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4.0 out of 5 stars Tandem kayak + accessories, September 2, 2009
This review is from: Advanced Elements AE1007-R AdvancedFrame Convertible Inflatable Kayak (Sports)
We just purchased this kayak plus accessories and went on several paddles (river, large lakes, small lakes) in the Eastern Sierra. Here's a little review of each part we got (minus PFDs and paddles):

*The boat is great -- comfortable, sturdy, handled well, pretty easy to set up. It was a pain to clean at the end of our trip mostly because it's hard to dry it out well without fully disassembling it more than you otherwise ever have to. It would be more convenient to have a solid kayak for ease of getting going, but this one fits in the back of our subaru, in our garage, etc. It seems more versatile than other more raft-like inflatable kayaks which seem more appropriate to rivers (but I don't really know).

*The pump -- we got the Advanced Elements hand pump with gauge. The gauge was very useful for determining how much air to put in since it's not always intuitive. The dual-action hand pump is pretty fast and effective. We ended up replacing it because after a hot day in the car the air in the pump pushed the handle out, which was then pushed on by something else in our car, and it melted in an immovable position. Fortunately the brand-free knockoff at the local Rite-Aid was the exact same pump down to nearly matching packaging. So you could save some money by just starting with that.

*The optional zip-on deck: we used this sometimes, not with spray skirts but as a splash deck. Without it the person in back gets a lot of spray from the front person's paddle, and has no sun coverage on the legs. It makes almost no difference for the person in front.

*The stiffening bar: we used this on about half of our trips. It improves tracking, but we didn't have much trouble without it either. Probably most useful for travel on rivers with current or large lakes. The one pain is that it goes under the floor so you have to pull out the seats and floor to put it in and take it out each time you use it. Without it in you can just deflate the kayak, fold the whole thing in half or thirds and stuff it in the back of the car.

*Other: we did not use the bilge pump or kayak sponge we got because you float so high in an inflatable you don't really swamp with water (and you're at no risk of submerging even if you take on some water). But I suppose it's good to have these things. A tiny clip-on dry bag is a nice addition to this boat since the seat-back zipper compartments are pretty useless.
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Initial post: Nov 28, 2009 7:47:38 AM PST
Kernman says:
Would this be a good choice as a fitness kayak? I'm a novice and have access to a large calm lake nearby. I wanted somehing inexpensive and portable to try out as part of an exercise program. Is the drag on the inflatable noticable? Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2009 6:37:37 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 9, 2009 6:47:37 AM PST
Ron PA says:
If you don't need an inflatable then rigid kayaks are superior and would be more rewarding in the speed you can achieve for the effort expended and even the smaller advanced elements inflatables would give more speed. The convertible is for 2 people or one person and cargo and is pretty good for an inflatable as far as speed but I think sevylor has some fast inflatable models too. Also I've been interested in the pricey cadence pedal kayaks and you might as well drool over them along with me.

Ali B: wack your front paddler on the head until he/she learns to stop throwing water back.

Posted on Oct 24, 2010 9:48:43 PM PDT
DMB says:
It is true you do sit high in the kayak especially if you inflate the floor board well enough. But don't be fooled to think you don't take in water. Every time you paddle a little drips in and gets underneath and you don't know it because it goes down under the nice inflatable floor board. At the end of an all day 7 mile paddle I was dragging unaware of the pool of water under the nice dry floor. I did sponge through out the day as well. What I have to figure out is how to get the bilge pump down under a firm wall to wall inflated floor to pump the water weight from underneath.
It really does zip along as long as you're not toting extra water.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2010 1:06:10 AM PDT
Ron PA says:
There are "drip rings" that go on your paddle shaft near the blades that interrupt water flowing down the shaft when you raise each side in turn and will keep your kayak much drier.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2013 10:49:22 PM PDT
If you're out for exercise, does the drag really matter?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2013 8:29:52 AM PST
Ron PA says:
Of course it does or why not just get stationary equipment in your basement. I love shallow, smooth, high current, sections of river where I'm really flying over the rocks on the bottom.
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