Based on some decent experience, I can comfortably say that inflatable products are taking charge when it comes to water sports. Inflatable kayaks happened to be on the rise in the last few years thanks to the advanced science and technology used to build them. An inflatable kayak now has a lot to offer when it comes to both; practicality and fun.
This review is going to be about Explorer K2 inflatable kayak which is presented to us by Intex whose kayaks are not the first thing to invest in; they have it all, I mean it. The Intex provide you with almost any inflatable product that you can think of, as well as the accessories needed to handle them.
Our guy here as previously mentioned is the Explorer K2, and it’s quite the deal if you ask me; it’s perfectly priced for a kayak that is featured with all the good stuff.
- 2 separate air chambers
- Boston valves for quick inflation/deflation
- Inflatable I-beam floor for rigidity
- Removable skeg for directional stability
- Adjustable inflatable seat with backrest
- Sporty graphics for high visibility
- 86" Aluminum Oars & High-Output Air Pump
|Use||Recreational (Low-profile for lakes and mild rivers)|
|Dimensions||10'3" x 3' x 1'8"|
|Material||Heavy duty puncture-resistant vinyl|
|Weight limit||400 lbs|
|Number of Chambers||2 separate air chambers|
|Fins/Skeg||1 removable skeg|
|# Carry Handles||2 carry handle|
|Warranty||90 day limited warranty|
|# of persons||1 - 2|
You can find Intex products in more than 100 countries around the world, and this name has been on the market since the early 70s’. The motto of this brand is “Fun Is In The Air” at very affordable price. The Explorer K2 is a kayak made for family time; with 2 seats, this kayak is 10.3 feet long, 36 inches wide with a taller profile on the sides than most other kayaks; it goes up to 20 inches high.
The Explorer K2 is made of heavy duty SUPER-TOUGH™ 30-gauge vinyl over a 1200 denier nylon shell with an inflatable I-beam floor and internal tubes; it’s puncture resistant and it’s made to meet the quality standards that emphasize maximum durability. Also, this kayak is light weighted compared to many others (31 lbs), and that’s a plus when it comes to carrying it around. The Explorer K2 can hold the weight of 2 adults without it affecting its performance, however, an adult and a kid (350 lbs) should allow you to experience the best kayaking time.
Moreover, the details on this kayak are highly pleasing; looking at it, you’ll find that it has a curve on both the front and back which makes it possible to take it on rougher and white waters. Those curves are covered with strong inflatable and durable skirts that do not only prevent the water from getting inside the kayak, but also reinforce it against crashes and shocks.
The Explorer K2 is a very large kayak with plenty of room for anything you’d like to take on board with you. The front seat does have more legroom than the back seat; however, you’ll get to store something in the space at the back.
All in all, the Explorer K2, according to a large users’ platform, is rated as one of the strongest kayaks on its category and I actually approve to that.
On this part of the review, we’ll try to represent all the prominent features which make the Explorer K2 a kayak worth considering. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again now; this kayak is the real deal for such a price.
With an open cockpit, and as mentioned before, this kayak is made for 2 people, thus, you’ll find 2 inflatable seats on the package; both are very comfortable with a higher back-rest however. They are removable and you can attach them to the kayak with the Velcro patterns at the bottom. They are featured with those strong and well-made buckles on the sides which provide you great support to lean back comfortably.
Most importantly, the Explorer is featured with 3 separate chambers; one on the bottom, and one on each side. That means that even if something went wrong at some point and one chamber got damaged, the other two will definitely get back safely to the shore.
Additionally, this kayak is featured with 2 carry handles and 2 grab lines for easy transportation once fully inflated. Those carry handles are rigid, durable, even though they’re made of lightweight vinyl.
Further, you’ll find a removable skeg along with the kayak and you can easily attach it via the slide-in box underneath the boat.
The Explorer K2 is built with a flat hull that is known to be great for recreational kayaking, but with the high nose and tail of this board, its sporty design, and sharp details you can absolutely do more than that.
This kayak is relatively easy to manoeuver and control especially when the featured skeg is in place; it dramatically improves speed and tracking especially if you are paddling in a straight line.
The Explorer K2 is a very stable kayak even when it reaches a high weigh capacity, which reminds me to tell you that it’s possible to use this kayak for fishing. There is so much space on the kayak that you could use to store any needed cargo or equipment, and still be completely comfortable and have complete hold over the kayak.
My only advice is that to bear in mind that the Explorer K2 is designed to be fun for a very good price, thus, do not try to test its endurance because there are stronger kayaks which are meant to take some real beating for higher prices.
The Explorer K2 comes in nice package actually, and this is what to expect once you order it:
- The kayak itself.
- 2 inflatable seats.
- 2 aluminum oars that go up to 86 inches with patted handles for comfortable paddling.
- A repair patch.
- A storage duffle bag.
- A skeg.
- A high output air pump.
- The best thing about the Intex Explorer K2 is the quality of details and features for an unbeatable price.
- It’s durable, light weighted and puncture resistant.
- The featured skeg makes it easy to manoeuver and control.
- It comes with 2 paddles.
- The 2 inflatable seats come with backrests for more comfort.
- It has so much space even with 2 riders on it.
- The carry handles tend to twist while carrying the kayak since they’re not made of rubbery material.
- You might find that the paddles are a bit heavy.
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