Inflatable Kayaks

The best inflatable kayaks, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on February 11, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Inflatable Kayak Reviews

NRS Bandit I

rated 4 of 5 stars Bought it after a friend let me use his Duckie, but it was a totally different type of boat. The Bandit is small and maneuverable and a lot of fun. I purchased this inflatable used from an outfitter. Got it at about half the price of a new one. I then had thigh straps and foot braces installed. Ran the Upper Pigeon from the powerhouse input down to the SMO takeout about 200 times at levels from low water to about 4,000 FPS. I ended up swimming a couple of times. The first time I did it I sat for… Full review

Advanced Elements AirFusion Elite

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This 13-foot folding kayak has a combination of metal frame and inflatable support. It's light to carry and it's sporty to paddle. Easy to transport by bus or small car or carrying, the AirFusion is an environmentally-sensible choice. The tough construction lasts for years of use. I've tried most of the different kayak models made by Advanced Elements, and other brands as well. The AirFusion is a particular treat to paddle! It's excellent for recreational paddling on flat water and day trips. I… Full review


rated 5 of 5 stars I use this kayak five days a week all summer long. I can't say enough good things about this boat! Sturdy, durable, comfortable, light, easy inflation, and on and on. I will admit it is on the expensive side, but I guarantee you are buying a kayak that will probably still be in good working order long after you have passed on. Full review

Sea Eagle Sport 370

rated 4 of 5 stars Very good for flat water, but challenging for fishing. UPDATE 8/28/16: Took the SE370 down Bear River in Colfax, Calif., for some low key white water. She stood up just fine, bounced off rocks and made the requisite hard turns to avoid bad spills. Came to a screeching halt at one point when we didn't clear a big rock. The kayak stopped dead, I went flying forward, and the seat pulled loose (but didn't leave the boat). I got settled back down, bounced the boat free and I was off again. No damage… Full review

BIC Sport YAKKAir Lite 1

rated 3 of 5 stars After two years of light use, one of the seams in the inflatable floorboard gave way, making the floorboard unusable. I was able to fashion a rigid floorboard out of rigid insulation paneling, and the boat actually tracks better now than it did with the inflatable floorboard. But the failure of that part makes me doubt the quality of all the other parts. Full review

Sea Eagle Explorer 380x Pro Package

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Extremely versatile, portable, easy to use "water SUV" that is perfect for any type of adventure one could imagine. This review is for the Sea Eagle Explorer 380X Pro package. The major difference between Pro and Deluxe is the seats: I like Pro seats much better but for more information look it up at the manufacturer website. I've been using this kayak for three seasons now and the fourth season is approaching. The quality of the kayak itself is fairly good: the body/hull is intact and holds up… Full review

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Expedition

rated 5 of 5 stars This is the gold standard for inflatable folding kayaks. The Expedition is so portable I have taken it on airplanes as an ordinary checked bag. On the water, this recreational kayak handles well and has way more glide per stroke than the smaller models from the same manufacturer. The materials are tough and well-made. I am delighted with my Expedition. I have used it for more than four years and it is still going strong. The boat is very well-constructed of tough materials. The outer hull shows… Full review

Advanced Elements Lagoon1

rated 5 of 5 stars This inflatable folding kayak is portable on buses and inside SmartCars and by small people. A very dependable recreational kayak, well-made with a terrific warranty. Available from the manufacturer, some stores, and West Marine stores and website. The Lagoon is my favourite kayak of the several different boats I own. I've used an older version of the Lagoon for eight years without it failing. It's still a reliable, convenient recreational kayak. Here's a photo of me using it for the first time,… Full review

Tributary Tomcat Tandem

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Overall a good inflatable kayak and fun to use. I like the length of this kayak—plenty of leg space for both people. I don't like the valve covers very well. I prefer the kind on the NRS Outlaw II.  I also prefer the seat valves on the Outlaw II over the ones on the Tomcat. This is a fun kayak and is good in both calm and white water. I don't like how water catches in the front and the back of the self bailer when you are done and want to dry it out. When I get home I have to unroll it and let… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Advanced Elements Lagoon1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sea Eagle Explorer 380x Pro Package
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Tributary Tomcat Tandem
$799 - $849
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sea Eagle Sport 370
Innova Kayaks Vagabond
Advanced Elements StraitEdge Angler
Aire Lynx II
Aire Lynx I
Aire Sabertooth 12
Innova Kayaks Swing 1 Kayak
Aire Outfitter I
Advanced Elements Island Voyage 2
Advanced Elements AirFusion EVO
Aire BAKraft Hybrid
Aire Tributary Sawtooth 2
Aquaglide Chelan HB Two
NRS MaverIK Performance Package
$1,725 - $1,795
Aquaglide Rogue XP Two
Aquaglide Chinook XP Tandem XL
NRS Tributary Sawtooth
Advanced Elements StraitEdge2 Tandem
Tributary Tomcat Solo
$649 - $699
Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Sport
$399 - $449
NRS Outlaw I
Sea Eagle Explorer 420X
$1,149 - $1,249
Advanced Elements Lagoon 2
Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible
Tributary Sawtooth II
Aire Tributary Strike 2
Sea Eagle Sport SE330
Sea Eagle Fast Track 385ft Deluxe Package
$1,019 - $1,149
Advanced Elements FireFly
Aire Super Lynx Tandem
Advanced Elements Lagoon2 Tandem
Aire Outfitter II
$1,649 - $2,999
Aire Tributary Strike 1
Advanced Elements Friday Harbor Adventure Tandem Kayak
Aire Force
Advanced Elements StraitEdge Angler PRO
Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Ultralite
Sea Eagle Explorer 380x Deluxe Package
NRS Outlaw II
NRS Pike Fishing
Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite
Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame
Aquaglide Chinook XP Two
Tributary Sawtooth
Sevylor Fiji 2 Person Kayak
Advanced Elements PackLite