Inflatable Kayaks Vs. Hardshell Kayaks

 

If you are buying a kayak for the very first time it is very exciting, but there are a lot of things that you need to consider. One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is this…

“Which is better, an inflatable kayak or a hardshell kayak”?

The answer to this question varies depending on exactly what your paddling goals are, but we’ve found that for most paddlers out there, the benefits of an inflatable kayak win the day.

Inflatable kayaks are the best choice for many reasons. They are very portable, and extremely lightweight. There is an inflatable kayak that is created for every type of kayaker, whether you enjoy easy paddling or whitewater rapids. The prices of inflatable boats are generally cheaper than that of hardshell kayaks, and they are also remarkably tough and durable.

Here are just a few reasons why inflatable kayaks the #1 selling boats on the water today.

  • Performance: For the longest time the debate between inflatable kayaks and hardshell kayaks centered on performance, but those days are long gone. The technology and design of today’s inflatable kayaks are state-of-the-art. If you’re willing to spend the same amount of money on an inflatable kayak, you’re going to get one that performs just as well.  Check out some of our performance inflatable kayaks here.
  • Transportation & Storage: The advantage of easy transporting an inflatable kayak is HUGE! Forget about having to load a heavy kayak onto a cumbersome roof rack.  Inflatable kayaks come in a compact transport bag that can easily fit inside almost any car. And storage is just as easy! Unlike hardshell boats, inflatable kayaks do not require an awkward racking solution. Each boat stores easily and will fit in most closets. You can take it up an elevator or simply leave it in the trunk of your car.
  • Easy to Use: Inflatable kayaks are easy to setup and easy to use. Simply unroll and inflate. Most paddlers would gladly trade a few extra minutes of inflating their kayak for the easy of transportation. And the learning curve is much easier as well. Forget about the claustrophobic fear of being trapped inside your kayak, or the task of having to learn the Eskimo Roll. If you fall out, you can just hop right back in. But chances are you won’t, because inflatable kayaks are also much more stable! 
  • Weight: The beauty of an inflatable kayak is that it can hold a few hundred pounds but only weighs a few pounds itself. A two person inflatable kayak can carry not only multiple people, but their equipment as well. Even though the kayak carries so much, only one person is necessary to carry it to the water.
  • Price: In general, you are going to get a lot bigger bang for your buck buying an inflatable kayak vs. a hardshell kayak. You can check out all the price ranges here -  Inflatable kayaks by price.

What Is The Bottom Line?

The bottom line is that when you are choosing a kayak for yourself, you need to choose a boat that will suit your needs, your lifestyle and your paddling goals. And no matter what you are looking for, there is an inflatable kayak that is right for you and your budget.
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Why Buy An Inflatable Kayak?

 

Are you wondering why you should buy an inflatable kayak?

That’s a good question! After all, there are lots of options and vessels for those who want to explore the water through paddling. Our friends over at Aquaglide Kayaks, our premier inflatable kayak brand, put together this great list is why inflatable kayaks are the best!

  • Performance: Long gone are the days of poorly designed inflatable kayaks that can’t hold a candle next to the hardshells. Aquaglide designers have led the way in developing a range of inflatable kayaks that have every bit as much performance as hardshell kayaks. Check out Aquaglide’s top performing inflatable kayak models here!
  •  Inflatable Kayak Transportation: The advantage of easy transportation is HUGE! Unlike hard-shell kayaks, an inflatable kayak does not require roof racks or a large vehicle for transportation. They come in a compact transport bag that can easily fit inside almost any car, boat or plane, making them ideal for exploration and adventure travel.
  • Inflatable Kayak Storage: Unlike hard-shell boats, inflatable kayaks do not require a dedicated storage area or awkward racking solution. Each kayak stores easily in a generously tailored bag that will fit in most closets. You can easily take it up an elevator or simply leave it in the trunk of your car. You just can’t beat the convenience of storing a compact inflatable kayak.
  • Easy to Use: inflatable kayaks are easy to setup and easy to use. Simply unroll and inflate the chambers – you’ll be on the water in just a few minutes. Most paddlers would gladly trade a few extra minutes of inflating and deflating their kayak for the ability to take them places that are inaccessible to hardshell kayaks.
  • Safety: Forget about the claustrophobic fear of being trapped inside your boat, or the tedious task of having to learn the Eskimo Roll. Thanks to their additional buoyancy, inflatable kayaks are far more stable than hardshell kayaks, making them accessible for advanced and novice paddlers alike. If you do fall out, it is not difficult to climb back in.
  • Comfortable: Not only are inflatable kayaks more stable, but they are also way more comfortable than a tippy hardshell boat. Infinitely adjustable seating positions and tall, cushioned, ergonomically developed seats help to make inflatable kayaks feel more like you’re sitting in a lounge chair! This is a big deal when you’re out on the water all day.
  • Reduced Carbon Footprint: By avoiding the use of roto-molded polyethylene and the associated transportation issues at every step in the distribution chain, inflatable kayaks take a step toward the future by significantly reducing the carbon footprint of each boat.

So, there are just a few reasons why we think inflatable kayaks are the best things on the water today.

We’d love the opportunity to earn your business. We have these inflatable kayaks in stock and ready to ship! When you buy from us you’ll receive:

FREE Shipping

No Sales Tax

15% off all accessories purchased with a kayak

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Kokatat Outfits Record-Setting Paddle from Amazon to Florida

ARCATA, CALIFORNIA, April 23, 2013— In a show of dedication to the world’s most exciting paddle-powered endeavors, Kokatat is proud to announce a new partnership with expeditionary kayakers Russell and Graham Henry as they attempt to paddle 6,500 kilometers north from the mouth of the Amazon River to Florida.

The Henry expedition started as a classroom daydream that would soon materialize into a reality. “Sometime near Easter, we asked each other the same question,” Russell recalls. “’How serious are we about this thing?’” The answer, simply, was “very”.

The team’s proposed route will meander 2,500 kilometers up the coastline from Belem, Brazil to Trinidad and Tobago, before eventually navigating past 18 island nations throughout the Caribbean. The team will depart in June and hopes to make landfall on Juno Beach, Florida by next January.

The trip will mark the longest ever by paddlers under the age of 25, and will trace a route that has only been partially completed in the past.  In 1978, legendary expedition kayaker John Dowd spent seven months paddling the segment the Henry’s are planning through the Caribbean. The brothers aim to complete the entire trip in seven months.

Raised in Victoria, B.C., Russell (21), and Graham (22), have been passionate about the outdoors since a young age. When the brothers aren’t kayaking, they spend their time sharing a unique passion for wilderness tripping with youth organizations. The two hope that their trip will inspire kids to live more environmentally conscious and active lives.

As the team traces a line north across the equator, conditions are bound to change. Subject to volatile seas and isolated stretches of shoreline, the Henry brothers can anticipate weather playing heavily into their plans.

To endure the most brutal coastal conditions, the brothers have chosen Kokatat’s Gore-Tex Anorak and Maximus Prime PFD to keep them dry and safe.  In order to stay hydrated while paddling, the team will use Kokatat’s Tributary Hydration System, a 1.5 liter reversible reservoir that attaches to the back of the Kokatat PFD.

For more information on the Henry brothers and their upcoming landmark voyage, visit www.henrykayak.com, and be sure to visit Outdoorplay’s Kokatat Apparel and Gear line for details on the team’s entire kit of Kokatat paddling products.

Video – Sam Grafton runs Sunset Falls

Imagine a peaceful toboggan ride with your friends on a sunny afternoon. Now imagine instead of a sunny, snow filled slope to toboggan down, you have a 275 foot ramp of death and destruction, and none of your friends want to have anything to do with said death ramp. Now you have Sunset Falls in Washington state.

Sunset Falls is the largest and the final stage of the three major waterfalls on the South Fork of the Skykomish River. The cascading drop falls about a 100 vertical feet over a 275 foot long, sloping granite chute of raw power.

Al Fausett ran Sunset Falls back in 1926 in a 30 foot canoe. They don’t grow balls this big these days. Apparently Al used to charge admission to watch him do stunts like this as a means of passive income, charging a crowd of around 3000 who gathered to watch the show.

Sunset Falls was run by Rob McKibbin back in October of 2008 (while on a lunch break from work). After cracking a couple ribs, he lost a paddle midway down the final chute and was forcibly ejected from his boat. Rob tried to pull himself back into his boat, but was unable to do so.

Then in April of 2010, Tyler Bradt stepped up to the plate. Despite running the slide on his head and breaking his paddle, Tyler made the first successful kayak descent of Sunset Falls.

Then, in comes Sam Grafton. Sam scouted and thought he saw his line. Then destroyed it. Sam has an ability to stay out of holes and hydraulics that is not natural. I have no idea what kind of a deal Sam made with the Devil, or Poseidon, but it goes contrary to the same deal that Rob made. While Rob is blessed with the ability to fight out of holes no one should be allowed to exit, Sam never even touches them.

I wasn’t able to be there on the day that Sam ran the waterfall, but I was able to get my hands on the footage for a little bit of editing. So sit back and get ready to squeeze out your adrenal glands.

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At Outdoor Research

At Outdoor Research, when we aren’t at work building killer apparel and gear, we’re usually found enjoying the wild places we love so much. And because we love them, we recognize how important it is to protect them and keep them accessible for generations to come.

We support numerous environmental and educational non-profits working for the preservation of and access to the outdoors. Among these, we’ve been a proud partner of the Access Fund since 1999, and we’re currently one of only five “Above the Clouds”-level – the highest level — donors to this excellent organization. Their mission is to “keep U.S. climbing areas open and conserve the climbing environment,” and they currently represent over 2.3 million climbers nationwide in all forms of climbing: rock, ice, mountaineering and bouldering.

Outdoor Research and the Access Fund recently teamed up to produce an ‘Open Access’ video series showcasing recent successes and access victories for climbing areas across the country. Watch the videos from North Carolina’s Rumbling Bald, California’s Jailhouse Rock and Nevada’s Red Rocks on our completely redesigned Verticulture blog.

And if you’re as passionate as we are about preserving the environment and access at your favorite crags, join the Access Fund, and become a part of the community that protects America’s climbing.

For more information on how you can get yourself into Rock Climbing – click here: harness and helmets, quick draws and carabiners, and other rock climbing accessories free kayak shipping and no sales tax.