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Inflatable Kayaks: The New Craze!

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Inflatable kayaks are a good alternative for people who don’t have enough space to store a rigid craft or enthusiasts who want to carry their kayak everywhere.

If you want to know everything about inflatable kayaks, then look no further. Everything is set out right here!

Kind of paddling

You can find different types of inflatable kayaks, such as sit-on-top kayaks designed for recreational use or sit-in crafts which provide greater performance. That’s why the first thing you have to ask yourself before purchasing one is the kind of paddling you want to do. If you want to paddle in windy environments, with currents or waves, in that case you may want to pay a little bit more to get a regular sit-in kayak. But if you just plan to do short cruising sessions on flat water now and then, in that case any kayak will do.

Performance

Although inflatable kayaks are lighter than rigid ones, getting to control them can be a bit difficult. However, one of the main advantages of blow-up kayaks is their greater stability, which reduces the risk of capsizing. This is good news for nervous wannabe kayakers! As a rule of thumb, hard-shell kayaks are faster and more manoeuvrable, especially in case of strong winds.

The Blueborn Indika III inflatable kayak has a proven track record for performance and comfort.

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One-person, two-person or convertible

You want to have a good time on the water? Then a two-person kayak is the solution! But if you’re more in a lonely mood now and then, a convertible kayak will allow you to switch from one to two seats very easily.

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Maintenance

Inflatable kayaks need to be inflated and deflated after every use. As for any inflatable, there is a risk of puncture, but purchasing good quality kayaks made from hard-wearing materials considerably reduces that risk. In the (very unlikely) event that you suffer a puncture, repair kits will come in handy: simply take a patch of fabric and glue it onto the hole, wait one night and you’re good to go. Easy, isn’t it?

The only requirement to keep your kayak in good condition is to dry it off before storing to avoid mildew build-up.

Price

There is a wide range of prices but very often, you get what you pay for. Cheap inflatable kayaks will not stand the test of time and will not provide great performance on the water. Standard inflatable kayaks tend to be much cheaper than hard-shell ones. Entry-range blow-up kayaks are obviously less durable and manoeuvrable than high-end crafts.

Equipements

Choosing the right kayak is essential, but that’s not just it. If you want to paddle safely and in the best conditions, you must have the appropriate equipment.

Personal Flotation Device: whether you can swim or not, you must wear one. This piece of equipment is compulsory when kayaking. There are two kinds of PFDs: buoyancy aids, which can prevent somebody from drowning but does not keep your head above the water if you’re unconscious, while lifejackets are designed to turn your body over and keep your head clear of the water within 5 to 10 seconds. Lifejackets can be further broken down into two categories: foam vests and inflatable vests. Foam lifejackets are reliable, ergonomic and comfy while inflatable lifejackets are handy and provide more freedom of movement. Obviously you also have to choose a vest that perfectly suits you (pay attention to the size/weight indications).

Paddle: kayak paddles are double-bladed (whether it is a blow-up or a hard-shell kayak). But the paddle you have to choose depends on the kind of paddling you do. River paddlers tend to use shorter paddles with larger blades while for a sea session you want to go for a longer paddle with a thinner blade. Your size also has an impact on the length of the paddle. If you’re approximately 5.25 to 6 feet tall (1.60 to 1.80 m), then you should get a 220 cm paddle, which is the standard size.

Pump: cthat goes without saying but this is an essential device when you own an inflatable kayak. You can find many different types of pumps out there. Electric pumps, foot pumps or hand pumps. Paying attention to the volume and maxi pressure is essential when choosing your pump.

 

Some kayak accessories fall into the “comfort” category and are designed to make your paddling experience more enjoyable:

Gloves: when it gets nippy, you will wish you have gloves. Kayak gloves are made of neoprene and insulate your hands from the cold, just as a wetsuit.

 

Shoes: shoes with anti-slip soles are essential for river kayaking. They will allow you to carry your craft safely. Besides, they will keep your feet warm.

 

Waterproof backpack: store your stuff and keep it dry while on the water. You can also use a waterproof container, which just does great for car keys, wallets, smartphones...

And many more…

Inflatable kayaks are the new craze thanks to brands that have been expanding their product ranges and come up with really innovative boats. (Sevylor, Bic Sport, Aqua Design, etc.) We hope these few tips will give you a better understanding of this great water sport and help you to get kitted out. One more thing: don’t forget to follow basic safety rules when you head out to the water, especially if you paddle at sea far from the coast.

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