Posted by: airkayaks | September 19, 2016

Closeout Sale on 2016 Red Paddle Co Inflatable Paddle Boards

AirKayaks is pleased to announce a special purchase of remaining 2016 Red Paddle Co inflatable standup paddle boards, now 15% off.

Red Paddle Co Sport 12-6 Inflatable SUP

Rapidly becoming the number one inflatable paddle board manufacturer, Red Paddle’s SUPS are known for their ruggedness, featuring quadruple rail construction, double layering, thick traction pads and fins. Each board comes with the Red Paddle Titan pump, allowing one to inflate a paddle board to 20 PSI in less than 10 minutes.

2016 Red Paddle Co Inflatable SUP Lineup

The 2016 line featured 17 models with major breakthroughs in technology, in particular, the introduction of MSL (Monocoque Structural Laminate) fusion technology. MSL Fusion increases the tension on the boards – making them more rigid – while also reducing board weight up to 20%. The 2016 Red Paddle boards now weigh from 15 to 25 lbs, down from 20 to 34 lbs.

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In anticipation of the new product line for 2017 – expected to hit the market in early December – AirKayaks is clearing out the inventory. Now is your chance to get one of the best inflatable SUPs on the market, with prices ranging from $939 to $1529. The incredibly popular Ride 10-6 is now $1099, the Sport 11 is now $1229, while the Explorer 12-6 is at an all-time low of $1359. Those interested in further savings can pick up the few remaining 2015 Sport 11 inflatable paddle boards for $999!

If that isn’t enough, AirKayaks is throwing in a free adjustable, breakdown SUP paddle. Check out the remaining available inventory on the Red Paddle Co product pages on AirKayaks.com – but don’t hesitate. When they’re gone …. they’re gone.

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Each board comes with the rugged Titan hand pump, cell phone case, repair kit, instructions and wheeled roller backpack. Not sure which one is right for you? See our 2016 Guide to Choosing Your Red Paddle Co Inflatable Paddle Board.  Or, give us a call at 707-998-0135, email info@airkayaks.com or visit the website at www.AirKayaks.com.

Up to 15% off, free paddle, free shipping in the continental US and no US tax – what are you waiting for!

 

The Innova product line has recently been acquired by the manufacturer, Gumotex of Czech Republic, now operating as Gumotex USA LLC out of Burlington, Washington. With the transition comes the introduction of several new products to the Innova kayak line, as well as an expanded line of accessories. In Europe, Gumotex manufactures over 20 models of inflatable kayaks, canoes and rafts, of which only a small portion has been available in the States to-date.

New Innova Solar 410C in green

Innova recently introduced the new Solar 410C at this summer’s Outdoor Retailer show, a cross between the Innova Sunny and new Twist 2 LN, with expanded options for 2+ paddlers. The Solar features an open-cockpit design, and is best suited for recreational paddling on calmer waters, slow-moving rivers and lakes.

Innova Solar 410C in red

The new 13’5″ model weighs 37 lbs with a carrying capacity of 595 lbs., and is constructed from Gumotex’s Nitrylon material. Nitrylon is a 1200 denier, heavy-duty rubber-coated material which is puncture resistant, easy to clean, quick-drying and environmentally-friendly – no outgassing!

Solar 410C paddled solo.

The kayak comes with two foot braces, two seats, tracking fin, Innova backpack, sponge, repair kit and instructions. By moving the adjustable seats, the kayak can be set up for one or two paddlers, still leaving space for extra gear, a small child or a dog. An optional third seat can also be purchased.

MSRP is $759 and will be available in two colors – green or red – in Spring of 2017. For more info, watch the Innova product pages at AirKayaks.com, or contact us to get on the notification list.

We recently reviewed two of the popular Advanced Elements inflatable kayaks – the AE1012 AdvancedFrame and AE1017 Sport – which had undergone a series of upgrades.

AdvancedFrame (rear) and Sport (foreground)

The AdvancedFrame (rear) next to the Sport (bottom).

First introduced in 2002 as the AirFrame, the AdvancedFrame has evolved over the past 15 years into one of Advanced Elements most popular models, well-known as an excellent value for performance, quality and price. This was followed by the Sport in 2009, loosely modeled after its big brother but without all the “bells and whistles.”

One of the most commonly asked questions is – which one is right for me? Below we have compiled a list of similarities and differences to help guide you in making that personal decision.

What’s the same in both kayaks?

The Sport (left) next to the AdvancedFrame (right).

Both kayaks are constructed from the same same diamond ripstop, hull material and PVC i-beam floor construction with 1 PSI pressure relief valve. Each has the same molded rubber handles, high-backed seat, inflation valves, rear d-rings, tracking fin and landing plate. Both have the same aluminum rib inserts, plastic sleeve inserts, deck lifts, similar neoprene knuckle guards and velcro paddle holders. The basic footprint – length and width – are roughly the same at 10′ 4 inches by roughly 32-33 inches wide with interior dimensions roughly the same at 63-65 x 17.

So what’s different?

While there are many items that are similar, the AE1017 Sport is a stripped-down, simpler version of the AE1012 AdvancedFrame.

Comparison of cockpit opening

The Sport (bottom) has a wider cockpit opening and can not use a spray skirt.

The Sport features one main inflation chamber and three twistloks (floor valve, and two deck lifts). The Sport has a thin, non-inflatable coaming lip around the cockpit which will not accept a spray skirt. The top decks do not zipper open. The cockpit opening is a generous 44 x 19 inches. The bungee deck lacing area is about half the size in the Sport, with less d-rings. By removing some of the features and enlarging the deck opening, the weight is a lighter 26 lbs for kayak and seat, or 28 lbs in the carrying case. The carrying capacity is slightly lower at 250 lbs person and gear (235 lbs person). MSRP is slightly less at $449 ($399 street price). Most of the standard accessories – inflatable foot brace, backbone, high-pressure floor, advancedtrak rudder, accessory frame, lumbar seat, durafloor – will work with the Sport.

Comparison of front decks

The AdvancedFrame (top) has more gear attachment points.

The AE1012 AdvancedFrame features two main inflation chambers and five twistloks (floor, decklifts and coaming tubes). The AdvancedFrame has a more enclosed cockpit measuring 32 x 17 inches with zippers on both front and rear decks. The front deck can be zipped open 24 inches for easier entry, or a more open feel, while the rear deck sports a 10 inch zipper. The more enclosed seating area is surrounded by an inflatable coaming tube; this allows one to attach an optional spray deck, for even greater protection from the elements. The front bungee deck lacing area measures about 9.5 to 17 inches wide and about 16 inches deep, with multiple d-rings and quick-release clips – double that of the Sport. Due to the increased deck area and second main inflation chamber, the AdvancedFrame weight is roughly 35 lbs, an increase of 9 lbs over the Sport. The carrying capacity is slightly higher at 300 lbs person and gear (235 lbs person). MSRP is higher at $539 ($499 street price). There are many optional accessories that can be used with the kayak – inflatable foot brace, spray skirt, backbone, high-pressure floor, advancedtrak rudder, accessory frame, lumbar seat, durafloor.

Bottom line:

If you plan on milder kayaking activities (lakes, calm rivers, inland waters), prefer the ease of a lighter-weight kayak for backpacking or hauling around, feel more comfortable in an open design, or are on a tighter budget, the Sport will be a great choice.

Wider cockpit is more spacious

It’s pretty snappy, maneuverable and paddles well – in short, it’s fun. It’s a great choice for those who don’t need all the “whizbangs.” The single main bladder and larger cockpit opening decrease the kayak weight about 9 lbs over the AdvancedFrame. Storage options for carrying gear are more limited. It’s easier to haul around, and easier to enter/exit the cockpit. Taller paddlers may be happier as their knees can be bent without hitting the upper deck. And it is less expensive.

If you can afford the extra money, need more flexibility in paddling conditions and weight is not an issue, go for the AE1012 AdvancedFrame.

AdvancedFrame Inflatable Kayak on the water.

It’s a great kayak, great performer and is versatile enough to use year-round in mild whitewater, lakes, coastal routes and bays – where the ability to use a spray skirt might be a plus. Its added weight makes tracking a bit better. The extra decking and rigging allows paddlers to carry more gear.

Need more info? Both updated product reviews can be seen here:

Product Review: Newly Updated AE1017 Sport Inflatable Kayak from Advanced Elements
Product Review: Updated AE1012 AdvancedFrame Inflatable Kayak from Advanced Elements

Or if you wish to purchase one, see the AE1017 Sport product page or AE1012 AdvancedFrame product page at www.AirKayaks.com.

In late spring 2016, we received our first shipments of the newly updated AE1017 Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Sport inflatable kayak – a stripped-down classic blending performance, price and simplicity. The kayaks now feature an integrated 1-PSI pressure relief valve in the floor bladder, enhanced high-backed seating, beefed-up graphics and redesigned hardware.

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Sport

At that point we realized our previous write-up was several years ago and featured the Gen 1 version. So, we took the opportunity to also update our readers with details on the newly updated AdvancedFrame Sport AE1017, a 10’5″ inflatable weighing in at roughly 26 lbs with an MSRP of $449. (Please note: some of this will be repeated from prior reviews.)

Getting Started with the AdvancedFrame Sport Kayak

The box as received weighs 34.4 lbs, measuring 32 x 18 x 11 inches.

What's in the box

Inside, the rugged carrying case measures 30 x 18 x 10 inches, and houses the kayak body, seat, repair kit and instructions. The kayak folded size is approximately 30 x17 x 10 inches. The kayak body and seat in the case weighs 28 lbs, while the kayak and seat alone are 26 lbs. The case has just enough room to include a small pump and breakdown paddle (not included).  AirKayaks note: Take a good look at how the kayak is folded BEFORE setting up, this will help during breakdown. The instructions are located in a small plastic pocket inside the carrying case.

AdvancedFrame Sport Kayak Setup/Inflation

We re-acquainted ourselves with the kayak by reading the updated manual. This, too, has evolved over the years and gives excellent explanations on inflation, usage, refolding, etc.

Unpacking the Sport

First step, unfold the kayak. The AdvancedFrame Sport – along with all AdvancedFrame models – features an “inner rib” in the bow and stern, which is basically a u-shaped aluminum rib, about a foot long and one-half inch wide.

Inner rib frame

This comes “pre-assembled” meaning it arrives already inserted into two sleeves inside the kayak cover. Unless you remove the inner bladder, they remain in position. When the kayak is pumped up, the inner bladder with rib presses against the kayak cover – that, in conjunction with two bow and stern plastic sheets, give the kayak a sharp silhouette which aids in slicing through the water.

Military valve

The kayak features 4 inflation chambers – one military valve and 3 twist-loks. The military-style plunger valves are simple to use – twist up to inflate (this is the closed position where air goes in and doesn’t come out) and down to deflate (air goes in and comes back out).

Military valve and adaptor

The kayak comes with a screw-on adaptor (found in the repair kit in the mesh pocket behind the seat) which will fit some pumps based on the hose fittings. Otherwise, a standard Boston valve adaptor will friction fit into the opening. AirKayaks note: Make sure to attach the screw-on adaptor to the pump tether, so that it doesn’t get lost.

Pumping up the main chamber

The AdvancedFrame Sport features one main chamber, located on the top-rear of the kayak. Pump this up to 2 PSI; in this case, it took about 45 strokes with a double action hand pump.

At this point we should note there are two pieces of velcro holding the bladder cover to the kayak cover – these are located roughly mid-center on the sides. Sometimes these “grab” at the wrong spot, causing wrinkling or skewing. For your first inflation, separate the velcro pieces, making sure the kayak is centered as you pump it up. When finished, let the velcro “fall where it may.”

Screw on the black wing nut cap so the plunger isn’t accidentally twisted open later.

Twistlok valve

Next, pump up the floor. First, make sure the floor is centered and flat. Twist open the orange cap. Then using the same Boston valve adaptor (conical nozzle about ½ inch in diameter), fit it OVER the twistlok valve on the floor cushion.

Pumping up the floor

Pump this up until firm (1 PSI) but there should be slight give when depressed. We pumped it up about 15 strokes. Twist the valve shut. If you hear a hissing sound, that is the new pressure relief valve, gently informing you that you’ve been too zealous. (AirKayaks note: Make sure to tuck the twistlok tube on the floor into the side of the kayak, so that you don’t accidentally twist it open while paddling.)

How do you tell if you’ve pumped it up enough? If you lift the kayak up by one handle, and it sags in the middle, it needs more air.

Pumping up the deck lift

Move onto the two deck lifts inside the kayak “shoulders” which also use twistlok valves. In conjunction with the thin coaming tube that encircles the perimeter of the cockpit, the deck lifts “sculpt” the body so that water has a tendency to run off – and not into – the kayak. As each deck lift took only 1.5 pumps to 1 PSI, it is sometimes just as easy to blow them up with your mouth.

Installing the seat

Then attach the seat by clipping the two straps into the appropriate side clips. While there is an elastic “attachment” at the back of the seat, there is no place to attach it on the Sport – this is used on the other AdvancedFrame models.

Inserting the plastic sheet

Last steps, insert the two plastic sheets into the bow and stern sleeves.

Easy to carry

Just over 5 minutes and you’re done!

Features and Specifications of the AdvancedFrame Sport Kayak

Molded rubber handle

The AdvancedFrame Sport AE1017 is constructed with two molded rubber carrying handles (bow and stern), but it is fairly simple to carry by hooking the side of the kayak over your shoulder.

Bungee deck lacing

Front bungee deck lacing begins 8 inches from the cockpit opening, and measures 10 to 12 inches wide by 6 inches deep.

D-rings

There are two plastic d-rings featuring a new, lower profile, making it easier to attach the optional rapidup sail or dry bags, as well as four cloth loops. One quick release clip and tensioner allows one to easily stash gear on the hull. The front decking system is roughly 32 inches from the paddler.

Wider cockpit opening

The wide 44 x 19 inch cockpit area features a low profile coaming tube to keep water from running in. Neoprene knuckle guards span each side, measuring 22 x 8 inches at the widest points.

Velcro paddle holder

Two sets of velcro paddleholders – one on each side of the kayak – are located 40″ and 82″ from the nose.

Highed back seat

Also new is the high-backed, stiffer, padded seat, featuring adjustable side straps which quickly clip into position. Now 16 inches tall, the back wraps 19 inches and is 1.25 inches thick with breathable mesh. The seat base measures 18 inches wide, by 11-15 inches deep, and is 0.5 inches thick. One gusseted mesh pocket measuring 9 inches tall by 6 inches wide, houses the repair kit. There is one d-ring for attaching gear.

Rear d-rings

Four more d-rings are located just behind the cockpit, measuring 9 inches deep by 12 to 16 inches wide. This is located just behind the paddler and could be a great candidate for some additional bungee deck lacing.

Pressure relief valve

There is one military valve and 3 twistlock valves (2 deck lifts and floor.) New features include the integrated 1 PSI pressure relief valve in the floor, ensuring the chamber is not over-inflated.

Nylon ripstop material

The kayak consists of three layers. Inflatable PVC bladders are housed in a zippering fabric cover, allowing the bladders to be replaced if necessary. The covered bladders sit inside the kayak outer shell. The kayak upper is comprised of 600 denier polyester/PVC laminate in a diamond ripstop material.

Rugged hull with integrated fin

The hull is a rugged, puncture-resistant PVC tarpaulin with electronically welded seams, integrated 2.5 x 7.5 inch tracking fin and landing plate.

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Sport

We did measurement tests. The kayak inflated is 10’ 4 feet long and roughly 33 inches wide. There are 43.5 inches of the upper hull before the cockpit, and 35″ upper hull behind the cockpit. The side bladders are roughly 7 to 8 inches in diameter, making a well about 9 inches deep with the deck lifts.

Interior dimensions are approximately 65 inches long by 16.5 inches wide. When the seat is positioned just behind center (seat back is roughly 6 inches from the back end of the neoprene), there is is approximately 39 inches from the seat back to the inner nose with 13 inches covered. Another 25 inches is located behind the seat to the inner tail, leaving a rear covered well roughly 9 inches deep by 12 inches wide with an additional 16 inches open. This can be repositioned roughly 5 inches forward and back by adjusting the seat straps. Weight limitations suggest 235 lbs for a person, or 250 lbs for person and gear.

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Sport Kayak On the Water

We took out the “new” Sport on a mildly choppy day with a light, steady breeze.

Advanced Elements Sport in use.

As a few years had passed, I had forgotten how nicely the Sport paddles. It’s zippy, tracks well and is pretty maneuverable. For my size of 5’4″, it is quite roomy – and it’s easy to carry. Heading into the wind, the Sport rode over small swells easily, though I paddled a little harder.

Advanced Elements Sport in use.

My 6’2″ husband took the Sport out next. In the past, he has been cramped in the AE1012 AdvancedFrame which features the same basic footprint.

Wider cockpit is more spacious

But, by putting the seat all the way back, and paddling with low-profile water shoes, he had no problems; the open cockpit design allows him to bend his knees slightly, maintaining comfort. He also felt it paddled very well, and noted it is much easier for his larger frame to get in and out of.

Advanced Elements Sport in use.

I next took the Sport out on a very calm and balmy day – this is where the Sport REALLY shines. It was fun, responsive and quick. The open-style cockpit was refreshing and roomy – really a joy to be on the water. While the Sport features the same footprint as the AdvancedFrame AE1012, the wider cockpit allows it to “open up” a little more. The addition of Advanced Elements’ optional inflatable foot brace made a huge difference in paddling comfort, by giving me something to push against.

Packing the AdvancedFrame Sport up is easy. Open all the valves to let the air out – this can be helped by using the deflate mode on your pump.

Folding the Sport up.

Tighten and close the valves so air doesn’t creep back in, and then simply fold in half the long way, then fold the two ends towards the center, just behind the landing plate and fin. Then fold in half again. This should slip back into the bag if you’ve removed all the air. AirKayaks note: If you have problems, put your pump into the DEFLATE mode and pump the rest of the air out of the kayak.

Bottom Line on the Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Sport Inflatable Kayak

The AdvancedFrame Sport AE1017 inflatable kayak is a great, streamlined kayak at a very good price, the perfect choice for those wanting “fun on the water” without the extra weight or “bells and whistles.”

Advanced Elements Sport in use.

The kayak is comfortable, paddles well, looks good and is quite stable. The open cockpit design of the AdvancedFrame Sport AE1017 Sport  will appeal to those who want ease of entering/exiting, making it best suited for lakes, bays, calm rivers and inland waters.

AdvancedFrame with Rapidup sail

Numerous optional accessories – such as the high-back lumbar seat, an inflatable foot brace, rapidup sail (shown above), the backbone and high-pressure drop stitch floor – can enhance the paddling experience and performance.

The new pressure relief valve takes the guesswork out of the floor inflation, while the high-backed seat offers vastly superior support than the previous padded seat.

Fits in the trunk of a small car

This is a great choice for travel – the carrying case is rugged enough to check as baggage, it’s perfect for RVs and easily fits in the trunk of a small car. And at 26 lbs including the seat, it won’t break your back.

Sport versus the AdvancedFrame kayak

If you plan on milder kayaking activities (lakes, calm rivers, inland waters), prefer the ease of a lighterweight kayak, feel more comfortable in an open design, or are on a tighter budget, the Sport will be a great choice – and loads of fun. If you want a bit more flexibility in paddling conditions, or the ability to use an optional skirt, check out the AdvancedFrame AE1012 (shown next to the Sport in the above photo).

Advanced Elements Sport in use.

Street price is $399. For more info or to purchase, see the AdvancedFrame Sport AE1017 product page on AirKayaks.com,  or watch our YouTube video – this will also be updated shortly.

Posted by: airkayaks | August 25, 2016

Coupling a Boston Valve Adaptor to a TwistLock Valve

Have you ever stumbled across one of those pesky twistlock valves found on some inflatable kayaks, that can’t be used with an adaptor? If so, you were probably forced to do one of three things – have a buddy hold the valve over the twist lock; 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.

Inflate the seat base

One customer, Debbie Morris, send us the following nifty fix. According to Debbie, “My brother helped me solve the inflation problem with the small deck valves. We attached a cut piece of hose which fit perfectly over the valve. The Boston valve adapter from our pump fit inside the other end. No more trying to hold the attachment with one hand now. I have enclosed pictures.”

Vinyl tubing

Utilizing a couple inches of flexible tubing with 3/4 inch (20mm) outer dimension and 5/8 inch (17mm) inner dimension, Debbie was able to fit each side over the Boston valve adaptor and twist lock valve, creating a good seal that allowed her to easily inflate her Innova Helios. The tubing can be found at many large home improvement and hardware stores.

Connecting the boston valve adaptor with twistlock

Many thanks for the tip, Debbie!

We recently received our first shipments of the newly updated AE1012 Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame inflatable kayak – a classic model blending performance, price and portability. Having paddled the AdvancedFrame through all iterations since 2002, we were interested to see some of the fine-tuned enhancements.

ancedFrame Inflatable Kayak

In 2015, Advanced Elements began a factory expansion, moving the production line to Indonesia. While plant construction was completed in the fall of 2015, the reopening took longer than anticipated, causing delays in spring 2016 production for several models. Despite stockpiling, huge customer demand caused the AdvancedFrame to be out of stock for nearly a year.

In late spring 2016, the first shipment of AdvancedFrame inflatable kayaks sailed into port, now featuring an integrated 1-PSI pressure relief valve in the floor bladder, enhanced high-backed seating, redesigned hardware and the addition of velcro paddle holders.

As our previous write-up was several years ago, we took the opportunity to also update our readers with details on the newly updated AdvancedFrame AE1012, a 10’5″ inflatable weighing in at roughly 34 to 35 lbs with an MSRP of $539. (Please note: some of this will be repeated from prior reviews.)

Getting Started with the AdvancedFrame Kayak

What's in the bag.

The box as received weighs 41 lbs, measuring 32 x 19 x 11 inches. Inside, the rugged carrying case measures 32 x 18 x 10 inches, and houses the kayak body, seat, repair kit and instructions. The kayak folded size is approximately 30 x17 x 10 inches. The case has just enough room to include a small pump and breakdown paddle (not included). AirKayaks note: Take a good look at how the kayak is folded BEFORE setting up, this will help during breakdown.

AdvancedFrame Kayak Setup/Inflation

We re-acquainted ourselves with the kayak by reading the updated manual. This, too, has evolved over the years and gives excellent explanations on inflation, usage, refolding, etc.

Unfolding the kayak.

First step, unfold the kayak. The AdvancedFrame features an “inner rib” in the bow and stern, which is basically a u-shaped aluminum rib, about a foot long and one-half inch wide.

Aluminum rib in bow and stern

This comes “pre-assembled” meaning it arrives already inserted into two sleeves inside the kayak cover. Unless you remove the inner bladder, they remain in position. When the kayak is pumped up, the inner bladder with rib presses against the kayak cover – that, in conjunction with two bow and stern plastic sheets, give the kayak a sharp silhouette which aids in slicing through the water.

Opening/closing the valve.

The kayak features 7 inflation chambers – two military valves and 5 twist-loks. The military-style plunger valves are simple to use – twist one way to inflate and the other to deflate.

Screw-on valive adaptor

The kayak comes with a screw-on adaptor (found in the repair kit in the mesh pocket behind the seat) which will fit some pumps based on the hose fittings. Otherwise, a standard Boston valve adaptor will friction fit into the opening.

Inflating the side chamber

Pump up the first chamber, located on the top-rear of the kayak, until it begins to fill out. Unlike many other brands, the AdvancedFrame series of kayaks features an inner and outer chamber, with a floating “interior wall.” By pumping up the first chamber partly, you “center” the inner wall. In this case, we pumped it up about 30 strokes with a double action hand pump.

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Pump up the second chamber, located inside the kayak behind the seat, until firm to touch (2 PSI) – this took us another 25 pumps. At this point we noticed that the cover was not quite centered evenly, so we let some air back out, repositioned the main chamber, and pumped it back up. Screw on the black wing nut caps so the plungers aren’t accidentally twisted open later.

Inflating the floor.

Next, pump up the floor. First, make sure the floor is centered and flat. Using the same Boston valve adaptor (conical nozzle about ½ inch in diameter), fit it OVER the twistlok valve on the floor cushion. Pump this up until firm (1 PSI) but there should be slight give when depressed. We pumped it up about 10 to 12 strokes, at which point we heard a slight hissing sound; the pressure relief valve had kicked in. Twist the valve shut. (AirKayaks note: Make sure to tuck the twistlok tube on the floor into the side of the kayak, so that you don’t accidentally twist it open while paddling.)

How do you tell if you’ve pumped it up enough? If you lift the kayak up by one handle, and it sags in the middle, it needs more air.

Pumping up the side chamber.

Move onto the two deck lifts inside the kayak “shoulders” then the two coaming areas that run around the cockpit. Both of these use the twistlok valves. The coaming tubes and deck lifts “sculpt” the body so that water has a tendency to run off – and not into – the kayak. The coaming tubes also allow one to attach an optional spray skirt. As the coaming tubes take half a pump, and the decklifts one pump, they are sometimes just as easily inflated with one’s mouth.

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Last steps, insert the two plastic sheets into the bow and stern sleeves.

Attaching the seat

Then attach the seat by clipping the two straps into the appropriate side clips, and attaching the seat back to the coaming area.

Easy to carry.

Less than 10 minutes and you’re done!

Features and Specifications of the AdvancedFrame Kayak

Molded carrying handles

The AdvancedFrame AE1012 is constructed with two molded rubber carrying handles (bow and stern), but it is fairly simple to carry by hooking the side of the kayak over your shoulder.

Front bungee deck lacing

Front bungee deck lacing begins 31 inches from the bow, and measures 9.5 to 17 inches wide by 16 inches deep.

D-rings

There are four d-rings featuring a new, lower profile, making it easier to attach the optional rapidup sail or dry bags. Three quick release clips allow one to easily access the front zipper and interior; the front decking system is roughly 32 inches from the paddler.

Front zipper for easy access

A front center zipper can open up an additional 24 inches for easier entry or for those interested in a more open feeling.

Cockpit with coaming tube and neoprene knuckle guard

The 32 x17 inch cockpit area (87 inch perimeter) features two inflatable coaming tubes to keep water from running in. There are two quick connect clips at the end of each coaming tube, as well as velcro “zipper lips” which keep the coaming area sealed.  Neoprene knuckle guards span each side, measuring 27 x 6 inches at the widest points.

Velcro paddle holders

New features include two sets of velcro paddleholders – one on each side of the kayak – located 40″ and 83″ from the nose.

High-backed seat

Also new is the high-backed, stiffer, padded seat, featuring adjustable side straps which quickly clip into position. Now 16 inches tall, the back wraps 19 inches and is 1.25 inches thick with breathable mesh. The seat base measures 18 inches wide, by 11-15 inches deep, and is 0.5 inches thick.

Mesh pocket behind seat.

One gusseted mesh pocket measuring 9 inches tall by 6 inches wide, houses the repair kit. There is one d-ring for attaching gear.

Rear zipper and d-rings for attaching gear

A rear zipper opens an additional 10 inches – this becomes handy for storage behind the seat, or for carrying large packs. Four more d-rings are located 24 inches from the stern, measuring 10 inches deep by 12 to 15 inches wide. This is located just behind the paddler and could be a great candidate for some additional bungee deck lacing.

Pressure relief valve

There are two military valves and 5 twistlock valves (2 deck lifts, 2 coaming tubes and floor.) New features include the integrated 1 PSI pressure relief valve in the floor, ensuring the chamber is not over-inflated.

Velcro paddleholders

The kayak consists of three layers. Inflatable PVC bladders are housed in a zippering fabric cover, allowing the bladders to be replaced if necessary. The covered bladders sit inside the kayak outer shell. The kayak upper is comprised of 600 denier polyester/PVC laminate in a diamond ripstop material.

Hull with tracking fin

The hull is a rugged, puncture-resistant PVC tarpaulin with electronically welded seams, integrated tracking fin and landing plate.

AdvancedFrame Inflatable Kayak

We did measurement tests. The kayak inflated is 10’ 4 feet long and roughly 32 inches wide. There are 54 inches of the upper hull before the cockpit, and 38″ upper hull behind the cockpit. The side bladders are roughly 7 to 8 inches in diameter, making a well about 8 inches deep with the deck lifts.

Interior dimensions are approximately 63 inches long by 17 inches wide. When the seat is positioned towards the back of the coaming area, there is is approximately 46 inches from the seat back to the inner tip, leaving a rear covered well roughly 16 inches deep by 15 inches wide behind the seat inside the cover. This can be somewhat repositioned as the seat straps can be adjusted several inches forward. Weight limitations suggest 235 lbs for a person, or 300 lbs for person and gear.

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Kayak On the Water

Just like all the previous versions, the AdvancedFrame kayak is comfortable, stable, rugged and paddles well. Over the years we’ve taken it out in all types of weather from calm water to swells. It has scraped through shallow water, been dragged along rocky beaches, run through duckweed and tules, hauled around in a pickup truck and battled white caps and wind.

AdvancedFrame Inflatable Kayak on the water.

For my height (5’4”) the kayak is very comfortable and easy to carry. I’ve been out for short jaunts and 10-12 mile treks.

Expedition kayak

At 6’2”, my husband can paddle in it for short periods, but after that feels cramped – taller paddlers (over 6 feet) and those opting for multi-day trips should consider upgrading to the AE1009 Expedition (blue kayak shown above) which is much roomier and has more real estate for storing gear.

AdvancedFrameDS-XL Kayak

Another option is the 10’10” AE1044 AdvancedFrameDS-XL (shown above) with 5 more inches in length and also featuring the more rigid, high-pressure, dropstitch floor.

Performance can be enhanced with the optional AE2023-AF1 backbone – it’s a very subtle enhancement in the shorter kayaks such as the AdvancedFrame or Sport, but one I feel is very real. The backbone is pieced together under the floor, giving a totally rigid bow-to-stern silhouette, with a slight vee shape to the hull – this allows one to pick up about 0.4-0.5 mph more in speed.

Rigid enough to stand up in.

My favorite is the high-pressure drop stitch floor (shown in an AdvancedFrameDS-XLC above) ; while more expensive, it offers a weight savings of 4 to 5 lbs, simplicity and enhanced performance/rigidity.

Packing it Up

Packing the AdvancedFrame up is easy. Open all the valves to let the air out – this can be helped by using the deflate mode on your pump.

Folding up the AdvancedFrame

Tighten and close the valves so air doesn’t creep back in, and then simply fold in half the long way, then fold the two ends towards the center, just behind the landing plate and fin. Then fold in half again. This should slip back into the bag if you’ve gotten enough air out.

Bottom Line on the Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Inflatable Kayak

The AdvancedFrame AE1012 inflatable kayak is a winner – a great all-around kayak. First developed in 2002 as the AirFrame kayak, Advanced Elements has tweaked the design over the past 14 years, evolving the AdvancedFrame  into an inflatable classic offering performance, quality and price. In our opinion, it’s a great value and is certainly one of our biggest sellers.

AdvancedFrame with Rapidup Sail

The kayak is comfortable, paddles well, looks good and is quite stable. It is able to handle lakes, class I to II rapids, inlets, bays and coastal ocean. Numerous optional accessories – such as the high-back lumbar seat, an inflatable foot brace, spray skirts, rapidup sail (shown above), the backbone and high-pressure drop stitch floor – can enhance the paddling experience and performance.

AdvancedFrame with canine buddy

The material is rugged and puncture-resistant – certainly strong enough for dog claws, though an extra towel (or Advanced Elements DuraFloor) add another level of protection.

The new pressure relief valve takes the guesswork out of the floor inflation, while the high-backed seat offers vastly superior support than the previous padded seat.

Easily fits in the trunk of a car.

This is a great choice for travel – the carrying case is rugged enough to check as baggage, it’s perfect for RVs and easily fits in the trunk of a small car.

AdvancedFrame Inflatable Kayak on the water.

All in all, the AdvancedFrame is a great multi-purpose kayak for people of all ages – one of our youngest paddlers was 7 years old, and our oldest customer to-date was 94. Unless you are a larger paddler or plan on longer paddling excursions with multi-gear, the AdvancedFrame is is a great choice.

AdvancedFrame Inflatable Kayak on the water.

For more info or to purchase, see the AdvancedFrame AE1012 product page on AirKayaks.com,  or watch our YouTube video – this will also be updated shortly.

 

Red Paddle Co recently unveiled their exciting 2017 product line of inflatable paddle boards at Salt Lake City’s Outdoor Retailer Show.

Red Paddle CO FFC System

New for 2017 is the revolutionary Forward Flex Control (FFC) stiffening rod, a patented system designed to give Red Paddle’s Elite race boards even more rigidity, ensuring a competitive edge.

RSS Rocker Stiffening Systems

The current Elite boards feature the innovative, patented Rocker Stiffening System (RSS) utilizing removable fiberglass battens which stiffen the side rails of the boards.

Red Paddle Co FFC System

The additional FFC rod works in conjuntion with the RSS system. Before fully inflating the board and inserting the RSS battens, the FFC rod is clipped to a mounting lever near the top of the deckpad and put under compression, stiffening the board from midpoint to nose.

Red Paddle Co Elite 2017

The new FFC system is part of Red Paddle’s racing development program. With the RSS and FFC systems, nose flex is removed, ensuring an incredibly rigid ride while retaining the portability and storage advantages of an inflatable. By removing nose flex on the board, the Elites become some of the fastest inflatables on the water.

Red Paddle CO FFC System

The new 2017 Elite FFC racing boards – available in 12’6″ and 14’0″ sizes with an updated 25 inch width – should be arriving in late 2016. MSRP is $1629 and $1799 respectively. For details, watch the Red Paddle Co product pages on AirKayaks.com, or ask to get on the Notification List.

Posted by: airkayaks | August 8, 2016

Save $200-$250 on a 2016 Red Paddle Co Sport Inflatable SUP

Coastal Sports, the US and Canadian distributor for the global Red Paddle Co inflatable SUP line, has announced a Super Summer Sports Sale. Now through August 31st, a limited amount of the popular Red Paddle Co Sport 11 and Sport 12-6 models will be available with a whopping $200-$250 off coupon code.

Sport 11 Inflatable SUP

Red Paddle Co is a UK-based company, rapidly becoming the leader in inflatable paddle boards. The Red Paddle Co line now features 17 models ranging in size from 8’11 to 14’0, covering surfing, racing and everything else in-between.

The Sports are the perfect bridge in Red Paddle Co’s 2016 line – great for gliding across bays, lakes, up rivers. The secret lies in their shape. The narrower, bullet shape and longer water line make the Sports zippier and better performing than the Rides. They cut through the water cleanly with better glide, while the squared off tail provides more stability. And they’re easier to inflate and carry around than the Explorers.

Both models feature the patented RSS Rocker Stiffening System. For 2016, the introduction of MSL (Monocoque Structural Laminate) fusion technology resulted in a higher-quality, high-pressure material utilizing less glue. That – coupled with screen-printed graphics and the low-profile, heat-pressed deck pads – culminated in a  lighter board that is slightly more rigid, yet is also easier to roll up.

Which Sport to choose? The Sport 11’0” – with its smaller air volume – offers fast inflation, more weight-savings and great flat-water performance for riders up to 200 lbs, while the Sport 12’6” is also suited to longer touring trips and can be used by larger riders up to 300 lbs.

2016 Red Paddle Co 12-6 Sport Inflatable SUP

Each of the Red Paddle Co Sport models come complete with the Red Paddle roller-wheel backpack, repair kit, instructions, deep water fin, RSS battens, cell phone case and special Red Paddle Co Titan hand pump with pressure gauge, which makes large volume inflation to 16-22 psi easier, leaving you more time to paddle.

As a bonus, AirKayaks is offering a free Accent Max adjustable breakdown SUP paddle, free UPS ground shipping in the lower 48 states, and no US sales tax!

To save $200, visit the 2016 Red Paddle Co Sport 11-0 product page at AirKayaks.com and use coupon code 11sportsale or 126sportsale for $250 savings on the Red Paddle Co Sport 12-6.

This week’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market features a whopping arena of more than 1600 sporting goods manufacturers unveiling their 2017 product lines.

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At Open Air Demo day, Advanced Elements of Benicia, California showcased the new 10′ 6″ StraitEdge Angler Pro, a high-pressure inflatable kayak focused on fishing and comfort.

Designed around the needs of kayak anglers, the wide beam and high-pressure drop stitch floor technology provide maximum stability when casting or bringing in big catches.

AE1055 StraitEdge Angler Pro construction

The 4-6 PSI drop stitch floor – in conjunction with the wider 38.5 inch beam – provides enough rigidity to stand. The floor is covered with a traction pad for protection and grip, allowing one to fully and easily move around.

Tired of standing? The adjustable AirFrame Pro seat features a folding, anodized aluminum frame with removable fabric cover and mesh back. The seat allows one to sit up a few inches higher; the seat back can be adjusted to find that perfect recline position, or can be folded back to allow more interior room.

Two accessory rail systems allow one to add optional 1-inch rail mounts – these can be customized with fish finders, fishing rod holders, GPS mounts and more.

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Other features include an integrated ruler printed on the floor, stainless steel d-rings, bungee deck lacing, paddle holders. Replete with a removable, deep water, tracking fin, the integrated US style fin box can also be used in conjunction with the Current Drives Electrafin, providing battery-powered mobility.

Specifications:

  • Model AE1055
  • Color: Sage/Gray
  • Dimensions: 10’6″ long, 38.5 inches wide
  • Weight: 45 lbs with seats.
  • Max payload: One person with gear 400 lbs
  • Inflation Chambers: 5
  • Folded size: 32 x 18 x 11

The StraitEdge Angler Pro comes with carrying case with shoulder straps, AirFrame Pro seat, drop stitch floor, 2 accessory frames, removable fin, repair kit, instructions. MSRP $999. Available spring of 2017.

AE1006ANG StraitEdge Angler

The StraitEdge Angler Pro joins the current AE1006-ANG StraitEdge Angler, a stripped down version for those fishing folk who don’t need all the “bells and whistles.” MSRP $729.

For further details, watch the Advanced Elements product pages at AirKayaks.com. Or contact us to get on the Notification List.

You can also watch a video posted by Kayak Angler Magazine from Outdoor Retailer Demo Day, below. This also shows the StraitEdge Angler Pro with the motorized Current Drives ElectraFin.

AirKayaks is pleased to announce a special purchase of remaining 2015 Red Paddle Co inflatable racing paddle boards – all Elite 14-0 models are now just $999.

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Well-known for their ruggedness throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand, each of the Red Paddle Co boards utilize high pressure drop-stitch technology – allowing them to be inflated from 15 to 25 PSI – and feature quadruple rail construction, double layering, thick traction pads and fins. Each board comes with the Red Paddle Titan pump, allowing one to inflate a paddle board to 20 PSI in less than 10 minutes.

 

2015-elite-140tNow is your chance to get one of the best inflatable racing SUPs on the market. Original price on the Elite 14-0 was $1799, a savings of $800. Check out the remaining available 2015 inventory on the Red Paddle Co product pages on AirKayaks.com – but don’t hesitate. When they’re gone …. they’re gone. Airkayaks also has a limited amount of Red Paddle Co Race 12-6 models at the same price.

Savings of $800 with free shipping in the continental US and no tax – what are you waiting for!

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