Advanced Elements Lagoon 2 Review

Best Uses: Recreation, flat water, calm ocean bay

Brand: Advanced Elements

Number of Paddlers: 2

Stats: Length 12’, Width 35”, Weight 35 lbs, Load Capacity 350 lbs

Accessories Included: Tracking fin, breathable kayak seat, heavy duty carrying duffel bag, repair kit, owners manual

Optional Accessories: Backbone – improves rigidity, tracking and overall performance. Spray skirt – will help keep you and the inside of the kayak dry as well as offers sun protection.

Kayak Material: High denier polyester rip-stop fabric with a PVC laminate – PVC tarpaulin hull

Pros: Easy to paddle, lightweight – great for traveling, very portable, compact, comfortable, rugged, good for all skill levels, quick set up time and very easy to inflate

Cons: Not very fast, tracks so-so, can only holds 350 pounds

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More In-Depth Info

The Advanced Elements Lagoon 2 inflatable kayak can offer a lot of fun for an affordable price.

It is a great two person kayak that performs best on flatwater such as lakes, slow rivers or a calm ocean.

The Lagoon is sturdy, rugged and constructed with heavy duty material that can withstand a lot of abuse.

Great features on this inflatable kayak include rubber-grip handles, bungee deck lacing to hold down gear, mesh accessory pocket, tracking skeg as well as a foam floor.

The seats in the Lagoon have adjustable back support and will provide enough comfort for a fairly long trip. Set up time is quick and inflation is simple with the easy to use Spring and Twistlok valves.

If you are trying to decide between the Lagoon 2 and the Advanced Frame Convertible here is basically what you need to know…

The Lagoon is not a fast kayak. If you want the option of paddling higher speeds as well as doing longer kayak trips, the Advanced Elements Advanced Frame Convertible is a better choice… it also tracks better than the Lagoon.

Keep in mind that the Advanced Elements Lagoon 2 only holds up to 350 pounds. If you plan on paddling with two people you will want to keep this weight restriction in mind.

The Convertible weighs about 20 pounds more than the Lagoon but it can also hold an extra 200 pounds. It depends on what your needs are.

The Advanced Frame Convertible also costs an extra couple of hundred dollars.

Final Thoughts

It comes down to this… if you are looking for a tandem inflatable kayak that is compact, affordable, rugged and super fun to use on calm water then the Lagoon 2 would make a great choice.

If you are more concerned with speed, tracking and higher performance, then you may want to look at a higher end model.

The Lagoon makes a great choice for traveling as it weighs only 35 pounds and is so easy and convenient to use.

Just keep in mind that the load capacity is only 350 pounds which isn’t a heck of a lot for a tandem model but still works great for paddling solo or for two lighter people.

Where to Buy

Click Here For The Advanced Elements Lagoon 2 Inflatable Kayak At Outdoorplay.com.

Click Here For The Advanced Elements Lagoon 2 Inflatable Kayak At Amazon.com.

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Comments

  1. Guillermo says:

    Which kayak performs better between the Sea Eagle 385 FastTrack and the Advanced Elements Lagoon 2 with a backbone or a drop stitch floor? … by perform better I mean better tracking, stability and speed.
    Note that your review of the AE Lagoon 2 is for the product as it comes out of the box, but I have read many reviews mentioning that the performance of AE kayaks improves drastically if you add either of these 2 accessories. In the case of the drop stitch floor, it even increases the weight capacity.

    • Hi Guillermo, no question the SE FastTrack definitely performs better – better tracking, far more speed as well as more stability. The backbone does make a big difference with the AE Lagoon 2 and the rigid floor can hold more weight as you mentioned. However it is still what I would classify as a ‘middle of the road’ inflatable kayak that is decent and a good product for the money but does not compare to the higher end models that are basically twice the price such as the FastTrack. Not to discount the AE Lagoon 2 however as it’s an attractive looking kayak and a lot of fun to paddle… a good product for under $500. Hope that helps! Cheers.

      • Guillermo says:

        Thanks for your response Allison. You are totally right! I tried both kayaks and ended buying the Sea Eagle Fast Track … very pleased with the decision! To my good luck, I bought it in Craigslist from a person that had barely used it so I paid only 20% more than what I would have spent in a Lagoon 2 adding paddles. We took it out in 2 rides over the weekend; one in the Puget Sound (NW) and in an enclosed bay. Even with some wind, the rides were quite smooth. Looking forward to trying it in rivers. Cheers!

        • Hi Guillermo, Excellent, the FastTrack is such a great kayak. I really hope you enjoy! You were very lucky to find one on Craigslist… I have never seen a FastTrack on there. Way to go! Happy Paddling.

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