You would be surprised by the amount of inflatable kayaks that are in the market nowadays but that is a double edged sword.
Most people like to think of the diversity as a reinforcement of choice but most of the time it only makes it harder to choose. Luckily, our team is here to make it a lot easier for you to make up your mind and hopefully make the best purchase you can afford.
Today, we’re talking Sevylor which is a relatively young manufacturer with quite an interesting resume. These guys might be new to the kayak scene but they are some of the pioneering innovators in the water sports area. From zodiacs to floating sofas, Sevylor has made it all and experience is in their back pocket.
The question now is: Should I trust this brand based on their experience in the field? Well, perhaps experience is often an indicator of quality but there is no way to determine whether this kayak is the right for you without taking a closer look at its defining features.
- The Sevylor coleman K1 is NMMA certified & fits 1 person
- 21-gauge PVC construction is rugged for lake use
- Double Lock valves use 2 locking points for easy inflation/deflation
- Backrest lets you lean back and enjoy the ride
- Tarpaulin bottom provides durable protection from punctures
- Multi-position foot rest lets you find your most comfortable position
- Secure storage area lets you safely store items with bungees
- Cup holder keeps your drink close at hand
- Carry handles make it easy to carry in and out of the water
- Inflated dimensions: 8'7" x 3'
- It hold up to 400 lbs
|Inflated dimensions (inches)||103L x 36W|
|Weight Capacity||400 lbs|
|Hull Material & Construction||21 gauge PVC|
|Product Weight||19 lbs|
|Multiple Air Chambers||Yes|
|# Paddles included||1|
|Number of Seats||1|
|Inflatable Spray Skirts||No|
|Number of Skegs||2|
|Pump Included||Yes/Hand Pump|
|Number of People||1|
The Coleman K1 is definitely not your ordinary kayak because first it’s inflatable and second it’s a ‘sit on top kayak’. Sit on top kayaks are simply kayaks with an open cockpit which is meant to make it easier for the paddlers to get on and off the boat whenever needed.
When it comes to quality, experience does determine that to a great extent. Hence, I’m going to give the Coleman K1 the upper ground here as it is the latest descendant of a company with quite a rich background in inflatable sport equipment.
Like most reliable inflatable kayaks in the market, the Coleman K1 is made of industrial grade PVC material which is virtually indestructible. That means, this kayak is optimized to own lakes, rivers and even the open sea without a risk of damaging it.
The bottom however is even stronger than the kayak itself because it is made of tarpaulin.
Tarpaulin is basically one of the strongest, water-proof, fire retardant materials out there and it is everything you’ll need to keep your kayak floating. Therefore, just because it’s inflatable, it doesn’t mean that this kayak can’t take a beating.
Actually, not only can this boat endure rocky rivers but it’s also a lot more flexible than any solid kayak out there. You wouldn’t believe how simple it is to inflate and deflate this kayak when needed.
Also, once deflated, the Coleman K1 can pretty much fit in a back pack which will make it even simpler to store and transport it whenever needed.
The basic features of the Coleman K1 are one more reason to seriously consider getting this kayak as soon as possible.
Before moving forward, it must be noted that this kayak is huge. Not to frighten you or anything but the Coleman K1 measures 103 inches in length, 36 inches in width and it all adds up to produce nothing more than 18 pounds in total weight.
Beside the very friendly price tag, this kayak is equipped with pretty much everything you’ll need to enjoy your experience.
For starters, the simplistic design is definitely one of the best features of this boat, making it extremely easy to manoeuvre and exit whenever needed.
Additionally, the colour mixing is very well done and the branding isn’t as overwhelming as it is normally which is definitely one more reason to appreciate this product.
The cockpit is also one of the best things about the Coleman K1. Not only is this cockpit optimized for easier access but it’s also designed so as to cater for paddlers of all sizes.
Another prominent feature of the Coleman is the adjustable seat which is a lot more comfortable than it seems to be. This seat can be used with or without the added support, depending on which you prefer and that is not an option in most inflatable kayaks.
Alongside the practical carry handles, the Coleman K1 comes with a designated cargo holder where you can transport pretty much anything from your sandals to fish if you’re into fishing.
Performance usually depends on the type of kayaks but it is also largely influenced by the fact of it being solid or inflatable.
Not to discourage you but inflatable kayak companies are mostly targeting beginners which is why inflatables value safety and stability before speed and agility.
Nevertheless, the Coleman K1 is still a solid performer on flat water and not as bad in strong currents. That is mainly due to the fact that this kayak has a flat bottom which is designed to induce stability and manoeuvre. This, however, takes out of the kayak’s ability to track in a straight line.
Performance will also depend greatly on the degree to which you respect the weight limit on this boat which is somewhere around 400 lbs. That means you can ride along with your child or pet without reducing performance a bit.
This might come as a surprise to you but the Coleman K1 is one of the few kayaks out there that come in a full-inclusive package with everything you’ll need to maintain your boat.
To begin with, the pack includes a high pressure hand pump which is essential for every inflatable kayak. Nonetheless, the process might take some effort but it’s nothing too difficult.
Also, the Sevylor Coleman K1 comes with a custom back pack carry bag to make it easier for you to transport and store the kayak with no difficulties what so ever. Even more brilliant is the fact that the same backpack can be turned into the seat support that you can see on the illustrations.
The back pack is also adjusted so as to comfortably cater for the collapsible paddle that is also included in the same package. This is one of the best paddles you can find in the market as it is extremely light and durable but also simple to pack.
All in all, the Coleman K1 is definitely worth your money for not only is it wallet friendly but it’s also very easy to use and a lot more solid than you’d expect an inflatable boat to be.
- The most appealing thing about this product is the fact that it is so flexible and user friendly. Whether you’re a beginner or a hall of famer, this kayak will not fail at delivering exactly what you need from a kayaking experience.
- The build quality is definitely a big plus for the Coleman K1 as it is made to be virtually indestructible. Meaning, this kayak can handle pretty much anything. Don’t forget to be safe that’s all.
- Last but definitely not least are the basic features of this kayak, making it fully equipped with everything you’ll need to man your boat and that is something you won’t see in most kayaks out there.
- There is one thing which I think could’ve been made better on this kayak and that is the tracking system which is a bit lacking. Nevertheless, this kayak will perform as good as any as long as you help it maintain a steady trajectory with your paddle.