What is it the one thing that you should really take into consideration when getting yourself a new inflatable kayak? That’s simple: Quality.
As pertinent as it may be, quality is pretty much the essence of any product out there but it is even more essential when it comes to inflatable sport items. Inflatable kayaks are undeniably a step forward; they might be less rigid than a solid kayak but they are also much more practical.
Traditional rigid kayaks are a lot of fun…in the water. However, once outside, they become a huge pain in the ass that you just wish you didn’t have to deal with. Hence, came Sevylor’s initiative of investing in inflatable kayaks because why not.
Inflatable kayaks in general give people shaky attitudes because at the end of the day, it’s only a toy…right? Wrong !.
Sevylor, a leading manufacturer of inflatable sport items, means to change people’s attitude about inflatable kayaks by “making virtually indestructible ikayaks”. What does that mean? Well, let’s take a closer look at one of their more recent kayaks and figure that out.
- 1-person inflatable kayak
- NMMA certified, holds up to 250 lbs.
- Double Lock fast valve, fast inflation and deflation
- Integrated storage system, backpack shell converts into a seat
- Heavy-duty polyester cover on top
- Polyester bottom reinforced with laminated PVC
- Tracking fin and directional strake for easier maneuverability
- Padded shoulder straps
- Storage area and lift handles
- Front&Rear Bungee cords for cargo
- Multiple D-rings and spray skirt
|Dimensions||10′ x 2′ 10″|
|Load Capacity||1 Person or 250 lbs (113.4 kg)|
|Material||24-gauge industrial PVC|
|Air Valves||Double LockTM valves|
|Chambers||3 Air Chambers|
The Coleman K5 is a very interesting inflatable kayak to say the least and that’s no surprise, coming from a brand that has successfully established a solid reputation in the industry in almost no time. The build quality of the K5 is arguably unparalleled as it is strictly made of 24-gauge industrial PVC material which makes this boat one of the most reliable inflatable kayaks out there.
Not only is the Coleman K5 a significant upgrade from its younger sibling the Coleman K1 but it is also made of the toughest material. Nonetheless, the bottom of this boat is even stronger as it’s reinforced by tarpaulin to make it safer, more resistant and less likely to get damaged in shallow water. My advice however is to try your best to stay away from shallow areas because where’s the fun in that?
Nevertheless, the most significant aspect of this kayak remains the same and that is the fact that it’s an inflatable. However controversial the debate might be, I would go with an inflatable any day of the week.
It’s not really hard to tell why an inflatable kayak is much more practical than a solid one but let’s do it anyway. Unlike standard kayaks, the Sevylor Coleman K5 is a lot easier to store and transport. So, forget about getting a bigger car or making space in your garage because all you have to do is to deflate the Coleman K5, roll it up, pack it and you’re ready to go. This also makes it a lot easier to travel with your kayak and that’s amazing.
If that’s not compelling enough then consider the fact that this kayak is also a lot more flexible and agile because it is inflatable. The Coleman K5 is consequently a lot simpler to handle and manoeuvre which is great especially for beginners.
The basic features of this kayak are one more reason to seriously consider making this your primary pick. Thinking about it, there is nothing like a kayak that has pretty much everything you’ll need to actually enjoy your experience stress free.
Primarily, the cockpit is definitely one of the most important elements on any kayak and it seems like the Coleman K5 is way ahead in the game. The cockpit on this ikayak seems to be nicely suited to fit exactly one individual in a way that would you feel one with the boat. This will make it a lot easier for you to navigate the Coleman K5 and that’s not something I would say about most inflatable kayaks out there.
The spray skirt on the cockpit is installed nicely so as to make it easier to fix and remove when necessary. The spray skirt will also keep you and your cargo dry. However, if you don’t really care about your cargo then you can always store it on top of the skirt under your front or rear bungee cords.
Still in the cockpit area, the seat on the Coleman K5 is very intriguing. Actually, you can’t really tell from looking at it but the seat is actually the back pack that comes with the boat.
This smart design will enable you to turn your backpack into your seat whenever needed, that way you won’t have to worry about it once you’re in the water and that’s just fantastic.
The color combination on this kayak is also very appealing to the eye as it blends in well with the environment it is meant to explore. Also, the branding is minimized which is great because nothing is more annoying than distractive labeling.
Further, the Coleman K5 is also equipped with numerous D-rings that can be used for multiple purposes but they’re primarily there to help you secure your kayak or your fishing rod.
Additionally and most importantly, you must note that this inflatable kayak comes in a very comprehensive, all-inclusive package that includes a quality carry bag back pack, a high pressure hand pump and a solid aluminium collapsible paddle. You might need a small repair kit but trust me, it doesn’t get better than this.
When it comes to performance, I can’t tell you that inflatable kayaks are the best because that’s not really the focus here. The primary target for inflatable kayak manufacturers are beginners which is why there are plenty of entry level kayaks in the industry and if you’re a beginner then you’ll love them.
In fact, even if you’re an intermediate kayaker, you’d still pretty much appreciate the Coleman K5 because it’s designed to accommodate for a variety of users.
The difference it makes is that now it is actually better at tracking in a straight line than most inflatables out there but you do need to paddle gently.
See, this kayak has a flat bottom hull which is a lot more agile but can be slightly more challenging to maintain in a perfectly straight line.
[alert-note]insider’s tip: use your paddle sparingly and try to minimize movement to your upper body as much as possible. If you do that then you’ll track wonderfully.[/alert-note]
- 5-minute setup lets you spend more time on the water
- Easy-to-carry backpack system turns into the seat
- 24-gauge PVC construction is rugged for lake use
- When it comes to quality, the K5 is unbeatable and that is definitely something to look for in inflatable kayaks.
- The manufacturer is the strongest ally for this kayak because there’s nothing that can make me trust a product more than a trust worthy manufacturer and that is something Sevylor has established over and over again.
- The packaging of the Coleman K5 is a lot more beginner friendly than a lot of its rivals and that will help you maintain your kayak a lot easier.
- The only thing I really need to point out is that you should not expect to ride like a pro at first but the more you acquire the skills needed for this sport, the better you’ll be able to handle this kayak.