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 have had this Kayak since summer 2009 and i love it. Its tough, i have hit plenty of rocks and rubbbed up against plenty of rough/sharp surfaces and this kayak could care less. Inflating take about 10-15 mins if you space off like i do. I use a double pump to pump it up, gives my shoulders a nice warm up. Its heavy, weighing in around 56 pounds i believe. It is comfortable to ride around for hours in this thing, it can be converted easily into a single user, but here is where a small problem starts. Its easier to kayak with your feet braced against something, and if you are sitting in the back you got something to brace your feet against, no problems; but if you sit in the front or convert this into a single seat kayak, you will have problems because you will have nothing to brace your feet against. You will need to buy the separate footbrace available on this site for $59, trust me, I have had this Kayak for 4 summers now. I am 6 foot. The seats are fine, but at times i wish they were more comfortable. I hope i have been able to provide what other reviews are missing. I didnt want to repeat others, so this is an alternative. Bottom line, I love this Kayak.
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 bought this kayak for our vacation at Lake Tahoe. I was impressed with it's size while in the storage bag. We were able to easily fit it in our skybox for the trip. It was very easy to pump up and get into the water, I do suggest a good double action pump. Everyone in the family used it over the week and had a great time. My wife and I took it on a 2 hr paddle out in deep water and it tracked well and was stable. I was really impressed with ACK and their customer service! We did not think we were going to get it on time for our trip and ACK worked to get it to us! The communication was great with calls every couple of days to let us know status.
Excellent, get ready in 5 mins.