Got it for my daughter and she loves it. Very sturdy, well made and easy to inflate deflate.
Excellent Kayak. Feels very much like a hard shell. Great handling. Opted for this over the Expedition because of weight, length, and rigidity. I'm using it without a backbone, I would think it would be indistinguishable from hard shells with one. Inflates in about 2 minutes and deflates and folds in 1. I usually wipe mine with a towel after use so it takes a couple of minutes. Get the double (not single) action pump. Foldability is priceless!
The only two issues are: Storage capacity is limited, but that's expected. The other is a tendency to skew to the right. This can be compensated for by skipping a left paddle every now and then.
Austin Kayaks has the best price on the net. SHipping was very fast too (less than 5 days).
The Advanced Elements Advanced Frame Kayak and AF1 Backbone are a must for any kayaker. So easy to deploy, so easy to transport, so very robust, extremely well made. What a treat! Definitely get the backbone as it's this feature which makes the kayak a non-compromise (without it the kayak will "taco"). Otherwise no complaints at all. Great for fishing or just paddling around. I recommend this model for anybody >100lb and <230lbs. My 115lb girlfriend is able to carry hers which is extremely good for when she's solo. Under 6'2" is best. I'm 6' and have no trouble fitting so longs as my shoes are off, have about 2" of space between my feet and the front tube.
Great kayak. My wife and I didn't have enough space in our suite to
store hard-shell kayaks and Advanced Elements has served as a
great alternative. Able to set up in literally 5 minutes- simple to
disassemble and pack up again, extremely durable, able to keep up
(or surpass) friends in hard shell kayaks. This has really been an
Awesome kayak! Lightweight, easy to assemble, really nice to
paddle. I was concerned to buy an inflatable kayak, but changed
my mind on the first time I tried it. Since then, every time I use it
someone is asking about it and 2 of my friends bought the similar
models. A little bit tight to get in and out (opening the zipper on
the deck helps) and foot rest is not the best, but considering the
pros and cons, I am really happy with this kayak.
It also requires some special treatment during the deflation as you
need to dry the kayak to prevent mold formation. Use a water
repellent spray on the deck to speed the drying time.
For the price, I would expect to get a pump included on the pack.
I love this kayak. It's easily portable, very comfortable, tracks well,
and inflates in less than 10 minutes. I now own two Advanced
Elements, and wouldn't go back to the hard kayaks.
This is a great kayak. We bought two different types of inflatables to
test, as we planned to have three (one for me, and one for each of
my kids). This one was by far superior in every way but weight to
the other one we tried, and it is light enough to manage (i'm a small,
not particularly strong woman, and my son is 12, and we can both
haul this around without issues).
We love it. we've taken it out multiple times and enjoyed it every
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
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.
Make sure your top criteria is
portability. Make sure you get
a backbone. Given these 2
things, you won't feel odd or
left behind amongst the sleek
sea kayaks or SOTs out there.
Outstandin Price, Fast FREE
shipping, will do
buisness again. For Sure!
Bought 2 to keep in the RV.
Set up and take down was easy.
Boats handled well on the
windy day we tested them,
crosswind, downwind, no
problem. The little skeg
worked well. They are not,
however as efficient as hard
shell boats, so expect to
paddle shorter distances.
Also, there is a high
likelihood of getting wet as
you exit, as there is nowhere
else to push yourself up,
except the sides, and I've
pushed a side or two under the
waterline without realizing
it... Until the seat filled