Featured: Sevylor Quikpak K5
If you are new to the world of kayaking, it' not that easy to decide which kayak it is that you should buy. Obviously, your first consideration is the price point. As a newbie, you probably don’t want to spend too much money, so it is advised to look at some cheap kayaks first.
But there is another consideration instead of just looking at cheap kayaks. And that involves which type of kayak you should purchase. In the past, kayaks were of the sit-in variety. And then, the sit-on variety became an option as well. But now there is a third kayak type. And that’s the inflatable kayak.
Obviously, the advantage of these kayaks is that they are so much more easy to store and certainly more lightweight than either a sit-in or sit-on kayak. And that’s a unique selling point that they have over other models.
So if you are considering an inflatable kayak, the Sevylor Quikpak K5 should be looked at closely.
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We know that the K5 is inflatable but is it durable? Well, it's made from a combination of 24-gauge PVC as well as polyester. Fully inflated, it weighs just 28 pounds. That means even a kid could get it to the water with ease. Standing 10 foot tall, the Quikpak inflatable kayak is a nice-sized kayak which can hold up to 250 pounds.
Now that’s not as much as other competitor models but it sure is impressive for a kayak filled with air!
Best of all, the kayak is enclosed in its own integrated backpack storage system for easy carrying which becomes a seat once inflated. Now that’s clever design. You can find many more reviews on this inflatable kayak that tout the same. Even better, this inflatable kayak comes with its own paddle.
And on the water?
Listen, this is a kayak for flat waters. And that’s pretty obvious really. It’s durable and stable, and in truth it’s a sit-in inflatable kayak as well. The cockpit is comfortable and will keep you relatively dry. It comes with spray skirts as well which is a nice extra. There are a number of small storage areas on the K5 as well as some d-rings where you could tie up storage bags if need be.
Performance is impressive enough with the K5 tracking fairly well thanks to fins built into the body. It's also very maneuverable. Of course, you don’t want to go near shallow waters. It is only an inflatable kayak after all, a durable one at that but best not to let it scrape against rocks or branches just to be sure.
Should I buy it?
The K5 certainly has lots going for it. It’s the perfect starter kayak for beginners, or for children for that matter. Not only is it lightweight but it is so very easy to set up and get out on the water. It comes with everything you need to hit the water, including a paddle and air pump, while its performance is impressive as well.
If you are looking for an inflatable kayak that will perform well on flat water, the K5 should certainly be a consideration.