Product: Intex Explorer K2 Kayak – 2 Person Inflatable Kayak Set
What’s Included?: Everything you need to get started – High Quality Inflatable Kayak, Aluminum Oars and High Output Air Pump
Dimensions: 36 x 20 x 123 inches
Price: $94.99 (+ FREE Shipping on Amazon.com)
Why Own One?: Easy to set up and transport – A great way to spend time outdoors on the water as a couple or with a friend or family member!
Best Price on: Amazon.com
Our Rating: 9 out of 10
Amazon Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars (over 1000 customer reviews)
The Intex Explorer K2 Kayak is an excellent choice for beginners interested to explore the world of kayaking and do not want to spend too much money first up. If you are like us initially, no experience and unsure if kayaking is right for you, an inflatable kayak is the perfect way to get started.
As with every item we have purchased, we did a thorough research for a good quality, but also affordable 2 person inflatable kayak. One that stood out was the Intex Explorer K2 Kayak, which is not only certified by the National Marine Manufacture Association, but this inflatable kayak also has particularly high positive reviews from exceptionally happy customers.
We have found many great features with the Intex Explorer K2 Kayak. Besides being made with heavy duty puncture-resistant vinyl material, the K2 comes with:
- comfortable adjustable inflatable seats with backrests
- a cargo net at the front for storage (water bottles etc.)
- extra comfy with a roomy cockpit (extra leg space while paddling)
- removable skeg for directional stability
- grab line and handle on both ends of the kayak for convenience carrying
- high visibility (bright yellow color) in case of emergency
- a repair patch kit
- suitable for lakes and mild rivers
The Intex Explorer K2 Kayak Set comes with a set of 86″ aluminum oars and high output air pump, so you can pretty much head straight to the water and start paddling. The air pump is easy to use, just plug it into the Boston valve on each side and start pumping air into the kayak – you’ll have a fully inflated kayak in no time. In reverse, when you’re ready to pack up, unplug the valves to deflate the kayak, before folding it up and placing it in the car. Each of the aluminum oars comes in 3 pieces, which is easy to assemble and bonus for transportation and storage.
Inflatable Kayak vs Hard-shell Kayak
Why did we choose to buy an inflatable kayak instead of a hard-shell kayak?
To be honest, at the beginning, we did not know that there was such a thing as an inflatable kayak. So we started off searching for a traditional hard-shell kayak instead, online and in-store. We were quickly disappointed to discover that it will cost us more than what we had budgeted for to purchase a traditional kayak (approximately $700 – $1000). Additionally, with limited storage space in our almost full garage, even with shuffling a few things around, storing two kayaks was going to be quite challenging!
With the strong urge to have our own kayaks, especially to take with us while we go camping near a lake or river on our weekend getaways, we persisted with our hunt for one that will suit us. Luck was upon us on one fine day, while browsing at a camping store, we stumbled upon the wonderful invention of inflatable kayaks. We were over the moon! Having an inflatable kayak ticks all of our boxes – our own kayak, minimal storage space, easy to transport and quick set up! We could not be happier with our discovery.
As beginners in kayaking, stability is more important than speed. Although we know that we will not go as fast in an inflatable kayak compared to a hard-shell kayak, as an inflatable kayak is wider and therefore more friction with the water, feeling safe was definitely a higher priority. From personal experience, the inflatable kayak can still pick up some speed and definitely have loads of fun with!
In terms of durability, it is obvious that a hard-shell kayak is stronger than an inflatable kayak. However, inflatable kayaks are quite durable as they are made with heavy duty material, similar to material used to make whitewater rafts, which is used in considerably rough conditions. In the rare event that you accidentally puncture your kayak, the inflatable kayak will not just ‘pop’. The leak will occur slowly, which almost always allow you to paddle back to shore safely or shallow waters. Fixing the leak is easy and low cost, which involves gluing on a patch and leaving overnight – simple! Don’t forget that a hard-shell kayak, though stronger, can also be damaged, and will definitely cost much more to repair!
Do’s and Don’ts – Important Things You Should Know about Inflatable Kayaking
When we were beginners, new to inflatable kayaking, we were given some great advice by experts on what we should do and also shouldn’t do while out on our inflatable kayak. We found them to be very helpful and would like to pass on what we were taught as well as lessons learnt through personal experience. So here they are, hope you find them useful!
- Pump up the inflatable kayak to maximum capacity for optimal stability and comfort in the water
- Ensure even distribution of weight in the inflatable kayak for better stability. If one person using a 2 person kayak, it is best that the person takes the back seat, but places something of approximately the same body weight (like weights) on the front seat for even weight distribution.
- Have your pump and repair kit with you for emergencies
- A bottle of drinking water to keep hydrated
- Bring a whistle to get attention if need help
- Bring a mobile phone in case of emergency
- Always ensure that you protect yourself and you are dressed appropriately according to the weather/season – e.g. warm clothes; water resistant/ water proof gear; hat; sunscreen; sunglasses
- Last but not least, always let someone know where you are going and what time you’ll roughly be back, especially if going to secluded areas
- Avoid dragging your inflatable kayak especially on rough surfaces to prevent damaging the bottom of the kayak. Instead, always try to carry it to/from the water back to the car using the handles provided, which can be found on both ends of the Intex Explorer K2 Kayak
- When paddling, avoid running into objects that could potentially damage the inflatable kayak, like sharp edges, rocks etc. Always look ahead and go around if possible.
- Don’t panic when you encounter waves. Instead, remain calm and try to position your kayak facing towards the waves to avoid being hit from the side, which has a higher chance of overturning your kayak.
- Don’t kayak while under the influence of alcohol for your own safety. Always stay alert while on the water.
- Don’t leave your kayak too close to the shore or unattended, as tides can change rapidly and the waves can take your inflatable kayak out far far away from land
Final Thoughts on the Intex Explorer K2 Kayak
Having our own inflatable kayak is truly a great way to get out on the water and has given us the opportunity to explore nature at a different level. The Intex Explorer K2 Kayak has proven to be an excellent product to take on the water, perfect for leisure and fun with loved ones. The K2 is affordable and quality exceeds expectations for what it is priced at in retail. Comparing to a hard-shell kayak, which costs at least a few hundred dollars more, you can’t go wrong with the K2 inflatable kayak for the price, especially if you are looking to just have some fun or try out kayaking. Highly durable, stable on water, easy to store, transport, set up and deflate, as well as comes complete with a set of aluminum oars and air pump, the Intex Explorer K2 Kayak is indeed a great inflatable kayak set to have for your next outdoor adventure!
I hope you enjoyed this review, if you have any questions or would like to share your experience or thoughts on the Intex Explorer K2 Kayak, please leave your comments below!