Lightest Inflatable Kayaks

Are you looking for the lightest inflatable kayaks? A lightweight inflatable kayak can be absolutely ideal for those looking to travel. It can also be perfect for a person who will be carrying and transporting the kayak by themselves.

Many inflatable kayak companies are using new types of materials that allow for rugged construction as well as the convenience of a very lightweight boat.

Listed below are the 6 lightest solo inflatable kayaks as well as the 6 lightest tandem inflatable kayaks.

Lightweight Solo Inflatable Kayaks

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Advanced Elements Firefly – 16 lbs.
Best Uses: flat water, beginner kayakers

Innova Twist – 16 lbs.
Best Uses: flat water, calm rivers, day trips

NRS Bandit I – 17 lbs.
Best Uses: river, up to class IV rapids

NRS Rascal – 17 lbs.
Best Uses: whitewater, kids

Best Uses: flat water, calm river, ocean surf

Lightweight Tandem Inflatable Kayaks

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Sevylor Fiji – 25 lbs.
Best Uses: flat water, beginners

Sevylor Tahiti Classic – 25 lbs.
Best Uses: slow river, flat water, kids

Sea Eagle 330 – 26 lbs.
Best Uses: day trips, rivers, lakes, beginners

Innova Sunny – 29 lbs.
Best Uses: flat water, fishing, calm ocean, families

NRS Bandit II – 31 lbs.
Best Uses: rivers, up to class IV rapids

Sea Eagle 370 – 32 lbs.
Best Uses: rivers, flat water, kids

Lightweight Inflatable Kayak Warnings

Although many lightweight inflatable kayaks are built to be quite strong, one thing to be aware of is that typically the lighter the inflatable kayak the more chance there is that it will get blown by the wind.  This will not be a big problem unless you are out paddling on a windy day in open water. It may take a little more effort to paddle the kayak and to keep it on a straight course.

Tip: To help alleviate this problem you can always try adding more weight to the kayak… i.e. load it down with extra gear.

Lightweight Inflatable Kayak Advantages

A lightweight inflatable kayak can be ideal for:

  1. camping
  2. airplane travel
  3. backpacking
  4. solo transportation
  5. kids

To compare the specs of all the different inflatable kayaks please see our inflatable kayak comparison chart.

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