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 Slider inflatable kayak series, the world's first 100% drop stitch kayak featuring German design and world class Korean manufacturing. The KXone Slider 485, a longer version of the KXone Slider 410 - a brilliant lightweight inflatable kayak with excellent tracking and build qualities. But what makes this inflatable kayak so much more better than the rest? Read on...
What is it about this inflatable kayak that makes it 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 18kgs, the material is much lighter than any double kayak on the market, whilst the boat shape is narrower and nevertheless provides more space. And with up to 8psi air pressure, so it is as stable and solid as a hard shell kayak.
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 KXone Slider 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.
Click here to read a Customer Review on the KXone 485
Up to 4x higher operating pressure (8PSI) than regular inflatable kayaks.
Unique SUP foam pad for stand up paddling
Adjustable 4-point Highback seats provide excellent back support and comfort.
Smart Dry Zones air-conditioning system with 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 on the SLD375 and SLD485 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
Premium Mesh carry backpack with wheels and padded shoulder straps.
2 x Deluxe Comfort Kayak Seat
2 x Footrest
2 Premium Lightweight Aluminium Paddle
The SLIDER 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.
L: 4.85mtrs W: 0.85mtrs H: 0.36mtrs Kayak Weight: 19.9kgs Maximum weight capacity: 250kg Capacity: 2 Adults + 1 Child Shipping Carton Size: 100 x 55 x 40 cm Optimal Pressure: 7-8 PSI
"We absolutely LOVE our KXone Slider 485 double inflatable kayak. Perfect for our family of teenagers and young children as it fits 3 people easily in the kayak and inflates in less than 5 minutes. The bag on wheels makes it easy to pack in boot of car and wheel or carry to your kayak destination. No fuss. No bother. Means you can maximise your time on the water.
Tony’s customer service was outstanding - he made sure the delivery of the kayak got to our holiday destination."
"Not only did we track really well but our speed was not limited at all by the wind. We both found it very comfortable and as an extra bonus the distance between us meant that our paddles never clashed when we got out of sequence – another words the two of us could paddle at our own pace without interfering with each other. This is rare for double kayaks.
The kayak is extremely stable and easy to get in and out of and has huge capacity and plenty of legroom."