Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Review

Best Uses: Day trips, flatwater, ocean, mild river, camping

Brand: Advanced Elements

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Number of Paddlers: 1

Stats: Length 10’ 5”, Width 32”, Weight 36 lbs, Load Capacity 300 lbs

Accessories Included: Carrying duffel bag 30” x 17” x 10”, folding seat, repair kit, owner’s manual

Kayak Material: PVC Tarpaulin with 1000 denier polyester outer fabric, heavy-duty 30-gauge PVC main chamber, high density polyurethane-coated polyester inner cover

Pros: Stable, rugged, easy to lift, comfortable, great maneuverability, compact, easy entry and exit

Cons: Can easily get water in kayak and is handy to have a small water pump with you, takes a while to dry (bring a towel to help speed process)

More In-Depth Info

The Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame is an extremely popular inflatable kayak. There are several reasons for this.

  • It is an excellent price. For the amount of money paid, you get a very good, comfortable, and stable inflatable kayak.
  • It is fairly light and can easily be used by people of all ages.
  • It looks great and has some great accessories and deck options.

The reviews on this kayak have been very positive pretty much across the board and it seems that those who have purchased it absolutely love it!

The smaller size of this model makes it very easy to store. It deflates and rolls up into a nice neat package and can be stored and transported in its carry bag that is included when you buy it.

It inflates very quickly and is easily put in and removed from the water.

The AdvancedFrame works well for airplane travel as it is light enough to check in without any extra fees. It is known to be durable and tough and can easily be ready for any type of paddling experience.

There is a good amount of storage room, but keep in mind this is a smaller kayak so it won’t have as much storage room as it’s larger brother the tandem Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible.

If you want a little extra room the larger model is nice because it can be converted for solo use as well.


This kayak has a decent tracking fin which really helps to keep it going in a straight line and the speed is not too bad… should be good for most recreational paddlers.

It is not a top of the line model so I would not expect tip top performance. However there are very few complaints with the tracking or the speed. It is ideal for day trips and exploring.

There are built-in aluminum ribs that do help with the rigidity of the bow and stern as well as help with maneuverability. There is also an optional backbone for extra rigidity that can be added to this model if desired.

The smaller size makes it very easy to handle and it turns really easily. There is a removable foam seat with adjustable back support that is easily removed from the kayak when storing away.

The optional spray skirt is perfect for ocean kayaking and really helps to keep you dry and protected from the elements.

The Downside

There have been a few comments that it can be hard to get the water out of this model while kayaking.

I believe that no matter what kind of kayak you are using it is important to bring a small bilge pump along in order to get rid of excess water, especially if you will be paddling in rough water.

The AdvancedFrame has a closed-in deck so when water gets in, it will be harder to get it out then if you were paddling an open-decked inflatable kayak.

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Final Thoughts

Bottom line is that as a recreational kayaker you cannot go wrong with this one. Whether you are a 60 year old women or a 200 lb man, the Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame will hold its own and offer a beautiful day on the water.

It is easy to handle and fun to paddle. Price, performance, durability and style… this inflatable kayak is not top of the line but it still gets five stars.

Where To Buy

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  1. Jeff Montagne says:

    According to you , what is the best kayak between Innova Swing I and AE AdvancedFrame?

  2. why does my Advanced elements kayak not hold air for long?

    • Is it losing air in a single outing? Or do you mean over several days? If it is losing air in one outing I would say you either have a slow leak or the valve needs tightening. To check for a leak inflate the kayak and spray with soapy water. If you see bubbles then you found a leak and it will need to be patched. Watch particularly around the seams for any bubbles. If it is a valve issue it may be as simple as tightening the valve a little. If you can’t figure it out and it really won’t hold air I would suggest contacting Advanced Elements directly and see if they can help. Good luck!

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