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.
Quality inflatable kayak, fairly easy set up, stable, pure fun!
Note that I purchased this product on Austin Kayak as it was not only the cheapest online but had a sale for 15% off all accessories with the Kayak. I highly recommend getting a pair of kayak PFD's. On top of free shipping, there is no sales tax if you are out of state - triple win. In the days where Amazon is king, its cool to see these guys as a big contender in the kayak world. The downside is that ACK uses FedEx and 2 our of 3 shipments from them have been late (No issue on ACK's part who have stellar customer service but how outright terrible Fedex is.) First thing I wanted to talk about is how beautiful this kayak is when inflated. It doesn't look like a cheap inflatable but a real product engineered for serious kayaking. I love it's intense orange color and how everything (but the kayak bag) seems so well thought-out and designed. I definitely feel that I am enjoying a product that took years to refine to its current iteration. I just completed my first 1.5 hour trip with this tandem kayak on a fairly still, large lake with a couple of other kayaks, sailboats, and the occasional speedboat. It was overall a pretty stellar, problem- free experience. Kayak setup was straight forward as I’ve set it up and took it down the previous day in my garage. I bought a double-action pump with a gauge and essentially just eyeballed the pressure of every part (I followed the PSI pressure guide the first time in my garage so understand generally how "stiff" all the parts should be.) I had no issues with buoyancy or tracking in the water. Attached are some pics from the trip! I am a beginner kayaker (only been a few times a few years ago) but plan on working my way up to doing some protected ocean- side trips. I purchased the backbone component but decided not to use it my first time just to see what its like without it. I would say if you are just going recreationally on calm lakes and calm waters, you will not miss out a lot by not having the backbone — you go plenty fast and track and turn decently enough, though I'm sure with backbone support it would be even better (will update). The backbone does come with a lot of scary warnings to be more gentle with landings into sharp rocks or hard surfaces that the kayak without the backbone can do no problem. My girlfriend was initially afraid of getting in an "inflatable kayak" but we found the kayak so stable loading, paddling, and unloading, that even she quickly trusted the dependability of it. Our speed was surprisingly fast on the lake, not as fast as the expensive 20-ft single-person kayaks we saw but way faster than my brother's inflatable boat with three-paddlers (pictured. Then again this product costs 4x more than his inflatable). I found I could even make decent speed with my partner on the front, not paddling. Recommendations: - Any bad reviews I ever see of this product on Amazon or ACK seem to due to lack of proper air pressure. You cannot use an electric pump to get you all the way, it just can't output as much PSI as you need. The Advanced Elements Double Action Inflatable Kayak Pump (or any other similar double action pump) will get you there quickly and easily. 10-15 mins setup as others have stated is about right. - As others say, the first time you pull this kayak out of the case remember how its folded. You want to fold it exactly the same way for problem-free pack up. Essentially you fold it in half length-wise (making the kayak thinner) then you fold each end a 3rd in, followed by a third more folding to fold it all the way. - The first time I put this kayak in its bag, like others, I had a hard time making it fit. Packing the kayak away the second time on the other hand was super problem free and I even had room to fit tons of accessories. The trick is to not only release the air out of all the inlets but 1) Use your pump to ensure ALL the air is out before packing up (most important) 2) Close the valves once the air is out to ensure none gets back (less important but still useful, I am still experimenting with this) - The bag as everyone says, is totally useable and useful but using the same material could have been constructed into a back pack or something else easier to carry. If you have to carry this kayak down the road to reach a launch point it may be useful to get a foldaway cart for the bag as you will need to make a trip back to your car anyways to put the pump and other stuff away. Now that I have one successful trip on this kayak I plan on getting the "Advanced Elements Rapid Up Sail" and eventually an "Advanced Elements Double Deck Conversion" for protected bay / ocean paddling. Will update this review with more trip experiences! Overall, I couldn't ask for a better portable kayak, another happy customer. Thanks Advanced Frame. Thanks ACK!