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Innova Helios II EX Inflatable Kayak - The Helios II EX Inflatable Kayak by Innova is perfect for river exploring, paddling along ocean shores or going fishing in the back country, it is both versatile and rugged. Weighing only 36 lbs, The Helios II EX is fully rubber-coated Nitrylon fabric construction throughout, that means it is rugged, dries fast, and is easy to keep clean. The extended fore and aft decks provide room for gear storage and it comes with its own deluxe drybag-backpack that will fit in an airline overhead bin. Not only that, when you reach your destination, you can set up in less than 10 minutes, no really we mean it. The Helios was chosen twice for a Readers Choice Award from Sea Kayaker magazine in the inflatable kayak category. The award was based on the results of a reader survey taken every three years. A Helios boat won the predicted log section of the 1997 San Juan Challenge, averaging 3 knots over the 40-mile course in winds gusting to 45 knots. An earlier version of the Helios II was used for search and rescue by the Canadian Ranger Kayak Patrol on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It was selected for its rugged durability and easy portability - and because it is easy to drop rangers by sea plane with their Innova. Whether you are in to sea kayaking, day touring or fishing, you should check out the Helios II EX Inflatable Kayak by Innova.
Solving the logistical problems of traveling with a boat, the Innova Helios II Inflatable Kayak allows you to pack your boat into a carry-on size bag for trips to amazing paddling locations from Chile to the Bowron Lakes. Whether you don't have the storage space in your home, don't like dealing with roof racks, or have your mind set on a far off paddling destination, a folding inflatable kayak is an option worthy of serious consideration. This version of the Helios II (formerly the Helios 380EX) uses Nitrylon throughout, which is a super tough material that stands up to the unavoidable wear and tear on the boat's underbelly and interior. A full back support in the front cockpit has been added to improve comfort. Perfectly suited for flatwater river and lake paddling, many find the Innova Helios II Inflatable Kayak practical for open water travel when used with a foot operated rudder accessory (sold separately). For a single seat version be sure to check out the Innova Helios I Inflatable Kayak.
- Altrec Outdoors
Take on moderate whitewater, explore ocean shorelines or paddle the backcountry. The Innova Helios II EX tandem inflatable kayak goes the distance. Suited to both flatwater and Class II whitewater, Helios II EX is easy to load on a plane and simple to pack into the backcountry. It's great for those who don't have the storage space for a traditional, rigid kayak; packed dimensions are 8 x 14 x 20 in. Nitrylon, a rugged polyester/rubber laminate, on outer hull helps ensure lasting service with superb abrasion and puncture resistance. Nitrylon is constructed without PVC. Rigid I-beam floor construction provides good tracking; 3 main air chambers help ensure you'll stay afloat. Bow, center and stern spray decks offer refuge from chop and provide space for gear stored underneath. Elastic net rigging on bow and center decks and bungee rigging on stern deck stow extra gear. Backrests offer full support on both seats via the center and stern decks, making long excursions comfortable. Adjustable footrests fit any size paddler and enhance bracing in rough water; perimeter lines ease reentry. Asymmetrically located carry handles assist in portaging kayak to and from the water. Folds compactly into drybag-style, 70L backpack (included). Tough, laminated Cordura(R) nylon backpack features adjustable, padded shoulder straps, roll-down drybag-style closure and external paddle pocket. Approximate inflation time with standard foot pump is 6 min.
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