THE BEST IN INFLATABLE KAYAK TECHNOLOGY. 100% DROP-STITCH TECHNOLOGY.
NEW! Foot controlled rudder system for better manoeuvrability (make sure to add the Air Glide Rudder Kit to your cart along with your kayak - due late December)
Improved high quality 1680D All-Terrain bag (with rugged 3-wheels for better usage over more terrains)
Improved comfort footrests (thick padded foam with hard plastic core for more comfort and support)
Improved paddle quality with stronger blades and shaft.
Improved bow drainage system (moved floor drainage valves to nose drainage bung)
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Welcome to the brand new 2022 Air Glide 410 by Bay Sports, a 100% drop stitch kayak designed here in Manly, Australia. The Air Glide 410 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...
Drop-Stitch vs. Regular 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 2022 Air Glide 473 by Bay Sports, a 100% drop stitch kayak designed here in Manly, Australia. The Air Glide 473 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...
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.
Watch HD Video Walkthrough of Air Glide 473
Unboxing the new Air Glide kayak
This video shows what's included in the box, Unpacking and Setting up the kayak, Inflating and Deflating, Packing away the kayak.
PLEASE NOTE: The latest model has a spring loaded rudder (different to the one shown in the video below).
What makes this inflatable kayak 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 19.9kgs, the material is much lighter than any polyethylene double kayak on the market, whilst the boat shape is narrower and nevertheless provides more space. And with up to 10 psi 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.
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.
The Air Glide is the ultimate inflatable kayak for use on rivers, light whitewater, on lakes and for kayaking for those demanding more than just a traditional inflatable.
Up to 4x higher operating pressure (up to 10PSI) than regular inflatable kayaks.
2 side carrying handles, allows kayak to be used and transported by one person.
Adjustable 4-point High-back seats provide excellent back support and comfort.
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 for one or two persons.
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
Note: These inflatable kayaks are not ideal to be used in windy conditions due to their lightweight nature and upright sidewall shape.
Inflatable Kayaks Comparison Chart
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Air Glide 473 vs. KXone Slider 485
Whilst both are the same 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 5cm extra width,4cm higher side walls, and 12cm shorter length to provide greater stability and better prevent water splashing into the boat.
Option to addfoot controlled rudder systemfor 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. We stand by the excellent build quality.
Air Glide 410 vs Air Glide 473
The 410 is66cm shorterthan its big brother the 473, this makes the 410 moremanoeuvrabilityhowever tracks slightly at slower pace (it is however, still pretty quick in the water!)
The 410 is the top pick for those who like touse both as a tandem or also as a singlebecause of its shorter length, making it more manoeuvrable on the water
The 410 is4kg lightermaking this easier to carry by one person.
Both models can be configured to have seating positioned in the middle of the kayak to be used as a single seater kayak
The 410 issuitable for two paddlers up to 6'4" in height each plus storage room in the bow and stern for a dry bag.
For families or for taking out kids/four legged friends we recommend you stick with the 473 model for the extra storage space and leg room.
1 x Premium Quality Ballistic-weave nylon carry backpack with 3 x all-terrain wheels and padded shoulder straps.
1 x Double-Valve
1 x Slide-in 9” Skeg
2 x Hi-Back Kayak Seats (with detachable 10 cm padded booster seat) + Large velcro storage pouch.
2 x Premium Foam Footrests
2 x 4-piece Aluminium Paddles
1 x Removable plastic water deflector piece
1 x 2m buckle strap to keep kayak from unravelling for easy packing away
1 x Quick Repair Kit (with spare PVC patches, valve repair tool and adhesive glue)