Airhead Montana Review

Airhead Montana IK

Best Uses: Lakes, mild whitewater

Brand: Airhead by Kwik Tek

Number of Paddlers: 1

Stats: Length 9’ 9”, Weight 27 lbs, Load Capacity 300 lbs

Accessories Included: Inflatable seat with adjustable backrest and mesh back storage pocket, footrest, 4 attached bottom fins, instruction manual, 90 day warranty

Kayak Material: 840-denier nylon with UV and water-resistant coatings

Pros: Stable, portable, lightweight, quick to inflate, great manoeuvrability, compact, easy entry and exit, decent storage space and stretched netting in the bow, neoprene elbow guards, 6 D-rings for securing gear, grab handles make it very easy for one person to lift, drain plug to rid excess water from kayak, very affordable

Cons: Does not come with carry/storage bag (but does have good straps which make it easy to carry) tracking not the greatest, seat was a bit wobbly

Available At: Amazon.com – Airhead Montana inflatable kayak

More In-Depth Info

The Airhead Montana is a lightweight and portable 1 person inflatable kayak that is best suited for flat water to mild whitewater kayaking.

The Montana has some nice features which make it appealing for recreational paddling.

Airhead Montana 1

Grab Handles

Besides the front and back, this kayak has grab handles on both of the pontoon sides.

I wish more solo inflatable kayaks would have grab handles on the sides as this makes it very easy for one person to lift and carry when inflated.

Airhead Montana solo inflatable kayak

Neoprene Elbow Guards

I have only ever seen a couple other inflatable kayaks with these neoprene elbow guards on the sides of the kayak and I think they are a really nice touch.

They feel soft and comfortable if your elbows, arms or hands are rubbing against them or resting on them.

Montana 1 neoprene elbow guards

Attached Footrest

The Montana has a small footrest attached at the front of the kayak. There are three separate loops that the footrest can attach to so you can move it depending on your height.

I found that the footrest in the first loop was best for me (I am 5’7”).

Storage

This is not a big kayak and consequently you will not find a ton of storage space. There is room for a dry bag up front under the stretched netting and there are 6 D-rings for securing gear within the kayak.

You could also store lighter gear on top of the stretched net in the bow and tie it down.

Airhead Montana 1 person inflatable kayak

Seat

The bottom of the seat is inflatable and the back is easily adjustable. I found the seat to be comfortable but a bit wobbly. I had to do a fair amount of adjusting initially to get it so that it felt right.

I discovered that by not inflating the bottom of the seat to full capacity I did not wobble around as much so that might be something to try if you are having issues with it.

Design

The Montana is a brilliant orange color which I think looks fantastic in the water. It is always nice to be very visible when kayaking so other boats can see you and the orange color of the Montana does the trick.

Performance

The Montana is not a long inflatable kayak and it is fairly wide. This makes it extremely stable and easy to paddle as well as easily maneuverable.

It is very responsive and paddles decently in flat water as well as in some smaller choppy waves.

I found the tracking to be not so great and it was clear that although the Montana was easy to paddle, it was not going to get me to my destination fast.

Airhead Montana solo

Setup

Airhead Montana 1

The setup process takes me less than ten minutes by myself.  I used the foot pump that comes with this kayak and inflated the floor valve then the two side valves.

inflating the Airhead Montana

Once it gets too hard to keep pumping, the kayak is done.  The bottom of the seat is inflatable so you will need to inflate that next.

It’s an easy process that anyone could do by themselves.  After paddling simply deflate each valve, dry the kayak off and roll it up.

Solo Airhead Montana kayak

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Final Thoughts

The Montana is light weight and very portable and would work well for those who like to camp, travel and paddle in flat water to mild whitewater. It is very stable and responsive to quick turns.

As long as you don’t mind the lack of great tracking and speed this inflatable kayak will provide many hours, days and years of fun on the water for a very affordable price.

The Airhead Montana also comes in a slightly larger tandem version, the Airhead Montana Tandem.

Where To Buy

Amazon.com consistently has the lowest price for this kayak.

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Comments

  1. Hi thank’s for all the great reviews, i am a ww kayaker since 1990 but i would like to try on , is the airhead montana 1 a self bailling kayak ?
    It would be great if you can had a picture of the hull to see the shape and the drain hole

    Thank’s your doing a great job
    Pat

    • Hi Pat, thanks for your nice words, glad you are finding the reviews helpful! Yes there is one drain plug in the Airhead Montana so it is considered a self-bailing IK.