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Sevylor Quikpak K5 1-Person Kayak
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- 5-minute setup lets you spend more time on the water
- Easy-to-carry backpack system turns into the seat
- 24-gauge PVC construction is rugged for lake use
- Tarpaulin bottom and polyester cover provide durable protection from punctures
- Multiple air chambers allow another chamber to stay inflated if one is punctured
- Airtight® System is guaranteed not to leak
- Double Lock™ valves use two locking points for easy inflation/deflation
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Hit the water in as little as five minutes with the Sevylor Quikpak K5 1-Person Kayak, where getting to your next trek is as easy as backpack - unpack - kayak. The innovative backpack system carries everything you need to get going and ultimately folds out into your kayak's seat. The 24-gauge PVC construction, rugged tarpaulin bottom and thick polyester cover easily handle the rigors of the lake. Just in case you do hit a snag, the multiple air chambers will help you get back to shore. Spray covers help keep you dry from splashed water. The D-Rings and bungee storage areas let you carry more gear on your trip that's easily accessible.
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1. These kayaks assemble and inflate very quickly - less than 5 minutes.
2. Perfect size - I'm 6' 2", 185lbs, and I had some room to spare. Plus they aren't that heavy and much easier to travel with than a hard body.
3. Easy to pack - each kayak carried a tent, an extra paddle, the pump, a day bag w/ food, 3L water bladder, a filled dry sack hooked to float behind, an extra Class I PFD, river shoes, and a few beers ;)
4. Highly responsive manuevering - I was able to paddle quickly through rough rapids, turn on a dime, paddle backwards, and slide right into a muddy bank landing.
5. A trick I learned when I got sucked in between 2 boulders less than 3ft apart - if you lean back hard on the back rest and push your feet down on the foot rest, you will pick up off your butt, stretch the kayak length ways, and slide through tight spots or over shallow waters.
6. After the expensive paddle I bought to replace the included paddle, which is universally trashed in these reviews, BROKE in the rapid immediately before the biggest rapid, I was forced to use the included paddle. And it worked great! It wasnt as comfortable and did give me a blister or two, but heck - it saved my life when I wrote it off.
7. Easy to dry - remove the bladder from the cover slip and hang both out to dry for a day.
I really cant come up with a single con for this product. It has exceeded my expectations and held up to some real abuse. I'll update this review if it ever fails me, but I really doubt it ever will.
I took this boat out twice, once for a 3 hour calm lake paddle, and then the next day for a 6 hour lazy river float with a couple of class I-II rapids. I had taken the exact same river float in the Intex K1 a month prior.
First off, this boat really, really wedges you into a confined seating position with zero leg room, one that I could never get entirely comfortable with. Even after inflating & deflating three times, completely taking the bladder out and making sure it was precisely aligned within the tarpaulin outer shell, trying many different seating alignments, pumping it up yet again trying two different inflation sequences (which I thought was important, because the manual blatantly contradicts itself about this within the first five pages)--this thing is just not fun to be in. I'm 5' 9' with a 30 inch inseam-- not exactly giant material, and much more average than some of these 6 ft + tall people claiming it's practically a lazy-boy. I found the Intex to be much more open and accommodating, especially on the long river float. I could see a 6 footer in the Intex, but I wouldn't recommend more than 5' 6' or 5' 7' in the Quikpak.
I swear this is not an Intex plug, just my objective comparison of the two, perhaps slightly colored by my overriding feeling of disappointment with the Coleman Quikpak.
My next issue is the tracking on this boat was atrocious. The non-detachable rubber skeg molded onto the taurpaulin outer shell was very lopsided out of the box, and many attempts to right it never met with lasting success, as the pliable rubber always seemed to come to rest ultimately askew. Even with careful packing in its backpack, the way the skeg is designed it seems like this would be a recurrent problem. The hard plastic skeg on the Intex is detachable, and so is always perfectly straight when installed. In the Quikpak I couldn't even float for 5 seconds without veering sharply or turning circles. This made casual coasting, sipping a beverage, wildlife/bird watching, or trying to take a picture frustrating--and again, just not that fun.
Then there's the seat. It is super thin with very little support, and the bright neon green color seems primed to show contrasty mud and other stains almost immediately. Since the seat is also the backpack this seems like a poor choice. I couldn't make it more than an hour in this seat without lots of fiddling around and repositioning, and then still being uncomfortable. The very simple if slightly PITA inflatable seat of the Intex was definitely more comfortable, especially for the longer float.
And then there's the outfitting. This is where I found the pictures to be somewhat misleading, as I think the bungees and D-rings on the zip-on spray skirt are purely for show. The skirt decking has no tautness or inflated structure at all, such that anything at all you put on top of the kayak droops down and essentially sits right down in your lap. I wouldn't want to keep much of anything on it, certainly not a small cooler or anything above a single small pair of binoculars or a waterproof cellphone. You combine that worthlessness with the claustrophobia wedge that the skirt really, really traps you into, and I soon found myself keeping it uninstalled and shoved between the bladder and the outer shell. And if it's at all hot and sunny, as it was on both days I went out (low 90s), then forget about it--insta-sweaty leg/crotch city right there.
Okay, this screed is too long already, so I'll just jump to the last salient issue that annoyed the crap out of me: the 2 part bladder/taurpaulin shell design is a real SOB to deal with. Think long and hard about how important this level of portability/ease of storage really is to you, because you're going to spend a whole lot of time post-use drying and wiping this thing out. And if you do it right you're basically doing it twice: taking the inner bladder out and totally reinflating it so you can wipe it out and leave it in the sun to dry out for a day, and then separately dumping the water out of and wiping out the outer shell before you find another large area in the sun to dry it for a day. If you don't do this every time you use the boat it will mildew inside. And then after that day in the sun, you're still not done. You then have to reinsert the bladder and make sure it is properly aligned, which isn't a 30 second job, and then after that fold everything perfectly enough that the whole package fits in its little backpack. For me this kinda zaps the fun out of using the Quikpak, and I think it would dissuade me from using it as frequently as I had hoped.
All of this negative critique aside, with the complete exception of the paddle (POS) the quality of the materials at least seemed to be pretty high. The outer shell seemed sturdy and the canvas top is definitely a step up from the Intex. And the whole backpack idea is pretty cool.
If you are an exceedingly patient women or petite man of below average height for whom easy storage and transport are paramount and you have no qualms about maintaining a high paddle cadence to compensate for dismal tracking--I could maybe recommend this boat to you. What I would probably do instead is recommend you take your money and sit on it until you have enough to buy a used one-piece hardshell or a modular hardshell if you absolutely have to keep it small.
I've returned this boat.
Now for the pros-
Much better quality build than what I expected. I've had several people stop me and ask me about it. It's quite rigid. I've scraped some barnacle covered rocks and other sketchy stuff and didn't even stress. It's a series of bladders inside a durable outer covering. The bottom of it is thick, really thick.
Because it's inflatable it's crazy comfortable. I could paddle all day in it. Actually, I have paddled all day in it.
I chose this because I didn't want to use a rack on my new car, nor did I want to go on a long road trip with a kayak on my roof. This kayak actually is easy to set up and break down. Folds up nice and goes in the trunk with plenty of room to spare.
I live in Central Florida, and there's all kinds of waterways to explore, both salt water, and fresh. I've been in both, and my kayak is still looking great. I'm happy to say this thing has really impressed me. Hope if you get one, you'll love yours like I love mine.
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