Posted by: airkayaks | September 21, 2014

Sneak Preview: New Chelan Inflatable Kayaks from AquaGlide for 1-3 Paddlers

We continue with details on some of the new AquaGlide 2015 inflatable kayaks announced earlier this year.

The upcoming 2015 Aquaglide product line has expanded to 19 models – including 7 new kayaks and 3 redesigns – with MSRP pricing from $199.95 to $1099.95.

Chelan Two HB Inflatable Kayak from AquaGlide

The new Chelan HB high-pressure touring series consists of three sizes ranging from 11’4″ to 15 feet, and is a hybrid of the original Columbia and Klickitat models. Designed for recreational touring and all-around use, the Chelans feature the Columbia’s long sleek waterline but are constructed in the smooth skin, quick-drying Duratex material used on the Klickitats.

AirKayaks note: We now have detailed product reviews on the Chelan HB Tandem XL with Photos and the Chelan HB One inflatable kayaks.

The “Hard Bottom (HB)” 6-12 PSI high-pressure floor provides rigidity and stability which – when coupled with a streamlined silhouette and removable tracking fin – enhances the paddling performance.  Three military valves are located on the side chambers and floor; the side chambers can be inflated to 3 PSI. Front and rear spray guards are positioned to keep paddlers dry, each with ample bungee deck lacing for attaching gear.

Chelan HB Two Inflatable Kayak

Paddling comfort is enhanced with the adjustable Pro-Formance seats, featuring an inflatable base and high backrest with plenty of storage features – mesh pockets, integrated fishing rod holders and removable beverage holder.

Other features include quick-release tracking fin system, molded handles, drain plugs and adjustable foot rests. A running strip of velcro on the floor – coupled with numerous d-rings – provides infinite seating and foot brace positions. Each kayak comes with an oversized carrying bag with backstrap.

Single deck for Chelan and Columbia Kayaks

Single spray decks will be available for each of the models, and double spray decks for the two tandems; each of these can also be used on the Columbia series.

Double decks for Chelan and Columbia kayaks

The decks create a more enclosed cockpit, keeping paddlers warmer and dryer during inclement weather. The decks will also be able to use standard spray skirts for even more weatherproofing.

Details on the three models:

Chelan HB One Inflatable Kayak

Chelan One HB Inflatable Kayak from Aquaglide
Paddlers: 1
Size: 11’4″ long with a 36″ width
Weight capacity: 300 lbs
Kayak weight: 32 lbs
Comes with: Backpack, tracking fin, foot brace, ProFormance seat, repair kit, instructions.
Optional single deck available, $89.95
Chelan One HB: MSRP $799

Chelan Two HB Inflatable Kayak

Chelan Two HB Inflatable Kayak from Aquaglide
Paddlers: 1 or 2
Size: 13 ft 5 inches long with a 36″ width
Weight capacity: 400 lbs
Kayak weight: 40 lbs
Comes with: Backpack, tracking fin, 2 foot braces, 2 ProFormance seats, repair kit, instructions.
Optional single deck or double deck available, $119.95 each
Chelan Two HB: MSRP $999

Chelan HB Tandem XL Inflatable Kayak

Chelan HB Tandem XL Inflatable Kayak from Aquaglide
Paddlers: 1 or 2 with extra space for gear, child or pet. Includes a removable third “jumper seat.”
Size: 15 feet long with a 36″ width
Weight capacity: 600 lbs
Kayak weight: 48 lbs
Comes with: Backpack, tracking fin, 2 foot braces, 2 ProFormance seats, jumper seat, repair kit, instructions.
Optional single or double deck  $129.95 each
Chelan HB Ta Add Mediandem XL: MSRP $1099

Available in February 2015.

AquaGlide Chelan Two HB Inflatable Kayak paddled solo

Other Aquaglide models include the Deschutes – a high pressure all-purpose recreational design, in three sizes; the Klickitat – high-pressure, whitewater self-bailers for solo or tandem kayaking; the BlackFoot – a two person, high-pressure model outfitted for fishing; the Columbia – a recreational model in three sizes and the Chinook – an economically-priced, low-pressure recreational model in three sizes; and the Pathfinder – a child’s version of the Chinook. The lineup is rounded out with two entry level inflatables – the Rogue diving/fishing model, now in two sizes and the price-conscious Yakima. See our complete list of 2015 AquaGlide models. Aquaglide also offers the Cascade line – three inflatable SUPs ranging in size from 10 to 12.5 feet.

Stay tuned. We’ll have upcoming details on each of the new AquaGlide inflatable kayak models on our website at AirKayaks.com. You can also send us an email to get on our Notification List (mention the Chelan series) – we’ll let you know when they will be available.

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