • It can get a bit cramped if you’re very tall or big.

Sea Eagle 370 Deluxe Inflatable Kayak

The sea eagle 370 is one of the best tandem inflatable kayaks in the market right now. One of its prominent features is portability. Designed to fit in even the smallest trunks, the kayak weighs only 32 pounds (14 kg), allowing you to carry it easily when camping or vacationing.

Setting it up takes about 10 minutes, including an inflation time of 8 minutes.

The 38 mil PolyKrylar material used by sea eagle ensures durability and features sun and saltwater resistance, to avoid degradation when using the kayak in such conditions.

The kayak comes with two molded skegs to help you paddle efficiently without using a lot of energy. Also, a bow & stern grab line makes it easy to re-enter the kayak.

The included open and close drain valve maximizes safety by allowing you to drain any water inside the kayak.

If you are someone who likes paddling long distances, this is the kayak for you. Sea Eagle upgraded the 370 from a 7 tube I-beam floor to a 5-tube l-beam floor, resulting in improved stability, tracking, and speed.

This makes it easier to paddle for long distances.

The Sea Eagle 370 is rated for Class III whitewater and has a maximum weight of 650 pounds.

Given the fact that it’s portable, fast, and can hold a lot of weight, the Sea Eagle 370 is a great inflatable kayak for paddling in calm waters and also for those who enjoy thrilling adventures kayaking in Class III whitewater. It tracks well and is easy to maneuver even when paddling solo.

Specifications

Maximum Weight: 650 Pounds

Inflated dimensions: 34 x 19 x 11 inches

Material: 38 mil PolyKrylar

Seating: 2 Inflatable seats

Capacity: 2 People

Included Accessories

  • Foot Pump
  • 2 paddles
  • Carrying Bag

Favorite Features

  • Features like drain valves and the rugged 38 mil PolyKrylar makes this a safe kayak.
  • Its deflated weight of 32 pounds makes it easy to haul.
  • The large weight limit allows you to expand it to a 3-person kayak.
  • The 2-molded skegs and I-beam floors give it speed and efficiency, making it easier to cover huge distances.

Least Favourite features

  • In strong waves, the body may flex a bit, and this may take a while to get used to.

Airhead Montana Tandem Kayak

This kayak from Airhead is considered one of the most durable inflatable kayaks in the market. Marketed as a portable kayak that can fit in the trunk, duffel bag, or suitcase, the kayak lives up to its promises.

A weight of 36.3 pounds, though not the lightest,  is reasonable and allows for stress-free hauling.

It supports up to 500 pounds when out on the water, making it a suitable kayak for families and people with varying weights. Designed for lakes and moderate white water, it features an 840-denier nylon material that protects the 3 air chambers against punctures, UV, and water corrosion.

You can secure your gear with the included 6 D-rings at the bow and stern, and the additional stretch nets at the bow.

Grab handles allow for easy re-entering and exiting when out on the water.

The kayak tracks well by utilizing 4 bottom fins, while the 2 inflatable seats feature adjustable support backrests and mesh pockets. Other comfort features include an adjustable foot brace and neoprene elbow guards.

Another feature liked by many is the nylon fabric’s bright orange color, and the black color of the spray covers, which contrast to stand out and make the kayak noticeable by others from long distances. This is a plus when it comes to maximizing safety.

The Airhead Montana Tandem Kayak is a reliable kayak that I would personally recommend for those who want to forage into the world of kayaking. Many have attested its durability, and therefore, it’s a kayak that will serve you for a long time.

Specifications

Maximum Weight: 500 Pounds

Inflated dimensions: 12 ft. x 32 inches

Deflated Weight: 36.3 pounds

Material: 840-denier nylon with UV and water-resistant coating

Seating: 2 adjustable Inflatable seats with back support

Capacity: 2 People

Included Accessories

  • 2 seats

Favorite Features

  • The rugged 840-denier nylon has been proven to resist punctures really well.
  • It tracks well for a tandem kayak of this size.
  • The elbow guards, adjustable seats, and footrest allow for maximum comfort when paddling for long periods.

Least Favourite features

  • Not suitable for paddling long distances with 2 people plus lots of luggage.

No accessories, e.g., pumps and paddles

  • Water and sand may get stuck between the covers and the bladder at the bottom. So it might need some sand washing and drying after use.

Driftsun Voyager 2 Tandem Inflatable Kayak

Driftsun Voyager 2 is a 2-person kayak rated for a maximum weight of 400 pounds/204kgs. The kayak is suitable for a day out on calm waters and somewhat rougher waters.

It features a pointed nose, V-shaped hull, a removable tracking fin (skeg), and a rocker profile, all of which give the kayak great stability, traction, and buoyancy in calm and even choppy waters.

At the bottom, it features a heavy-duty PVC Tarpaulin material to protect against punctures and the side tubes are protected from rips and tears by tough coated 840D nylon oxford fabric.

Driftsun has implemented Double Threaded Boston valves to prevent leaking of air after inflation and ensure quick inflation and deflation.

The front and rear bungee have spacious compartments for extra storage and the side tubes come with a small compartment on each side, convenient for storing small items like keys.

The inflatable seats that come with it are super comfy and can be secured to the bottom with velcro, which prevents you from slipping around.

The kayak comes with a carry bag, two paddles, and a pump equipped with a PSI meter.

Driftsun Voyager 2 is a great kayak for both beginners and advanced kayakers. Equipped with features to maximize safety and comfort, it’s a great kayak for having fun on nearby rivers and lakes or vacationing. Its great durability will also ensure that the kayak will serve you for a long time.

Specifications

Maximum Weight: 400 Pounds

Inflated dimensions: 120 x 35 x 16 inches

Deflated weight: 27 lbs (12.2 kg)

Material: 840D coated nylon

oxford fabric & PVC Tarpaulin

Seating: 2 Inflatable seats

Capacity: 2 People

Included Accessories

  • Pump with PSI Meter
  • 2 paddles
  • Carrying Bag

Favorite Features

  • The material used by Driftsun is durable and boosts the longevity of the kayak.
  • Its deflated weight of 12 pounds allows for great portability when hauling.
  • The V-shaped hull, pointed nose, rocker profile, and included skeg give it good traction and stability.

Least Favourite features

  • It may not be suitable for two big adults. I recommended it for use by an adult together with a child, pet, or teen.

Advanced Frame Convertible Inflatable Kayak

Another one on the list from Advanced Elements, the Advanced Framed Convertible is a unique kayak as it comes with single and double decks that allow you to turn it from an open deck to a closed deck in a few seconds.

The closed decks are optional (sold separately) but are nice to have when you want to spend a day on the water without getting wet.

The bow and sterns feature reinforced seams and built-in aluminum ribs to ensure maximum strength, durability, and the best tracking.

A maximum weight of 550 pounds is great for heavier people or when using it as a 2-person kayak.

In terms of safety and durability, 3 material layers protect against punctures and 6 chambers allow the kayak to maintain buoyancy in case of a puncture.

A length of 15 feet also provides lots of room for storage.

Advanced Elements’s proprietary drop-stitch technology used on the floor gives the kayak great stability and improved tracking performance, which can rival a hardshell.

If you opt for the conversion decks, you can enjoy more features including, d-rings with bungee deck lacing, arched deck riser aluminum stays, a rear cargo hatch, and a mesh pocket, all of which allow for better gear stowage.

The Advanced Frame Convertible is a great investment as it offers longevity, a great price point, safety, and conversion decks, all of which combine to provide a good kayaking experience for families and even pet owners.

Specifications

Maximum Weight: 550 Pounds

Deflated Dimensions: 35 X 21 X 12 inches

Inflated Dimensions: 181.1 x 32.28 x 13.78 inches

Deflated weight: 52 lbs (23.5 kg)

Material: PVC Tarpaulin Hull Material

Seating: 2 Inflatable seats

Capacity: 2 People

Included Accessories

  • 2 folding seats
  • Repair Kit
  • Carrying Bag

Favorite Features

  • 15-feet of length provides lots of storage for gear and 3 seat locations.
  • Designed for great stability and traction.
  • Features durable material.
  • The conversion decks allow for a range of different experiences while out on the water.

Least Favorite Features

  • It doesn’t come with a pump and paddles, which is a bummer as in addition to the optional decks, the kayak may turn out to be quite pricey.
  • Some find the carrying bag to be quite challenging at first, so it’s a good idea to practice packing and unpacking before heading out.
  • At 52 pounds, the kayak leans a bit on the heavy side, especially for those keen to get a lightweight kayak.

Sevylor Big Basin 3-Person Kayak

Sevylor Big Basin is a good choice for those who want more than a tandem kayak. Being a 3-person kayak, it offers plenty of space enough for going kayaking with two other people or one other person plus your dog.

It also works well if used as a tandem kayak. However, I recommend using it as a 2-person kayak when fishing or going camping, to allow enough space for gear.

It can fit 3-people comfortably if used for a leisurely kayak ride. It’s rated for a maximum weight of 490 pounds.

A tarpaulin bottom and PVC construction protect against punctures and improves longevity. It’s also designed to track well and maintain stability.

Multiple air chambers maximize safety by keeping the kayak afloat in case one of them gets a puncture.

Despite the huge size of the kayak, the boston valves allow for quick inflation and deflation. Inflation takes about 10 minutes.

The Sevylor Big Basin Kayak is a great kayak for large families. It offers a chance to enjoy unique experiences out on the water while not worrying about safety and durability.

Specifications

Maximum Weight: 490 Pounds

Deflated Dimensions: 35 X 21 X 12 inches

Inflated dimensions: 12 ft. 3 in. x 3 ft. 1 in.

Weight: 34.76 pounds

Material: Tarpaulin and PVC

Seating: 3 Inflatable seats

Capacity: 3 People

Included Accessories

  • 3 folding seats
  • Pressure gauge
  • Removable skeg
  • Carrying Bag
  • Spray covers

Favorite Features

  • Adjustable seats improve comfort.
  • Enough space for 3-people allows for an interesting experience.
  • The included spray covers protect against splashing.

Least Favourite features

  • It doesn’t come with a pump and paddles.

Note: When buying paddles for this kayak, we recommend getting extra long ones so that they can get over the sides. Also, remember to attach the skeg before inflating.

Driftsun Rover 220 Inflatable Kayak

If you’re someone who likes to enjoy some whitewater action, the Driftsun Rover is designed just for that. The kayak can be used solo or as a 2-person kayak with friends and family.

It comes with an adequate rocker profile and a rigid drop stitch floor to provide good maneuverability and stability in rough waters.

It features self-bailing holes which you can open for white water and close them for calm waters.

The reinforced layered PVC side tubes & PVC tarpaulin bottom protects against punctures and improves the longevity of the kayak. With a weight of only 28 pounds, the kayak is easy to carry. Also, it takes less than 10 minutes to set it up.

It comes with a removable tracking fin which helps the kayak track well.

The kayak is rated for a maximum weight of 600 pounds, which is more than enough for a tandem kayak. This allows support for people of all ages and sizes as opposed to other kayaks which may struggle to carry heavier people due to weight limitations.

Other perks that the kayak offers include an action camera mount, adjustable footrests & EVA seats, two paddles, tie-down points for gear,  hand pump, and carry bag, basically everything you need to start to go out on the water.

The Driftsun Rover 220 is a reliable kayak designed to last and provide memorable kayaking experiences. With the included accessories by Drifstun, this kayak is one of the best in its category and a good one for the money.

Specifications

Maximum Weight: 600 Pounds

Inflated dimensions: 12 ft 6 in. x 38 in. x 13 in.

Weight: 28 pounds

Material: Tarpaulin and PVC

Seating: 2 EVA Inflatable seats with back support

Capacity: 2 People

Included Accessories

  • 2 EVA seats
  • Tracking fin
  • Carrying Bag
  • 2 paddles

Favorite Features

  • Adjustable EVA seats and adjustable footrests improve comfort.
  • A huge maximum weight limit is suitable for heavier people.
  • Usability in calm waters and white water provides for a range of experiences.

Least Favourite features

  • People complain of the tracking fin being a little bit difficult to detach.

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I'm a tech enthusiast and avid kayaker for the past 6 years. I enjoy experiencing the thrill of being on the water and experiencing what nature has to offer. As founder of this website I've decided to guide new kayakers and seasoned kayakers looking for the best enriching experiences in the kayaking world.

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