Kayaks for Humbling Adventures


Inflatable kayaks are nice to have in an emergency or when you’re on a budget, but the Salty Dog has learned that it is easy to get wet in them. If you want to have a safe experience, instead of a deflating one on a full day of water recreation, then these inflatable kayak reviews of my all-time favorite designs will help you stay dry, have a good time, and save you some cash in the process.

The Intex Mariner 3 is our flagship 3-person Professional Series watercraft. Featuring Super-Tough construction, made with 3 separate layers of material for extra strength and durability; two outer layers of heavy gauge PVC laminated to an inner layer of polyester mesh for extra reinforcement. Designed for rowing or an optional outboard battery-powered trolling motor.

Ideal for a day spent fishing, camping, or simply just cruising around on the lake, this five-person raft assembles and inflates in just minutes, getting you from the car to the water that much faster. Made of rugged, welded vinyl for long-term durability, the boat has an inflatable I-beam floor for comfort and rigidity, and is US Coast Guard-approved.

– Inflatable floor for comfort and rigidity
– Includes two inflatable seats with backrests
– Four fishing rod holders
– Oar locks and holders
– Motor mount fitting
– Grab handle and 360-degree grab line
– Gear pouch and repair patch
– Quick-fill, fast-deflate Boston valves
– Comes with 54-inch aluminum oars and high-output hand pump

The most important consideration when shopping for a kayak is deciding how and where you are going to use it. Recreational kayaks have different characteristics; the hull shape and length of whitewater kayaks differs from those designed for paddling on a smooth lake. How you are going to transport and store your new recreational kayak needs to be considered as you make your choices. The best kayak for you is the one that fits your purpose for it.

Inflatable kayaks can be used when portability is an issue. They can fit into limited size spaces, making them easy to store and transport. There are a variety of sizes and designs to choose from, depending on your intended purpose. Generally, they are lightweight and easy to use. They can turn quickly and easily, although they may be slower to paddle than traditional kayaks. One main disadvantage is that you need to inflate them before you use them and deflate them when finished.

For the more adventurous paddler who wants to take on the challenge of paddling a whitewater river, there are kayaks designed for that purpose. They are usually shorter and more maneuverable than other kayaks.