The Sevylor Tahiti Kayak Review

The Sevylor Tahiti is a rugged, durable, affordable kayak with a number of great features. But this compact, lightweight, tough little inflatable can take you and a friend on all your flat water fishing adventures in ease and comfort. 

This kayak is made for calm waters, and the quiet, shallow-hulled kayak and camouflage color let you explore waterways without disturbing fish or wildlife. Although it’s made for fishing, it would also be a great choice for nature photography, birdwatching, and other outdoor activities. 

The tough construction, high weight capacity, comfortable seating, and ease of use make the Sevylor Tahiti a great choice for anglers of all skill levels and will last for years. 

Overview of the Sevylor Tahiti

Specs

  • Type: 2-person inflatable fishing kayak 
  • Size: 10’4” x 3’1”
  • Weight: 19 pounds
  • Weight capacity: 360 pounds
  • Materials: 21 gauge PVC
  • Valves: Double lock valves
  • Air chambers: 2
  • Certification: NMMA certified
  • Color: Camouflage

Construction and build

The Sevylor Tahiti Fishing Kayak is made of rugged 21-gauge PVC that is durable and abrasion resistant. It has two air chambers for additional security and redundancy, although the Sevylor Airtight system guarantees that this kayak will not leak. Double lock valves are fast and easy to inflate and deflate and prevent accidental air loss. 

At just 19 pounds, it is incredibly lightweight and easy to carry, easy to set up, and easy to store. 

It has two spray covers to block splashes, with bungee cords for convenience and additional storage. It also has rugged carrying handles. 

The seats are adjustable and inflatable, for ergonomic comfort during long fishing trips. Back rests provide back support and additional comfort. It comes with a carrying bag. 

About the brand

Sevylor has been creating high-quality inflatables since the company’s inception in France in 1948. Their affordable, high quality PVC inflatables were perfect for a post-war Europe, and the brand soon met with international success. In the late 1950s, the company developed the first inflatable camping mattress, and in 1962 they launched the first inflatable pool mattress. In the late 1960s, the company further expanded into outdoor goods, and it was then that the legendary Tahiti kayak was first introduced. 

Sevylor is now a subsidiary of Newell Brands, which owns a number of other iconic outdoor brands, including Coleman, CampingAZ, Contigo, and Marmot. The company continues to produce inflatable products designed for safety and durability. 

Pros

  • Incredibly compact and lightweight
  • Easy to carry, easy to set up, and easy to take down and store 
  • Splash guards to keep you dry
  • Multiple air chambers for safety
  • Guaranteed not to leak
  • Ergonomic adjustable seats
  • Back support
  • Rugged carrying handles
  • Comes with a carrying bag
  • Extremely affordable

Cons

  • This kayak isn’t especially rigid, so solo use may cause it to fold 
  • Most people will want to buy the optional skeg accessory, because this kayak does not track well without it
  • May be too short for tandem use with people with longer legs

Conclusion

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  • 21-gauge PVC construction is rugged for lake use
  • Multiple air chambers allow another chamber to stay inflated if one is punctured
  • Airtight System is guaranteed not to leak

The Sevylor Tahiti Fishing Kayak is incredibly lightweight, compact, and portable, making it a great fishing kayak for camping trips, spontaneous weekends, and casual use. It’s incredibly durable and safe, with fast and easy setup to get you enjoying the water in minutes. 

It may be too short for two adults with longer legs, and yet when used solo by a larger adult, the kayak may become too center-heavy, so it is best enjoyed by two paddlers roughly equal in size and weight, in calm waters. 

The comfortable seats with back support make relaxing in this kayak a dream, and it’s a fun, safe, affordable, easy way to get on the water, even if more serious anglers may want a more robust kayak.