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AquaGlide 2020 product line of inflatables

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We recently posted our Sneak Preview on the new XPD inflatable packraft from Kokopelli Packraft – one of the exciting new models we’ve seen for 2020. What’s so special? While the XPD packraft is based on the Kokopelli Rogue-Lite profile, the XPD features a more beefed-up PVC construction for rigorous use on flat water and lakes through Class II.

Kokopelli XPD Packraft

Last week, the 2020 models started rolling in, so we begin our 2020 Kokopelli reviews with the 13.6 lbs XPD, which can be inflated to higher pressures of 2.75 PSI.

Getting Started with the Kokopelli XPD

We unpacked the box and laid out the pieces – inflatable packraft body (13.7 lbs), inflatable seat base (8 ozs), repair kit (4.1 ozs), Nano dual action hand pump with gauge (2 lbs), instructions and two 2 cinch belts( 1.6 oz each).

Whats in the Kokopelli XPD box.

Boxed up, the dimensions are 29 x 20 x 8 inches with a shipping weight of just under 20 lbs. The packraft folded is roughly 24 x 20 x 8 inches, rolled it is roughly 25 x 8.5 inches.

The generic instructions for Kokopellli’s PVC series include inflation and deflation techniques, seat and backband installation (not found on the XPD but used in the Recon) but lack details on actual set up; we will outline the steps we took, below. In general, set up is straight-forward – unpack, unfold, inflate.

Unfolding the Kokopelli XPD Packraft

The first step is to unfold the packraft – it is remarkably flat – and orient yourself; the rear/stern is wider and has the inflation valve.

Clsoing the valve

The Kokopelli XPD utilizes one main GRI push-push valve for inflation. These are very simple to use and feature an inflate mode (spring plunger is UP) and a deflate mode (spring plunger is DOWN). By using your finger to gently push on the plunger, it can be moved to the inflate mode (air goes in and doesn’t come back out) and deflate mode (air goes in and comes back out). Before you go to all the effort of inflating the board, PLEASE make sure the plunger is in the inflate position.

Next, set up the pump – this is not mentioned in the instructions. Unlike most of the packrafts – which use inflator bags – the XPD comes with a very nifty, collapsible, dual-action Nano pump and built-in pressure gauge. Fold down the feet and attach the hose to the side that says Inflate. There are two pieces of plastic tubes in the plastic packaging – these are screw on handles. Unfortunately, there is no place to attach/store the handles when removed so you may want to purchase a mesh laundry bag to keep them together. Or, don’t even bother attaching the handles as the pump is pretty easy to use without them.

Kokopelli Dual Action Nano Pump

The Nano pump dual action mode is operated by a lever on the side of the pump. There are no instructions on using this, but point the lever to the right for double action (air is pumped on the up and down stroke) and to the left for single action (air is pumped only on the down stroke, making it easier to get to high pressures.)

Attaching the hose.

We started in double-action mode. Attach the hose to the military valve by twisting on, and start pumping.

Pumping up the Kokopelli Packraft

And pumping. As the packraft tubes are good sized, it took us 175 pumps to get to the recommended 2.5-3 PSI. While this sounds like a lot, the Nano pump is very easy to use and we never switched to single action mode – pumping took about 2+ minutes. Please note that – as the pump gauge works on back pressure – you will not get any needle movement until about 140 pumps. Screw on the wing cap to keep the valve protected.

Stem valve

Next, partially inflate the seat base. This uses a stem-valve also called Twistlock.

Inflating the seat base

Twist the end of the stem to open the valve and then partially inflate with your mouth, re-twisting the stem to put it in the closed position – this took about 6 puffs.

Installing the seat base

Place the seat to the back of the raft, valve up, and weave the webbing through the ladder lock.

Inflating the seat base

Then inflate to a max pressure of 1.3 PSI – another 4 puffs. While you won’t be using a gauge, you can’t really over-inflate it this way.

Very easy to set up

Guess what – you’re done! This is one of the simplest set-ups we’ve gone through.

Kokopelli Feather Pump

At this point we decided to try out Kokopelli’s new miracle pump, the Feather. The Feather pump is a very small (fits in your palm), rechargeable 12-volt battery pump that can inflate and deflate.

Pumping up the Kokopelli Packraft

We opened the main valve and pushed out all the air. The Feather pump comes with a number of adaptors, but we found it easiest to use no adaptor. While it does not have enough torque to open the valve, we put the valve in the open position, held the Feather over the valve and let it rip. After 1 minute and 12 seconds, the tube had fairly much filled out (you can hear a change in the motor), so we quickly popped the plunger to the closed position (air doesn’t come back out).

Pumping up the Kokopelli Packraft

We then topped it off to 2.75 PSI with 35 quick pumps using the hand pump – quite a time and energy saver! See our detailed review on the Feather pump.

Features and Specifications on the Kokopelli XPD Packraft

Large pontoons with welded seams

The XPD Packraft features 12-inch side tubes and a floor constructed from a commercial grade, 1000 denier, reinforced PVC (0.9mm) – this is the same material used in commercial rafts.

Underside of the Kokopelli XPD Packraft

The seams are welded and the pontoon-to-floor attachment point is glued to the sidewall and then reinforced with v-seam tape around the entire interior of the packraft. This ensures durability and the highest-quality, air-holding properties, capable of holding 300 lbs.

The Kokopelli XPD Packraft is rugged

The v-tape provides added strength to the floor seam, so that the floor doesn’t tear out when stepped into. The oversized tubes ensure stability on the water as well as providing some protection from swells.

GRI push push valve

There is one main inflation chamber using a GRI push-push valve.

Easy to carry

The Kokopelli XPD does not have carrying handles (weight savings) but is ultralight and easy to carry under you arm, or hooked over your shoulder.

Multiple stainless steel d-rings

There are four 1-inch stainless steel d-rings (mil-spec webbing bound) on each side of the bow; they are located 11 and 25 inches from the nose, measured around the perimeter. These can be used for attaching gear, a bike, a running line, the Animas or Delta bag.

Attachment points

There are two more d-rings and two ladder lock buckles located mid center, about 3 feet back from the nose.

Multiple attachment points

Another set of two d-rings and 1-inch ladder lock buckles is located just behind the paddler on the upper stern, or about 21 inches from the tail. All these can be used for attaching the optional Kokopelli backband.

Inflatable seat base

The inflatable seat is made from a lightweight 210 denier diamond-ripstop nylon material, and measures roughly 24 x 18 inches, lifting the paddler up about 4 inches from the floor. It uses a twistlock stem valve. One rear ladderlock in the interior wall is used to attach the seat.

Repair kit

The standard repair kit features a nice-sized dry pouch with patch pieces, stickers, alcohol pads, a scraper to flatten down any repair, and a valve wrench. The pouch measures 8.5 x 7 inches.

Nano pump

At only two pounds, the included Nano dual-action pump is compact and portable. The packed size is 17.75 x 6.5 x 4 inches – or nearly 12 inches wide when assembled. Both feet fold up, and the handles screw on. A lever near the handle allows you to switch from  double action to single action mode. Hose length is 46 inches and it features one attached valve adaptor which works with the main chamber.

Kokopelli XPD Packraft

We did measurement tests. The packraft shape is based on the Rogue Lite packraft. The XPD inflated is 7 feet 4 to 5 inches long and about 35 to 36 inches at the widest point, or about 33 inches wide mid-center. The side bladders are roughly 11 inches in diameter, making the sides about 9 inches above the seating area. Interior dimensions are approximately 49 inches in length and 14 inches at the widest point, tapering to 9 inches in the very front.

Weight limitations are 300 lbs for person and gear. There is a three year warranty on the packraft itself, while optional tizip is one year.

Kokopelli XPD Pack Raft On the Water

Kokopelli XPD Packraft on the water

Both my husband and I took the XPD out in some chop. Once I got my paddle stroke going, I was surprised at how well it paddled. There is some slight wag in the nose – as to be expected – but after a couple of strokes it tracked pretty well. It’s also fairly smooth and speedy. The tubes are high enough that we had minimal water splash. For my size of 5’4″, it was pretty roomy – I even had space for a small dog in front or some gear. I had some concern about the stem valve sticking up from the seat – either getting in the way or getting rubbed open – but it was not noticeable while paddling.

Kokopelli XPD Packraft on the water

Chuck then took the XPD for a spin. While his knees looked bent (he is 6’2″) he said it felt fine, and he also felt it paddled pretty well. The open cockpit design made it very easy for him to get in and out. He also felt the red color is nicely visible, the material feels rugged – and it’s incredibly maneuverable!

As the XPD does not have self-bailing ports, nor a spray deck, it is best suited for calm lakes, bays and rivers. While rugged enough to handle some whitewater or surf, expect to get wet.

Packing Up the Kokopelli XPD

Rolling up the Kokopelli XPD Packraft

Packing up the Kokopelli XPD is simple – open the seat twistlock, pop the GRI valve into the deflate mode and push the air out. If you really want to remove air, put the Nano pump hose on the deflate side, and pump out any remaining air.

Rolling up the Kokopelli XPD Packraft

Fold in the sides and roll up, using the two compression straps to keep the pack in place. The seat can remain in the packraft, or be removed, and the Nano pump can be rolled up inside the raft. Kokopelli suggests that deflation be done on a tarp, so that stones, sticks, etc are not rolled up into the package.

Bottom line on the Kokopelli XPD Inflatable Packraft

Kokopelli XPD Packraft on the water

The Kokopelli XPD inflatable packraft is definitely worth a second look. It’s paddles very well for a short/lightweight vessel, filling a niche for recreational flatwater paddling that is portable and fun.

Rugged.

The XPD has been pitted against environments all over the world, from shallow rivers, sharp coral reefs, snow and ice, ocean sounds to slot canyons. In fact, the XPD was designed and tested with input from special operations teams. And it’s even rugged enough to hand over to the kids or to take a furry companion.

Kokopelli XPD Packraft on the water

The high pressure design – with a moderate trim, extra-large pontoons, slight rocker on the bow, and a large-volume stern – improves on-water performance, giving it the maneuverability of a kayak and the stability of a raft.

Kokopelli packraft rigged up.The heavyweight material is perfect for gluing on Scotty mounts and other accessories, allowing one to personalize the rig.

Kokopelli XPD Packraft is lightweight

Yet light enough to be easily carried or tossed around.

Kokopelli XPD Packraft on the water

The open or “bucket” style packraft helps paddlers minimize weight and shortens setup time while making jumping in and out of the packraft easy. The open design is also perfect for those who have physical disabilities or dislike being enclosed. It is easily paddled by large and small, older and younger.

Kokopelli XPD Packraft on the water

It’s very simple to set up, easy to get into, maneuverable and zippy. As someone once said, “It turns on a dime and gives you back change.”

Kokopelli XPD Packraft on the water

The Kokopelli XPD is available in two colors – red and green – both with and without tizip. MSRP is $749 and $899 respectively.  For more details, visit the Kokopelli XPD Product page at AirKayaks.com, or give us a call at 707-998-0135.

You can also read about the 2020 Kokopelli Product Line and our Guide to Choosing Your 2020 Kokopelli Packraft.

We also have a limited amount of past season 2019 Kokopelli Packraft models at 15% off, with prices as low as $699.

As the weather heats up in the Northern Hemisphere, thoughts turn to outdoor activities and “fun-in-the-sun.” If you’ve arrived at this blog article, you’re already intrigued with the idea of paddling across a lake, down a lazy river or along a coastline, and are looking into inflatable kayaks. Maybe you have limited space, want to pack into the back country, need lighter weight options or travel in an RV.  Regardless of the motivation, there are a myriad of choices which can be daunting.

AquaGlide's 2020 Chinook 120 XL inflatable kayaks

To help you narrow down the field, AirKayaks has put together a table comparing our 2020 inflatable kayak options – the table is located at the bottom of this article. The kayaks have been divided into four sections sorted by price – Under $500; $500 to $749; $750 to $999; and $1000 and up.  Within each of those four sections, we have sorted by manufacturer, model name and stock number, price range, number of paddlers, kayak lengths, widths, weights, payloads, # of chambers, inflation pressures, design style and kayak type.

AirKayaks originally posted this article in 2019. We have updated it to reflect the kayak choices and changes for 2020. To help you get going, we describe the attributes of each style first. For further information on inflatable kayak choices, benefits and definitions, please also see our popular guide to Choosing an Inflatable Kayak – What You Should Consider.

Enclosed Design Inflatable Kayaks

AdvancedFrame DS-XL inflatable kayak

The enclosed hull design is similar to many hard shell kayaks; this is shown above in the Advanced Elements AE1044 AdvancedFrame DS-XL kayak.  The snugger cockpit design keeps excess water and wind from entering the kayak, and also less direct sun. Many of them have coamings (the gray tube in the photo above, encircling the cockpit) that allow you to attach a spray skirt.

 

Optional spray skirt

What is a spray skirt? This is an accessory that attaches to the kayak around the coaming, and then again to your body (shown above on an Innova Swing). The function is to keep out even more wind and water.

AquaGlide's new Navarro series of inflatable kayaks

Many of the enclosed decks can be zipped open for easy entry or to cool off, but the benefits of the enclosed design include the ability to kayak in windier and colder climates/situations (shown above, the Aquaglide Navarro series).

A closed-design tandem can also be paddled solo, but it is not as balanced as the paddler must sit in the rear fixed cockpit, rather than the optimal position “just rear of center.” Typically, adding weight to the front will help balance out the kayak (as shown with Eddie sitting in the front cockpit of an Innova Swing 2 kayak).

Open Design Inflatable Kayaks:

Moki on the water

This includes the largest number of kayaks. The open design consists of a kayak with higher walls – which keeps out some water – but a much more open design (shown above on the Kokopelli Moki with removable spray deck and spray skirt. The benefits include the ability to adjust the seat for optimal performance and easily store additional gear.

AquaGlide Chelan 155 HB XL Inflatable Kayak

Open-design kayaks large enough to be paddled tandem can also quickly convert to solo usage by moving the seat without cockpit restrictions. This is shown above on the AquaGlide Chelan 155 HB XL for 1-3 paddlers – it is paddled solo by removing one seat and repositioning the other seat.

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While these designs are open, some have optional spray decks, which can be attached to make them enclosed if desired. The photo above shows an Advanced Elements Convertible DS paddled tandem in the open design as well as solo with the enclosed deck.  In the Comparison Table, these are labeled “open/enclosed” if they come with a zip-out deck, or “open (1)” if an optional spray deck is available.

Four self-bailing plugs and one rear drain plug

Some of the open design kayaks are also self-bailing, meaning they have open ports in the floor. These are best for fast moving water such as rivers/whitewater; as the water comes in, it will also pass out. Some self-bailers are called  “crossovers” as they have plugs in the floor which can be left opened or closed.  The plugs should be closed in calmer conditions so water doesn’t come back in, as shown above.

Sit-On-Top Inflatable Kayaks:

Advanced Elements StraitEdge2

Advanced Elements StraitEdge 2 for 1-2 paddlers

The Sit-On-Top features the most open design of all. Side walls are lower or the kayak has a slightly recessed seating well. These are great for recreational situations where the weather or water is warm (unless you plan on gearing up with a dry suit), for wave-running, some whitewater, or where you want to be able to dive or jump into the water and cool off. Shown above is the Advanced Elements StraitEdge 2 (now replaced by the high-pressure StraitEdge2 Pro) inflatable kayak. Since these are simpler in design, they are often the easiest to set up and the lightest weight – though not always!

Hala Carbon Nass inflatable SUP as a sit-on-top

While we don’t go into details in our Comparison Table below, another sit-on-top option is an inflatable standup paddle board with an optional attached seat. The photo above shows a Hala Gear Carbon Nass inflatable paddle board with an optional seat attached.

High Pressure vs Low Pressure Inflatable Kayaks

At this point we want to mention high-pressure versus low pressure inflatable kayaks. To keep the kayak afloat, air chambers are inflated to a recommended PSI (air pressure per square inch). We typically consider anything under 3PSI to be low pressure. Low pressure kayaks are often less expensive to construct, and are great for recreational use, though won’t paddle quite as well as some of the more rigid (high-pressure) kayaks.

Rigidity of drop stitch floor versus standard Convertible PVC floor

In general, the longer the kayak, the more one needs high pressure so that the kayak won’t be “saggy.” The image above shows a low-pressure 1-PSI PVC floor (on the bottom) versus a 4-6 PSI drop-stitch, high pressure floor.

AquaGlide Blackfoot 125 Angler HB for 1-2 paddlers

This is further illustrated in the image above, showing an AquaGlide Blackfoot 125 HB inflatable fishing kayak which is 6 PSI for the floor and 3 PSI on the side walls.

AirFusion EVO - Birdseye view

On the following table, we list PSI as floor PSI/side chamber PSI. While some of the kayaks are all-around high pressure (such as the Advanced Elements EVO above) others feature high pressure floors.

PackRaft Inflatables

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Last, we mention one of the lesser-known innovations, the inflatable Packraft kayak. By “definition,” Packrafts are dinghy-style inflatables light enough to carry for long distances; most weigh less than 10 lbs and can be easily backpacked into remote areas.

While originally geared towards backpacking, bikepacking and whitewater, some of the newer models are focusing on flatwater touring and come with tracking fins.  Kokopelli Packraft has come out with a tandem version – the Twain. The photo above shows the 85-inch Kokopelli Rogue Lite solo kayak, which weighs in at 5.7 lbs. The Packrafts are available in both open style and enclosed style (decked).

2020 Comparison Table Guide to Inflatable Kayaks at AirKayaks

As previously mentioned, we have divided our 2020 inflatable kayak list into four sections sorted by price – Under $500; $500 to $749; $750 to $999; and $1000 and up.  Within each of those four sections, we have sorted by number of paddlers, manufacturer, model name and stock number, kayak lengths, widths, weights, payloads, # of chambers, inflation pressures, design style and kayak type. If you have trouble reading it, here is a printable PDF version. For further information on inflatable kayak choices, benefits and definitions, please also see our popular guide to Choosing an Inflatable Kayak – What You Should Consider.

2020 Inflatable Kayaks Specs 12020 Inflatable Kayaks Specs 1 2

To find out details on each of the models listed above, visit the website at www.AirKayaks.com. Or feel free to give us a call at 707-998-0135.

Enjoy!

Posted by: airkayaks | April 5, 2020

2020 Guide to Choosing Your Kokopelli Inflatable Packraft

Founded in 2014, Kokopelli Outdoors, Inc is one of several of companies exclusively focused on inflatable packrafts, and increasingly known for performance, quality and durability.

For those unfamiliar with the term, “packrafts” are loosely defined as an inflatable raft weighing under 10 lbs, that can easily be packed/rolled up, making them a great choice for accessing remote locations. While the sport originated in Alaska, the popularity is rapidly expanding globally. Kokopelli Packraft 2020 LineupFor 2020, Kokopelli’s lineup consists of seven packraft models for whitewater, lakes and rivers, ranging in size from 7’1″ to 10’2″ with a weight range of 4.6 lbs to 18 lbs. This includes the introduction of one new model – the beefy XPD whitewater packraft – as well as product upgrades and some new accessories. Kokopelli is also expanding into the inflatable kayak market, with the introduction of two new touring models – the Moki and Moki-lite – for lakes, slow rivers and ocean.

With all the styles, activity types, sizes and features, how does one choose the packraft best suited for them?

In the following sections, we outline the different Kokopelli packraft styles. We’ve also put together a comparison chart on each of the packrafts and kayaks, detailing the features and specifications for each model, followed by weights and types of included accessories as well as compatibility with optional Kokopelli accessories. This is located at the bottom of this article, but you can also see a downloadable PDF copy of the complete table. If you still have questions, you can view details on the various Kokopelli Packrafts at http://www.AirKayaks.com. Or feel free to contact us at info@AirKayaks.com, or call 707-998-0135.

Guide to Choosing Your 2020 Kokopelli Packraft and Inflatable Kayak

Kokopelli packrafts are designed with two cockpit styles – open or decked.

The two packrafts with spray decks – Nirvana SD and Rogue – feature a more enclosed seating option which reduces exposure to water, cold, sun or wind. Each includes a spray skirt which fastens to a coaming lip around the seating well, and then to your body for even less exposure.

Kokopelli Nirvana Self Bailing Packraft

All other Kokopelli packrafts feature open seating, with either self-bailing ports or no ports. The self-bailing ports are useful if you will be running whitewater, allowing any water spilling into the raft to pass through open holes in the floor. Conversely, if you are in calmer situations, water may accumulate inside. The two self-bailing models – Nirvana SB and Recon – have integrated floors and seat bases so that the paddler sits a bit higher, out of any pooled water. The other Kokopelli packrafts (including the decked versions) are designed without any ports.

Free paddle with 2020 purchase

The 2020 packrafts and kayaks have been regrouped into three categories – Whitewater, Lake and Adventure.

The Whitewater Series consists of three models – the Nirvana with Spraydeck, Nirvana Self-Bailing and the Recon. While each of these can handle rushing rivers through Class III, the Recon weighs in at a whopping 18 lbs with beefed up construction for extra-rugged conditions.

Moki on the water

The Lake Series also features three models – the Twain Tandem Packraft and Moki/Moki-Lite Inflatable Kayaks – geared towards slow-moving rivers or lakes.

Kokopelli 2020 Twain Tandem Packraft

The Twain is one of the few packrafts designed for solo or tandem paddling. All Lake Series – Twain, Moki and Moki Lite – feature removable tracking fins to aid in performance.

Kokopelli 2020 XPD Inflatable Packraft

The Adventure Series consists of two models – Rogue and Rogue-Lite – geared towards extremely packable “adventures.” This has been joined by the XPD (photo above). The Rogues feature a thinner hull material with beefed-up Kevlar reinforcement which packs down smaller and is lighter, making it more desirable for carrying long distances. The XPD features a rugged 0.9mm PVC hull similar to the Recon, with the footprint of the Rogue-Lite.

All models except Moki’s, are available with TiZip options. This 21-inch waterproof zipper offers additional storage options inside one of the main chambers, allowing one to carry more gear as well as keeping it more enclosed.

How do you use the following table?

First, decide the type(s) of paddling you want to do. Do you prefer running rapids, paddling calm lakes or a mixture.

Then decide how you’ll get there. Will you be backpacking into remote areas, driving to a put-in location or bikepacking?

Determine what attributes are important (or not!) to you – is weight more important or ruggedness? Do you like being enclosed or feel better in “open space?”

Last of all, will this be used by various members of the family? Do you want the ability to bring along extra gear? Do you need an option for tandem packrafting?

Then follow the color key to decide what board is good for varying activities:

Blue – The packraft is great!
Green – The packraft is good.
Yellow – This packraft is not recommended.

Photo credit: Birch Block

For instance, if running rivers was the highest priority, then focus on the Nirvana, Rogue or Recon. The Rogue – with a lighter weight and smaller rolled profile – would be great for backpacking or bikepacking. The Recon would be perfect for weekend warriors where ruggedness is a priority, while the Nirvana fits in neatly between the two and offers both decked and open designs.

Please note: For those concerned with weights, you can piece together the total package weights from the following table by finding the base packraft weight in the Packraft Model section, and adding in the additional weights in the Included Accessories. If you are having trouble viewing this, click here for a downloadable PDF copy of the complete table.

This section shows the Adventure Series which includes the Rogue Lite, XPD and Rogue:

Kokopelli 2020 Adventure LineKokopelli Packraft 2020 Adventure Series Comparison

This section features the White Water Series including the Nirvana Self-Bailer, Nirvana Spraydeck, and Recon.

Kokopelli Packraft 2020 Whitewater LineKokopelli Packraft 2020 Whitewater Series Comparison

This section features the Lake Series including the Twain. Moki and Moki Lite.

Kokopelli 2020 Lake Series LineKokopelli Packraft 2020 Lake Series ComparisonOnce you’ve narrowed down your choices, you can view details on the various Kokopelli Packrafts at http://www.AirKayaks.com. Or feel free to contact us with questions at info@AirKayaks.com, or call 707-998-0135.

Free paddle with 2020 purchase

For an overview, see our 2020 Kokopelli Inflatable Packraft Product Line – What’s New.

Interested in saving some money? AirKayaks has a limited amount of past season 2019 Kokopelli Packrafts at 15% off.

And many thanks to Andrew Duran and Zach Patterson at Kokopelli, who both played an integral part in piecing together this information!

 

 

Posted by: airkayaks | March 27, 2020

Save 15-40% off Inflatable Kayaks, SUPs & Gear Spring Sale

AirKayaks’ Super Spring Sale is already in swing, with great deals on select, in-stock inflatable kayaks, packrafts and paddle boards from 15% to 40% off.

Star Raven Two Inflatable Tandem KayakLimited Time Sales:

2018 Red Paddle Co Sport 11'3

Closeouts and Past Season:

  • All 2018/2019 Red Paddle Co boards are now 30% off with free $199 carbon paddle.
  • All past season Innova inflatable kayaks are 20% off – Twist 2LN, Halibut and SwingEX.
  • All Hala Gear 2019 inflatable paddle boards are 15% off – Carbon and Rival Series.
  • All past season AquaGlide inflatable kayaks and paddle boards are 15% off – Klickitat 2, Rogue, Blackfoot and Cascade Windsup, Columbia 130 and Columbia 145.
  • All past season MTI Adventurewear, Astral and Stohlquist life vests are 15 to 40% off.

We also have special purchases of Accent/Cannon carbon and fiberglass breakdown paddles at savings of 20% to 40%, now $79 to $109, originally $119 to $189.

MTI Adventurewear Journey Life VestShop early for the best selection, with life vests starting at $29.95 and kayaks as low as $239. Free US shipping via UPS ground on orders over $398.


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Visit the Specials and Promos page at www.AirKayaks.com for complete details and dates, or to purchase. See our other sale items on our Closeouts & Hot Deals page.

Posted by: airkayaks | March 22, 2020

Video: Deschutes 130 Inflatable Kayak from Aquaglide

Our latest video on Aquaglide’s new Deschutes 130 inflatable kayak for one paddler.

The new Deschutes 130 is a lightweight minimalist that is simple to inflate, easy to launch, fun, nimble and paddles well. A new Feather Frame features a non-inflatable laminated EVA foam floor with a crossbar, making the kayak rigid without all the bulk. The rear cargo well is perfect for hauling camping gear, or bringing along a small child or furry friend. The open cockpit design is best suited for lakes, bays, calm rivers and inland waters. At 13 feet in length, 28 lbs in the included backpack and a payload of 300 lbs, the Deschutes 130 is perfect for all ages and experience levels.

Aquaglide Deschutes 130 Inflatable kayak - on the water

For more info on set up, features, specification and performance, see our detailed product review/write-up with photos on the Aquaglide Deschutes 130 inflatable kayak. To purchase, visit the Aquaglide Deschutes 130 product page at AirKayaks.com. You can also contact us at info@airkayaks.com or give us a call at 707-998-0135.

Posted by: airkayaks | March 19, 2020

Video: Deschutes 110 Inflatable Kayak from Aquaglide

Our latest video on Aquaglide’s new Deschutes 110 inflatable kayak for one paddler.

The new Deschutes 110 is a lightweight minimalist that is simple to inflate, easy to launch, fun, nimble and paddles well. A new Feather Frame features a non-inflatable laminated EVA foam floor with a crossbar, making the kayak rigid without all the bulk. The open cockpit design is best suited for lakes, bays, calm rivers and inland waters. At 11 feet in length, 24 lbs in the included backpack and a payload of 250 lbs, the Deschutes 110 is perfect for all ages and experience levels.

Aquaglide Deschutes 110 inflatable kayak

For more info on set up, features, specification and performance, see our detailed product review/write-up with photos on the Aquaglide Deschutes 110 inflatable kayak. To purchase, visit the Aquaglide Deschutes 110 product page at AirKayaks.com. You can also contact us at info@airkayaks.com or give us a call at 707-998-0135.

Posted by: airkayaks | March 15, 2020

Product Review: Navarro 110 Inflatable Kayak from AquaGlide

We continue with our series on the new Aquaglide line of inflatable kayaks. For 2020, Aquaglide introduced four new models – Navarro, Deschutes, McKenzie and Noyo – consisting of 9 different styles.

Our three previous reviews focused on the Deschutes recreational series. We now switch over to the Navarro line of decked kayaks, a new design for Aquaglide.

Aquaglide Navarro 110 inflatable kayak

We begin with the Navarro 110 – an 11-foot high-pressure touring model for one paddler, retailing for $599.99. The Navarro line also consists of the Navarro 130 (for one paddler with removable deck) and the Navarro 145 Tandem (for one or two paddlers with optional single and double decks.)

Getting Started with the Aquaglide Navarro 110

We unpacked the box and laid out the pieces – inflatable kayak, stuff sack with handles, instructions, repair kit, foot brace, tracking fin and seat.

What's inside the Navarro box.

Initial measurements show the kayak body weighs 29 lbs, with a folded size of roughly 22 x 21 x 11 inches. The kayak with seat, fin and brace – all in the stuff sack – weighs 31.5 lbs. Boxed up, the dimensions are 25 x 23 x 12 inches with a shipping weight of 38 lbs.

(AirKayaks Side Note: When initially removing the kayak from the carrying case, take a good look at how the kayak is folded.)

The Navarro 110 comes with an instruction manual, but as previously mentioned in our Deschutes series, the instructions aren’t detailed enough for new users. This is compounded by the manual layout in which each section is first written in English, then up-to 17 different languages (including Bulgarian and Estonian), before you get to the next English section. The inflation instructions start on page 16.

Unfolding the Navarro kayak

Set up is straight-forward and simple – unpack, unfold, inflate.

There are two side chambers utilizing Boston valves, while the high-pressure floor features a military valve. The instructions say to pump up the two side chambers to 2 PSI, and then the floor to 6 PSI. (We did follow those instructions, but we are going to suggest a different method, and will explain why. Some of this is mentioned in the manual.)

Boston valve

First, attach the Boston valves by screwing them onto the kayak. Boston valves are two-part, screw-on valves. The bottom portion is threaded onto the kayak, the top valve is screwed open for inflation and then tightened shut after inflation. Air is easily released by unscrewing the base connector. How does it work? A flap inside the valve opens when air is pumped into the kayak, and falls shut when not pumped so that air will not rush back out.

(AirKayaks Side Note #2: The Boston valves have a tether that keeps the valve attached to the kayak, ensuring that the valves don’t get lost after deflating. Make sure that the string does not get in the way when screwing on the valve base, and the valve is not cross-threaded, or you may have some air leakage. Also make sure the ring plate or “base” ring is screwed on tightly.)

Attachig the pump hose to the valve.

Locate the Boston valve adaptor on your pump (conical nozzle about 1/2 inch in diameter) and friction fit it into the valve opening.

Pumping up the Navarro

We then pumped up each of the side chambers to 2 PSI – this was about 46 pumps each side – and screwed on the valve caps. If using a pressure gauge, please note that – since the gauges work on back pressure – the gauge will only register as you are pushing in air, and will drop to zero when you stop. Our gauge started registering after about 35 pumps.

Next pump up the floor.

The instructions say to put the valve in the closed position and to pump up the floor to 6 PSI, but there are no details explaining how to do this.

Closing the military valve

For those unfamiliar, the military-style plunger valve is simple to use – with your finger, twist the plunger slightly up to the “closed” position to inflate (air goes in but doesn’t come back out) and “down” to deflate or open (air comes out).

Military valve adaptor and Boston valve adaptor

The Navarro 110 floor requires a military valve adaptor, which does not come with most standard pumps. Here is where we came to our first issue – no military valve adaptor was included. Luckily, we rummaged through our box of parts and found one that fit. (AirKayaks SIde Note #3 : We spoke with AquaGlide. The first couple of shipments did not include the adaptor, but subsequent shipments will. We did obtain a number of fittings that we will be including with the first shipments.) Lock the adaptor onto the military valve with a slight twist, and push the conical (Boston valve) adaptor in to friction fit the two. Since the floor chamber is inflated to 6 PSI, it is helpful to use a pump with pressure gauge to ensure the kayak is inflated appropriately.

Pumping up the floor.

We closed the valve, attached the pump and began to inflate. It took us 34 strokes to reach 5 PSI, at which point the hose and adaptor blew off the valve, and all the air swooshed out. AirKayaks Side Note #4: The military valve adaptor has a bar across the inside, which pushes open the spring valve, allowing pressure gauges to take a reading. While this is great when working correctly, if you haven’t securely coupled the military adaptor to the Boston valve fitting, the hose can blow off, allowing all the air to escape. If you experience this, recouple the adaptors, pressing on tightly, and make sure you do not pull on the hose to remove the fitting, but twist off the adaptor from the valve. This can also be rectified by gluing the adaptor onto the Boston valve fitting, or roughing up the BV fitting surface so there is “more grab.”)

We re-attached the hose and pumped up the floor to 6 PSI.

Floor impression when uncentered.

The instructions say to “confirm that the boat looks straight.” At this point we realized that the floor was off-center as one side was higher than the other (see image above,). We partially deflated the sides, moved the floor around until it looked centered between the two side bladders, and then repumped up the sides to full pressure.

Floor impression when centered.

Once you center the floor and pump up one side, it will “look” like it’s still off-center, but when you pump up the other side, the chamber pulls back out – this can be double checked by flipping the kayak over and looking at the outline (see the centered floor above). You may need to open one of the top zippers or the hatch to get a good grip on the floor.

Based on our experience, we are going to suggest inflation instructions as follows:

1) Pump up the floor to 6 PSI.
2) Flatten out the two side chambers and move the floor around until it looks like it is centered between the two (the velcro strips are a good guide aid). Then pump up each side so that they somewhat fill out, check the alignment, and then pump up each side to full pressure.

Installing the seat.

Next attach the seat – this stays in position utilizing velcro strips on the floor and adjustable side straps. There are two sets of d-rings, one fore and aft of the side handles. The seat features clips that quickly connect to the 2nd set of d-rings, which then can be adjusted tighter for firmer support.

Installing the foot brace.

Now you attach the foot brace. This is not mentioned in the instructions, but is a padded bar with velcro strips. Place the foot brace on the velcro strips so that your legs would be slightly bent when pressing against them – you can reposition these when you get into the kayak.

Twist-lock valve

Now inflate the coaming tube, which is the “ring” around the cockpit opening. When inflated, the coaming tube helps prevent water from running into the cockpit. Again, this is not mentioned in the instructions. The coaming tube utilizes a twist-lock valve; twist the end of the lock to open the valve. The Boston valve adaptor will not friction fit over the twistlok so you will have to do one of three things – have a buddy hold the valve over the twistlock; carefully negotiate holding the adaptor and twistlock together with one hand while pumping with the other; or give up and blow it up with your mouth. It took us about 2 puffs to inflate it. (AirKayaks note: Here is a nifty little home-made adaptor that works with these twistlocks.)

The last step is to attach the removable tracking fin, which enhances paddling/tracking in deeper water.

Installing the tracking fin

Make sure the fin is pointing towards the rear of the kayak, then insert the front of the fin into the groove, pushing back and down, until the hole in the fin plate lines up with the hole in the fin.

Attaching the fin

At this point, push the quick-release fin pin (attached to the fin by a cord) through the hole to secure the fin. Pull up on the fin to make sure you have it locked in position.

Zipping up the hatch cover

As a last check, make sure the drain plug – located inside the back well of the kayak – is screwed in tightly and the hatch and deck zippers are fully closed, otherwise water will seep in.

Easy to carry.

That’s it! About 10 minutes (once you get the sequence correct) and you’re ready to paddle!

Features and Specifications on the Aquaglide Navarro 110 Inflatable Kayak

Molded rubber handles

The Navarro 110 is constructed with four molded carrying handles (bow, stern and both sides), but can also be carried by hooking the side of the kayak over your shoulder.

Bungee deck lacing and front zipper

The front deck features a bungee deck-lacing system for attaching gear. The bungee deck lacing begins 15 inches from the nose, and measures 5 to 13 inches wide by 36 inches long. There are 6 sets of cloth d-rings. bow and stern.

An 18-inch zipper begins 13 inches from the nose. This allows you to access the interior. The zippers feature “pockets” to tuck in the zipper head, preventing water from dripping in.

Velcro paddle holders

There are two sets of velcro paddle holders, one set for each side. These are located 57 and 91 inches from the nose.

Two Boston valves with retaining rings are used on the side chambers, a military valve for the floor, and one twistlock for the cockpit coaming.

Seat clips/d-rings on the side carrying handle

Two sets of d-rings are on either side of the side handles. These are located 67 and 74″ from the nose.

Coaming tubes around cockpit opening

The cockpit opening measures 30 x 18 inches, with an approximate 90 inch perimeter and 2-inch high coaming tube.

Velcro strips on the floor.

Two 55-inch velcro strips are centered on the floor, and are used to position the seats and foot braces.

Adjustable foot brace.

The foot brace is padded – 10 x 3 inches long – with velcroed strips 8 inches in length.

Comfortable seats.

The Navarro series features another modified Core seat – basically a stripped-down cross between Aquaglide’s Pro-formance seat (found in the Chelans) and the Core seat (found on the Chinooks). The modified Core has a padded, mesh-covered back for breathability, and a padded seat base. There are two side straps with quick-connect clips and adjustable strap lengths. The seat base is 15 x 15 inches with two inches of padding. The seat back is 12 inches tall with a 24″ wrap-around back, 1 inch thick – it is not quite as stiff or high as the Core 2 seat found in the Deschutes, but still comfortable. The seat base fits over the velcro strips, keeping the seat base from slipping out of position and providing seating adjustability. There are no storage options on the seat back, but possibly one could connect something to the seat buckles.

Zippered hatch cover

A zippering rear hatch cover is 4 inches behind the seat, and starts 22 inches from the stern. The hatch measures 14 x 18 inches.

Rear zipper and handle

A 7-inch rear zipper (with zipper pocket) is located 12 inches from the stern, allowing one to access the drain plug. The drain plug can be opened or closed to let collected water out or for easier drying.

Dropstitch floor

The Hard-Bottom (HB) floor is constructed from a 6 PSI high-pressure, drop-stitch material. The drop-stitch material allows the floor to feel quite rigid when inflated to higher pressures.

Aquaglide Hex Ripstop material

The kayak body consists of two inflatable 24-gauge PVC bladders (both sides) housed in a hex-shell zippering fabric cover of commercial grade Duratex hull material blended with a rugged 600 denier polyester, allowing the bladders to be replaced if necessary.

The hull is a rugged, puncture-resistant material with removable tracking fin and landing plates.

Removable quick-release tracking fin.

The tracking fin is hefty, measuring 5 x 12 inches with locking pin.

The drawstring stuffsack measures 32 x 31 inches with handles.

Aquaglide Navarro 110 inflatable kayak

We did measurement tests. The Navarro 110 kayak inflated is 138 inches long (11 feet 6 inches) and 36 inches wide. The side bladders are roughly 10 inches in diameter, making the sides 9 inches above the seating area. Interior dimensions are approximately 98 inches long (on the floor) with the drain plug another 12 inches behind that. Interior width is 15 inches at the widest point, with a head room of 9 inches.

Birdseye view - Navarro 110

With the seat positioned near the back coaming, there is roughly 67 inches from seat back to nose. The foot brace can be adjusted from “none” to 54 inches from the seat back. The seat can be repositioned about 8 inches forward.

There is a 36 inch well behind the seat, measuring 14 inches wide, tapering to a point. Please note that the area behind the seat, also accessed by the hatch cover, is open and thus does not provide dry storage.

Weight limitations are 250 lbs for person and gear.

Aquaglide Navarro 110 on the Water.

Aquaglide Navarro 110 on the water.

I took the Navarro 110 out for a spin a couple of times. The first time was in slight chop – I found the Navarro 110 to paddle well with some slight wag in the nose – and be fairly maneuverable. At my height of 5’4″, the kayak feels solid, roomy and stable – I was even able to stand up without tipping. Unlike the more open Deschutes, the Navarro 110 is designed with enclosed decking, which – in conjunction with the coaming tube – helps prevent water/cold/wind/rain from getting in.

PAddleholders

The velcro strip paddle holders are long enough to hold the paddles, and I did not notice any “knuckle rub”.

The ability to move the seat and foot brace to a multitude of positions is a plus.

Slightly cramped for larger paddlers.

While the kayak features a “fixed” deck, I did not have any problems slipping into the opening. My husband – at 6′ 2″ – had difficulties getting into the kayak. He finally found that by sitting over the back deck, he was able to insert his legs and slide into the cockpit. Once inside – while there was enough leg room – his size 10.5 feet poked up into the deck. He opted to sit out this kayak but will test out the longer 13-foot Navarro 130.

My one criticism is the lack of fixed storage in both the kayak and carrying sack. As there are no storage options on the seat, and the stuff sack drawstring closure is on the side when carried, it will be easy to lose the floor adaptor and repair kit. Our suggestion would be at least one pocket on the seat back.

Folding up the Navarro kayak

To deflate the kayak, unscrew the Boston valves so that the air comes out. Make sure that you do not screw off the retaining ring at the same time. Fold the kayak in half, and then keep folding up – you may need to put the pump in the deflate mode to get all the air out.

Bottom line on the Aquaglide Navarro 110 Inflatable Kayak

The Aquaglide Navarro 110 is a good inflatable kayak choice for small to average-sized paddlers who prefer a slightly more enclosed cockpit to keep out excess wind, water and rain. Larger paddlers may want to look at the 13-foot Navarro 130.

Aquaglide Navarro 110 on the water.

Bright colors and visible graphics make it stand out on the water – it looks good.

The Navarro 110 is rigid.

The high-pressure floor provides extreme rigidity as well as stability.

Aquaglide Navarro 110 on the water.

The tracking fin increases the handling performance. It’s a good choice for slow-moving rivers, lakes and coastal kayaking, or for some surf or light whitewater – probably through Class II.

The Navarro 110 easily fits in the trunk of a car.

The Navarro 110 is lightweight and portable, folding up into the included stuff sack and easily fitting into the trunk of a small car, an RV or an option for vacation travel.

MSRP is $599.99. For more details or to purchase, visit the AquaGlide Navarro 110 product page at AirKayaks.com.

Stay tuned, we’ll have the Navarro 110 video out within a couple of weeks, as well as write-ups on the Navarro 130 inflatable kayak for 1 paddler, and the Navarro 145 Tandem inflatable kayak for 1-2 paddlers.

We recently received a pre-production version of Kokopelli’s newest model, the Moki-Lite high-pressure inflatable kayak. The 10’3″ Moki-Lite is one of two crossover kayaks introduced by Kokopelli, joining the longer 13′ Moki for the 2020 paddling season.

Kokopelli Moki-Lite Inflatable Kayak

Kokopelli Outdoor Inc. of Denver, Colorado entered the packraft market in 2014, beginning with a handful of models. This year’s lineup consists of five packraft models – Nirvana Self-Bailing, Nirvana Spray Deck, Twain tandem, Rogue and Rogue-Lite – weighing from 5.4 to 14 lbs – as well as their beefier PVC series – the Recon and new XPD (see our Sneak Preview on the XPD which currently is featured in a Kickstarter campaign). Both PVC models are geared towards more rugged use and weigh-in at 13 to 18 lbs.

Kokopelli Moki-Lite Inflatable Kayak

The new Moki Series fill in a gap in the Kokopelli product line. We were able to test out a sample of both kayaks – the Moki-Lite a few weeks ago and the Moki last fall.

Kokopelli Moki-Lite Inflatable Kayak

Our first take on the Moki-Lite? It fills a niche for recreational flatwater paddling that is portable, feature-rich and fun to paddle. It’s rugged, simple to set up, easy to get into, lightweight and zippy.

EVA Form-Fitting Seat

Features include a dropstitch floor, push-push valves, removable tracking fin, adjustable foot brace, extremely comfortable EVA seat with storage, bungee deck-lacing, paddle holders and d-rings for attaching gear.  The Moki-Lite features a 6 PSI high-pressure floor with 3 PSI side tubes. At less than 10 minutes to set up, the launch time can be cut in half by utilizing Kokopelli’s optional new Feather pump for initial inflation.

Kokopelli's Dual Action Nano PumpGraphics look good and the complete package is well-thought out, from an easily installed fin to the very nifty included pump. The Nano pump is a slim-barrel, dual-action pump with gauge, but was so easy to use in double-action mode that I didn’t try it in single action. The pump body is small, and features fold-up feet and screw-off handles, making it very easy to store.

At 26 lbs for the kayak and seat, it’s easily carried with the included wheeled backpack. We measured the kayak at 10’3″ in length, 32″ in width with a 15-inch interior. MSRP for the Moki-Lite Package is $699 with pump, gauge and backpack.

Kokopelli Moki Inflatable Kayak

Large paddlers, or those needing more enclosed options, may be interested in Kokopelli’s other new model, the Moki, (shown above) a slightly larger version with the ability to use an optional zip-on deck with coaming for more enclosure or an optional spray skirt.

Moki on the water

Just like the Moki-Lite, the Moki is easy to set up, tracks well, and is fun to paddle.  Features also include a dropstitch floor, open cockpit design, HR military valves, tracking fin, integrated bungee deck-lacing and storage areas. The Moki also comes with Kokopelli’s Nano Pump with gauge, and wheeled backpack. The Moki measures 12 feet by 37 inches, weighs in at 32 lbs with a 500 lb payload. MSRP is $799 for the kayak and $149.95 for the spraydeck.

See the rest of the Kokopelli product line for 2020 on our WordPress blog.

Kokopelli Inflatable Packrafts

We also have a limited amount of past season 2019 Kokopelli Packraft models at 15% off, with prices as low as $699. Most of the 2020 Kokopelli models are currently available at AirKayaks.com – the Moki-Lite is scheduled for early May. Need more info? Feel free to Contact Us or give us a call at 707-998-0135.

Red Paddle Co has introduced their new 11’0″ Compact Sport Inflatable SUP Package, the second in a series of super-portable, lightweight, packable inflatable SUP packages. The 11’0″ Compact Sport joins the 9’6″ Compact in the Red Paddle line up, offering a longer length and increased carrying capacity of 242 lbs.

Red Paddle Co Compact 11'0" Sport Inflatable SUP

Based on the popular Red Paddle Co Sport 11’0″ with a construction design similar to the 9’6″ Compact, the 11’0″ Compact features a 32″ width with 4.7″ thickness, yet packs down to nearly half the size of a conventional Red board without sacrificing performance, rigidity or durability. The package comes complete with Titan pump, backpack, cell phone case, fins, gauge, leash and carbon breakdown paddle; the entire package weighs in at roughly 31 lbs (13.8 kg), with the board alone at 19 lbs/8.45 kg.

Red Paddle accomplished this through a series of material breakthroughs and innovative design, starting from the ground-up and re-engineering each part.

PACT Technology material

Just like the original 9’6″ Compact, the Compact 11’0 Sport is constructed from a core material, featuring a high-resolution thread matrix called PACT technology. Ten years in the making, the PACT technology weaving process creates a high-tensile thread matrix at the core of the board, with a super-strong, malleable outer layer.

A unique “quad stringer” system is placed on the top and underside; as the board is inflated, the stringer becomes tighter making the Compact 11 Sport more rigid without the bulk.

Off-center handle makes folding easier

The deck pad is now “split” with the handle placed just left of center. Both the inflation valve and leash have also been placed off-center, in essence creating a “living hinge,” allowing one to fold the board in half and easily roll the Compact into a smaller package.

A bungee deck-lace system with 6 d-rings provides enough space and attachment points to secure extra gear.

Two click fins

The removable Red Click Fin System features two fully recyclable FCS fins and fin box with an integrated pin system ensuring the fins are not lost while paddling. The fin box is compatible with most FCS fins.

Red Paddle Compact and Standard Backpacks

The bag went through equal scrutiny and now touts a smaller footprint, yet slightly larger than the Compact 9’6″ bag; dimensions are roughly 25.5″x 17″ x 17″as compared to the standard roller backpack of 38″ x 14″ x 12″. Features include lumbar support which can be customized by adjusting the height, a cushioned, adjustable waist belt and adjustable backpack straps with concentrated shoulder padding. Each of these allow one to personally optimize the backpack for a more ergonomic fit.

Compact paddle inside the backpack

The carry handle is constructed from a tubular, closed-cell foam padding, with reinforced handle and strap anchor points and rollover seams. The interior features a fin pocket, water bottle pocket and paddle storage straps. Weight reduction is saved via the smaller size, and removal of the wheels.

Easily unrolls

Each component works together, resulting in a board that is as rigid, high-performing and durable as the standard Red boards, yet easily folds and rolls up to half the size.

 

Five-piece carbon breakdown SUP paddle

Included in the Compact 11 Package is Red’s innovative 5-piece, breakdown paddle, with a shaft constructed from a rigid, high-modulus carbon. Individual shaft sections have been cut on an angle to minimize twisting and are assembled with a push-pin system. The laser-etched nylon blade delivers durability and performance.

The paddle weighs 1.8 lbs/0.8 kg and can be adjusted from 70.8 in to 82.7 in (180-210cm) with a longest shaft length of roughly 17.7 to 20 inches. In addition, the individual shafts can be removed to create a paddle suitable for smaller riders (53 in to 65 in/135cm to 165 cm), making it a great choice for families.

Last but not least, the Compact 11 System comes with the popular Red Paddle Co Coiled Leash, as well as the Titan Dual Chamber pump, which lets you pump up the board to high pressures in no time.

 

Easy to carry

The Compact 11 Package is perfect for the outdoor urbanite planning weekend escapes or wanderlust riders wanting a packable option without sacrificing performance. The Compact 11 is also a great choice for families, easily packed in a car or RV, light enough for most members to carry, and a carbon paddle that can be adjusted for most sizes. Max payload is 242 lbs person and gear.

Red Paddle Co Compact 11'0" Sport Inflatable SUP package

The 11’0″ Compact Sport System includes Titan pump, gauge, repair kit, Compact backpack, two fins, 5 pc-carbon paddle, leash and cell phone case. MSRP is $1999.

For more details or to purchase, visit the Red Paddle Co Compact 11’0″ Sport Package product page at www.AirKayaks.com.

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