“Having now a few months and several outings with the AdvancedFrame Inflatable Kayak, once you’re out on the water, I don’t believe that there’s a lot of difference in speed or tracking ability between the AF models and more conventional plastic sit-in recreational kayaks, particularly once you install the backbone, which I highly recommend.
Performance is OK enough without it, but I’ve found that installing the backbone improved performance quite significantly.
Where the AdvancedFrame models really DO have it all over hard kayaks, is comfort.
Since you’re sitting on an inflated floor and well supported by the high seat-back and your feet are braced against the foot bar (Expedition) or inflatable foot brace (AdvFrame), I’ve found I can paddle for much longer, without getting a sore or numb backside or without my feet “going to sleep” from being pressed against hard pedals.
A great alternative for solo paddlers/travellers without a second person to assist getting a kayak on/off car roof racks or without the space to store a conventional kayak – both of which apply in my case.
I hope that all helps.
I’ve just come in from my 1st paddle back here at Narrabeen, on the Narrabeen Lagoon, notionally my “home waters” since this is the location of the caravan park where I spend the most time.
There are 2 big sections: starting at the ocean inlet (see last pic on the caravan park’s beach) that opens out into the smaller section of the lagoon/lake.
Then, beyond the bridge and Pittwater Rd., it all opens out completely into the huge main lagoon itself.
A couple small islands, mangroves, lots of birds including friendly pelicans who don’t mind being paddled up close to (yeah, sure they’re tame… up here with several eateries in the vicinity, they never know where their next fried chip will come from, right?) and all very lovely by Sydney standards.
Incidentally, this suburb would be the only place in Sydney I’d now consider living permanently in, if I were to have a lobotomy and buy a permanent residence.“
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