New optional foot controlled rudder system for effortless maneuverability
Improved high quality 1680DAll-Terrain bag (with rugged 3-wheels)
Improved comfort footrest
Improved paddle quality with stronger blades and lighter weight.
Improved bowdrainage system
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THE BEST IN INFLATABLE KAYAK TECHNOLOGY. 100% DROP-STITCH TECHNOLOGY.
About Drop-Stitch Inflatable Kayaks
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 2021 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...
Watch a HD walkthrough video of Air Glide 385
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 drained via rear drain plug.
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.
Replaceable high-pressure valves are reliable and airtight.
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.
Option to add foot controlled rudder system for vastly improved maneuverability.
We have also added 2 x side carry handles, for effortless carrying by one person. This is a huge benefit other inflatable kayaks lack.
Removable 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.
1 x Premium Quality Ballistic-weave nylon carry backpack with 3 x all-terrain wheels and padded shoulder straps.
1 x Double-Valve Bravo
1 x Slide-in 9” Skeg
1 x Superior Comfort Kayak Seat (with detachable 10 cm padded booster seat) + Large velcro storage pouch.
1 x Premium Foam Footrest
1 x Lightweight Aluminium Paddles (4-piece)
1 x Removable plastic water deflector piece
1 x Quick Repair Kit (with PVC patches and valve repair tool, glue not included for hazmat reasons)
Plusoption to Add Rudder System (Includes 2 x Adjustable Sliding Footrests and Rudder System and all cabling)
International: USD$280 via International Express Courier with Tracking (10-14 days transit time). Select this option at checkout. Includes tracking and insurance.
Setup and assembly videos
How to setup footrest and rudder system
Please note, the rudder is installed upside down in the video below. It should be inserted from above (top side). Also note the new rudder system included with the 2021 model is now spring loaded, so there is only one pull cord and one red ball. You pull the cord to raise the rudder blade out of the water, and releasing the cord allows the rudder blade to spring downward so that the blade is in the water for use when out kayaking.
How to use manual hand pump to inflate kayak
How to change the blade orientation
Depending on whether you install your rudder from the top side or the underside, you can change your blades orientation. The below video shows how to do this. You may wish to have the rudder inserted from the underside to have more blade in the water, for increased turning efficiency.
How to attach snap on hooks to rudder
Whilst it may be tricky to attach the snap hooks onto the new rudder housing, this video shows you the right angle to attach them nice and quickly.
How to setup the rudder cord and deck ball for rudder system
Feed through the cord into the rudder housing as shown in the video. You can then run the cable down the inside of the kayak walls (through the D-rings) all the way to your seat. The red deck ball you attach to the end of the rope, to make it easier to pull the cord to raise/lower the rudder.
Click hereto download the 2021 Air Glide Inflatable Kayak User Guide