The bottom line is that inflatable kayaks are indeed safe, durable, reliable, and just as good as many traditional kayaks, especially as inflatable technology continues to improve and innovate.
Do inflatable kayaks flip easily?
You’ll need a giant wave to get this thing to flip. And, if you’ve somehow capsized, getting back on your inflatable kayak will be super easy. Even if you put most of your weight on one side while trying to get up, it won’t flip on you. … Even if capsizing is rare, it’s always good to be prepared.
Are inflatable kayaks harder to paddle?
Inflatable Kayaks – Advantages
Inflatable kayaks are inherently buoyant – they are air-filled, after all – and generally wider, making them harder to capsize. They have a high load capacity upwards of 400 pounds – much higher than their hard-shell counterparts.
How bad are inflatable kayaks?
Something to keep in mind is that inflatable kayaks are very lightweight. This means they are easily susceptible to being swayed by currents and strong winds. Be careful not to paddle in harsh conditions. As a general rule, never kayak alone or without telling others where you are, and always wear a life jacket!
How long does an inflatable kayak last?
With proper care and maintenance, you can expect most inflatable kayaks to last somewhere between 5 and ten years.
Do I need a Licence for an inflatable kayak?
No you do not. There’s no legal requirement to purchase a license if you’re going to use your kayak only in the sea. So if you’re on a strict budget then sea kayaking is probably the discipline you want to learn!