The Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame is a hybrid of a folding frame kayak and an inflatable kayak. Its bow slices through water like a knife and rivals the trackability of hard-shell kayaks. The stern acts as a skeg, increasing the tracking performance. It uses extremely durable materials and high-end components. There is plenty of on-board storage room for extended trips. It sets up in just a few minutes, and is compact enough to take along on a weekend adventure.
|Length:||10 ft 5 in / 3.18 m|
|Width:||32 in / 81.28 cm|
|Weight:||36 lb / 16.33 kg|
|Capacity:||300 lb / 136.08 kg|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
AE AF solos are the best! Bought one last year on whim. Now, in my Indian Rocks Beach / Intracoastal condo complex, we have a fleet of seven boats (with others becoming jealous) exactly like mine. They are quick to set up, easy to store and transport, with handy built-ins and easy to accessorize. Get the hand pump for sure; easy, quick, portable and it "pressurizes" the bladders like a 12v can't. After 45 trips, the other day a guy thought mine was new. The double-nylon layer protects the overlapping bladders superbly. Comfortable seating and back like no hard shell. (Use a beach towel on top of the floor for even more comfort.) Small as the skeg is, it works great to keep the boat on track. Love being able to take two of these, with all gear, in the trunk of my small coupe and never have to worry about highway wind or theft. These are seven (so far) happy yakkers who love this boat.
Have used this for exploring small lakes and for inland marine (Puget Sound). Design and construction are excellent. The coaming is not continuous so there is a leak at front center, even if you use a spray skirt, which is probably why it is not recommended for big water. With the Backbone installed, cruises easily at 2.8 mph and without much of a push to 3.3 mph. The fastest I could get was 4.5 mph and that's putting out quite a bow wake. Storage space is sufficient for overnight travel if you're into ultralight backpacking; I would not hesitate to take this boat on an overnight. Easy to assemble/inflate and deflate, about 10 mins to fully assembled and about the same to put it back into the bag. Nice boat.