Frequently Asked Questions for all of our inflatable kayaks:
What size pump fitting do I need?
The 3/4″ pump fitting is universal to all valves on Advanced Elements kayaks.
Where is the instruction manual located?
The owners’ manual is located in clear plastic pouch on the inside of the duffel bag. If you need an extra manual it can be downloaded from the AdvancedElements.com website.
Where is my repair kit located?
The repair kit is located in the mesh pocket on the back of your seat. For the Firefly and the Lagoon models, it is located in the mesh pocket on top of the kayak.
Does it come with a carry case?
Yes, all of the Advanced Elements inflatable kayaks come complete with a very heavy-duty duffel bag for transportation and storage of your kayak.
What is the best way to pack the boat back into the duffle bag?
Most models have instructions for folding in the instruction manual. If the kayak is correctly folded, it usually goes back in the bag pretty easily.
Where do I order replacement parts?
Contact Us for help with getting a replacement part.
What kind of pump should I use?
Why doesn’t my 12-volt pump fully inflate my kayak?
It is not powerful enough. The 12v pump is a great way to get the kayak started, but for full inflation a bellows foot pump or double-action hand pump is necessary.
Why does air come out when I remove the pump from the main valve?
Your valve is in the deflate position when the plunger is pushed in. Push the plunger with your finger and twist until it pops up. Refer to your manual for proper inflation and deflation techniques.
How should I store my boat?
When storing for an extended period of time, we recommend storing your kayak deflated in a cool dry area, out of direct sunlight.
What other accessories do you suggest?
These are a few other accessories that we would suggest if you don’t already have them.
- Bellows style foot pump (to take with you).
- A good quality paddling PFD (lifejacket) designed for kayaking.
- One or two roll-top dry bags (for stowing gear on deck or behind your seat).
- A 4-part break-down paddle (so it will fit in your kayak duffel bag).
How should I clean the kayak?
Use a hose to rinse it with freshwater, use a towel to mop out the excess water and let it air dry before packing away for extended periods.
How Do I Know if the Pressure is Right?
It is important not to over inflate your kayak because it could cause damage, but it is equally important not to under inflate your kayak, because it won’t perform well on the water.
Your kayak should be quite firm to touch, and it should be rigid when you pick it up at either end.
The best way to be sure you have the right pressure is to use a pressure gauge. The Double Action Hand Pump With Gauge has a built in pressure gauge, OR you can get the Inline Valve Adaptor with Gauge for use with any pump.
How Stable are your inflatable kayaks?
Stability is a very important consideration when choosing a kayak. A stable kayak is:
- safer for those who are not very experienced – your chance of falling out of the kayak when you are a long way from shore is greatly reduced if the kayak is stable
- easier to get back into if you do fall out – a stable kayak will generally stay flat in the water whilst you pull yourself onto it
- relaxing – you don’t have to be consciously aware of every move you make – you can chat with your paddling partner, look at the scenery or the fish, take photos etc.
- less strenuous – constant core strength is not required in stable kayaks, in fact several customers have chosen the AdvancedFrame Expedition for long paddling voyages because the stability means they are saving lots of energy, which makes a big difference over long distances
- great for fishing – cast and reel-in with abandon!
All of the Advanced Elements inflatable kayaks are very stable, except for the AirFusion Elite, which has a narrow rounded hull designed for speeding through choppy water.