Inflatable / February 6, 2019 / Esperanza Langlais
You could easily paddle on remote lakes or rivers. Or how about taking your kayak on vacation with you? Bring it in your luggage on the plane and you could be kayaking almost anywhere in the world. That would be pretty difficult to do with a hard-shell kayak. You could take an inflatable kayak on a city bus or bicycle to the water. During off season the kayak would take up minimal storage space. Inflatable Kayaks are Tough and Durable When most people think of an inflatable kayak they picture a cheaply made plastic boat for kids. They picture a kayak that would burst from hitting the smallest rock or branch.
So good luck and remember to follow ALL the safety rules and regulations supplied to you and any you recognize from experience. The fastest growing trend in the kayaking industry is clearly the use of inflatable kayaks. Todays technology makes these inflatable crafts more rugged and maneuverable while remaining lightweight and portable. Even seasoned kayakers are gradually making the switch to inflatable kayaks. Inflatable Kayaks are Extremely Portable If you have ever owned a hard-shell kayak you realize how difficult it can be to transport your kayak. You have little alternative to strapping your kayak to the roof of your vehicle.
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.