These are the inflatable kayaks chosen to be in the top five group. They were chosen for quality, stability, value, popularity, warranty and performance.
Click on the kayak names below to read the full detailed reviews…
The FastTrack came on the market in April 2010 and quickly became extremely popular. It is simliar in size to the Sea Eagle 380X except just slightly slimmer. However it has the added advantages of only weighing 31 lbs. and has a unique design that offers much more speed.
The FastTrack is my personal inflatable kayak of choice and I personally use it all year round for lake kayaking as well as ocean paddling. It can also handle some mild whitewater. The FastTrack has several packages to choose from including a solo model, a 2-seater, a sailing package, an electric motor package, and a great fishing package.
There is also a larger family sized 3 person model now available too (the 465 FastTrack) which is great for families and long expeditions. Both the tandem and 3 person models have the ability to adjust the seats to be paddled solo if desired. It also comes with a great three year warranty. Read full review.
The Airis kayaks were newly designed in 2012 and I absolutely love the Airis Sport. It only weighs 20 lbs. and can easily be brought anywhere you want to go in it’s deluxe backpack that comes with it. The Airis kayaks are very high quality and the construction is solid. The Sport inflates to a high air pressure and consequently is extremely rigid.
With the rigid design and large tracking fin, it glides beautifully through the water and tracks really straight. I have been very impressed with the performance of this model. The Sport offers the ultimate in convenience and performance for paddling on lakes, ocean bays or calm rivers.
You sit up a little higher in this kayak which makes paddling very easy for any person. You get a lot for your money with the Sport. Read full review.
If you are looking for an all day river adventure inflatable kayak, the Lynx is a phenomenal option. Weighing only thirty-two pounds and backed by a ten year warranty, it is quality through and through.
It can handle up to class IV rapids beautifully and comes with the option of a closed-cell floor for higher performance or an air-cell floor for lighter weight.
The Lynx has gained huge popularity for good reason, it not only performs but is solid and rugged. It comes in a solo version as well as a tandem version. Read full review.
I believe the Innova Helios is one of the best models out there for paddling on open water such as sea kayaking. There are many reasons the Helios is so popular including the fact that it only weighs 24 lbs. and rolls up really small into a backpack that is included in the purchase of the kayak.
It offers decent storage room and tracks along nicely. It will hold its own in wind and waves while ocean paddling.
It is ideal for someone that wants a kayak that is easy to manage, can be brought anywhere and is versatile enough to paddle well on the ocean as well as on a lake. There is a solo and tandem version available and they both come with a 2 year warranty. Read full review.
The 380X was chosen because of its sheer versatility. It is unbelievably rugged and highly versatile as it can handle flat water paddling, ocean surf and heavy whitewater rapids. You can literally take this kayak into any type of water, and it is ideal for fishing trips and multi-day adventures.
It may not be the fastest inflatable kayak because of its wider width but it makes up for that in every other way including comfort and space.
It has the option of two different sizes to choose from depending on your needs and comes with a 180 day risk free trial and a great three year warranty. The 380X was the first inflatable kayak I ever purchased and I still love it. Read full review.