Inflatable / February 4, 2019 / Manon Poissonnier
But as with most things in life things change. In the last five years most U.S. "manufacturers" have thrown in the towel and are no longer making their own Inflatables. Theyre now importing China made Inflatables and passing them off as "Made in the U.S.A." In addition a new breed of internet phonies are posing as "manufacturers" and selling "China made Inflatables" or acting as a distributor for some other inflatable company importing from China. The fact of the matter is there are only a few manufacturers left that still build their entire product line of Inflatables right here in the good old U.S.A. Its more expensive but far superior in durability. And yes in spite of what you have been told there is a big difference in Safety Quality Craftsmanship.
Then you have to drive to a road accessible ocean lake or river. Next you have to awkwardly carry your hard-shell kayak to the water. Hopefully the water isnt too far from where you had to park your vehicle. With an inflatable kayak you simply fold the deflated kayak into a backpack and you can go anywhere. Most inflatable kayaks are less than forty pounds in weight and some are even less than thirty pounds. They also fold up very compact once deflated. Transporting them in the back of your car is no problem at all. Then think of all the mountain trails you can take your inflatable kayak to.
You simply grab the cockpit of the kayak and pull yourself up like youre getting out of a swimming pool. This makes an inflatable kayak very convenient for snorkeling or swimming. Before getting back in it is easy to dump out any water that gets aboard. Some inflatable boats are even self bailing. Another misconception about inflatable kayaks is that they have very poor maneuverability. People think you would have very little control in an inflatable kayak. This isnt the case with newer inflatable kayaks though. Many of these inflatable boats have optional foot controlled rudders to make for easy turning without missing a stroke.