Are inflatable kayaks any good? Are they as good as normal kayaks? Being inflatable, do they bend like pool toys?
These are questions we have been asked from beginners and expert kayakers alike, as they inquisitively ask about this advancement in kayaking. And for good reason.
How for so many years did most of us deal with lugging around heavy, polyethylene kayaks, straining our backs and having to worry about:
Where am I going to store my kayak?
How light a kayak can I get?
What is the easiest way to transport my kayak?
Welcome to the brand new 2019 Air Glide 385 by Bay Sports, a 100% drop stitch kayak designed here in Manly, Australia. The Air Glide 385 is a brilliant lightweight kayak with excellent tracking and build quality. But what makes this inflatable kayak so much more better than the rest? Read on...
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What makes the Air Glide series superior?
Advancements in inflatable water sport technologies, in particular drop-stitch manufacturing techniques, have developed in recent times, we are experiencing a fast transition into more practical, lightweight, yet sturdy watercraft.
This inflatable Drop Stitch kayak is faster, stiffer and stronger than any conventional air kayak. It can be easily transported in a compact bag. At just 13.9kgs, the material is much lighter than any polyethylene kayak on the market, whilst the boat shape is narrower and nevertheless provides more space. And with up to 10psi air pressure, so it is as stable and solid as a hard shell kayak.
The side chambers and bottom floor are made of high-denier (drop stitch) fabric for superior strength, high-pressure inflation, durability, and abrasion resistance in this patent-pending kayak construction.
Moulded V-shaped shape underneath bow and stern made of rigid, durable material for better tracking, easier paddling, and greater speed.
Drop-Stitch vs Normal Inflatable Kayaks?
You're not alone if you hear inflatable kayak and think the inside is just filled with air. Whilst your average camping air mattress is just that, Drop-Stitch inflatables like our Air Glide range (and also our inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards), contain millions of tough polyester threads that connect the top-to-bottom, and side walls of the kayak. This allows them to be inflated to high-pressures whilst giving them rock-hard rigidity and form.
The result? Hard shell kayak feel and performance, with easy transportation and storage of an inflatable.
Key benefits of Inflatable Kayaks & Canoes
Up to 50% lighter than their traditional counterparts plastic kayak, making for easy transportation to and from the water.
Folds up into a compact bag, making great for those living in apartments, or those with little room to store a plastic kayak - you can leave it in the boot of your car or store it away in your cupboard.
Remarkably tough and durable, being made from an abrasion resistant material, inflatable kayaks won't ding or scratch like a traditional plastic kayak.
Great performance and tracking capability, with huge advancements in the rigid V-hull, including a clever slide-in skeg, makes for a fast kayak that holds a straight line.
Key Features of Air Glide 385
Up to 4x higher operating pressure (10PSI) than regular inflatable kayaks.
2 side carrying handles, allows kayak to be used and transported easily by one person.
Adjustable 4-point high-back seat provides excellent back support and comfort.
Smart drainage system allows water to be channeled to an inner storage pod for easy water release, via dual drain plugs.
Detachable large skeg keeps kayak on a straight track while paddling
Tough, durable, compact, and lightweight, with great maneuverability and excellent stability.
Surpass the speed of a hard-shell kayak yet enjoy easy portability.
Multiple D-rings allow seat adjustments.
Deluxe, replaceable H3 high-pressure valves are reliable and airtight.
Large screw-type drain valves allow for fast, easy draining of the kayak and are easy to open and close.
Unique ultralight, universal design for all ages
Key Differences Air Glide 385 vs. KXone Slider 375
Whilst both are high build and construction quality, the Air Glide is a better value 100% Drop-Stitch inflatable kayak.
Bay Sports have further developed on the KXone design, adding 4cm extra width,4cm higher side walls, and 10cm more length to provide greater stability, tracking and better prevent water splashing into the boat.
We have also added 2 x side carry handles, for effortless carrying by one person. This is a huge benefit other inflatable kayaks lack.
In-built wind deflector and water shield - diverts water to channel off the kayak and back into the water, not in your kayak.
3 Year Warranty on Bay Sports Air Glide series, opposed to a 2 Year Warranty on the KXone Slider series.
Ballistic-weave nylon carry backpack with wheels and padded shoulder straps.
Slide-in 9” Skeg
1 x High Back Comfort Kayak Seat with large Velcro pouch.
Just want to tell you, I love my kayak. Must faster than my old one. Just takes a bit longer to deflate it. But quicker to inflate. We are at Maraboon Lake near Emerald, not far from Rockhampton. Very pleased with it. Kind regards from Bridgit.
Having owned sit on Kayaks before that were heavy and hard to lift and transport we started to look at light weight inflatable Kayaks to take with us on our Caravan travels and local waterway adventures. It was obvious from our reseach that from a weight and performance perspective the latest drop stich Kayak technology was the way to go and the GLIDE 385 from Bay Sport was one of the best on the market so we puchased one each. We have been out twice now on the river out front and the Kayaks are responsive and a lot of fun. For there part Baysport have been very responsive and helpful, shipping was prompt arriving in just two days. Overall this has been a good experience.
I purchased for my campervan, and a trip around the Eastern states over the summer. It packs down small enough to fit under my rock n roll bed, and best of all pumps up with the electric Hercules pump in just 6 minutes.
Quality looks good in photos, and backs it up in the flesh. Very impressed at the product, and excellent service from the very start, fast delivery. Highly recommend your Air Glide bay sports. Sandy.