As posted earlier this year, Aquaglide’s inflatable kayak and paddle board product line for 2020 underwent a major makeover, with the introduction of seven new models, a facelift for three models and the retirement of 6 models.

Aquaglide Deschutes 145 Inflatable Kayak

As some of the new products have arrived, we’ve begun a series on the new Deschutes models. Our first two reviews included the Deschutes 110 and Deschutes 130, so we finish up our series with the Deschutes 145, an open-style, 14.5 foot inflatable kayak designed for tandem paddling. (Please note: some of the information will be repeated from other writeups.)

Getting Started with the Aquaglide Deschutes 145

The kayak is nicely packaged with bubble wrap protecting valves, handles, etc. We unpacked the box and laid out the pieces – inflatable kayak body, backpack, instructions, repair kit, tracking fin, two seats, valve adaptor and a plastic splash guard. The repair kit features generous-sized repair patches, a valve wrench and glue.

What's in the box

Initial measurements showed the kayak body weighs approximately 26 lbs with the seats adding another 4 lbs (2 lbs each). The kayak with seats and fin – all in the backpack – weighs 34 lbs. Folded size of the kayak body is 26 x 22 x 9 inches. Backpack size is roughly 27 x 23 x 18 inches, which can be cinched down. All boxed up, the dimensions are 30 x 28 x 16 inches with a shipping weight of 45 lbs. It’s a squeeze, but if you fully deflate the kayak you can get optional paddles and pump into the pack.

(AirKayaks Side note #1: When initially removing the kayak from the carrying case, take a good look at how the kayak is folded.)

The Deschutes 145 comes with an instruction manual, but as previously mentioned, 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 kayak

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

The instructions say to put the valve in the closed position and to pump up the sides to 3 PSI, but there are no details explaining this in the instructions.

Closing the 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 Deschutes 145 military valves require a special adaptor, which is found in the repair kit. It must be friction-fit to a Boston valve adaptor; this is a common fitting, slightly conical and about 1/2 inch thick. Friction fit the adaptor onto the Boston valve fitting, then attach the fitting to the military valve with a slight twist. It is helpful to use a pump with pressure gauge to ensure the kayak is inflated appropriately.

We closed the valve, attached the pump and began to inflate. It took 60 strokes with a double-action hand pump to reach 3 PSI on one side.

AirKayaks Note: 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.”

Using the Kokopelli Feather Pump

We then inflated the second main tube. Here, we decided to again test out our favorite new gadget, the Kokopelli Feather pump. The feather pump is a very small (fits in your palm), rechargeable 12-volt battery that can inflate and deflate.

Inflating with the Kokopelli Feather pump

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 42 seconds, the tube had fairly much filled out (you can hear a change in the motor), so we quickly twisted the plunger to the closed position (air doesn’t come back out). We then topped it off to 3 PSI with 15 quick pumps using the hand pump – quite a time and energy saver! See our detailed review on the Feather pump.

Inflating the thwarts

We then inflated the third and fourth chambers – the thwarts – to 2.5 PSI with a quick 5 pumps each.

Attaching the seats

Next attach the seats – these stay in position utilizing velcro strips on the floor and adjustable side straps. There are two sets of d-rings on the main tubes. The seats feature clips that quickly connect to the d-rings, which then can be adjusted tighter for firmer support.

Attaching the seats

Position the seat backs at the thwarts and attach the clips.

Deck riser

Now install the unmarked plastic splash guard – which is not mentioned in the instructions. This is meant to stiffen the front visor.

Installing the deck riser.

You will notice there is a velcroed flap on the underside of the visor – pull this open, and insert each side of the plastic strip into the two side pockets, then refasten the velcro, securing the strip.

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 down and back, until the hole in the fin plate lines up with the hole in the fin.

Installing the tracking fin

Then 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.

As a last check, make sure the drain plug – located inside the back well of the kayak, is screwed in tightly, otherwise water will seep in.

Quick to set up, easy to carry

That’s it! Quick and easy, just under 10 minutes and you’re ready to paddle.

Features and Specifications on the Aquaglide Deschutes 145 Inflatable Kayak

Molded rubber handles

The Deschutes 145 is constructed with four molded carrying handles (bow, stern and both sides), but can very easily be carried by hooking the side of the kayak over your shoulder. The side handles are located roughly 88 inches from the kayak snout.

Beefed up nose cones

The bow and stern of the kayak feature beefed-up nose cones.

Front deck lacing

Two splash decks – front and rear – extend partly over the seating well and help prevent water from splashing in. Each has a bungee deck-lacing system for attaching gear. The front deck extends 36 inches over the seating well. The bungee system features 10 soft cloth loops with deck-lacing approximately 24 inches long by 15 inches wide tapering to 3 inches.

Deck riser

The front splash deck features a 5 inch splash guard to help prevent water coming over the deck. There is one more cloth d-ring centered on the bow deck, which can be used to attach gear.

Rear deck lacing

The rear deck extends 28 inches, with 8 soft cloth loops, a bungee system measuring 13 inches by 13 to 5 inches, and another centered cloth loop.

D-rings and seat clips

There are two sets of plastic d-rings (two each side) on the main tube for seat attachment; these are positioned 60 and 109 inches from the nose (64 inches from the stern).

Military valves

There are four military valves for the two side chambers and the two thwarts.

Core 2 seats

The Deschutes series feature a modified Core 2 seat – basically a stripped-down cross between Aquaglide’s Pro-formance seat (found on the Chelans) and the Core seat (found on the Chinooks). The new Core 2 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 15.5 inches with two inches of padding. The seat back is 13 inches tall with a 26″ wrap-around back, 1 inch thick. Two velcro strips on the floor and seat base keep the seat from slipping out of position. There are no storage options on the seat back, but possibly one could connect something to the seat buckles. The side straps can be adjusted about 6 inches forward of the thwart, based on the d-ring positions.

EVA foam floor and integrated floor bar

The floor in the seating area is constructed from a 1/2 inch grooved, closed-cell EVA foam which is laminated/adhered to the hull; it is not removable or inflatable. The narrow grooves create some grip when entering the kayak, as well as letting small amounts of water to run down the gunnels.

A rigid thwart bar is located on the floor, and could be used as a front foot brace. The thwart bar, thwarts and laminated EVA foam (termed the Feather Frame) work together to create a lightweight, simple-to-set-up hull that can be easily rolled up, yet still provides a fair amount of rigidity.

Integrated thwarts

Two 8-inch diameter inflatable thwarts ares permanently fixed between the two side chambers. The front thwart is positioned 76 inches from the kayak nose and the rear thwart is 40 inches from the tail.

Deep inside the rear well is one floor drain plug (not to be confused with self-bailing) which can be unscrewed/opened to let water out.

The backpack is quite roomy. Two-way zippers run along three sides, allowing the pack to be completely opened for easy access and stowage. Top, side and rear carrying handles provide a myriad of handling options, as well as two padded, adjustable backpack shoulder straps. A drawstring mesh pocket, approximately 14 x 18 inches deep, is perfect for storing a hand pump. Two adjustable cinch straps allow one to tighten the pack. Pack measurements are approximately 28 inches wide x 15 inches deep x 26 inches tall.

The kayak body features tubeless, welded, side chambers constructed from 1000 denier 850 GSM Duratex reinforced PVC with a smooth finish.

Puncture resistant hull

The hull is a rugged, puncture-resistant 500 denier 600G Duratex reinforced PVC with removable tracking fin and 16-inch landing plate.

Removable Quick Release Tracking Fin

The tracking fin is hefty, measuring 5 x 11 inches with a quick-release locking pin.

We did measurement tests. The kayak inflated is 14 feet 8 inches long from end cap to end cap, and approximately 39 inches wide midcenter, expanding to 40 inches wide towards the stern. The side bladders are roughly 10 inches in diameter, making the sides roughly 10 inches above the seating area.

Interior dimensions are approximately 130 inches long by approximately 20+ inches at the widest point.

Agqualgide Deschutes 145

Dependent on where the seats are positioned (we put them against the thwarts), there is roughly 70 inches from the front seat back to the interior snout (30 inches of this is covered deck) or 40 inches to the front “floor bar”, with 39 inches from the bar to the interior snout (this could be used for storage). Interior width for the front paddler is 18 inches and head room under the deck is roughly 8 inches.

There are 41 inches from the rear seat back to the first thwart, which can be used as a foot rest/brace, with roughly 21.5 inches of interior width.

Rear storage well

The back fixed thwart creates a rear well that is 35 inches long to the interior tail, roughly 18 inches wide tapering down to nothing; 12 inches behind the thwart is open, with the covered area about 7.5 inches deep in headroom.

As there are minimal d-rings, storage options are limited to the front and rear deck lacing. The front lacing is 40 inches from the front paddler, and the rear lacing is 27 inches from the rear paddler.

Weight limitation is 600 lbs for person and gear.

Aquaglide Deschutes 145 on the water

We took the Deschutes 145 out for a spin a couple of times.

Deschutes 145 paddled as a tandem

The first time was in mild chop. Both of us felt the Deschutes 145 paddled well, felt rugged, and rode over the swells easily. While not quite as maneuverable as the smaller Deschutes, it still handled very well and had a good glide. The seats provided good support, further enhanced if placed against the thwarts.

Rear seating area

At 5’4″, sitting in the front was comfortable and I was able to use the floor thwart bar as a foot rest. My 6’2″ husband was in the back. While he was not uncomfortable, with the seat all the way back to the thwart, his knees were somewhat bent.

We were using a mixed pair of 230 and 240cm paddles, and both seemed adequate in length.

Deschutes 145 paddled solo

The next day was very calm. After eyeing the size of the kayak, I decided to try it out solo. I sat in the back seat, with a 240 cm paddle. Despite the long length and very fixed seating positions, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it actually paddled well. Despite the nose positioned fairly high out of the water, the kayak had a pretty good glide, was maneuverable and tracking was pretty straight. By scooting up a tiny bit, I was able to use the front thwart as a brace.

Dechutes 145 is stable

I then tried standing up in the kayak – while the floor had a slight ripple, I was able to stand up fairly easily.

While the seats are comfortable and provide good support, there are no storage options on the seat back. With minimal d-rings on the kayak itself and both the front and rear bungee systems located some distance from the paddlers, accessing gear is a little difficult. This would be a good candidate for some aftermarket d-rings, which are pretty easy to install. Read our write up on installing d-rings on an Aquaglide paddle board.

One thing to note – the decks dip slightly, which can allow water to pool. While I did not notice water coming into the kayak, if this becomes an issue, a pool noodle underneath – or a pack – would lift the deck allowing water to run off.

Rolling up the Deschutes 145

Last of all, the kayak is very easy to fold up, simply fold it in half (or bring the sides into each other) and roll it up.

Bottom line on the AquaGlide Deschutes 145

Aquaglide Deschutes 145 inflatable tandem kayak

Like its two smaller siblings, the Deschutes 145 is a no-fuss, simple, easy to set up and quick-to-breakdown, lightweight, recreational kayak for two. It paddles well and is very maneuverable, and also gets to pinch-hit as a solo kayak with PLENTY of room for gear.

Easy to carry

With a “tubeless” construction, the kayak is lighter than those with removable bladders, and less likely to have twisting problems during setup. There are no neoprene knuckleguards or paddleholders, but the Duratex smooth skin is less abrasive to touch and makes drying time much quicker.

AquaGlide Deschutes 145 XL inflatable tandem kayak

The two deck lacing systems can be used to carry a fair amount of gear, as well as the two “under the deck” open areas. While the storage areas are fairly far from the paddlers, the addition of after-market d-rings would really enhance the kayak.

The fixed thwart positions could be limiting to some taller paddlers – for ultimate comfort, the Deschutes 145 is probably best for small to average sized adults. As it can be paddled solo, this would also be a candidate for an adult with child or dog.

The open cockpit design will appeal to those who are uncomfortable being enclosed, paddlers who need easy entry and exit (such as seniors or those with physical limitations), or those in need of a quick dip on a hot summer day.

The laminated floor and integrated thwarts provide rigidity, without the added time time or expense of an inflatable floor.

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.

Easily fits in the trunk of a car

Breakdown is just as simple. Drying time is improved by the Duratex smooth-skin, as well as the fact there are minimal areas for water to hide. It rolls up quickly and surprisingly well, easily fitting into the trunk of a small car, an RV or an option for vacation travel.

Street price is $799.99. For more details or to purchase, visit the AquaGlide Deschutes 145 product page at AirKayaks.com.

The Deschutes comes in two other sizes for solo paddling.

Aquaglide Deschutes 110 Inflatable Kayak on the Water

Smaller paddlers, or those needing less space, may want to take a look at the Deschutes 110. With a 11 foot waterline and, 37.5″ width, the Deschutes 110 is capable of carrying 300 lbs. See our detailed writeup on the Aquaglide Deschutes 110. MSRP is $599.99

Aquaglide Deschutes 130 Inflatable kayak - on the water

Larger paddlers may want to take a look at the Deschutes 130. With a 13 foot waterline and, 39″ width, the Deschutes 130 is capable of carrying 400 lbs. and offers huge amounts of storage space. See our detailed writeup on the Aquaglide Deschutes 130. MSRP is $699.99

Stay tuned, we’ll have the Deschutes 145 video out within a couple of weeks, as well as a comparison of the Deschutes 110 versus the Deschutes 130. More questions? Feel free to contact us or give us a call at 707-998-0135.

Late last summer, we were able to test out several of Aquaglide’s new inflatable kayaks for 2020. We were particularly intrigued with the Deschutes series featuring streamlined hulls that were lightweight, simple and quick to set up.

Aquaglide Deschutes 130 Inflatable kayak

 

This past week, the first of the new products began to arrive. Our previous review was on the Deschutes 110, so our second review will be the Deschutes 130, an open-style, 13-foot inflatable kayak designed for solo paddling. (Please note: some of the information will be repeated from other writeups.)

Getting Started with the Aquaglide Deschutes 130

We unpacked the box and laid out the pieces – inflatable kayak body, backpack, instructions, repair kit, tracking fin, seat, valve adaptor and a plastic splash guard. The repair kit features generous-sized repair patches, a valve wrench and glue. Initial impression – the kayak is nicely presented and packaged with bubble wrap protecting valves, handles, etc.

What's inside the Deschutes box

The kayak body weighs approximately 22 lbs with the seat adding another 2 lbs. The kayak with seat and fin – all in the backpack – weighs 27.5 lbs, with a folded size of 27 x 16 x 10 inches for the body only. Backpack size is roughly 27 x 22 x 18 inches, which can be cinched down. All boxed up, the dimensions are 31 x 18 x 16 inches with a shipping weight of 36 lbs. We were able to get everything – plus a pump and paddle – into the pack.

(AirKayaks Side note #1: When initially removing the kayak from the carrying case, take a good look at how the kayak is folded.)

The Deschutes 130 comes with an instruction manual, but as mentioned in our Deschutes 110 writeup, the instructions are pretty sketchy 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.

Unrolling the kayak

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

The instructions say to put the valve in the closed position and to pump up the sides to 3 PSI, but there are no details explaining this in the instructions.

Closing the valve

If you are unfamiliar with military-style valves, they are 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 Deschutes 130 military valves require a special adaptor, which is found in the repair kit. The Aquaglide military adaptor couples to the valve with a Boston valve adaptor; this is a common fitting, slightly conical and about 1/2 inch thick. Friction fit the adaptor onto the Boston valve fitting, then attach the fitting to the military valve with a slight twist. It is helpful to use a pump with pressure gauge to ensure the kayak is inflated appropriately.

Pumping up the main chamber

We closed the valve, attached the pump and began to inflate. It took 46 strokes with a double-action hand pump to reach 3 PSI on one side.

AirKayaks Note: 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.”

Pumping up the second chamber

We then inflated the second main tube, which also took 46 pumps.

As a side note, if you read our previous writeup on the Deschutes 110, we used the Kokopelli Feather pump to inflate the second chamber in 40 seconds, with a subsequent 10 further pumps with the double action hand pump. The feather pump is a very small (fits in your palm), rechargeable 12-volt battery that can inflate and deflate – we highly recommend it. See our detailed review on the Feather pump.

Pumping up the thwart

We then inflated the third chamber – the thwart – to 2.5 PSI with a quick 5 pumps.

Installing the seat

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

AirKayaks note: The instructions have a misprint – or rather a missing word – on the seat position. It should say for solo paddling, the seat should be placed just rear of center for best boat balance. But, this is somewhat of a moot point due to the location of the fixed thwart.

Attaching the seat straps

Position the seat forward a few inches from the thwart and attach the clips. If you’re taller, you might want to position the seat all the way back against the thwart.

Deck riser insert

Now install the unmarked plastic splash guard – which is not mentioned in the instructions. This is meant to stiffen the front visor.

Installing the deck riser

You will notice there is a velcroed flap on the underside of the visor – pull this open, and insert each side of the plastic strip into the two side pockets, then refasten the velcro, securing the strip.

Removable quick release tracking fin

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 down and back, until the hole in the fin plate lines up with the hole in the fin.

Installing the tracking fin

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.

As a last check, make sure the drain plug – located inside the back well of the kayak, is screwed in tightly, otherwise water will seep in.

Lightweight and easy to carry

That’s it! Quick and easy, just over 5 minutes and you’re ready to paddle.

Features and Specifications on the Aquaglide Deschutes 130 Inflatable Kayak

The Deschutes 130 is constructed with four molded carrying handles (bow, stern and both sides), but can very easily be carried by hooking the side of the kayak over your shoulder. The side handles are located roughly 81 inches from the kayak snout.

Beefed-up nose cones

The bow and stern of the kayak feature beefed-up nose cones.

Front deck lacing

Two splash decks – front and rear – extend partly over the seating well and help prevent water from splashing in. Each has a bungee deck-lacing system for attaching gear. The front deck extends 35 inches over the seating well. The bungee system features 10 soft cloth loops with deck-lacing approximately 23 inches long by 14 inches wide tapering to 3 inches.

Open cockpit design

The front splash deck features a 5 inch splash guard to help prevent water coming over the deck. There is one more cloth d-ring centered on the bow deck, which can be used to attach gear.

Rear bungee deck lacing

The rear deck extends 29 inches, with 8 soft cloth loops, a bungee system measuring 13 inches by 14 to 4 inches, and another centered cloth loop.

Side clips

There are two plastic d-rings (one each side) just forward of the side handles, and are used to attach the seat and possibly gear; these are positioned 76 inches from the nose.

Military valves

There are three military valves for the two side chambers and the thwart.

Padded seat with breathable mesh covering

The Deschutes series features a modified Core 2 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 new Core 2 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 15.5 inches with two inches of padding. The seat back is 13 inches tall with a 26″ wrap-around back, 1 inch thick. Two velcro strips on the floor and seat base keep the seat from slipping out of position. There are no storage options on the seat back, but possibly one could connect something to the seat buckles. The side straps can be adjusted about 6 inches forward of the thwart, based on the d-ring positions.

Integrated thwart stiffening bar

The floor in the seating area is constructed from a 1/2 inch grooved, closed-cell EVA foam which is laminated/adhered to the hull; it is not removable or inflatable. The narrow grooves create some grip when entering the kayak, as well as letting small amounts of water to run down the gunnels.

A rigid thwart bar is located on the floor, and could be used as a foot brace – if your legs are long enough. The thwart bar, thwart and laminated EVA foam (termed the Feather Frame) work together to create a lightweight, simple-to-set-up hull that can be easily rolled up, yet still provides a fair amount of rigidity.

Integrated inflatable thwart

An 8-inch diameter inflatable thwart is permanently fixed between the two side chambers. It is positioned 94 inches from the kayak nose and 54 inches from the tail.

Deep inside the rear well is one floor drain plug (not to be confused with self-bailing) which can be unscrewed/opened to let water out.

The backpack is quite roomy. Two-way zippers run along three sides, allowing the pack to be completely opened for easy access and stowage. Top, side and rear carrying handles provide a myriad of handling options, as well as two padded, adjustable backpack shoulder straps. A drawstring mesh pocket, approximately 14 x 18 inches deep, is perfect for storing a hand pump. Two adjustable cinch straps allow one to tighten the pack. Pack measurements are approximately 28 inches wide x 15 inches deep x 26 inches tall.

Rugged Duratex exterior

The kayak body features tubeless, welded, side chambers constructed from 1000 denier 850 GSM Duratex reinforced PVC with a smooth finish.

Rugged hull

The hull is a rugged, puncture-resistant 500 denier 600G Duratex reinforced PVC with removable tracking fin and 16-inch landing plate.

Removable Quick Release Tracking Fin

The tracking fin is hefty, measuring 5 x 11 inches with a quick-release locking pin.

Aquaglide Deschutes 130 Inflatable kayak

We did measurement tests. The kayak inflated is 13 feet long from end cap to end cap, and approximately 39 inches wide. The side bladders are roughly 10 inches in diameter, making the sides roughly 10 inches above the seating area.

Interior dimensions are approximately 130 inches long by approximately 19 inches at the widest point.

Rear storage well

The fixed thwart creates a rear well that is 52 inches long, roughly 19 inches wide tapering down to nothing; 26 inches behind the thwart is open, with the covered area about 7.5 inches deep in headroom.

Aquaglide 130 birds-eye view.

Dependent on where the seat is positioned (we put it a couple inches from the thwart), there is roughly 85 inches from the front seat back to the interior snout (33 inches of this is covered deck) or 44 inches to the front “floor bar”, with 39 inches from the bar to the interior snout (this could be used for storage). Seat back to the rear deck lacing is 37 inches while seat back to the front deck lacing area is 57 inches.

Weight limitation is 400 lbs for person and gear.

Aquaglide Deschutes 130 on the water

We took the Deschutes 130 out for a spin a couple of times.

Aquaglide Deschutes 130 Inflatable kayak - on the water

The first time was in slightly choppy water. As the kayak beam at 39 inches is pretty wide, we used a 240cm paddle rather than our standard 230cm. At my height of 5′ 4″, the kayak felt pretty rugged, solid and rode over the waves well. The kayak had good glide, was maneuverable and zippy, though slightly “drifty” in the snout; possibly weight would even this out.

I was not able to reach the thwart bar to use as a foot brace as it would have positioned me too far forward. I definitely could see the ability to bring a small child, dependent on your size, more towards the front deck.

The seat was comfortable and provided good support, but it is to be noted there are no storage options on the seat back. There are minimal d-rings on the kayak itself and both the front and rear bungee systems are quite far from the paddler, so slightly inconvenient to access. One option would be to run a strap around/under the thwart to attach gear. This would also be a good candidate for some aftermarket d-rings, which are pretty easy to install. See our article on Attaching D-rings to an Aquaglide SUP for details.

Rear storage well

Besides providing more storage area, the open rear well could easily fit a small person or large dog; the Duratex material is rugged enough to deflect claws. For reference – while certainly not the most comfortable position – I was able to fit behind the seat.

Stable

While the floor felt slightly “ripple-y” when getting into the kayak, once on the water it felt surprisingly rigid – in fact, I was able to stand up despite the fact there was not a high-pressure floor, in fact no inflatable floor at all!

Aquaglide Deschutes 130 Inflatable kayak - on the water

My 6’2″ husband then took the Deschutes out for a spin – and was thoroughly impressed! The open cockpit allowed him to easily get in and out without feeling cramped, and he found it to paddle very well without experiencing the “drift.” With his knees slightly bent, he was able to utilize the floor bar as a foot rest. As he was using a 240cm paddle, he did not notice the width as being a problem. He did wish it had paddle holders.

One thing to note – the decks dip slightly, which can allow water to pool. While I did not notice water coming into the kayak, if this becomes an issue, a pool noodle underneath – or a pack – would lift the deck allowing water to run off.

Easy to roll up

Last of all, the kayak is very easy to fold up, simply fold it in half (or bring the sides into each other) and roll it up.The bag is spacious enough to carry the seat, a pump and paddle, and opens wide enough to easily get the kayak back into the pack.

Bottom line on the AquaGlide Deschutes 130

Aquaglide Deschutes 130 Inflatable kayak - on the water

If you’re looking for a no-fuss, easy-to set up and quick-to-breakdown, lightweight, recreational kayak – look no further. It’s a minimalist that paddles very will, is maneuverable and really shines when it comes to room for a larger paddler, lots of gear or a small friend – or all three!

Lightweight and easy to carry

With a “tubeless” construction, the kayak is lighter than those with removable bladders, and less likely to have twisting problems during setup. There are no neoprene knuckleguards or paddleholders, but the Duratex smooth skin is less abrasive to touch.

The two deck lacing systems can be used to carry a fair amount of gear, as well as the two “under the deck” open areas. While the storage areas are fairly far from the paddler, gear could be attached to a strap wrapped around the thwart. The addition of after-market d-rings is a fairly simple process and would really enhance the kayak.

Easy to get into

The open cockpit design will appeal to those who are uncomfortable being enclosed, paddlers who need easy entry and exit (such as seniors or those with physical limitations), or those in need of a quick dip on a hot summer day.

The laminated floor and integrated thwart provide rigidity, without the added time time or expense of an inflatable floor.

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.

Easily fits in the trunk of a small car.

Breakdown is just as simple. Drying time is improved by the Duratex smooth-skin, as well as the fact there are minimal areas for water to hide. It rolls up quickly and surprisingly well, easily fitting into the trunk of a small car, an RV or an option for vacation travel.

Aquaglide Deschutes 130 Inflatable kayak - on the water

Street price is $699.99. For more details or to purchase, visit the AquaGlide Deschutes 130 product page at AirKayaks.com.

The Deschutes comes in two other sizes.

Aquaglide Deschutes 110 Inflatable Kayak on the Water

Smaller paddlers, or those needing less space, may want to take a look at the Deschutes 110. With a 11 foot waterline and, 37.5″ width, the Deschutes 110 is capable of carrying 300 lbs. See our detailed writeup on the Aquaglide Deschutes 110. MSRP is $599.99

Aquaglide Deschutes 145 inflatable tandem kayak

The Deschutes 145 is set up for tandem paddling, with a 14.5 foot length, 40 inch width and a capacity of 600 lbs. MSRP is $799.99.

Stay tuned, we’ll have the Deschutes 130 video out within a couple of weeks, as well as the Deschutes 145 writeup. More questions? Feel free to contact us or give us a call at 707-998-0135.

Earlier this year we posted details on Aquaglide’s inflatable kayak and paddle board product line for 2020, which included the introduction of seven new models, a facelift for three models and the retirement of 6 models.

Aquaglide Deschutes 110 inflatable kayak

This past week, the first of the new products began to arrive. Our initial choice for review was the Deschutes 110, an open-style, 11-foot inflatable kayak designed for solo paddling. (Please note: some of the information will be repeated from other writeups.)

Getting Started with the Aquaglide Deschutes 110

We unpacked the box and laid out the pieces – inflatable kayak body, backpack, instructions, repair kit, tracking fin, seat, valve adaptor and a plastic splash guard. First thing to note – the kayak is nicely packaged with bubble wrap protecting valves, handles, etc. Also to note – the repair kit features generous-sized repair patches, a valve wrench and glue.

What's inside the Deschutes 110 box

Initial measurements showed the kayak body weighs approximately 18.8 lbs with the seat adding another 2 lbs. The kayak with seat and fin – all in the backpack – weighs 24.45 lbs. Backpack size is roughly 27 x 22 x 18 inches, which can be cinched down. All boxed up, the dimensions are 31 x 18 x 14 inches with a shipping weight of 32 lbs. We were able to get everything – plus a pump and paddle – into the pack.

(AirKayaks Side note #1: When initially removing the kayak from the carrying case, take a good look at how the kayak is folded.)

While familiar with most of the Aquaglide products, we began by reading the included instructions. Here we came to our first issue – the instructions are pretty sketchy 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.

Unrolling the Deschutes 110 body

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

The instructions say to put the valve in the closed position and to pump up the sides to 3 PSI – but there is no diagram or explanation of what “closed” means.

Closing the 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 Deschutes 110 military valves require a special adaptor, which is found in the repair kit. The Aquaglide military adaptor couples to the valve with a Boston valve adaptor; this is a common fitting, slightly conical and about 1/2 inch thick. Friction fit the adaptor onto the Boston valve fitting, then attach the fitting to the military valve with a slight twist. It is helpful to use a pump with pressure gauge to ensure the kayak is inflated appropriately.

Pumping up the first side chamber

We closed the valve, attached the pump and began to inflate. It took 34 strokes with a double-action hand pump to reach 3 PSI on one side. This is where we came to our second issue – the hose popped off the friction fit adaptor, and all the air swhooshed out.

AirKayaks Note: 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.”

The Kokopelli Feather pump fits in your palm.

We then inflated the second main tube. Here, we decided to test out our favorite new gadget, the Kokopelli Feather pump. The feather pump is a very small (fits in your palm), rechargeable 12-volt battery that can inflate and deflate.

Using the Kokopelli Feather Pump

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 40 seconds, the tube had fairly much filled out, so we quickly twisted the plunger to the closed position (air doesn’t come back out). We then topped it off to 3 PSI with 10 quick pumps using the hand pump. Very nice! See our detailed review on the Feather pump.

Pumping up the thwart

We then inflated the third chamber – the thwart – to 2.5 PSI with a quick 5 pumps.

Installing the seat

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

AirKayaks note: The instructions have a misprint – or rather a missing word – on the seat position. It should say for solo paddling, the seat should be placed just rear of center for best boat balance. But, this is somewhat of a moot point due to the location of the fixed thwart.

Attaching the seat straps

Position the seat back a few inches from the thwart and attach the clips – taller paddlers may want to position the seat all the way to the thwart.

Deck riser insert

Now install the unmarked plastic splash guard – which is not mentioned in the instructions. This is meant to stiffen the front visor.

Installing the deck riser insert

You will notice there is a velcroed flap on the underside of the visor – pull this open, and insert each side of the plastic strip into the two side pockets, then refasten the velcro, securing the strip.

Removable quick release tracking fin

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.

Installing the tracking 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.

As a last check, make sure the drain plug – located inside the back well of the kayak, is screwed in tightly, otherwise water will seep in.

Lightweight and easy to carry

That’s it! Quick and easy, just over 5 minutes and you’re ready to paddle.

Features and Specifications on the Aquaglide Deschutes 110 Inflatable Kayak

The Deschutes 110 is constructed with four molded carrying handles (bow, stern and both sides), but can very easily be carried by hooking the side of the kayak over your shoulder. The side handles are located roughly 65 inches from the kayak snout.

Molded cones and handles

The bow and stern of the kayak feature beefed-up nose cones.

Rear bungee deck lacing

Two splash decks – front and rear – extend partly over the seating well and help prevent water from splashing in. Each has a bungee deck-lacing system for attaching gear. Each deck extends over the seating well roughly 32-33 inches and features 10 soft cloth loops with deck-lacing approximately 20 inches long by 17 inches wide tapering to 4 inches.

Front bungee deck-lacing

The front splash deck features a 5 inch splash guard to help prevent water coming over the deck. There is one more cloth d-ring centered on the bow and stern decks, which can be used to attach gear.

There are two plastic d-rings (one each side) just forward of the side handles, and are used to attach the seat and possibly gear; these are positioned 57 inches from the snout.

Military valve

There are three military valves for the two side chambers and the thwart.

Padded seat with mesh cover for breathability

The Deschutes series features a modified Core 2 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 new Core 2 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 15.5 inches with two inches of padding. The seat back is 13 inches tall with a 26″ wrap-around back, 1 inch thick. Two velcro strips on the floor and seat base keep the seat from slipping out of position. There are no storage options on the seat back, but possibly one could connect something to the seat buckles. The side straps can be adjusted about 11 inches, with an extra 5 inches of strap left when the seat is positioned fully against the thwart.

EVA foam floor with grooves

The floor in the seating area is constructed from a 1/2 inch grooved, closed-cell EVA foam which is laminated/adhered to the hull; it is not removable or inflatable. The narrow grooves create some grip when entering the kayak, as well as letting small amounts of water to run down the gunnels.

A rigid thwart bar is located on the floor, and could be used as a foot brace. The thwart bar, thwart and laminated EVA foam (termed the Feather Frame) work together to create a lightweight, simple-to-set-up hull that can be easily rolled up, yet still provides a fair amount of rigidity.

Deschutes 110 thwart

An 8-inch diameter inflatable thwart is permanently fixed between the two side chambers. It is positioned 80 inches from the kayak nose and 46 inches from the tail.

Deep inside the rear well is one floor drain plug (not to be confused with self-bailing) which can be unscrewed/opened to let water out.

The backpack is quite roomy. Two-way zippers run along three sides, allowing the pack to be completely opened for easy access and stowage. Top, side and rear carrying handles provide a myriad of handling options, as well as two padded, adjustable backpack shoulder straps. A drawstring mesh pocket, approximately 14 x 18 inches deep, is perfect for storing a hand pump. Two adjustable cinch straps allow one to tighten the pack. Pack measurements are approximately 28 inches wide x 15 inches deep x 26 inches tall.

Rugged Duratex tubes

The kayak body features tubeless, welded, side chambers constructed from 1000 denier 850 GSM Duratex reinforced PVC with a smooth finish.

Underside of Aquaglide Deschutes kayka

The hull is a rugged, puncture-resistant 500 denier 600G Duratex reinforced PVC with removable tracking fin and 16-inch landing plate.

Removable Quick Release Tracking Fin

The tracking fin is hefty, measuring 5 x 11 inches with a quick-release locking pin.

Aquaglide Deschutes 110 Inflatable Kayak

We did measurement tests. The kayak inflated is just about 11 feet long from end cap to end cap, and approximately 37.5 inches wide (specs say 11 ft x 34 inches wide.) The side bladders are roughly 9.5 inches in diameter, making the sides roughly 9.5 inches above the seating area.

Interior dimensions are approximately 122 inches long by approximately 18 inches at the widest point.

Deschutes 110 inflatable kayak

The fixed thwart creates a rear well that is 42 inches long, roughly 17 inches wide tapering down to nothing; 13 inches behind the thwart is open, with the covered area about 7.5 inches deep in headroom.

Dependent on where the seat is positioned (we put it a couple inches from the thwart), there is roughly 70 inches from the front seat back to the interior snout (29 inches of this is covered deck) or 36 inches to the front “floor bar”. There is 19 inches from the seat back to the rear deck lacing.

Weight limitation is 300 lbs for person and gear.

Deschutes 110 on the water

We took the Deschutes 110 out for a spin a couple of times.

Aquaglide Deschutes 100 Inflatable Kayak on the Water

The first time was in slightly choppy water. At my height of 5′ 4″, the kayak felt pretty rugged, solid and rode over the waves well. The kayak had good glide, was very maneuverable and very zippy, though slightly “drifty” in the snout; possibly weight would even this out. As the kayak has more beam than the stated specs (37.5″ rather than 34 inches). I did feel the kayak was slightly wider than optimum – possibly a cushion under the seat or a longer paddle would help. (AirKayaks Update: I did try using the Aquaglide Pro-Formance Seat with inflatable base, as well as a 240cm paddle. The Pro-Formance seat inflated made the center of gravity higher, and thus the kayak felt slightly tippy/unbalanced. The longer 240cm (rather than the standard 230cm) paddle worked best.)

Aquaglide Deschutes 100 Inflatable Kayak on the Water

The second time was in calm water, and this time I put a pack under the front deck. The added weight slowed down the kayak slightly, but also improved the tracking.

The floor bar worked fairly well as a foot brace for my height.

The seat was comfortable and provided good support, but it is to be noted there are no storage options on the seat back. There are minimal d-rings on the kayak itself and both the front and rear bungee systems are quite far from the paddler, so slightly inconvenient to access. This would be a good candidate for some aftermarket d-rings, which are pretty easy to install. Read our write up on installing d-rings on an Aquaglide paddle board.

Cargo well behind thwart

Besides providing more storage area, the rear well behind the seat could easily fit a small to medium-sized dog; the Duratex material is rugged enough to deflect claws.

Stable enough to stand up

While the floor felt slightly “gooshy” when getting into the kayak, once on the water it felt surprisingly rigid – in fact, I was able to stand up fairly well despite the fact there was not a high-pressure floor, in fact no inflatable floor at all!

Aquaglide Deschutes 100 Inflatable Kayak on the Water

My husband then took the Deschutes out for a spin. The open cockpit allowed him to easily get in and out without feeling cramped, and he found it to paddle very well without experiencing the “drift.” At his height of 6’2″, his legs were too long to utilize the floor bar as a foot rest, but his feet fit over it and he did not notice this as an issue. He also felt it was slightly wide.

One thing to note – the decks dip slightly, which can allow water to pool. While I did not notice water coming into the kayak, if this becomes an issue, a pool noodle underneath – or a pack – would lift the deck allowing water to run off.

Last of all, the kayak is very easy to fold up, and actually rolls up to a much smaller package than one would imagine possible. The bag is spacious enough to carry the seat, a pump and paddle, and opens wide enough to easily get the kayak back into the pack.

Bottom line on the AquaGlide Deschutes 110

The Deschutes 110 is a minimalist that fills a gap in the Aquaglide product line – it’s a no-fuss, simple, easy to set up and quick-to-breakdown, lightweight, recreational kayak. It paddles well and is very maneuverable.

Lightweight

With a “tubeless” construction, the kayak is lighter than those with removable bladders, and less likely to have twisting problems during setup. There are no neoprene knuckleguards or paddleholders, but the Duratex smooth skin is less abrasive to touch and makes drying time much quicker.

The two deck lacing systems can be used to carry a fair amount of gear, as well as the two “under the deck” open areas.

Aquaglide Deschutes 100 Inflatable Kayak on the Water

The open cockpit design will appeal to those who are uncomfortable being enclosed, paddlers who need easy entry and exit (such as seniors or those with physical limitations), or those in need of a quick dip on a hot summer day.

Thwart and rear well

The laminated floor and integrated thwart provide rigidity, without the added time time or expense of an inflatable floor.

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.

Easily fits in the trunk of a small car.

Breakdown is just as simple. Drying time is improved by the Duratex smooth-skin, as well as the fact there are minimal areas for water to hide. It rolls up quickly and surprisingly well, easily fitting into the trunk of a small car, an RV or an option for vacation travel.

Aquaglide Deschutes 100 Inflatable Kayak on the Water

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

The Deschutes comes in two other sizes.

Aquaglide Deschutes 130 inflatable kayak

Larger paddlers may want to take a look at the Deschutes 130. With a 13 foot waterline and, 39″ width, the Deschutes 130 is capable of carrying 400 lbs. MSRP is $699.99

Aquaglide Deschutes 145 inflatable tandem kayak

The Deschutes 145 is set up for tandem paddling, with a 14.5 foot length, 40 inch width and a capacity of 600 lbs. MSRP is $799.99.

Stay tuned, we’ll have the Deschutes 110 video out within a couple of weeks, as well as the Deschutes 130 and 145 writeups. More questions? Feel free to Contact Us or give us a call at 707-998-0135.

Posted by: airkayaks | February 5, 2020

Rugged New Kokopelli XPD Inflatable Packraft

One of the exciting new models we’ve seen for 2020 is Kokopelli Packraft’s rugged XPD Packraft, featuring a beefed up hull which can be inflated to higher pressures of 2 to 3 PSI.

This week, Kokopelli launched a Kickstarter Campaign to boost awareness of the XPD, which is expected to arrive later this spring.

Folds up into a small parcel

What’s so special? While the XPD packraft is based on the Kokopelli Rogue-Lite profile, the XPD features a more beefed-up construction for rigorous use on flat water and lakes through Class II. The hull is constructed from a reinforced 0.9mm (1000 denier) PVC, yet still packs down to the size of a large sleeping bag, roughly 22 x 12 x 8 inches in size. The XPD sports GRI push-push military valves, rather than the Leafield D4 valves found on the previous packrafts. Dimensions are the same as the popular Rogue Lite at 85 by 37 inches, but weighs in at 13 lbs with a payload of 300 lbs.

We were able to see an initial model last fall, when Kokopelli’s Sales Manager – Andrew Duran – flew a prototype out to California for us to test out.

Kokopelli's new XPD Packraft on the water.

Our first take on the XPD? It fills a niche for recreational flatwater paddling that is portable and fun. It’s rugged, very simple to set up, easy to get into, lightweight and zippy. As someone once said, “It turns on a dime and gives you back change.”

The open design is perfect for those who have physical disabilities or dislike being enclosed. It is easily paddled by large and small (my 6’2″ husband in the XPD above) older and younger, and it’s rugged enought to hand over to the kids or to take a furry companion.

Kokopelli's new XPD Packraft is lightweight

And it’s just heavy enough to seat itself in the water, yet – at 13 lbs – light enough to toss around. Check out the following video:

 

The XPD will be available in two colors – red and green – both with and without tizip. MSRP is $749 and $899 respectively.

See the Kokopelli Packraft XPD Kickstarter Campaign, and also check out our wordpress blog on the Kokopelli Packraft 2020 Product Line.

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

The XPDs are expected to be available at AirKayaks.com in late spring. Need more info? Feel free to Contact Us or give us a call at 707-998-0135.

Posted by: airkayaks | January 4, 2020

The 2020 Inflatable Kayak & SUP Market – What’s New

We begin 2020 with a look at some of the upcoming new inflatable kayak and SUP models that will be arriving at AirKayaks in the next few months.

Advanced Elements

Advanced Elements StraitEdge 2 Pro

Advanced Elements will be introducing the StraitEdge 2 Pro – a 13-foot, high-pressure model for solo or tandem paddling. Weighing in at 41 lbs with a weight capacity of 500 lbs, the new StraitEdge 2 Pro features a more open design and more interior space. The Pro comes with open/close self-bailing ports, two foot peg systems, high-backed lumbar seats with padded bases and a backpack. MSRP is $999. Look for this in March.

Aquaglide

For 2020, Aquaglide’s inflatable kayak line has undergone a major redesign, with the retirement of 6 models, a facelift for 3 models, and the introduction of 7 new models.

AquaGlide McKenzie 105 inflatable whitewater kayak

The Columbia, Klickitat and Rogue models have been retired. The Klickitat self-bailers will be replaced with the McKenzie whitewater line.

AquaGlide Navarro 145 XL Inflatable Kayak

The Columbia line has been replaced with the Navarros. Available in three models – two singles (Navarro 110 and Navarro 130) and a double (Navarro 145) – the recreational line now sports high-pressure floors as well as enclosed decks. The two larger models have removable deck options. Prices are $599.99, $699.99 and $799.99 respectively.

AquaGlide Chinoo

The Chinook series has a new look and color scheme, with increased pricing on the two larger models – Chinook 100 and Chinook 120XL – to $449.99 and $549.99 respectively. The Chinook 90 remains at $349.99.

AquaGLide Deschute 110 Inflatable Kayak

The new Deschutes line features three models – Deschutes 110 and Deschutes 130 single kayaks and the Deschutes 145 tandem. The Deschutes are an innovative line consisting of simple-to-setup, lightweight, recreational kayaks that are easy to dry and more packable. MSRP is $599, $699 and $799 respectively.

AquaGlide's new Noyo inflatable kayak

The entry-level, sporty little Noyo rounds out the line at $379.99

The paddle board line remains the same, except for the removal of the Cascade 11 WindSup.

The new kayaks will be arriving in late January through March. For further details on the new kayaks and changes, see our article AquaGlide Inflatable Kayak and SUP Product Line for 2020.

Hala Gear

There are no changes to the Hala inflatable SUP line for 2020 – Hala operates on a two-year design run, so look for updates in 2021.

Innova

2019 featured major changes to Innova Kayak, with many models crossing over to the rugged Nitrilon material. For 2020, the Innova kayak linueup remains the same except for the introduction of two new models.

Innova Rush 2 Inflatable Kayak

The Innova Rush and Rush II inflatable kayaks feature high-pressure, dropstitch floors and removable decks. The 11’8″ Rush solo is similar in design to the current Swings. The 13’9″ Rush Tandem can be paddled solo or double and features an optional removable single or double deck. Prices are $899 and $1429 respectively. The optional decks range from $229 to $329.

Further details on the Rush can be seen in this video:

Kokopelli Packraft

For 2020, Kokopelli continues to streamline their current packrafts – as well as expand into the inflatable kayak market – with the addition of two new models, graphic updates, some material changes and pricing increases.

Kokopelli Moki I inflatable kayaks

The biggest change is in the Kokopelli Lake series with the introduction of Kokopelli’s first inflatable kayak – the Moki – designed to fill-in gaps to the product line. The 12-ft. Moki is a high-pressure kayak designed for flatwater paddling through Class II, with options for a zip-on deck. MSRP is $799 for the kayak, $149.95 for the deck.

Kokopelli XPD Inflatable Packraft

The 2020 Adventure series now consists of three models – Rogue, Rogue-Lite, and the new XPD Packraft. Based on the Rogue-Lite profile, the XPD features a more beefed-up construction for rigorous use on flat water and lakes through Class II, yet packs down to the size of a large sleeping bag. MSRP is $749.

The existing packrafts – Rogues, Rogue Lites, Nirvanas and Twain – have refreshed logos and are moving to a more rugged floor material. The Recon remains the same.

The 2020 products should be available in late March. For more details, see our 2020 Kokopelli Inflatable Packraft Product Line – What’s New.

NRS/Star Inflatables

Several models in the NRS/Star Inflatables line will continue unchanged, including the Raven, Raven II and Viper.

Star Inflatables Paragon KayakThe open-design 2019 Paragon series has been revamped to be more “recreational touring” friendly. The mesh, self-bailing ports have been removed, and the kayaks now feature foot pegs. The three Paragon high-pressure products include the Paragon, Paragon XL and the Paragon Tandem at 11’2 (blue or lime); 13’6 (blue or red) and 15 feet (blue or red) respectively. Prices are $895, $995 and $1095 respectively. The new Paragons should be available in early 2020.

Star Inflatable Viper XL Whitewater Kayak

NRS is also introducing the Viper XL, a high-pressure, whitewater kayak with eight more inches in length and an aggressive rocker design. The STAR Viper XL Inflatable Kayak is built for bigger paddlers looking for an inflatable that can ride over waves, punch through holes, surf and ferry like a hard-shell. MSRP $1095.

Red Paddle Co

For 2020, Red Paddle Company raises the bar by offering an unheard-of 5 year warranty on all 2020 Red Paddle boards (with product registration).

2020 Red Paddle Sport 11-3 Limited Edition Inflatable SUP

The 2020 product line continues with 24 models for surfing, whitewater, recreation, touring and racing, ranging in size from 8’10″ to to 22’0″. This includes the introduction of one new limited edition color scheme with the Sport 11’3, revamped graphics unifying the product line appearance while keeping subtle differentiations between paddling categories, and added features on several of the models. Prices are remaining the same.

The Red Paddle Co 2020 product line is now in stock. For further details, also see our article 2020 Red Paddle Company Inflatable SUP Boards – What’s New.

Looking to save some money? Many of the past season models – including Aquaglide, Red Paddle Co, Innova and Kokopelli – are on sale from 15% to 25% off. See details in our AirKayaks Closeout Section or our Specials and Promos page. You can also contact us to get on the notification list.

Posted by: airkayaks | December 29, 2019

AquaGlide Inflatable Kayak and SUP Product Line for 2020

We recently received details on AquaGlide’s inflatable kayak and paddle board product line for 2020.

AquaGlide 2020 product line of inflatables

Originally a division of North Sports Inc, the Aquaglide brand has grown steadily to encompass water sports products such as commercial and residential water trampolines, tow toys, recreational water equipment and the highly popular Multisport 270 – an inflatable windsurf/sailboat/pull toy/kayak combo.

Last summer, the North Sports product line, including the AquaGlide series, was purchased by Connelly Skis of Lynwood, Washington. Established in 1965, Connelly Skis is well known for their water skis and water sports equipment.

20% off select 2019 AquaGlide Kayaks at Airkayaks.com

Now entering the seventh season, AquaGlide’s paddling line of inflatable kayaks and SUPs has dramatically expanded the options available to water enthusiasts looking for portability.

AquaGlide's 2020 Chinook 120 XL inflatable kayaks

For 2020, the AquaGlide inflatable kayak line has undergone a major redesign, with the retirement of 6 models, a facelift for 3 models, and the introduction of 7 new models. The paddle board line remains the same, except for the removal of the Cascade 11 WindSup.

Biggest news is the introduction of two new series, the Deschutes and the Navarros. The Deschutes consist of simple-to-setup, lightweight, recreational kayaks while the Navarros are high pressure models with the ability to use zip-in spray decks for enclosed solo or tandem paddling.

AquaGlide Deschutes 130

The Deschutes line features three kayak models with Aquaglide’s innovative new “feather” frame. The kayaks are constructed with Duratex fabric-reinforced PVC main chambers and a non-removable, non-inflatable EVA foam floor. Integrated, inflatable cross piece(s) provide structural stability. This results in a kayak that is very easy to inflate (two main chambers and thwart), lighter weight (no separate floor), very easy to dry and more packable. Other features include a removable tracking fin, military valves, rear storage well, Core 2.0 seat, splash guards, molded handles, bungee lacing and drain wells.

AquaGLide Deschute 110 Inflatable Kayak

The Deschutes 110 is for solo paddling, measuring 11 feet by 34 inches with a 300 lb payload and three chambers (2 side chambers and a thwart). Retail price is $599.99.

AquaGLide Deschutes 130 inflatable kayak

The Deschutes 130 is a roomier single for larger paddlers or those needing room for gear. With a 13 foot waterline, 39″ width and three chambers (2 side chambers and a thwart), the Deschutes 130 is capable of carrying 400 lbs. MSRP is $699.99

AquaGlide Deschutes 145 XL inflatable tandem kayak

The Deschutes 145 is set up for tandem paddling, with a 14.5 foot length, 40 inch width and a capacity of 600 lbs. There are four inflation chambers – two sides and two thwarts. MSRP is $799.99.

AquaGlide's new Navarro series of inflatable kayaks

AquaGlide’s Navarro series consists of three high-pressure recreational decked models. The Navarro’s feature 600 denier ripstop shells, 6 PSI floors, Boston and military valves, bungee deck lacing, integrated storage hatches, paddle holders, removable tracking fins, Core 2.0 seats, cockpit drain, molded handles and the ability to use a spray skirt.

AquaGLide Navarro 110 inflatable kayak

The Navarro 110 is for solo paddling, measuring 11’4″ by 34 inches with three inflation chambers (two main tubes and floor), an enclosed, fixed deck and a 300 lb. payload. MSRP is $599.99

AquaGlide Navarro 130 Inflatable Kayak

The Navarro 130 is also for solo paddling, featuring a longer waterline of 13′ x 39 inches and more open seating for larger paddlers or those needing more room for gear. An optional, zippering solo deck can be purchased to create more enclosed seating with the ability to add a spray skirt. MSRP is $699 while the optional deck is $79.99.

AquaGlide Navarro 145 XL Inflatable Kayak

The Navarro 145 is for solo or tandem paddling, sporting a 14’5″ length, 40″ width and 600 lb payload. The open cockpit design features optional single and double zip-in decks for more enclosed paddling, and the ability to add spray skirts. There are 5 chambers (two main bladders, high pressure floor and two deck lifts). The added length also allows one to carry more gear, or a small child/dog. MSRP is $799.99 while the optional decks are $99.99 (single) and $129.99 (double).

AquaGlide's new 2020 inflatable kayaks

The current Klickitat whitewater series is being replaced with the MacKenzie self-bailers. Each of the kayaks is built with Duratex fabric-reinforced PVC main chambers, ibeam floors, Core 2.0 seat, removable fin, four self-bailing mesh ports, molded handles, military valves, d-rings and tie down straps. The fin can be removed for whitewater conditions, or installed for flat water paddling.

AquaGlide McKenzie 105 inflatable whitewater kayak

The MacKenzie 105 is designed for solo paddling and features a 10’2 inch length, 33.5″ width, three inflation chambers (two sides and floor) and 300 lb capacity. MSRP is $749.99.

AquaGlide McKenzie 145 inflatable self-bailing kayak

The MacKenzie 125 can be used as a solo or tandem, sporting a 12’2″ length, 34.5 inch width, 3 inflation chambers (two sides and floor) and 600 lb payload. MSRP in $899.99.

AquaGlide's new Noyo inflatable kayak

Also new is the Noyo 90, an entry-level, recreational, decked model which is 9′ long with a 35″ width and 250 lb capacity. The Noyo features an enclosed deck with coaming, Core 2 seat, Boston valves, removable fin, d-rings, webbed handles, zip storage, bungee lacing, low pressure floor and paddle holders. MSRP is $379.99.

AquaGlide Chnook 100 inflatable kayak

The entry level Chinook recreational line has undergone a major facelift along with some tweaks to the design. The Chinook 90 solo remains at the current price of $349.99, while the Chinook 100 and Chinook 125 solo/tandem models have slight increases to $449.99 and $549.99 respectively.

AquaGlide Chelan 155 HB XL Inflatable Kayak

The Columbia line and Rogue 2 are being retired, while the high-pressure Chelan touring series – Chelan 110, Chelan 140 and Chelan 155 XL – and the Blackfoot angler series – Blackfoot 95 and Blackfoot 125 XL – remain unchanged.

The new models will be available on the AirKayaks website in early 2020. Stay tuned for details or you can get on our Notification List as info becomes available.

Interested in saving some money? We are currently offering 20% off the retired models – Chinooks, Rogue 2, Cascade 11WS and Klickitats – while supplies last.

Posted by: airkayaks | November 22, 2019

15 Gift Ideas for Stand-up Paddle Board Lovers

Short on time and a long list of gifts to search for? We’ve updated our list of 15 Gift Ideas for Paddle Board Lovers at AirKayaks for 2019 – these include gifts in a wide range of prices, certain to make that special person happy! Our focus is on portable options for those planning on travel or short on space, though many can be used by all paddle boarders. Seattle Sports Waterproof Cell Phone Case

1) Seattle Sports E-Merse XL Original Cell Phone Waterproof Case – $19.95
The Seattle Sports E-Merse R/S Original XL Cell Phone Waterproof Case offers maximum, submersible, waterproof protection for your electronics and valuables when properly closed. Use your cell phone while on the water – text, call and access APPS right through the case!

Advanced Elements Coil Ankle Leash

2) Advanced Elements Coiled Ankle Leash – $34.99
A 9 ft adjustable, coiled recreational paddle board leash designed to prevent excess drag while keeping you comfortably tethered to your paddle board. Comes with storage bag. Weight: 8.8 oz.

 

Red Paddle Co Schrader Valve Attachment

3) Red Paddle Co Schrader Valve Adaptor – $34.95
Easily pump up your high-pressure inflatable paddle board! The Schrader valve adaptor attaches to a standard bike, tire pump or air compressor, allowing you to pump up to high pressures without all the back strain. Works with Halkey Roberts military valves.

TRiB Outdoor AirCap Pressure Gauge

4) TRiB Outdoor airCap Solar-Powered HR Pressure Gauge – $34.95

Take the guess-work out of inflation with the solar-powered airCap pressure gauge – for Halkey-Roberts, Summit II and other valves. Measures up to 20 psi, making it ideal for a range of inflatable craft including rafts, IKs, SUPs and RIBs.

Red Paddle Original Dry Bag5) Red Paddle Co Original Dry Bags – $39 to $79.

A great solution for keeping gear dry no matter where your outdoor adventure may be.  Comes with a padded shoulder strap which can be attached to the d-rings on the bag or stored inside when not needed. Handy internal pocket. When the bag is closed, the top can also be used as a carry handle. Available in 10 liter, 30 liter and 60 liter sizes.

6) Advanced Elements Atomic Breakdown SUP Paddle – $49.95

Perfect for traveling, varying water conditions or for family members of various heights. The two-piece construction features an adjustability level of 70 to 85 inches at a price that won’t break your budget.

MTI Adventurewear Journey Life Vest7) MTI Adventurewear Journey PFD Life Vest – $54.95

Weighing only a pound, this stripped-down life vest features a slim fit with ergo-dynamically contoured front panels, phone pocket and tethered whistle. Made from PVC-free, ECO-float foam.

 

Red Paddle Co Original Board Lock

8) Red Paddle Co Original Board Cable Lock – $59

Ensure your inflatable SUP is secure with the Red Paddle Co Original Board Lock. The 11 ft/340 cm length makes it possible to secure one or multiple boards at once – simply loop through the ankle leash d-ring(s). A programmable combination lock can be set to a code of your choice, reducing the likelihood of theft.

MTI Inflatable Belt Pack9) MTI Adventurewear 16G Inflatable Belt Pack PFD – $69.95

MTI Adventurewear’s new 16G Inflatable Belt Pack is a low profile, compact design providing 16.5 lbs of inflation with a pillow-style bladder. Fits adult universal with 30-52″ chest size, belt length 58.5 inches. Great for stand-up paddleboarding, fishing, kayaking and general boating. Simply wear it like a belt by passing it around your waist and buckling it to close, then tighten for a snug fit.

AquaGLide Turbo HP Pump

10) AquaGlide 12V Two-Stage Turbo High-Pressure Electric Pump – $139.95

A powerful 12v electric pump designed for quick inflation of watersport inflatables utilizing high-pressure military valves.  Comes with two adaptors – HR-type high-pressure and screw-on. Uses heavy duty cable and alligator clips to connect to boat or car battery. SUP electric pump inflates from 1 PSI up to 20 PSI in minutes.

 

New Titan SUP Pump from Red Paddle Co

11) Red Paddle Co Dual Cylinder Titan Pump – $149.95

Easily pump your inflatable SUP up to higher pressures while saving nearly 40% in time. A unique dual-barrel action allows one to use both barrels to quickly fill the board, then switch to one barrel to top it off to higher pressures. Now comes with multiple adaptors for use with inflatable kites and kayaks.

Accent Indy Tour Carbon Breakdown Paddle

12) Accent Indy Tour Adjustable Carbon 3pc Breakdown SUP Paddle 70-86″ – $229

Designed to accommodate a wide range of paddler heights and water conditions! Only 27 ozs – a stiff and lightweight, adjustable carbon SUP paddle, ideal for cruising yet breaks down for travel!
The Indy Tour series of SUP paddles provide paddlers of all skill levels the highest level of construction at an affordable price.The Accent Indy Tour incorporates advanced design features with a carbon blend shaft to transfer more of your paddling power to the water for a more efficient stroke.

Red Paddle Co Carbon 100 Breakdown Paddle

13) Red Paddle 2019 Carbon 100 Adjustable Travel Paddle 71-86″ – $329

A stiff, lightweight carbon paddle for high-end performance – perfect for travel, only 29 oz. The Red Paddle Carbon 100 performance paddle uses a carbon weave for greater strength while keeping the paddle super light and responsive. The carbon teardrop blade shape with a single dihedral blade face allows water to flow evenly off each side creating a smooth and stable stroke even when power paddling.14) Hala Rival “Straight to the Water” Paddle Board Packages – Now $1019.15

Five different models to choose from for a wide range of activities – yoga, recreational, touring and mild surf, each comes with roller backpack, high-pressure pump, gauge and breakdown carbon paddle.

And the ultimate ….

Red Paddle Co 2020 Ride Inflatable SUPs

15) Red Paddle Co 2020 Ride 10-6 Inflatable Paddle Board – $1299 (with free $199 value carbon paddle)

A number one best seller and all-round great paddle board. An 18-20 PSI rigid, stable and versatile 10’6″ inflatable SUP, now a mere 20 lbs. Bungee deck lacing, fixed fins, ankle leash d-ring and low profile traction pad. Comes with the dual-barrel Titan pump and roller-wheeled backpack, great for travel. Free carbon breakdown paddle ($199 value)! AirKayaks note: The 2018/2019 Red Paddle Co line is currently on sale at 20% off. Now is a great time to purchase a past-season Ride 10-6 at $1039 – comes with a free $199 value carbon breakdown paddle1

Check our more paddle boarding gift ideas on our website at AirKayaks.com.

Posted by: airkayaks | November 21, 2019

10 Neat Gift Ideas Under $25 for Paddlers

It’s “that time” again, and the pressure is mounting to find the perfect gift for a fellow paddler. AirKayaks has updated the Guide to 10 Neat Paddling Gift Ideas Under $25 for the 2019 season.

Seattle Sports Digi Wallet and Audio Case

1) Seattle Sports Digi Wallet & Audio Case – $Now 6.95
Two compartments with two levels of protection for phones or personal items while on or near the water. The wallet side is waterproof and totally protects phones, cameras, MP3 players, money, credit cards and personal items – you can even talk, text and manage music right through the case. Features a headphone pass-through port with audio capability for your smartphone or MP3 player.

Aqua Marina Roll Top Dry Bags2) Aqua Marina Roll Top Dry Bags in mini, 12L, 25L sizes – Now $12 to $22

Economical dry storage, perfect for a day of gear on the water. Varying sizes from small to large.

3) Aquatight Waterproof Paddlers Waist Pouch from Chinook Technology – Now $12.95
Keep your valuables dry and nearby! The waist pouch is constructed from 70 denier ripstop nylon with watertight seams and a rollover velcro and double ziplock closure on all main openings. The compartment size is 9 x 5 inches, while the adjustable clip system fits a 23 to 49 inch waist.

4) Chinook AquaTight Storage or First Aid Pouch – Now $12.95
Made of waterproof nylon ripstop, the pouch features two compartments with clear viewing panels – great for first aid supplies or as a general organizer.

 

Seattle Sports Paddling Leash

5) Paddle Leash from Seattle Sports – $17.95
Don’t be caught “up a creek without a paddle!” The streamlined, low-profile, retractable Paddle Leash cord is easy to pack and stays out of the way while providing an eight-foot expansion. A unique quick-release feature allows your paddle to be quickly and easily attached to and from the leash. Length 34.25 inches expanding to 8 ft, weight 1.8 oz

 

Seattle Sports Diamond Dry Bag

6) Seattle Sports Diamond RollTop Dry Bag – $19.95
An economical solution to protecting your gear. The large H2Zero Diamond RollTop Dry Bag from Seattle Sports offers a good combination of functional privacy at an economical price. Built with a rugged polyester exterior, the H2Zero Diamond RollTop Dry Bag features a clear, diamond-shaped window for easy visual access to gear. Great for clothing, food, gear.

 

7)  Seattle Sports Paddler’s Bilge Pump – $19.95
A must for any boater. The Seattle Sport 8 gallon per minute Bilge Pump features an easy-grab handle, super-strong pump shaft and heavy-duty impact resistant plastic.

 

Seattle Sports Waterproof Cell Phone Case

8) Seattle Sports E-Merse XL Original Cell Phone Waterproof Case – $19.95
The Seattle Sports E-Merse R/S Original XL Cell Phone Waterproof Case offers maximum, submersible, waterproof protection for your electronics and valuables when properly closed. Use your cell phone while on the water – text, call and access APPS right through the case!

Seattle Sports Map Case

9) Seattle Sports Magni-Map Pro Splashproof Chart Case. $24.95

Rugged and waterproof map case sized to fit maps up to 14.5 x 12.25 inches. It has an included flexible magnifying tool to enlarge tiny map details on the go.

PackLite™ Roll Top Dry Bag Set: AE3506

10) Advanced Elements Packlite Dry Bag Set – $24.95
A nifty, ultra-lightweight set of three rolltop drybags in three sizes – 3, 5 and 10 liters – for dry storage options. Bag measurements are 7 x 8.5 inches, 6.5 x 10 inches and 9 x 16 inches. Available as a set only.

Visit the AirKayaks.com website to see all of our paddling gear under $25.

Posted by: airkayaks | November 20, 2019

2019 Best Selling Gift Ideas for Paddlers from AirKayaks

The holidays are around the corner. AirKayaks has put together a list of 15 popular Gift Ideas for Paddlers – these include gifts in a wide range of prices, certain to make that special person happy! Our focus is on portable options for those planning on travel or short on space, though many can be used by all water enthusiasts.

Seattle Sports Paddling Leash

1) Paddle Leash from Seattle Sports – $17.95
Don’t be caught “up a creek without a paddle!” The streamlined, low-profile, retractable Paddle Leash cord is easy to pack and stays out of the way while providing an eight-foot expansion. A unique quick-release feature allows your paddle to be quickly and easily attached to and from the leash. Length 34.25 inches expanding to 8 ft, weight 1.8 oz

Seattle Sports Map Case

2) Seattle Sports Magni-Map Pro Splashproof Chart Case. $24.95

Rugged and waterproof map case sized to fit maps up to 14.5 x 12.25 inches. It has an included flexible magnifying tool to enlarge tiny map details on the go.

PackLite™ Roll Top Dry Bag Set: AE3506

3) Advanced Elements Packlite Dry Bag Set – $24.95
A nifty, ultra-lightweight set of three rolltop drybags in three sizes – 3, 5 and 10 liters – for dry storage options. Bag measurements are 7 x 8.5 inches, 6.5 x 10 inches and 9 x 16 inches. Available as a set only.

Seattle Sports Breakaway Bilge Pump

4) Seattle Sports Paddlers Deluxe Breakaway Bilge Pump – $29.95
Features an easy-grab handle, super-strong pump shaft and heavy-duty impact resistant plastic. The modular design can be taken apart for easy cleaning and plunger replacement.

Red Paddle Co Original Insulated Drink Holer

5) Red Paddle Co Original Insulated Water Bottle – $39
A super insulated drink bottle of marine grade stainless steel. Holds up to 750 ml of hot or cold liquids – keep cold drinks cold for 24 hrs and hot drinks hot for 12 hrs with no external condensation. Easily attaches to most SUPs or kayaks with a carabiner.

Kokopelli 12-Volt Feather Pump

6) Kokopelli Packraft Feather Rechargeable 12V Pump – 6 oz. $39.95
A pocket-sized, lightweight 12V rechargeable air pump – named “Product of the Year” at the 2019 Germany PADDLE Expo in the Accessory category! It has a 60-minute battery life and works with any micro USB charger. Will fill out (not to full pressure) most inflatables within minutes. Also great for your air-mattress or sleeping pad.

Advanced Elements StashPak 20 Deck Bag

7) Advanced Elements StashPak 20L Rolltop Dry Bag – $49.99
A durable, water-resistant, roll-top dry bag with detachable pouch in 20 liter size! Features detachable straps and four d-rings while a removable pouch with carry handle is perfect for small essentials, and also doubles as a storage case for the StashPak when not in use. Also available in a 40 liter size.

MTI Adventurewear Journey Life Vest8) MTI Adventurewear Journey PFD Life Vest – $54.95

Weighing only a pound, this stripped-down life vest features a slim fit with ergo-dynamically contoured front panels, phone pocket and tethered whistle. Made from PVC-free, ECO-float foam.Cannon Cascade Aluminum Breakdown Paddle9) Cannon Cascade 4-piece Aluminum Breakdown Kayak Paddle – $59
Lightweight, rugged, portable and affordable! A 230cm 4-pc breakdown paddle, made in the USA.Advanced Elements Kayak Dolly10) Advanced Elements Stowable Kayak Dolly – $75.99
With quick-release adjustable straps and pneumatic all-terrain wheels, simply load up your kayak with gear, strap it to the cart, and head for the water! It also can be stowed on board!

Accent Energy Breakdown Paddle11) Accent Energy 230 cm Aluminum 4pc Breakdown Ergonomic Kayak Paddle – $99
The ergonomic benefits of a bent shaft paddle at an economical price. By offsetting the paddler’s wrist angle and guiding hand placement, stress is reduced on the shoulders and forearms, creating a more enjoyable paddling experience. Also available with a Hybrid Shaft/Blade or a Carbon Shaft.

Seattle Sports Deluxe Safety Kit12) Seattle Sports Super Deluxe Paddler’s Safety Kit – $99.95
Includes everything a paddler needs in a mesh bag – bilge pump, sponge, paddle float, paddle leash, rescue whistle and multistrobe.

AquaGlide Rogue 2 Inflatable kayak

13) Aquaglide Rogue Two Sit-On-Top Inflatable Kayak – Now $239.96
A recreational sit-on-top inflatable kayak for 1 or 2 paddlers at an economical price – the perfect inflatable for paddlers preferring the open design of a sit-on-top tandem kayak. Great for kids!

Advanced Elements DS-XL Kayak

14) Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame DS-XL Series™ Inflatable Kayak – $629
Our number-one selling kayak features a high-pressure dropstitch floor, high-backed lumbar seat and double action pump with gauge. Great for recreational paddling. Also available in a zip-out deck model, for more open options.

Advanced Elements Convertible Elite Kayak

15) Advanced Elements Convertible Elite Inflatable Kayak – $949
Our best-selling tandem model year after year, now with high-pressure floor, lumbar support seating. Perfect for solo or double paddling.

Check our more portable kayaking gift ideas on our website at AirKayaks.com. Still stumped? GIve us a call at 707-998-0135 – we’re always happy to answer questions.

Posted by: airkayaks | November 19, 2019

10 Neat Fishing Gifts for a Kayaking Angler

The holiday season is rapidly approaching. Searching for gifts for a fishing kayaker? Here are 10 nifty gift ideas, sure to make any angler enthusiast happy. We’ve updated this for the 2019 holiday season!

1) Seattle Sports Digi Wallet & Audio Case – $6.95
Two compartments with two levels of protection for phones or personal items while on or near the water. The wallet side is waterproof and totally protects phones, cameras, MP3 players, money, credit cards and personal items – you can even talk, text and manage music right through the case. Features a headphone pass-through port with audio capability for your smartphone or MP3 player.

Advanced Elements Folding Anchor System

2) Advanced Elements Folding Anchor System – $33.95
The 3 lb. Anchor System is a unique folding/locking 4-fluke design. It is great for use with kayaks and canoes, and holds well on most types of bottoms – from sand to rock. The galvanized anchor has a sliding collar which keeps the flukes drawn up tight against the shank when stowed, and then drops to lock the flukes open when deployed. It is easy to remove the anchor from the water – simply pull and stow!

Advanced Elements Fishing Accessory Frame

3) Accessory Frame Mounting System from Advanced Elements – $59.95
Retrofit your inflatable or hardshell kayak for fishing, video and photography with an accessory bar! Once installed, add any aftermarket 1” rail-mounts, and customize most kayaks with rod holders, a fish finder, camcorder, cameras or other equipment. The Accessory Frame bar consists of three pieces of anodized aluminum with push-pin construction; once in position, the push pins keep the bar from sliding out, but allow for easy dismantling.

Seattle Sports Catch Cooler 204) Seattle Sports Catch Cooler 20 Fishing Bag – $59.95.

The Seattle Sports 20-inch deck-side coolers offer super-convenient access for stowing and keeping your catch fresh during a day on the water. Reel one in from your kayak or SUP board with easy attachment points and low profile design. Also available in 32″ size.

Blackfoot fishing cooler

5) AquaGlide Blackfoot Kayak Fishing and Beverage – $69.95
Carry your fishing supplies or picnic lunch while out on the water! The Blackfoot Fishing Cooler is perfect for carrying supplies or perishables while out kayaking. With 9 quarts (8.5 liters) of lined and insulated storage space, the Fishing Cooler can hold up to 24 chilled 120z cans with ice. Includes four extended rodholders, 2 side zipper pockets, large front pocket with flap and a clear map/license pocket organizes your gear.

Calcutta fishing vest

6) MTI Calcutta Universal Size Fishing PFD – $89.95
For paddlers, anglers, naturalists and birdwatchers who love pockets! This 30-56″ chest “all-person-fit” jacket is all-equipped for kayak fishing! Sized to fit slim to super-sized torsos, with cool open sides and adjustable front buckle straps that can be loosened for quick ventilation. Five pockets for holding all sorts of fishing gear – 2 big tackle box cargo pockets with 2 interior pouches, plus an exterior mesh pocket. A cross between a fishing vest and a PFD, but great for canoeing, kayaking and sailing!

Advanced Elements StraitEdge Angler

7) Advanced Elements StraitEdge Angler Inflatable Kayak – $649
Designed with the needs of the kayak angler in mind, the StraitEdge Angler’s wide beam provides maximum stability when bringing in big catches. A revolutionary removable mounting rail offers a variety of options – by adding aftermarket rail-mounts, you can customize the kayak with rod holders, a fish finder or other equipment. Key features include the new high-back lumbar seat as standard (this has two rod holders on the back), stainless steel d-rings for drift anchor and stringer attachments, paddle holders and bungee deck lacing for abundant gear storage.  Coupled with the standard StraitEdge features of self-bailing plugs and aluminum bow and stern ribs – you’ve got an inflatable fishing kayak built for comfort, durability and portability.

8) AquaGlide Blackfoot Angler Inflatable SUP. $999

A rugged 11-foot inflatable SUP designed with the sportsperson in mind. Integrated Scotty mounts, multiple d-rings, double sets of bungee deck lacing and a 450-lb payload make this fishing specific board built to carry an arsenal. Comes with backpack and pump.

And the ultimate in kayak fishing …..

Star Rival Fishing Yak9) Star Inflatable Rival Fishing Yak,  $999.

A 12’6″ high-pressure inflatable fishing kayak with all the bells and whistles! High pressure floor, multiple Scotty mounts, comfortable folding seat, pack and pump. Wide and stable, this beauty is bound to create a splash.

 

 

Blackfoot Inflatable Fishing Kayak

10) AquaGlide Blackfoot Tandem XL Inflatable Fishing Kayak for 1-2 Paddlers – $999

A high-pressure inflatable kayak focused on the angler! Integrated Scotty mounts, removable fishing/beverage cooler and comfortable Pro-Formance seat with fishing rod holders. For one to two paddlers.

See all our AirKayaks.com angler gift ideas at http://www.airkayaks.com/categories/Kayak-Fishing/

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