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What are some advantages of inflatable kayaks?

Inflatable kayaks are lightweight and easy to use, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t durable and versatile, too. Most inflatable kayaks range from 10 to 15 feet long when inflated, and some have optional support bars or rigid frames for better tracking in the water. You can use a foot pump, hand pump, or electric pump to fill an inflatable kayak. Some pros and cons of inflatable kayaks include the following:

Pros: Easy to carry and store. If you don’t want to commit to a kayak carrier for your car, an inflatable kayak can be condensed into a large duffle bag once it is deflated. Most inflatable kayaks are made of coated polyester, which is less durable than a hard-shell kayak, but they work well as recreational kayaks in calm conditions.

Cons: An inflatable kayak is slower, harder to paddle, and less maneuverable than a hard-shell kayak. Also, you have to spend time inflating and deflating it before and after use.

Visit your local Sun & Ski Sports Shop for expert advice about inflatable kayaks.

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