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on 24 April 2013
If you don't intend to go kayaking with "passengers", I recommend one of this kayak's "baby brothers" (basically the single-seat versions) as they are more compact, lighter, and therefore more portable.

If, however, you intend to take friends/family out... this is the best I've come across (and I've tried about 6 others)

Let's start with the packaging and work from there:

The kayak comes in a reasonably-sized box, and is folded inside it along with a multi-lingual "manual" (nothing to it really) and puncture repair kit (more on that later). Since the entire package is wrapped in a transparent plastic bag inside the box, removal from the box is very simple.

Okay, let's get on to the product itself:

Before we get to the boat, it's worth noting (as others have said) that you need to buy a pump for it! The Sevylor 2x2Ltr double-action hand pump is simply brilliant for inflating this product, and total inflation time is under 5 minutes once you've had a practise.
Also, it doesn't come with the paddles, so you'll need to buy those separately (lots of options out there, so take your pick really)


Remove the kayak from the package and release the two straps (not the velcro ones, the ones running through the compression locks) and unroll the boat. You'll note the blue section on the outside of the roll unfolds in the opposite direction to the rest of the boat itself, so consider this when orienting the thing if you're inflating it at the side of a river or lake! You need about 4 meters of jetty or suitable ground (no broken glass or anything that'll cut the material) to set up in.
With the boat unrolled, locate the inflation valve for the bottom section (at the rear of the kayak) and inflate this first.
Now, on the side pontoons there are very cool inflate/deflate valves. Make sure the valves' bottom sections are screwed in nice and tight (mine arrived loose so I had difficulty inflating the pontoons the first time I tried, but quickly found the problem and tightened up the deflate valve caps).
With the deflate valve caps tightened up, open up the inflate valves (which are part of the same valve assemblies ON TOP OF the deflate valves) and use your pump to inflate them. If you're using the Sevylor 2x2Ltr hand pump (recommended) simply inflate the pontoons until there is significant resistence on the pump (you'll know it when you feel it) then close up the valves securely (unlike some of the other valves, the side pontoon valves are pressure-sealed and air won't escape when you disconnect the pump).

Now inflate the splash guard covers on the ends of the kayak. You don't need to use the pump for this, as a single lung full of air will inflate them fully. Now, be careful here because you'll find they want to deflate immediately as soon as you stop blowing into them (slightly annoying). To prevent this, push the valve firmly before you release your lips (or pump if you're using one) and keep it held firmly down while closing the valves (this applies to the seats - discussed further down - too)

Now fold the two inflated end pieces (the blue sections) over the ends of the boat, attach them to the slide locks on each side of the boat and be sure to secure the shotcord (elastic cord) around each of the attachment points (this'll keep the splash guards in place and prevent water getting into the kayak on the ends).

Now comes the seats (which as others have said aren't exactly "brilliant", but not too bad once you've figured out how they work and get used to them.

Inflate the seats (I recommend using a pump for this, and you'll need to press the valves firmly down before you release the pump to prevent sudden deflation) you're going to use, then ensure that the straps attaching them to the kayak aren't twisted. Orient them towards the front of the kayak... you'll know they're facing the right way when the straps go BEHIND the seat backs!

Now here's a tip! The splash cover on the rear of the kayak contains a velcro-locking compartment on its underside. Place the puncture kit inside there and close it up nicely. This way, should you get a puncture while out on the water, you stand at least SOME chance of being able to seal it up (be that on the water or on land at the lake/riverside.


The material is very rugged, and resistant to an impressive amount of abrasion (brushing up against rocks, roots, riverbed and even wooden jettys). I watched a video on YouTube before buying this one of a man in this kayak's baby brother (identical materials and construction, but smaller with only one seat) taking it through some rapids on a very fast-moving river. He brushed past lots of rocks and the thing held perfectly (no leaks).

Properly inflated, this kayak DOES NOT bend badly when you step into it (most inflatable boats do, and that's a bad thing). You can adjust your position confidently... but if the kayak does want to fold or warp where the weight is concentrated, it means you haven't inflated it properly (so pull it out of the water and add some air to the three main sections before taking it out into open waters)

As I mentioned above, assuming you've properly inflated the kayak, it doesn't want to warp or bend when you get into or out of it (or when adjusting your position). It's remarkably stable (even when you're leaning to asist a rapid turn) and even if you did somehow roll it over, because it's inflatable it'll continue to float even if the interior filled with water. That's a good advantage to have if you have a tendency to roll kayaks (though the better solution would be to seek training to help you learn how to be more stable)

It sits higher in the water than wooden and fiberglass kayaks (makes sense... it's inflatable with a flat kiel) but because it has a flat kiel, it isn't as prone to rolling as wooden/fiberglass traditional kayaks.


Well, if you've ever been kayaking or boating before, you already know it's fun. If you haven't and this is your first attempt... you're going to seriously enjoy it!
With it being so fast and simple to get this kayak ready for the water, and with it being so tough and stable... you'll be able to relax and enjoy your time on the water without worrying about sinking or ending up in the drink.

It packs so small that it fits easily into a car boot (I actually strap mine to the pillion seat of my motorbike). Solid kayaks require either a trailer or a roof rack... so this is a huge plus!

It's not particularly heavy (weighs less than 15kg, and feels substancially lighter than that when pulling it out of the water)

It rolls up into a sort-of "backpack" you can carry on your back (though I wouldn't recommend it as it's not terribly comfortable to carry in such a way). Fortunately the backpack straps are adjustable enough that you can carry it like a duffelbag (easier to do, more comfortable).

Get to know the kayak before you take it out to use. I unpacked it on my front lawn and spent about half an hour getting used to it (inflating it and figuring out what's what). That way you won't feel pressured by the desire to get it in the water (which can lead you to miss important things, and compromise your safety)

With two people aboard, there's a lot of extra room for carrying a picnic (or even camping gear). The max rated load is 200kg, but (though obviously you should use your best judgement as your experience may vary) I've had around 250kg in it and it still sat high in the water (without incident).

Remember if you're going out as two adults and one child, place one adult at the front, one at the back, and the child in the middle (optimal boyancy).

Enjoy :)
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on 4 April 2011
Having wanted a kayak for a long time, but being put off by having to carry it to the canal and the possibility of it being stolen when keeping it outside, I was curious as to how good a substitute this product would be. I really, really like this product - I wish I'd have bought one earlier.

First off, you will need a pump, which I didn't buy with this product. I'd assumed that I'd have some ends for a bicycle pump that would fit it, but alas no. I ended up buying one very similar to this: Sevylor 2X2L Hand Pump Foot Pump (which also looks pretty similar to my bicycle pump that was no good), so I'd recommend you buy the pump with the boat. I thought that pumping the boat up would take a long time, however this was not the case and I'd be very surprised if it takes anyone more than five minutes. First you inflate the floor of the boat with the valve in the back of the boat. Then you inflate the two side chambers, which have different valves to the previous one - these unscrew in two parts, the lower part needs to be screwed on while inflating. Lastly, you inflate the two small air chambers on the front and rear splash guards, though these wouldn't really make any difference to the boat floating. Now you're ready to go!

While I do plan on using the boat in both rivers and the sea (though, obviously not a really windy sea given that it's an inflatable), I have only used it in a canal so far. There's not a great deal to say here, other than it performed as expected (ie didn't sink!). When you paddle, it does rotate a little more than a standard kayak, which is probably because it's much lighter and sits higher in the water. Oh, and swans don't seem to like it...

Being a reasonably heavy adult male, there is no way that this boat would (if the maximum weight limit is to be believed) hold three people, even if one of those was a child. Though it does work great for two people and would even hold two of me. There's also space in an area behind the back seat where you can put your drinks and some food - just make sure you wrap it up in waterproof packaging.

When it comes to time to deflate the boat, you'll also want to dry it or wipe it dry with a towel. Deflation is straight forward, though having a pump that also deflates helps. Getting the boat back into it's backpack form wasn't straight forward at first, until I stopped folding it and tried rolling it up instead. The fact that the boat rolls up into a backpack is a massive plus, meaning you can take the kayak on a train to some water!

Lastly, don't forget you'll need at least one paddle: Sevylor K-Perf230 Kayak Double Paddle Aluminium Shaft Inflatable Accessory - Black.
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on 13 July 2011
I bought this canoe as a cheap alternative to a wood/fibreglass canoe, and I've been really pleased with it. I was initially concerned about it's stability, but in fact it is probably more stable than a non-inflatable canoe. For my needs it's ideal, as I just take it down the calm, peaceful river Wye, and I'm not planning on taking it down any jagged-rocked rapids or over waterfalls. It's durable enough to take knocks and scrapes, so there's no need to worry anyway. One thing I'd agree with from previous reviews is the seats. They're rubbish! However this is a small price to pay for the comparative value of the canoe, and I'm planning on rigging a make-shift strap to make the seats more supportive. I would highly recommend this for anyone looking for some good value fun on the water!
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on 30 April 2012
As recommended I bought this kayak with the £11 pump and was glad I did, you would not want to be blowing this up in any other way, it's quick and powerful and gives you a good workout to boot!

When I first blew it up I was delighted with the size and look of it. It is sturdy, good looking and nothing like the kind of seaside dingy look I was half expecting!

Reading some of the previous reviews I was a bit worried about not having a skeg (which seem to be unavailable worldwide!?) as people were talking about going round in circles. Turns out this is just if you are not very good at paddling. We were a bit worried about this when we first took it on the Thames in Wiltshire, and so launched it out of site of any potential observers.

we blew it up, (very quickly) stowed all our stuff on board including small dog and tentatively pushed out onto the river from a small beachy area, (after waiting for a bunch of people in 'real' canoes to go by first!) To our delight it went fabulously! We originally had two single paddles from an old blow up dingy, we did great with these but have since got double paddles, which is much better, faster and gives us more manoeuvrability.

On our return we pulled up at the jetty outside the pub, and at the same time a couple with a 'real' canoe were also disembarking. We felt slightly embarrassed by our 'pseudo' canoe but that soon wore off as we watched them struggle with foam padding, ropes and straps while loading it onto the car roof. Meanwhile we strolled by with our deflated canoe on our back, popped it in the boot and went for a beer!

We have now been on the Thames, on the canals and on the sea, paddling between two bays in Kent, great fun!

This is the good bit... Unfortunately on our last river trip we noticed that one side of the canoe was gently deflating. We assumed we must have somehow got a puncture, but couldn't figure out how as we have been very careful with it. It turns out that actually one part of the seam between the bottom and the side had slightly split and there was no way the puncture repair kit was going to fix it. So this saturday morning we emailed Amazon who called us immediately back. Upon hearing our story they offered to send us a new canoe and pick up the old one! I'm writing this on Monday afternoon and the old one has been picked up and the new one has arrived!! I can honestly say I have never had such superb customer service! Astonishing and brilliant!

Hopefully this is not a standard fault with this boat but Sevylor have a great reputation so I'm guessing this is not a common occurrence. All in all if you're like us, and not too serious but want to get out on the water and have some fun, then I'd highly recommend this product.
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on 28 August 2015
Took them out today for the first time. Just an hour in the sea and although it was choppy and windy the kayaks were brilliant. I'm 6'3" and 100kg and it felt really stable the whole time - even with another 45kgs of kids in it too. I was worried about the seats based on other reviews but they were fine and supportive. I bought the skegs which sat well in the water contrary to other reviews (maybe the others were incorrectly fitted?). They pump up in just 5 mins with a handpump and are easy to move around being so light. Couldn't recommend highly enough.
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on 20 August 2012
Bought this kayak for use on the Thames with my 6 year old son. Wanted a 2+1 / 3 seater to enable us to have plenty of room for taking food and drink and other bits and pieces for our "expeditions"!

The boat comes neatly packed in a single box and doesn't come with any accesories, so to get going you'll need a good pump, some paddles, life jackets/bouyancy aids and I recommend a skeg (more on this later). I would also recommend a practice inflation in the garden before you take it on the water - it'll cut down your prep time at the water's edge and you'll be able to fiddle with seat positions, etc.

In terms of prep it really does inflate in about 5 minutes, however by the time you've inflated seats, tied down your kit, put paddles together, etc, then a realistic "car boot to launch" time is probably 15 to 20 minutes. Still very good!Being an inflatable you're not going to want to scrape it down a slipway, but it's so stable that launches from a low dock or bank or getting in from the shallows are easy (even juggling a 6 year old at the same time).

Based on other reviews I bought a Sevylor official skeg to fit on the stern of the boat, which it does easily. It does track nicely with one fitted, especially with the paddling power difference between dad in the back and son up front. When little one was having a rest I found it paddled very nicely, responding well to a long, efficient stroke, and it turns on a sixpence. I haven't tried it without a skeg but I can imagine it would be less efficient with two paddlers.

The PVC material it's made of is fairly thick and gives you some confidence - I get the feeling it would be fine bumping slow up against blunt obstacles like stumps/roots on the river bank. It's certainly robust enough to bump up against a jetty or other smooth(ish) surface. The inflation indicators are a boon - in the recent very hot weather it enabled me to keep an eye on the pressures in the side tubes whilst paddling on the river under very hot sun and let a little bit out of one side that had crept up a bit higher than the other. Spray skirts fore and aft make for handy storage for a few bits, although I find that ditching the centre seat but fitting its webbing strap in place gives a very good anchor point you can strap a small cooler, dry bag, etc to. For river use I also knot a rope on to the bow carry handle, and I have made a home-made paddle leash for my son's paddle in case it goes overboard (some paracord and a carabiner can clip to the eyelets the spray deck fasteners use.

The seats aren't the most comfortable, it's true. I might look for another seating option for me there. If you are taller, try inflating the seats fully, and pushing the seat base right back under the back. I found this gave better support but only for a while - a bum shuffle backwards is required at regular intervals to regain lower back support. Again the stability of the craft means this is no problem.

Because the boat flexes it handles wash from larger craft with no problems - in fact you get an interesting rollercoaster effect which my son loves so we keep "surfing" wake! This boat is maneouverable enough to handle a busy river easily, and it's larger size and open nature gives you a bit more presence. It's quite wde so you may want to consider a longer paddle to clear the side tubes if you are shorter but I'm happy with this as a trade for the extra stability.

All-in-all this is a great family boat, but I would think 2 adults and a child a bit of a squash. 2 adults or 1 and a child will have a great time messing about on the water. 3 or 4 hour river trips with a lunch stop are no problem if you have a little bit of paddling fitness and with a set of lightweight paddles my six year old can help out in between resting and watching the wildlife. A recommended purchase especially as Amazon's price is currently extremely keen.
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on 1 October 2012
Took the kayak out to a lake this summer. Inflating was very quick. We used a manual pump. Feels very sturdy in the water. It was for my husband, 7 yr old daughter & myself.
My only thought was that maybe a hard plastic one would have been a better purchase. I felt the inflatable moved slower than a normal kayak.
It's not so light to just carry it off as a backpack either. Two of us carried it down to the water.
The front seat supports could be better too.
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on 1 November 2011
surprisd how easily it blew up. i,ve been out on the loch once with it and had great fun. like some of the other reviews the seats were not comfy . But all in all i felt secure in kayak and good value for money.
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on 1 July 2011
What a great purchase - we went for the 2+1 to get a little more space and fit a little one in the middle if needed and it does just that. Great for 2 or 3 of you in, maybe a touch too big for one but still fun! Its so quick & easy to pump (bought the sevylor pump) We needed two for us & the kids so we needed to watch the price but still get decent products and these were supposedly tougher than others at a similar price. We have used them most days. The seats are really comfy and it is very stable. We found that you perhaps dont have the bottom fully inflated so that the kyaks arent too high out of the water to get the right balance. Great fun for Friends and family on the river! The rudder is a must!
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on 14 July 2011
This is an excellent starter kayak if you want to find out whether this is for you or if you just want to have the occasional fun on the water. We used it in rivers and the sea and it was very good. However, this is only suitable for calm waters. Took it camping and all the kids loved it, it was never really out of the water, it took quite a beating and still survived. This is advertised as a 2 adult, 1 child kayak, this would be true if you were quite light weight and skinny, with short legs and with a small child. If you are a more sturdy built adult then this is more a 1 adult, 2 children kayak. Nevertheless, it is great fun and I can only recommend it.
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