StraitEdge Inflatable Kayak Models
What kind of valves do the StraitEdge kayak models have?
The main chambers use the Advanced Elements Spring Valve. These valves have a setting for inflate (doesn’t let air out) and deflate (doesn’t let air in). You can change between inflate and deflate by pushing and twisting the valve with your finger. The floor chamber is a Boston valve.
How does the aluminium ribs in the bow and stern improve the performance of the StraitEdge kayaks?
The aluminium rib in the bow gives it a vertically narrow shape, which allows it to cut through the water, reducing resistance.
The bow is also quite high, which helps prevent waves from breaking over the kayak when you are in open ocean conditions.
The aluminium rib in the stern closes the water behind the boat and acts like a skeg to keep the kayak traveling straight.
What are the deflated and packed dimensions of the StraitEdge kayak models?
StraitEdge kayak (AE1006) : 99cm x 46cm x 24cm
StraitEdge Angler kayak (AE1006-ANG) : 76cm x 43cm x 25cm
StraitEdge2 kayak (AE1014) : 97cm x 51cm x 32cm
What are the weights of the StraitEdge inflatable kayak models?
StraitEdge kayak (AE1006) weighs 15.5kg
StraitEdge Angler kayak (AE1006-ANG) weighs 18.5kg
StraitEdge2 kayak (AE1014) weighs 21kg
Are these whitewater kayaks?
The StraitEdge, StraitEdge Angler and StraitEdge2 inflatable kayaks can handle up to class III rapids, but are designed to be a sit-on-top type kayaks for open water use.
They can be used in rivers, but are designed to paddle straight, whereas most whitewater kayaks are designed with excess rocker (raised bow and stern) to allow easy turning.
The StraitEdge kayaks are designed to paddle just like a sit-on-top hardshell kayak. They have a rigid bow and stern that lengthens the waterline and dramatically improves the tracking performance. They are great for fishing as they are very stable, durable, and allows easy access to gear.
If you are interested in serious whitewater, the Attack Whitewater is the custom designed whitewater inflatable kayak.
What other accessories do you recommend to go with my inflatable kayak?
These are a few other accessories that we would suggest if you don’t already have them:
- A pump – either Bellows style foot pump or double action hand pump with gauge
- A good quality paddling PFD (lifejacket) designed for kayaking – check the boating laws in your state or territory to understand what is required
- 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 do you clean the kayak?
You can use a hose to rinse it with freshwater. Use a towel to soak up excess water, then let it air dry before packing away for extended periods.
How long does it take to set up and inflate?
There isn’t really any set up required, you just unfold the kayak and inflate it, then clip in the seat(s). The time taken depends on the model of kayak and on the pump used, but roughly 6 to 10 minutes. The double action hand pump is quicker than the foot pump, but also harder on the back. Allow yourself plenty of time the first time as it will take a bit of time to go through the instructions and find the appropriate valves etc.
Is there storage room for additional gear?
Yes, as these are sit-on-top models, you can tie down gear just about anywhere. Specifically, there is extra space behind the seat to secure a dry bag.
What is the risk of puncture?
Very low – the hull and inner tubes are surrounded by top quality reinforced PVC, and Hi-density fabrics. In order to puncture the main chamber from the bottom you would need to pierce through two layers of material.
How well do the StraitEdge models paddle in a straight line?
The StraitEdge kayaks are designed with rigid aluminium in the bow and stern to cut through the water like rigid sit-on-top boats, instead of on top of the water like most inflatable kayaks. This greatly enhances the tracking, especially on powerful strokes.
What type of paddling conditions you can expect to use the StraitEdge kayaks in?
The StraitEdge inflatable kayaks are designed for flat or open water, but can also handle up to class III rapids.
Are the StraitEdge inflatable kayaks self-bailing?
Yes, the StraitEdge inflatable kayaks can be set up as self-bailing or standard (non-bailing). This allows the paddler to set the kayak to their desired paddling conditions. If you plan to get wet in the waves (ocean or river) then we suggest opening the ports on the floor so the kayak is self-bailing. Water that comes in will drain out through the bottom. On the other hand, if you planning to go out for a paddle on flat water and don’t plan to take on waves then close the ports and you have a standard floor kayak.
Is there a rudder system available or can fins be added?
Currently there is not a rudder system made by Advanced Elements for the StraitEdge models but you may be able to locate an after market rudder that will fit over the stern of the kayak. There are fin kits available through various retailers that can be glued on to the hull of the kayak for additional tracking.