Two years ago, our family was set for a holiday at the beach which was also near a river. It was the perfect place to try and learn how to kayak. We had never own a kayak before. I didn’t want to spend so much money but I also didn’t want to get a flimsy kayak. I kept thinking about buying inflatable kayaks but I kept wondering, “are inflatable kayaks any good at all?”.
This was the very first question I had. Whenever I think of kayaking, I only think of the hardshell kind of kayak. An inflatable kayak looks a lot like a toy than a “proper” person’s adventure sports equipment (Ok. I’m not exactly the adventure-sports kinda person but I also didn’t want to look like an idiot in the water!).
As it turns out, all my preconceptions were wrong. The inflatable kayaks they have nowadays bear no resemblance to the inflatable toys we have at the swimming pool. These inflatable kayaks are made of rigid material that can easily withstand any impact. In fact, some of them are so strong that they can last longer than the cheap, usually plastic, hardshell kayaks.
When I read about this from many forums and sites, I started looking at inflatable kayaks with a little bit more respect. I still really wanted a hard-shell one but the more I read about the two, the more I realized that what we needed to buy was an inflatable one.
Here are the reasons why:
So based on these things, we finally decided to buy an inflatable Sevylor kayak. I was a little bit nervous about it all. I knew I did some very good research but I just wasn’t sure how it would really perform in the water.
I was surprised how quickly it took to blow-up the kayak. Putting it away takes a bit more time for us (plus nobody really wants to do it!).
As I’ve said I’ve never been on a hard-shell kayak before, but this one feels pretty strong. I felt very secure while I was paddling the kayak.
Surprisingly, I also enjoyed kayaking a lot and it’s something that I’m doing a lot more now.