The Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Tandem Kayak is a fifteen foot kayak that can be paddled solo or tandem. With the optional single or double decks you can convert your AF Convertible kayak into a solo or tandem kayak in a matter of seconds. This new design incorporates the rigid bow and stern frame with the versatility of an interchangeable deck.
|Length:||15 ft / 4.57 m|
|Width:||34 in / 86.36 cm|
|Weight:||56 lb / 25.4 kg|
|Capacity:||550 lb / 249.48 kg|
|Number of Paddlers:||2 - Tandem|
I purchased the Advanced Element after extensive research I live in a Hotel my job my partner lives in a condo, the kayak lives in the trunk of her car with the paddles life jackets pump etc. We get in the car drive to a lake or a river and in 20 minutes we are on the water, the stress is all gone, last week we saw 4 bald eagles flying over Cowan lake Cincinnati, then an Osprey. OK is it like a hard shell, No its an inflatable!, but its great for what i want I paddle it goes in that direction, tracking is good speed also, but it suits my purpose to a tee. We beach it and 15 minutes later its back in the trunk and we are off , usually to a restaurant to eat, being outdoors sure makes me hungry. OK I know dry it out but at the moment we Kayak twice a week, and so far its not been a problem. I did get the deck, saves getting wet it makes it a bit tight getting in and out but everything comes at a cost. Pumping it to the right pressure is a learning curve, but I am happy with my purchase, trouble is I am going to end up pimping it out I know lol. The rail system , waterproof video camera, high backed lumber seats, backbone, oh dont forget the cargo deck bag, foot brace, kayak cart then the spray skirt for the winter. I wouldnt change it for the world, OK a different colour would be nice its a bit like a kayak from a jail!!
I made the mistake of purchasing one of the Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame convertible kayaks last year. My wife and I are experienced hard shell kayakers, typically doing 25-30 miles a weekend during the spring, summer and fall. Honestly, the Advanced Element kayak is one of the worst purchases I have ever made. I've had it out 3 times now and literally have not made it over 500 feet from the shoreline without turning back. The seat provides absolutely no back support, even though I have invested in the firmer, stiffer seat with the inflatable lumbar support. I find myself nearly laying backwards while trying to row. It's like constantly doing a situp in the kayak and it's the most uncomfortable and awkward activity. In my opinion, this is such a terrible piece of gear and so frustrating that I'm honestly not sure whether I want to dump it cheap on Craigslist or enjoy the satisfaction of slicing it to shreds with a box cutter. I am glad that I didn't start kayaking with an Advanced Elements inflatable or I would have never known how enjoyable this sport can be.
We have had great fun with our AE kayaks. They solve the transportation and storage problems. They are durable. Contrary to the negative reviewer, the backs are quite comfortable; just adjust the straps correctly.
Bought this kayak for my wife and I, and we love it! Took us about 30 minutes to set everything up the first time including double deck and backbone, but after a couple more trips, weve got this done to 20 minutes, and I expect we will get quicker. Extremely stable boat, tracks really well and find it quite comfortable Im 63 and 220lb. Took a brief paddle soloing from the rear seat as well, and found it very easy to control. The double deck conversion does a great job reducing the amount of water in the boat.