Lagoon and Firefly Inflatable Kayak Models
What materials are the Firefly and Lagoon models made of?
The outside cover is made with two different materials; the topside is a high-denier Polyester with a PVC laminate, while the bottom (Hull) is made with extremely durable PVC tarpaulin.
PVC tarpaulin is made by combining two sheets of vinyl with a fabric mesh in the middle.
The perimeter of the cover is electronically welded so that it is watertight.
The inflatable tube is made of heavy-duty PVC. When the tube is inflated the outer cover, which does not stretch, takes form and the kayak becomes rigid.
The seats are constructed using a very durable 420D Nylon Rip-stop fabric with a Polyurethane coating. This offers comfort and support. The seats will float should they happen to get outside of the kayak.
What type of valves do the Firefly and Lagoon inflatable kayaks use?
The main chambers use the Advanced Elements Spring Valve. This valve has the function and durability of other military type valves and is compatible with most standard pumps. The Advanced Elements Spring Valve has a spring loaded plunger for easy inflation and deflation settings. To change from inflate (doesn’t let air out of the chamber) to deflate (doesn’t let air into the chamber) you simply push in with your finger and twist. The other chambers are the Twistlok valves.
How well do these kayaks paddle straight?
The Firefly and Lagoon inflatable kayaks are more manoeuvrable because of their shorter length, however both kayaks have a tracking fin and a skid plate which improve tracking.
The Lagoon2 is longer and tracks very nicely with two people, or with one person and gear.
Are these kayaks self-bailing?
No, these are NOT self-bailing kayaks.
How long do the kayaks take to inflate and deflate?
On average it takes about 3-6 minutes to inflate, depending on the model and depending on whether you use a double action hand pump or a foot pump. The double action hand pump is quicker, but harder on the body. It will obviously take longer than that the first time you setup as you will want to get familiar with the components and the instructions.
How does the bow and stern design improve the performance?
The bow has a narrow, sharp and raised design which reduces the water resistance as you paddle and prevents waves from breaking on the deck of the kayak as you paddle. The Stern has been designed to close the water behind the kayak to keep the kayak travelling straight.
Can I fit a spray skirt on these kayaks?
You can attach a spray skirt to the inflatable coaming on the Lagoon and Lagoon2 inflatable kayaks. The Firefly does not have inflatable coaming, so you can not attach a skirt.
Note that the inflatable coaming is not rigid, so the skirt attachment would not be sufficient for Eskimo rolls, but it will keep excess water out of the boat and keep the warmth in on cold day.
How many air chambers are there?
3 in the Firefly, 6 in the Lagoon and 8 in the Lagoon2.