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ADVANCED ELEMENTS PackLite Kayak
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- Ultra compact - Lightweight and eco-friendly PVC-free materials provide compressibility and compactibility. The folded boat is 11" x 11" x 5" and weighs only 4 pounds, making it our lightest kayak.
- Durable and light - Unique reinforced material provides durability in a lightweight design.
- Stable and reliable - 35″ width and three-chamber design provide maximum on-water stability and reliability.
- Easy setup - Twistlok valves and high flow military style valves allow for quick setup time.
- Comfortable integrated seat - This inflatable kayak comes with a built-in seat for maximum comfort and performance.
- Mesh bow storage bag - The mesh carry bag doubles as a on-deck storage system for your items.
- Accessories included - This inflatable kayak comes with a mesh carry bag, a repair kit and an owner's manual. Pump NOT included
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Advanced Elements PackLite
The ultimate adventure accessory
Weighing in at 4 pounds, the PackLite Kayak is designed to be an extremely compact and lightweight recreational inflatable kayak equipped with several unique features to make it the perfect ultra-light kayak for paddling in the most remote locations. It has 3 chambers for optimum safety, packs down to 11”x11”x5”, and features easy to use Twistlok and military style valves for easy inflation. When out on the water, the mesh carry bag doubles as an on-deck gear bag for securing smaller items. Paddling a remote alpine lake or stream has never been this easy! * Pump and paddle sold separately.
- Ultra Compact: Lightweight PVC free materials provide compressibility and compactibility.
- Durable & Light: Unique reinforced material provides durability in a lightweight design.
- Stable & Reliable: 35″ width and three chamber design provide maximum on-water stability and reliability.
- Easy To Set Up: Twistlok valves and high flow military style valves allow for quick setup time.
- LENGTH 7’10″
- WIDTH 35″
- WEIGHT 4 LBS. (1.8 KG)
- PERSON- 1
- MAX. WEIGHT 250 LBS. (113 KG)
- MAX. PADDLER HEIGHT: 6’2″
- CHAMBERS 3
- FOLDED SIZE 11″ X 11″ X 5″
Key Features of the Packlite
Built in seat for maximum comfort and performance.
3 chambers for safety
3 Chambers for easy inflation and safety. Twistlok valves allow for quick and easy setup.
Mesh bow storage bag
The mesh carry bag doubles as a on-deck storage system for your items.
The folded boat is 11"x11"x5" and weighs only 4 pounds. The mesh carry bag also doubles as an on-deck storage system.
Advanced Elements: The Evolution of Inflatable Kayaks
Our goal at Advanced Elements is to enhance your outdoor experience by designing and manufacturing “Inflatable kayaks with cutting edge technology”. We are deep rooted in product development with patented technology, striving to develop inflatable kayaks, iSUPs, and paddlesports accessories that excel in performance, quality, and portability.
Designed in California, our goal at Advanced Elements is to develop new and unique paddlesports products that enhance our customers’ outdoor experience. Our focus is on designing and manufacturing “Inflatable kayaks with cutting edge technology” and providing excellent user experience. We are deep rooted in product development with patented technology, striving to develop inflatable kayaks, iSUPs, and paddlesports accessories that excel in performance, quality, and portability. All of our products have been designed to give paddlers the tools they need at the value that they deserve.
Advanced Elements Packlite Inflatable Kayak - The Packlite Inflatable Kayak by Advanced Elements is just what you need to paddle your favorite hidden alpine lake. Designed to be an extremely compact and lightweight recreational inflatable kayak, it is equipped with several unique features to make it the perfect ultra-light kayak for paddling in the most remote locations. Constructed from fabric reinforced polyurethane with welded seams, the ultra-light Packlite will be your go to source for fun on the water. Featuring easy to use Twistlok and one-way valves for easy inflation, it compresses down for optimum packability to a mere 11 inches by 11 inches by 5 inches. The mesh bag can be clipped to the body of the kayak allowing it to quickly convert to an on-deck gear bag when out on the water, conveniently securing smaller items. Don't let your favorite distant watering hole go unexplored any longer, now that you have the Packlite Inflatable Kayak by Advanced Elements.
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The packlite is a nice little craft. Highly portable and can be stored anywhere. Combined with the separate foot pump and paddle, everything fits into a bookbag sized day pack (if you allow the paddles to stick out of the top). I bought this over IKs for it's portability and over other packrafts as it's much more affordable.
I've put some time into watching videos and reading reviews before using it. One tip I can pass along is not to inflate the floor that much. Just enough to look like it has air in it. You should be able to step into and feel the floor/ground on the other side. It sounds weird but, it has enough air to float and reduces the chance of overloading the seams. I also found that the seat works better as a backrest than sitting on it. The other chambers I inflated until they were looking fully inflated but, still had mild creases and can take a depression.
On my first outing on a cold and choppy lake, I found it performs fine. It's pretty stable but, you will feel wake underneath you. It reminds me of a subdued waterbed. I've paddled into larger boat wake and like a sit on top, you'll just ride on top the waves. I don't feel I sit "high" on it. The d-rings on it are great, I was able to attach a large bag across the front. With bag on top, I found it actually a little snug and surprisingly cozy for a cold day. The air surrounding you helps insulate. You won't win any races with it as you'll need to use shallow strokes but, it will get you from point A to point B. That point to point travel is intriguing as you can begin and end your paddle wherever there's a viable shore. It's held up to my pack/unpack tests and dragging against pebble shoreline to launch and return. Need more time with it see how well it holds up but, so far it looks flawless.
I don't love everything about it. The floor and seat valves don't look very durable compared to the other valves. Even with practice and proper trials, I haven't been able to get it fold back down to the factory size. I got close enough to be satisfied however. This is even harder to do if you are in a rush to pack up after making it to shore. Depending on your launch, you'll need to clean it off when your back home as it'll pick up dirt, sand or pebbles. Drying isn't a huge issue though. My first outing took me 20 minutes to setup before I left shore. Some of that time was spent on other things so, I can probably cut the time down with practice. I also found itself and the necessary parts to get out on the water a little pricey for what you get but, that may change if I get a lot of mileage out of it.
Overall, if you are looking for something that you can store and take anywhere (especially isolated waterways) but, don't want to spend a small fortune on a packraft, this is a solid craft.
OPTIONAL: I was able to find the outer cover for this kayak. This is a game changer as it encloses the deck, adds a skeg for tracking, adds a bunting ring for spray skits and another layer of ripstop material over the entire unit, protecting it further. This makes it seem more like an inflatable sit inside kayak than a dinghy. I used it after my initial trial laps and makes the whole package seem more complete. I feel confident taking into choppy waters and slow rivers with this. However, it does add more weight, setup time and does not pack down as small as the craft itself. Be advised, It's becoming rare to find online.
The boat is great for the price and I am Ok with the valves because there is an adapter included. My weight is 75 kg, and it was not necessary to put extra weight in the front to balance the boat.
In less than 3 months he began to take off the loops(dring).
By Amazon Customer on March 17, 2017
In less than 3 months he began to take off the loops(dring).
I downgraded my 2 start to a 1 star. I could not find a valve adapter. The kayak was useless to me so I have returned it.
Durable/high pressure - unlike the pvc boats. This boat is a polyurethane covered nylon and will accept 2 PSI. Care must be taken to relief the pressure if keeping the boat in the sun.
Safe - multiple air chambers
The boat does not come with a seat. I have to use an Alpackaraft seat.
Valves on the main chambers force you to use a pump. They do not allow inflation/topping up the pressure by mouth
The shape of the boat forces you to add weight in the front if you want to go anywhere
Valves - I would prefer it if AE downgraded to Boston Valves. I think they should be functional to 2 PSI, and will allow inflation by o mouth/inflation bag (no need to carry a pump)
Seat - add a seat AE. The seat in Alpackaraft Yukon Yak works perfectly in your boat
Shape- Make the boat narrower inside (by 2-3 inches at least- make it fit snugly, like Alpackaraft), and add an inch to the diameter of the lateral tubes. Also, add more flotability in the rear (make the rear longer), and you have a excellent boat. You will have no competition.
Add a Velcro or flaps attachment for a small plastic skeg. This is not that important.
Ah, and the color - a solid color would be so much nicer.
The way it is right now it earns a well deserved 4 stars. I do not regret buying this boat, and I am using it all the time.
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