Innova Safari Inflatable Kayak
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- Tough Inflatable Boats in Small Backpacks
- Only Weighs 24 Lbs.!
- Take it Anywhere
- Great for Surfing
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The Innova Safari inflatable kayak is great for technical
paddling on whitewater, ocean surf, placid rivers and lakes. The Safari offers a
very wide range of capability. Paddlers the world over use the Safari for
expedition touring, flatwater day trips, ocean surfing, and Class III whitewater
rivers. How can one small kayak do so much?
The Safari has a very efficient, low-drag hull shape. Because it is self-bailing, the kayak handles rough conditions easily and has a low profile against the wind. The removable fin makes the Safari inflatable track like a much longer kayak, yet it can be quickly detached for whitewater river paddling.
The Safari side tubes inflate very firmly to create a rigid, integrated hull that delivers surfing and turn carving performance comparable to hard-shell kayaks. Thigh straps, which are standard equipment, provide precise control and allow Eskimo rolling as well. Weighing a scant 25 lbs., Safari packs into its own drybag/backpack small enough for the kayak to be an airline carryon. This same drybag/backpack fits behind the Safari seat for dry storage when paddling.
· River Rating: Class III
· Length: 10 ft.
· Width: 28 in.
· Weight: 24 lbs.
· Air Chambers: 3 Main
· Capacity: 220 lbs (1 person)
· Packed Dimensions: 10 by 17 by 20 inches
· Material: 1200-denier Nitrylon™ - No PVC!
· Includes: Drybag/Backpack for transport
· Includes: Thigh Straps
· Color: Red
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The main reason for this kayak is mostly flatwater, with a little playtime in the ocean surf. I do not want a hardshell and have to deal with transporting and storage. This weights 24lbs and fits nicely in a supplied backpack. The footrest and seat needs to be inflated by mouth, however the footrest takes only 2-3 puffs, and the seat is around 15. I have no problem with it.
Regarding the comments about water inside, it is self bailing so any water washed in goes right out. There will be a small pocket of water under the seat due to the holes, however its actually less than my other inflateable kayak because the other one the water can't get out. Without a skirt, all kayaks get water inside, it just depends if you want to bail it out yourself, or have it self bailing or be willing to sit in it.
Highly recommend this kayak, it's pricey but you get what you pay for.
If you happen to be a surfer this boat will allow you to continue to have some fun on days when it is too small to be fun on a regular surfboard. In larger waves things get crazy and dangerous fast because this boat is so floaty. I have found myself instantly and unexpectedly entangled in the knee straps and being dragged underneath the boat a number of times when I had thought I was in complete control.
Oh, and it is most definitely rollable with practice but is nowhere near as easy to roll as a hardshell sit-inside.